APPALACHIAN WOMEN’S MUSEUM
Mission: Preserve and interpret the important, often undocumented, contributions of women in the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian region.
Volunteer Needs: Assit with events, archiving, publicity, housekeeping & maintenance, lawn work, gardening, assist with programs.
AWAKE Child Advocacy Center
Mission: AWAKE serves to advocate for abused children in Jackson Co. AWAKE offers a safe place for children who have been abused to receive services.
Volunteer Needs: Office assistance, fundraising, community outreach.
Mission: Our three main objectives in Western NC are to heal the hurt for children and teens who have been abused, neglected, or who are troubled. Provide a safe home through foster care, adoption and Hawthorn Heights, a runaway/emergency teen shelter that serve the seven western counties. Encourage a healthy start through intervention and prevention and intervention.
Volunteer Needs: Mentors to work with youth in our Reclaiming Futures program, administrative assistance. Background check required.
CASHIERS HIGHLANDS HUMANE SOCIETY
Volunteer Needs: work with dogs, clean pens, walking, leash training.
CLEAN SLATE COALITION
Mission: Clean Slate Coalition is a supervised recovery program providing safe, transitional housing, advocacy, vocational opportunities, connections to community services and supportive case management. We help women learn healthy life, job skills in a supportive environment while encouraging hope and opportunity reducing recidivism and addictive behavior.
Volunteer Needs: Transportation, office assistance, event coordinator, education and entertainment, marketing and mentoring.
CIRCLES OF JACKSON COUNTY INC
Mission: Circles of Jackson County provides the short-and long term support that enables families currently living in poverty to move into financial sustainability through education, employment readiness assistance, and the creation of community support systems. We also work to educate our community about poverty and reduce the barriers to success for all persons.
Volunteer Needs: Ally to Circle Leader, fundraising, meeting assistance, child care, transportation for clients, programming, cohort instruction, community outreach, social media development.
THE COMMUNITY TABLE
Mission: Our mission is to provide nutritious meals to our neighbors in need in a welcoming environment.
Volunteer Needs: Kitchen help, help with preparing meals, washing dishes, pantry help by taking clients through self-shop pantry, unloading deliveries, sorting and stocking food, dinner help with serving, bussing tables, occasional office help and help with special events.
Mission: Creating opportunities for persons with disabilities
Volunteer Needs: office help, thrift store help
Mission: Equinox Ranch awakens the mind, body and spirit of warriors whose traumatic memories and attempts at repressing them have left emotionally numb, volatile and closed off to the world. The program focuses on building the skills that help veterans readjust to civilian world and their work, relationships and communities.
Volunteer Needs: We would benefit from a wide variety of volunteers from office help to painting and could organize groups or work with individuals.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM
Mission: To represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system.
Volunteer Needs: guardians
HERE in JACKSON COUNTY INC
Mission: is to end homelessness throughout Jackson County by providing temporary emergency shelter, housing focused case management services and administering Rapid Rehousing short term rental assistance.
Volunteer Needs: Meal delivery to shelter clients, assistance relocating clients into new homes, client transportation to appointments, job interviews etc.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY USED BOOKSTORE
Mission: Raise funds to support the Jackson County Library
Volunteer Needs: Cashier, sorting, pricing, shelving donations, recycling
FULL SPECTRUM FARMS
Mission: To provide persons with autism a chance to develop lifelong learning and living skills through cottage industries such as woodcarving, pottery, and weaving as well as growing and selling produce and bedding plants. This will help people with autism support their communities and themselves
Volunteer Needs: Help with gardening, Carpentry, Farmers Market Sales, Instructors in crafts, sewing, cooking, painting, woodwork, fitness,etc.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MACON/JACKSON COUNTIES
Mission: To eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action
Volunteer Needs: New Homes: Construction 18 years & older from no skill to experienced.Rehab: Repairing construction 18 Years & older from no skills to experts. A Brush With Kindness: Painting & yard work, youth & older from no skill to experts. Youth & older from no skill to experts.
JACKSON CO. DEPARTMENT ON AGING
Mission: Meals on Wheels Program delivers nutritious meals to home bound elderly throughout Jackson county to help them maintain their independence in their homes. We aim for the highest quality of life for seniors in Jackson County.
Volunteer Needs: The Meals on Wheels program relies solely on volunteers for meal delivery. A volunteer usually drives one day per week, donating his/her time and transportation. The volunteer is trained for a routeof which we have 12 & are introduced to the clients. A route consists of no more than 12 stops and delivery is between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM Monday through Friday
JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
Mission: is to provide a framework through which community and family members may access comprehensive services in impartial and empowering environment. The primary focus of the FRC is to support and enhance the presence of healthy children and strong families in a caring community, while fostering personal development
Volunteer Needs: Cooking, cleaning, gathering materials/donations, surveys, filing, advertising,etc.
JACKSON COUNTY SENIOR CENTER
Mission: The Jackson Senior Center promotes positive aging by supporting older adult in their pursuits of a lifestyle that nurtures healthy, active and productive living. Volunteer Needs: Group leaders, class instructors, drivers for trip & hiking groups
MACON T.R.A.C.S, INC Mission: Dedicated to enriching the lives of participating individuals through Equine Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
Volunteer Needs: Public Relations, Grant Writing, Health Care Professionals, Fund Raising, Horse Programs
REACH OF MACON COUNTY Mission: is to eradicate domestic violence and sexual assault crimes in Macon & Jackson Counties through prevention, intervention and educational services. While our name is “Reach of Macon County” , we now provide comprehensive services to the neighboring county of Jackson as well.
Volunteer Needs: Crisis Line, Office Assistance
RED CROSS OF JACKSON CO
Volunteer Needs: blood drive assistance
SKYLAND CARE CENTER
Volunteer Needs: visiting with residents, help with activities, and help with arts and crafts
SOCIETY OF ST. ANDREWS OF WNC
Mission: 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
SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Mission: To serve as an educational gateway for enriching lives and strengthening our community.
Volunteer Needs: Tutors to assist our instructors & students;GED proctors; Assist with grading papers; Other paperwork & Filing
SYLVA COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mission: To grow organic produce in community, providing a location for community members to grow food while donating half of the produce to the Community Table.
Volunteer Needs: gardeners
Mission: To generate funds for Circles of Hope and Jackson Neighbors in Need through Mountain Projects
Volunteer Needs: in our resale store, various jobs. Sorting, cleaning.
UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES Mission: to serve Christ by being a voice for, and a help to, people with urgent physical, economic, social, or spiritual needs to help them move toward relative independence. Volunteer Needs: answering phones, greeting clients, stocking pantry shelves, filling grocery requests.
WESTCARE LIFEPATH HOSPICE
Mission: Westcare Hospice exists to be a helping hand along an individual journey, empowering people to live with dignity and hope, while making a difference one life at a time.
Volunteer Needs: volunteers may be directly involved w/patients, assisting clinical staff or provide relief to caregivers and family members. Other opportunities are assist with events, office work or bereavement/spiritual care.