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Local Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to support the local community by volunteering. One of the goals of the WCMA is to promote involvement among our members. The following highlights some of our local charitable organizations and their specific needs. We have just started this list and it will quickly grow as the Volunteerism Committee continues its research.  If you have any questions, please contact Clem Stone, Volunteerism Chair.

 

A-B TECH Community College

Mission deliver quality education to enhance academic, workforce, and personal development. Volunteer opportunities:

 

Administrative Support - Help our office staff with administrative tasks like copying, faxing, filing, data entry, putting together packets of information, mailings, making phone calls, and much more.

 

Student Support - Provide direct support to the student body: tutoring, note-taking, and assistance with completing financial support applications, and much more.

 

Specialized Programs - Support specific groups of students on campus, such as Veteran and students in the recovery process from addiction. Volunteers act as hosts and help students in the designated Vet’s Cafe or RESET Room.

 

Therapy Dog Program - Spread a little “pawsistivity” and pick regular routes visiting with staff, faculty, and students or sign up for special requests such as exam stress busters, or counseling visits.

 

Asheville Radio Museum – Volunteer as museum host and greet visitors and answer questions.

Address:

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

340 Victoria Road

Asheville, North Carolina 28801 USA

Contact: Campus Volunteer Coordinator - 828-398-7761

Volunteer Link: https://www.abtech.edu/volunteering/volunteering-a-b-tech

 

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)

Mission - to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. Volunteer opportunities:

Asheville City Market: Assist with special events, promotions, surveys, and more at our Saturday morning downtown farmers market.

Photography: Find out how you can help promote local food and farms with your photography.

Office Assistance: Help with data entry, filing, making phone calls, and assembling materials; use your organizational know-how.

Arts and Crafts for local food and farming: Use your skills to create table cloths, quilts, table runners, etc., bean bag weights, photo taking materials (masks, cutouts, etc.), banners or signs for events, aprons, puppets, and costumes.

Address:

306 West Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Contact: 828-236-1282

Volunteer Link: https://asapconnections.org/support-local-food-movement/volunteer/

 

The ARC of Buncombe County

Mission - to empower children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their highest potential through advocacy, education, programs and family support. Ongoing volunteer opportunities:

  Special Events: Communicating with volunteers, assisting with media, recruiting volunteers, entering data into our computer system.

 

Address:

The Arc of Buncombe County

50 S. French Broad Avenue, Suite 212

Asheville, NC 28802

Contact:  828-253-1255 or email linda@arcofbc.org

Volunteer Link: https://www.arcofbuncombecounty.org/volunteer

 

Arts for Life

Mission: Support pediatric patients with serious illnesses and disabilities and their families through arts education and engagement.  Volunteer opportunities:

Facilitator or teacher: Teach lessons and engage children in visual arts, creative writing, or music. Examples: crafts, drawing, painting, printmaking, origami, collage, and sculpture.

 

Community outreach: Increase awareness about mission (e.g., presentations, exhibits), help raise critical funds (e.g., event planning and implementation), assist in important administrative tasks (e.g., training materials), and directly support our work with children and families.

 

Mission Hospital: Volunteers are required to become Mission Hospital Volunteers in order to work in the hospital.

Address:

Arts for Life

50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 258

Asheville, NC 28801

info@artsforlifenc.org

(828) 772-5339

Anna Long / anna@artsforlifenc.org

Volunteer Link: http://www.artsforlifenc.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities

 

Asheville Art Museum

Mission: Engage, enlighten, and inspire individuals and enrich community through dynamic experiences in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Volunteer opportunities:

Docents: Give tours to Museum visitors, primarily for student groups.

 

Visitor Services: Greet visitors, assist with admissions, answer questions and provide information, and direct Museum visitors.

 

Museum Store: Assist with sales, answer questions and provide information, and direct Museum visitors.

 

Special events: Work with Museum staff to organize, promote, set-up, monitor, and/or clean-up special events at the Museum. Events include exhibition openings/previews, walking tours, social events (TOAST Asheville, Museum Gala), and more.

 

Education: Assist Learning + Engagement staff, interns, contractors, and other volunteers with programs for families, adults, and educators.

Address:

2 South Pack Square

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 253-3227

mailbox@ashevilleart.org

Volunteer Link: https://www.ashevilleart.org/volunteer/

 

Asheville Humane Society

Mission: Rescue, reunite, rehabilitate, rehome, homeless animals; support and provide community solutions to help keep pets healthy and in their homes; and operate an animal care campus, an adoption and education center, and animal shelter. Volunteer opportunities:

Adoption Center: Work at front desk, adoption contract processor, adoption training, and assist in finding animals a home.

Pet Care: Assist in wellness and preventative care, washing animals, feeding, and cleaning.

Canine and Feline Handling: Assist in handling and training, body language training, canine and feline caretakers.

Community Events: Prepare materials and supplies, information desk, fundraising, assist in animal care, train public in care and handling.

Thrift Store: Handle donations, store and prepare donations for sale, and assist in sale.

Urban Trails Hikes: Assist in 3-5 mile hikes with dogs.

Medical Care: Enter info about animals, assist in medical work (e.g., handling), help out with mobile vet day.

Address:

16 Forever Friend Lane

Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 250-6430

admitting@ashevillehumane.org

adoptions@ashevillehumane.org

Volunteer Links: https://ashevillehumane.org/volunteer/volunteer-info-center

https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/od?from=16295

 

Boys and Girls Club of Hendersonville

Mission: Support young people with caring adult mentors and life-changing programs that help kids achieve in school and prepare for careers, stay healthy and fit, and make positive personal decisions. Volunteer opportunities:

Homework assistant: Assist youth ages 6-18 in the completion of their homework.

One-on-one Tutoring: Work one-on-one with an individual student who needs extra help to improve their academic skills (e.g., help with homework or preparing for exam).

Mentoring: Spend no less than 1hr. /week helping with homework, playing games, talking or participating in a club program, etc.

Athletics and Recreation: Coach/referee soccer and basketball games.

Career Talk: Speak to teens about a specific career path, the steps it will take to get them there, hurdles they may encounter and how to overcome those hurdles, school requirements, etc.

Leverage Your Talents: Help our staff lead fun, enriching activities to help members learn and explore subject areas including: Enterprise/Vocational skills, Culture, Cooking, Poetry, Dance, Journalism, Creative Writing, Painting and Design, Horticulture, Gang and Drug Awareness, and any other skills or strengths you may be willing to share.

Address:

1304 Ashe Street
Hendersonville
North Carolina 28792

(828) 693-9444

Volunteer Coordinator: Autumn Byars: autumnb@bgchendersonco.org

Volunteer Link: https://bgchendersonco.org/serve/

 

Brevard Music Council

Mission: Provide festivals and summer training programs with distinguished faculty from the nation's leading orchestras, colleges, and conservatories for gifted students, ages 14 through post-college.  Volunteer opportunities:

Concert events: Help at concession stands, gift shop, assist with receptions and special events during festival season, serve as an usher welcoming and seating attendees, and serve as an ambassador of BMC and the Brevard community at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard College venues, and seasonal community events.

 

Facility Maintenance: Share your gardening skills by helping to maintain and beautify the BMC campus. Use your handyman skills and work with others to construct, renovate, and maintain the buildings used by students and faculty.

Outreach: Help spread the word about BMC and BMCA activities through mass mailings and BMC program calendar deliveries. Photograph the summer festival season.

Membership: Recruit, train, and recognize the achievements of our volunteers. Opportunities for involvement include writing articles for newspapers, producing recruitment mailings, and organizing volunteer training and recognition events.

Volunteer Office: Work in support of BMC staff and BMCA committees to maintain and utilize the volunteer database and lend database assistance to BMC. Coordinate volunteer scheduling for Concert Committees.

Address:

Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane
Brevard, NC 28712

volunteer@brevardmusic.org

(828) 862-2100

Volunteer Link: https://www.brevardmusic.org/support/volunteer/

 

Bridge Skyland United Methodist Church Reading Enrichment Program

Mission: Improving literacy skills in elementary school children and also address children’s physical, psychological and spiritual development through enrichment programs, movement experiences and weekly chapel time. Volunteer opportunities in the reading program and other opportunities:

Estes Elementary School: Be a reading buddy and mentor in the Estes Resource Center.

Welcome Table: Help during free breakfast on Saturday mornings to support and promote community.

 

Room In The Inn: Help in a shelter that provides a safe place to sleep each night while waiting to get into permanent housing.

 

Habitat for Humanity: Connect with Habitat for Humanity to help new homeowners to construct one new home each year.

Feeding the Homeless for ABCCM: Volunteers purchase, prepare and serve meals monthly at the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters and the women’s Steadfast House.

Address:

1984 Hendersonville Road,

Asheville, North Carolina 28803

 

revjoy@skylandumc.com

(828) 684-7283

Volunteer Link: https://skylandumc.com/mission/ways-to-get-involved/

 

Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue and Safe Haven

Mission: Rescue homeless, abandoned, and often neglected animals from the Transylvania County animal shelter and shelters in Henderson, McDowell, and Madison Counties; as well as run Safe Haven, a no-kill shelter in nearby Fletcher, NC. Volunteer opportunities:

 

Foster: Be a foster family in the animal rescue process.

 

Safe Haven: Walk dogs and play with dogs and cats; welcome visitors at the front desk.

 

Marketing and Fund Raising: Assist in fund raising activities, grant writing, marketing, and creating ways to raise money.

 

Adoption Events: Help transport dogs, talk to potential adopters, and be on hand at these events to spread the word about Charlie’s Angels.

 

Transportation:  Transport animals to the vet.

Address:

5526 Hendersonville Rd.

Fletcher,

NC 28732

info@CharliesAngelsAnimalRescue.com

(828) 885-DOGS (3647)

Volunteer Link: https://www.charliesangelsanimalrescue.com/volunteer/