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A few months ago I was talking with someone about Highlands Circle and she asked me, “So what is Highlands Circle? What’s in it for someone to join?”  I’ll be honest: I didn’t have an answer.  Which is interesting, because I usually don’t find myself at a loss for words. As the Chair of the Highlands Circle Steering Committee I resolved to answer that question, not just because I didn’t want to find myself in the same position again in the... Read More
You read that blog title right. Since January of 2014, Monika, our team mate and friend, handled more than 20,000 INCOMING phone calls in her role as an information and referral specialist for NC 2-1-1. When we specify "incoming" that means that these are just the calls that came into our call center, what it doesn't include are the thousands and thousands of calls that she made on behalf of those people in our community. Monika is leaving us... Read More
Jayme Davis of Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC is a bit of a rockstar for a lot of reasons, but today it's because of a project she's doing out at Erwin Middle school with a group of 7th grade girls who have joined a Mentoring Group there. This is a fairly new idea - developing a group mentoring experience. It helps some new volunteers feel less intimidated by a one on one mentorship experience and adds the dynamic excitement that comes from... Read More
Our partners at Owen Middle School  are holding their annual Holiday Craft Fair which features local artists and supports the middle school itself. It's a win/win for you, local artists and local kids. Check it out!   Event Date: December 9th, 2017 Event Time: 10am - 4pm Event Location: 730 Old Us 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778 Web: Contact: Bill Feste,, (828) 551-5099 Description: The Owen... Read More
  Happy Thanksgiving During this season of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank our donors, volunteers and partners for all they do to improve the lives of individuals living in our communities. It has been our good fortune and pleasure to work with you all over the past year and we look forward to partnering with each of you in the future. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season.    Read More
The work we are doing, building Community Schools in partnership with the members of the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network is starting to pay off: Knowing when students fall off track and providing targeted services to ensure they succeed is critical. Having real-time data to know when this happens is critical. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that our Early Warning and Response System is currently being utilized in 7 schools with... Read More
A story from Homeward Bound's newsletter: Wesley’s mother Tammy got pregnant at 16 and was totally unprepared to be a parent. His father was an alcoholic and not present for most of Wesley’s life. Tammy loved her son and took on the role of both mom and dad as best she could, but it was really hard. Wesley went through tough times growing up and joined the military when he was 19 to try to find a better way of life and save some money for... Read More
Do you know how it is when you’ve got a REALLY complicated project? You know, the kind of project that has so many moving parts and so many people involved that it takes months of planning and a whole lot of concentration to pull it off?  For some of us, that might be every morning when we’re trying to get the kids out the door, but for our volunteer center staff it is our bi-annual event, Days of Impact (formerly Day of Caring), that fits the... Read More
Over the past 15 years or so I've been a sporadic, yet regular client of OnTrack Financial Education. I've taken advantage of their one on one financial counseling services when I was laid off and the debt got to be too much. I've participated in savings classes, got my taxes done by their great volunteers (shout out to Sherman and Charlotte), and four years ago we took the First Time Homebuyer Class and finally bought our own place! You can say... Read More
As one of the newest staff members here at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, I was told about Days of Impact when I first came on board and had been looking forward to the two-day volunteer event ever since. In the weeks proceeding, I was told that I would get a chance to see what this community was all about and I have to admit, I wasn’t disappointed.    My interest in Days of Impact stems from the fact that a large part of my career... Read More