Be the Change You Want to See in the World. Volunteer

Read about our programs and opportunities below and once you have decided which volunteer opportunity you would like, click on the VOLUNTEER button below and complete the form. You will then be sent  the next steps.

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Allison N. (2)Take one hour a week to help a local child succeed in and out of school

Tutor/Mentor  K-4th grade students after school from 2:30 to 5:30 at one of our after-school Learning Center sites located in the low-income communities of Pisgah View and Woodridge Apartments. 

The Learning Centers are located on site and are free of charge to families living in the public-housing & low-income communities at Pisgah View and Woodridge communities. Volunteers help distribute a healthy snack, help with homework (3:00-4:00) and participate in enrichment activities (soccer, arts & crafts, music & dance) while also helping vulnerable children increase their resiliency by being surrounded by consistent, caring adults. Click on the VOLUNTEER button above and we’ll get you started!


Be a Reading Buddy for a Child at a Local School

When a child arrives to school hungry, sleepy, and stressed, they will have a much more difficult time concentrating on their schoolwork, which can lead to behavioral issues, absenteeism and increased chances of dropping out. In order to help alleviates these stressors, we have placed staff directly in the highest-need schools with a high population of students experiencing poverty. Contact one of our Student Support Specialists to learn how you can make coming to school a chance for success for a local student! Click on the VOLUNTEER button above and we’ll get you started!

Amanda Fox at Emma or call 828-620-8648

Dani Wilber at Eblen Intermediate- or call 828-216-8241

Thomas Priester at Johnston Elementary – or call 828-407-7515

Krista Douglas at Claxton Elementary- or call 828-407-6685 

Megan Ramsey at Estes Elementary- or call 828-785-0518

Learning Center Intern

Are you interested in helping to run a vital and important after-school learning center program for at-risk K-5th graders? Become a Learning Center Intern & work directly with the children and the Coordinator. You will assist our Learning Center Coordinator with daily activities of running the after-school program and get a behind-the-scenes look on how to run a successful holistic after-school program for 40+ at-risk elementary-school age children. This involves making copies of applications and release forms, running errands and picking up supplies, some lifting and carrying of boxes, as well as working directly with the children and possibly families. Per approval by the Learning Center Coordinator, the intern may be provided the opportunity to assist in coordinating programming and activities. Contact Jodi Ford at or call 828-620-9091. Click on the VOLUNTEER button above and we’ll get you started!

Help with Childcare During MotherRead Literacy Classes

Do you love working with children while helping build reading skills in adults? We are looking for volunteers to help with childcare during MotherRead classes. MotherRead is a national literacy program that teaches mothers the importance of reading to their children.

Opportunities to work with children and mothers are at:

Pisgah View Community- contact or call 828-407-6685
Emma Community-  contact or call 828-620-8648
Deaverview Community contact or call 828-407-7515


Family Resource Center at Emma

Emma Elem Food Drive 2012

We are looking for a motivated self-starter interested in helping families at our Family Resource Center in the Emma Community. This is an unpaid internship that will allow you to develop valuable skills in the non-profit, social work, psychology and other sectors.

This resource center is in one of the highest need communities in Buncombe County and located just minutes from the UNCA campus.

We provide food boxes, a clothing closet, emergency financial assistance, school supplies, and parenting classes through our resource center. You would be in charge of greeting clients and assessing their needs, scheduling sessions with our clients and Children First/CIS staff, making food boxes, maintaining databases, organizing resources such as food, clothing and school supplies and informing and engaging the community on upcoming events and classes.

This internship would be a great way for you to get real world experience in working in a thriving non-profit organization while knowing you are making a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children and families. Bi-lingual in Spanish and English is not mandatory but appreciated.

Contact: Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091. Click on the VOLUNTEER button above and we’ll get you started!


Naomi Support EducationAdvocacy/Success Equation

Letter and E-Mail Writing Campaigns, Petition Drives, and Phone Banking to help push child-advocacy issues through the legislature. Do research on policy, legislative issues, and innovative practices to help alleviate barriers to poverty i.e: childcare co-ops, ride sharing programs, affordable housing options and more. We can provide templates for postcard petition drives for your business, school or faith community.

• Check out our Local, State and Federal Advocacy Tool-kits  to guide you in engaging with our elected officials.

• Volunteer to participate in monthly phone banking to inform our neighbors on important issues impacting children and families. Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091 or to sign up.

Contact: Director of Advocacy, Greg Borom at 


Manage a Drive at Your School, Business or Faith Community

MANAGE a COAT, SCARF, HAT & MITTEN DRIVE: As we all know, children are prone to losing their mittens! Many of the children we serve don’t have mittens to lose, or coats, or hats. If your organization would like to hold a drive so that our children have these essential items for the cold months, contact Jodi Ford at or call 828-620-9091. Please only donate new or very gently used items

CLASSROOM BUDDIES: Students are always in need of school supplies, books & clothing throughout the year. Be a K-4th grade classroom BUDDY at Emma or Johnston Elementary and facilitate a school supply, winter clothing and/or food drives to help equip children with tools for success. And we always need new or gently used BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091 or

 PUMPKIN DRIVE Our Learning Centers need 70 mini pumpkins and 3 medium to large pumpkins for the children to decorate at our Fall Holiday parties.

 SWIM GEAR DRIVE: During Summer Camp, we can use any and all new or gently used swim suits, bathing caps, goggles and swim towels for 60+ children.

CLICK HERE to download our food pantry shopping list

Breakfast food items
Dry beans
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Canned Vegetables
Canned Corn
Tomato Sauce/Spaghetti Sauce
Tuna Fish & Canned Salmon
Macaroni & Cheese
Cooking Oil
Flour and Corn Meal
Granola bars (Learning Center)
Cheese (Learning Center)
Cheese and Peanut Butter Crackers (Learning Center)

Personal Care Items

Shampoo/ Conditioner
Laundry Soap
Dish Detergent (not for a dishwasher)
Deodorant (women and men)
Diapers all sizes (4’s & 5’s and Pull Up)
Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes
Hand Sanitizer
13 gal. trash bags (Learning Center)
Paper towels (Learning Center)
Dish Soap (Learning Center)
Construction Paper

Food can be delivered to our Family Resource Center on the campus of Emma Elementary School CLICK HERE for DIRECTIONS). Please call  828-252-4810 or 828-620-9091 before dropping food off, as we want to give you specific directions to our Resource Center, as well as assistance in unloading your vehicle.

Help with the Holidays



Make the Holidays Special for a Local Child in Need: Sponsor a Child/Children.  You are matched with a local child in need and given the responses to these questions. Purchased gifts are wrapped and delivered to the Family Resource Center at Emma before Dec. 5. ContactKate Frost at or call 828-214-5052 to be matched with a child/children in need.

Help Facilitate Our Holiday Giving Program at our Family Resource Center at Emma
Intake applications, sort Holiday Gifts, Call Families when gifts are ready, and Wrap Gifts. Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091.

Provide or Host Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday dinner for 20-25 children at one of our 3 after-school Learning Centers. Contact Learning Center Coordinator, Barbara Norton at 828-778-2073 or

Be  Santa’s Helper and collect 20- 65  small $1.00 toys that are alike, for Santa to bring to our Learning Center children. Contact Learning Center Coordinator, Barbara Norton at 828-778-2073 or

Seasonal Opportunities

FEBRUARY/Valentine’s Day
• Make 40-62 Valentine Cards & treat bags

MARCH/ Dr. Seuss Day
• Dr. Seuss Books, erasers, puzzles for children to take home

• Make 20, 40 or 60 Easter baskets

• Collect slightly used swimsuits, swim caps, swim goggles, water shoes, swim towels, and hand towels.

JUNE/Camp Challenge – Meet the Challenge
• Collect slightly used suitcases for our 6th-8th graders attending a one week overnight camp

• Dry Erase Markers, Dry Erase Boards; (any size!) watercolor markers, posters, playing cards, pens, color paper, paints

• 40-62 Mini pumpkins, 2 Medium pumpkins, 6-10 gourds
• Trick or Treat Goody Bags (Please nothing scary inside)

• Provide a nice meal for 20-25 children at 2 Learning Centers
• Provide 40-62 Snack Bags &/or bookmarks

DECEMBER/Holiday Giving
• Sponsor a local child during the holidays.

Children First/Communities In Schools Buncombe County
50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #246
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 259-9717
fax: (828) 281-3308

Kate Frost–Resources Development Director

Jodi Ford– Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

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