School community nights connect families to academic support and more

News release from United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County:

Seven schools will once again serve up a delicious dinner and academic support for local K-12 students and their families. Free to all, these weekly events are an opportunity to build community and connections that can strengthen the support network for our youth. 

Organized by United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and funded by individual donations and grants from groups like The Community Foundation of WNC,  these events tap into the talents of local educators, chefs, and volunteers to create welcoming spaces for families. 

One parent in the Enka community had this to say about these events, “I really appreciate this opportunity to meet with teachers and support staff each week. This is accessible and meaningful to me as a parent, especially since we are a new family to the school and community.”

Meanwhile, in the Swannanoa Valley, one middle schooler shared their appreciation for how Community Nights provide “a quiet environment to do my school work and the food is SO good!” 

Locations include Asheville Middle, Asheville High, Enka Middle, Erwin Middle, Owen Middle, Reynolds Middle, and North Buncombe Middle Schools. For more information and the schedule at the nearest school, visit 

Fun Fact: last year 103 Community Nights were held and served 1,100 of our neighbors. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to support these events here. 
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