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Hendersonville offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities. The following organizations have recently been contacted and are in need of volunteers:

American Red Cross works to improve the quality of life of Henderson County residents by providing preparation for and relief to the victims of disaster; teaching courses to help prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies; ensuring the availability of blood and blood products; and providing support for members of the armed forces and their families. For more information on this group, call 828-693-5605.

Animal Compassion Network a local nonprofit organization placing rescued and abandoned dogs and cat into approved permanent homes. Volunteers are the backbone of Animal Compassion Network. Volunteers are needed for adoption events, fostering animals, fundraising events, and special events. For more information, call 828-258-4820 or email [email protected].

Join Animal Compassion Network for Adoption Events at the new PetsMart at the Super Wal-Mart Plaza on Bleachery Blvd.!
1st and 3rd Sat. - 11AM-3PM
All other Sat. - 1PM-3PM
Every Wed. - 6PM - 8PM
1st and 3rd Sat. - 11AM-3PM

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters has a mission to develop children's self esteem and character through volunteer mentoring programs and friendships to help them achieve their highest potential.

Blue Ridge Community Health Services mission is to enhance the health of individuals and families within the community, with emphasis on the medically underserved. For more information on this group, call 828-696-8264.

Blue Ridge Literacy Council wants to better the quality of life of adult residents of Henderson County by teaching basic reading, writing and oral communication of English. Call 828-696-3811 for more information.

Boy Scouts of America serves others by helping to instill values in young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is seeking adult volunteers to serve as outreach leaders, troop leaders and event coordinators. Outreach leaders serve 8 weeks for 2 hours each week working with girls. Troop leaders are also needed to guide groups of girls through badge earning, community service projects and more for at least a year commitment. Event coordinators plan and implement events for girls in Henderson County.

The Child Advocacy Center sponsors a Help Young Parents program that needs individuals who are interested in spending time with new mothers, helping them to understand their newborn and how to properly care for them. Training is provided for volunteers. The Child Advocacy Center is also seeking volunteers to assist in their office and in their community outreach program. For more information, call 254-2000.

Children and Family Resource Center mission is to promote the well being of our children through: advocating, encouraging coordination and providing services and resources. To find out more information on this group call 828-698-0674.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service mission is to help individuals and families in financial/ housing crisis in Henderson County to be able to meet their financial obligations, stabilize their housing, develop money management skills and avoid bankruptcy.

Department of Social Services - 697-5500

Four Season Hospice helps to affirm life and bring emotional and spiritual support to the terminally ill and their families and loved ones while meeting their end-of-life health care needs. 692-6178.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is a local nonprofit conservation organization that works in Henderson, Transylvania and neighboring parts of Buncombe, Rutherford, Polk and Jackson counties to protect and steward land and water resources that are vital to the natural heritage and quality of life in our communities. Volunteers are needed for stewardship and landscaping work, office and administrative tasks, special events, trail maintenance and construction, and education and outreach. For more information, call 828-697-5777 or email [email protected]

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is seeking adult volunteers to serve as outreach leaders, troop leaders and event coordinators. Outreach leaders serve 8 weeks for 2 hours each week working with girls. Troop leaders are also needed to guide groups of girls through badge earning, community service projects and more for at least a year commitment. Event coordinators plan and implement events for girls in Henderson County.

Habitat for Humanity isseeking volunteers to work on home construction crews or in the HabitatReStore. Most construction or ReStore volunteers work one day each weekfrom 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Interested volunteers are asked to call theHabitat Office at 828, 694-0340.

The Healing Place assists victims of sexual assault and child abuse and increases prevention through community education. For more information, please call 828-692-0495.

Henderson County 4-H helps youth to grow and develop through learn-by-doing experiences that are developmentally appropriate, positive, cooperative, and experiential. Four-H promotes teaching of essential life skills that will give young people tools to help them become copetent, caring and contributing leaders as they progress into adulthood. For more information on this group call 828-697-4891.

Hendersonville AARP Tax Aides is sponsored by the AARP Foundation. There are more than 5000 sites nationwide, but we have two in Henderson County (one in Hendersonville, and one in Mills River). We help low-to-moderate income taxpayers, especially those 60 and over, to file their taxes. Locally, we prepare between 3000 and 3500 federal returns each year (and a similar number of state returns). All of our services are free.

The Henderson County Council on Aging has a variety of different volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can deliver meals for Meals on Wheels, serve congregate meals at the Sammy Williams Center, volunteer in the thrift stores (both Etowah and Hendersonville) doing a variety of different tasks, and can help around the office when needed. For more information call 828-692-4203.

Henderson County Young Leaders Program seeks to enrich the lives of students at a crossroads. We believe that the camp experience provides unique opportunities for building character, leadership and resourcefulness in young people. To learn more about volunteering as a mentor, during monthly meetings, or at events please email [email protected]

Henderson County YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information on this group call 828-692-5774.

Hendersonville Rescue Mission provides shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry, recovery to the addicted and medical assistance tot the homeless and poor of our community with the love of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 828-697-1354.

Holmes Educational State Forest is 240 acres of biodiversity in a mature forested ecosystem. With five miles of trails, a public picnic shelter and educational programs, opportunities for volunteers are numerous. We are open Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm and closed late November to early March. Please email [email protected], or call 828-692-0100.

Interfaith Assistance Ministry helps provide financial or in-kind asistance to Henderson County residents who find themselves faced with a financial crisis. For more information on this group, call 828-697-7029.

Mainstay through intervention, education and advocacy, works to promote a community in Henderson County in which individuals identify and exercise their power to eliminate physical, mental, and emotional abuse in personal relationships. Call 828-693-3840 for more information.

MANNA FoodBank is looking for volunteers to help inspect, sort, repack, and clean food and nonfood items for distribution to member agencies. Call 828-299-3663 for more information.

My Sister's Closet a ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, is filled with fall and winter clothing. The clothing is available free to women who are seeking jobs and need clothing for interview or who need clothing for current jobs. A note of referral from any helping agency in Henderson Count is necessary.

The North Carolina Arboretum has many volunteer opportunities which include interpretive guiding in the gardens, greenhouse and trails, grounds maintenance, assisting staff in areas such as nursery, bonsai and interior plantings, visitor services as well as clerical and library support. The Arboretum is located on a beautiful 426-acre site southwest of Asheville. If interested in volunteering, call Patty Lyons at 665-2492.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is looking for volunteers. They need people of all ages to help with various projects. You must enjoy working outdoors to enjoy working here. Call 828-877-4423 for more information.

Pisgah Legal Services mission is to provide effective, high-quality legal counseling and representation for poor people in certain non-criminal matters that address the client's basic needs; to ensure equal justice for poor people; to advance and protect the legal rights of the poor, and substantially improve their live.

RSVP - The Volunteer Center for Older Adults Want to volunteer but don’t know how to get started? Call the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council. We are the volunteer center for older adult’s age 55 or better. We serve the counties of Henderson, Transylvania, Buncombe and Madison and are here to help you match your skills and talents to rewarding volunteer opportunities. Working with over 100 non-profit agencies we offer over 400 opportunities; if we don’t have something that interests you we will do our best to find that opportunity for you! Volunteer as much as you like and take advantage of our fun recognition events and complimentary theatre tickets to expand your social calendar along with many lifelong learning opportunities through educational workshops. Getting involved is easy just give us a call in Asheville at 828-251-6622 or in our neighboring counties at 1-800-727-0557 or drop us a line at [email protected]

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to staff their Angel Trees this holiday season. The trees will be at both the Biltmore Square and Asheville malls from November 26 through December 14. Volunteers are needed for 3 - 4 hour shifts. Call 828-696-8641 for more information.

Share the Warmth Contributions to this Duke Power Program are being accepted and distributions will begin to help families in need pay their heating bills. Through the program, Customers contribute money, with the Duke Energy Foundation matchers up to $50 per Customer, for $500,000 in Matching Money. To contribute to the program, Make checks payable to Share the Warmth Fund, Duke Energy Foundations, P.O. Box 35469, Charlotte, NC 28254-3429. To apply for money, contact Interfaith Assistance Ministry at 828-697-7029 or write to P.O. Box 2562 Hendersonville, NC 28793.

In addition, the United Way is now supporting a new Volunteer Center which matches an individual's skills and interests with community needs. There are many opportunities for you to share your time and talents. Below are listed just a few. If you have interest in any of these or you'd like to learn about other volunteer opportunities, please call Jacquie Buttles who directs the Volunteer Center at (828) 255-0696.

Trauma Intervention Programs of Western North Carolina is looking for caring people in Buncombe and Henderson Counties willing to be part of a team of volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to survivors of traumatic events.

This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, and surrounding counties.

WNC AIDS Project serves those in our region who have AIDS or who are HIV positive with compassion and dignity so as to foste greater public awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS. For more information on this group, call 828-252-7489.

World Market Place helps low income craftpersons in developing nations by marketing their handicrafts. They need volunteers to be sales clerks, to unpack merchandise, stock shelves and help with inventory. Training is provided. Call 254-8374 for more information.



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