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by Liz Franks

Hello! My name is Liz Franks and I am excited to chair Highland Circle’s Project of the Year. Highlands Circle is a network of passionate young professionals who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer to make positive and long-lasting change in Asheville and Buncombe County.

Did you know that one in four children in Buncombe County live in poverty? Or that there are more than 750 homeless students in Buncombe County Schools? This struck a chord with the members of Highlands Circle, and we are determined to take action and help our neighbors.

I am thrilled to announce our collaboration with Homeward Bound's Pathways to Permanent Housing project. Since 2006, Pathways to Permanent Housing has housed more than 1,093 people. Our goal is to collect enough essential household items to help one local family transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Throughout the year, we will collect items that everyone uses (furniture, towels, laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.) in order to welcome the family into their new home.

You can see a list of items that the family will need or shop our online registry. Thank you in advance for your support!

Liz moved to Asheville from Cincinnati in 2008 and practices civil law. In addition to volunteering with Homeward Bound and WCQS, she recently ran her first half-marathon and is looking forward to running more of them. She serves on Highlands Circle's Executive Committee.

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