The mission of Council on Aging of Buncombe County is to promote the independence, dignity, and well-being of adults through service, education, and advocacy. Our vision is a community where everyone has an opportunity to age successfully.
Volunteers are needed for many services:
Homebound Food Delivery
Once a month, volunteers deliver boxes of shelf-stable food, using their own vehicle, to homebound seniors throughout Buncombe County. Services are free and support seniors who are isolated, unable to shop independently, and have limited resources. Volunteers must have access to a navigation system to map their delivery route and be physically able to repeatedly lift 25-30 pounds.
Call A Ride (CAR)
Volunteers provide transportation to seniors who can no longer drive or use public/community transportation (ART/Mountain Mobility). CAR volunteers use their own vehicles to transport seniors to their appointments, the grocery store, or to meet other needs such as haircuts or voting.
Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
SHIIP counselors help seniors understand and sign up for Medicare. Extensive training through Council on Aging and NC Department of Insurance will be provided. Services are free, unbiased and serve anyone eligible for Medicare and their caregivers.
Deliver meals using your own vehicle and/or assist at one or more of the Senior Dining and Wellness Sites in Buncombe County. Services are traditionally in a congregate setting, but due to COVID 19 we have offered hot meals at curbside in Weaverville, Shiloh, Black Mountain and downtown Asheville. Shelf stable meals and produce are being delivered to those who cannot come to the sites.
Phone number 828-277-8288