© 2012 Hands and Feet of Asheville

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789 Merrimon Ave.

Asheville, NC 28804

handsandfeetavl@gmail.com

Who we are...

Volunteers in Asheville....

  • Live in intentional community 

  • Practice simple living 

  • Use public transportation (limit of 2 cars)

  • Work 32 hours/week with non-profit partners  

  • Participate in 2-3 retreats each year

  • Share 2, 2 bedroom apartments at the Brooks-Howell community 

  • Spend each Friday in common reflection, social justice issue education and community time 

  • Learn about, play and find challenging intersectionality in these beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains

  • Serve the community between September - July 

Hands and Feet of Asheville is a Young Adult Volunteer [YAV] site of the Presbyterian Church USA. Living in the shadows of the Appalachian mountains, YAVs in Asheville are invited to embrace a city of opposites. A city that thrives in providing for tourists, but has not equitably provided affordable housing or living wages for its residents. A city with an urban downtown setting, that is only minutes from the realities and cultures of rural western North Carolina and the poverty of the southern Appalachian region. A city that has long embraced the arts and provided safe haven for the free spirit and progressive ideologies, while simultaneously being nestled in the corner of a conservative state that does not mirror its priorities. Being a YAV in Asheville requires a willingness to be uncomfortable in the opposites, as well as the fortitude to navigate the in-between so that you may learn more about who you are and decide how you want to live in service of compassionate social justice, during the YAV year and throughout your life. 

 

By several estimations, Asheville is currently the second fastest gentrifying city in our nation. As such, Asheville YAVs most frequently engage with organizations that work to end homelessness and the "othering" of our neighbors, and to support justice for those trapped in cycles of poverty. 

 

At home,  as an Asheville YAV, you'll enjoy the shared experience of living together in community and building unexpected relationships at a special place in Asheville, the Brooks-Howell Home -- a community of retired missionaries and social justice advocates, with whom the Asheville YAVs volunteer as a group.