Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity plays a vital role in providing working families with safe, affordable, decent housing in the midst of Asheville area’s affordable housing crisis. The HFA volunteer placed here works as an Office Intern under the Volunteer Coordinator for Construction Services. This means that she communicates with and schedules volunteers interested in working on Habitat’s New Home Construction Site. Habitat homes, which are Green Built North Carolina certified, are sold at no-profit to partner families, who pay back a no-interest loan. The non-profit also offers a home repair program for low-income homeowners. Check out their website here.
Asheville Poverty Initiative (API) seeks to eradicate poverty by partnering with those on the margins. These opportunities foster mutual relationships across socioeconomic boundaries deconstructing the divisive and misleading categories of the “haves” and “have nots.” Their goal is to bear witness to an alternative community built on the truth that each person is created in the Divine Image and is needed to experience the commonwealth of God. The Asheville Poverty Initiative. The HFA volunteer will be assisting the organization in starting a community café using healthy food that would otherwise be thrown out and serving it in a food desert in Asheville. Check out their website here.
Homeward Bound of Asheville works to end chronic homelessness through the housing first model which means moving people into permanent housing and providing the support they need to stay there. They have 6 programs, each of which is designed to complement the others & to result in permanent housing for the people it serves. The two volunteers placed with Homeward Bound of Asheville work with their Welcome Home project which provides basic furniture and household goods for clients moving into housing through the support of and donations from the community. The HFA volunteers’ responsibilities are to collect donations, to organize received donations by developing an inventory system, and to work directly with case managers to provide clients with basic necessities to move into permanent housing. Check out their website here.
Green Opportunities – Green Opportunities connects youth and adults from low-wealth neighborhoods to sustained employment opportunities that support families and improve community and environmental health.They envision a community, made up of resilient, interconnected neighborhoods, whose residents have access to jobs that support their families and improve community and environmental health. Check out their website here.
University of North Carolina Asheville – in partnership with Hillcrest Community Resource Center – The Community Resource Center at Hillcrest’s mission is to promote healthy living, community wellness and self-sufficiency by assessing the needs and goals of the public housing residents and assisting them in building connections with appropriate community services and resources. The Hands and Feet Volunteer that serves in this position works to coordinate the after school mentoring program in conjunction with UNC Asheville students and on-campus resources.