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Three cheers for financial literacy!

At Enka Middle School, we had a highly engaged group of parents attend the family night. Focusing on finances, parents learned how to create monthly budgets for their families to help them keep better track of their finances and stretch their dollars each month.

One of the presenters was Esteve Coll-Larrosa, from Self-Help Credit Union in Asheville.

Highlands Circle has partnered with Lenior-Rhyne Graduate Studies

Highlands Circle has partnered with Lenior-Rhyne Graduate Studies to help you get a discounted tuition rate on your graduate education! Lenoir-Rhyne will offer Highlands Circle members a discount on all credits taken in the Graduate Studies program. 

In the first year of the partnership, members receive a 10% discount that is then adjusted each year based on total number of credit hours taken by the Highlands Circle members the previous year. 


Rodney Johnson's story illustrates the power of community

Our president, David Bailey submitted the following to the Asheville Citizen-Times Report Card

An A to the recent MLK Breakfast and specifically the remarks of their keynote speaker: Rodney Johnson. Johnson gave a personal and poignant talk about growing up in Asheville - opening the curtains to the challenges and uniqueness of being an African-American living in Asheville in the 1950s through the early 1980s.


Spirit Of NC Award: Dixon Hughes Goodman

When we think about our rock stars, the people and companies that go above and beyond, time after time, year after year, it is impossible to create a list that doesn't have the Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) team right at the top. So when our staff had an opportunity to make a nomination for the Spirit of North Carolina award, we knew it had to be our friends at DHG.

This year, DHG (Asheville and Charlotte), were among 33 awardees. This is the second time they have won this award. Here are just a few highlights of their contributions to our community:

February 11 – a day we celebrate as national 2-1-1 day!

2-1-1 is a service that provides help when people need it most.  Anyone looking for community, health or human service resources can dial 2-1-1 to connect with a network of over 18,000 resources right here in North Carolina.

A call to NC 2-1-1 is free, confidential, and available all day, every day and in most languages.

A Real Impact On People’s Lives 

What kinds of issues do our neighbors need answers to? Here's an example of just two calls we’ve handled. 


UWABC Volunteer Onboarding Form

First and foremost - THANK YOU for your commitment to our community and for being/becoming a volunteer with us. When you meet with your committee at the start of each year, you will be have an orientation that will demonstrate how your service drives our work and creates lasting change in the areas of Education, Income and Health. We hope this presentation helps you feel even better about your choice to volunteer.

Highlands Circle Spotlight: Michael Cortes

Update: Congratulations to Marilyn and Michael Cortes on the arrival of their daughter!  Look how proud big brother is!

Michael Cortes, one of our Highlands Circle members, is a commercial banker with TD Bank. He has lived in Asheville for 5 years. He and his wife Marilyn and have a 3 year old son, William, and a daughter who will be born this February.