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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The data is in: our 2011-2012 investments in Education, Income and Health yielded a return on investment of 120%! We measure a return on investment not in dollars, but in lives changed for the better. From our investment of $2.7 million, we had expected to see 59,000 people improve their lives in measurable ways in the areas of Education, Income and Health. When the results came in, more than 71,000 people had improved their lives.   Applicants for funding estimate the client results they expect to produce during the upcoming year. At the end of the grant cycle, those programs report on the actual results they achieved and captured using...
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Get ready for a big day everyone. The US Sentate has declared November 16 as National Information and Referral Services Day.  In other words "Yay for 2-1-1!"  Below are some more offical statements  -    November 16 is an affirmation that the U.S. Senate: supports the designation of November 16 as National Information and Referral Services Day in order to raise public awareness about the existence and importance of information and referral services available to all people in the United States to more effectively target those services to reach individuals most in need encourages activities in communities across the United States...
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A to the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and the companies that helped kick off a tremendous annual giving campaign. As chair of the United Way’s Trailblazers, I have had the pleasure of working with the companies that pledged to increase their giving by 10 percent or more before the campaign’s official start in September. This year’s Trailblazers are: the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; Asheville Specialty Hospital; Beverly-Hanks Associates; Blue Ridge X-Ray, Carter; PC Accounting & Consulting; Forest Commercial Bank; Housing Authority of Asheville; McGuire, Wood & Bissette PA; Medical Action Industries; Patla,...
Monday, October 1, 2012
Asheville City/Buncombe County Public Services held a Chili Cookoff on Friday to drum up interest and support for their United Way campaign.Many thanks to everyone that came out to cook, to eat, to cheer each other on. Special thanks to Chief Burnette, Chief Anderson and Sherrif Duncan for their leadership in making this happen and to our celebrity judges: representing Bouchon - Bill Cooke, from Pack's Tavern - Ross Franklin, and Emily Patrick the new food writer at Mt. Xpress.     But here's what everyone wants to know, who won? 16 Teams made Chili but only four could be crowned a winner:  The “Like a Precious Snowflake” award (Most Unique...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
On October 1 we will select the winner so it's not too late for your to check them out, vote or submit your own written or video story.  Follow the link and join in the fun!  What does the winner get? Their very own iPad, that's what. 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This comes from our friends at OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling Register today for Ontrack WNC’s October 6th Women and Money Conference Lunch and all materials included in $15 registration fee. Workshops, taught by local female financial professionals, are filling fast. Click here for workshop descriptions. Keynote speaker Jessica Chilton Founder of Spark Creative Wellness. Contact Sarah Brown to register for FREE with available scholarships!  
Monday, September 24, 2012
Don't forget about this opportunity to meet local candidates...  Monday, Sept 24 6:30- 9 pm Ferguson Auditorium, AB Tech,   340 Victoria Rd Countywide Meet & Greet and Forum. Get to know the candidates running for countywide office: Buncombe County School Board, Register of Deeds, and County Commission Chair. Find other opportunities here. 
Monday, September 24, 2012
This opportunity comes from Children First/Communities In Schools and Together NC. What's up with NC's budget cuts? Find out at NC's Worth It forum, Oct 2, 6:30 PM If you want to better understand the impact of state budget cuts to our community and what can be done to restore investments in education, health, safety, and envirnoment then join Children First/CIS and Together NC at the NC's Worth It forum on October 2nd.  Come listen to the discussion and learn how a seemingly-unrelated tax break for wealthy corporations might mean a loss of state funds for new textbooks at your child’s school. Or how decisions made over the last two years...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
- See More Photos -   What Kickoff is All About In years past, campaign kickoff was a time to announce a fund raising goal for the organization, said John Kimberly, 2012 campaign chair. In recent years, it has evolved into a time to get the community engaged in creating change in our community through Giving, Advocating and Volunteering in the areas of Education, Income and Health, United Way’s three focus areas and what it believes are the building blocks of a good life.“We all have a stake in our neighbors’ success, and it’s critical for people to realize that, when we come together, we have more power than we think to positively impact...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A BIG Welcome to our newest crew of Loaned Executives! Left to right: Mark Collins, Don Mandelkorn, Charlotte Sommers, Barbara Daugherty, Paula Plott, Susan Andrew, Amanda Jay, Hope Snipes, Emily Palumbo and Heath Nettles.   This week is our version of boot camp - the week-long immersion into all things LIVE UNITED.  If you see them, and they are bleary eyed, you know why.  Right now they are taking a break from the learning and are busy folding and sorting all of the Day of Caring T-Shirts for each company.  Many thanks to each for their help and best of luck in the coming weeks.