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Volunteer Opportunities

*Hands On Asheville – Volunteer Flex Projects

Flex Projects are created in collaboration with our Partner Agency, and are led by trained Hands On Volunteer Leaders. Flex Projects don’t require an ongoing commitment, giving you the chance to explore a variety of opportunities that impact our community. 

What makes our Flex Projects unique?

  • Each Flex Project is led by a trained Hands On volunteer, known as a Volunteer Leader
  • Most Flex Projects take place on evenings and weekends and last 1-3 hours
  • Flex Projects don’t require an ongoing commitment or any advance training
  • Many Flex Projects are youth/family friendly
  • Because you’ll be participating with a group of other volunteers, Flex Projects are a great way to meet new people

Check out the Flex Project Calendarand get started today!

View a List of Portable Projects 

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My Sistah Taught Me That – the girl’s developmental program in Asheville

My Sistah Taught Me That (MSTMT) is a young girl’s developmental program designed to encourage, inspire, educate, and empower young girls ages 11-19 with a special focus on girls growing up in single parent homes without their father.  This program was created so young ladies in Buncombe County and surrounding areas in Western North Carolina may have the chance to be exposed to professional leaders in our community who are dedicated to providing opportunities, open dialogue, and exposure to things they wouldn’t routinely do, with the intent of helping them grow and mature.

Asheville GreenWorks and Hard2Recycle

Waste reduction and recycling is a major component of our work. Establishing new recycling locations and educating the public about reducing our environmental footprint is one of our core missions. We organize the H2R collections and our Volunteers bring out the muscle for these events. If you would like to volunteer or become an event sponsor, click HERE. For more information call:  828-254-1776

Sustainability/Environment Volunteer Opportunities

The Appalachian State University Wind Applications Center is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. We are dedicated to offering unbiased information about wind energy. We offer the tools and information to enable the exploration of wind energy options. 828-262-7333.


Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project helps create and expand local food markets that will preserve our agricultural heritage, give everyone access to fresh, healthy food, and keep our farmers farming. Our mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. (828) 236-1282.

Asheville Bioneers promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities.  Bioneers offers pragmatic solutions that honor the living web of the natural world as the most fertile source of inspiration and models, and is working to bring this global effort home to our part of Appalachia.  This is the place for the cross pollination of ideas and efforts here where we live.

Asheville Green Works, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville and Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship. (828) 254-1776.

Bountiful Cities’ mission is to create, on urban land, beautiful community spaces that produce food in abundance and foster a learning environment for social justice and sustainability. 828-257-4000.

Canary Coalition is non-profit organization dedicated to restoring clean air in Western North Carolina and the southern Appalachian Region. They are a true grassroots clean air organization effectively working to reduce air pollution in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 828-631-3447.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy partners with landowners and organizations to protect land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. As an effective nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the places you love, CMLC works to permanently conserve and actively care for an ever-growing  regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands. 828-697-5777.


The Clean Air Community Trust is a non-profit organization chartered by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. Their mission is to seek and secure cleaner air for the citizens of Buncombe County and surrounding communities; protect and improve the health of the people, forests and economy of Western North Carolina through the reduction of locally generated air pollution; educate children and adults on the causes of, the health and economic costs of and solutions for air pollution; promote activities and events that inspire citizens to make choices that will lead to clean air in WNC; and to provice resources to those engaged in air quality improvement.  828.258.1856 Website

Clean Water for North Carolina’s mission is to promote clean, safe water and environments and empowered, just communities for all North Carolinians through community organizing, education, advocacy and technical assistance. 828-251-1219


Environmental & Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region through Education, Recreation, Service and Civic Action.  Their guiding statement is “take care of your own backyard”. Seeking to think globally and act locally, they work to preserve and protect our streams and wetlands, wildlife and natural habitats, air and trees – the environment that sustains us all. 828.692.0385 Website

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing facilities and focus for education, recreation and preservation in nature studies and equestrian activities with the aim of enhancing these endeavors to enrich the quality of life for the community. 828-859-9021.

The Long Branch Environmental Education Center, Inc. is a small educational institute in Buncombe County’s Newfound Mountains, about 18 miles northwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Set aside in 1974 as an ecological sanctuary and land trust, it has developed into an educational center for sharing positive strategies of sustainability and local self-reliance in the areas of environmental design, organic food production, renewable energy, shelter design and construction, appropriate technology, resource conservation, recycling, wildlife protection, ecological restoration, and improved environmental quality. (828) 683-3662.

Mountain Land Conservancy partners with landowners and organizations to protect land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. As an effective nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the places you love, CMLC works to permanently conserve and actively care for an ever-growing  regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands. (828) 697-5777.


RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play. 828-252-8474

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes responsible energy choices that solve global warming problems and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. 828-254-6776.

Southern Appalachia Biodiversity Project seeks permanent protection for Southern Appalachia’s public lands as well as sustainable management of its private lands. Based in Asheville, NC, this project defends public land as a refuge for ancient forests and native wildlife. Promoting the reintroduction of native wildlife that has been extirpated from the region. SABP also advocates for an end to corporate welfare policies that hurt our economy and natural heritage.(828) 258-2667.

Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition is a nonprofit regional organization dedicated to empowering citizens to appreciate, defend, and restore the native biodiversity of the SAFC seeks permanent protection for the region’s public lands and sustainable management of private lands. The group pursues its goals through public education, legal advocacy, and grassroots organizing. Battery Park Ave., Asheville, 828-258-2667.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations. (828) 253–1248.

Western North Carolina Alliance empowers citizens to be advocates for livable communities and the natural environment of Western North Carolina. (828) 258-8737

Western North Carolina Green Building Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sustainable and health conscious building practices through community education.828-232-5080.

The Western North Carolina Nature Center’s mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of all aspects of the natural environment of Western North Carolina through hands-on and sensory experiences. 828-298-5600.

Wild South is a non-profit grassroots organization whose mission is to inspire people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. 828-258-2667.



Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer based 501(c)(3) working to enhance the environment and quality of life for the citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County through awareness building, community activities and partnership. * Serving as liasion between citizens, city and county government * Over 12,000 dedicated Volunteers * Over 900 Contributing Members * Corporate, governmental and academic partnerships * Grassroots activities to increase public awareness and effect public policy
828-254-1776   Visit our website




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