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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...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
  2019 Asheville Yoga in the Park We're excited for another season to breathe, stretch, and sweat in community in downtown Asheville thanks to Asheville Yoga Center. This wonderful local studio is leading its seventh year of Yoga in the Park, offering donation-based outdoor classes in Pack Square Park on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (excluding June 22, July 27, and August 3). We're honored to have been chosen as a local nonprofit recipient of funds raised through these community events alongside Homeward Bound of WNC, an organization working to end homelessness in Buncombe County. All levels of yogis are welcome, beginner to...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
  Donate Blood, Save a Life. Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, as well as those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Join us Tuesday, June 25th, at the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County building located at 50 South French Broad, anytime from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to donate and support someone else in need through the American Red Cross of Western North Carolina. Reserve an appointment at redcrossblood.org using code unitedway for a one-time blood donation that day that will help save up to...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an evidence-based Parent Leadership Program for Enka Middle School. This program is based on a highly effective evidence-based program that has grown nationwide to more than 85 schools with more than 700 parent participants annually. Program Details Lead organization recruits and trains 6-8 Enka parent mentors per year to assist teachers in the classroom for two hours per day, four days per week. Parent mentors are assigned to a classroom where they work one-on-one and in small groups with students. After reaching a certain number of volunteer hours,...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment Fund awards grants to 17 area Nonprofits  This year, the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Valley Endowment fund made 17 grants totaling $100,850, bringing its total to $1,031,290 in contributions since it was established, according to the Black Mountain News. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is honored to be one of those grant recipients, directly supporting the Community School work being done at Owen Middle School. The grant money we receive will directly support the Early Warning and Response System and Homework Diners in the Owen District.  The 2019 recipients represent the diverse needs of...
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County announced on Wednesday that it has hired Dan Leroy as its next president and CEO. A search committee consisting of board and staff leadership, and led by Walker-Wilson Consulting, conducted a nationwide search after current CEO, David Bailey, announced his retirement following 23 years of service with the organization.    "A pool of more than 270 applicants confirms something we already knew; the opportunity to lead an organization of this caliber is something that doesn’t come around every day. As a result, we had an exemplary field of applicants to choose from," Mission Health Senior Vice...
Friday, February 22, 2019
February 20, 2019 -  The Board of Directors for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County formally adopted and signed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement for the organization.    Our Journey At the close of 2017, we, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s staff and board of directors, adopted our 2108-20, three-year strategic plan. Anyone who knows the inner workings of our organization knows that our strategic plans are not shelf-sitting, dust-collecting documents. These plans are living documents, upon which we build our annual organizational and departmental work plans.    In 2017, when we crafted our latest three-...

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