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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
United Way's Middle School Success Initiative supports a number of efforts that improve and increase opportunities for middle school youth.  In Real Life (IRL) at Asheville Middle School is one of those partnerships.   Here's a video that shows just how exciting things are over there!   In Real Life from 614 Films (Rod Murphy) on Vimeo.
Friday, October 21, 2011
We've been connecting people with community resources for years.  It started back in the 70's with Information and Referral which later became First Call for Help.  Ten years ago, we got the 3-digit number you know us by today.  Eight years ago, we published our searchable database on the World Wide Web.  Three years ago, 2-1-1 was made available on cell phones. This is another one of those moments in history when we're taking it to the next level...  Announcing the NC2-1-1 iPhone App!  The NC2-1-1 App is a fast, dynamic way to find community resources: Use our robust list of search categories. Sort programs based on distance from you....
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Have you heard Chris on any of the Asheville Radio Group stations?  Here he is in case you missed him.    A big thanks by the way to Asheville Radio Group for helping time and time again with our efforts to get the word out about our work.  You all are great!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Did you know that 41 percent of renters in Buncombe County now pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing? According to the Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan, the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has the most expensive housing of any MSA in North Carolina, even though the median income is below the state figure and hourly wages are well below state averages.When the Smithfield family rented a home last year, the landlord promised them the property would be up to code within two months. However, as the months passed by, still no work had been done. The Smithfields and their four children were...
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
As we reach the mid-point of our annual fundraising campaign, let’s keep our eyes on the prize – raising as much money as we can to support United Way’s critical work in Education, Income and Health! Then, on Nov. 4, we’ll celebrate our success and honor those who made it possible at our annual LIVE UNITED Celebration. As always, we'll eat well, laugh hard, applaud loud and be back to work on time!This year we will be at Crowne Plaza and enjoy a buffet breakfast. Tickets are $15… but, if you act now, there's a 20% early bird discount! Get details and purchase tickets here.  We look forward to seeing you there!
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...

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