Retire United




Sharing a Lifetime's Worth of Knowledge and Experience

After retirement many adults find themselves on a brand new journey, one to find personal contentment and meaning apart from those benchmarks they've linked to happiness throughout their lives — family, career, routine, etc. This journey should be a time of unbelievable growth, fulfillment, continued happiness, and joy. 

Now that you've embarked on this new journey, you may find yourself with more time to devote to your community. Being able to volunteer through our Hands On network allows you to give back and create new relationships with those in your community.  

If you're a retiree, we invite you to explore all that this new and exciting phase of life has to offer by joining United Way's Retire United Affinity Group. 

Retire United recognizes retirees (or those soon to retire) who make an annual investment in the Live United Fund.


It's a simple process! First, you have to be a retiree living in Asheville or Buncombe County and share a love of community, collective impact, and fun. You're one step closer to becoming a member.

  • Donate $1 or more to the Live United Fund by making a gift via mail, have us set up any of the billing options below, or give now online and indicate your interest in Retire United.
  • We offer credit card, bank draft, and paper billing options, and can do so on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
  • For detailed information about Retire United. please contact Erika Goffin, 828.239.9197.
  • Steve Shoaf — Retire United Chair
  • Melinda Raab
  • Carol McLimans
  • Lee Ann Russell

Why Engage?

  • You'll join other like-minded retirees contributing their time and unique strengths to build a strong, and inclusive community;
  • The opportunity to continue to engage in your community; 
  • Learn more about critical issues impacting our community;
  • Year-round communications detailing the incredible work being done by members; 
  • Volunteering your professional expertise and talent to support students and families through Community Schools; and
  • Invitations to United Way educational and community events

Plan for your future and leave a legacy with United Way

Interested in powering the impact of United Way into the future? A simple, flexible, and versatile way is to make a planned gift through a retirement plan, an insurance plan, or a charitable bequest. A charitable bequest to United Way can be added to your will or living trust in as little as one sentence and will allow our Board of Directors to steward your final gift for its greatest impact. Or choose to direct your contribution to an Endowment and ensure that your annual gift is sustained in perpetuity. (TAX ID/EIN# 56-0576157).

Please let us know if you have already made provisions for United Way in your estate plan so we may acknowledge your commitment in United Way's Legacy Giving Society. Connect with Heather Wingert for more information. He and a member of our Planned Giving Committee would be happy to meet with you.