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Honor Volunteers at April 30th Celebration

Kelly McBride, Community Engagement Specialist for Transylvania County Library, (right) and Liz Cozart, Friends of the Library President Elect, (center) talk with a prospective volunteer during the 2018 “Celebration of Volunteers.” (photo of 2018 event)

Help Recognize Governor’s Award Volunteer Winners

Honor Volunteers at Celebration

Join the Transylvania County Library and United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN for the annual ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ on Tuesday, April 30, from 4-7 p.m. in the library’s Rogow Room. Potential volunteers can chat with representatives of local service organizations and celebrate the contributions of current community volunteers.

“This event is a great opportunity for individuals, families and groups! Businesses, churches, and clubs can talk to agencies about the potential for group projects---one of the most frequent requests we receive through,” said Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist for United Way of Transylvania County.

Transylvania Sheriff Department will cook up free hot dog dinner plates during the celebration, and Brevard Police Department will provide drinks.

“The Friends of the Library have generously donated door prizes for the celebration this year. Participants can travel the room, collecting stamps from each agency, to be eligible for prizes. We  hope this will be a fun way for attendees to learn about all the great organizations in Transylvania Count,y and the ways volunteers can have a positive impact in our community,” said Kelly McBride, Community Engagement Specialist for Transylvania County Library. 

Governor’s Award Winners

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

This year, Allen Haas, Cathie Hargreaves, Paul Hoffman, Tricia Poche, Maureen Sieber, and Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program were selected by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for their valuable volunteer services to the community.

All award-winners were nominated by fellow Transylvania County residents. This state-wide program is offered annually, with the nomination process beginning in the fall of each year.

Participating Agencies (to date)

Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard

Bound for Glory Camp

Brevard Academy

Brevard Music Center Association

Brevard Police Dept.

Conserving Carolina

Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care

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


A ‘Good Fit’ On-line

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

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

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 and look for the blue banner. Participating agencies must have a current page on

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

To learn more about the program, 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.

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 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 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  or

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!