Building Community through the United Way’s Homework Diner

Employees at Jacob Holm’s Candler, NC, plant advance social sustainability by engaging in “Homework Diners,” a program of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. According to the United Way, Homework Diners, which began in late 2016, “are a dynamic, comprehensive strategy that surrounds students and their families with a continuum of coordinated supports including: tutoring, opportunities to build parent-teacher relationships, a free and nutritious meal, connections to community resources and workforce readiness.” Jacob Holm employees volunteer as tutors and give ongoing support to local middle school students and their families, continuing virtually even during the COVID-19 crisis.