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WLC Spotlight: Julie Smith

Julie Smith is a Residential Broker Associate with Beverly-Hanks & Associates, REALTORS. She is married and has three children who she wants to make certain are able to live an amazing life in Asheville. When she's not volunteering with United Way, she's at a music festival, camping along the French Broad, at a baseball game or just creating an adventure.


Buncombe Among Healthiest Counties in North Carolina

by Lance Edwards
Community Investment Director

As the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament approaches, I look at my miserable bracket. I was methodical, using Bing’s prediction tool. I was sentimental, advancing all ACC teams. (That’s about the only thing keeping me in the game right now.) While college rankings have been many people’s focus for the past few weeks, another annual ranking has come out today — and Buncombe County has every reason to be happy because we’re healthy.


Highlands Circle Spotlight: Ben Fitzpatrick

Ben Fitzpatrick AshevilleBen Fitzpatrick is Lead Software Developer at EATON Corporation. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals looking to change the odds for families and Buncombe County communities through positive, lasting change. We get to know him a little better in this month's HC Spotlight.


2-1-1 Connections: When Disaster Hits

by Neela McDade
2-1-1 Referral Specialist

Winter weather may have left you wondering who to call if WNC experiences blizzard conditions like the Northeast. What if ice and winter weather affect your electricity and you have no way to heat your house? Are there any places you can go to warm up?


Meet the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialists

NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center provides information and referrals to nonprofit and governmental health and human service organizations in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania counties. Ten years ago, the Asheville center was the first North Carolina agency (and only fifteenth in the nation) to receive accreditation from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), signifying commitment to the highest standards and quality of service. Last year, the center was awarded its third consecutive five-year accreditation.