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If you would like to help light up the night this holiday season, there are great opportunities available for groups, individuals, families and friends to volunteer at Winter Lights! Please click HERE to learn more about available positions and to fill out a volunteer application. Volunteers are needed 7 days a week, November 18, 2015 – January 2, 2016 from 5:30-10 p.m., including holidays. Visit www.ncwinterlights.org or email [email protected] for more information!
Asheville Community Theatre is looking for volunteers! Our ushers, set and costume builders, actors, singers, and box office helpers are all volunteers! Volunteers are encouraged to participate in every area of production. Basic instruction and guidance is offered to each individual. If you are enthusiastic about learning a new skill, we will teach you! For more information, please contact Jenny Bunn.
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/.
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.
Work with Co-Founders of Appalachian Wild to formalize the program and implement strategies to take advantage of the worldwide audience to support the mission. High level computer skills and social media experience required. Minimum of eight hours per week. To apply, please fill out a volunteer application and send it to [email protected]
Asheville 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
During the past ten years, AHC has been privileged to work with thepeople of Asheville and Buncombe County by providing those in search ofa new home the housing counseling, educational and supportive servicesthey needed to accomplish their goals.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Asheville Humane Society needs help from anyone who loves animals.
Pet Adoption Events
Pet Supplies Plus Adoption Days
Every 2nd & 4th Friday, 11am-3pm, at Pet Supplies Plus on Hendersonville Rd.
Adoption cost is $50-100, which includes spaying/neutering, starter vaccinations, microchipping, one month of free veterinary insurance, and all the other perks you receive when adopting from the Asheville Humane Society’s Adoption Center, including a coupon book from PetsMart valuing $300.
Ever consider providing a foster home for a cat or kittens (or dogs & puppies)? It’s a truly rewarding experience and a lot of fun! Brother Wolf pays for all expenses; as the foster parent, you would bring the pets to and from adoption events (held every Wed and Sat – you’re not required to attend each), take him/her in for medical care like vaccinations or spay/neutering, and of course provide lots of love and attention. Consider this wonderful experience and you’ll truly save the life of a homeless pet. Please contact Jackie at [email protected] for more information. Brother Wolf is a no-kill rescue; all of our cats, kittens, dogs and cats live in foster homes until they are adopted. We look forward to hearing from you!
Come join our cat care team in caring for our cats and kittens awaiting their forever homes while they spend time in the Adoption Center at PetSmart on Bleachery Blvd, Asheville. Volunteers needed to scoop litter, provide fresh food and water, clean, and spend time loving and socializing the babies. Morning and evening shifts available; this is a great opportunity to help homeless animals in your community! All of our cats and kittens live in fosters homes and Brother Wolf is a no-kill organization – our animals stay with us until they find their forever homes. Please contact Peggy at [email protected] with questions or to sign up. We look forward to hearing from you!
MANNA FoodBank provides food to more than 347 member agencies throughout Western North Carolina who serve 9,000 meals each day, 365 days per year. Please volunteer or donate today!
The 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Books are Needed
Books are Needed at the Horizon Academy, the on-site school serving Eliada Homes. They need books appropriate for children and teens including biographies, classics, fiction, science fiction, how-to-books, social issues, spiritual, sports and expecially books dealing with contemporary teenage issues. Drop off donations at the Main Campus at 2 Compton Drive in Leicester or call 254-5356 for more information.
The Buncombe County Council on Aging needs individuals who enjoy public speaking and who have good people skills to talk to civic groups and clubs about the services the Council on Aging offers to the 60+ age group. Training provided.
Volunteers are needed for many services:
Call A Ride (CAR/CAR+) is a volunteer transportation program that provides rides to seniors who can no longer drive or use public/community transportation (ART/Mountain Mobility). Our volunteers use their own vehicles to transport seniors to their appointments, the grocery store or to meet other needs such as haircuts or voting.
Contact Heather at [email protected] or 828-277-8288 ext. 1300
Our senior clients prefer to stay in their own homes but mowing grass and other minor yard work can become overwhelming. This can lead to an unsafe living environment. Volunteers are not required to have their own equipment; however if not, they will be limited to what the client has. We ask that volunteers keep lawns manageable and safe so the frequency of mowing will be determined by the lawn itself.
Contact Zoe at [email protected] or 828-277-8288 ext. 1308
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.
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.
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.
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust looking for volunteers to assist with fundraising and event coordination, administrative support, invasive species removal, and database entry. Learn about the craft of land conservation and help to protect wildlife, farm, and water resources in Henderson and Transylvania Counties.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, and surrounding counties.
If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood organization or improving the one you’re involved in, contact these folks for info and resources.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Asheville Area Arts Council has many volunteer opportunities for anyone who enjoys people, appreciates art and has some time available.
March of Dimes is seeking volunteers to assist with office work-making phone calls, filing, research. Flexible hours and days.
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]
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]
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]