You make our work possible. You've made a choice to invest with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. We know that decision doesn't come lightly and we work hard to make sure you donations are funding high-quality programs in the areas of EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH — as well as Middle School Success, NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center and Hands On Asheville-Buncombe.
Each month, we shine a spotlight on members of Highlands Circle and Women's...Read More
Althea Aycock is a Manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. She is married and has two children. 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? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned during my career is to...Read More
Anthony Mitchell is Department Manager at Insurance Service of Asheville. He'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 him a little better in this month's HC Spotlight.
What is the last movie you watched? Biloxi Blues
What is the last song you listened to? “The Distance” by Cake
What is...Read More
Have you seen the story that went viral this week about the teacher in Denver that asked her third grade students to finish the sentence “I wish my teacher knew…”?
The stories the students shared give us a glimpse into the sweet and heartbreaking realities that children bring with them into the classroom every day. Here are a few - I wish my teacher knew:
“… that I want to go to college.”
“…I haven’t seen my real mom is over two years and that...Read More
by Tamaria KellyMiddle School Success Project Coordinator
Learning Outside of the Classroom
During the week of March 23-26, more than 700 Buncombe County middle school students participated in Students @ Work Week, a joint project of the North Carolina Business Council for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The goal is for North Carolina businesses to help middle school students connect...Read More
Julie Smith is a Residential Broker Associate with Beverly-Hanks & Associates, REALTORS. She is married and has three children who she wants to make certain are able to live an amazing life in Asheville. When she's not volunteering with United Way, she's at a music festival, camping along the French Broad, at a baseball game or just creating an adventure.
She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and...Read More
by Lance EdwardsCommunity Investment Director
As the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament approaches, I look at my miserable bracket. I was methodical, using Bing’s prediction tool. I was sentimental, advancing all ACC teams. (That’s about the only thing keeping me in the game right now.) While college rankings have been many people’s focus for the past few weeks, another annual ranking has come out today — and Buncombe...Read More
Ben Fitzpatrick is Lead Software Developer at EATON Corporation. He also serves on the Executive Committee 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 him a little better in this month's HC Spotlight.
What is the last movie you watched? The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. My wife, Katie, and I both...Read More
by Neela McDade2-1-1 Referral Specialist
Oh, Spring! Is there anything more lovely than seeing the daffodils in bloom and feeling a warm breeze on your skin after a long, harsh winter?
Of course there is. Getting a big, fat refund check. In the past, you may have spent your check so fast you don't remember what happened to it all. This year though, why not use some resources in the NC 2-1-1 database to put your return towards your financial...Read More
by Liz Franks
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Hello! My name is Liz Franks and I am excited to chair Highland Circle’s Project of the Year. Highlands Circle is a network of passionate young professionals who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer to make positive and long-lasting change in Asheville and Buncombe County.
Did you know that one in four children in Buncombe County live in poverty? Or...Read More