Highlands Circle

Highlands Circle Masthead: Blue Ridge Mountains




Young Leaders
Making an Impact

Highlands Circle is a network of compassionate leaders under the age of 40 leveraging their time and talents to co-create opportunities for every person in our community to live free from poverty and injustice. Designed to further philanthropy and volunteerism in our community's emerging leaders, Highlands Circle recognizes young leaders who invest in the Live United Fund annually. 

Highlands Circle connects its members to United Way's work and provides them with opportunities to elevate student success, support families, and engage communities throughout Buncombe County.


Joining is easy. Passionate about investing in and connecting with our community? Those who are under the age of 40 and invest a meaningful annual gift to the Live United Fund qualify.

  • Donate to the Live United Fund by making a gift through your workplace campaign, by mail, have us set up any of the billing options below, or give now online and indicate your interest in Highlands Circle. 
  • We offer payroll deduction, credit card, bank draft, and paper billing options, and can do so on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
  • For detailed information about Highlands Circle, please contact Nicole Vertel, 828.407.0235. 

And be sure to connect with us on Facebook

We want you to be an active participant and bring prospective members with you. Our benefits mirror your requests, so get ready to take your personal and professional life to the next level. 

  • Networking and volunteer opportunities;
  • Nonprofit committee and possible Board experience;
  • Joint events with Leadership Givers; and
  • Year-round communications detailing the great work accomplished by members.

Committee Members

  • Hilary Davenport, Chair - FORVIS
  • Melody King - King Family Law
  • Rachel Dudasik - Wicked Weed
  • Kelly Larouche - Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
  • Jessie Goodwin - Parsec Financial