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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. “A budget is an important tool to facilitate savings and to be able to do more with what we... Read More
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. ... Read More
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. His was a journey of success. His... Read More
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... Read More
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... Read More
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.  Why are you involved with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County? I I've been involved... Read More
Chris Bubenik is the Marketing Manager for Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker. Now that it's 2016, he has officially lived in Asheville for half of his life. Chris has been involved with United Way's Highlands Circle since 2014. Why are you involved with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County? I didn't come to the organization the traditional way. I was actually hired as the Marketing and Communications Manager and over the... Read More
  Faith Doyle is a new member of Highlands Circle and is an Asheville native, graduate of UNCA (Biochem), MBA from WCU, and currently works at Oppenheimer as a financial advisor. Why are you involved with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County? Giving back to the community that raised me and helping the kids, becoming a mother adds a new level of empathy toward kids. What makes you smile? My daughter (Aurora "Rory"), my husband (Jeff) and... Read More
Lindsay Stalowy is an HR Professional in the Asheville office of Dixon Hughes Goodman. She's been involved with United Way's Highlands Circle since 2014.   Why are you involved with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County? I firmly believe that the only way to make a positive change in the world is through service in my local community. What makes you smile? My son and my family! What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will... Read More
According to yesterday's blog post by United Way Worldwide's US President, Stacey Stewart, "Congressional leaders should be commended for crafting a bipartisan package that will save the working family credits. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, while not perfect, is a strong step forward for working Americans and will make it easier for struggling families to achieve financial stability and to pay for things like child... Read More