Asheville residents’ comments included in worldwide study on opportunity


Press release here:

The responses of almost 50 residents in a United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Community Conversations project have been published in a worldwide study on opportunity.

Between January and March, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County held a series of community conversations in which everyday people from all walks of life talked about their aspirations for their communities, what gets in the way and what it will take to make real progress in the building blocks of a good life – Education, Income and Health. In our area, we specifically wanted to know what respondents think are the things that keep drop outs or unemployed young adults from having a chance at a good life.

The only United Way in the state to contribute to “Voices for the Common Good: The World Speaks Out on Opportunity,” United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County was one of only two smaller-sized communities from the participating 30 United Ways in 12 countries. The notes from the local conversations were sent to United Way Worldwide, where they were combined with responses from the other communities for the study.

“What struck me in the compilation of these conversations, is that around the world and around this country people want the same things – good paying jobs, good education and a healthy community. These are the three focus areas for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County – Education, Income and Health,” said Ann Von Brock, vice president of planning and community investment with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

“They also appear in our county’s community health assessment and sustainability plan. It seems so obvious but so elusive!”