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Free Health Insurance Clinic This Thursday at Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal is hosting a health insurance navigation clinic on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at their Asheville office, 62 Charlotte Street. Navigators will be available to help people explore their options for health insurance and subsidies to cover the cost of insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Take advantage of this technical assistance. You must reserve an appointment in advance for the clinic by calling the statewide toll-free number: 1-855-733-3711.

Asheville Volunteerism Rates - Higher Than National Average

A new report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) finds 1 in 4 Americans volunteer.  Asheville’s volunteer rate is higher than the national average at 30.4%  and ranks 34 among mid-sized cities.  

According to the report, 64.5 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $175 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.

Chicken or Egg? Education, Income or Health?

How do you decide which came first; the chicken or the egg? I’ve had multiple opportunities to debate with people in Buncombe County about which is more important to a successful life; one’s education, income or health. There are very impassioned and energetic views on all sides.

There are predictors that link these three areas: Likelihood of graduating from high school goes up with higher family income; Parents’ education level indicates children’s education level; Poor health or poor access to health care can lead to poor performance in school.


980 Pre-School Children Waiting in Line in Buncombe County

Imagine a very long line of infants and toddlers standing outside, waiting to get into a building. 980 children in fact. Imagine that adults in communities across the state looked at those lines every day and the only way they could get one child out of the line was if another child was removed from the service they were waiting for.



What is #GivingTuesday?  
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now, GivingTuesday.  The idea: in a season of consumerism it is important to create space for giving back.  And one way to do this is to create social media lift for those wanting to help build community – raising funds, encouraging volunteerism, promoting advocacy… any number of ways to help any number of efforts. What can you do to join our efforts?

A "Millenial" Perspective

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say “young people are selfish.”  As a twenty-something, I’m often part of conversations where someone is critiquing or complaining about “young people,” “millenials,” or “the next generation,” but the fact is that my generation does care, and I know that because of Highland Circle.

Costs of Early Childhood Development - It's like a Vaccination

It’s not a new topic, but we certainly seem to rehash it every year or so. With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready; have higher graduation rates and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees. And while our own state’s approach to preparing children for kindergarten now hangs in the balance in the court system, we have significant research about the first 2000 days of a child’s life.


Rockin' The Docs

Rockin' The Docs... ooh, this one looks like fun! Thank you to our friends at Mission Health who are hosting this fundraiser for our work to improve our community in the areas of Education, Income and Health. Music, food, magic, karaoke, silent auctions... fun for the whole family and bonus, Rockin' The Docs is being held at the awesome space that Highland Brewing Company provides. Check out the details