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RSVP – The Volunteer Center for Those 55+
Life is a continuing journey with never-ending opportunities to learn, give, and grow. Come join other retirees in your community volunteering to make a difference and experience new and exciting ways to stay active and involved. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Land-of-Sky Regional Council is here to assist people age 55 and better find meaningful volunteer opportunities with partnering local non-profit agencies in Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison Counties. Working with 120 non-profit agencies RSVP offers over 600 volunteer opportunities from short term to ongoing, there is something for even the busiest retiree. All it takes is just a few hours a week. You know what you have to offer, we can help you find an outlet. Call us and lets us find the right volunteer opportunity for you.
For more information, please contact RSVP Coordinators Patti or Vicki at 828-251-6622 or toll free at 1-800-727-0557.
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.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project is dedicated to helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to achieve the best possible quality of life.
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.
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.
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.
828-254-2939 x 21
Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Literacy Council is a great organization to volunteer for. They offer tutoring in basic literacy skills as well as assistance for individuals for whom English is a second language. LC believes in lifelong learning.
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 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.
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 Home Store, which helps to fund the houses. Volunteer Orientations are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 6:00 p.m.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Animal Compassion Network a local nonprofit organization placing rescued and abandoned dogs and cat into approved permanent homes. Volunteers are the backbone of Animal Compassion Network.
Join Animal Compassion Network for Adoption Events at the new PetsMart at the Super Wal-Mart Plaza on Bleachery Blvd.!
Every Sat. – 1PM-3PM
Every Wed. – 6PM – 8PM
1st and 3rd Sat. – 11AM-3PM
Volunteer opportunities include:
“Fun” Raising Events
Community Outreach (Staff ACN Booths)
Pet Food Donation (Pickup/Distribution)
Cat Care at PETsMART
Animal Care or Retail Sales at Pet Harmony
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Asheville Area Arts Council has many volunteer opportunities for anyone who enjoys people, appreciates art and has some time available.
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.
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!
Hands On Asheville-Buncombe is a program of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County which provides a link for individuals, families, and corporate, civic or faith-based groups to join together to engage in meaningful volunteer projects in Asheville and Buncombe County while supporting the nonprofits in our community. One person. One day. One hour. It doesn’t take long to make a lasting difference in your community. At Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, we believe everyone has time to care.
The Buncombe County Council on Aging
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.
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.
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.
The Health Adventure is a health and science museum for children and today’s families dedicated to improving health awareness, promoting wellness lifestyles, and increasing science literacy through programs and exhibits. We encourage curiosity, creativity, and the capacity for individual discovery. We recognize that each person perceives the world from a unique vantage point. Health, biological and physical sciences, technology, and the scientific process are emphasized in our interactive exhibits and curricula. We believe increasing science literacy enables people to make informed decisions about personal health, scientific advances, and career choices. While we are aware that there are many ways to learn, our creative programs and exhibits emphasize participation, exploration, and fun.
Address (physical): 800 Brevard Rd., Suite Asheville, NC 28802
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.100 Edgewood Rd, Asheville, NC 28804
If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood organization or improving the one you’re involved in, contact these folks for info and resources.
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.
The Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) 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. WNCA encourages its members to recognize the interrelationships among environmental issues and to take personal responsibility for achieving protection of the their communities and the environment. We have chapters in Haywood, Buncombe, Macon, Jackson, Clay, Cherokee and Watauga Counties, as well as task forces dedicated to forests and public parks.
What a great idea it is to recycle flowers! That’s what Second Bloom is all about. Second Bloom collects perfectly good flowers that are headed to the landfill and spread them around to appreciative residents in nursing homes, rehab centers and Hospice.
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.
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.
March of Dimes is seeking volunteers to assist with office work-making phone calls, filing, research. Flexible hours and days.
This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, and surrounding counties.