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Leadership in ActionMeet JoAnn Yoder, a native of the Republic of Panama who worked her way up to President of Brumit Restaurant Group over the course of 30 years with the company. She's also an active donor and volunteer here at United Way. A few years ago, Yoder had the opportunity to...
Summer Volunteer Opportunities in AshevilleWith summer in full swing, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while getting involved in community service projects that allow you to experience new parts of our city and county while meeting new people. Our volunteer center, Hands On...
Volunteer Spotlight: Girls on the Run Coach + Mentor Sonia Rodriguez IbarraMeet Sonia Rodriguez Ibarra, 21 years old and a recent graduate from UNC Greensboro with a degree in Public Health. While finishing up school, Sonia managed to volunteer time as a girl’s mentor and coach with Girls on...
Owen Middle Students Learn Entrepreneurship in Spark Tank Project On May 16th, Owen Middle School students excitedly filled the school cafeteria, holding boxes filled with baked goods, Tupperwares of homemade slime, and circular tubes adorned with bunched hair ties and eyeglass holders with 3D...
Volunteer Spotlight: Malina Blanton, Wells Fargo“As a branch manager, member of the community and native of the community, I think trying to model what a difference can be made when you give back to the place you live in is important,” shares Malina Blanton of Wells Fargo and United Way...
Volunteer. It’s Good for Your Health.We’ve long heard the health benefits that naturally flow out of sharing our time to help one another. Whether it’s helping a neighbor move that oddly shaped dresser, driving a friend to the airport, sharing an afternoon each week at the...
The end of the year brings several holidays focused on time with friends and family, connecting in community, and sharing meals, gifts, time and wisdom with those around you. The volunteer center of United Way, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, makes it easy to get involved, offering meaningful...
((PICTURED: Beloved former NC 2-1-1 coworker Danica Spencer's son lending a hand at Fill the Bus, part of the annual School Supply Drive.)) Alleviating Need in Asheville and Buncombe County One Backpack at a TimeNationally, over 1.36 million school age children K-12 have been identified as...
With only a few weeks left in the school year, Asheville and Buncombe County students will soon hear the final school bells ring before they’re off to enjoy summer. While there are plenty of simple pleasures to enjoy, many parents are on the search for unique opportunities that their kids can...
While volunteer work in itself provides the reward to those willing and able to offer their time and expertise to their community, it’s always heartwarming to take a moment and talk to those people about why they give back. From retired teachers to working parents, business leaders and young...

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