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Good Citizenship: In Advocacy We Trust

by Ron Katz
Focus Area Manager

As Independence Day approaches, I started to think about my work at United Way and all of the amazing volunteers I have the pleasure to work alongside. These citizens of our community understand everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. They take that understanding further by advocating for lasting change.


Just Because It's Summer, Kids Don't Lose Their Appetites!

In February, I wrote a piece about a school in another state that took lunches away from students who weren’t paid up.  Thankfully, I learned then that Buncombe County Schools has a policy of ensuring each student has a lunch, even if his or her parents haven’t covered the cost for that day. Now, it’s even better news over the summer with the announcement that for the third year in a row, schools are offering free lunches at 16 different sites scattered around the county.


We Take the Cold Water Challenge

You might have heard something called the Cold Water Challenge is making the rounds in Asheville. People have adapted the classic Polar Plunge to the warm weather. You get challenged by a "friend" to pay $10 to the nonprofit of your choice and get ice cold water dumped on you. We're pretty generous and would normally just donate the $10, but you are required to donate $100 to the charity of the challenger’s choosing if you opt out of the water part.


Lessons Learned By United Way Fathers

There are studies about the importance of parents' impact on the well-being of their children. Cognitive ability, educational achievement, psychological well-being and social behavior are all affected during kids' formative years. But what impact do children have on their parents? This Father's Day, a few of the fathers at United Way reflected on what they've gotten out of fatherhood.