Giving Tuesday is December 2nd!

We have two dates for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – now, we have Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea.

You can donate to Circles of Hope Haywood or Jackson County by simply clicking on the Donate button to the right to use PayPal, or by check to:

Mountain Projects, Inc.
Circles of Hope
Specify Jackson or Haywood County
2251 Old Balsam Road
Waynesville, NC 28785
Your donation is tax deductible



Circles Update: March 27, 2014

Our most recent Circles meeting was so exciting! Our Leaders were finally matched up with their Allies, and it looks like we have some great matches going on. Once the matches took place, it was time for the Leaders and Allies to get to know each other by answering some survey questions, and they were quite eye-opening! My circle will consist of our Circle Leader and three Allies. We discussed setting goals and convenient times for us to meet. We Allies are really excited about moving forward and helping our Leader reach her goals! I hope to have some pictures available soon to post here.

We also briefly discussed the Sharing Table, which will start on April 10th. This will be set up as a type of barter and exchange system for both goods and services, and is open to both Leaders and Allies. If anyone has a specific talent (auto repair, hair cutting, child care, house cleaning) that they would like to exchange for another’s talents, we will have a list available for all to review. The same goes for household items that might be traded. This is a great, free way to help each other out.

Our next Big View Meeting, scheduled for April 10th, is open to all members of the community. Come and see what is being done about some of the major hurdles in our county.

Circles Update, March 24, 2014

By Rose Rich, Community Team Leader

We are up and running with our weekly Circles dinners and meetings, and things have been working quite well so far. Long’s Chapel’s kitchen has been put to good use by our Ally volunteers as well as volunteers from various churches. Last week, we had a group from Long’s and Cruso United Methodist Churches, who made a fabulous Baked Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans meal, topped off with cupcakes. The few leftovers were distributed to our Circle Leaders.

Our meeting this week (March 27th) is a very important week as the Circle Leaders will be matched up with the Circle Allies. Once that happens, the Circle Leaders will be setting goals and formulating a plan to reach those goals, with the help and guidance of their Allies. We are so excited to see those plans in action!

We are also looking for volunteers in our Childrens’ area; Donna Gaither, our Child Care Coordinator, could really use some backup help.  If you are interested, please contact Millie Hershenson, 828-452-1447, Ext. 134, or by email at

We are still looking for meal donations for May 15th and 22nd, as well as June and July. This is a great opportunity to meet the members of our Circles community, both Leaders and Allies, who welcome your fellowship. If you are interested in providing a meal, or would like to donate a meal, please click on the “Weekly Meetings” link and go to the documents at the bottom of the page. Or you can contact me at 828-230-8393 or by email at

Circles Update – January 1, 2014

Our Circle Leaders have been busy going through their training, and are almost ready to graduate! We will have three more training sessions at First Methodist, January 8th, 15th and 22nd.  We will then have a graduation on January 28th. I know our Circle Leaders are looking forward to moving on to the next step of the program.

Our weekly meetings will be starting on Thursday, February 6th at 6 pm at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 133 Old Clyde Road, in Clyde.  Each meeting will start with a meal, which will be provided by area churches, civic organizations and restaurants. Child care will be provided for the Circle Leaders and Circle Allies; we will then have various programs scheduled each week. In addition we will be working on a “Sharing Table,” a sort of barter and exchange among the Circle Leaders, where they will trade services and/or goods between each other.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Circle Ally, or in some other capacity, please contact Millie Hershenson at (828) 452-1447, Ext. 134.

If you or your organization are interested in helping with a donation of a meal or funds to go towards a meal, please contact Rose Rich at (828) 230-8393.

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