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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

Investments in Education Yield Results!

United Way invests community funds in Education, Income and Health. Considered the building blocks for a good life, these three areas are addressed by different nonprofit and public programs that propose to improve the lives of their clients in very specific ways and to measure how successful they are. After experts in these areas recommend to the United Way board which programs should receive funds, the board votes, contracts are signed and the programs begin their work. At the end of 12 months, each program submits a final report of their clients’ results.


Are you ready to vote?

Early voting began Thursday, October 17; Election Day is November 5. To help you be an informed voter, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has co-sponsored the 2013 Candidate Survey and Voter Guide for Asheville and Black Mountain municipal elections. It is available as an insert from October 16 to 22 in the Mountain Xpress and online at Read responses from candidates on important issues, find early voting locations, and get all the info on how to register and vote.

2013 Positive Prevention 5K/12K

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is thrilled to announce the 2013 Positive Prevention 5K/12K. The Positive Prevention 5K/12K presented by Merrill Lynch/ Bank of America will take place on November 3rd, 2013. Both races will be run on closed roads within scenic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The event is also sponsored by Earthfare, Walgreens, Clif Bar, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. See for registration information. 

Learn How NC Legislators Voted: The WNC Vote Tracker is Launched!

The North Carolina General Assembly introduces and passes several bills each year that impact the quality of life in Western North Carolina. A new tool, the nonpartisan website WNC Vote Tracker, provides information about important legislation in six categories: economic security; education; environment; health & safety; government and democracy; and women’s issues.