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MANNA FoodBank provides food to more than 347 member agencies throughout Western North Carolina who serve 9,000 meals each day, 365 days per year. Please volunteer or donate today!
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages helps low income craftpersons in developing nations by marketing their handicrafts. They need volunteers to be sales clerks, to unpack merchandise, stock shelves and help with inventory. Training is provided.
The North Carolina Arboretum has many volunteer opportunities which include interpretive guiding in the gardens, greenhouse and trails, grounds maintenance, assisting staff in areas such as nursery, bonsai and interior plantings, visitor services as well as clerical and library support. The Arboretum is located on a beautiful 426-acre site southwest of Asheville.
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust looking for volunteers to assist with fundraising and event coordination, administrative support, invasive species removal, and database entry. Learn about the craft of land conservation and help to protect wildlife, farm, and water resources in Henderson and Transylvania Counties.
Riverlink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play.
Asheville Humane Society needs help from anyone who loves animals.
Pet Adoption Events
Pet Supplies Plus Adoption Days
Every 2nd & 4th Friday, 11am-3pm, at Pet Supplies Plus on Hendersonville Rd.
Adoption cost is $50-100, which includes spaying/neutering, starter vaccinations, microchipping, one month of free veterinary insurance, and all the other perks you receive when adopting from the Asheville Humane Society’s Adoption Center, including a coupon book from PetsMart valuing $300.
Ever consider providing a foster home for a cat or kittens (or dogs & puppies)? It’s a truly rewarding experience and a lot of fun! Brother Wolf pays for all expenses; as the foster parent, you would bring the pets to and from adoption events (held every Wed and Sat – you’re not required to attend each), take him/her in for medical care like vaccinations or spay/neutering, and of course provide lots of love and attention. Consider this wonderful experience and you’ll truly save the life of a homeless pet. Please contact Jackie at [email protected] for more information. Brother Wolf is a no-kill rescue; all of our cats, kittens, dogs and cats live in foster homes until they are adopted. We look forward to hearing from you!
Come join our cat care team in caring for our cats and kittens awaiting their forever homes while they spend time in the Adoption Center at PetSmart on Bleachery Blvd, Asheville. Volunteers needed to scoop litter, provide fresh food and water, clean, and spend time loving and socializing the babies. Morning and evening shifts available; this is a great opportunity to help homeless animals in your community! All of our cats and kittens live in fosters homes and Brother Wolf is a no-kill organization – our animals stay with us until they find their forever homes. Please contact Peggy at [email protected] with questions or to sign up. We look forward to hearing from you!
Buncombe County Council on Aging is a non-profit corporation consisting of senior citizens groups, organizations, and individuals that provide services to older people. Visit this site to find a list and descriptions of local programs for older adults.
Volunteers are needed for many services:
Call A Ride (CAR/CAR+) is a volunteer transportation program that provides rides to seniors who can no longer drive or use public/community transportation (ART/Mountain Mobility). Our volunteers use their own vehicles to transport seniors to their appointments, the grocery store or to meet other needs such as haircuts or voting.
CAR is highly flexible. It is coordinated, in part, through an online scheduling tool which allows volunteers to sign up for rides that meet their needs and interests. Many times a client can be dropped off at an appointment while the volunteer runs errands, visits friends or relaxes with a tea until the appointment is over. Most ride requests are for office hours appointments but there are grocery runs, salon appointments and additional trips that can be made on the weekends as well. We also reimburse our volunteer drivers for their mileage- currently at a rate of $0.55 per mile.
It is a tremendous relief to our clients to have somewhere to turn when they can no longer use their vehicles. We are a society dependent on our cars, and we take them for granted, not thinking twice when we need to go to the store to get a gallon of milk, but when we lose the ability to safely drive ourselves, we lose our independence and can become isolated and home bound. The Council on Aging does not charge clients for this service but will accept donations.
Contact Heather at [email protected] or 828-277-8288 ext. 317
Our senior clients prefer to stay in their own homes but mowing grass and other minor yard work can become overwhelming. This can lead to an unsafe living environment. Volunteers are not required to have their own equipment; however if not, they will be limited to what the client has. We ask that volunteers keep lawns manageable and safe so the frequency of mowing will be determined by the lawn itself.
Contact Zoe at [email protected] or 828-277-8288 ext. 308
The Buncombe County Council on Aging
The Buncombe County Council on Aging needs individuals who enjoy public speaking and who have good people skills to talk to civic groups and clubs about the services the Council on Aging offers to the 60+ age group. Training provided.
Lead Poisoning Prevention works to proactively promote lead-safe environments for all residents of Buncombe and Henderson Counties through public education, home inspections, and professional trainings. Short-term, long-term, and ongoing opportunities are available.
For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville’s Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.
Asheville Area Arts Council has many volunteer opportunities for anyone who enjoys people, appreciates art and has some time available.
Everyday, thousands of America’s youth fall victim to bullying and discrimination. As the rate of victims rises, so does the rate of suicide. These victims need an advocate, a voice, a teammate, a hero. Be that hero and make a difference in someone’s life by taking a stand against bullying and discrimination.
Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what the YWCA is about and what it intends to do. The YWCA of Asheville offers programs in Aquatics, including swim lessons, lap and open swims, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more.
Asheville.com is proud to be an Advocate of the YWCA of Asheville.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Meals On Wheels of Buncombe County is a largely volunteer-run, Meals on Wheels provides low-priced home-delivered meals to an average of 350 local persons daily. Desperate for volunteer drivers in the downtown and Enka-Candler areas to deliver a hot nutritious lunch to the elderly and homebound.
Asheville Vistior Center
Asheville Visitor Center at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteer to help greet tourist visiting the area. Positions currently available Saturdays and Sundays.
Asheville Newcomers Club provides a great opportunity for women to make lasting friends, explore the area, and enrich their lives. Meetings are the second Monday of every month with the exception of August and September. There are many interest groups organized by members – everything from hiking to exploring Asheville locations to fun lunches to book groups. A monthly newsletter keeps members up-to-date on the many activities available. Come join us!
Come join with community volunteers and Habitat partner families as we work together to build decent, safe and affordable houses for families living in inadequate housing. Opportunities are available at our construction site or in the Habitat Home Store, which helps to fund the houses. Volunteer Orientations are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 6:00 p.m.
The Asheville Mountain Area Red Cross is part of the Western Carolinas Region of the Red Cross and serves Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina.
Books are Needed
Books are Needed at the Horizon Academy, the on-site school serving Eliada Homes. They need books appropriate for children and teens including biographies, classics, fiction, science fiction, how-to-books, social issues, spiritual, sports and expecially books dealing with contemporary teenage issues. Drop off donations at the Main Campus at 2 Compton Drive in Leicester or call 254-5356 for more information.
The Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) is a grassroots environmental organization that works to promote a sense of stewardship and caring for the natural environment. Citizens and chapters protect and preserve our natural land, water and air resources through education and public participation in policy decisions at all levels of business and government. WNCA encourages its members to recognize the interrelationships among environmental issues and to take personal responsibility for achieving protection of the their communities and the environment. We have chapters in Haywood, Buncombe, Macon, Jackson, Clay, Cherokee and Watauga Counties, as well as task forces dedicated to forests and public parks.
Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Literacy Council is a great organization to volunteer for. They offer tutoring in basic literacy skills as well as assistance for individuals for whom English is a second language. LC believes in lifelong learning.
RAISE is a radio reading service for the blind. Volunteers are recorded reading from the Asheville Citizen-Times and other area newspapers, keeping listeners informed about news and events in the community. Recordings are made weekday mornings. Please call 251-2166 or e-mail [email protected] to volunteer to read or inquire about service.
During the past ten years, AHC has been privileged to work with thepeople of Asheville and Buncombe County by providing those in search ofa new home the housing counseling, educational and supportive servicesthey needed to accomplish their goals.
If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood organization or improving the one you’re involved in, contact these folks for info and resources.
RSVP – The Volunteer Center for Those 55+
Life is a continuing journey with never-ending opportunities to learn, give, and grow. Come join other retirees in your community volunteering to make a difference and experience new and exciting ways to stay active and involved. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Land-of-Sky Regional Council is here to assist people age 55 and better find meaningful volunteer opportunities with partnering local non-profit agencies in Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison Counties. Working with 120 non-profit agencies RSVP offers over 600 volunteer opportunities from short term to ongoing, there is something for even the busiest retiree. All it takes is just a few hours a week. You know what you have to offer, we can help you find an outlet. Call us and lets us find the right volunteer opportunity for you.
For more information, please contact RSVP Coordinators Patti or Vicki at 828-251-6622 or toll free at 1-800-727-0557.
The Young Professionals of Asheville (YPA) is a group of compassionate young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 dedicated to making Asheville a better place to live. YPA helps members by providing opportunities for business networking, personal growth, leadership development and social interaction. They help our local Asheville community by volunteering their time in various different projects. YPA members are involved with the ABCCM Mn’s Shelter and various other civic organizations on a regular basis and have many social functions throughout the year. Meetings and activities are usually held at least twice a month. Please email for more information.
Our Voice provides support and counseling for survivors of sexual assault. Their volunteer advocate program enables the center to provide services on a 24-hour basis. Volunteers receive extensive training and are on call 3-4 times per month. The center can also use volunteer assistance with their educational programs and for office tasks.
Asheville Community Theatre is looking for volunteers! Our ushers, set and costume builders, actors, singers, and box office helpers are all volunteers! Volunteers are encouraged to participate in every area of production. Basic instruction and guidance is offered to each individual. If you are enthusiastic about learning a new skill, we will teach you! For more information, please contact Jenny Bunn.
Army Reserve Family Programs
Family Readiness Group is seeking volunteers to assist in monthly fundraising and training events. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) goals includes supporting the military mission through provision of support, outreach, and information to Family members. FRGs play an integral part in the Family and Soldier Readiness System (FSRS). For more information email Tiffaney Contreras, FRG Leader.
The Guardian ad Litem Program of Buncombe County seeks dedicated community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children whose cases are going through the court system. Volunteers investigate each child’s case and make independent recommendations to the Court for services, focusing on the best interests of the child. Program staff provides the necessary training for all volunteers. Please call us today at 251-6130 if interested. You will be glad you called!
Four Seasons Hospice
Four Seasons Hospice affirms life and provides holistic care in harmony with the goals of individuals with chronic, serious, or life-limiting conditions while offering support to their families and loved ones. If you would like to volunteer your time and talents with Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, please call 828-692-6178. We have many volunteer opportunities, including administrative work, patient care, mailings, special events, etc.
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Camp
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Camp hosts sessions for summer day camp for kids 6-12. Day sessions are held from 7am-6pm, Monday – Friday , offering a variety of recreational, educational, and spiritual enrichment for youngsters.
Downtown across from Pack Square, Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center houses Three Centuries of Pack Square, and is the home for the Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
“A must see” when visiting Asheville, NC.
Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, makes it easy to lend a hand and help others in our community by volunteering with local nonprofits, schools and government entities. Our service area is Buncombe County. If you have questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Charlie Lee at 828-255-0696 or visit our website for over 200 opportunities to serve.
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is seeking adult volunteers to serve as outreach leaders, troop leaders and event coordinators. Outreach leaders serve 8 weeks for 2 hours each week working with girls. Troop leaders are also needed to guide groups of girls through badge earning, community service projects and more for at least a year commitment. Event coordinators plan and implement events for girls in Henderson County.
Medical Interpreters Needed
The ABC Kids project is developing an interpreter bank of “on-call” interpreters to go with patients to their doctor appointments. Applicants must be proficient in English and Spanish, written and oral, and have some training in medical interpretation or a willingness to be trained.
March of Dimes is seeking volunteers to assist with office work-making phone calls, filing, research. Flexible hours and days.
This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, and surrounding counties.