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by Liz Franks SHOP ONLINE REGISTRY>> PRINT MOVE-IN CHECKLIST>> The Highlands Circle 2015 Welcome Home Project is off to a great start! In March, we met at Sovereign Remedies and introduced the project over local beers and craft cocktails. We discussed how we will help one family in Buncombe County transition from homeless to permanent housing by collecting items that the family will need. This list ranges from small, inexpensive... Read More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
You make our work possible. You've made a choice to invest with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. We know that decision doesn't come lightly and we work hard to make sure you donations are funding high-quality programs in the areas of EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH — as well as Middle School Success, NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center and Hands On Asheville-Buncombe. Each month, we shine a spotlight on members of Highlands Circle and Women's... Read More
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Althea Aycock is a Manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. She is married and has two children. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned during my career is to... Read More
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Anthony Mitchell is Department Manager at Insurance Service of Asheville. He's also a member 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. What is the last movie you watched? Biloxi Blues What is the last song you listened to? “The Distance” by Cake What is... Read More
Monday, April 20, 2015
Have you seen the story that went viral this week about the teacher in Denver that asked her third grade students to finish the sentence “I wish my teacher knew…”?  The stories the students shared give us a glimpse into the sweet and heartbreaking realities that children bring with them into the classroom every day. Here are a few - I wish my teacher knew: “… that I want to go to college.” “…I haven’t seen my real mom is over two years and that... Read More
Friday, April 17, 2015
by Tamaria KellyMiddle School Success Project Coordinator Learning Outside of the Classroom During the week of March 23-26, more than 700 Buncombe County middle school students participated in Students @ Work Week, a joint project of the North Carolina Business Council for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The goal is for North Carolina businesses to help middle school students connect... Read More
Monday, April 13, 2015
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. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and... Read More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
by Lance EdwardsCommunity 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... Read More
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Ben 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. What is the last movie you watched? The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. My wife, Katie, and I both... Read More
Monday, March 23, 2015
by Neela McDade2-1-1 Referral Specialist Oh, Spring! Is there anything more lovely than seeing the daffodils in bloom and feeling a warm breeze on your skin after a long, harsh winter? Of course there is. Getting a big, fat refund check. In the past, you may have spent your check so fast you don't remember what happened to it all. This year though, why not use some resources in the NC 2-1-1 database to put your return towards your financial... Read More
Thursday, March 19, 2015

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