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Friday, August 16, 2019
In an attempt to better understand issues that are relevant to our local and national communities United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County hosts an ongoing book group. First designed for our own staff, we now welcome anyone from the community.  We try to align our books with events that might be occuring in town. This month's book is no exception. Pisgah Legal Services is hosting a community forum with Jose Antonio Vargas, the author of Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.    If you would like to read this book with our group we will meet on the following days from 8:45-9:45 am in one of our conference rooms at 50 S. French...
Thursday, August 15, 2019
The information below surfaced in Rhode Island and Graham and Greenlee Counties of Safford, AZ as well. We've been alerted that there are some people fraudulently representing themselves as an "agent of United Way" offering grant dollars to seniors who need help making ends meet.  One scenario reports that an older gentleman states that he received a check via Fed Ex for $250,000 and saw his friend’s name on a list and she should take advantage of the opportunity.  While we haven't heard of anything surfacing in NC or our area specifically, we thought it best to name it here.  On that note, we solicit for donations via workplace campaigns,...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
We are looking for someone to help us raise the financial resources needed to improve the education, health and financial stability of the people of Buncombe County.    Led by Kevin Montgomery, a team member with 18 years fundraising experience, the Resource Development team is charged with developing and executing a wide range of fundraising activities. These strategies include grant writing, sponsorships, corporate gifts, special events, direct mail and donations from individuals who give what they can - be it $5 or $500,000. The Resource Development Manager (RDM) will be responsible for developing, executing, and achieving UWABC’s...
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Content from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), August newsletter.  AIRS is the national accrediting body for Information and Referral call centers like ours.   
NC 2-1-1 - Asheville is a comprehensive information and referral line based in Asheville, North Carolina.  It is a key strategy of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC), a nonprofit organization that has provided information and referral services since 1972.  Originally known as First Call for Help, the service transitioned to 2-1-1 services for Buncombe County in 2001.  In the following years, UWABC began contracting with neighboring county...
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
We're Hiring Temporary, Full Time Campaign Associates!  If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to work for a great nonprofit organization doing important work to reduce the impact of poverty on families in our community, please consider applying for a temporary, full time Campaign Associate position with us. We are seeking energetic and talented individuals to join a highly focused and successful Development Team for the 2019 Annual Campaign. Each year, we hire Campaign Associates throughout Buncombe County to help raise money for health and human services. As a Campaign Associate, you will provide fundraising strategies, volunteer...
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
After two and a half years as our first Director of Major Gifts, Ben Moser will be leaving us to serve as President and CEO for United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley in Columbus, Georgia.    While here, Ben helped grow our Tocqueville Society, adding 25 new members and raising over $250,000 to launch our community school strategy in the Owen District.  "I'm grateful to have helped garner the resources needed to establish Community Schools in our community. This strategy will redefine public education in our country, not because it is so ingenious, but because it is so simple, so intuitive and so common sense. It positions schools as the...
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Congratulations to Retired United Way CEO David Bailey for Receiving the Excellence in Public Service Award We would like to share a warm congratulations to recently retired former CEO David Bailey on being recognized with the Excellence in Public Service Award last night at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The Excellence in Public Service Award recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding contribution to the community through involvement, service, or motivation to improving the quality of life for citizens of Buncombe County. Learn more about the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
FREE Summer Meals for Buncombe County Students Thanks to a partnership between Buncombe County Schools, YMCA of Western North Carolina, and Asheville City Schools, students in Buncombe County will once again have access to free meals this summer. Last year, 88,695 students received meals in our community through this wonderful partnership. "The purpose of the summer feeding program is to fill the gap in-between school sessions where all children can thrive and succeed," shares School Nutrition Supervisor Sheryl Harris. "Hunger should not be the obstacle that inhibits their growth as individuals in any way during their formative years." Meals...
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Honoring Taylor & Gary Foss | Tocqueville Society Community Service Award Recipients In just 8 short years, the Foss’s commitment to United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has been remarkable. With a long history of support for United Way in Baltimore, Maryland, Taylor Foss quickly worked to create our own chapter of Women United when she arrived in Asheville. Now numbering more than 250 members, this group has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2011.   In 2017 we honored Taylor with our first Women United award and, in 2018, the award was permanently renamed the Taylor Foss Women United Award in recognition of her...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
On May 29, the Board of Directors of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County unanimously approved the annual organizational budget and competitve grant funding recommendations. These grant recommendations were made by the Competitive Grants Review Teams and the Community Investment Committee. The knowledgeable community volunteers that were a part of these two committees made investment decisions based on the following criteria: quality of the applications alignment of the organizations’ results with the desired community-level results, and  amount of funds available United Way will invest $3,314,345 in our community during the 2019-20...

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