Giving Tuesday Now Supports Grassroots Generosity through Coronavirus
Here at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, in our continued commitment to the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone in our community, we've been focusing our COVID-19 response in three specific areas and are asking for your support this #GivingTuesdayNow to join us in this vital work. GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that takes place just after Thanksgiving each year, creating an international day of giving to support nonprofits and community activism around the world. In the wake of the coronavirus, they've shifted gears to create #GivingTuesdayNow, set to take place May 5, 2020 to spark an increase in grassroots generosity.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County COVID-19 Response Areas:
- Connecting our Community to the Information and Resources they Need through our 24 hour/day, 7 days/week Community Resource Specialists by dialing 2-1-1. Governor Roy Cooper named NC211 the non-emergency response line for the state, encouraging residents to call for FREE resources and referrals to meet their needs during this time.
- Placing Volunteers Where They're Needed Most through our volunteer center Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, which has been activated by Buncombe County's Emergency Operations to support local efforts to meet community needs and is now serving as the hub for volunteerism, volunteer needs, and in-kind donations through the COVID-19 crisis.
- Supporting Teachers, Counselors, and Families Through our Community Schools. We're convening hundreds of parents, teachers, administrators, and counselors virtually each week to build strategies that allow us to hear where needs are being met, understand what's working, and determine where the challenges are to better connect students and families with the resources they need from our community.
Ways to Give to Support our Work in the Community this Giving Tuesday
DONATE-- Your financial gift allows us to continue showing up in Asheville and Buncombe County through the coronavirus and beyond. We can't do this work without you.
VOLUNTEER-- If you're healthy, able, at lower-risk, and want to get involved, our volunteer center certainly has a variety of ways for you to show up, both from home and in the community, to support your neighbors through this challenging time.
SHARE INFORMATION-- More than ever, we're seeing the importance of widespread access to resources and information. Take a moment to share the services we've mentioned here-- 2-1-1, our volunteer center collecting needs for volunteers and connecting volunteers to needs, and our Community Schools work-- both online and in-person with your friends, family, and neighbors.