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United Way Annual Meeting Held April 27

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County held it's Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 27 at the Holiday Inn Biltmore West.

The event was a reflection of United Way's work during 2010, connecting the dots between the needs in our community and our ability to do something about them through our investments in Education, Income and Health; between our strategies of Giving, Advocating and Volunteering and the power of collection action; between the success of our neighbors in need and our own success.

2-1-1 of WNC Celebrates 10th Anniversary

We are happy to announce that this year 2-1-1 of WNC celebrates 10 years in the 2-1-1 call system.  While United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County had provided community information and referral services through First Call For Help since the 1970’s,  it wasn’t until the switch to the 2-1-1 call system that this critical service became firmly established in our community.


Adoption of the 2-1-1 call system allowed:

Tell us your story


    "I’m a volunteer with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Health Focus Area, a Leadership Giver and former Loaned Executive.

    I was on active duty in the Army when I first gave to United Way, then called United Fund. When I left active duty, I continued giving where ever I lived.

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Spirit of NC Award

Asheville Savings Bank has won the "Spirit of NC" award for their creative and ongoing committment to the work of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Asheville Savings Bank embodies the message of LIVE UNITED, not only by giving, but also through advocating and volunteering in the community.  View the press release.

Tax and EITC Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are the backbone of a national movement to provide free tax filing and access to Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working Americans. Through EITC, families making below $40,000 annually can receive up to $5,028 when they file their tax returns. EITC may increase a family's income as much 40% and bring millions of federal dollars to under sourced communities.

Waiting for "Superman" Raises Awareness Around Education

Among 30 developed countries, the United Sates ranks a dismal 25th in Math and 21st in Science. In fact America ranks 20th in graduation rates. The problem does not end there. When a child doesn’t finish high school, they earn significantly less and are eight times more likely to end up in prison.

Waiting for “Superman” a new documentary from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim seeks to raise the national dialogue around the nation’s failing public education system and create tangible action to help the system reverse these startling statistics.