Jewish Family Services’ Elder Club

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.

Eliada Homes

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.

Literacy Together Buncombe County

Literacy tutoring is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you can have. When you help someone learn to read or to speak English, you enable that individual to take advantage of a new world of opportunities – at home, at work, and in the community.

Girls on the Run WNC

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Email [email protected] for more information about coaching.

The Bair Foundation

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.

Meals On Wheels of Buncombe County

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.

A-B Tech Volunteer Program

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.

Volunteermatch

This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, and surrounding counties.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Our Values
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is guided by a set of staff core values that represent the organization’s commitment to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail. We pursue our mission and vision by our dedication to:

Cooperation:
The A.T. could not exist without cooperation: cooperation between ATC, A.T. Clubs, A.T. Communities and government agencies as well as among staff members, volunteers, and our key constituencies. We respect each other and work openly together to achieve our common objectives and support our mission.

Integrity:
We conduct ourselves in accordance with the highest standards of professional and personal behavior and ethics. We are transparent, honest and ethical in all our interactions with each other as well as with our partners and all those we encounter in the broader A.T. community.

Inclusion:
ATC aspires to be a welcoming and diverse organization that attracts, retains, and values talented people from all backgrounds. We appreciate differences in one another as well as our similarities. We strive for this spirit of inclusivity to expand beyond our organization and especially to our government and volunteer partners.

Dedication:
ATC staff members are passionate in their service to the Trail. From the Executive Director to seasonal staff members, in the office or in the field, on the clock and off, we work hard to promote and preserve the A.T. experience we cherish.

Empowerment:
We empower our talented staff members to take the initiative to stimulate continuous improvement and positive change in all aspects of the organization.

Ride for Kids / Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Ride for Kids is the longest-running, most successful motorcycle charity event in the nation. Since 1984, motorcyclists have raised funds to help children with brain tumors, which are the top cause of cancer death in children. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was created in 1991 by the founders of Ride for Kids, and is now the leading nonprofit funding research into childhood brain tumors. Our events also fund free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and emergency financial aid for families.

Wands for Wildlife Intern – Appalachian Wildlife

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]

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

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.

Loving Food Resources

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]

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

The Farm Tour is ASAP’s annual event with a mission to connect our communities to local farms and producers in Western North Carolina. Farm Tour Volunteers spend one day from 12-5 pm welcoming visitors at a participating farm on the tour, and in exchange receive a free car pass to visit farms on the day they aren’t volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to support local farms and meet food and farm enthusiasts from across the region. Sign for volunteering can be done online at asapconnections.org/events/asaps-farm-tour/volunteer-for-the-tour or by contacting Robin Lenner at [email protected] or 828-236-1282. New volunteers are provided with a volunteer orientation prior to the tour, which will be conducted at the ASAP office in downtown Asheville.

The American Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities

The American Red Cross Western North Carolina Chapter of the Greater Carolinas Region proudly serves more than 5.5 million people across 51 counties, 47 in North Carolina and 4 counties in South Carolina. The organization has several volunteer opportunities available. 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! Ambassadors help donors feel welcome and comfortable, sign them in, and visit with them while giving out snacks and beverages after they donate blood. There are also additional volunteer opportunities in other areas. Please call 828-450-4087 or e-mail [email protected] to get involved.

Asheville Humane Society

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.

Young Professionals of Asheville

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.

Literacy Council of Buncombe County

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.

Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe

Our vision is that all children in our community are skilled and engaged readers. That’s why we train our volunteers to work one-on-one with K-3rd students in our local Asheville City and Buncombe County schools to help them learn to read at grade level.

Students who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are 4x more likely to drop out of school. Our committed and passionate volunteers work to help close the literacy gap and give students the skills and confidence they need to succeed both in school and in life.

Mountain True

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.

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

Interns are vital to providing care for the animals and coordination of volunteers in the Wildlife Urgent Care facility during the busy seasons which run March – September. Interns help in all aspects of the rehabilitation process, from answering phone calls and emails about wildlife, to the daily care of the animals and their holding areas to assisting with rescue and transport, as well as releasing healed animals back into the wild. Each day is different and interns must be dedicated, dependable, flexible and comfortable coordinating other volunteers while also handling communications with the public. Interns must commit to at least four shifts a week and at least a six week period and ideally up to three months. The facility will be open with days and hours based on staffing and intern availability.

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock Playhouse believes in the power of collaboration, community, and connection. Volunteers support the arts at Flat Rock Playhouse through gifts of time and resources, and they have the incredible opportunity to peek behind-the-scenes, learn more about how our hand-crafted productions come together, and connect with artists, staff members, and fellow volunteers. This team of supporters support the magic of live theater in these powerful ways:

-Maintaining and developing our beautiful gardens and grounds,

-Welcoming or sending off actors at the airport,

-Guiding guests and supporting FRP staff members as parkers,

-Preparing food for college-age apprentices,

-Attending to patrons as ushers at each performance.

As we return to a full season of live productions, we want YOU to be a part of the magic.

We hope you’ll join the team at Flat Rock Playhouse this season as a part of our volunteer community, Supporting Players!

To learn more about how to get involved, visit our website or contact us at [email protected]

https://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/volunteer

Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina

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 Community Theatre

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.