Mountain True, previously called WNC Alliance, 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. They have chapters in Haywood, Buncombe, Macon, Jackson, Clay, Cherokee and Watauga Counties, as well as task forces dedicated to forests and public parks.
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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 ReStore, which helps to fund the houses. Additional volunteer opportunities can be found at ashevillehabitat.org/get-involved/volunteer/.
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is a nonprofit organization that teaches basic reading, writing, and English language skills to adults and children through individual and small group instruction. We are currently recruiting new volunteer tutors to work with out Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs. To learn more about how to become a volunteer tutor, please email Niki Paganelli at [email protected] or visit our website at litcouncil.com.
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!
The Bair Foundation offers help to children and families in the Asheville area. There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States and over 100,000 of those chidlren are up for adoption. We are looking for local Asheville volunteers to work as little or as many hours per week to help us with office work, running errands and general duties that aid our oragnization so that we can provide services to those kids in need.
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.
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.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Work with Co-Founders of Appalachian Wild to formalize the program and implement strategies to take advantage of the worldwide audience to support the mission. High level computer skills and social media experience required. Minimum of eight hours per week. To apply, please fill out a volunteer application and send it to [email protected]
Asheville Downtown Association hosts some of this city’s largest outdoor events like the Downtown After 5 concert series, Ingles Independence Day Celebration, Easter on the Green, Oktoberfest, Asheville Holiday Parade and more — and they’re all volunteer powered! Roles include pouring beer, selling merch, selling beverages, checking in guests, greening, backstage security and more. Perks vary per shift, but generally include some or all of the following: t-shirt, beer tokens and credit toward a big end-of-year party with drinks, food and entertainment. ADA also hosts periodic volunteer socials to promote friendship among those that come out and help at events. ADA’s mission is to promote a thriving downtown, which is accomplished through advocacy and entertainment events. Email [email protected] for more information.
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.
This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, and surrounding counties.
Come join with other local volunteers and CarePartners Foundation to help raise funding for CarePartners hospice. Opportunities are available at our Hospice Thrift store and Estate Sales Services. Please volunteer or donate today.
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.
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.
The Creative Peacemakers after school program for at risk children in West Asheville provides a safe and nourishing environment, healthy snacks, and creative activities. Our mission is to bring peace to our communities by helping our children practice peacemaking through cooperative play and creative expression. Our program currently meets during the school year on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3:30-5:30pm. There are a number of ways to be involved. Please contact Noel Schwartz, [email protected] or 901-274-3106.
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!
Asheville Area Arts Council has many volunteer opportunities for anyone who enjoys people, appreciates art and has some time available.
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.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in cooperation with the Buncombe County Library System and Council on Aging, Inc. offers free tax preparation and electronic filing of Federal and NC State tax returns for taxpayers with low- and moderate-income. This service is available from February 1, 2017 to April 15, 2017 at various libraries in Buncombe County.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers for this valuable service to our community. Training will be provided starting in December 2016.
For more information, please contact the local AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, Jurgen Dierks, by phone: 828-418-3209 or by e-mail: [email protected]
The mission of Loving Food Resources (LFR) is to provide food, health, and personal care items to people in 18 counties of Western North Carolina living with HIV/AIDS or those in home hospice care with any diagnosis. LFR is a partner agency of MANNA FoodBank (the Feeding America Program) and has been an all-volunteer agency for its first 23 years of operation. Volunteers remain the heart and soul of our organization with more than 150 volunteers participating in the operation of the pantry.
Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays at a variety of times. Contact LFR for further information about volunteering. Phone: 828-255-9282 or via email, [email protected]
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!
Volunteers and Books are Needed Books and volunteers to assist with programs are Needed at the Day Treatment Academy, the on-site school serving Eliada Homes. Books appropriate for children and teens including biographies, classics, fiction, science fiction, how-to-books, social issues, spiritual, sports and especially contemporary teenage issues are requested and appreciated. Drop off donations at the Main Campus at 2 Compton Drive in Leicester or call 254-5356 for more information or to volunteer.
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.
The American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donations. And, the number of blood drives in the Western North Carolina area have increased. There is not only a great need for blood donors, but also volunteers. Do you have great customer service skills and want to make a difference? Support the American Red Cross blood program as a Blood Donor Ambassador! American Red Cross needs Blood Donor Ambassadors at local mobile blood drives. Ambassadors help donors feel welcome and comfortable, sign them in, and visit with them while giving out snacks & beverages after they donate blood. Shifts vary with each drive, but are generally 3-5 per shift. Sign up to volunteer at www.redcross.org/volunteer or contact Alison Gibbons at [email protected] or 828-333-9296.
Volunteers are needed at Jewish Family Services for their Elder Club. Elder Club members enjoy an engaging and upbeat program with a wide range of activities, socialization, ability-appropriate exercise and a nutritious kosher meal prepared on-site. Elders must be able to ambulate and toilet themselves. Volunteers assist with activities and meal serving, join in with games and sing-a-longs and help provide a fun and safe environment. Locations in both Asheville and Hendersonville. 5-15 hours/week, flexible schedule. Call 828-253-2900.
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 Council on Aging of Buncombe County 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.
Volunteers are needed for many services:
Call A Ride (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.
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.
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.
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.
We are currently seeking people with daytime, weekday availability and a passion for working with children to be volunteer wish granters and help us enhance the wishes of our incredible Wish Kids who live in the Asheville and Hendersonville areas of North Carolina!
In this role, you work as a team to determine a child’s one true wish and give them a truly life transforming wish experience. You are also responsible for creating a wish enhancement for the child to increase the excitement for their upcoming wish!
Here are the requirements for this volunteer role:
•Complete and submit a volunteer application and Conflict of Interest Form.
•Complete a self-paid background check. The cost is roughly $26 and are run once every three years.
•Attend Wish Granter training (3 hours)
•Plan and deliver one enhancement piece/party per wish.
•Take on a minimum of 8 wishes per calendar year and 2 in one day, if applicable.
Please visit nc.wish.org to see more information on how to get involved and apply to be a Volunteer Wish Granter.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]
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.
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.
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WNCAP provides HIV-related client support, prevention, education and advocacy activities guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to health care and disease prevention. 2nd & 4th Saturday Morning Food box Delivery: 10am-noon. Ride with another team member and deliver pre-packed boxes of food to home-bound, food insecure families living in the Asheville/ Buncombe area. Requires ability to lift 50 pounds, good driving record, and confidentiality. More info at [email protected] 828-252-7489 ext.315
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.
The WWD-F Hillcrest Community Resource Center works to promote healthy living, self-sufficiency, and community wellness by increasing residents’ access to supports and services. Volunteers are needed in the Resource Center computer lab to assist with resume-building, job searches, and emails. Shifts available Mon-Thurs, 10 AM-2 PM. Volunteers are also needed to provide childcare while residents attend Resource Center classes. Shifts available Mon-Thurs, 10 AM-2 PM. Please contact [email protected], or (828) 423-2954 for more information.
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.
A-B Tech is a great place to utilize yours skills and talents to help students reach their academic goals. They maintain a corps of dedicated volunteers who complement and supplement the mission, vision, and goals of the College. These volunteers serve in a variety of capacities across all our campuses.
If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood organization or improving the one you’re involved in, contact these folks for info and resources.
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.
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.
The YMCA Youth Services center is seeking volunteers with interest in serving:
1) As an assistant in our nutrition department and healthy living initiatives programs
2) With children, tutoring at academic afterschool programs
3) General property management (projects vary)
4) Assisting in coaching youth sports
To set up a volunteer orientation and schedule, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Brooke Phillips, at [email protected]
Want to volunteer for a good cause–while enjoying the sights and sounds of downtown Asheville’s biggest music festival?
This August 4-5, LEAF Downtown AVL is bringing the best in music, art, and culinary craft to Pack Square Park, and we need YOUR help! LEAF Downtown AVL has volunteer opportunities for everyone. Want to work with kids? Help out at Family Adventure tent! Passionate about beer? Serve local craft brews at Concessions! Engaged in community issues? Spread Asheville’s diverse range of voices at the Voices of Asheville tent!
Volunteers recieve special access to an air-conditioned lounge at the Block Off Biltmore, as well as free beverages, exclusive giveaways, and an awesome t-shirt! Sign up for one or more 4-hour shifts to enjoy these great benefits! To sign up for free, please visit volunteerlocal.com.
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.
From washing dishes and helping with community outreach, to providing comfort for an animal in need, Asheville Humane Society’s lifesaving Volunteer and Foster Programs offer a wide variety of opportunities for animal lovers to use their unique talents and skills to help the animals of Buncombe County!
Our volunteers provide much-needed socialization and enrichment for our animals, assist staff in daily cleaning activities, provide support for all departments, and offer their varied expertise in many different ways each day. Our foster families help us save lives by providing a temporary, loving and restful retreat for animals in need. Volunteers and foster families also have the opportunity to receive additional training with our Behavior Department through a variety of seminars and classes.
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County 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.
March of Dimes is seeking volunteers to assist with office work-making phone calls, filing, research. Flexible hours and days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.