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Celebration of Volunteers set for April 30 2019

‘Celebration of Volunteers’ allows prospective volunteers to talk directly with agency representatives about current volunteer opportunities. (courtesy photo of 2018 event)

Sergeant Greg Stroup and Captain Jeremy Queen of the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Department serve up hot dog dinner plates for the 2018 “Celebration of Volunteers’ attendees. (courtesy photo)

Donna Aiken-Colflesh, Executive Director of Mountain Neighbors Network, describes volunteer opportunities at the 2018 ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ (courtesy photo)

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Annual Celebration of Volunteers

The Transylvania County Library and United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN present the annual ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ on Tuesday, April 30, from 4-7 p.m. in the library’s Rogow Room. The event offers potential volunteers a chance to meet face-to-face with representatives of local organizations and celebrates the contributions of current community volunteers.

“We’re glad to host this event again this year in collaboration with TRAIN. The Celebration is a great way to meet with local agencies, find out more about their work in the community, and discover ways you can get involved and have a positive impact in Transylvania County,” said Kelly McBride, Community Engagement Specialist for Transylvania County Library. 

Representatives of the Transylvania Sheriff Department will be on hand to serve up hot dog dinner plates during the celebration. Brevard Police Department will provide drinks.

Governor’s Award Winners

In addition to creating new opportunity matches for volunteers, there will be a short program at 5:30 announcing the 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award winners from Transylvania County.

This state-wide program was reintroduced locally in 2018, and this year the number of completed nominations doubled. Of the six Transylvania County nominations put before a state panel, all six were selected for the Governor’s Award.

“The volunteers being honored are representative of hundreds of dedicated people who contribute countless hours to the well-being of our community. Nominations are generated by people who notice  the efforts of other volunteers, and who take the time to articulate their appreciation. Last year’s ceremony was visibly moving for the nominators, the nominees and the audience,” explained Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist for United Way of Transylvania County.

A ‘Good Fit’ On-line

All agencies participating in the Celebration of Volunteers are also listed on

VolunteerTransylvania.org. The free, community-wide website, which lists volunteer opportunities from over 85 local agencies, is provided by United Way of Transylvania County.

Organizations listed on VolunteerTransylvania.org include nonprofit, public, civic and religious organizations. The platform offers a free online presence, visibility, volunteer management, and communication capacities. Organizations seeking more information should contact UnitedWayTRAIN@comporium.net.

Individuals are encouraged to set up their own account. The free personal accounts allow volunteers to respond electronically to specific volunteer opportunities, track their own volunteer hours, and even generate a volunteer resume.

“Creating an account with VolunteerTransylvania.org allows everyone, including people with limited mobility or unusual schedules, to find meaningful volunteer opportunities that fit their schedules, needs and talents,” added Kirkman.

Participating Agencies (to date)

Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard

Bound for Glory Camp

Brevard Police Dept.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina

Heart of Brevard

Land of Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging

Mary C. Jenkins Community Center

Mountain Neighbors Network

Rotary Club of Brevard

Safe Heaven WOMEN'S rehab center

SAFE, Inc. of Transylvania

The Learning Center at PARI

The African American Storyline Project

TC Library & the Friends of the Library

TC Sheriff's Department

WCCA

Information for agencies

Due to space limitations, agencies must sign up in advance. To register for a table at the Celebration of Volunteers, agency representatives should go to VolunteerTransylvania.org and look for the blue banner. Participating agencies must have a current page on VolunteerTransylvania.org.

Agency representatives can independently create a page on the VolunteerTransylvania.org after making an individual account on the 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. A statewide panel reviews and evaluates all nominations to determine the award recipients. 

To learn more about the program, go to https://www.nc.gov/agencies/volunteer/volunteer-awards.

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.

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.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the NC 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, FamilyWize 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 funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, 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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