Haywood County

The Mission of the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center is to promote community service by engaging volunteers and linking them to opportunities addressing community needs.

HAYWOOD COUNTY

AMERICAN RED CROSS- HAYWOOD CO CHAPTER                                                                          

Mission: Community help when needed
Volunteer: Needs: Bloodmobile drive help, Office help, Greeters, Response Teams

AMERICAN YOUTH SOCCER ORGANIZATION(AYSO)
Mission: To develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.
 Volunteer Needs: Assistance in initial layout of fields, weekly painting of soccer fields(2-3 hours a week), Referees and help with concession stand.

THE ARC OF HAYWOOD COUNTY
Mission: Is to serve and enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc encourages individuals to identify their hopes and dreams and provides the program services to achieve them.
Volunteer Needs: People to serve on committees such as Residential Services, Human Rights, Board of Directors, Fundraising, Special Events, Facility Maintenance, & Office Assistance

AUTUMN CARE
Mission: “Service Above Self” to provide care & quality of life while they are in our facility for short term rehab or long term care.
Volunteer Needs: Help with individual or group activities & games, play an instrument or sing,  sit on the porch with residents, or other activities depending on interest.

AYUSA INTERNATIONAL                                                                                                                                                                             

Mission: To make connections between host families in the U.S. and high school students from around the world to promote international relationships & educate both families, students and communities through promoting personal family relationships and experiences.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Volunteer Needs: Host families in all areas in NC. Students come from all over the world and have their own money, medical insurance, and do not speak English. Each student is carefully screened and are recommended by their school and interviewers.

BETHEL RURAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mission: To help the people of the Bethel Community and to support and enhance rural lifestyles.
Volunteer Needs: Go to website:    Bethelrural.org                                                                                                                                                                 

BIG BROTHERS/ BIG SISTERS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mission: To develop children’s self esteem and character through volunteer mentoring programs and friendship to help them achieve their highest potential                                                                        Volunteer Needs: Mentors 18 years of age for the community program, 16 years of age for the school-based program.                                                                                                                                                                 

CANTON SENIOR CENTER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mission: People helping people help themselves
Volunteer Needs: Sit with a senior, Adult education, Help with classes.

CCI GREENHEART                                                                                                                                                

Mission: To promote cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace. We are a branch of Greenheart International, a nonprofit committed to connecting people to planet to create a more peaceful and sustainable global community. We achieve this through a unique and diverse collection of programs fostering cultural exchange, eco-fair trade, volunteerism, personal development and environmentalism.
Volunteer Needs: Host family- for one or two students per semester or year.

CIRCLES OF HOPE
Mission: Circles of Hope of Haywood County is designed to not only help families and individuals get out of poverty, but to initiate changes in the community that result in eliminating barriers to economic stability. The long-range vision is to eliminate the condition of poverty altogether.
Volunteer Needs: Food, Transportation, Childcare, Ally, Serve on a Guiding Coalition Team

CREEKSIDE VILLAS
Mission: To help residents have a better quality of life during their stay
Volunteer Needs: Bingo/crafts, Church 1/2 Sundays, Visiting residents

FELINE URGENT RESCUE (FUR)                                                                                                                    

 Mission: as guardians of displaced felines, our mission is to provide a safe haven for cats thereby reducing the homeless population, the shelter euthanasia rates, and  filling a gap in the rescue community as a last resort sanctuary.
Volunteer Needs: Sanctuary volunteers-cleaning, socialization- play and socialize the cats, transportation

FOLKMOOT
Mission: To foster the vibrancy of many cultures into one community.  Folkmoot programs are based on cultural exchange and designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.
Volunteer Needs: Set-up and clean up crews, festival volunteers, ushers, Saturday volunteer crews.

FOUR SEASONS COMPASSION FOR LIFE
Mission: Our staff ensures that patients and families going through an incredibly challenging time are cared for. Our team of professionals that minister to the body, mind and spirt and emotional components that comprise us all.
Volunteer Needs: Patient & family support(visits to patients in assisted living facilities and nursing homes for socialization; visit homes to relieve the caregiver by providing respite care)

FRANCIS GRIST MILL
Mission: Restore and preserve the 127 year Francis Grist Mill
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers to help with school groups, parking for special events,and giving information as well as collecting tickets.

FRIENDS OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK                                                    

 Mission: Assist the National Park Service in it’s mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects.

Volunteer Needs: Experienced hikers with First Aid knowledge; Phone callers to renew memberships; Help with Special Events; Help with counting donations from various donation boxes.

GREATER HAYWOOD COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Mission: Fostering growth of business in Haywood County and visitor information services to welcome guests and help promote our tourism partners
Volunteer Needs: Front desk greeter, help prepare special events, office work

GUARDIAN AD LITEM
Mission: To provide trained independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in the court system and to work towards a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe, permanent home.
Volunteer Needs: Child Advocates

HAYWOOD CHRISTIAN MINISTRY                                                                                                                

Mission: To provide care in the name of Jesus Christ to persons in crisis. To be a clearinghouse for outreach concerns that are shared by the churches of Haywood County and to offer spiritual and material assistance to extend those resources that are available through the cooperating churches and volunteers.
Volunteer Needs: Receptionist, interviewer, food pantry worker, client’s clothing worker, sorter of donations, cleaning, grounds maintenance and furniture pick-up worker.

HAWA SPAY/NEUTER
Mission: Serving the community by providing low-cost spay/neuter services
Volunteer Needs: Office/computer help, feral cat trapping, crate cleaning and bi-weekly spay neuter transport support

HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL
Mission: Art classes, gallery exhibits, Junior Appalachian Music program, Mind the Music Senior Piano Lessons, Young Artist Concert, Dance Aris, Artist demonstrations, artist workshops.
Volunteer Needs: Gallery docent, administrative assistance, special event assistance, fairs and festivals booth attendants.

HAYWOOD CO. PUBLIC LIBRARY
Mission: Haywood Co. Public Library is a center for lifelong learning. Four branches are: Waynesville (Main), Maggie Valley, Canton, Fines Creek
Volunteer Needs: Shelf Elf, Computer Coach, Homework Tutor, Story Time Assistant, Job Coach, Housekeeping Helper, Grounds-keeping Aide, Special Event Assistant, Bilingual Storyteller and Special Performers/Instructors

HAYWOOD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Volunteer Needs: Construction Work – Skilled or Unskilled, Provide meals for volunteers on construction sites, Join a committee (many choices); ReStore- sales & customer service, stocking, sales displays.

HAYWOOD’S HISTORIC FARMERS’ MARKET
Mission:  To promote local agricultural enterprise and the heritage crafts of the Appalachians, to serve as a viable businesse and as a local incubator helping far-related businesses to grow.
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers daily throughout the market season (May – November) as well as the winter months. Need Market Manager Wed – Sat; Volunteers on Saturday to assist with Kid’s Corner Market. Special Events helpers; Fundraising; Food prep & servers

HAYWOOD COUNTY MEALS ON WHEELS
Mission: To assure that each individual that seeks assistance with home delivered meals is given the opportunity to benefit from the Meals on Wheels program.
Volunteer Needs: The Meals on Wheels Program utilizes volunteers who deliver the meals to our recipients. They use their own vehicles to deliver one day per week on a regular basis.

HAYWOOD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS                                                                                               

 Mission: Facilitate Senior Games

 Volunteer Needs: Help facilitate sporting events for seniors 55 years and older. Manage Official Rules Book, Score Sheets, and Equipment provided for over 23 events.

HAYWOOD COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
Mission: The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has a long tradition of tourism marketing, having been one of the first counties in North Carolina to authorize the creation of a TDA and invest in countywide destination promotion.
Volunteer Needs:four hour shifts one or two days a week.  Answering phones and helping with walk in traffic.

HAYWOOD PATHWAYS CENTER
Mission: To glorify God by proclaiming and showering love through a Christ-centered program for lost, lonley and least of Haywood County. Be a faith based, comprehensive ministry that brings life transformation in a safe, acepting and caring environment; to develop disciples of Christ through his love and mercy, shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, produce self-sustaining citizens in Haywood County, and to decrease recidivism(repeat offenders) in our community.
Volunteer Needs: Groups are needed to cook and serve daily dinner meal to 50-70 people.  Drivers, take residents to appointments, class instructors, Bible study leaders, chaplains, maintenance, construction.

HAYWOOD COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Volunteer Needs: Each year, coaches are needed to help disabled children & adults in a variety of sports competitions.

HAYWOOD REGIONAL HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE                                                                  

 Mission: Hospice offers compassionate care for the terminally ill, their families, and the caregivers. Anyone with a life expectancy of less than six months can benefit from Hospice Services whether at home or in a nursing facility.

Volunteer Needs: Direct Patient Care; Office Support;  Bereavement Support; Weekend Receptionist at The Homestead is needed.

HAYWOOD WATERWAYS ASSOCIATION
Mission: Promote awareness for clean streams and restoration work.
Volunteer Needs: VWIN water sampling, stream restoration work, water shed planning, public education.

HAZELWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY                                                                                  

 Mission: is for all students to become effective users of the information and gain sense of reading appreciation that will continue throughout their lifetime.                                                                           Volunteer Needs: shelving books, processing new books and monthly tasks associated with Morning News program.

HEALTHY HAYWOOD
Mission: A collaborative community partnership dedicated to improving the overall health status of Haywood County residents.
Volunteer Needs: We have four action teams that meet once a month for two hours. Action teams change every year to address the concerns in the community.

GIVENS GREAT LAURELS SENIOR APARTMENTS
Mission: to provide affordable housing for older adults on fixed/limited/low incomes.
Volunteer Needs:  Common area cleaning; Grounds beautification & cleaning; Assist in flipping mattresses in units; Help moving furniture within a unit

KIDS ADVOCACY RESOURCE EFFORT (KARE INC)
Mission: ending child abuse and neglect through advocacy, education and support.
Volunteer Needs: administrative/clerical, facility maintenance. School Safety Program  Each year, our dedicated volunteers go to every elementary classroom in Haywood County, from kindergarten through fifth grade, to teach children about personal safety. Some of our volunteers have been with us for over a decade, and some have even been with us since KARE’s beginning in 1991. For them and us it’s paramount that children know what to do if they feel threatened or have been victimized. KARE offers age-appropriate instruction via DVD presentations and take home materials on how to stay alert and stay safe.

LIFESPAN INC.
Mission: Lifespan empowers children and adults with disabilities by providing education, employment and enrichment opportunities to live, work and play in their communities
Volunteer Needs: Continuing Education instructors, art class intern, buddies: one on one education, office support

LifeWORKS with CWJC
Mission: Women will be empowered, encouraged and loved at all times through showing the love of Jesus Christ. Lifework is a ministry to challenge women to overcome adversities and reach their goals of integrity with the love of God through mercy and grace.
Volunteer Needs: mentor/coach, various duties in office, teacher positions

MAGGIE VALLEY CHAMBER & VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU
Mission: To inform visitors & resident of any & all events in the area. Visitors rely on information we distribute whether it is lodging, events, directions, & any other questions that may aid in giving them a great vacation experience.
Volunteer Needs: answering phones, greeting visitors, volunteers for special events through the year

MAPLE LEAF ADULT RESPITE
Mission: To provide supervision, nutrition and activities to participants and respite to caregivers
Volunteer Needs: assist us with helping clients upon arrival and departure. Socializing and comforting those who need it. Assist with activities.


MOUNTAIN MEDIATION SERVICES
Mission: We are a non-profit agency that provides affordable and high quality mediation and other training opportunities conducted by experienced trainers and mediation professionals in the seven western counties in North Carolina
Volunteer Needs: Website Development, Ambassadors for potential Volunteers, School Trainers, Meeting Representatives for Youth Services & JCP Activities, Jackson Court Intake Assistants, Database Expert familiar with MS Access, Publicity & News Specialist, Speaker’s bureau Participants, Mediators

MOUNTAIN PROJECTS
Senior Companion- assist a senior and receives a stipend (income requirements) that does not affect your social security.
Foster Grandparent- assist a child at a school and receives a stipend (income requirements) that does not affect your social security.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BUGLE CORPS
Volunteer Needs: assist with volunteering to educate the public while being among the elk at Cataloochee.

NC BARTRAM TRAIL SOCIETY
Mission: To establish and maintain an eighty mile long memorial hiking trail in honor of William Bartram, following a route close as possible to Bartram’s original route through Western North Carolina.
Volunteers Needs:To accomplish the maintenance and repair activities of the trail using hand tools provided by group leader if you do not have the correct ones. Working- Hikes are done on the second Saturday of each month (weather permitting) & can be done on other dates to accommodate specific groups. (Not recommended for children under 15 years).

THE OPEN DOOR/SECOND BLESSING THRIFT SHOP
Mission: To help restore hope to all who come through our doors, by encounters with love and delivering power of Jesus Christ.

Volunteer Needs: Preparing & serving meals, Thrift Store workers, Gardeners, Cleaning & Building Maintenance

PIGEON COMMUNITY MULTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Mission: To promote and facilitate harmony among residents of our community, by helping to re-establish the long standing tradition of family. To achieve this we will concentrate on the involvement of all people within the community, intellectually, physically, morally and economically for the betterment of our communities and to the glory of God
Volunteer Needs: Tutors/Mentors, Arts & Crafts, Recreation Leaders, Spanish Teacher, Clerical Duties, Food Service Helpers,Computer Maintenance

REACH OF HAYWOOD COUNTY
Mission: To provide safety for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault and to empower survivors to achieve self-sufficiency in a violence-free and stable environment. By means of community outreach, education & advocacy, we seek to serve all persons with support services that enables them to live with dignity and self-respect.
Volunteer Needs: Helpline Volunteers; “Within REACH” resale Store Volunteers, Office Assistance

SARGE’S ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION
Mission: To save healthy, adoptable animals from euthanasia at the the  Haywood County Animal Control Facility.
Volunteer Needs: Transport Drivers. Foster Homes for Cats & Dogs, Fundraising Committee, Office Assistance, Crate Cleaning

SMOKY MTN HEALTH CARE & REHAB CENTER                                                                                          

 Mission: Caring for people in Long of Short Care Rehab
Volunteer Needs: Weekend volunteer to answer the phone, greet visitors, also people during the week to help with activities and visit with residents.

SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREWS OF WNC
Mission: To salvage good fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste and give them to people that are hungry
Volunteer Needs: Gleaning/harvesting produce, distributing food

STAR RANCH                                                                                                                                                              

 Mission: To provide a safe haven for abused, neglected, and needy horses in Haywood County and Western North Carolina                                                                                                                                     Volunteer Needs: Groomers, Cleaning stalls, Mending & Painting Fences

THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN
Mission: provide hot meals to those in need and help renew hope in people.
Volunteer Needs: – Daytime (usually between the hours of 8 & 4)  sorting, cleaning, stocking the kitchen and pantry.  This includes sorting the produce etc that comes in from Food Lion and Wal-mart

– Picking up daily from Food Lion in Canton (produce, bakery, meat etc) This requires an SUV or truck. Pick up is made between 10:30 – noon. Food must be weighed and sorted at the Kitchen (usually have at least 1 person to help)

– Volunteer teams to cook. We have several open dates each month and are looking for teams of 5-10 to prep, cook, serve, and clean up our nightly meal. Dinner is 5-6. Prep time and clean-up varies depending on teams.

– Last minute helpers – Sometimes teams are short or due to circumstances cancel last minute for dinner. We need to increase our list of individuals we can call for help cooking, serving and cleaning. This is often same day.

– Monthly Deep cleaning. This is deep cleaning in the kitchen area. Including the equipment, shelves, floors, walls etc.

THE SALVATION ARMY OF WNC                                                                                                                  

Mission: “Salvationist of the WNC Command”commit to development in ourselves and others through meeting the most basic needs and providing hope to the hopeless in all of our actions and attitudes.

Volunteer Needs:Help with Soul Food Programs; Breakfast Group help; Family meal help (Wednesdays & Fridays monthly), Store help(Cleaning, Tagging, Sort clothes, Cashiers; General Maintenance, Social Services Caseworkers,Summer Day Camp Helpers, Tutors, Job Skills/Life Skills Coaches

WAYNESVILLE PARKS AND REC
Mission: to promote quality recreation opportunities for all citizens of the greater Waynesville area.
Volunteer Needs: concession stand operator, front desk greeter/answer phones.

YMCA OF WNC NUTRITION PROGRAMS
Mission: With over 18% of all North Carolina families suffering from food insecurity, the Y is working hard to turn the tide for a healthier Western North Carolina.  Through the Healthy Mobile Kitchen, food is being distributed to local families, along with practical, cost-effective cooking demonstrations to make a lasting impact on our community.
Distribution Volunteer: This position helps with greeting participants, helping them shop as well as weighing out bags. We aim to create an inclusive, welcoming environment that embraces the community and demonstrates our core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. These are standards we hold to our volunteers and hope our volunteers hold us to. The dates are every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 3:15-4:45pm to include set up and clean up. The actual distribution happens from 3:30-4:30pm

 

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