Volunteering

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 calendar@mountainx.com or call 251-1333, ext. 137 for questions.
American Cancer Society

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

Uses local grassroots efforts to assist responsible pet owners and their companions in times of crisis. Info: apaspca.org, cross@apaspca.org or 279-3969.

  • 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 alison.gibbons@redcross.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.

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Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity

Builds new homes for qualifying families and individuals while preserving existing homes. Info: info@ashevillehabitat.org

  • Volunteers needed for administrative office duties.
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Asheville-Buncombe Technical College

A-B Tech works to offer opportunities for specific job training and retraining and personal enrichment. Info: jeralieeandrews@abtech.edu 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

Asheville City Schools Foundation

Works to create strong public schools and break the cycle of poverty. Info: jay@acsf.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

Asheville Downtown Association

Acts a leader and advocate for the vitality of downtown. Info: ashevilledowntown.org, volunteer@ashevilledowntown.org 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.

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 WNC

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.

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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.

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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.

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Children First CIS of Buncombe County

Provides programs to economically disadvantaged children & families. Info: childrenfirstbc.org

• Volunteers needed for learning centers and after school programs for elementary school children living in public and low-income housing. Mon.-Thurs., 2:30-5:30pm.

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby

International non-partisan group working on a bipartisan solution to climate change called Carbon Fee & Dividend. This solution will reduce emissions through a market-based solution by providing incentives to move away from carbon; grow jobs, economy, and GDP; AND offset the impact of rising carbon costs to low and middle income classes through a monthly dividend. 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.

Disability Partners

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.

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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

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.

Literacy Council

Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Works to increase literacy and English language skills. Info: volunteers@litcouncil.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

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.

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MANNA FoodBank

Processes donated food for distribution throughout WNC. Info: mannafoodbank.org or 299-3663.

• Volunteers needed to work in the warehouse. Mon.-Sat. daytime and Thu. 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.

Winter Lights NC Arboretum

N.C. Arboretum

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

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Opportunity House

A cultural center in Hendersonville. Info: opportunityhouse.org or 692-0575.

• Volunteers needed to work in the thrift store and front desk.

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.

Project Linus

National non-profit organization which donates handmade blankets to children in crisis. Info: 645-8800

• Volunteers needed to make blankets. The new “blanketeers” can contribute knitted, crocheted, quilted, no-sew fleece or flannel blankets.

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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 Community Kitchen

The Community Kitchen

Provides free meals and food boxes to the needy. Info: thecommunitykitchen@gmail.com or 648-0014.

• Volunteers needed to help prepare and serve dinner.

WNCAP

WNC AIDS Project

Provides resources and support for AIDS patients and their families. Info: wncap.org or 252-7489.

• Office and clerical volunteers needed for data entry and computer-related tasks during daytime office hours Mon.-Fri.

The Sierra Club

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: judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176

• Volunteers needed for Facebook posts, newsletter articles, kitchen help, transportion help, working booths, etc.

YWCA

YWCA

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.