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Celebrate Volunteers and Opportunities

Mark Robinson of Harris Ace Hardware hangs a ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ flyer in the store window. The public event is set for Monday, May 14 at the Transylvania County Library.

Do you like to cook? Build things? Meet new people? Write newsletters? Encourage youth? Teach or learn new skills? Support seniors living independently? Share your technical expertise? Review grants? Advocate for the environment? Here’s your chance to get involved!

The Transylvania County Library and United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN present ‘A Celebration of Volunteers’ Monday, May 14, from 4-7 p.m. in the library’s Rogow Room. Potential volunteers can meet face-to-face with local organizations seeking help with their missions. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recognition program will take place at 5:30 p.m., during the event. 

The event will celebrate the work of volunteers in Transylvania County and provide an opportunity for people to find a good fit for sharing their personal skills and talents with the community. 

Attendees can explore the VolunteerTransylvania.org website, a hub for volunteerism that provided access to more than 80 local agencies and their specific volunteer opportunities.

An expansion of the annual Volunteer Fair, the Celebration of Volunteers will feature food, prizes and plenty of opportunities for meaningful conversations. Representatives of the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Department will grill and serve hot dog plates during the celebration. Attendees who travel the room and collect at least eight ‘passport stamps’ from agency tables will be eligible for prizes.

“Our ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ is a great example of community collaboration. By co-hosting the event with United Way, we hope to extend our reach in encouraging new and seasonal residents, along with veteran volunteers, to come out and see how they can make a positive impact in their community. We’ll have a great network of local agencies represented at the event, and there are a number of fun and important opportunities available for potential volunteers to learn about,” explained Kelly McBride, Community Engagement Specialist at the Transylvania County Library.

“The new name ‘A Celebration of Volunteers’ reflects the intention to honor existing volunteers, as well as attract new volunteers for local agencies. Attendees can explore roles that really fit their interests and abilities,’ said Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist for United Way.

“We’re shining some light on the remarkable spirit of volunteerism in Transylvania County, and the many volunteers who make it a wonderful place to live,” Kirkman added.

Participating Agencies (to date)

Brevard Music Center Association

Brevard Police Department

CarePartners Home Care and Hospice

El Centro: Centro Comunitario

Free Rein

Friends of the Library

Friends of Silvermont

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Heart of Brevard

Mountain Neighbors Network

MountainTrue

Rotary Club of Brevard

SAFE

Sharing House

SHIIP (Seniors Health Insurance Information Program)

The Children’s Center

The Family Place

Transylvania County Historical Society

Transylvania County Library

Transylvania County Sheriff’s Department

United Way of Transylvania County

 

Information for agencies

Due to space limitations, agencies must sign up in advance. To register, agencies must have a current page on VolunteerTransylvania.org. To register for a table at the Celebration of Volunteers, agency representatives should go to https://goo.gl/879xFH.

 

Agency representatives can independently create a page on the VolunteerTransylvania.org. site. Email unitedwayTRAIN@comporium.net for questions arising during the sign-up process.

 

About the Governor’s Awards

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Any person, group, or entity from the public, non-profit and private sector may be nominated.

 

The Governor’s Medallion Award recognizes the top 20 volunteers in the state. A statewide panel reviews and evaluates all nominations to determine the award recipients. 

 

To learn more, go to https://www.nc.gov/agencies/volunteer/volunteer-awards#county

About Transylvania County Library

The Transylvania County Library’s mission is to connect, empower, and cultivate a vibrant Transylvania County.  Through diverse and accessible collections, dynamic programming and meaningful outreach services, we seek to engage our community in opportunities for lifelong learning, creativity and curiosity. 

The Library welcomes volunteers as an opportunity for community members to support our mission through benevolent action. We depend on our volunteers’ commitment to service and myriad talents to strengthen our ability to provide programs and services throughout Transylvania County.

To find out more about the wealth of resources available at your library, check our events calendar, or find out when the Bookmobile is heading to your neighborhood, visit us online at http://library.transylvaniacounty.org, or in person at 212 South Gaston Street in Brevard.

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and  MyFreeTaxes.com free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit www.unitedwaytransylvania.org  or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community! 

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