As the COVID-19 Response unfolds, our county staff members are beginning to receive more requests from groups looking for bulk quantities of items like food, cleaning and personal protection items to share with the people they serve. At the same time, United Way is fielding calls from businesses and community groups that are interested in filling needs like these.
Buncombe County, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered to fulfill this need.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s volunteer center, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe already has a platform that is matching individuals to ways they can give back and they have a long and strong history of large scale project management for volunteerism and in-kind donations in our county.
The new process will put United Way staff in charge of managing the influx of requests and matching these organizations with companies or groups that are prepared to fulfill the need.
If a need arises and there is no one to fulfill that need, United Way staff will work with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to coordinate strategic appeals as well as send out area-wide calls to action through the media.
For businesses who would like to request in-kind support, fill out this form: In-Kind Support REQUEST Form
For companies/groups that can provide in-kind support, please fill out this form: PROVIDE In-Kind Support
We encourage all businesses to periodically review the in-kind support requests as there may be a need you could fill that you haven’t thought of.