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United Way moving to donated space at Berkeley Mills

The United Way is moving to donated space at the Kimberly-Clark Berkeley Mills facility on Smyth Avenue, the agency announced.

The United Way of Henderson County "has accepted a generous donation of office space" that is much larger than its current office. The 5,200-square-foot space will allow the non-profit umbrella agency sufficient room for meetings, trainings, campaign and committee work.
"We are so incredibly grateful to Kimberly-Clark for this generous offer," United Way executive director Ruth Birge said in a news release. "Kimberly-Clark is one of those corporate partners that really goes above and beyond to help support Henderson County non-profits. John Bruce and Melanie Matteson have worked tirelessly to enable UWHC to have a facility that will allow us to accomplish our work more efficiently."
"A couple of years ago, I decided to move my office along with a few others from the front of the plant down to the production area," said Bruce, plant manager of the Berkeley Mills facility. "This move eliminated wasted time and motion walking to meetings and also allowed us to be closer to the action of our facility.

"Melanie Matteson came up with the great idea of donating the unused office space to help United Way of Henderson County. I can't think of a better way to use this space than to help United Way do the great work they do for our community. Plus, we'll have some new neighbors!"
UWHC will lease its offices at 722 Fifth Avenue West to non-profits in need of limited office space. The Fifth Avenue building was donated to UWHC by Hendersonville Pediatrics in 1994.
"United Way has been so fortunate over the years to have strong corporate supporters who understand the infrastructure needs of a non-profit organization," said Mark Morse, UWHC Board Chair. "We are proud to be able to leverage the gift of the Fifth Avenue space by supporting other organizations that are helping Henderson County residents to thrive," Morse added.
The United Way will welcome the community to tour the new headquarters with an open house on Tuesday, June 18.