Service & Outreach


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  • Instagram: unca_keycenter
  • Facebook: keyctr 

Interested in volunteering on your own time? Check out United Way’s Hands On volunteer database for more opportunities in Asheville and beyond!

Here are just a few ways we engage* with the Asheville community and beyond:

  • Shiloh Community Garden service days
  • Bounty and Soul Food Distributions
  • CIMA Food Distributions
  • UNCA Campus Blood Drives** (August, October, January, March)
  • Babies Need Bottoms diaper packaging events
  • MANNA Bank Food Drive
  • Beloved Winter Gear Drive

*All events follow CDC COVID-19 safety protocols, including but not limited to mandatory masking, social distancing, hand sanitizer available, & events are held outdoors whenever possible

**Blood Drive safety protocols in place (including but not limited to):

    • Screening & Personal protection: 
      • Everyone (staff, donors, volunteers) participating will be masked 
      • Everyone will have their temperature taken
      • Hand sanitizer will be available at every stage of process
      • Gloves will be available to donors 
        • *Staff are required to wear gloves and change them often
    • Social Distancing: Blood Drive will follow social distancing and room capacity guidelines. 
      • All individuals will be 6 feet+ apart. The blood drive goal has been lowered and spread the drive out over 2 days to make this possible.
      • Donors will be processed on an appointment only basis 
      • There would be no waiting area, instead donors will be texted when there is a bed ready for them
      • Canteen/recovery area will be in a separate room with pre-selected/pre-packaged drinks and snacks (so donors are only touching what they eat)
  • Cleaning:
    • All surfaces will be completely disinfected before and after each donor (including pens, laptops, laminated information packets, beds/chairs, etc)