This section of Hendersonville.com is updated frequently, so check back often to see what's new! Do you have items we should include here? Please email us! Hendersonville offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities. The following organizations have recently been contacted and are in need of volunteers:
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.
The Camera Club of Hendersonville’s general meeting is on the 4th Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce, 204 Kanuga Rd. beginning at 6:30 pm.
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.
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. Each year, area lawyers and people from the community volunteer with Pisgah Legal Services. These generous individuals allow PLS to serve many more people than we ever could with staff alone.
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.
RSVP’s purpose is to connect today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations. With RSVP, you choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. And you choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, you find the opportunity that’s right for you.
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 competent, caring and contributing leaders as they progress into adulthood. For more information on this group call 828-697-4891.
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.
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.
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.
Hands On’s mission is to provide children and families with “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment.
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]
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.
Grandview Peaks is a private gated community offering dramatic views and natural seclusion in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Homesites range from 1 to 17 acres, starting at just $29,900. Located close to Asheville, and surrounded by great small towns. Properties have access to community lake & beach, large timber-frame pavilion, and hiking trails all in a peaceful natural setting.
There are many different ways to get involved with The Salvation Army. We offer volunteers a chance to change people’s lives across a wide range of activities and programs – all the while, being changed themselves. All of our volunteer opportunities are coordinated locally, where our staff understands exactly how you can be of the most help to most people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to work on home construction crews or in the Habitat ReStore. Most construction or ReStore volunteers work one day each week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Interested volunteers are asked to call the Habitat Office at 828-694-0340.
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 most important measure of the YMCA is the impact it has on the lives of the people and communities it serves. Together, these diverse groups find a place of welcome and belonging at the YMCA of Western North Carolina- an organization that builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities.
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.
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.
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.
Animal Compassion Network is 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]
The Share the Warmth program provides financial assistance for heating bills during the winter season for low income families within the Duke Energy service territory in the Carolinas. Since the program’s establishment in 1985, we have provided over $33 million in heating bill assistance. Funding for Share the Warmth comes from Duke Energy customers, employees and the Duke Energy Foundation. In November, Duke Energy customers receive a bill insert about the STW program. The Duke Energy Foundation will match up to $500,000 in customer contributions during the heating season.
The Housing Assistance Corporation is a private, non-profit organization committed to providing safe and affordable housing for persons of limited income living in Henderson County and surrounding areas, because we believe every human being deserves the opportunity to live in a decent home. They are always in need of volunteers and always have a wide variety of projects available for volunteers to be involved in, whether it be in our New Homes construction or our Home Repair program. Please visit the website for additional 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.
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]
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 County is necessary.
Guided by over a century of service, the Hendersonville Woman’s Club continues to provide a platform for all women to advance the common good with a view toward the future where even small successes, when taken together, are proof of the concept that every individual person makes a difference in creating a better world. The next regular meeting location is available here.
Interfaith Assistance Ministry helps provide financial or in-kind asistance to Henderson County residents who find themselves faced with a financial crisis.
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.
To improve the safety, health, well-being, independence, and quality of life for children, the elderly and disabled, and families in Henderson County.
WNCAP is a multi-faceted organization, offering a variety of opportunities for those looking to serve. We could not do the work we do without the support of our hundreds of committed and energetic volunteers. Our goal is to offer volunteer experiences that are meaningful, enjoyable and most importantly, help the people we serve. WNCAP volunteers join the fight against HIV/AIDS through direct client support, educating the public on HIV prevention, and assisting with our ongoing advocacy, outreach and fundraising projects.
This website allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, and surrounding counties.
Blue Ridge Community Health Services
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.
The Child Advocacy Center
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.