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The Work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“Increase our diversity and equity knowledge to strengthen our behaviors, practices and values.”
This statement is one of the thirteen objectives you will find in our recently approved, three-year strategic plan that will guide our work in 2018-20.

Learning and Taking Action

What our DEI plan will look like in practice is still being developed by both our staff and our board. Among the activities that have already begun or are about to include:

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4 Fun Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Students

With only a few weeks left in the school year, Asheville and Buncombe County students will soon hear the final school bells ring before they’re off to enjoy summer. While there are plenty of simple pleasures to enjoy, many parents are on the search for unique opportunities that their kids can experience. Our volunteer center, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, has a few suggestions for ways to dig, give back to the community, and spend a summer afternoon or two experiencing something you may not normally have a chance to. 

Local Programs Focused on Women's Empowerment & Well-being

As we take a moment to celebrate the mothers in our lives and community, it’s important to recognize the necessity of their health and wellbeing and the inequities that exist. From young women and mothers to single moms, caretakers of full families to elder mothers and grandmothers, the needs of women and mothers are vital-- for herself, for her ability to be successful and to the overall health of the community.

Advocacy Alert: Cuts to Food support for children and elders

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is committed to reducing the impact that poverty has on our students, families and our community. The following Advocacy Alert comes to us from our partners at MANNA FoodBank. They have a clear call to action: call your representatives on Tuesday, May 8 and demand they vote NO on any cuts to SNAP.  Below are details about the proposed cuts and potential local impacts. 

Proposed Cuts to SNAP Threaten National Anti-Hunger Efforts