Saluda’s volunteer fair a big success

Press release from the Saluda Downtown Foundation:

Twenty organizations got more than 115 volunteer sign-ups at the first-ever Saluda Volunteer Fair on Sunday, September 22, at the Saluda Senior Center.

“It was better than we had hoped for,” said George Sweet, vice chair of the Saluda Downtown Foundation, Inc., which organized the fair. “It was a great turnout.”

Fair attendee Nancy King said, “We just became full-time residents this spring and were eager to meet people and have ways to get involved. The volunteer fair was perfect! We both signed up for many groups and were excited to talk about the possibilities this effort created for us.”

The organizations that participated were from Polk and Henderson counties and included Saluda Historic Depot and Museum, Saluda Arts Festival, Sister City, Saluda Elementary School, MountainTrue, Conserving Carolina, Saluda Community Land Trust, Blue Ridge Literacy Council, Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, Saluda Tailgate Market, Top of the Grade Concert Series, Saluda Community Table, Saluda Living in Place, The Medical Loan Closet of Henderson County, the Free Clinics, Polk County Health & Human Services Agency, Autumn Care of Saluda, Saluda Senior Center and Pop-Up Pantry of Saluda.

More than 40 organization representatives met one-on-one with fair goers to talk about available volunteer positions. More than 75 potential volunteers visited the fair. The purpose of the fair was to give individuals an opportunity to learn about the different organizations in the area and to help potential volunteers match up their interests and skills with the available opportunities.

The fair also benefited from support from the business community. RiverStreet Networks made a financial contribution to sponsor the event and 15 area businesses donated door prizes. The Purple Onion and Wildflour Bakery and Café donated refreshments for the event.

About Community Bulletin
Mountain Xpress posts selected news and information of local interest as a public service for our readers. To submit press releases and other community material for possible publication, email

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.