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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Board Game Drive United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is collecting academic/critical thinking board games and other activities to be used as supplemental activities at Homework Diners for students who have finished their work. We are looking for new or gently used games from the list below. If you are donating a used game, please make sure that it is playable and be sure that all pieces are included. Items can be dropped off at United Way, 50 S. French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 between 8:30a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday through the end of October, 2019. "Board games engage student's minds in a way that they don't always get...
Monday, September 23, 2019
September 23 marks the launch of the 2019-20 Homework Diner season. Nearly 8,000 meals were served at the 2018-19 Homework Diners.    If you aren't already familiar, Homework Diners are a collaborative effort between United Way of Ashevillle and Buncombe County, Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and a number of our Middle Grades Network Partners. We appreciate the YMCA of WNC who is helping us connect to federal resources to offset some of our food costs for students. Just the Facts Homework Diners are held at Enka, Erwin, Owen and Asheville Middle Schools These events are open to anyone who lives in Buncombe County with a K-...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
A moldy home | asthma No home | heatstroke, frostbite and physical violence Limited access to fresh food | high blood pressure and obesity Working three jobs, and still unable to pay the bills | sleep deprivation and anxiety Elders who live in isolation | depression and suicide   It isn’t a far leap to see just how interrelated our physical environment, food, financial stressors and social supports affect our health. And that these environmental factors, these social determinants of health, not only impact the quality of our lives (daily and longterm), these factors are also impacting the ever-rising costs of healthcare.    This is why the...
Sunday, September 8, 2019
One of the most visited pages on our website is our employment opportunities page and right now, traffic is spiking as we have three positions available. While we need to promote these positions far and wide and hope that you will help us in doing so, we also want to take a moment to recognize the great people who will be leaving us.  Finance and Operations Manager | After 18 years of employment with us as Finance Associate, Karen Vernon is retiring. Due in great part to her attention to detail we continue to get high accomodations from our auditors annually. While we truly are sad to see Karen leave (along with her sense of humor and her...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The WNC Social Justice Advocacy Guide is led by former United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County teammember, Ron Katz. Be sure to sign up for their informative updates about educational opportunties and voting related activities and events in the area.  Here are just a few events from the most recent newsletter: August 28th - The Buncombe County Board of Elections is offering two trainings, 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm on Photo Voter ID requirements which will go into effect in 2020.  If you have plans to do any voter registration work, this is an important workshop to attend. Details at this flyer. September 4th - The League of Women Voters is...
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
For the 4th time, NC 2-1-1's Asheville Call Center has been awarded a 5-year accreditation from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), the national accrediting body for Information and Referral call centers like ours. Accreditation is no small feat. The full accreditation process takes the better part of a year to complete and includes site visits. During that process, policies and procedures are reviewed are evaluated to ensure that:  data management is regularly and thoroughly maintained, staffing procedures are in place ensure that staff are highly trained, well supervised and supported, and that all policies and...
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...

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