Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of WNC
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1904. Irving Westheimer, a young businessman noticed a boy foraging for his dinner in a garbage can and thought it would be possible to help him and others like him by spending time together in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. There are currently over 400 Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in the United States. The program began in Buncombe County in 1982, adding Henderson County in 1989, and expanding to serve eight Western North Carolina counties by 2009. In 2008-09, more than 700 children were enrolled in the program, and the Board of Directors has set a goal to serve over 1000 children by 2011. For more information see our Website
Center for Diversity Education
Each year the Center for Diversity Education, through exhibits, roadshows, a lending library, and staff development opportunities, provides direct and indirect programming to over 20,000 students, teachers, and citizens throughout WNC.
The Center helps build relationships across differences to create a more inclusive and equitable community.
The Center celebrates and teaches diversity in order to foster conversation and respect among cultures.
Buncombe and Region
Children First of Buncombe County
The mission of Children First is to improve the lives of children, youth, and their families through community collaboration, advocacy, and programs. A community where children and youth are highly valued and are provided the maximum opportunity to reach their full potential. Children First/CIS provides services to economically disadvantaged children, youth, and their families. These services include the Family Resource Center at Emma, Latino Outreach Program, Project POWER/AmeriCorps, and Project MARCH Learning Centers.
In addition to direct services, Children First/CIS also provides advocacy and community education to raise awareness of, and develop sustainable solutions to, issues affecting children and families and breaking down barriers of poverty.
Eliada Homes – Faith, Hope & Love
In all of Eliada’s programs, one can find a strong emphasis on family involvement.
According to Eliada’s President & CEO Mark Upright, “Eliada strives to serve the ‘whole’ child, and that means serving the entire family and engaging the communities our families are embedded in.”
Eliada implements the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. Thanks to a grant-funded initiative that is providing training to professionals in Buncombe County, Eliada’s Child Development and Foster Care staff will be accredited to provide parent-centered programming–a new and free resource for parents in the community. The program ranges from seminars on general parenting tips and common parenting problems, to one-on-one and group support for addressing serious behavior problems and complex family and mental health issues. The range of approaches Triple P provides gives greater access to all parents in the community regardless of scheduling issues, language barriers, level of education, or actual parenting experience. And for Eliada, parent engagement and working with young families is also a critical preventative tool that helps families avoid needing Eliada’s more intensive services like residential and day treatment.
Equality NC is a statewide group dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. We work toward that goal by effectively lobbying the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments on issues like inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnership, HIV/AIDS, and more. We also work to engage North Carolinians with educational programming and outreach efforts. Equality NC is a network of professionals, interns, donors and volunteers from around the state working for the rights of LGBT North Carolinians. For more in-depth information or to join our Online Action Network visit our web site
Guardian Ad Litem Program
The Guardian ad Litem Program is a State Agency managed under the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). The 28th Judicial District encompasses Buncombe County. A Guardian ad Litem is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the “Best Interests” of a child who is involved in court proceedings as a result of having been abused or neglected. The Guardian ad Litem is the “voice of the child”. The term Guardian ad Litem means “guardian for the case”. Therefore, a GAL is not a foster parent, legal guardian, or expected to provide a home for the child. The volunteer GAL is paired with an Attorney Advocate who is appointed to represent the legal interests of the child. The Guardian ad Litem Program of Buncombe County seeks dedicated community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children.
Habitat for Humanity
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ministry that builds and sells homes to families in need. We have been building houses and changing lives in Buncombe County since 1983.
Volunteers are the heart of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. 1,600 people volunteer with us each year, in a variety of different capacities. Whether you swing a hammer at the construction site, answer phones in the administrative office, or help customers in the Home Store, you’ll be helping us build more safe, decent, and affordable homes for families in need. General information questions www.ashevillehabitat.org
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
33 Meadow Road
Asheville, NC 28803 Phone for Administrative Offices: (828)251-5702 [email protected]
Hands-On Asheville-Buncombe – Volunteer!
Hands-On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, provides a link for individuals, families, corporate, and civic or faith-based groups to volunteer in support of nonprofits in Asheville and Buncombe County.
Our Mission: Hands-On Asheville-Buncombe brings people together to strengthen our community through meaningful volunteer action.
Our Vision: We envision a strong caring community where everyone is inspired and equipped to create positive change. Hand-On Asheville-Buncombe
The Jewish Community Center is Asheville’s Jewish Neighborhood Community Center
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 of people. The Asheville JCC strengthens Jewish identity, celebrates Jewish culture, and builds community through a wide variety of programs for people from all backgrounds, at every stage of life.
Any way you prefer to connect, the JCC has something for you!
When you join the JCC, you help to support and become part of a warm, welcoming network. Choose a Full Membership for the entire family and enjoy all of the many benefits, including discounted fees for children’s programs and full pool privileges. Not interested in swimming? Join as an Adult Social Member to experience all that our community has to offer. Or come just for the summer as a Pool Member. Click for more information
MANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization, founded in 1982, that links the food industry with 255 partner agencies in 16 counties of WNC.
MANNA FoodBank collects, stores, warehouses, and distributes food to MANNA accredited nonprofits throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. MANNA provides direct service on a very limited basis to those struggling with hunger through our MANNA Packs for Kids Program and Food Stamp Outreach. MANNA assists partner agencies with acquiring food to serve those facing hunger.
Our providers include the food industry, individuals, farmers, and State and Federal Agencies. We are also a member of Feeding America, an umbrella organization that links together 205 other food banks throughout the United States. 828.299.3663
The WNC Adoption Network
The WNC Adoption Network provides awareness, education, and support to adopted persons, adoptive families, and birth families through educational workshops, monthly get-togethers, and online resources. Contact: Mari Cochran Email: [email protected]
828.989.4511 [email protected]
Womansong New Start Program
Candidates for an NSP grant are referred to us by local social service agencies. This one-time grant is available for the amount of need up to $500.00. Grant requests are as diverse as the women receiving them. To date, monies have been used to purchase bus tickets for a family escaping domestic violence, for rent or utility deposits, or for certification exam fees. Grants provide needed support on an individual’s path toward greater self-sufficiency. Womansong also sponsors the Womansong New Start Scholarship at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville.
Women for Women – a Community Foundation initiative
The Women for Women giving circle brings women together in an engaging and meaningful way. By combining financial resources and working with others, Women for Women makes high-impact grants to improve the lives of women and girls in our region. Since January 2005, Women for Women has given more than a $1.2 million dollars to programs helping women and girls in our region.
Youth OUTright is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and allied youth ages 14 through 23 in Western North Carolina to be confident, proud, and compassionate. Our vision is to empower LGBTQ youth to be confident and vital members of our diverse community.
Youth OUTRight received its 501(3)c non-profit status in July 2009. We are expanding into a private non-profit organization to better serve the needs of youth throughout western North Carolina. We provide a weekly program for youth, as well as special events and educational programs, guest speakers, and community outreach. Our program is comprised of trained volunteers and facilitators. WNC Youth OUTRight P.O. Box 1893 Asheville, NC 28802 828-545-8693 [email protected]
YWCA of Asheville: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
The YWCA believes in social change. We believe in the empowerment of women, children, and minorities. We believe in a world with diverse peoples living together in peace.
Our mission is to transform that vision into reality – by offering enrichment opportunities for people of all ages and incomes, from child care and tutoring to experiential learning and conflict resolution skills. You can help us meet our mission by making a contribution, becoming a member, or volunteering. 185 S. French Broad Ave. Asheville, NC 28801