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by Sam FontaineCommunity Engagement Coordinator, Enka Middle Community School Not everyone has the time to tutor a student in math or lead an after school club, but I’ve learned this year that everyone can make a difference. Jean is an active member at Francis Asbury UMC, conveniently neighboring Enka Middle School, and a recent implant to the Asheville area by way of Austin, Texas. She’s an enthusiastic problem-solver, an excellent listener,... Read More
Summer officially started on June 21, but we're already looking ahead to the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. Sometimes the difference between an A student and a failing student is having basic school supplies to do homework and participate in class. Nearly one in four children in our community live in poverty and can’t afford tools like notebooks, pencils, or backpacks to start the school year. Our annual school supply drive has set a... Read More
Elisa Jacobs serves as Assistant Director, Enrollment Management, at Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. She'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 her a little better in this month's HC Spotlight. What is the last movie you watched? I’m a terrible movie-... Read More
It's officially summer. Most kids and teens have been in vacation mode for at least a few weeks and the first day of the 2015-2016 school year is far away in their minds. However, our annual Back to School Supply Drive is already collecting items. We've set a goal of 1,200 fully-stocked backpacks this year—an increase from last year's 1,101 record. Looking to Help? Easy as 1, 2, 3... SHOP: Drop off items at Asheville Saving Bank, YMCA (downtown... Read More
by Ann Von Brock Everywhere you turn in the working world, you find people talking about balance of work and personal life. It’s an elusive concept for most of us – it certainly has been for me. My perspectives over the years seem to fall into three phases. First, as a young professional building a career in human services, I knew I needed to put in the time at work. My goal was to learn as much as possible, challenge myself to take on... Read More
Matt Groome is an Asheville native and serves as Vice President & Director of Retirement Plans at Colton Groome & Company. 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? This Is The End…for the... Read More
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
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
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
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

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