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)Learning Centers

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. Assist site leaders and mentor children with homework help and enrichment activities.  Volunteer for as little as one hour a week to help with homework and make a difference in the life of a local child.

The Learning Centers are located on site and are free of charge to families living in the public-housing & low-income 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!

Jacquelyn Hall 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 School – or call 828-407-6685

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


Help 5th & 6th graders with homework and job skills

Do you want to help local 5th and 6th graders learn about what is needed to have a career in something they are passionate about? Do you want to help 5th & 6th graders develop important skills they will need in their career? Then volunteer with our Working Warrior afterschool program at Eblen Intermediate. This innovative program is designed to help vulnerable youth discover their skills and talents and how to turn it into a career!

You will help the Children First/CIS Student Support Specialist Dani Wilber set up each lesson and facilitate the lessons and then either wait for parents to pick up students or ride in the mini bus with Dani to drop students off at home.

We also hold a homework club for 5th and 6th graders on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30 at Eblen Intermediate School. Contact to get signed up to volunteer!

Click on the VOLUNTEER button above and then contact

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.

Click on the VOLUNTEER button above and we’ll get you started!

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 and Rice
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 at 37 Brickyard Road on the campus of Emma Elementary School. 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

girlSanta-WEBMake 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

ThanksgivingWEBHost a Holiday Party at One of Our Learning Centers! Each year we host a Fall Festival, Winter Festival, Valentine’s Day, and Spring Festivals. You can be in charge of as much of the festivities as you’d like. This makes a great team building or group project. Contact Barbara Norton at or 778-2073.


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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