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Highlands Circle Spotlight: Malina Blanton

Malina Blanton works at Wells Fargo. 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.


Hook Me Up - I want to know more about Highlands Circle!

Highlands Circle is doing great things in our community and it is an incredible networking and social group as well. If you are in your 20's or 30's and want to learn more - fill out this form and Kris Dionne will be in touch to talk to you about your interests and see how Highlands Circle can be a part of your world. 

Collective Impact: School Supply Drive

With your help, we're able to make sure kids and teens in our community are ready to learn on the first day of classes. Each year, you've given a little more or helped us spread the word and the annual Back to School Supply Drive has grown in success. When all is said and done, we'll have sent more than 1,350 fully-stocked backpacks to students in our community than any other year.


Modifications to the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA)

by Ron Katz
Community Fund Director

While the Voter Information Verification Act passed by the NC General Assembly and signed by the Governor in 2013 requires a state-approved photo ID, some modifications were made to the law this past June. There is still a lawsuit pending, no decision has been issued yet, but please note:

NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center Expands Coverage Area

United Way of North Carolina, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and community partners throughout Western North Carolina are proud to announce the expanded coverage area of the NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center. The Asheville Center previously offered information and referral service to seven counties, but expanded to 16 on July 1.

Questions about United Way Funding

In response to recent news articles, we have fielded questions from several people asking if we fund Planned Parenthood. In addition, we've seen images circulating on social media that align the United Way network with funding of that organization.

We appreciated the opportunity to clarify the issue with these individuals and want to share the same information for everyone on our website:

Former CEO George Pfeiffer Remembered

“In lieu of flowers, the family requests that today you pay tribute to George by simply reaching out and helping someone who is in need. This simple act would sum up his life.”

What a profoundly beautiful statement. Each of us, regardless of position or wealth, can reach out to improve another person’s life, if only to let them know they are not alone.

WLC Spotlight: Leigh Ruhl

Leigh Ruhl is a Senior Major Gift Officer with Mission Health. 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? Stay true to your guiding principles and values.