Community Partners Database

Welcome to our database of campus-wide community partners! Search for partners alphabetically, by focus, or by location. You can also go check out our Community Partners Map to view some of our most active partners to the Key Center!

*Most agency descriptions taken from website pages

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Achilles Freedom Team
Contact PersonEric Strong (Charlotte Chapter Contact)
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Phone(212) 354-0300
(402) 871-9514 (Charlotte Phone)
Agency DescriptionIn 2004, Achilles launched the Freedom Team Program. An extension of the Achilles process of physical strengthening, building confidence, and generating a supportive community, the program was adapted to the specific needs of wounded, ill or injured members of the U.S. military. Program participants receive training as well as use of specialized adaptive devices, such as hand-crank wheelchairs. While the goal is to enter and complete a marathon, the program stresses “achievable accomplishment,” encouraging participants to begin by training for a less-demanding competition, such as our 4-mile “Hope and Possibility” race. This allows the members to experience success and build confidence. All injured military personnel and veterans are eligible for the program, whether the injury is combat or non-combat related.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Contact PersonKim Kessaris
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Asheville City Schools:
Agency DescriptionAVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) began 30 years ago in San Diego, CA. Asheville City Schools adopted the AVID program in 1997 and invited UNC Asheville to become an AVID partner in 1999. For the past 12 years, Asheville City Schools and UNC Asheville, and more recently, the City of Asheville and Mission Hospitals have collaborated to support hundreds of students as they graduate from high school and go on to attend the college or university of their choice.
All-In Campus Democracy Challenge
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address1156 15th St NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20005
Phone(202) 908-5226 ext. 105
Agency DescriptionThe ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement for a more engaged and inclusive democracy. Through institutional engagement, direct student engagement, and fostering a national higher education network, ALL IN strives for an electorate that mirrors our country’s makeup and in which college students are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections, and not just at the polls.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAAshley Moraguez, Political Science
Robert Straub, Student Government Association
Kate Johnson, Key Center for Community Engaged Learning
NotesUNC Asheville is an institutional member and partner of All-In Campus Democracy.
All Souls Counseling Center
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address35 Arlington St. , Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 259-3369
Agency DescriptionASCC has grown to include 20+ professionally licensed therapists and a psychiatrist who provide high-quality compassionate mental health counseling for uninsured and underinsured adults of Western North Carolina. We continue to offer counseling on a sliding scale fee basis. We have expanded our services to place therapists within partner community organizations to make counseling as accessible as possible.
American Association of University Women Asheville
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address4B Old Long Shoals Road #135, Arden, NC 28704
Agency DescriptionThe American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization whose mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. AAUW Asheville is one of over 1000 local branches in the United States and the largest and fourth oldest branch in North Carolina. To achieve the connection and collaboration necessary to make a difference in our community, opportunities are available through branch meetings and smaller gatherings comprising “special interest groups” (link to Programs). Communication is achieved through a monthly newsletter, email announcements, and an annual AAUW Asheville Directory. While recognizing our individual differences, we are an organization of like-minded women in that we are committed to the same mission.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address306 W. Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 236-1282
Agency DescriptionASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a nonprofit based in Asheville, North Carolina, serving the Southern Appalachian region. Our mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
Asheville Art Museum
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 253-3227
Agency DescriptionThe Asheville Art Museum’s mission is to engage, enlighten, and inspire individuals and enrich community through dynamic experiences in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA)
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactSee contact page below
Contact Page
Agency DescriptionABIPA promotes economic, social, and health parity achievement for African Americans and other under served populations through advocacy, education, research, and community partnerships.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAAmeena Batada, Health & Wellness
Asheville City Schools
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address85 Mountain Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 350-7000
Agency DescriptionProudly serving our community for over 130 years, Asheville City Schools is deeply connected with the history of our community. Located in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, we are one of fifteen city districts in the state, with 9 educational campuses and about 4000 students. Asheville City Schools celebrates each child’s passage through educational achievement, a journey championed by a vibrant community of teachers, parents, mentors, staff and fellow students.
Asheville City Schools Foundation & IRL
Contact PersonGregory Hall II or Marilee Woodard
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address43 College Place, Suite 312 Asheville, NC 28801
PhonePhone: (828) 350-6174
IRL Cell Phone: (828) 747-2247
Agency DescriptionIRL provides high quality, hands-on, equitable, and accessible after-school programming for all Asheville City Schools middle school students. IRL is committed to ensuring that all students have opportunities to access programming. IRL partners with Asheville City Schools transportation to provide bussing around the city and in the evenings to increase access for students and families. By partnering with 50+ community organizations and professionals, IRL has developed unique youth-informed programs to meet the demands of Asheville City Schools middle school students.
Asheville Community Theatre
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address35 E. Walnut St. Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 254-1320
Agency DescriptionAsheville Community Theatre has been delighting audiences with high quality performances, making us the oldest continuously operating theatre in Asheville and one of the oldest community theatres in the nation. We provide entertainment, enrichment and education through the practices and celebration of the theatre arts.
Asheville Farmstead School
Contact PersonLauren Roddick-Brown (founder)
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address218 Morgan Cove Rd, Candler, NC 28715
Phone(828) 771-6047
Agency DescriptionAsheville Farmstead School exists to foster experiences that unearth the connection between nature, people, and sustainable food sources. By celebrating individual diversity, we lay the foundation for the empathy and kindness needed to create a village of life-long learners. Our students learn skills to develop and care for the Earth, their fellow humans, and their own education.
Asheville GreenWorks
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address2 Sulphur Springs Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone(828) 254-1776
Agency DescriptionGreenWorks is a community of action takers. Each hour or dollar we devote to taking care of our urban environment adds up to a healthier, more resilient future for all of us.
Asheville High School Writing Center
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address419 McDowell Street, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone(828) 350-2500
Agency DescriptionAt the AHS Writing Center, it is our mission to serve students of all writing abilities during the school day. We have also expanded to offer support in other subjects areas and in the college/scholarship application process. The Writing and Learning Center welcomes students into a safe environment where collaboration is a common part of the creative process. We believe students will thrive in a culture of young scholars who actively support each other to promote academic success.
Asheville Housing Authority
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address165 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC
Phone(828) 258-1222
Agency DescriptionAsheville Housing’s mission is to provide safe, quality, and affordable housing, to expand available resources, and to collaborate with the community to create opportunities for resident self-reliance and economic independence. Our core values are Compassion, Equity, Fairness, Integrity, Openness, Patience and Respect. From the Great Depression to the Information Age, HACA has given families and others a chance to come home to a place that is more than just an address.
Asheville Museum of Science
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address43 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 254-7162
Agency DescriptionThe Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) is Western North Carolina’s home for experiential science learning, discovery, and exploration. AMOS strives to spark the imagination and foster lifelong curiosity.
Asheville Mushroom Club
Contact PersonFrank Bartucca (President)
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
Address3 Avon Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 (East Asheville Library Confrence room)
Agency DescriptionOur membership ranges from the beginning collector to the professional mycologist and includes an abundance of mycophagists (mushroom eaters), photographers, artists, and nature enthusiasts. We enjoy eating edible mushrooms we gather in the forest. Others cultivate fungi in their gardens. At our Monthly Meetings, we hear from experts – many of them club members – about different aspects of fungi identification, folklore, cultivation and culinary preparation.
Asheville Poverty Initiative
Contact PersonKai Noar (Program Coordinator)
Melva Lowry (Director)
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address610 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Agency DescriptionAsheville Poverty Initiative aims to build community and promote economic justice.
Dismantling stereotypes, reducing fear, and empowering hope through telling stories across socio-economic difference. API hosts two programs: Realities of Poverty Education Program and 12 Baskets Cafe. The Cafe serves free, sit down, hot lunch Thursdays from 11am-1pm and distributes food pantry style Tuesdays & Fridays 11am-1pm.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCA2022 VISTA worked with API at their 12 Baskets Cafe on a number of capacity building measures. API has connections to UNCA through the Key Center and Leslee Johnson. Leslee’s class volunteer with 12 Baskets in Fall of 2022.
Asheville Sister Cities
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
AddressAsheville Sister Cities, Inc. PO Box 2214, Asheville, NC 28802
Agency DescriptionOrganized in 1988, Asheville Sister Cities, Inc. (ASCI) is an independent 501(c)3 that is a people-oriented, community organization affiliated with the City of Asheville and Sister Cities International. In conjunction with local governments, it serves to promote international awareness and maintain relations with the sister cities linked to Asheville:
Ask Every Student Initiative
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Agency DescriptionAsk Every Student is a national joint initiative that facilitates collaboration between campus leaders and nonprofit partners to help campuses ask every student to participate in the democratic process and achieve full student student voter registration.
Autism Society of NC
Contact PersonNone Sepcified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address306 Summit St B, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone(800) 442-2762
Agency DescriptionOur services and programs are tailored to the unique needs of individuals with autism. We enable them to have healthy, safe, and fulfilling lives in their own communities. Our expertise helps individuals – many of whom have significant lifelong needs – be as independent as possible and achieve their goals and dreams.
Babies Need Bottoms
Contact PersonMeagan Lyon Leimena
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Agency DescriptionBabies Need Bottoms mission is to improve the lives of babies, toddlers, and parents in Western North Carolina through diaper distribution, community awareness and partnerships.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAHomecoming service project
NotesEmma Gravitt has been in contact with Meagan previously
BeLoved Asheville
Contact PersonAmy Cantrell (Director)
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressMailing address: P.O. Box 6386
Asheville, NC 28816
Phone(828) 571-0766
Agency Description“BeLoved constantly is in the ‘eye of the storm’ providing for those in need and helping us to remember the humanity in all.”
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCATogether All Build Love & Equity event as part of the Arts & Impact Series
NotesCan be hard to contact
Big Brothers Big Sisters WNC
Contact PersonGurdeep Singh (Program Coordinator)
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address50 S. French Broad Ave. Suite 213, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 253-1470
Agency DescriptionLocally, BBBS evolved from the “Friends” organization – a program that began in 1975. Until 1980, it existed on government support and was mainly used by the courts to provide volunteers for juvenile offenders and operations ceased when this support was withdrawn. A modest grant from the Phoenix Organization enabled the program to reopen in August 1981 and then in August 1982, its officially affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Five years later, we added our Henderson County branch office, as as of 2021, we expanded to serve 18 Western North Carolina counties. The thousands of children we have served have benefited from having a one-on-one relationship with a Big in Western North Carolina.
Training/Special RequirementsVolunteer Eligibility
Black Mountain Academy
Contact PersonBrandon Moffiit: (828) 242-6936
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address501 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone(828) 357-4383
Agency DescriptionBlack Mountain Academy is a Premier Therapeutic Boarding School for Neurodiverse Boys in Grades 9-12. We use a dynamic, comprehensive, and team-centric approach that focuses on the pursuit of higher education, skill-building, and the development of social pragmatics. Our students build relationships, a sense of community, and a deep understanding of health and wellness. They do all of this while earning their high school diploma from a small, accredited academic program. Black Mountain Academy believes in the power of a strong community and immerses our students into environments that intentionally foster personal growth through diverse experiences within that community.
Blue Horizons Project
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address1 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, United States, North Carolina
Mail: PO Box 2594 Asheville, NC 28802
Phone(828) 254-1995
Agency DescriptionThe Blue Horizons Project was formed through former Energy Innovation Task Force (EITIF), a working group convened in April 2016 by the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, and Duke energy. The EITIF had two primary goals: In the long term, transition the Duke Energy Progress – West Region to a cleaner, affordable, and smarter energy future, rooted in community engagement and collaboration. In the short term, avoid or delay the construction of a 190-MW natural gas peaker plant planned for 2023. That peaker plant has since been moved off of Duke Energy Progress’s 15-year planning horizon. The Blue Horizons Project was conceived to help achieve these goals by promoting energy efficiency and renewable throughout the region. Its role is to enlist public support and provide easy access to resources that allow everyone to be a part of creating a clean energy future.
Blue Ridge Audubon Society
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
AddressPO Box 18711 Asheville, NC 28814
Agency DescriptionBlue Ridge Audubon (formerly the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding counties in the mountains of western North Carolina. We are the only North Carolina Audubon chapter that owns and manages a wildlife sanctuary, the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary in Asheville, NC. We host monthly bird walks at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary and other local birding spots. Our programs, held seven times per year at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus, are free and open to the public. Our mission is to protect birds and the places they depend on. We believe that a world in which birds thrive is a world that benefits all living things. Our vision is a vibrant and just community where the protection of birds and our natural world is valued by everyone.
Training/Special RequirementsVolunteer Form/Survey
Blue Ridge Parkway
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressPO Box 2136 Asheville, NC 28802-2136
Phone(828) 670-1924
Agency DescriptionThe Blue Ridge Parkway Association (BRPA), founded in 1949, is the official marketing partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a majestic highland boulevard that winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains. BRPA is a nonprofit organization comprised of businesses, communities and individuals that believe in our mission to serve visitors along the scenic corridor of Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. BRPA members span communities in the tri-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and beyond, working together across state lines to provide traveler information to visitors to the region. BRPA promotes member businesses and organizations to approximately 15 million annual visitors who spend $1.1 billion annually in the region. A membership fee provides basic advertising in BRPA’s printed brochures, website and mobile app. Additional advertising opportunities are also available.
Training/Special RequirementsBRPA Membership
Blue Ridge Pride
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressPO Box 2044, Asheville NC 28802-2044
Phone(828) 423-0655
Agency DescriptionOur mission is to promote equality, safety, and quality of life for western North Carolina’s LBGTQ and allied communities, working as a united community through advocacy, celebration, education and service. We envision an inclusive community, where people are embraced for who they are and feel welcomed to engage and contribute. Service area: We seek to support communities in the following 23 counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Translyvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.
Training/Special RequirementsSign-Up Sheet
Blue Ridge Service Corps
Contact PersonKelsey Davis
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address900B CentrePark Drive Asheville, NC 28805 (The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina)
Phone(828) 424-1377
Agency DescriptionThe Diocese of WNC is proud to have had over a dozen young adults go on to particpate in programs such as Young Adult Service (YASC) & Episcopal Service Corps (ESC). In 2018, Bisop José McLoughlin and Canon Augusta Anderson gave the support to gather a Steering Committee to explore the feasibility of creating a service corps community in the Diocese. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, the committee worked with Megan Cox, founder of Blue Ridge Service Corps, to lay the groundwork for the program, which had its inaugural year in 2020. Currently, BRSC is supported by the Diocese of WNC, Bishop Jose, the BRSC Advisory Board, Missioner for Youth & Young Adults Eden Lewis, Director Kelsey Davis, partner organizations, and many others who share their resources with us. From our founding, Blue Ridge Service Corps has committed to formation. We are a learning community, that values accountability and transformation. Collectively, we seek to learn from one another and the communities around us through relationship and experiences, co-working with others and God. We are committed to bringing forth the reality of God’s dream, where all people experience equity and flourishing.
Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Asheville, NC 28804-3414
Phone(828) 252-5190
Agency DescriptionWelcome to The Botanical Gardens at Asheville! Our native plant collection includes more than 600 species native to the Southern Appalachians. These include many species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, grasses and sedges. The Gardens has a full collection of native pine, magnolia and birch trees. Habitats vary from the sunny and dry to the shaded and wet, allowing many suitable niche species. We have more than 70 species of plants that scientists consider uncommon, rare or endangered on a regional, state or federal level. Such species include Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia), Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata), Broad-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis latifolia), French Broad Heartleaf (Hexastylis rhombiformis) and Pale Yellow Trillium (Trillium discolor).
Training/Special RequirementsGarden Rules
Bountiful Cities
Contact PersonCathy Cleary
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
AddressOffice: 50 S. French Broad Ave. #257 Asheville, NC 28801
Mail: PO Box 898 Asheville, NC 28802
Phone(828) 257-4000
Agency DescriptionBountiful Cities is an urban agriculture non-profit founded in 2000. We partner with community groups, focusing on dialogue, trust and community needs, to create urban agricultural spaces. Our partnerships emphasize social justice, access to education, sustainability and economic viability. We share agricultural skills and resources to promote social justice and economic viability. Bountiful Cities participates with local, state and national organizations in advocating for our values and practices. We envision abundance and food sovereign communities
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAVISTA planned community service events with Orientation mentors
Bounty & Soul
Contact PersonKarla Gardner
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address999 Old US Hwy 70, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (Office Address)
Phone(828) 419-0533
Agency DescriptionOur Mission: Together, we connect, share, and celebrate nutritious food, education, and community.
Vision: Creating communities where everyone has the right and opportunity to eat well, be nourished, and thrive.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAVarious service opportunities hosted by the Key Center
Brevard Academy
Contact PersonTed Duncan
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address1110 Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Phone(828) 885-2665
Agency DescriptionBrevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy is a public charter school, charges no tuition, and is open to any child eligible for the public school systems of North Carolina and the immediately adjacent areas of South Carolina. BA-CFA is characterized by small classes and an excellent music and art program. Physical activity plays an important role and incorporates outdoor education knowledge and kills that will serve students well throughout their lifetimes. Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy students live by an Honor Code that promotes consideration, integrity, positive spirit, and value of the individual. The curriculum develops enthusiasm for investigative learning, encourages students to produce original ideas, think creatively, and solve problems effectively. As a partnership between teachers, students, and parents, the school is dedicated to the development of the whole child and to the enhancement of the values of respect and responsibility.
Brooks-Howell Home
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address266 Merrimon Ave, Asheville NC 28801
Phone(828) 253-6712
Agency DescriptionBrooks-Howell is a non-profit, charitable continuing care retirement community owned and supported by the United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Church. It was established to provide a retirement facility for deaconesses, missionaries, and others approved by United Methodist Women.
Buncombe County Board of Elections
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address59 Woodfin Place Asheville, NC 28801
Mail: PO Box 7468 Asheville, NC 28802-7468
EmailClick on “Locate & Contact” in the menu, then fill out the email form on the webpage
Phone(828) 250-4200
Agency DescriptionBuncombe County Election Services is committed to transparent, inclusive, and efficient elections giving the residents of Buncombe County confidence in exercising their right to vote. Register. Plan.VOTE.
Buncombe County Community Engagement Team
Contact PersonRasheeda McDaniels
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
AddressCommunity Engagment 199 College St. Asheville, NC 28801
EmailScroll down to “Locate & Contact” on the webpage, then fill out the email form
Phone(828) 250-4102
Agency DescriptionCommunity Engagement serves as a liaison between the County and community to increase public awareness of and participation in County programs, services and initiatives. By supporting efforts to increase access, equity, inclusion, collaboration, and resiliency, Community Engagement seeks to create opportunities for positive change and thriving communities.
Buncombe County Emergency Services
Contact PersonVan Taylor Jones
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address164 Erwin Hills Road Asheville, NC 28806
EmailClick on “Locate & Contact” in the menu, then fill out the email form on the webpage
Phone(828) 250-6600
Agency DescriptionThe Department of Emergency Services of Buncombe County takes pride in serving the needs of the residents and visitors of our county. Our many roles include: Pre-hospital emergency care from our paramedic EMS service, fire and life safety from the fire marshal’s office, disaster coordination in the emergency management division, training and development classes for county personnel
Buncombe County Health & Human Services
Contact PersonStoney Blevins
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address35 Woodfin Street Asheville, NC 28801
EmailClick on “Locate & Contact” in the menu, then fill out the email form on the webpage
Phone(828) 250-5588
Agency DescriptionThe Purpose of Buncombe County Health and Human Services is to strengthen our communities by advancing health, safety, and opportunity.
Buncombe County Schools
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address175 Bingham Road Asheville, NC 28806
Phone(828) 255-5921
Agency DescriptionBuncombe County Schools is one school system of 45 schools in six school districts. Our districts include Enka, Erwin, North Buncombe, Owen, Reynolds, and Roberson.
Buncombe County Special Collections
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address67 Haywood Street Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 250-4740
Agency DescriptionThe Buncombe County Special Collections Library (formerly the North Carolina Room) is a medium-sized archival facility located on the lower level of Pack Memorial Library in Downtown Asheville. Buncombe County Special Collections specializes in the social, cultural, and natural history of Asheville, Buncombe County, and Western North Carolina.
Buncombe Partnership for Children
Contact PersonDeborah Calhoun
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address53 Asheland Avenue Suite 102A Asheville, NC 28801
EmailGo to “Contact Us” page on the website for a list of staff emails
Phone(828) 285-9333
Agency DescriptionBuncombe Partnership for Children is on a mission to strengthen the capacity of educators, families, and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development beginning at birth.
Campus Vote Project
Contact PersonMike Burns
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Phone(202) 331-0114
Agency DescriptionWe can help change these historical trends and continue to grow the increasing voter turnout rates and increasing share of the electorate that is younger voters by working with community colleges and universities to welcome the nearly 20 million students they serve each year into the democratic process. Young people cite barriers such as missing a deadline or lacking other information as the reason they did not register at much higher rates than older age groups. Students also cite trusting their college or university over other institutions so by working with community colleges and universities to provide students nonpartisan opportunities to register to vote, learn about the issues and candidates on the ballot, and receive accurate information on deadlines and processes for voting absentee, by-mail, early, or on Election Day we can empower students to become life-long voters and active citizens.
Center for Biological Diversity
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressMain Office: P.O. Box 710 Tucson, AZ 85702-0710
Phone(520) 623-5252
Agency DescriptionAt the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature – to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
Center for Craft
Contact PersonMadison Tenney
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address67 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 785-1357
Agency DescriptionFor over 25 years, the Center for Craft has been at the vanguard of the craft movement, advancing the understanding, prominence, and historical significance of craft, and identifying and cultivating the next great researchers and artists in the field. Now, the Center is building on this remarkable foundation through a realigned strategic plan, Craft Matters. Focused on activating resources, catalyzing craft communities, and amplifying craft’s impact, Craft Matters will not only shape the Center’s direction for the next five years, but will have far-ranging influence.
Christine W. Avery Learning Center (CWA)
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address135 Hill Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 232-7433
Agency DescriptionNamed after the late Christine Watson Avery, the CWA learning center strives to build an active learning community for all students. Christine Avery served the community for over 50 years as an elementary school teacher for the Asheville City School system. She also served as first lady of the Hill program. During her time as the first lady of the church, Christine Avery founded the Hill Street Church Daycare; the oldest and only black owned daycare in Asheville. She believed that every child was special and deserving of love. Her message to everyone she encountered was to believe that they are loved and capable. Committed to the edification of the youth, Christine Avery served alongside her husband, Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery Sr., to champion discrimination using educational techniques. The two were successful in their attempts to reach the youth by creating many education programs including the Asheville Student Commission on Racial Equality (ASCORE), and Earning By Learning. Christine Avery’s legacy still continues today at the hands of her descendents. CiCi Weston, who is the daughter of the late Christine Avery, currently serves as the head director of the CWA learning center. CWA is also located in the same place where Hill Street Daycare once was.
Christmount Assembly
Contact PersonKatey Rudd
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone(828) 669-8977
Agency DescriptionA place for all to discover community, acceptance, and purpose. Community: Offering like Minded support and encouragement. Acceptance: Everyone is welcomed for who they are. Purpose: Assisting people in discovering a direction for their life knowing they make a difference. Vision: Building vibrant communities for a better world.
Church of the Advocate
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address60 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 253-9361 ext. 227
Agency DescriptionThe Red Door Ministry at the Church of the Advocate is located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, and is a worshipping community of the Episcopal Dioceses of WNC. Most of our friends simply know us as The Red Door. Our ministry was established in 1997, making it one of the earliest to serve the marginalized and outside people in the downtown area. On Sundays we celebrate the Holy Eucharist and offer a safe and sacred space for our congregation to enjoy conversation, creative expression through art, access to The Basics Supply Closest and our Sole Mate Shoe Closet. A community meal is shared following our celebration and everyone is welcome to join us. Participation in the worship is NOT required to take part in any offerings. On Tuesdays you will find us opening The Red Door for Lectio Divinia, a community brunch with snacks, counseling and a place to just be.
Cigna Health
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Phone+1 (877) 484-5966
Agency DescriptionCigna’s quality plan options, personalized health care support, and low costs provide you with access to the expertise and care you need, when you need it.
City of Asheville
Contact PersonMaggie Burleson
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address70 Court Plaza P.O. Box 7148 Asheville, NC 28802
Maggie Burleson:
PhoneGeneral: (828) 251-1122
Maggie Burleson: (828) 259-5601
Agency DescriptionThe City of Asheville operates under a council-manager form of government as prescribed by its charter. The Asheville City Council is composed of a mayor and six council members who are elected at-large for four-year, staggered terms. City Council determines the needs to be addressed and the degree of service to be provided by the administrative branch of city government through the establishment of city policies. The City Council appoints a city manager who oversees day-to-day city operations and executes Council-established laws and policies. Contact Maggie Burleson to be added to the email distribution list to receive City Council agendas and City Council related notifications.
Civic Influencers
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958
Phone(302) 644-5757
Agency DescriptionFounded in 2008, Civic Influencers is a national nonpartisan 501 c 3 organization whose mission is to increase youth civic power and youth voting, giving emphasis to Black, Indigenous and Youth of Color. At this pivotal time, the landscape for young people understanding, and participating in, our democracy is changing so rapidly that they may never inherit the future we promised. Rigorous novel data collection and analysis are now driving our youth centric voting interventions, and determining what we are scaling. This data driven approach will have greater impact on increasing young people’s voting and civic power.
Climate Listening Project
Contact PersonDayna Reggero
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Agency DescriptionThe Climate Listening Project is an award-winning collaborative film and storytelling effort from Dayna Reggero to connect and share hopeful conversations on climate change impacts and community solutions. We partner with nonprofit organizaitons and groups to help share the stories that need to be heard. We have created short films, documentaries, branded contect, virutal reality films, animated videos, motion graphic videos, hand-painted portrait series, podcast series, experiential events, and more. We collaborate with diverse creatives to create unique and inspiring art and experiences with passion and intention. Since 2014, we’ve traveled across the United States and around the world to explore the connections that are important to each of us: family, faith, business, community; weaving together the latest science with inspiring stories from the globe. We’re not trying to convince anyone that climate change is real, we’re just listening to the real people who are impacted by climate change and the real people creating climate solutions. The Climate Listening Project not only focuses on our changing climate, but how we are changing as individuals, listening to our own realities, overcoming our fears and stereotypes, healing ourselves, and allowing ourselves to be our whole selves. Real change is not just about acknowledging and adapting to our changing weather – it is about changing our political climate, social climate, inclusion climate, and economic climate. We all have unique and important stories, contributions, experiences, and perspectives as we listen, learn, change, and grow. The Climate Listening Project shares these stories – your stories – our stories.
Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP) Advisory
Contact PersonGinger Clough
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
AddressP.O. Box 7407 Asheville, NC 28802
Phone(828) 250-5436
Agency DescriptionThe Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP) brings together many diverse partners to improve the health of our community. They align their efforts and support each other for greater collective impact on the priorities identified through our Community Health Assessment. CHIP collaborators work together to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement, which is outlined in the form of a Community Health Improvement Plan. CHIP looks outside the performance of an individual organization serving a specific segment of a community to the way in which the activities of many organizations contribute to community health improvement.
Community Housing Coalition of Madison County
Contact PersonLaura Cheatham
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address798 Walnut Creek Rd. Marshall, NC 28753
Phone(828) 649-1200
Agency DescriptionTwenty years go, the work of Community Housing Coalition (CHC) of Madison County began informally with local church congregations banding together to provide home repairs for families in need in their communities. Aging housing stock and the very low income level of many homeowners in the County resulted in an increasing need for such assistance. Community Housing Coalition was formed out of the need to coordinate the generous efforts of the various groups providing assistance to community members. Today, 25% of Madison County residents live in sub-standard housing. A growing senior population, rising housing prices, the challenges of addiction, and generational poverty are all part of the environment in which we work. CHC works with more than 100 households annually, responding to their most urgent repair needs, many of which threaten the health and safety of residents.
Creative Peacemakers
Contact PersonNoel Schwartz
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address275 Deaverview Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone(901) 274-3106
Agency DescriptionCreative Peacemakers is an exciting after-school enrichment experience for children K-4 who live in Deaverview Apartments. It is an outreach ministry of The Center for Art and Spirit at St. George’s in West Asheville. To bring peace to our communities by helping children practice peacemaking using cooperative play expression (yoga, drawing, painting, sculpture, dance, music, collage, gardening, cooking and more).
Democracy NC
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address3000 Aerial Center Parkway
Suite 160
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone(919) 286-6000
Agency DescriptionOur mission is to strengthen democratic structures, build power among disenfranchised communities, and inspire confidence in a transformed political process that works for all.
As part of our mission to help North Carolinians achieve meaningful pro-democracy reform, Democracy North Carolina engages in a variety of activities, including: Research that analyzes election-related problems, explores possible solutions, and distributes our findings to targeted audiences as well as the media and other intermediaries; Organizing both statewide and in local communities, where we bring together diverse groups of people to focus on shared advocacy and civic engagement goals; Training that is conducted through our grassroots organizing network; and Democracy Summer, a unique training program that provides outstanding students with paid positions to work on the frontline of democracy for nine weeks each year, learning the fundamentals of grassroots organizing, and empowering citizens to take part in the political process.
Each of these activities complements the other and contributes to our goal of expanding the effectiveness of organizations and individuals who are concerned about civic participation and government reform.
Duke Energy
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form or Phone
AddressDuke Energy P.O. Box 70516 Charlotte, NC
Phone(800) 777-9898
Agency DescriptionDuke Energy, a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of American’s largest energy holding companies. Our electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Our natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Our company employs 28,000 people. We’re executing an aggressive clean energy transition to achieve our goals of net-zero methane emissions from our natural gas business and at least a 50% carbon reduction from electric generation by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 2050 net-zero goal also include Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 emissions. In addition, we’re investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
Eliada Homes
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite, Email, or Phone
Address2 Compton Dr. Asheville, NC 28806
Phone(828) 254-5356
Agency DescriptionIn Eliada’s 117 year history, the agency has adapted to the needs of the community. Originally an orphanage, Eliada developed Foster Care programming when there was a nation-wide shift away from the traditional children’s home model. As mental health issues in children came into greater focus, Eliada also developed state of the art Residential Treatment Facilities and expanded Foster Care services to include Therapeutic Foster Care. As women entered the workforce, Eliada added child care and preschool services. In Eliada’s recent history, we recognized that youth were aging out of Foster Care and failing in traditional post-secondary education. So the organization once again adapted to meet this community need with Eliada Student’s Training for Advancement Program which provides workforce development programming for this population of youth.
Family Justice Center
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address35 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 250-6900
Agency DescriptionThe Family Justice Center (FJC) is a safe place where victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse can come for help. At the Buncombe County Family Justice Center survivors can access many different services in one location and begin their journey towards hope, healing, and safety.
Flatiron Writers Room
Contact PersonHeather Newton
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
Address5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 658, Asheville, NC 28802
Agency DescriptionThe Mission of the Flatiron Writers Room is to support serious western North Carolina writers by:
Offering space for classes, workshops, and writing-related events, as well as co-working space for individual writers; Providing high quality classes and workshops on both craft and the business of writing; Fostering opportunities for writers to showcase their work through publication and performance; Designing retreats that provide intentional writing time and individualized feedback; Partnering and collaborating with other regional literary organizations and groups to achieve a collective positive impact for the western North Carolina writing community; In all of the above, honoring diversity of race, national origin, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and culture.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAHeather Newton teaches creative writing for UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program as well as the Flatiron Writers Room.
Food Connection
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
AddressPO Box 8324, Asheville, North Carolina 28814
Phone(828) 407-0353
Agency DescriptionFood Connection eases hunger, reduces waste and supports our local food industry by redistributing surplus prepared food and purchasing meals from chefs to serve our neighbors in need. Food Connection is currently operating in North Carolina in Buncombe and Madison Counties.
Food Justice Policy Initiative
Contact PersonJesse Rosenblum (Project Manager)
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or
Agency DescriptionThe Western North Carolina Food Justice Planning Initiative (WNC FJPI) is an opportunity for over three dozen stakeholder organizations from across our 18 county region and the Qualla Boundary to come together to think through the possibilities and create tangible action steps for collectively improving our food system.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAWas a partner with Addison Wright on their McCullough Fellow project and worked with 2022 VISTA on grant research.
Girls on the Run
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressPO Box 2262 Fairview, NC 28730
Phone(828) 713-4290
Agency DescriptionAt Girls on the Run Western North Carolina, teaching critical life skills is the cornerstone of our research-based programs. Meeting in small teams, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls of all abilities to strengthen confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity.
Girls Rock Asheville
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Website Form
Agency DescriptionGirls Rock Asheville is a nonprofit camp that empowers youth ages 8-14 who self-identify as girls, trans (across the gender spectrum), and/or gender non-binary, of all background and abilities, through music education. No experience is required, and we supply all of the instruments and gear. Campers will make bands, create a song together, and perform for their peers and community at the end-of-the-week showcase. We offer full and partial sponsorship for campers whose families are facing economic barriers to participation. GRAVL values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interest, learning style, nationality, religion, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. At GRAVL, campers build confidence and create community with each other while writing music, learning about gear and the mechanics of sound, and participating in a range of empowering workshops and performances by local bands. We are a community-centered, volunteer-led organization.
Gold Leaf Literary
Contact PersonCaroline Green Christopoulos
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
Agency DescriptionLike so many of the best stories, ours starts in a bookstore. Lauren Harr and Caroline Green Christopoulos met while working as events manager and book buyer at Malaprop’s, the legendary Asheville, North Carolina independent bookstore. Throughout the years of coordinating author readings, attending industry trade events, and working with publishers and distributors, they developed a passion for helping authors navigate the confusing maze of book publishing and book promotion. They launched Gold Leaf Literary in 2016, working with authors to book and coordinate school visits, bookstore events, and develop book publicity campaigns. Now celebrating five years in business, Gold Leaf has expanded to serve clients with author assistance, social media and author branding, manuscript critique and submissions support. Our expanded team brings a breadth of experience and a wealth of long-standing relationships with pros across the publishing industry.
Green Opportunities
Contact PersonJennifer “Yvette” Goggans
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address133 Livingston Street Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 398-4158
Agency DescriptionGreen Opportunities’ mission is to support marginalized communities toward employment through job training and service. We envision equitable and healthy communities where everyone has access to economic opportunity.
Growing Wild Forest School
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressHominy Creek Greenway, West Asheville
Phone(828) 761-1497
Agency DescriptionGrowing Wild Forest School’s nature-based emergent curriculum allows for child-led free play interwoven with open-ended adult-guided activities. This strong foundation supports healthy development through all aspects of the growing child becoming more secure and balanced with an innate drive for stewardship and service.
Hands and Feet of Asheville
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address789 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804
Phone(828) 773-8880
Agency DescriptionHands and Feet of Asheville is a Young Adult Volunteer [YAV] site of the Presbyterian Church USA. Living in the shadows of the Appalachian mountains, YAVs in Asheville are invited to embrace a city of opposites. A city that thrives in providing for tourists, but has not equitably provided affordable housing or living wages for its residents. A city with an urban downtown setting, that is only minutes from the realities and cultures of rural western North Carolina and the poverty of the southern Appalachian region. A city that has long embraced the arts and provided safe haven for the free spirit and progressive ideologies, while simultaneously being nestled in the corner of a conservative state that does not mirror its priorities. Being a YAV in Asheville requires a willingness to be uncomfortable in the opposites, as well as the fortitude to navigate the in-between so that you may learn more about who you are and decide how you want to live in service of compassionate social justice, during the YAV year and throughout your life.
Training/Special RequirementsLive in intentional community, practice simple living, use public transportation (limit of 2 cars), work 32 hours/week with non-profit partners, participate in 2-3 retreats each year, spend each Friday in common reflection, social justice issue education, and community time, learn about, play and find challenging intersectionality in these beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, serve the community between September-July.
Hanger Hall School
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address64 W.T. Weaver Boulevard Asheville, NC 28804
Phone(828) 258-3600
Agency DescriptionHanger Hall provides each student a superior middle school education in an inclusive and supportive environment that promotes a sense of a belonging, creativity, self-confidence, personal motivation and a desire for knowledge. In partnership with parents, Hanger Hall encourages our students to develop the living and learning skills necessary to succeed in life and to contribute to the betterment of the world.
Haywood Street Congregation
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address297 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 575-2477
Agency DescriptionHaywood Street’s core programs provide a platform for the ministry of relationship, which can be defined simply as the act of “being with” and speaks to our deepest identity. It contrasts with “doing for” and requires spending time together, talking and listening, serving and being served, giving and receiving. It forms the basis for our unique and transformative companion ministry.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAWorked with Key Center & VISTA on a fresco tour for Dr. Mangone’s Poverty Law Clinic class.
Contact PersonEbony Grayson-Reece
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address35 Woodfin St Asheville, NC 28801
PhoneBusiness Line: (828) 254-2968
Hot Line: (828) 254-0516
Agency DescriptionWe work with our community to eliminate abuse and fear by providing safety, shelter, and support for victims/survivors of intimate partner domestic violence.
Highland Brewing
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200
Phone(828) 299-3370
Agency DescriptionHighland Brewing Company is the largest independent, family-owned brewery native to the Southeast. With a portfolio of beers that honor tradition and blaze new trails, we are proud to be Asheville’s pioneer in craft and a leader in southern beer.
Hinds Feet Farm
Contact PersonErica Rawls
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address375 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28813
Phone(828) 274-0570
Agency DescriptionOur mission is to maximize the post injury potential of persons living with brain injury with integrated, unique and holistic programs; allowing our members to pursue meaningful activities while developing a sense of belonging at home and in the surrounding communities. We will accomplish this mission with unique, person-centered, post-rehabilitation, community-based programs.
Training/Special RequirementsVolunteer/Intern Forms
Homegrown Families
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail, Phone, or Website Form
Address201 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 777-8899
Agency DescriptionOur mission is to create a diverse, sustainable birth and postpartum doula workforce while simultaneously increasing access to education and doula services across under-resourced and historically marginalized communities. We want to deconstruct the systems of white supremacy and racism within health care, creating opportunities for equitable access to collective community care through education and doula support. We believe that business should exist to serve society, and we prioritize community and social wellbeing alongside business success. Homegrown works in partnership with many public health organizations to decrease health inequities. Our commitment to community centric work gives power back to the community and allows the members to make a difference on issues that matter to them.
Homeward Bound WNC
Contact PersonSamuel S. (Outreach Specialist)
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
AddressAHOPE Day Center: 19 N. Ann Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Mailing Address (donations, info, etc.): P.O. Box 1166, Asheville, NC. 28802
Welcome Home Donation Center: 205 Elk Park Drive, Woodfin, NC 28804
PhoneAHOPE Day Center: (828) 252-8883
Administrative Offices: (828) 258-1695
Welcome Home Donation Center: (828) 412-5322
Agency DescriptionHomeward Bound was founded in 1988 with a focus on ending homelessness in Buncombe County. Since adopting the Housing First model in 2006, we’ve moved more than 2,300 individuals into housing. 92% have not returned to homelessness.
Training/Special RequirementsFill out volunteer application via website
Hood Huggers International
Contact PersonDeWayne Barton
Preferred Method of ContactEmail, Phone, or Website Form
Address21 Mardell Circle Asheville, NC 28806
EmailFor tours:
All other inquiries:
Phone(828) 275-5305
Agency DescriptionDeWayne Barton returned to his hometown of Asheville, NC in 2001 bring with him a commitment to youth and community development. And in 2003, as the nation clamored to its 2nd war in Iraq, the Burton Street Neighborhood (where his family had lived for 4 generations) continued working to recover from the recurring trauma of the war on drugs. Though he couldn’t stop the war in Iraq, he and his wife could do their small part to increase the peace within this historic neighborhood – and thus the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens (now Peace Gardens & Market) were born. The Peace Gardens are situated on the side of a hill in the heart of West Asheville’s Burton Street Community, a historically African American neighborhood established in the early 1900’s by community leader, Edward Walton Pearson, Sr.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAConnection through service events at Burton Street Peace Gardens, tours that the Key Center have sponsored, and Blue Note Junction.
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite
Agency DescriptionThe Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program is an IRS initiative designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved through various partner organizations. This service helps low-to-moderate-income individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speakers file their taxes each year. IRS awards matching funds to these support organizations that offer free tax preparation services during the tax filing season at locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Jewish Community Center (JCC)
Contact PersonAislinn McShane
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address236 Charlotte Street Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 253-0701
Agency DescriptionThe JCC is Asheville’s Jewish Town Square. At the JCC, all are welcome to share in Jewish traditions, values, and culture. Our JCC has been the home for Jewish life in Western North Carolina since 1940, and today we continue to be a vibrant and diverse community, offering a wide variety of programs for people from all backgrounds, at every stage of life.
Training/Special RequirementsRequires membership
Kairos West
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address610 Haywood Rd, Asheville NC
Phone(828) 552-3344
Agency DescriptionKairos West Community Center is a sacred space in a secular world, accessible to all and set apart for community building and for the empowerment of emerging leadership through art, liturgy, and social service. We seek to provide a space for radical hospitality. The space at 610 Haywood Rd is open daily from 9 am – 4 pm and is available for your organization or group to use, free of charge, for community capacity building events or meetings.
Land of Sky
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address339 New Leicester Hwy., Suite 140 Asheville, NC
Phone(828) 251-6622
Agency DescriptionLand of Sky Regional Council is a multi-county, local government, planning and development organization. We reach county and municipal borders providing technical assistance to local governments and administer projects and programs which benefit our region’s citizens.
Training/Special RequirementsApply through website
LEAF Global Arts
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address19 Eagle St Suite 120, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 686-8742
Agency DescriptionLEAF Global Arts connects cultures and creates community through music, arts education and experiences, to cultivate curiosity, preserve cultures and promote global understanding.
League of Women Voters
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address1233 20th Street NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20036
Phone(202) 429-1965
Agency Description“Empowering voters. Defending democracy.” We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.
Living Roofs, Inc.
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address14 O’Henry Ave Suite 302, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 252-4449
Agency Description“Our goal is to make it easy for you to reap the benefits of a living roof. We offer a turn-key service and can even manage entire projects start to finish.”
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone+1 (800) 441-9829 or (828) 254-6734
Agency DescriptionWe bring books, writers, and readers together in an environment that nurtures community and the joy of reading. We carry a carefully curated selection of books for adults, children, and young adults.
MANNA Food Bank
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805-2445
PhonePhone: 828-299-3663
Fax: 828-299-3664
Food Helpline: 800-820-1109
Agency DescriptionMANNA FoodBank, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is a private, not-for-profit service organization working to end food insecurity in the 16 counties of Western North Carolina, including the Qualla Boundary. MANNA links the food industry to over 200 partner pantries and other human service organizations to get food to thousands of families’ tables. MANNA is an acronym, and stands for Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance. We are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Together we can solve hunger.
Training/Special RequirementsFood Drive Planning Page/Form
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAFood Drives with the Key Center
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone(828) 257-4400
Agency DescriptionThe NC AHEC Program provides and supports educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina. Located in Asheville, MAHEC is one of nine centers in the NC AHEC Program and serves the western part of our state.
Museum of the Cherokee People
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address589 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, NC 28719 (museum staff emails)
Phone(828) 497-3481
Agency DescriptionOur mission is “to preserve and perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people.” To accomplish this mission, the museum maintains a permanent exhibit, extensive artifact collection, archives, education programs, artist series, and a gift shop. The museum also publishes the Journal of Cherokee Studies.
National Study for Voting, Learning, and Engagement
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address163 Packard Ave., Medford, MA 02155​
Phone(617) 627-3453
Agency DescriptionThe National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates and, for interested campuses, a closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting.
Critical to our broader mission of strengthening college student learning for democracy, NSLVE’s goals are to:
Provide a service to colleges and universities interested in learning               about their students’ voting habits
Build a national database for research on college student political                 learning and engagement in democracy
NC Campus Engagement
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address515 East College Ave., Elon, NC
Mailing: 2257 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone(336) 278-7278
Agency DescriptionNorth Carolina Campus Engagement (NCCE) is a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy. The NC Campus Engagement state office fosters connections between campuses, shares best practice information and resources, recognizes outstanding work, and champions civic and community engagement in higher education.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAHood Huggers Int’l & the Urban Peace Gardens received the NCCE 2023 Community Partner Award for their partnership with UNCA.
NC Forest Service
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressN.C. Forest Service Buncombe County Office:
57 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711
PhoneVoice: (828) 686-5885
Fax: (828) 686-5886
Agency DescriptionNorth Carolina’s forestland is one of the greatest influences on the state, providing economic value and adding immeasurably to the quality of life for its residents. The forest products industry is the largest manufacturing business sector in the state, contributing approximately $34.9 billion annually to the state’s economy and providing around 148,000 jobs for North Carolinians. The NC Forest Service’s primary purpose is to ensure adequate and quality forest resources for the state to meet its present and future needs.
NotesTo find contact information for other offices across the state, click here.
NC Genealogical Survey
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address6300 Creedmoor Road, Suite 170 #323, Raleigh, North Carolina 27612
Agency DescriptionOur goals are to increase interest in and raise the standards of research and compilation by means of educational programs and publications; acquaint members with research sources and materials in North Carolina and elsewhere; serve as a medium of exchange of genealogical information; promote the collection, preservation, and utilization of manuscripts, documents, and other materials of genealogical and historical value.
NC Parks
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressNature Research Center, 2nd floor
121 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone(919) 707-9300
Agency DescriptionFrom the mountains to the coast, the Division of Parks and Recreation administers a diverse system of state parks, natural areas, trails, lake, natural and scenic rivers, and recreation areas. It exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation, and education.
The Division also supports and assists other recreation providers by administering grant programs for park and trail projects, and by offering technical advice for park and trail planning and development. The Division administers the North Carolina Trails System, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers, and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
NotesTo find contact information for specific parks or counties, click here.
NOAA National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI)
Contact PersonList of Contacts
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address151 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 271-4800
Agency DescriptionNCEI is the Nation’s leading authority for environmental data. We manage one of the largest archives of atmospheric, coastal, geophysical, and oceanic research in the world. NCEI contributes to the NESDIS mission by developing new products and services that span the science disciplines and enable better data discovery.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCANCEI has supported several scholarships and interns for members of the UNCA Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Executive Officer Tim Owens has also taught ATMS 103 at UNCA.
Nothing But Net for Special Olympics
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste. 201, Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone(919) 719-7662
Agency DescriptionThe mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address300 Campus View Dr, Asheville, NC 28804
Phone(828) 251-6140
Agency DescriptionThe Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (formerly the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement) is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research. OLLI embraces a comprehensive array of programs in the arts and humanities, the natural world, civic engagement, wellness, life transition and retirement relocation planning. Our mission is to promote opportunities to thrive in life’s second half through programs in lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research.
Open Path Psychotherapy Collective
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Chat through website
Phone(800) 268-2833
Agency DescriptionOpen Path Psychotherapy Collective is a nonprofit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office and online mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to clients in need. Open Path provides people in need with access to transformative and affordable mental and holistic health care. We envision a just, compassionate world where all people can easily access the care they need to thrive.
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactOnline Contact Form
Address35 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 252-0562
Agency DescriptionOur VOICE takes an intersectional, person-centered approach to support survivors and prevent future acts of sexual violence. We hold ourselves accountable to these core values: Believe All Survivors, Promote Dignity, Support Individual Agency, Shift Paradigms, Create a Culture of Care and Honesty.
Patriot Guard of North Carolina
Contact PersonRichard Jewell (State Captain)
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Email“Email the NC State Captain” button on webpage
Agency DescriptionThe Patriot Guard Riders is a 100% Volunteer, Federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders, and honorably discharged Veterans.
PEAK Academy
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address27 Balm Grove Ave, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone(828) 333-5430
Agency DescriptionAsheville P.E.A.K. Academy is a tuition-free public charter school. At P.E.A.K. we strive to close the achievement gap through personalized instruction and character education to ensure youth from all demographics and backgrounds receive a quality educational experience that will allow them to achieve success in their academics and in life.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCA2021 UNCA Student Volunteers
Pisgah Legal Services
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone, Website Form
Address62 Charlotte Street Asheville, NC 28801
Phone+1 (828) 253-0406
Agency DescriptionPisgah Legal Services seeks to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives.
Training/Special RequirementsVolunteer Requirements
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAUNCA Alum Intern
Project Lighten Up
Contact PersonRock Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address486 Caribou Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone(828) 274-2533
Agency DescriptionProject Lighten Up is a unique summer day camp and afterschool program that blends education and recreation into everyday activities. This educational opportunity for low-income and minority youth, provides meaningful education with a focus on developing the self-esteem of youth in a positive camp environment. Project Lighten up strives to reduce the achievement gap among African American students by eliminating summer learning loss, developing self-esteem and self-confidence through learning and earning, and to deter juvenile delinquency and criminal activity through positive enriching activities.
Project NAF (Nurturing Asheville & Area Families, Mt. Zion Community Development)
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail, Phone, or Website Form
Address47 Eagle Street Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 252-0515
Agency DescriptionMZCD has been providing services, case management and support to pregnant and post-partum Africa American women and their children through Project NAF since 1998. Project NAF has been cited as a National Community Initiative Model to Eliminate Health Disparities, led by the U. S. Bureau of Primary Health Care.
We are honored to have been able to serve the community throughout this time and look forward to continuing our successful partnership Project NAF staff members are dedicated to the provision of services and support to the community.
Racial Justice Coalition
Contact PersonErin Barksdale
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
Agency DescriptionThe Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) is a broad-based alliance of individuals and organizations committed to addressing systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people and those most impacted by poverty, criminalization, and mass incarceration. Through grassroots-led organizing and community collaborations, the RJC seeks to achieve and sustain deep equity by building power to those historically underrepresented, dismantling policies and institutions that uphold racism, and reimagining a community where justice exists for all people.
Rainbow Community School
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail, Phone, or Website Form
Address574 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806
Phone(828) 258-9264
Agency DescriptionRainbow Community School is proud to offer a private, independent and alternative education program for preschool through middle school-aged children that draws from the best in current education thinking and holistic models of child development. We are recognized nationally as a leader in contemplatives and mindfulness education.
Red Cross WNC
Contact PersonTabitha Bagwell
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address100 Edgewood Road Asheville, NC 28804
Phone(828) 803-2884
Agency DescriptionThe American Red Cross Western North Carolina Chapter serves a population of more than 775 thousand people in the counties of Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Eastern band of the Cherokee Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCABlood Drives jointly hosted by the Key Center and Highsmith
Contact PersonJustin Young
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Email
Address170 Lyman Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 252-8474
Agency DescriptionRiverlink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed. RiverLink accomplishes its mission by improving watershed health and climate resilience, providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment, empowering over 1,000 volunteers each year, and annually educating over 3,000 students, as well as the public at large, about the importance of a healthy French Broad River watershed.
Training/Special RequirementsVolunteer Forms
Shelter Dog Transport Alliance
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Phone+1 (828) 215-1367
Agency DescriptionThe Shelter Dog Transport Alliance is a partnership of over a dozen county animal shelters and rescues throughout the South. Our aim is to work to ensure every shelter dog gets a second chance at life. We are currently partnering with animal rescues in New England as well as Canada to relocate our dogs to safety and into loving homes when our shelters become critically full. We decided to initiate this transport program because we never want to have to euthanize any of our shelter dogs because we simply don’t have a place for them. Further, we need to reduce overcrowding in our shelters so that we always have room to compassionately care for abandoned for neglected animals.
Shiloh Community Garden
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
Address59 Hampton Road, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone(828) 277-9654
Agency DescriptionShiloh Community Garden is a local community garden established and operated by members of the Shiloh community in Asheville. The garden is a project of the Shiloh Community Association (SCA) whose mission is to cultivate and promote cooperative relationships among residents, property owners, and businesses in the community; harmonious growth and development of the community; health, educational, and residential programs for children of the community; quality housing development in the community; and good citizenship among and by residents of the community. SCA envisions building on legacy, embracing community.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAVolunteer service days hosted by the Key Center
NotesCan be difficult to contact
South Asheville Cemetery
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address20 Dalton St, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone(828) 254-9109
Agency DescriptionThe South Asheville Cemetery began as a slave burial ground, and serves as the final resting place for approximately two thousand African Americans. Over the last thirty years, thousands of volunteers have worked with members of the South Asheville Cemetery Association to improve and maintain this sacred and historical site in an effort to promote greater public awareness of African American history in Buncombe County and to honor the people buried there.
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Contact PersonTravis Bordley
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address372 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 253-0095
Agency DescriptionThe mission of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, scenic beauty, and places for all people to enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, enduring for future generations. We achieve this through long-term conservation relationships with private landowners and public agencies and owning and managing land. We are committed to creating and supporting equitable, healthy and thriving communities for everyone in our region.
Training/Special RequirementsVolunteer Form
Stephens Lee Community Center
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone
Address30 George Washington Carver Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 350-2058
Agency DescriptionKnown as the Castle on the Hill, Stephens-Lee High School opened in 1923 and was for many decades western North Carolina’s only secondary school for Black students. The gymnasium was converted to a community center in the 1970s.
Sunrise Movement Asheville Hub
Contact PersonEliana
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
AddressFirestorm Books, 1022 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Agency DescriptionThe Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAHave linked with Sunrise’s UNCA Hub for volunteering and protest. Comm. Fellow is in Sunrise UNCA.
The Asheville School
Contact PersonRay Edmond
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address360 Asheville School Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Agency DescriptionAsheville School students are passionate about learning and motivated to excel. Our classes are small and active, as students and teachers engage in lively discussions that encourage critical thinking. Our students are driven to excel in their academics, and, very importantly, they enjoy learning. Studying alongside other motivated students, it makes for an exciting, inspiring education. It’s a rewarding one as well – Asheville School graduates are accepted to the nation’s most prestigious colleges.
The Biltmore Estate
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
AddressOne Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
Phone(800) 411-3812
Agency DescriptionWhat began as George Vanderbilt’s estate continues to thrive as a timeless experience for today’s guests. Since 1895, Biltmore has had the natural beauty of the mountains and the majestic house and gardens to beguile us, inspire us, and allow us to escape from the everyday. Biltmore is still family-owned, and we are still passionate about our mission of preservation through self-sufficiency—a philosophy embraced before the first stone was ever placed. We remain self-sustaining through innovation, creative thinking, and listening to guests who continue to tell us they want more ways to connect with Biltmore. Just as first envisioned, Biltmore is all about home—welcoming and celebrating family and friends, and extending the spirit of Biltmore beyond our 8,000 acres. It was true in 1895, and it remains true today.
The Hop
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
AddressLocations List
PhoneEach location has its own phone number (refer to Locations List).
Agency DescriptionThe Hop has only ever had one goal: to provide happiness through ice cream. This goes deeper than just the satisfactory lick of a delicious sweet treat. To date the Garrisons have worked with dozens of non-profits and donated over $100k through the business to causes they hold dear. Within The Hop, Ashley, Greg, and the Hopsters aim to hold space for all those involved in the process and have business practices that reflect this. The Hop considers all persons involved; from the customers to the employee to the producer to the community at large. It strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive place where collaboration is encouraged, and evolution allowed. Thus, The Hop will continue to improve and adapt, learning from each moment and bringing that into the next. And, as always, it will do so with love.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAPartnership with the Alumni Office
The North Carolina Arboretum
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone, Email, or Website Form
Address100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, N.C. 28806
Phone(828) 665-2492
Agency DescriptionFor more than 30 years, The North Carolina Arboretum has cultivated connections between people and plants. Established in 1986 by The North Carolina General Assembly to serve as a statewide and national resource, the Arboretum has served to demonstrate, interpret, and celebrate the importance of plants to our economy, culture and enjoyment. The North Carolina Arboretum’s mission is to advance our state’s future by creatively connecting people, plants and places through education, design and economic development, and its values include:
1) Insight in knowledge about the plant world
2) Authenticity to plan and work thoughtfully and carefully with respect for the regional landscape and culture, and
3) Responsibility to develop, communicate, interpret and support the importance of and the teaching about the importance of plants to our world.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Contact PersonKayla Pressley Seay
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 253-8304
Agency DescriptionConsidered by many to be one of the giants of 20th-century American literature, Thomas Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe’s colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of “Altamont” Asheville, North Carolina, and “Dixieland” the Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse, earned the Victorian period house a place as one of American literature’s most famous landmarks.
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
Agency DescriptionOn April 2nd, 2001, Tranzmission was formed with a mission: to make the lives of nonbinary, transgender and gender nonconforming people in western North Carolina happier, healthier and safer through education, advocacy and support. Since then, we have expanded our service to transgender and non-binary people through a variety of different support groups, the Talya Mazuz Food Pantry, assistance in the name change process, connections with trans-affirming mental and physical health care providers, an affirming garment program, transgender awareness and support trainings for businesses and organizations, and several other programs.
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
Address204 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone(828) 205-1170
Agency DescriptionTrue Ridge is a culture broker for the Hispanic and Immigrant community to empower them with knowledge and provide resources so they may feel seen, safe, and respected. We advocate for the underserved Hispanic community of Henderson County with limited English proficiency. We began in 2017 serving victims of crime, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Many families in our county have limited English and the need for bilingual advocates, this has driven the mission of True Ridge further. Our services encompass court advocacy, court accompaniment, translation and interpretation, case management, referrals to community resources, managing progress towards self-sufficiency, and immigration services as well as referrals to mental health services.
United Way of ABC
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
Address50 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
PhonePhone: (828) 255-0696
Fax: (828) 255-8004
Agency DescriptionSince its founding in 1921, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC) has been known as a convener — bringing together the necessary people and resources needed to tackle crucial community issues and connect people to the support they need. In order to create lasting systemic change that improves opportunities for future generations, we’re committed to working with community partners to do what no one organization can do alone.
Urban Peace Gardens
Contact PersonSafi Martin
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Address47 Bryant Street, West Asheville, NC 28806
Phone(828) 301-0166
Agency DescriptionThe Peace Gardens are situated on the side of a hill in the heart of West Asheville in the Burton Street Community, a historically African American neighborhood established in the early 1900’s by community leader, Edward Walton Pearson, Sr. The gardens stand and build on his legacy of entrepreneurship and community pride.
In 2003, as the nation clamored to our 2nd war in Iraq, the Burton Street neighborhood worked to recover from the recurring trauma of the war on drugs. Neighborhood residents were afraid to come out of their homes. Though we could not stop the war in Iraq, we could do our small part to increase the peace within our own neighborhood – and thus the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens were born.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAService opportunities with the Key Center
USFS Southern Research Station
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
Address200 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804-3454
PhonePhone: (828) 257-4832
TTY: (828) 259-0503
Agency DescriptionThe Southern Research Station is part of the Nation’s largest forestry research organization—USDA Forest Service Research and Development—the leading organization for research on natural resource management and sustainability in the United States. Science is our business; we are dedicated to scientific discovery, to developing and applying new techniques and technologies, and to meeting the needs of our customers. We believe that an emphasis on sustainability is the key to successful natural resource management and that human considerations are a part of every resource issue and opportunity.
Verner Center for Early Learning
Contact PersonPolly Phillips
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
AddressVerner East, ​2586 Riceville Rd., Asheville, NC 28805
Phone(828) 407-1897
Agency Description​​Verner Center for Early Learning is a nonprofit agency providing high quality, affordable early care and education to over 300 children – birth to five years old – throughout Buncombe County, North Carolina. Through holistic learning environments, we strive to help build a community where every child and family has the opportunity to thrive.
Past Engagement/Partnerships/etc. with UNCAWorked with Key Center on service opportunity
Western North Carolina Nature Center
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
Address75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
Phone(828) 259-8080
Agency DescriptionThe Western North Carolina Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. Today, the Nature Center is one of the primary facilities in Western North Carolina offering school children and adults opportunities to learn about and develop an understanding of their responsibility for this area’s native wildlife and habitats. The WNC Nature Center is home to sixty species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of this unique bioregion, the Southern Appalachians.
West Marion Community Forum
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form
AddressRotating locations; see Facebook page
Agency DescriptionThe mission of the West Marion Community Forum, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of our residents and overcome racial barriers by building bridges in McDowell County. We do this by showing compassion, advocating for policy and systems change, promoting economic development, sharing resources, empowering youth, and creating equitable outcomes for all.
Wild South
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
Address31 Cross Street, Suite 210, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone(828) 258-2667
Agency DescriptionWild South has been putting the public in public lands for 28 years, giving communities opportunities to enjoy, value, and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. Wild South believes the Southern National Forests and parks are treasured places that enrich the quality of life and the social, economic, and cultural wealth of communities.
WNC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail or Phone
AddressPO Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611
PhonePhone: (919) 834-3466
Fax: (919) 869-2075
Agency DescriptionWhether it’s achieving full equality for LGBTQIA+ people, fighting to achieve racial justice, pushing to eradicate our broken and racially biased criminal legal system, defending freedom of speech, religion, and the right to protest, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
WNC Diveristy Engagement Coalition
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Agency DescriptionThe WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition strives to bring people together to collectively support the professional development, engagement, and inclusion of multicultural people within the member organizations and to serve as a resource around best policy and practice regarding equity in the workplace.
WNC Interfaith Initiative for Social Justice
Contact PersonRon Katz
Preferred Method of ContactEmail
Agency DescriptionThe Interfaith Initiative for Social Justice (IISJ) began in the mountains of Western NC as a way for people from different faiths and congregations to work together on social justice issues of common interest. It was started in 2017 when more than 20 people came together to see if such an organization had the people power to be established. Now, more than 220 people subscribe to its bi-weekly e-newsletter that offers opportunities for people to learn, be inspired, and take action.
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
Address30 Woodfin St., Asheville, NC 28801
Phone(828) 210-9622
Agency DescriptionThe YMCA of WNC is committed to strengthening the foundations of community through programming that supports youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our programs nurture the greatness in every child, promote well-being throughout the community, and give back to our neighbors in need. All of this work is rooted in our four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
YMI Cultural Center
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
Address39 S. Market St. Asheville N.C. 28801
Phone(828) 257-4540
Agency DescriptionThe YMICC’s mission is to promote cultural preservation and elevate Black Excellence through community engagement, advocacy, leadership development and economic justice. Each and every person at the YMI Cultural Center makes a difference to the complex, ongoing work of advancing the black community here in Buncombe County. We have and will continue to stand in and lead the way for black rights, social justice and changing… And with the community by our side, we will continue to accelerate to the next milestones for Black People.
Youth OUTright
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactWebsite Form or Phone
AddressPMB 128, 30 Westgate Pkwy, Asheville NC 28806
Phone(866) 881-3721
Agency DescriptionAt Youth OUTright, we engage and support LGBTQIA+ youth to be confident, resilient and compassionate community members. Our mission is to create a world in which all Queer and Trans youth are supported to realize their power and autonomy through self-determination. We help youth resist oppression by building community, healing, and growing together. Youth OUTright engages in intersectional and intergenerational dialogue with a focus on gender and racial justice. Our work includes programming for youth ages 11-24, training for youth-serving organizations, and advocacy for policies that protect Queer and Trans youth.
Contact PersonNone Specified
Preferred Method of ContactPhone or Website Form
Address185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
PhonePhone: (828) 254-7206
Fax: (828) 258-8731
Agency DescriptionYWCA Asheville is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, nurturing children and promoting health. In line with our mission, YWCA programs bridge gaps in education, health, childcare and earning power for women and families in our community.