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Celebration of Volunteers Set for May 14

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Prospective volunteers will be able to talk about current volunteer opportunities with agency representatives at this year’s ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ event. This year’s expanded ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ format will include recognition of Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recipients and food, in addition to agency booths. (photos of last year’s event)

It’s about finding a good fit for personal talents

The Transylvania County Library and United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN will present ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ Monday, May 14, from 4-7 p.m. in the library’s Rogow Room. The event offers potential volunteers a chance to meet face-to-face with local entities seeking help as they work toward their mission.

Attendees can also learn how to use the website to search for volunteer opportunities, how to set up their own dashboard, and how to track their volunteer hours.

Representatives of the local law enforcement community will be on hand to serve up hot dog dinner plates during the celebration.

“This event will be a fun way to celebrate the work of volunteers in Transylvania County and an opportunity for people to find a good fit for sharing their personal skills and talents with the community.  Attendees who travel the room collecting passport stamps from agency tables will be eligible for prizes,” explained Kelly McBride, Community Engagement Specialist, at the Transylvania County Library.

“I’m excited that we will publicly recognize the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award nominees from Transylvania County. These individuals represent the hundreds of caring and dedicated people who passionately support our community through volunteerism,” said Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist for United Way.

“Transylvania County is especially honored to have one of our local volunteers, Barbara Boerner, receive the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service as one of the top 20 volunteers in the state,” Kirkman continued.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recognition program will take place at 5:30 p.m., during the event. 

Participating Agencies (to date)

Brevard Police Department

CarePartners Home and Hospice

Free Rein

Friends of the Library

SHIIP (Seniors Health Insurance Information Program)

The Family Place

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 To register for a table at the Celebration of Volunteers, agency representatives should go to

Agency representatives can independently create a page on the site. Email 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

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, 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 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 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  or

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!