The Volunteer Expo, happening on February 3, 2018, will celebrate and connect organizations and individuals who make a difference in our community.
Modeled after a job fair, the Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for residents of Western North Carolina to learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations. To make this event a success, the League is pleased to partner with over 50 local nonprofits, including organizations that specialize in addressing health, poverty, legal aid, environmental stewardship, women’s issues, arts, civic leadership, technology, education, and animal welfare.
In addition to learning about local nonprofit organizations and exploring volunteer opportunities with these organizations, Volunteer Expo attendees can attend four educational panels centered around the theme, “How Do You Serve?” The panels will provide insight into direct, government and board service.
Local nonprofits are an incredible asset to our community and are responsible for much of Buncombe County’s progress. We believe that the Volunteer Expo will be a great opportunity for Western North Carolina residents to connect with outstanding nonprofit organizations, learn about what they are doing, and how they can contribute (time, talent, or treasure).
Prior to the Expo, community members are invited to celebrate the League’s 90th Anniversary and meet leaders of local nonprofit organizations. Our Cheers to Volunteers Reception and Silent Auction will be held from 6:00-10:00 pm at Wedge Foundation on February 2, 2018. At Cheers to Volunteers and the Expo, you can learn about our League’s 90 years of impact and our continued work to develop women as leaders through service and build a better community.
We hope this will become an annual event! We will evaluate the event’s success after our inaugural event and make a determination about its future.
There are four sessions each lasting about one hour. The first session begins at 10:30am followed by 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm.
The educational sessions are located down the hall from the Expo Center near the main lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in one of the conference rooms. Signage will point the way from the Expo Center to the educational sessions.
Continuing their mission of training volunteers, the Junior League of Asheville will host four speaking panels at the Volunteer Expo that are centered around the theme, ‘How do you serve?’ Panelists will address direct, government and board service, as well as financial management of nonprofits.
The sessions are as follows:
Government Service 10:30 am
Members of state and local government will speak on topics including how to run for office, how to volunteer for a political campaign, how to advocate for and stay current of changes in government law and policy. This session will be introduced by North Carolina’s First Lady, Kristin Cooper.
Panel Speakers: Terry Van Duyn, NC State Senator, Jennifer Nehlsen, Guardian ad Litem, Caroline Farmer, Oversees the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville.
Fundraising 12:00 pm
This expert-led panel will share insights into the management of nonprofit funding as well as fundraising, sponsorship, and grant writing. Panelists will share advice on how to use financial resources wisely. This panel discussion will include information for both established nonprofits and individuals looking to start a new nonprofit organization.
Panel Speakers: Ashly Maag, Manages partnerships and investments of Mission Health, Leslie Anderson, Consultant and WNC Nonprofit Pathways, Cindy McMahon, WNC Nonprofit Pathways and Jim Barrett, Executive Director at Pisgah Legal Services.
Direct Service 1:30 pm
Are you interested in volunteering your time to directly support nonprofit programs? This group of nonprofit professionals will be sharing insights into how to find the best volunteering opportunity for you. Come and hear their advice on how to match your talents, interests and time with nonprofits in need of volunteers to help you maximize your positive impact in the Asheville community.
Panel Speakers: Matt Farr, MANNA Food bank, Sekou Coleman, Filmmaker and Public Speaker, Michelle Bennett, United Way and Hands On, and Kelly Paul, Asheville Humane Society
Board Service 3:00 pm
Have you considered serving on a nonprofit Board of Directors? How do you get started? What are the qualifications? What are the benefits? This panel of knowledgeable professionals will discuss ways to identify and be considered for Board positions as well as benefits of Board service.
Panel Speakers: Jennie Eblen, NC Center for Nonprofits and Eblen Charities, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, President, NAACP Asheville Chapter, Pat Smith, Former CFWNC Executive Director, and Heather Goldstein, Former JCC Executive Director
Parking is available in the parking lot to the left of the Crowne Plaza Expo Center. There will also be overflow parking in the grass—parking attendents will direct you. Additional overflow parking will be located in the Sam’s Club parking lot and a free shuttle will take you to the door of the Expo Center.
The Junior League of Asheville, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For over 90 years, members of the Junior League of Asheville, Inc. have worked to improve our community. The Volunteer Expo is one current way we are seeking to address a need in our community. The Asheville area has many wonderful volunteer organizations, but it is hard for community members to understand all of their options unless they do a lot of research on their own. We hope the Volunteer Expo will help with the first step of educating oneself about the volunteer opportunities available in our area by providing direct access to local organizations.
The Junior League of Asheville, Inc. (JLA) is planning its inaugural Volunteer Expo, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 10am to 4pm and is open to the public. Modeled after a job fair, this free event will feature more than 50 local nonprofits who are looking to fill ongoing and future volunteer needs. Nonprofits in almost every area of community concern will be present at the event: health, poverty, legal aid, environmental stewardship, women’s issues, arts, civic leadership, technology, education and animal welfare.