Land of Sky Regional Council has several avenues for people who would like to volunteer in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.
Waste Reduction Partners (WRP)
WRP is seeking part-time, retired, volunteer engineers to perform energy and water efficiency assessments. WRP, a team of highly experienced volunteer engineers, architects, and scientists, provides businesses, industries, and institutions with water, waste, and energy use reduction assessments throughout North Carolina’s western and southern piedmont areas. Positions require on-site consultation, technical writing, research, and technical assistance on environmental and energy management topics. Stipends provided. Retired professionals should e-mail a resume to: Terry Albrecht or visit our website at www.landofsky.org/wrp.
Senior Corps Volunteer Programs
The volunteer programs connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout our region.
The Volunteer Services Department offers several ways to get involved. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability. There are two programs offered at Land of Sky Regional Council: Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program.
Area Agency on Aging
The AAA has many different volunteer opportunities varing from serving on committees to being hands on. The AAA is a leader and catalyst in helping older adults in our four county region lead more independent, vibrant lives. Volunteer are needed for Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania unless noted otherwise.
Senior Tar Heel Legislature Delegate and Alternate
STHL advises and informs the North Carolina General Assembly regarding issues impacting the lives of persons aged sixty and over in North Carolina. Must be age 55+ and is required to travel to Raleigh three times a year. Contact LeeAnne Tucker at 828.251.7436 for more information.
Living Healthy Leaders
Make an impact on the health of your community by facilitating this evidence-based program. Program facilitators will lead group activities supporting positive health behaviors and lifestyle modification. The program requires facilitators to have personal experience with a chronic health condition or have a loved one with a chronic condition. Contact Stephanie Stewart at 828.251.7438 for more information.
A Matter of Balance Coaches
AMOB addresses the fear of falling and improves the activity levels of older adults living in the community. Coaches lead group members in problem solving activities, assertiveness training, and an exercise program designed to reduce the risk of falls. Experience with public speaking, group facilitation and/ or group education is helpful. Contact Stephanie Stewart at 828.251.7438 for more information.
Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Volunteers
CACs advocate for the rights of people living in long term care facilities. Volunteers work with the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsmen to maintain the spirit of the Nursing Home and Adult Care home Residents’ Bill of Rights. Official visits with other committee members are completed on a quarterly basis and friendly visits are done to develop relationships and trust with residents. Spends 10 hours per month in visits. Requires 8 hours of training and completion of site orientations at one or more facilities. Required to complete 10 hours of continuing education per year. Must reside within the county served and not have a conflict of interest. Contact Ruth Price at 828.251.6622 for more information.
Just Press Play: Awakening the Mind through Music
Volunteers to help promote more individualized music in long-term care facilities. Volunteers can choose how they participate based on their skills and interests. Benefits: Witnessing the improved quality of life for people who live in long-term care facilities. The commitment includes once a month meeting and an additional 2 to 5 hours per month. Participate in some or all of the following: Assessing music preferences of long-term care residents; Uploading music preferences to ipods; Recruiting musicians (adult and/or students) to assist with assessments &/or uploading. Contact Ruth Price at 828.251.6622 for more information.
King/Queen of Copying
Our programs require occasional mass production of notebooks, meeting material, directories, etc. We need 1-2 people each month to make these copies at LOSRC offices. Training provided as well as on-sight guidance as needed. Any age. Monthly or as needed. Contact LeeAnne Tucker at 828.251.7436 for more information.
With a variety of programs, activities, and events, we need volunteers to market our programs in the region - hang flyers and drop off brochures at libraries, post offices, grocery stores, drug stores, etc. Any age. Monthly or as needed. Can be done at his/her convenience. On-going need. Mileage reimbursed at IRS rate. Monthly or as needed. Contact LeeAnne Tucker at 828.251.7436 for more information.
Social Media Volunteer
With a variety of programs, activities, and events, we need volunteers to market our programs on social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Any age. As needed but would estimate one hour/week. Needs access to a computer. Savvy with technology. Contact LeeAnne Tucker at 828.251.7436 for more information.
Update database with requests from staff. To reach more older adults particularly in rural communities, we need a volunteer to create and maintain a list of area churches, places of worship, faith-based communities with specific contact info for older adult minister/director. Request how info is needed best for distribution: PowerPoint, bulletin insert, newsletter article, etc. Any age. Contact LeeAnne Tucker at 828.251.7436 for more information.