Jim Clark has volunteered with MountainTrue since 2014, collecting water samples for E-coli testing along the French Broad River. Today, he also collects microplastic water samples and conducts monthly plastic counts at Pierson Bridge.
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Why I volunteer: Show up for the community
Steven Reinhold is a volunteer with Outdoor Gear Builders. The organization works to foster a prosperous outdoor business community by cultivating, connecting and supporting WNC’s outdoor industry.
Why I volunteer: A servant’s heart
Becky Schmidt is a volunteer at Hendersonville Rescue Mission. The faith-based nonprofit offers several programs addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness.
Why I volunteer: Energy-saving practices
Darlene Kucken is a volunteer for Green Built Alliance’s Energy Savers Network. Through volunteers, the network installs energy-efficiency measures in homes with limited income in Western North Carolina.
Why I volunteer: Helping others is rewarding
Ray Porter has been a tutor with Literacy Together since 2022. The organization works to meet the literacy and English language needs of people of all ages in Buncombe County.
Why I volunteer: Loneliness is truly an epidemic
Donna Mann is a volunteer at Meals on Wheels of Asheville & Buncombe County. The organization delivers hot, nutritious meals and friendly visits to homebound seniors each weekday.
Why I volunteer: Passion for the environment
Grady Nance is a volunteer at MountainTrue. The nonprofit champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge.
Why we volunteer: Fighting stigma
Steve and Sascha Frowine have volunteered at WNCAP for five years.
Why I volunteer: A way to support the arts
Kathy O’Neal is a volunteer at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. The organization’s mission is to enrich, enlighten, educate and entertain through the performing arts.
Why I volunteer: Tree-passionate people
Pat Strang is a volunteer at Asheville GreenWorks, which works to create an equitable, climate-resilient future for the community.
Why I volunteer: Energy and enthusiasm
Robin Lenner has volunteered with Girls on the Run for 10 years. The organization inspires girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through physical activity.
Why I volunteer: Building relationships with local farmers
Lisa Fields is a volunteer with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. The nonprofit helps link farmers to markets and supporters and strives to build healthy communities through connections to local food.
Why I volunteer: New knowledge
Bettye Fox Boone and Saylor Fox are volunteers with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. The organization conserves unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, scenic beauty in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. How long have you been volunteering with the conservancy and what inspired you to join? We have been volunteering with the Southern […]
Why I volunteer: Giving is more fulfilling than getting
Judith Biery is a volunteer with Bounty & Soul. The nonprofit provides free produce markets and wellness education the residents in Western North Carolina.
Why I volunteer: Aha moments!
Leland Arnsdorff is a volunteer at the WNC Nature Center. The organization works to connect people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region.
Why I volunteer: Find ways to thrive
Paulina Mendez is a volunteer at Asheville Latin Americans Achieving Success. Through mentoring, training and scholarships, the nonprofit works to help develop leaders within the local Latin community.
Why I volunteer : A deeper understanding and friendships
Since 2016, Jan Cosman has worked as a volunteer for MANNA FoodBank. The nonprofit works to end food insecurity in the 16 counties of Western North Carolina, including the Qualla Boundary.
Thinking green: All hands on deck
Joe Franco is a senior at UNC Asheville, majoring in international studies with minors in political science and environmental studies.
Thinking green: Bridging community and environmentalism
LaKyla Hodges is the equity and education manager of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
Thinking green: Take heed
Anne Craig is an environmental activist.
Thinking green: adaptiveness and resiliency
Roger Helm is an instructor on global climate change at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville.