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Monday, August 13, 2012
You helped us collect more than 650 fully stocked Elementary/Middle School backpacks and Head Start/Kindergarten Craft Bags!   Thank you to the 40 volunteers who gave 150 hours packing and sorting and to the following organizations and their employees who helped us make this happen: Click this photo to see more! Drop off sites: Asheville Savings Bank   YMCA branches   Donations (financial, school supplies and dental care): Amcor Flexibles Asheville Paralegal Association Asheville Radio Group Cane Creek Cycling Dixon Hughes Dr. Gillespie Dr. Knollman Dr. Hoskins Dr. Pence Dr. Miller   Eaton Corp Festiva First Citizens Bank Mission Health...
Monday, August 6, 2012
In case you missed the Citizen-Times this weekend, here is the link to an article by our board chair Tracy Buchanan.  In it, Tracy outlines the competitive grants process that was just completed and the results we expect to see from these investments in our community. Thanks for all your support Tracy!    
Thursday, July 12, 2012
One of the unique programs our Back to School Supply Drive supports is The Augustine Project.  The Augustine Project seeks to improve the academic achievement and the self esteem of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The Project trains tutors who provide these students free, 1-on-1, long-term, instruction in reading, writing and spelling.    Your donations are more than just pencils and paper and backpacks. Your donation of new school supplies are an incentive to continue this critical tutoring relationship - impacting the child’s academic performance and life-long self-esteem. Follow this link to see how you...
Monday, June 18, 2012
Every year kids head off for summer break, and every year parents worry about how to keep the kids engaged, out of their hair and out of trouble. Unfortunately many teachers know that they have a battle to wage when the kids emerge from summer break, it is called summer learning loss or summer brain drain - and it's the reality that key skills learned just months earlier have slipped away during break.   For those parents and caregivers, looking for ideas on engaging their kids this summer, Gina Gallo,  Youth Success Manager at United Way, has assembled a pretty hearty group of resources for you to use.  Summer Fun and Learning Resources for...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Chris Young, our 2011 Campaign Chair, noted that a challenge during the 2011-12 campaign that a majority of our focus was on companies and individuals with which we have a long history and not as much on cultivation of new business relationships.  Chris felt that it was time to create a new position on our campaign cabinet, one devoted solely to cultivation of new relationships. The best part of this idea? Not only did Chris suggest it, he stepped up to chair the effort AND he recruited a top-notch team to implement the plan. Now that's leadership! We are excited that seven former Campaign Chairs and several current board members...
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Follow this link to read more about a great opportunity to join our team as an Americorp/VISTA member.  We are really excited about this new opportunity and we hope you will help spread the word.  We will begin reviewing applications next week so be sure to jump on this!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Check out United Way's 2012-2013 Investment Strategy for improving Education, Income and Health conditions in Asheville and Buncombe County.
Monday, May 7, 2012
For those of you who saved your vote until election day, here are a few resources to help you navigate the field: Here is a Buncombe County Voter Guide produced by UNC-TV and which includes hyperlinks to the candidates and their platforms. Confused by who represents you? The Board of Elections has this cool site that allows you to type in your street address and it will tell you all you need to know - your district, who represents you and where you should go to vote!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Did you know that nationally 1,200,000, or 1 in 3, teens drop out of high school every year?   Hands On Asheville-Buncombe’s Teacher’s Pet project gives volunteers an easy way to help increase the basic academic skills of local students giving them an even better chance of moving successfully from kindergarten through high school graduation. Teacher's Pet volunteers create educational materials, such as flash cards and games, for use in and out of elementary school classrooms. Volunteers can sign up to attend a project or they can download the materials they need and host their own “Portable Project”.  Deborah thought this was a great way...
Monday, April 9, 2012
Meet our great new co-workers!  They all started within a week or so of each other this past month so we thought you'd enjoy a quick introduction.     What experience do you bring with you? Why United Way? What are you looking forward to? Fun Fact Michelle Bennett Director, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe My experience is rooted in volunteerism and community building. Most recently I've worked at a Hands On affiliate in Winston-Salem, developing volunteer projects with faith, community and neighborhood groups and facilitating partnerships with business, government and the nonprofits. United Way's strategy of Give, Advocate and...