Find your friends here! Camp Ruach (that means “spirit”) welcomes all rising 1st-8th graders for a traditional day camp experience focused on building lifelong friendships and enjoying a summer full of fun. Each two-week session is built upon teaching important values through exciting activities, including sports, cooking, crafts, archery, nature expeditions, gardening, overnights, dance, music, swimming with WSI certified swim instructors, and much more.
Monday, June 13th through Friday, August 5th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
PrideStaff, a national staffing organization, offers a full range of staffing and employment services in a variety of professional and light industrial disciplines. PrideStaff provides outstanding service and results by removing the guesswork from staffing. The Asheville office uses this approach to recruit superior professional and light industrial candidates.
American Association of University Women (AAUW-Asheville) meets the 3rd Wednesdays of the month. This group is a 150 year old national organization promoting equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. The Asheville branch, North Carolina’s largest branch, and celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2014. Call Molly Keeney for more information.
2-1-1 is a nationally accredited information and referral service. 2-1-1 uses a comprehensive database of local, state, and national resources to link callers to community resources. Services include needs assessment, referral to health and human services, assistance in accessing services, advocacy, and follow up. Callers can be linked directly to volunteer opportunities through the Volunteer Center by calling 2-1-1. A 24-hour service, 2-1-1 provides after-hours coverage for several key agencies: Western Highlands, Buncombe County Department of Social Services – Adult and Child Protective Services, Helpmate, and Our VOICE. The 2-1-1 Call Center is a partnership among United Way, Ingles Markets and Buncombe County.
Helpmate provides short-term, emergency shelter for battered women and their children, counseling services for victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour crisis line, individual counseling, and support groups. Also offers professional training and public education i recognizing, treating, and preventing domestic violence.
Most people still call it Frisbee, but the Warren Wilson Ultimate Team takes the sport to a new level by competing in competitions across the country. Ultimate Frisbee combines elements of soccer, football and basketball in a fast-paced game, played with a Frisbee, where everyone is a quarterback and everyone is a receiver.
Family Caregiver Support Program Land-of-Sky Regional Council
Family Caregiver Support Program Land-of-Sky Regional Council provides support to caregivers who provide informal, unpaid care to a person 60 or older and to grandparents 60 or older who are raising their grandchildren.
Blue Ridge UFO Research Society
Blue Ridge UFO Research Society holds meetings on the third Wednesday of every other month at 7pm. This is open to the public at the Forum Hall of Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Hendersonville.
Originally formed in 1989 by a small group of darters out of Mack Kells Pub, this Asheville based steel-tip league spans most of Western North Carolina from Black Mountain to Hendersonville. Tuesday league nights.
Blue Ridge Center provides counseling for yourth and families, including substance-abusing adolescents; family preservation services for high-risk families; and specialized services for severely emotionally disturbed children. Psychological testing available for youth and adult clients.
Imagine is a non-profit creative-learning program for homeschoolers ages 5 to 17that offers workshops in creative writing, drama, Japanese, cooking, art, crafts, computer, journalism, dance, nature studies, and more.
East Asheville Bridge Club
East Asheville Bridge Club Join in this bridge group where anyone who enjoys playing bridge is sure to have fun. This group meets every Tuesday from 9-11am at the East Asheville Center at 906 Tunnel Road.
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!
Asheville Wordfest’s mission is to build and connect the diverse communities of WNC through the many forms of storytelling, increasing economic stability and growth by including all in a community conversation.
The Asheville Rowing Club is an athletic and social organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness, and fun through the sport of rowing. For more information, please contact Dion.
This group is for Children & adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder meets to provide information, resources, referrals, advocacy, coaching & positive help at the Pardee Health Education Center, Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Asheville Chapter of Links Inc. is a volunteer service organization of concerned, committed and talented women who, linked in friendship, enhance the quality of line in the community. The organization is primarily concerned with enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of African-Americans and person of African descent.
Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group
For people who suffer from sickle cell anemia, their family, friend and caregivers, and for those interested in learning more about the disease. Meetings are from 6:00 to 7:00pm the first and third Thursdays at Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church
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.
Environmental & Conservation Organization is dedicated top reserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region through Service, Education, Recreation, and Civic Action.
A unique car club for all MINI Cooper owners fainthearted area. If you love your MINI as much as we do ours, come out for our monthly Meet ‘n’ Eats. We also participate in Car Shows, Road Rallies, and Modification Days all across the Carolinas. Let’s Motor! Call Ben Wadhams for more information.
For over 30 years Asheville Humane Society has been saving homeless Buncombe County animals. Today we operate both our own state-of-the-art Adoption and Education Center and the County’s only open door shelter where no local animal is ever turned away. We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused, injured and lost animals. We provide education, training and support to keep pets in their homes. Our nationally recognized innovative programs and partnerships are steadily moving Buncombe County toward a no-kill community.
The meeting, which is offered for those in recovery from all eating disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder. The meetings are on Tuesdays, 5:30 pm at 120 D Chadwick Square, Hendersonville (off Hwy. 25 S. toward Flat Rock) and Fridays, 4:30 pm at 370 N. Louisiana Ave # G4, Asheville, NC 28806.
The YWCA of Asheville After-School program is for children in grades K-5 and focuses on homework help. Participants also enjoy a wide range of enrichment activities including swim lessons, gardening, music appreciation and arts & crafts.
Come play your favorite word game with us! We meet Sunday afternoons at 2pm-6pm at Atlanta Bread Company-North. We have all the gear, just bring your vocabulary.
Western North Carolina Sierra Club has monthly meetings offering educational speakers. They also have planned some awesome hikes in our beautiful mountains. The club meets Jan. to Nov. at 6:30PMon the second Tues. of the month at the Paine-Webber building on Charlotte Street.
The Century Club
The Century Club is recruiting volunteers to help recognize centenarians. The club was established in 1994 to honor and celebrate 100th birthdays of residents in the communities.
Buncombe County Friends for Animals operates an animal shelter which is run as an adoption center for animals; their focus is humane care and population control. Check out their photos of “animals seeking humans” and consider adoption.
Parent Support provides resources, information and support for parents of children with special needs such as: physical, mental development disability, hearing for visual impairment, chronic illness, premature birth, other health or learning related disorders. Parents are matched with support parents who have children with similar special needs.
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]
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, racoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee.
Magnetic Minds is a support group for those who have been diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder or Depression, and their loved ones. The meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-9 pm.
Waggers Dog Depot is the newest “Fun” place for dogs in Asheville. We offer a delicious variety of home made treats & chews, dog clothing, collars, leashes, tags & Pet Photography. We also provide the very best Grooming Salon for dogs and cats with our gentle, experienced groomers utilizing the latest tools & equipment. We do not cage pets while they are in our facility, thus reducing their stress level. A Self Serve Wash is available for the do it yourselfer. Come by and see what the excitement is all about and join our long list of satisfied customers. Of course dogs are always welcome and will receive a treat.
A-B Tech’s Holly Library offers library cards to students, faculty, staff and the general public. Students must show proof of enrollment and photo identification. Non-students need to show a driver’s license or other acceptable form of identification. Library cards must be updated each semester. Initial cards are free but there is a $3.00 replacement charge for lost cards.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
This group was formed in 1985 to promote the art and craft of woodworking, and through its fellowship promote communication and exchange of knowledge and techniques among area woodworkers. Meets monthly, on the third Monday.
A Western North Carolina community-based collaborative focused on sustaining farms and rural communities through an integrated action program of farmland protection, sustainable production systems, policy development, and promotion.
Iron Order Motorcycle Club in Asheville is a law abiding motorcycle club which donates and participates in charity events in the Asheville area. They also do rides and welcome anyone of any background to ride with us with any style motorcycle.
Mountain Help is a Herpes support group that meets at 7pm the first Tuesday of each month in the MAHEC building. Call (confidential voicemail) or email 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.
Over 3,000 people in WNC have learned the TM technique, and the program has been offered continuously in Asheville since 1971.
Transcendental Meditation Program — Free Introductory Talk
Learn how to access the silent, peaceful field of limitless creativity and intelligence that resides within everyone. Lecture topics include medical research on the TM technique’s effects for reducing anxiety, normalizing high blood pressure, benefits for ADHD and improved brain function. Wednesdays 7:15 PM
WNC Brain Tumor Support meets monthly from 6:00 to 7:45 PM on the third Thursday of each month. We meet at MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Building) except for special meetings like the annual survivors picnic. MAHEC is located at 121 Hendersonville Rd (near the Double Tree Hotel). The MAHEC phone number is 828-257-4400.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County allocates Community Fund dollars to 85 local health and human service programs, impacting the lives of more than 60,000 people in our community.
Valley Nature Club
Valley Nature Club meets for monthly walks to look at birds, flora, insects and other natural wonders in and around Black Mountain. Walks are open to all ages, including children when accompanied with an adult. Bring binoculars, notepad and pen.
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation works save those pets they can by placing them in local foster homes while the try to find permanent homes for them. However, the goal is an Adoption Center with quarantine space, comfortable pens, outdoor runs, a cattery, areas for training and grooming.
Asheville Stamp Club meets the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Trillium Room of the main building of Deerfield Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Rd. All stamp collectors are welcome.
D. Hiden Ramsey Library is located on the UNCA campus; this library offers a wealth of resources. Their page also offers a telnet option so you can browse their shelves.
Play Hard! Play Rugby! Asheville Rugby is a member of USA Rugby and USA Rugby South. We play a competitive fall, spring and summer season. We encourage new players to join us and learn the game and traditions of rugby. No experience is necessary.
You can’t free yourself from drug and alcohol addiction until you understand depression, loneliness, anxiety and other things that push us to substance abuse. We teach you healthy ways to deal with these basic human emotions and to cope with the desire for abuse.
The Asheville Quilt Guild consists of over three hundred members. They have a diverse membership with newcomers joining all the time. The Guild started in 1988 when the organizers of Asheville’s terrific street fair, Bele Chere, asked a group of local quilters to organize a quilt show for the fair. This “seed group” thought it was high time a local Guild got going, and the Asheville Quilt Guild was born.
Asheville Women for Sobriety is a woman’s alternative to AA. Meetings are at the YWCA (185 S.French Broad Ave.) on Thurs. evenings from 6:30-8 pm.
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.
Youth Council Meeting
Youth Council Meetings meets alternate Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Buncombe County Recreational Services Building. The ABCYC promotes leadership and community involvement for youths ages 13-18.
Parents Enabling Parents
This support group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 11:30am at the Church of the Resurrection on Patton Avenue. Bring your own lunch.
The intention of this organization is to provide a center for information and resources that will shorten the time between loss and reunion. The counties included in Western NC are listed on the “Post A Listing” page.
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.
League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging political involvement by increasing the public’s knowledge of and participation in the electoral process.
The Autism Support Group
The Autism Support Group meets throughout Asheville at different times and locations. If you need help or just want to talk give us a call.
The Mountains of Asheville Flute Association is a club for flute players of all ages and abilities. We have a flute choir that rehearses regularly and plays concerts and we sponsor events for flute players.
We are a group of diverse and energetic young professionals dedicated to making Buncombe County a better place to live. By creating synergies with Buncombe County non-profit organizations, we strive to increase awareness of, and assist in fundraising for, deserving non-profits that share our vision of a better Buncombe County.
Connection is for people living with mental illness to learn from each other’s experiences, as well as offer and receive encouragement and understanding.
Family Support Group is for family and loved ones of someone living with mental illness.
Both Connection and Family Groups meet on the first Saturdays at 10:00 AM and the third Tuesdays at 6:00 PM of each month. Connection also meets on the second and fourth Mondays at 11:00 AM.
All groups are 90 minutes, free of charge, and held on a drop-in basis. Connection and Family groups met at our offices located at 356 Biltmore Avenue (upper level), Asheville, NC 28801.
Haywood Animal Welfare Association believes in community education and service. They strive to ensure humane treatment of animals though various community services such as pet therapy, education programs as well as promoting pet adoption. All their friends have been rescued from the Haywood County Animal Shelter and are either in foster care or at Animal Supply House in Waynesville.
Invites all women 18 and over to join the fun of singing 4 part barbershop harmony every Tuesday at Covenant Community Church. We sing many different genres–gospel, blues, Broadway show tunes, folk songs–just to mention a few. No previous musical instruction is required; you don’t have to be able to read music. A good ear, a love of harmony, and the desire for instant friends and fellowship are all that’s necessary. Please visit our website www.songosky.org or call toll free. Better yet–plan to visit a rehearsal and see what we are all about: REAL women-REAL harmony–REAL fun!
Just across the street from the Omni Grove Park Inn lies a destination unlike any other: Grovewood Village, housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries. The 11-acre property, celebrating its centennial this year, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, a sculpture garden, Golden Fleece restaurant, and an antique car museum. Free parking on-site.
Mountains Housing Opportunities provides safety-related home repairs for low-income homeowners, including elderly, disabled, and families with children. MHO also works to move homeless members of our community into permanent housing and links them with the services, training, education, and employment opportunities that will help them succeed in permanent housing.
The Mountain Shag Club Inc. was formed in November 1988 as a non-profit corporation and is a member of the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs. We have 100+ members from Western North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and the surrounding areas. Our club parties take place in Asheville and Hendersonville, N.C. Please join us on the Dance Floor!
Compassion for Animals
Compassion for Animals meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:30pm at Friends Meeting Place at 227 Edgewood Street. This active animal rights group believes in granting basic rights to sentient non-human animals and ending institutionalized animal exploitation.
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.
A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Please note that the Arboretum recently increased its personal vehicle parking fee to $14 in order to help sustain new and future upgrades at the Arboretum and also create more job opportunities. Also, commercial vehicle parking is $50, bus parking is $100, and the first Tuesday of each month is half off personal vehicle parking.
Blue Ridge Al-Anon Family Group holds meetings on Mondays at 8pm at St. John in the Wilderness parish house in Flat Rock.
The signs and symptoms of withdrawal are very serious. Unfortunately, the community does not discuss these dangers often enough, and most webpages offering information are commercial with an interest in client acquisition. Withdrawal.org is part of the USA Addiction Treatment Partnership created to assist in these issues.
WNC Pilots Association meets at 6pm the third Tuesday of each month. Aviators host their monthly meeting at Basil’s Restaurant across from the Asheville Regional airport.
Blue Ridge Humane Society is a no-kill, limited admission animal adoption and rescue center. Located at US 64 East. All animals spayed or neutered and Current on vaccinations.
American Business Women’s Association – LaBelle Pomme Chapter The LaBelle Pomme Chapter meets at 6pm the second Monday of each month at Barker Heights Baptist Church fellowship hall. Call for more information.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) strives to improve the quality, geographic distribution, and retention of health care professioals throughout a 15-county region. Visit their site for a comprehensive view of the educational programs and services they offer.
ALADN Support Group
A Learning and Attention Difference Network providing help, education and success strategies meets from 7:00 to 8:30pm the first Tuesday of each month at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 250 Roseman Highway, Brevard. The group also meets from 7:00 to 8:30 the second Tuesday of each month.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step program for those who find that once they start eating certain foods, they can’t stop. Meetings on THURSDAYS, 6:30pm, at Biltmore United Methodist Church.
Our performances include hilarious segues characterized by G-rated humor reminiscent of Vaudeville days. Though centered in Asheville, our membership includes men from five western North Carolina counties. We enjoy a variety of vocal music activities throughout the area and take pride in our affiliation with the world’s largest singing fraternity—the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Card and Board Games are offered at 1:30 and 4pm every Thursday at the Sammy Williams Senior Center. This is free and open to all seniors.
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.
Hope-A Women’s Cancer Center has been dedicated to the privilege of providing the best possible health care for women. With a highly skilled staff and an innovative interior design, Hope provides patients with a beautiful and friendly atmosphere while remaining an office full of professionalism and the latest medical technology.
Childbirth Education Classes
Offered on Monday Tuesday or Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Prepare for the birth of your baby by learning what to expect and practicing comfort measures for labor.
Mountain Mommas a group for mothers that meets the last Wednesday of every month at the YWCA on South French Broad to hear experts speak on various topics ranging from vaccines, potty training and how to begin disciplining small children.
Kids Night Out
Kids Night Out is a group that meets at YMCA Central Branch from 6-9pm on the first and third Friday of each month. This program is for ages 5-12. Cost is $5-$10. Parents must register and pay two days in advance of the program.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), is a non-profit, educational and service organization driven to establish engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please visit our website to learn more or contact us.
ECAC has opened a new WNC office in Asheville’s United Way Building. ECAC is committed to improving the lives and education of all children though a special emphasis in children with disabilities.
Zero Population Growth of Asheville
Zero Population Growth of Asheville meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm. Rampant population growth is causing urban sprawl and record numbers of bad air days. Can it be stopped? Yes!
Healing Cancer Naturally is a support group for those who choose to take a mind/body/spirit approach to healing, without chemo and radiation. Meetings are held at OM Sanctuary, 87 Richmond Hill Drive, on the 2nd Friday of the month at 5:30pm. There’s a second meeting on the third Saturday of the month at Green Sage Café (Westgate) at 11:30.
Meet other local adults dealing with ADD or ADHD. Gather to share your experiences, progress, and thoughts with one another. Discuss the latest information, research, books, programs, treatments. Share your best methods of adaptation, working around weaknesses, relying on strengths. This is a positive group which meets once a month.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC matches youths ages 6 to 15 who are primarily from single-parent families with an adult mentor who can help develop positive personal growth by enabling the youth to develop a long-term, consistent friendship with an adult role model.
For those who like to run around, all ages and abilities welcome. Visit the site for more info on the exciting First Annual Mount Mitchell to Black Mountain Marathon Challenge!
Ethridge Women’s Club
Ethridge Women’s Club Meets third Tuesday of each month at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Groups Funds scholarships at Asheville- Buncombe Technical Community College and UNCA Asheville; also does volunteer work at VA Hospital and Helpmate. Main fund-raiser is a pecan sale.
Eliada Home is a non-profit agency dedicated to helping children succeed. Located on a historic 200-acre campus in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Eliada serves children and families through a diverse spectrum of programs and services, including residential care, child development services, foster care, community support services, therapeutic recreation, and many others.
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.
Asheville Police Department personnel are very visible and accessible to the community. Their method of patrolling the city takes many forms; you’ll see them walking and driving as well as on horseback and bicycle.
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!
As the population of Buncombe County continues to grow, new homes arebuilt and new residents arrive from other parts of the country. Thismeans more people need reliable information on planting and maintaininglawn, garden, and landscape areas in Western North Carolina. In aneffort to meet these demands for information, Cooperative Extension isavailable to help county residents manage their landscape and gardenareas in an environmentally responsible manner.
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.
There are several Lions Clubs throughout Asheville. Please visit the North Carolina Lions Club for more information.
Asheville Breakfast Lions Club meets at 7am the fourth Thursday of each month at Cornerstone Restaurant on Tunnel Road. 687-1702.
Asheville Greater Reynolds Lion Club meets at 6pm the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Reynolds Fire Department. 298-3651.
West Asheville Lions Club meets at 6pm the second and fourth Monday of each month at St. George’s Episcopal Church on School Road. 683-3485 (Gladys) or 215-7658 (Susie)
Greater Asheville Lions Club meets at 6pm the second and fourth Tesday of each month at Brooks Howell Nursing Home. 667-5177.
Asheville Lions Club meets at noon the first and third Wednesday of each month at Damon’s Restaurant on Tunnel Road. 258-1177.
Barnardsville Lions Club meets at 7pm the second and fourth Monday of each month at Barnardsville Fire Department. 626-2917.
Biltmore Lions Club meets at 6:30pm the first and third Thursday of each month at Corner Stone Restaurant on Tunnel Road. 274-2766.
Black Mountain Lions Club meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Monte Vista Hotel. 669-7376.
Brevard Lions Club meets at 6 PM on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Hampton Inn.
Brevard Davidson River Lions Club meets at 6:30pm the first and third Tuesday of each month at Pisgah Forest Lions Dens on US 64 East. 884-4101
Bryson City Lions Club meets at 7pm the first and third Thursday of each month at Western Sizzlin. 448-2189
Candler Lions Club meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Monday of each month at Wildlife Club on Glady Fork Road. 667-4141
Candler-Upper Hominy Lions Club meets at 7pm the first and third Thursday of each month at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. 665-1008.
Canton Lions Club meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Pisgah High School Cafeteria. 648-4192.
Clyde Lions Club meets at 6:30pm the first and third Monday of each month at Central Methodist Church. 456-3629.
Enka Lions Club meets at noon the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Hominy Masionic Lodge on Old Pisgah Highway. 645-0935.
Erwin Distric Lions Club meets at 7pm the first and third Thursday of each monthat Erwin Lions Community Center. 254-3636.
Etowah Lions Club meets at 7pm the second and fourth Tuesdays of each monthat the Etowah Lions Den. 891-8183.
Haw Creek meets at 6:45 pm the first and third Tuesday of each month at Corner Stone Restaurant on Tunnel Road. 298-1899.
Hazelwood meets at 6:30pm the first and third Thursday of each month at Hazelwood Presbyterian Church. 452-2059.
Hendersonville meets at 12:30pm on Fridays at The Chariot on Church Street. 894-3183.
Hendersonville Daybreak meets at 7:00am the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Dixie Diner on Brevard Road. 696-7851.
Hendersonville Four Seasons meets at 8pm the first and third Tuesday of each month at Pat’s School of Dance. 749-9161.
Highlands meets at 7pm the first Monday of each month at Rib Country on Spring Street. 526-3520.
Hot Springs meets at 7pm the first Thursday of each month and at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of each month at Lions Hut. 622-7467.
Lake Junaluska meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Shoney’s in Clyde. 627-2804.
Leicester Newfound meets at 7pm the first and third Thursday of each month at Leicester Volunteer Fire Department. 254-9560.
Mars Hill meets at 6:30pm the first Monday of each month at Mars Hill Retirement Center and the third Monday of each month at Mars Hill College Cafeteria. 689-3659.
Marshall meets at 7pm the second and fourth Monday of each month at Carls Country Restaurant in Marshall. 649-2964.
Mills River meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Royal Steak House in Fletcher. 891-7050.
Mountain Home meets at 7:00pm the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Mountain Home Lions Den in mountain Home. 693-4814.
Murphy meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Sirloin Steak House in Murphy. 837-1910.
Pigeon Community meets at 6:30pm the third Tuesday of each month at Duvall’s Restaurant in Waynesville. 456-7727.
Pigeon Valley meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Bethel United Methodist Church in Waynesville. 648-6068.
Pisgah Forest meets at 7pm the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Pisgah Forest Lions Den in Pisgah Forest. 883-8596.
Robbinsville meets at 6:30pm the first and third Thursday of each month at Joyce Kilmer Restaurant in Robbinsville. 479-2461.
Saluda meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Monday of each month at Episcopal Parish House on Seminary Street. 799-1933.
Sylva meets at 7pm the first and third Tuesday of each month at Bella Roma on Skyland Drive. 293-5012.
Swannanoa Valley meets at 6:30pm the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Buckeye Community Center. 669-2492.
Tryon meets at 7:00pm the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Sow Sun Restaurant in Columbus. 894-2673.
Upper Transylvania meets at 7:00pm the second and fourth Monday of each month at Powells Paint and Body in Rosman.
Valley Springs meets at 6:30pm the first and third Monday of each month at Crescent View Retirement Community on Hendersonville Road. 681-9596.
Weaverville meets at 7pm the second and fourth Monday of each month at Weaverville Methodist Church. 645-9386.
Waynesville meets at 6:30pm the first and third Thursday of each month at Waynesville Recreation Center on Vance Street. 452-0956.
Asheville-Buncombe PC User’s Group From engineers to homemakers, the A/B PC User’s Group join monthly to share ideas. . . and there’s a door prize at each meeting!
The Asheville Area Arts Council was founded more than forty years ago as a community arts council serving the needs of Western North Carolina. Designed as an umbrella service organization, AAAC is dedicated to developing cultural resources, city and audience development, fund raising and grant allocations, and administrative assistance.
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.
Pisgah Climbers Assoc.
A nonprofit group of climbers,camps, commercial outfitters, and guides who work with the U.S. Forest Service to preserve an protect climbing areas and trails.
Nearly 1.4 million Lions members in 194countries and geographic areas answer the needs that challenge the communities of the world. Lions tackle tough problems like blindness,drug abuse prevention and diabetes awareness.
Call 684-7744 for times and locations.
Call 645-3840 for times and locations.
Call 274-2766 for times and locations.
Call 686-4693 for times and locations.
Call 665-2320 for times and locations.
Call 670-5918 for information. Meets at noon, first and third Wed. at the Masonic Lodge, Old Pisgah Highway,Candler.
Call 683-1668 for information. Meets at7PM, first and third Thurs. at the clubhouse on Erwin Hills Drive.
Call 298-9699 for times and locations.
Call 253-9598 for times and locations.
The Carolina Mountain Club was organized to foster the enjoyment of the mountains through hiking and to encourage the conservation of our natural resources. This purpose is achieved primarily through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. Please choose from the following pages to find out more about the CMC.
Better Business Bureau — Asheville, North Carolina If you are having a problem, you need to report it, and try to prevent someone else from having the same experience.
Green roofs, naturally built bus shelters, beautiful murals and mosaics, tree plantings, neighborhood gathering places built by the people who live there,; ponds that catch, clean, and re-use rain water, simultaneous neighborhood block parties, multicultural exchanges, herb walks downtown, theatre in the streets, urban regeneration, more community gardens; more bicyclists; a Green Kid’s Parade & Festival, Pritchard Park as Vilalge Squar, volunteering for a better Asheville.
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.
Our mission is to work towards the end of euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals as a means of population control in our community. Working collaboratively with other like-minded organizations, we strive to achieve this goal through aggressive spay/neuter, education, and our foster care system, providing dogs with a temporary sanctuary and comprehensive training until they can be placed in a permanent, carefully screened home.
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.
Women in Recovery
This a Christian-based support group meets at Central United Methodist Church, room 303 Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00pm. They present positive topic sessions focusing on embracing life through group support for women actively recovering from all addictions welcome (chemicals, eating disorders, depression, etc).
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance brings innovative dance to the community of Asheville as well as the state of North Carolina through concert performances; collaborations with local and nationally known artists and arts organizations; and outreach programs for children of all cultural and economic backgrounds designed to delight, enlighten and educate.
Our VOICE is a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County. The agency was founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer grassroots organization. The agency remained underground until August 1983 when we received our 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit agency and the first employee was hired. Now, 40 years and considerable growth later, Our VOICE employs six paid staff and over 50 volunteers, working both to support the healing of survivors of sexual violence and to prevent future acts of sexual violence.
Trout Unlimited Land-of-Sky is an organization of anglers and conservationists dedicated to the protection of trout and their habitat. Visit their site to learn more about those trout streams within casting distance of Asheville.
Blue Ridge Living History Society of North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Living History Society of North Carolina, a family-oriented, non-profit Civil War re-enacting organization, is seeking recruits in the area. Members will have an opportunity to attend re-enactments all over the eastern United States.
American Business Women’s Association – Hy-Hopes Chapter The Hy-Hopes Chapter meets at 5pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Employment in the business world required.
Since the 1990’s, Meals On Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County has been working with local pet stores, veterinarians and community groups to provide pet food and other services to senior pet owners. To contribute to the Meals On Wheels Pet Food program, please send donations to 146 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801.
Carolina Nature Photography Association
The CNPA sponsors an outing from 8:00 to 11:00am the third Saturday of odd numbered months at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. Free. Monthly meetings are from 7:00 to 9:00pm the first Sunday at the Botanical Gardens in Asheville.
Asheville Nurse Support is a two prong support organization founded by nurses to provide professional leadership and development for nurses as well as offer unique support for caregivers and patients!
Nurse Support is unique in our ability to network and connect patients and caregivers in the complex health system to meet their needs for optimal patient outcomes. We are able to offer support to families in urgent, temporary crisis situations.
In addition we are continually striving to enhance the nursing profession through clinical coaching. We connect nurses and nursing students with one-on-one face-to-face education, mentoring and preceptors in a private setting with expert nurses.
Club W, the YWCA Health & Fitness Center offers a fitness room with strength training equipment, weights and the latest technology in cardio equipment. Yoga, cardio, meditation, and pilates classes are offered in the YWCA fitness studio. Participants also have access to an indoor heated indoor pool for water exercise and lap swimming. For more information call Susan Macdonald at or go to
The YWCA Support Our Students (SOS) program is a state-funded after-school program designed to prevent juvenile crime by offering enriching activities and tutoring for middle-school students.
Leadership Asheville Seniors is a program for retirement aged people in Buncombe County. During seven day-long sessions in a variety of locations around the community, participants meet with community leaders, activists, and politicians to gain in-depth understanding of the area’s history, people, institutions, challenges, and opportunities. Leadership Asheville Seniors participants often use the program to reevaluate their choice of volunteer roles or to find new ones.
Peak Swimming is a totally non-profit team with a non-paid parent run board. Each swim family pays a fee for each swim session for their swimmer or swimmers. The team also allocates scholarships to swimmers according to a percentage of income the team has per session. We are not only a competitive swim team. We offer a swim school, masters swimming, conditioning through swimming or just stroke perfection.
Pan Harmonia is an independent repertory company based in Asheville, North Carolina, directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck. Nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, educational residencies and community outreach.
CarolinaHealth and Environment Community Center is a virtual center where individuals and community groups can find information about health and environmental issues.Dogwood Alliance is a growing regional network, comprised of 70 grassroots organizations in 17 states and concerned citizens from across the nation. We share a mission of protecting Southern forests and communities by engendering broad-based, diverse support for ending unsustainable industrial forest practices.
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.
Families Together meets in Hendersonville from 10am-noon each third Saturday of the month at the children and Family Resource Center on Fifth Avenue. They offer support to parents of children with disabilities. Child care is provided.
noon: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St.
6 p.m.: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave.
7:30 p.m.: First United Methodist Church, 77 Jackson St., Sylva
8 p.m.: Ledger Baptist Church, 208 Church Road, Bakersville
8 p.m.: Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock.
10 a.m.: St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill Drive, Arden
4 p.m.: Grace Church, 242 Highway 107 N., Cashiers
7 p.m.: First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St.
7:30 p.m.: St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 256 East Main St., Brevard
8 p.m.: Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard
11:30 a.m.: Pardee Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Season Blvd., Hendersonville
5:45 p.m.: (Women only) Asbury Memorial United, 171 Beaverdam Road
7 p.m.: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave.
7 p.m.: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road
7 p.m.: Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock
7 p.m.: New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road
noon: Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard
1 p.m.: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St.
8 p.m.: Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swann St.
9 a.m. & 10 a.m.: First Baptist Church Annex, 213 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville
10 a.m.: First Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin
10 a.m.: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave.
10 a.m.: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St.
noon: First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St., Weaverville
5 p.m.- West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road
The alumni association for Leadership Asheville and Leadership Asheville Seniors. It’s purpose and mission is to advance leadership in the Asheville – Buncombe County, NC community and to provide public forums on issues critical to the future well-being of the region(Alumni Association).
New Choices Women’s Economic Empowerment Support Group – Circles of Hope
New Choices Women’s Economic Empowerment Support Group – Circles of Hope for single mothers and displaced homemakers meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the YWCA. New Choices also provides assistance with access to community resources for economic self-sufficiency, goal setting, education and drop in child care.
An information and resource center for families with children with disabilities. The parent center helps families collaborate with schools on educational issues, understand their child’s disability, and find community resources.
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.
The Hemlock Society of Asheville
The Hemlock Society of Asheville meetings are usually held on the second Sunday of September, November, January, March and May, to discuss how to educate, advocate, and legislate to support choice and dignity at the end of life.
Supplemental Nutrition Program
Supplemental Nutrition Program this program, for women, infants and children, is a preventative nutrition program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding guidance to low income, pregnant woman, new mothers and infants and children who are at nutritional risks.
Since 1984, Gallery of the Mountains has featured American handmade crafts by more than 100 local and regional artists of the Southern Appalachians. Shop their unique collection of artisan-made clothing, jewelry, pottery and more, with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. The gallery is located inside The Omni Grove Park Inn (Sammons Wing Promenade). Be sure to visit their sister shop, Grovewood Gallery, located across the street in Grovewood Village.
It is often quoted, significantly, that the Great Smokies have more species of trees than the whole of Europe. A great variety of herbaceous plants are also found in abundance in the Southern Appalachians as well – reportedly over 1500 species.
The Black Mountains Conservation Project is a project of the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition which seeks to educate local communities about this unique biological region.
Carolina Convertible Car Club
For anyone with a convertible who enjoys motoring with the top down – come join us for weekend rides, no memberships dues, few formalities, just driving and social fun.
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.
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.
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.
There are several Kiwanis Clubs throughout Asheville.
Asheville Golden K Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Mondays at Ryan’s Steakhouse on Patton Avenue. 252-8995.
Asheville Sunrise Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30am on Wednesdays at the Corner Stone Restaurant. 667-9511.
Franklin and Macon County Kiwanis Club meets at 8am on Tuesdays at Angel Community Hospital. 586-2466.
Kiwanis Club of Asheville meets at noon on Fridays at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. 628-4581.
Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain-Swannanoa meets at 11:45am Thursdays at the Campfire restaurant. 669-2211.
Kiwanis Club of West Asheville meets at 6:45pm on Thursdays at Shoney’s on Smoky Park Highway. 645-9424.
Madison County Kiwanis Club meets at 12:30pm on Thursdays at Mars Hill College cafeteria. 626-2812.
North Buncombe Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30am on Tuesdays at Christ United Methodist Church in Weaverville. 251-2500.
Waynesville Kiwanis Club meets at 11:30am on Tuesdays at Waynesville Country Club. 456-3982.
Coping with Illness Support Group – Pathways Group is offered to people who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Group provides a place to share fears, hopes, treatment issues, beliefs and successes. Meetings are from 5:30 to 7:00pm on Mondays at Pathways-Life After Cancer
Astronomy Club of Asheville is a club dedicated to helping people at all levels of interest in astronomy, regardless of age or experience. Indoor meetings are the first Thursday of the month from 6-8pm.
We meet once a month, but the date and the location varies depending on the activity. Our meetings are centered around socializing and support. Examples include a Mother’s Day dinner, family picnics and open gyms, mom’s movie night, and a Holiday party. Please visit our website for additional information.
Join other mineralogy & geology enthusiasts for a monthly program fields and other related activities. Meet at 7:00pm the first Monday of each month at the Murphy-Oakley Community Center on Fairview Rd. in Asheville.
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville. NC Stage is a local hit, having won the 2005 Mountain Xpress Best Local Theatre Company award as well as producing many stellar successful productions. All performances at NC Stage Company Theatre, located on Walnut Street. For more information of current prodcutions please visit www.ncstage.org or call the Box Office.
American Singles Golf Association meets 2nd Tuesday night of each month at 5:30 pm at Rezaz Restaurant at 28 Hendersonville Road. The group meets for golf outings and social events for singles. Call Kathie Alonso for more information.
Asheville Area Habitat seeks qualified applicants for its affordable single family homes being built in West Asheville. Houses are sold to families at no-profit and are financed with a 0% interest loan. Mortgage payments average between $375-$550/month. Applications are always being accepted.
Smart Growth Partners of Western North Carolina
Smart Growth Partners of Western North Carolina is a grassroots non-profit organization working to achieve livable,healthy, and economically robust communities through compact and orderly development and redevelopment.
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.
Asphalt Sisters: Blue Ridge Chapter are an Asheville, NC area all female motorcycle group. Their group includes all types/makes of motorcycle and skill levels. They are a no drama “no fuss-no muss” riding group. They welcome ALL FEMALE RIDERS from all walks of life, and all stages of life. Their goal is to bring together women who enjoy riding and want camaraderie on the road. They want everyone to feel welcome and part of the group. They are open to destination ideas, and encourage suggestions. They hope to meet you soon!
Aston Park Tennis Center
Aston Park Tennis Center is one of the finest public clay court facilities in the United States. There are 12 lighted clay courts designed and constructed of the Har Tru Fast Dry clay court material. The center is open to the public.
The College for Seniors offers a wide range of classes to people over 50. With full access to the resources of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, College for Seniors members keep mentally and physically fit through participation in classes and possibly even teaching. Educational travel opportunities are also available.
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.
The Asheville Chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce is a group of compassionate young professionals between the ages of 21 and 39 dedicated to making Asheville a better place to live. Jaycees help 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. Asheville Jaycees are involved with the ABCCM Men’s Shelter and Quality Forward organizations on a regular basis and have many social functions throughout the year. Meetings and activities are usually held at least twice a month.
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, North Carolina is located in one of the three most diverse temperate ecosystems on earth – the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Our collections are primarily native species displayed in both natural settings and in ways designed for ease of examination and beauty.
Mission is to provide effective, high-quality legal counseling and representation for poor people in certain non-criminal matters that address the client’s basic needs; to ensure equal justice for poor people; to advance and protect the legal rights of the poor, and substantially improve their live.
This is the premier youth track and field program in the mountains for kids 6-18 and has been in existence since 1990. They have over 20 volunteer coaches and each year host a major track meet for kids at UNCA.
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.
The Asheville Hub is providing Asheville and other Buncombe County residents with a choice about the future of our community and the leadership to make our vision a reality. We do this by serving as a catalyst for collaboration around a coordinated, specific vision of what our economy and our community can become.
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families Meets at Grace Episcopal Church 871 Merrimon Ave. on Fridays 7:00-8:30PM. ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you are meant to be through this 12-step fellowship.
The Old Farmer’s Ball Dance is held every Thursday evening at Warren Wilson College, so grab your partner and head over for some good music and dancin’.
Seniors are invited to participate in planned activities and fellowship, and receive a hot, delicious meal at any of four sites in Buncombe County (Black Mountain, Weaverville, downtown Asheville, and Shiloh). There is no set price for the meal, but donations are gladly accepted. Transportation is available for most people through Mountain Mobility with advance notice.
Asheville-Buncombe Library System is composed of a main library, 11 branch libraries, a law library and bookmobile.
You may telnet into the ABLS online catalog from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. to search their library catalog and see if the book you want is available or checked out.
click here [login: ablsguest, password: guest]
– for Next and F13 keys use Control-N
– for Previous key use Control-P
– for Exit key use Control-Z
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We provide a place for women’s emotional, creative, and spiritual nourishment, healing, and support, as we celebrate the unity, diversity, & empowerment of women through music.
Issues youth employment permits. Both the Department of Social Services and the Department of Labor maintain a file of these permits. DSS has a copy of the state and federal laws regarding youth employment which is available for parents or employers. In addition, employers are required to know applicable state and federal laws regarding youth employment. Work permit applications can be obtained online.
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.
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.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
National Girls and Women in Sports Day, held at UNC-A, is a community event designed to expose women and girls to a variety of activities to inspire them to lead active, healthy lives. For more info, or to register, contact Allison Dains.
Catman-2 operates the largest cats-only, no-kill shelter in WNC. Carts are tested for feline leukemia, have all vaccinations, and if old enough, are spayed or neutered. Adoption fees are $60. Some cats are de-clawed and some are pure breed. You will surely fine the cat of your dreams.
Breast Cancer Support, Sisterhood of Survivors
Breast Cancer Support, Sisterhood of Survivors meets are at noon the last Thursday of the month, at the Community Room at Carolina Community Bank in Brevard.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Department,in conjunction with the Buncombe County Economic Development Commission, exists to promote and service business and industrial growth. We provide confidential assistance to relocating and expanding industry and business with current statistical data, labor market analysis, information on community services, governmental and financial issues, etc.
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/.
Our mission “Bringing together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership,education, networking support and national recognition.”
ABWA meets the first Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. for networking, dinner, business meeting, and fellowship. Visit our website for more information.
This is a wonderful program administered by the Asheville Housing Authority; it assists families in creating and acting upon a plan that leads them to economic independence.
This is a Yahoo group for RPG players in Asheville, NC. Whether you’re an RPG player looking for a group to join, or a group who wants to bring in new members to your campaign, this is the place for you!
MaryPaws Animal Adoptions rescues pregnant cats ready to give birth to their litters. We need foster homes to care for the new mothers until their kittens are weened and ready for adoption. If your loving home is available to foster these beautiful cats and would like to share in the joy of playful baby kittens, please call Mary for more information.
Toastmasters members learn to speak simply by speaking, and they learn leadership by leading.
Arise and Shine Toastmasters
Blue Ridge Toastmasters
Gateway to the Smokies Toastmasters
meets Mondays at 5:30PM at the Haywood County Public Library, 402 S. Haywood Street, Waynesville. Call (828) 456-9159for more information.
Land of Sky Toastmasters
Women’s Rugby Club
Women’s Rugby Club needs approximately 20 women for Asheville’s First Women’s Rugby Club. No experience necessary to be part of the team. Call Jessica Maddox for more information.
Attachment Parenting Internationa
Attachment Parenting International is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization which offers emotional,educational, and practical support to parents who practice attachment style parenting or wish to learn more about this style of parenting.
The Western Carolina Botanical Club (WCBC) was founded in 1973 by a small group of residents in Western North Carolina who wanted to learn about the plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The mission of the Club is to identify and study native plants and their habitats and to advocate the protection of biodiversity in our natural world.
Asheville Ultimate Club meets three times weekly to have fun and ultimately throw their discs around. Visit their site for more on scheduling and to view lots of ultimate action shots.
The YWCA of Asheville Child Care Center provides safe, stimulating, and affordable care for the babies, toddlers and pre-school children of working parents. The Child Care Center has separate, age-appropriate classrooms. This multi-cultural program emphasizes the appreciation of other cultures, academics in the everyday, and non-violent play.
Food Addicts Anonymous
This 12-step program for those who find that once they start eating certain foods, they can’t stop. Meetings are at 2:00pm Wednesdays at St. Luke’s Church.
Earth First! meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm. All are welcome to attend the meetings at the Fortune Building in West Asheville.
f/32 meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7pm. All levels of photography experience are welcome to bring prints or slides to share in Carmike Hall on the UNCA campus. Anyone interested in joining a photography club is welcome.
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.
Humane Alliance of WNC Spay/Neuter Clinic is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation by providing high volume, high quality, targeted, affordable sterilization services of companion animals.
Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.
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 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.
The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. We perform a monthly live magic show at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” acts as a fundraiser for the non-profit and showcases the talents of people with disabilities and those who wish to help them.
Three Streams Family Health Centeris a faith-based family practice which serves both insured and uninsured people in Western North Carolina. For those without insurance, we work on a sliding scale based on income and household size. We believe in excellent patient care with an emphasis on whole health, body, mind, and spirit. We offer extended hours and interpretation services, 828-285-9725; Para español, deje su mensaje en la extension telefónico 509.
As the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum, its collection and programs are the only such resources available to the diverse communities in the region. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Museum is pleased to offer free admission from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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.
Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts maintains 54 public parks, 6 miles of greenways, 11 community centers, numerous programs for youth, seniors and outdoor enthusiasts, a comprehensive athletic program and many facilities that provide resources for a range of activities. The department is nationally accredited and a gold medal winner.
The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville is a non-profit organization of gardeners residing in Asheville and Buncombe County. The Club has been in continuous operation since 1940. Monthly meetings present a wide verity of subjects by area garden experts. Our greenhouse is the source 14,000 flowers and shrubs each year for our spring and fall plant sales. Proceeds go to horticulture scholarships at two local Community Colleges. The Club Mission is gardening education, beautification, community service, with emphasis on fellowship. Extensive gardening knowledge is not required.
REACH Emergency Hospital is available for emergency animal services from 5 pm to 7 am Monday thru Friday and 24 hours on holidays and weekends. Our mission at REACH is to provide the highest quality emergency veterinary care in a professional and compassionate manner.
This club began in 1994 and has grown to over 60 members who like to share their enthusiasm and favorite car wax formula for their British sports cars.
Writers’ Group Seeks New Members
The Appalachian Round Table, a small group of writers (mostly Great Smokies Writing Program enrollees) is seeking up to four new members.. The group meets every other Tuesday, 6 to 9 PM, at the UNCA library, to workshop previously distributed literary fiction manuscripts. Interested persons please contact Jeanne Howe.
We are a nonprofit offering capoeira classes and performances to the Asheville community. A free introductory class is held for those interested in this traditional Afro-Brazilian martial art every 1st and 3rd sat. Come by to train or just to watch! Performances and workshops available.
ROTARY is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Arden Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30AM at the Broadmoor golf club. 828-684-3455.
Asheville Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 12:30PM at the Renaissance Hotel. 828-254-3035.
Asheville-Biltmore Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:30AM at the Deerfield Epis. Retirement Community.828-274-1531.
Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:30AM at the Asheville Country Club. 828-209-2000.
Asheville West Rotary Club meets at 12:30pm on Wednesdays at Shoney’s of Enka. 828-281-2002.
Black Mountain Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 12:00PM at the Highland Farms Retirement Community.828-686-1010.
Haywood County (Canton) Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 12:30PM at the Haywood Community College.828-926-8764 .
Madison County Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30AM at Mars Hill College (Pittman Hall).
Marion Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 12:00PM at Marion Community Bldg. 828-652-8104.
McDowell County Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 12:00PM at Countryside BBQ, Marion. 828-652-7414.
Pisgah Forest Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 8:00AM at Glen Cannon Country Club. 828-884-2324.
Waynesville Rotary Club meets Fridays at 1:00PM at the Waynesville Country Club. 828-456-9224.
Waynesville-Sunrise Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7:00AM at Waynesville Comm. College. 828-452-5520.
Weaverville Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7:30AM at Weaverville United Methodist Aux. Bldg.828-452-5520.
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.
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.
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!
Grandview Peaks is a private gated community offering dramatic views and natural seclusion in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Homesites range from 1 to 17 acres, starting at just $29,900. Located close to Asheville, and surrounded by great small towns. Properties have access to community lake & beach, large timber-frame pavilion, and hiking trails all in a peaceful natural setting.
Whether you ride the parkway or the trails, this club has numerous planned rides with experienced leaders. Asheville has some great places to ride – come learn some new routes with the BRBC.
Cancer Patients Support Program
Cancer Patients Support Program Meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 5:30pm at the Mission Breast Program Conference Room on the Second Floor of Asheville imaging, 534 Biltmore Ave. This group is for any cancer patient.
Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. NA is group of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
These adult and Youth programs are available to industries, clubs, organizations, schools and other groups on risk prevention and early detection, including nutrition, breast self-examination and other topics.
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 Pisgah chapter of Trout Unlimited is located in Hendersonville,N.C. nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Chapter was founded in June of 1969. They are now celebrating our 32nd year of cold water conservation.
Irene Wortham Center provides Early Childhood Education programs at two 5-Star Rated facilities. The Early Learning Center is on the main campus on West Chapel Rd. and the Community Child Care Center is located on Compton Drive. We serve approximately 170 children in an inclusive environment, meaning that about 40% of the children have some degree of developmental delay while 60% are developing typically. Both centers provide onsite physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
North Carolina Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 1966, the 80-acre Piedmont Nature Trails at UNC – Chapel Hill provide over two miles of hiking trails through piedmont woodland.
Child Advocacy and Prevention Services,Inc. of WNC
Our mission is to reduce/prevent child abuse and neglect, assist victims, and strengthen families through prevention, education, and treatment. We offer child abuse prevention education to children age three through the fourth grade, parenting education to the public,counseling for abused children and their families as well as adolescent and parent support groups, and information and referral. Finally, we coordinate medical examinations of physically and sexually abused children in 22 western counties through the Mission Children’s Clinic.
If you want to get involved in helping to preserve Asheville and Buncombe County’s heritage, then get involved with this organization.You will enjoy the people and the projects on which you will have an opportunity to work.
WNC Families Can be Overwhelmed
WNC Families Can be Overwhelmed by the problems of raising your challenging child? Family support, education, advocacy, resources and referrals for children with mental health disabilities are offered. Meetings are the First Tuesday of each month except December at 5:30pm.
Counterpoint/Caring for Children
Counterpoint/Caring for Children provides residential treatment program for delinquents, status offenders and youth at risk that allows them to remain in their home community. Focus on developing social, academic and personal skills enabling them to return home.
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.
Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina helps educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. This is in the Bank of America Building downtown.
Treatment 4 Addiction T4A
Treatment 4 Addiction T4A is the most comprehensive and frequently updated treatment center database in the United States. Our directory of treatment centers contains the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) database, as well as many private treatment centers, therapists, and addiction professionals. For more information, visit www.treatment4addiction.com.
Our 400+ chapter network provides confidential peer support, education and advocacy in communities in nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Our 200,000+ members and supporters cross multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas. PFLAG has been saving lives, strengthening families, changing hearts, minds and laws since 1972. Our family and ally voice is integral to advancing equality.
Project SANTA stands for Supporting Animal Needs Through Action. This project is similar to the classic “Toys for Tots” but provides needed supplies, food, toys, and monetary donations to the animals of Henderson and Buncombe counties through the no-kill shelters of Brother Wolf and the Blue Ridge Humane Society.
Addiction Center, we provide information on addictions to alcohol, tobacco, illicit and prescription drugs. We also have connections with hundreds of treatment centers across the United States. Our goal at Addiction Center is to connect those with addictions to the help they need to put their lives back together.
The Asheville Marine Aquarium Society
The Asheville Marine Aquarium Society is a group of marine (saltwater) and reef aquarium enthusiasts whose goal is to educate new aquariasts and to preserve our reefs and ocean through breeding and coral propagation.
International Association of Administrative Professionals – Land Of The Sky Chapter
Administrative Professionals in the Asheville area are invited to network with other professionals during the monthly dinner meetings of IAAP. LOTS Chapter meets every 4th Thursday of the month at 5:15 p.m.
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.
Loyal Order of the Moose Provides for the needs of elderly and children and responds to community needs in the event of disaster or loss of home to fire.
Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 96 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues.
Goodwill Industries provides vocational development and support for disadvantaged and disabled individuals. Services include vocational assessment, work skills development, job placement, job coaching and career training. Clients develop work skills while doing work for local industries and work toward non-subsidized job placements.
NCCCR has the threefold purpose of promoting lifelong learning, leadership, and community service opportunities for retirement-aged individuals. Most of NCCCR programs are in the Asheville area, but some are carried out in collaboration with other organizations in other parts of North Carolina or across the country.
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.
MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) has a meeting every First Thursday of the month at 9:15 at Trinity Presbyterian Church -17 Shawnee Trl, Asheville. Childcare is available. We have discussion on being a parent, refreshments, games, playgroups,Moms night out, guest speakers and help with everything. Please join us.
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.
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.
ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) Sky-Hy Chapter is a networking group for business women. It’s great for newcomers to the area! We welcome guests at our dinner meetings, held the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm at Amici Trattoria, located at 900 Hendersonville Road, Suite 201 ( www.amiciasheville.com). The cost is $5 plus the cost of your meal. Reserve your seat by calling Karen King-Smith, 828-777-2229, by the Monday prior to the meeting. For more information, visit our local site, www.abwaskyhy.com and our national website www.abwa.org.
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.
Single Parents Support Group
This Monthly support group for single parents that meets during the school year only at the Black Mountain Primary School, 301 East State St., Black Mountain.
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.
Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Services offers a variety of activities for all ages! Be sure to call (828) 250-4260 to inquire about additional information! Please click on your age group on the left to find out what’s going on!
Wilderness Network of the Mountains
Wilderness Network of the Mountains provides gay men
who enjoy hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, and other outdoor activities opportunities to meet other men with similar interests. Meet great people while enjoying the great outdoors. For more information,e-mail Dave
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.
FurEver Friends Animal Rescue Network has been helping to find homes for cats & kittens since 2002, making us the oldest continuously operating Animal Welfare organization in Buncombe Co. Over the last 15 yrs. we have helped place nearly 10,000 animals in their FurEver Homes. We hold adoption events almost every Sun. at Petco on Brevard Rd. from noon – 6PM & have kitties available for adoption at PetSupermarket on Tunnel Rd. everyday. We also hold quarterly adoption events at Tractor Supply on Brevard Rd. & Pet Supplies Plus on Hendersonville Rd. With the opening of a 2nd PetCo on Merrimon Ave., we will also be holding frequent adoption events at that location.
All animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, de-flead & de-wormed, provided with rabies and other vaccinations prior to adoption. We are an ALL Volunteer, no-kill organization, pulling animals who would otherwise be euthanized from high-kill shelters in WNC & SC. We also work with Community Cat caretakers to remove kittens thru humane trapping, providing S/N & using our foster network to socialize kittens for adoption.
We utilize PetFinders and Adopt-A-Pet websites for displaying our kitties on-line. We provide info on other cats in our foster network & our events thru our Facebook page (Furever Friends Animal Rescue Network – Asheville).
We can be reached by phone or text at 828.348-7198 or email at [email protected].
Among their goals is to develop community strategies that will enhance WNC’s role in the handmade field. A very complete site, includes their newsletter.
Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project is dedicated to the protection of Southern Appalachian’s native ecosystems and wildlife through education, public organizing, and legal advocacy.
AWAKE is a support group for people with sleeping disorders. They have meetings from 7:00-8:30pm at Biltmore Center
Animal Haven of Asheville is a pet adoption agency looking to place homeless animals into loving homes.
Asheville Area Arts Council has many volunteer opportunities for anyone who enjoys people, appreciates art and has some time available.
Madison County Animal Shelter has cats an dogs available for adoption.
Holler Mountainboard Park
Now open. Offers a trampoline, dirt jumps, DBX track, foam pit and the 100-foot rail.
Compassionate Friends meets at 7:30pm the first Monday of each month at Cathedral of All Souls. Contact Glenda Travis for more information.
The Macintosh Asheville Computer Society meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7-9pm. All are welcome.
Zero Gravity Skate Park Indoor park
Zero Gravity Skate Park Indoor park in Brevard is designed for skateboards inline skates and BMX bikes.
The Asheville Ski and Outing Club will meet the second Tuesday of each month.
The Arc of Buncombe County provides support and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.
Hikes for Seniors
Hikes for seniors every Friday! Hikes are usually near Asheville and they are about a hour in length.
For more information about Asheville and the activities of our local chamber organization, visit our website.
Black Mountain Canoe Club
Call David at the Black Mountain Canoe Works for information on this club.
WNC Green Building Council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally responsible and health conscious building practices through community education.
Every year since 1946 ACT has offered Western North Carolina superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals, and this year will be no exception.
Asheville Assault is a member of the National Women’s Football Association. Visit our website to get schedules and stats.
An adult soccer and community involvement organization.
Caring Hearts AIDS Ministry
Caring Hearts AIDS Ministry offers spiritual support to individuals in need at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on Haywood Road in West Asheville.
Food Lion Skate Park is an outdoor skateboarding park at the corner of Flint and Cherry streets in downtown Asheville.
Helpmate Inc is a crisis support group. This group provides free service for individuals dealing with domestic violence. Call for meeting times and locations.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Young Life, Windy Gap Camp
Young Life, Windy Gap Camp is a camp for high-school students.
Buncombe County Partnership for Children (SmartStart) encourages local partnerships which set goals that benefit our community’s families and children.
Caring for Children
Caring for Children provides emergency shelter and care with an independent living program and behavior-modification program for WNC residents up to age 18.
Western North Carolina Disc Golf Club
Western North Carolina Disc Golf Club meets at 7pm on the last Monday of each month.
Most temples have night meetings and callers can be referred to the temple in their area by calling.
Family Christian Center
“Where Expectation Meets the Extraordinary!” Timothy L. Melton B.A.
Triathlon Club of Asheville is a nonprofit club for local triathletes of all skill levels. Check the website for upcoming meetings and locations.
Whether you’re interested in outdoor recreation, nature education or preservation of precious open space, you’ll find something of interest at FENCE.
Science and Technology serving the arts. The arts serving Science andTechnology.
Low impact hiking club for seniors with leisurely paced hikes from Asheville Parks and Recreation Outdoor Program.
MotherCare Network Labor
MotherCare Network Labor and postpartum duals.
Join these folks for their monthly bird walks and learn more about preservation of our environment.
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Anyone with this disease can find help in Asheville at 298-1863 or in Transylvania County at 884-2007.
For more information about the Asheville City Government
West Asheville Lions Club
West Asheville Lions Club provides support to people in the community that have visual impairments, diabetes support, and hearing loss.
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Downtown The brightest stars…the greatest music…the finest performances…
Western Square, Line, and Circle Dance
Beginners’ dancing will be taught every second Sunday of the month from 2-4pm at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center in Hendersonville. Casual Dress.
AIDS/HIV Support Group of Asheville
AIDS/HIV Support Group of Asheville will help anyone in need.
This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, and surrounding counties.
The Asheville AA meeting schedule is now online! Anyone who wants to stop drinking can! Call or visit the website for meeting schedule.
Cornerstone Diabetes Support Group
Cornerstone Diabetes Support Group meets from 4:30-6pm the second Thursday of each month at the diabetes center of Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
STEP offers after-school tutoring as part of the AB Education Coalition at Sycamore Temple.
Sex Addicts Anonymous
There are 3 support fellowship meetings. Times and dates will not be published. For more information, leave a message and the call will be returned.
Asheville Gallery of Art features original oils, watercolors, acrylics, lithographs and etchings by area artists.
The Laurel Chapter meets at 11:45am the second Tuesday of each month at the Chariot restaurant.
Dual Diagnois holds fellowship meetings for those with addiction and an emotional or psychiatric illness at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway just east of Asheville, the SHCG displays the crafts of artists of the Appalachians.
March of Dimes is seeking volunteers to assist with office work-making phone calls, filing, research. Flexible hours and days.
The American Red Cross Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter is offering several health and safety courses.
YMCA works hard to keep families involved in the community and involved with each other. The YMCA has activities for all ages.
Better Breathers of Buncombe County
Better Breathers of Buncombe County meets at Heart Path Rehab, 5 Vanderbilt Park from 10:30am to Noon the 4th Thursday of each month.
Children First is an advocacy group for children of all ages.
Ballroom Dance Club Dancing
Ballroom Dance Club Dancing for singles and couples every Friday evening at the Opportunity House at 1411 Asheville Highway from 7:30-10:pm.
Cystic Fibrosis Caregiver Support Group
Cystic Fibrosis Caregiver Support Group meetings are for anyone caring for a person with cystic fibrosis.
Hepatitis C Support Group
Hepatitis C Support Group meets from 6:30-8:30pm the last Monday of each month at MAHEC in Asheville.
Offers free and confidential counseling to anyone who plans to start a business.
Baptist Maternity Home
Baptist Children’s Homes of NC is a place for unmarried or divorced, pregnant state residents. No religious affiliation required. Medical records, tuberculosis test required.
Mom’s Adventure Club
A Club for moms to get together in the outdoors. Call Elizabeth Daniels for more information.
Pathways-Life After Cancer
Serving people with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Several groups are offered.
Jus’ Running has weekly runs departing from the store at 523 Merrimon Avenue. Track workouts for advanced runners at 6pm. Call for more information.
The goal is to help families and youth acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and changed behavior necessary for nutritionally sound diets.
If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood organization or improving the one you’re involved in, contact these folks for info and resources.
Libertarian Party-Buncombe County Meets every Monday night at 7:30pm fro a social at El Chapala, Merrimon Ave., Asheville.
Asheville Sister Cities
Designed to promote international understanding, this program has matched Asheville with several other cities of the world.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Provides a resource center and gather for mutual support for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
This group meets the first and third Saturdays at Whitmire Activity Building in Hendersonville. Early rounds at 7pm.
Sons of Confederate Veterans meets at 6pm the fourth Thursday of each month at Ryan’s Steakhouse, Biltmore Square Mall.
Hope For Horses is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of equines in need.
Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center provides a source of inspiration to artists, educators and the general public.
Have some fun with fungus on a fantastic foray!
CarePartners Hospice services include phone contact, volunteer support, referrals to community services and resource materials.
Walking Tall Support Group
Monthly meetings scheduled from 11:00am to 12:30pm at Haywood Regional Health And fitness Center.
This group holds free monthly non-competitive walking events that are sponsored by the American Volkssport Association. All ages are invited.
Grace Biltmore, PCA
Meets in the Asheville Ballroom in the IWANNA building Sundays at 9:30AM
Asheville Splash is a member of the National Women’s Soccer League. Visit our web site to get schedules and stats.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Anyone with this disease can find help in Asheville
Alzheimer’s Association – WCC
Alzheimer’s Association – WCC Offers counseling support and education to caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Call for meeting times and locations.
Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer-based organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville and Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship.
Buncombe County 4-H
Buncombe County 4-H is a group for youth participants and adult leaders to get involved with the community.
Blue Ridge Rose Society meets at 3:00 pm the second Sunday of each month at American Red Cross Building, 100 Edgewood Rd., Asheville.
West Asheville Business Association targets business owners and business professionals.
Cornerstone – Diabetes Support Group
Meetings are from 4:30 to 6:00pm the second Thursday of each month in fourth floor conference room.
Parenting classes are offered. This is for pregnant women, women who think they may be pregnant, or women with children under four.
Parenting, stress management and empowerment classes held at the Mountain Treatment Center in Asheville.
In Good Company
In Good Company is a breast cancer support group.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meets at 9:00am Wednesdays at Church of the redeemer, Woodfin.
Asheville Bicycle Racing Club
Asheville Bicycle Racing Club is a competitive biking club open to men and women of all ages,offering weekly rides and training.
Mustangers of WNC
This club for Mustang owners and enthusiasts meets monthly at Ryans Steakhouse in Hendersonville. Visitors are Welcome.
WNC Down’s Syndrome Alliance
A regional support group for families, which also provides welcome packets for new babies.
Alateen for ages 10-16 meets Thursdays at 8pm at Fletcher United Methodist Church on US 25.
WNC Singles Club
WNC Singles Club has weekly meetings on Thursdays at 7pm at the Calvary Baptist Fellowship Hall in West Asheville.
Asheville Lacrosse Team plays in the Southeastern Lacrosse League. For schedules and practice locations visit our web site or call.
SWEET Revenge (Support With Encouragement, Education and Togetherness)
SWEET Revenge (Support With Encouragement, Education and Togetherness) is for parents of children with diabetes. Meetings are quarterly.
Smoke Free Bingo
Smoke Free Bingo is at 7pm on Tuesdays at the Opportunity House in Hendersonville.
Smoky Mountain Duplicate Bridge Club
Smoky Mountain Duplicate Bridge Club will meet at the Waynesville Country Club Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30pm-3:30pm for Duplicate Bridge Games.
Provides information on nutrition, wellness, food preparation, and food safety.
Greyhound Friends of North Carolina is a non-profit group that finds homes for retired racing greyhound.
Girl Scout Troops of WNC is for girls ages 5-17.
One of America’s finest driving routes, following the Blue Ridge Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church
Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church
South Buncombe-Skyland Library
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Asheville Ward)
One Youth At A Time
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Western North Carolina Racing Pigeon Club
Western North Carolina Racing Pigeon Club meets monthly and has two pigeon racing seasons each year.
Asheville Apostolic Church
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral
Carolina Poison Center
St. George’s Epsicopal Church
Teen Crisis Hotline
Asheville Chess Club
Asheville Chess Club meets 6:30-10:30PM Wednesdays at the North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Drive (behind Asheville Pizza). Sets provided, all ages all levels welcome.
Biltmore Baptist Church
Buncombe County Detention Center
Asheville Debtors Anonymous
Monday: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
First Congregational United Church
20 Oak Street
Park in Preferred Properties lot next to church. Enter church through back door. Meeting is in room 101.
Asheville, NC 28801
Group # 1556
St. James AME Church
Black Mountain Library
Mission St. Josephs Hospital
Buncombe County EMS
Reed Memorial Baptist Chruch
Mountain Area Women’s Health Center (MAHEC)
Comprehensive high-risk maternity service including a multidisciplinary clinic, staffed by maternal-fetal medicine consultants, OB/GYN physicians, clinical coordinator, nurse midwife, nutritionist and social worker. Thursday afternoon clinic is designed specifically for teens. Also on site are BabyLove maternity care coordinators, nutritionists, social workers, WIC and MCC. MAHEC provides a teen clinic that serves ages 13-19.
West Asheville Library
Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Asheville Central Branch)
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]
Cornerstone Christian Center
Rape Crisis Center of Asheville
Hopkins Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
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.
Cloud Cottage Community of Mindful Living
Asheville North Seventh Day Adventist Church
Diabetes Support Group
Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers
Buncombe County Emergency Management
North Asheville Library
East Asheville Library
Restoration World Outreach Center
New Life Community Church
Grove Stone Baptist Church
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
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]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Weaverville Ward)
Mars Hill College
Candler House of Prayer
His People Community Church
Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office
Soteria Christian Empowerment Center
Welcome Newcomers Welcoming Service
St. Barnabas Catholic Church
Asheville JCC Outdoor Swimming Pool
All are welcome to lounge around our pool for the ultimate “staycation” this summer. Enjoy fun in the sun, pool parties, and a friendly atmosphere at the coolest pool in town. Our 25-meter outdoor pool opens on Memorial Day Weekend and stays open through Labor Day. We offer late night Wednesdays, private swimming lessons, water fitness classes, morning adult lap swim, and best of all – a chance to enjoy the many friends you’ll find here all summer long.
Blue Ridge Christian Church
YMCA Youth Services
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]
La Leche League of Buncombe County
La Leche League is a 60 year old non-profit group with volunteer Leaders. Our purpose is to give information and encouragement, mainly through one-to-one helping to all who want to breastfeed/chestfeed or provide pumped milk for their babies. We have 4 monthly meetings. All meetings are free. Memberships are available. Parents, nursing babies and non separating children are welcome.
First Thursdays at 10 am -11:30 am
Second Saturdays at 10 am – 11:30 am
Third Tuesday Evenings at 6pm- 7:30 pm
Third Wednesday Toddler Group at 10am – 11:30 am
Call or Text Valerie for meeting locations in the Asheville area ((678) 982-1477).
Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church
Regional Economic Development Commission
Asheville Reformed Baptist Fellowship
A-B Tech Child Care Center
Arthritis Support Group of Asheville
Arthritis Support Group of Asheville meets at 1pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the board room of Rock Building at Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital. Anyone interested may attend.
Cathedral of All Souls (Episcopal)
Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church P.C.A.
Valley Child Care Center
Go Diaper Free of Asheville – EC Support Group
Moms, dads, babies, and toddlers are welcome to come for free support for practicing Elimination Communication, or infant potty training, with their babies 0-18 months. Support for older toddlers also available. Meets 1st Wednesdays 10-11am at 191 Lyman St, Studio #211, Asheville 28801. Call 828-367-8080 or email [email protected] or visit facebook.com/groups/GDFasheville for more info.