Delaney Burke, who directs youth operations for the YMCA in Western North Carolina, says she notices that adolescent volunteers get as much out of their service as do the younger kids with whom they work. “They take leadership roles,” she says. “And when they see themselves as leaders, they become more confident.”
“Bumper sticker activism may not be proverbial ‘skin in the game’ and may make us feel good selfishly, but can also reflect the beginning of awareness.”
Whether adult or child, every participant in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program has struggled with the limitations and restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic on the one-to-one mentoring the organizations volunteers provides young people. But determination and creativity have allowed adult mentors to help their young partners continue moving forward in their lives despite the lockdowns.
While the community’s need continues to grow, the nonprofit’s pool of volunteers has declined.
Myriad nonprofit and community groups are springing into action to help locals persevere through the crisis. As existing organizations adjust their work to focus on COVID-19 needs and new efforts begin to knit neighbors together, community resilience is blooming throughout WNC.
“If you wish to make a difference in a child’s life and simultaneously enjoy the feeling of ‘giving back,’ join our teams of reading coaches and reading buddies.”
“As a volunteer tutor working with these children, you are planting a seed,” says Linda Kane, a longtime volunteer and supporter of local nonprofit Children First/Communities In Schools. “Hopefully, this seed will grow into a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives.”
Everybody needs to be needed. We want to be of use to our friends, family, community and the world at large, to have a purpose and to know that we’re making a positive impact. What that impact should look like, however, can vary widely: For one person, it may be stuffing thank-you letters into envelopes; […]
Charitable organizations, food pantries and community gardens are working hard to combat hunger in WNC. And at the heart of those efforts, are hundreds of committed volunteers.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, with skills ranging from data entry to hair and makeup design. Whatever your interests, talents or passion, there’s likely a nonprofit or community group in WNC that could use your help. To get you started, Xpress has rounded up 10 area groups seeking volunteers for 2015.
Read to Suceed will hold an information session for prospective volunteers interested in learning more about the in-school literacy coaching program on Saturday, August 23. Pat Bastian, communications director, tells us more about the work of Read to Suceed volunteers
The Color Run is coming to Asheville on Saturday, July 26 — bringing a chance to run for a good cause as a portion of proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. For those looking for a colorful and fun chance to help out, the foundation needs volunteers to help with the paint race.
This week Mary Miller, recruitment and awareness coordinator for the Literacy Council of Buncombe County, tells us about volunteering opportunities in the council’s tutoring programs.
Angel Redmond, outreach coordinator for the YWCA of Asheville, tells us about summer volunteering opportunities at the YWCA of Asheville.
From the Western North Carolina Aids Project Dining Out for Life®, presented by Prestige Subaru, returns to Western North Carolina April 24, with participating restaurants in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell and Transylvania Counties donating 20% of sales to support Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Dining Out For Life® volunteers, called Ambassadors, attend […]
Read to Succeed literary coaches work with at-risk children in Asheville City Schools. (Photo courtesy of Read to Succeed) Read to Succeed Asheville is seeking volunteer literacy coaches to work with at-risk children in K through 3rd grade. Join our team of highly trained, committed coaches and work one-on-one with an Asheville elementary school student. […]
The Buncombe County Master Gardener Volunteers’ are looking for property that belongs to the city or county and can be contracted to the Buncombe County Agricultural Extension Office for an extended period of time (10+ years) to be used to serve the public of Asheville and Buncombe County as the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden & Learning Center.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Buncombe County will celebrate National Mentoring Month by reconnecting former mentors and mentees at “Reunite Now” on Jan. 23.
What if this year we also look to make things better not only for ourselves but for our fellow creatures — human or otherwise?
On Jan. 29, a Global Impact Volunteer Event helped Asheville Habit for Humanity workers get a little TLC — free massages, haircuts, chiropractic adjustments and, even, a little pizza and pasta.
Pat LaPier, president of the Buncombe County Foster Care Association, is in a unique position. She donates her time to the community and also receives services from Children First/Communities In Schools Family Resource Center at Emma. Jodi Ford of Children First/Communities In Schools tells her story. Photos by Jodi Ford.