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Volunteer Opportunities

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:

Holmes Educational State Forest

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.

828-692-0100

Henderson County YMCA

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.

810 West 6th Avenue, Hendersonville, NC 28739 - Map It

828-697-9622

MANNA FoodBank

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.

627 Swannanoa River Road Asheville, NC 28805 - Map It

828-299-3663

The North Carolina Arboretum

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.

828-665-2492, Ext. 219

Four Season Hospice

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.

571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 - Map It

(828) 692-6178

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

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.

Pisgah Legal Services

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.

(828) 692-7622

Blue Ridge Literacy Council

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.

828-696-3811

WNC AIDS Project

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.

Department of Social Services

To improve the safety, health, well-being, independence, and quality of life for children, the elderly and disabled, and families in Henderson County.

(828) 697-5500

My Sister’s Closet

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.

American Red Cross

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.

828-693-5605

Children and Family Resource Center

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.

828-698-0674

World Market Place

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 Healing Place

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.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

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]

The Salvation Army

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.

Boy Scouts of America

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.

828-254-6189

Hands On WNC

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.

318 N. Main Street Hendersonville, NC 28792 - Map It

(828) 697-8333

Mainstay

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.

828-693-3840

Share the Warmth

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.

Hendersonville AARP

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.

Henderson County Young Leaders Program

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]

Big Brothers / Big Sisters

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.

The Henderson County Council on Aging

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.

Habitat for Humanity

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.

(828) 694-0340

Hendersonville Rescue Mission

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.

828-697-1354

Interfaith Assistance Ministry

Interfaith Assistance Ministry helps provide financial or in-kind asistance to Henderson County residents who find themselves faced with a financial crisis.

210 Ehringhaus St, Hendersonville, NC 28739 - Map It

(828) 697-7029

Trauma Intervention Programs of Western North Carolina

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.

Animal Compassion Network

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]

828-258-4820

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

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.

1401 Fish Hatchery Rd, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 - Map It

(828) 877-4423

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

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.

800-672-2148

Volunteermatch

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

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.

(828) 254-2000

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.

828-696-8264

Henderson County 4-H

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.