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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