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Volunteer Opportunities

Land of Sky Regional Council has several avenues for people who would like to volunteer in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.

Benefit of Volunteering with Land of Sky Regional Council

Anyone who is a volunteer with Land of Sky may join the Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU). In addition, members of your immediate family may join. This includes spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings. Once a volunteer has joined, their immediate family may join.

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 Brea Kuykendall 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 Brea Kuykendall 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 Cori Search at 828.251.6622 for more information.