Women United in Action in Asheville and Buncombe County

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Celebrating Women’s History Month + the work of Women United in Asheville and Buncombe County

What began as a national celebration in 1981, has slowly become a month-long designation to honor the stories of women throughout history. Hopefully this March, you’ve already learned about female scientists, historians, athletes, journalists, physicians, soldiers and more who have paved the way for women today. There are a wealth of photos, video and commemorative pieces cataloged on Women’s History Month for you to explore. 
 
Locally, we’re grateful to share the work of Women United, a dedicated leadership group which provides a space for women to connect with fellow like-minded compassionate women and help make a direct impact on issues that families in our community are facing. Together, they join forces to focus on supporting students and families through the Community Schools that United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County works in on a daily basis. Our local group of Women United is one of many throughout the world, joining 750,000+ women globally, with each localized chapter working to support specific needs within their unique communities. 

Local Impact: From Book Drives to Resource Rooms for Middle School Students

With the hard work and dedication of the local committee, Women United recently helped organize the annual Holiday Book Drive, which gathered over 2,000 donated books from the local community for students in need. They met to wrap those books just before the holidays and ensure they were sent out to local schools and nonprofit organizations via United Way staff to local students. 
 
Last fall and this winter, members of Women United members also helped set up two functional Resource Room spaces within Asheville and Erwin Middle Schools. These Resource Rooms are accessible to both students and their families, offering clothing closets, food supplies through MANNA Foodbank, and of course mentorship and support from our Community School Coordinators every day. You don’t need to be a member of Women United to support these Resource or Harvest Rooms either. We’ve compiled ongoing needs for students and families via an Amazon Wishlist, which you can easily make a purchase on and have the item mailed directly to the school.
 

Interested in Getting Involved?

Looking ahead, this growing group of caring leaders are gathering for a Lunch and Learn event April 24’th with sponsor and speakers Laura Webb and Faith Doyle of Webb Investment Services. Webb Investment Services is an independent wealth management practice dedicated to empowering successful individuals, particularly women, to take control and make intelligent decisions about their financial futures. If you’re interested in attending to learn more about their work and that of Women United, please reach out to Leadership Giving Manager Beth Benzing at beth.benzing@unitedwayabc.org or call (828) 239-1048. 
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