Is your organization in need of volunteers? These listings are provided free to nonprofits operating in Asheville and the greater Asheville area. Submit your information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-1333, ext. 137 for questions.
Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter
For more information about joining the ACE Team, complete the online Volunteer Interest Profile, email email@example.com, or call 828-398-5780.
• Alzheimer’s Association Community Educators (ACE) are public speakers, teachers, and key volunteers on the Western Carolina Chapter team. They raise awareness, teach dementia specific education workshops and connect attendees to chapter services. ACEs work in their professional, civic, and personal spaces to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and are empowered to identify gaps, areas of need, and areas of interest and fill those through education.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a 501c3 nonprofit that coordinates the needs of wildlife rehabilitation in Western North Carolina providing care for injured and orphaned wildlife, support for the wildlife rehabilitation network and conservation education to the community. Info: www.appalachianwild.org/volunteer.html
• Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship: Interns are vital to providing care for the animals and coordination of volunteers in the Wildlife Urgent Care facility during the busy seasons which run March – September. Interns help in all aspects of the rehabilitation process, from answering phone calls and emails about wildlife, to the daily care of the animals and their holding areas to assisting with rescue and transport, as well as releasing healed animals back into the wild. Each day is different and interns must be dedicated, dependable, flexible and comfortable coordinating other volunteers while also handling communications with the public. Interns must commit to at least four shifts a week and at least a six week period and ideally up to three months. The facility will be open with days and hours based on staffing and intern availability. Apply here: https://bit.ly/2yMlQ1k
American Cancer Society
For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. Info: Tracy at 828-254-6931 ext. 29194.
- American Cancer Society needs office volunteers! Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to help end the suffering caused by cancer? Help the American Cancer Society end the fight against Cancer by being an office volunteer at the Asheville office of the American Cancer Society. Activities you will be engaged in include but are not limited to:
- Help with answering phones, taking messages and transferring calls
- Open and sort mail and faxes
- Prepare regular and bulk office mailings
- Shred files
- Organize office spaces and files
- Provide customer service by greeting and assisting office visitors and volunteers
- Help connect volunteers with appropriate office staff
- Assist with regular and bulk mailings
- Copy materials, fold brochures and cut paper
- You will gain real world office experience. Learn how the non-profit sector works. Have first-hand connections with Relay Staff and programs offering opportunities for continuing service in our mission. We can schedule hours that work with your schedule. We look forward to having you on our team!
American Pet Association Society for the Protection of Companion Animals
- Volunteers are needed to participate in our 30 Day Friends & Family fundraiser and certified fundraiser programs. Volunteers may set their hours and most work may be done from home. Must be 14 years or older to apply.
The American Red Cross
Network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed – every day. Sign up to volunteer at www.redcross.org/volunteer or contact Alison Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 333-9296.
• The American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donations. And, the number of blood drives in the Western North Carolina area have increased. There is not only a great need for blood donors, but also volunteers. Do you have great customer service skills and want to make a difference? Support the Red Cross blood program as a Blood Donor Ambassador! Ambassadors help donors feel welcome and comfortable, sign them in, and visit with them while giving out snacks & beverages after they donate blood. Shifts vary with each drive, but are generally 3-5 per shift.
Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity
Builds new homes for qualifying families and individuals while preserving existing homes. Info: email@example.com
- Asheville Area Habitat is seeking an individual who feels a connection to our mission, is warm and welcoming, has great computer skills, and who is flexible to tackle a variety of administrative support tasks. Office administrative support volunteers act as the face and voice of AAHH for visitors and callers, and perform a variety of clerical tasks as assigned by the Assistant: answering phones, checking in guests, assisting with staff projects, etc. A regular commitment of one 4-hour shift per week is required. Please contact Heather Roberts-VanSickle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.407.4388 for more details.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
A-B Tech works to offer opportunities for specific job training and retraining and personal enrichment. Info: email@example.com or 230-6526.
• Volunteers needed to assist in Adult Basic Skills (ABS) and High School Equivalency (HSE, formerly GED) program at Goodwill in West Asheville. Volunteers should be proficient in language arts or math. Session available Tues., Wed., or Thurs. from 9am-noon.
Asheville City Schools Foundation
Works to create strong public schools and break the cycle of poverty. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 350-6135.
• Volunteers needed to tutor/ mentor students (k-12). Shifts available Mon.-Fri., 8am-6pm.
• Volunteers needed to tutor Asheville High School/SILSA students. All subjects requested, math tutors especially needed. Once per week 10-10:35am or 3:30-4:30pm.
Asheville Downtown Association
Acts a leader and advocate for the vitality of downtown. Info: ashevilledowntown.org, email@example.com or 251-9973.
• Volunteers are needed at all of our events, including the Downtown After 5 concert series, Ingles Independence Day Celebration, Asheville Oktoberfest and Asheville Holiday Parade. Duties include everything from pouring beer and wine to selling merchandise and water or helping with festival greening.
Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative
The Asheville Collaborative intends to be a resource for built environment professionals that want to understand Living Building Challenge concepts and process. We support Living Buildings by providing information and education to the public, builders, designers, and advocates for change. We are available to present on key concepts of the Living Building Challenge at your office or community meeting space. Info: collaboratives.living-future.org/asheville or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Our goal as the Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative is to foster the area’s first LBC-certified construction within three to five years. We are looking for building professionals, community leaders, and sustainability champions to join our collaborative as a volunteer to research barriers and opportunities of implementing a living building in WNC. As a volunteer, you choose which topic interests you: place, water, energy, health, happiness, materials, equity or beauty.
Aura Home for Women Vets – Asheville
Aura Home is a 501C (3) non-profit, helping homeless women veterans transition from communal living to self-sufficiency. Info: Alyce Knaflich at 771-6979 or aurahomewomenvets.org
• Volunteers are needed for computer tech support in office, volunteer coordinator and working board support.
Aura Home for Women Vets – Hendersonville
Aura Home is a 501C (3) non-profit, helping homeless women veterans transition from communal living to self-sufficiency. Info: Ellen-Gayle at email@example.com
• Volunteer support is needed for property renovation located in Hendersonville. If interested, please submit your contact information,skills, talents, experience, day/weekend/times available.
Asheville Poverty Initiative
Asheville Poverty Initiative’s 12 Baskets Cafe is a powerful program for creating alternative social space, 12 Baskets works to build relationships among local residents, schools, social services, and businesses to deconstruct stereotypes and reduce fear. People from all walks of life are encouraged to come and meet their neighbors. All food served is rescued from local restaurants like Sunny Point, Morrison Healthcare/Mission Hospital and grocers and caterers. Simply by sitting and eating with someone you might otherwise never bump into: Stereotypes are dismantled. Fear reduced. Hope empowered. (828) 232-2149 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Join us at the Cafe and/or volunteer to pick up food. We welcome anyone interested in getting involved at The Café to come to our brief volunteer orientation help every Tuesday morning at 10:30am or reach out via phone or email. The Cafe is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Kairos West Community Center, at the rear entrance to 610 Haywood Road. In addition to the Café, API offers Realities of Poverty educational programming led by local individuals with direct experience living in poverty.
Beacon of Hope
The Beacon of Hope serves Madison County residents by providing food, emergency assistance, low-cost thrift store and advocacy to those in need. Contact Rachell Skerlec, Volunteer Coordinator at 649-3470
• Volunteer needed to help with office work a few hours a week Thursdays and/or Fridays.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of WNC
Helps children thrive through partnerships with trained adult mentors. Info: bbswnc.org or 253-1470
• Big Brothers Big Sisters needs volunteers age 18 and older to share their interests twice a month with a young person from a single-parent home. Suggested activities are free or low-cost, such as sports, local attractions, etc. Men are especially needed! Volunteers are also needed to mentor 1 hour a week in elementary schools and after-school sites.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Provides the resources and life-saving programs to build a No Kill community in Buncombe County. Info: bwar.org or 828-230-2156
• Volunteers needed to help care for animals staying in the adoption center and/or foster animals at home.
• Volunteers needed to assist with fundraisers, adoption events and clerical tasks.
Care Partners FoundationInfo: 828-575-2509, carepartnersfoundation.org/• Come join with other local volunteers and CarePartners Foundation to help raise funding for CarePartners hospice. Opportunities are available at our Hospice Thrift store and Estate Sales Services. Please volunteer or donate today.
Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue
A shelter and foster network for area cats and dogs based in Fletcher. Info: wncanimalrescue.org or 885-3647.
• Volunteers are needed to foster a dog for 2 to 3 weeks. No costs involved.
Children First CIS of Buncombe County
Provides programs to economically disadvantaged children & families. Info: childrenfirstcisbc.org, email@example.com or 828-620-9091.
• Children thrive when there is a caring adult in their lives. You can be that caring adult and help elementary students succeed in school & after school. Just one hour a week can make a difference in the life of a local child living in poverty. We have opportunities to be a tutor/mentor/role model for local children in need Monday-Friday both during school and after-school hours. This is a great opportunity for retirees and students.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a volunteer-driven organization building the political will for congressional action on climate change. We advocate a unique plan to put a slowly increasing fee on fuels that emit carbon pollution and refund the money collected to American families. Info: www.citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/NC_Asheville
• Volunteers are needed to help get signatures from businesses, politicians, academics, faith leaders and scientists that asks our legislators to take action on climate or to request a solution (like Carbon Fee & Dividend).
• Volunteers are also needed to write letters to the editor or opinion editorials, give presentations, lobby our legislators as citizens, and work to educate others.
• The Asheville Chapter is looking for volunteers to contact community leaders. If you could spare two hours per week for this important work, please contact Dan at 828-747-9121, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom at 828-505-1138, email@example.com. Training and all needed resources will be provided.
Provides a variety of independent living services with the goal of increasing independence and improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Info: 298-1977 or disabilitypartners.org
• Volunteers are needed to teach the Basic Computer Skills course. The class is for adults with disabilities and is limited to 6 people. The class must meet two days a month from 12:30p.m.-4 p.m. The two days are the choice of the volunteer, but they need to be consecutive.
Eliada’s mission is Helping Children Succeed. Since 1903, Eliada has been doing one thing: Helping Children Succeed! Located on the same piece of ground that our Founder Dr. Lucius Compton purchased, we have spent 114 years caring for children with all types of needs. Info: Joshua Conger-Kallas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Volunteers with Eliada Homes will assist children and families in the community to succeed through service in our programs. Volunteer opportunities include work with: Leadership Committees, Child Development, Psychiatric Residential Treatment and Level III Day Treatment, Foster Care, Fundraising/Clerical Departments, Recreation & Residential Activities, Student Clubs, Transitional Living and Workforce Development, Facilities & Campus Maintenance, Early Education, Afterschool/Summer Camp, Special Events, Corn Maze and/or the Therapeutic Animal Stewardship Cooperative.
Energy Savers Network
Energy Savers Network(ESN) may be the only organization in western North Carolina that addresses both the local poverty issue while also addressing the global issue of climate change and pollution from energy consumption. ESN is a volunteer driven organization that makes energy saving repairs and upgrades in low-income homes, free of charge to the homeowner. The result is lower energy bills for the homeowner and fewer carbon emissions for the planet. Info: www.energysaversnetwork.com or email@example.com.
• Volunteers will spend several hours in a low-income home, learning how to install weather stripping, efficient lighting, weatherized windows, and other energy saving fixes. We also need volunteers for administrative and outreach efforts.
Guardian ad Litem
Helps neglected and abused children have a voice to represent their best interests in court in Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, Rutherford and McDowell counties. Info: 694-4215
• Volunteers needed to track case progress and help children express their wishes in court proceedings. Average case takes 8-15 hours per month commitment. Training provided.
Hall Fletcher Elementary
An Asheville City school located in West Asheville. Info: volunteercorner.wordpress.com or 350-6451
• Volunteers needed to assist teachers, maintain school garden and tutor children in math and reading. Shifts available Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Haywood Regional Medical Center
Haywood Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, is located in Haywood County and offers a comprehensive array of services, including orthopedics, spine services, cardiology, general surgery, women’s care, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and includes 12 multi-specialty physician clinics. Info: MyHaywoodRegional.com/Volunteer or 828-452-8301.
• Haywood Regional Medical Center is currently seeking volunteers of all ages for ongoing support at the hospital, outpatient care center and The Homestead. Volunteering for Haywood Regional will offer you an opportunity to utilize your special talents, learn new skills, and make new friends. Volunteers can choose to work include: Emergency Department, Information Desk- Main Lobby, Patient Escort, Library Cart, Outpatient Surgery, The Homestead (Hospice), the Auxiliary Gift Shop or on-site fundraising.
Heart of Horse Sense
Heart Of Horse Sense supports quality, professional Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning programs (EAP/EAL) for veterans, active duty service members and their families and for economically disadvantaged children and their families. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 828-649-7064. Website: heartofhorsesense.org
• Volunteers are needed to help care for animals/farms where EAP/EAL is offered, help at offsite horse events throughout WNC and assist with fundraising events and clerical tasks.
Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Works to increase literacy and English language skills. Info: email@example.com or 254-3442
• Volunteers needed for the Adult Education Program, which teaches basic reading, writing and spelling. Previous teaching experience not required.
• Volunteers needed for the Augustine Program, which works with low-income children reading below grade level. Previous teaching experience not required.
Loving Food Resources
A special needs food pantry providing food and other items to persons living with HIV/AIDS or in hospice with any diagnosis. Info: 255-9282.
• Volunteers needed for stocking, helping clients shop, driving, food box delivery, sorting, graphic design and office assistance. Shifts available Tue.-Fri.: 9am-noon; Sat.:9am-2pm.
Candler, Pisgah and Woodfin Elementary all have a lunch buddy program in which volunteers come once a week to have lunch with a child. Information: Laura Cleaveland, school social worker at 828-779-1240.
• Volunteers need to pass a background check.
Make a Wish Western North Carolina
Please visit nc.wish.org to see more information on how to get involved and apply to be a Volunteer Wish Granter.
• We are currently seeking people with daytime, weekday availability and a passion for working with children to be volunteer wish granters and help us enhance the wishes of our incredible Wish Kids who live in the Asheville and Hendersonville areas of North Carolina. In this role, you work as a team to determine a child’s one true wish and give them a truly life transforming wish experience. You are also responsible for creating a wish enhancement for the child to increase the excitement for their upcoming wish!
Here are the requirements for this volunteer role:
•Complete and submit a volunteer application and Conflict of Interest Form.
•Complete a self-paid background check. The cost is roughly $26 and are run once every three years.
•Attend Wish Granter training (3 hours)
•Plan and deliver one enhancement piece/party per wish.
•Take on a minimum of 8 wishes per calendar year and 2 in one day, if applicable.
Processes donated food for distribution throughout WNC. Info: mannafoodbank.org or 299-3663.
• Volunteers needed to work in the warehouse. Mon.-Sat. daytime and Tuesday evenings.
My Sister’s Place
Works to end domestic violence and sexual assault and provides safe haven for women and their children. Info: 828-649-2582.
• Volunteers needed to work at the thrift store in Marshall, which supports the organization’s clients. Shifts available Mon.-Fri.: 10am-4pm; Sat.: 10-2pm. Volunteers also needed for internet support, fundraising and light building maintenance.
Located in the inspirational Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum cultivates connections between people and plants through creative expressions of landscape stewardship. Info: 665-2492.
• Hundreds of volunteers needed in a variety of areas nightly November 18-January 2 from 5:30-10pm. Opportunities available for groups, individuals, families and friends to volunteer indoors and outdoors! Info: ncwinterlights.com
Our financial education, counseling and support helps people reach their money and housing goals so they can overcome crises, afford basic needs, improve money management skills and make sound financial choices rooted in their values. Info: ontrackwnc.org or 828-255-5166.
• No tax or accounting experience is needed to help low-income families and individuals to prepare their tax returns (and hopefully get a refund!). Tax preparation fees are an expensive barrier to many people to file their taxes; either eating into their much-needed refund or adding to an already difficult burden. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, we eliminate this barrier by preparing tax returns for free for those who need it most.
For many families, accessing a tax refund can mean replenishing an emergency fund, buying new clothes for the kids, or repairing the family car. That’s why our Volunteers find the program so rewarding; many have been returning for 3, 4, even 7 and 8 years. Our 14 Volunteers are a great bunch of fun, team-oriented, supportive people who just love to help our clients. Most joined the program with no previous tax experience. Motivation and our comprehensive training are all one needs.
If you’d like to find out if this program might be a good fit for you, please contact OnTrack WNC’s Tax Program Coordinator, Pete Wrublewski, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A cultural center in Hendersonville. Info: opportunityhouse.org or 692-0575.
• Volunteers needed to work in the thrift store and front desk.
Asheville’s own chamber music repertory company. Info: email@example.com.
• Volunteers needed throughout our concert season for the following:
Staffing and ushering at a concert
House manager for performances
Outreach coordination support
Brochure and poster distribution
Ticket sales and office help
Pisgah Legal Services
Provides free legal help to people who cannot afford a private attorney. Info: 210-3787 or pisgahlegal.org
• Volunteers needed for the reception area and other administrative areas as needed. Must be 18 years or older to apply.
Read to Succeed
Read To Succeed literacy volunteers help underachieving Asheville City and Buncombe County elementary school students learn to read. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds: homemakers, teachers, librarians, psychologists, lawyers – all are committed to making a change in our community. Info: r2sasheville.org/volunteeror 828-747-2277.
• Volunteers needed to be reading buddies, reading coaches, substitute buddies and coaches and office assistants.
T.H.E Center for Disordered Eating
T.H.E Center for Disordered Eating, founded in 2004 and located in the heart of Asheville, is a support network for individuals and families, health care providers, educators, and the general public. T.H.E. Center is the only nonprofit in North Carolina serving thousands through community and professional outreach and education, advocacy, resource development and referral, a lending library, and support groups.
• Volunteer needed for administrative assistance or participation on the event committee. Volunteer opportunities are on-going or event based.
The Rathbun Center
Provides free lodging to patients and caregivers staying in Asheville for medical treatment. Info: rathbuncenter.org or 251-0595.
• Volunteers needed to support and register guests. Weekend shifts: noon-3pm; 3-6pm; 6-9pm.
The Writers’ Workshop
Non-profit literary center, founded in 1985. Info: 828-254-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways, either at our office or in your home. Volunteers take free classes, in person or online!
The Community Kitchen
Provides free meals and food boxes to the needy. Info: email@example.com or 648-0014.
• Volunteers needed to help prepare and serve dinner.
WNC AIDS Project
WNCAP (Western North Carolina AIDS Project) Dedicated to preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS and promoting self-sufficiency in people living with HIV. WNCAP provides HIV-related client support, prevention, education and advocacy activities guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to health care and disease prevention. . Info: wncap.org or 252-7489.
• 2nd & 4th Saturday Morning Food box Delivery: 10am-noon. Ride with another team member and deliver pre-packed boxes of food to home-bound, food insecure families living in the Asheville/ Buncombe area. Requires ability to lift 50 pounds, good driving record, and confidentiality. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org 828-252-7489 ext.315
WENOCA: The Sierra Club of Western North Carolina
To explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives. Information: email@example.com, 828-683-2176
• Volunteers needed for Facebook posts, newsletter articles, kitchen help, transportion help, working booths, etc.
Advocates for young women’s leadership and welfare. Info: 254-7206, ext. 219
• Volunteers needed for a variety of tasks in the child care department. A background check, a medical questionnaire, TB screening and a minimum age of 16 are required.