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Thank you so much for participating in our Back to School Supply Drive. There are a lot of moving parts that go into making this drive a success each year. We could NEVER pull it off without the dedication and support of donors and volunteers. On behalf of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and the hundreds of local children who are served by this drive, THANK YOU!!

We are excited to share that we have been able to stuff and deliver a record 1,754 fully-stocked backpacks!!! Amazing!

Check out fun pics of volunteers in action!

This year's School Supply Drive benefited Asheville Middle and Buncombe County Middle Schools and low-income elementary and middle school students served by:

  • Asheville City Schools: Homebase Program for Homeless Students
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina
  • Buncombe County Schools: Youth In Transition Support for Homeless Students
  • Buncombe County Schools: Migrant Education Program
  • Caring for Children
  • Catholic Charities
  • Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
  • Community Care of WNC
  • Dept. of Juvenile Justice
  • Literacy Council of Buncombe County
  • The Salvation Army
  • Verner Center for Early Learning
  • YMCA
  • YWCA

In addition to countless individuals, the following businesses and groups volunteered, hosted donation drop-off sites, led internal supply drives, provided fully stocked backpacks and/or raised significant funds to be used to purchase school supplies:

  • 14th Weather Squadron
  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce
  • Asheville Radio Group/Mix 96.5
  • Asheville Savings Bank
  • Asheville Tourists
  • Biltmore Inn
  • Borg Warner
  • CarePartners Foundation
  • Clean Environments
  • Deerfield Retirement Community
  • Diamond Brand Outfitters
  • Eaton 
  • FLS Energy
  • Galaxy Digital
  • Hard Exercise Works
  • Harry’s on the Hill
  • Holiday Inn Biltmore West
  • Hilton Inn
  • ISA
  • J Crew
  • JPS
  • Merryl Lynch
  • Mission Hospital
  • Mountain Physical Therapy
  • Nypro
  • Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Parsec Financial
  • Publix
  • Silver Line
  • Southeastern Container
  • ThermoFisher
  • Vanity Fair Outlet
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • YMCA