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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Do you want to know how the Asheville City Council candidates responded to questions dealing with housing, child poverty, the transit system, living wage, education and more? Click on 2011 City Council Candidate Questionnaire to see how the candidates responded.   This candidate survey was undertaken by Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County.  United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is proud to be one of many sponsors.
Monday, September 12, 2011
In this edition of the BTC Brief they analyze the impact state budget cuts could have on our western North Carolina economy and workforce.  Read it here.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Follow Detective Bill Dingblocks (Get it? building blocks! Go ahead and groan.) as he searches for people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer.  
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Imagine you are at the grocery store, and the cashier notices that you’ve got a certain product and that it is buy one get one free.  She tells you to go and get your free product while she finishes ringing you up. Sweet! Situations like that can make us feel good, like someone is watching out for us.  In however small a way, someone noticed us and wanted to make sure we were taken care of.  2-1-1 Referral Specialists do their best to look out for every caller.  Here’s an example:John called to find out about food pantries.  While pulling up locations, Elizabeth, a 2-1-1 Referral Specialist, asked a little more about his situation.  John is...
Friday, July 15, 2011
Once again we are thrilled to have a City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) intern with us for the summer.  Calvin Clark joined us a few weeks ago and today several of our staff spent some time with all the CAYLA interns to get their thoughts on the issues facing our community in the area of Education. When asked about the biggest take-away from her time with the students, Ann Von Brock had this to say; "I realized that they (teens) have important ideas to share but they don’t always feel that people (parents, teacher, and other adults) really listen to what they have to say. They want to be involved and they want to be heard.  ...
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Big thanks go out to Dr. Hoskins who gave us a supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste today.  We'll be including them in every fully-stocked backpack that we put together for students this fall. Donations will be accepted until July 22.  If you'd like to be a part of this effort, be sure to visit Hands On Asheville-Buncombe where you can get a list of the school supplies needed as well as information about the different drop-off sites.
Friday, July 8, 2011
A few days ago I stood in line behind a woman attempting to get her medications.  There were a lot. I couldn't help overhear her conversation with the pharmacist - a difficult one where he attempted to help her decide which ones were the true priority for her immediate life safety and which she could hold off on for a few weeks until she could find the money.  It was excruciating to watch as she told her young daughter to sit to the side while she conferred with the pharmacist.   I didn't know if it would help in her specific situation, but I did approach her and share that there is a discount prescription drug card available free of charge...
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
"Ann Young, general counsel for Mission Health System, won the chamber's Athena Award, given to a woman who personifies professional excellence. Young, who has worked for Mission since 1981, helped implement a program that gives patients with pressing legal needs access to the local nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services. She's also volunteered with organizations such as the YMCA and United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County." taken from the Asheville Citizen-Times article   Ann has been an incredible friend to us at United Way for over twenty years and we particularly appreciate her leadership as Board Chair for the last two.  There's no way...
Thursday, June 23, 2011
How did we land on Middle School Success as our focused initiative? Starting in February of 2010, a task force of community leaders met to review issues facing our community in the areas of Education, Income and Health.  Because successful completion of high school is a determinant of well-being in all three areas of Education, Income and Health, and because Middle School years are pivotal to high school graduation, the task force recommended that the work of the United Way Focused Initiative:  Increase the number of students who are successful in public middle school. Our Expectations... By establishing a community priority to...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
June 1-3 United Way representatives from all over the southeast and beyond will join together in Asheville to share best practices and learn from the best thinkers out there.  We are very excited that folks from all over will experience our wonderful community so if you see them out and about give them a big hello!   We are also proud because three of our staff members will be presenting at the conference: Lance Edwards will discuss our transformation and adoption of Education, Income and Health. Rachael Nygaard will discuss the impact of 2-1-1 of WNC in our community. Gina Gallo will share our efforts to improve middle school success in our...