As the first day of summer is quick approaching, more people are coming to Ashe County to enjoy everything the area has to offer.
Summertime also means several nonprofits throughout Ashe County need more volunteers, whether it is to help with seniors, help build a home or to show tourists a history of the region.
“Voluntering is an investment in our community that yields unmeasurable benefits not only for those receiving the services, but for the volunteers as well,” said Glenda Luther, volunteer coordinator for Ashe County. “One of the largest benefits people get from volunteering is knowing they are making a difference in the community by helping others.”
Luther said those interested in volunteering can either contact organizations directly, or contact her at (336) 246-4347.
“The benefits of obtaining pride, satisfaction and accomplishment are all wonderful reasons to serve,” Luther said.
Below are some of the nonprofits who need volunteers.
Museum of Ashe County History:
The Museum of Ashe County History is looking for volunteers in several different departments of its organization, according to Museum Curator Don Long.
“We definitely need people to come and volunteer,” he said. “Our volunteer staff has shrunk drastically in the last year.”
The museum is looking for a volunteer coordinator, gift shop supervisor, helpers with the collections and tour guides.
“These are positions that are not every day,” Long said. “People just have to come help regularly.”
Some of the positions the museum has available for volunteers does require training in how to handle and care for products, in particular, handling their collections. Long said the museum staff would provide that training to those interested.
Other jobs could include off site projects such as refurnishing furniture and other objects within the museum.
For those interested in being tour guides, they need to be willing to learn about the county’s history and enjoy being interactive with other people.
“It makes a difference to the public when they are going through the museum and are being guided by somebody who knows a lot about Ashe County history,” Long said.
Those interested in volunteering at the Museum of Ashe County History can call Long or Museum Director Ramona Renfroe at (336) 846-1904.
Habitat for Humanity:
Ashe Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help the nonprofit construct it’s second house for a family in need.
“We take both male and female (volunteers),” said Bill Wheeler, president for Ashe Habitat. “We have jobs for just about anybody.”
Wheeler said the organization has been talking to the faith community and trying to have area churches involved to help build, but everybody is welcome to help build the house for a local family.
“You don’t have to be skilled or anything,” Wheeler said. “We have crew leaders available to show people what to do and how to do it.”
The construction of the house is expected to be completed by summer of 2015. So far, the footers of the house have been installed and have started work on the house’s foundation.
Construction days by Ashe Habitat are done on Saturdays and more volunteers are needed in the nonprofits church relations and family services committees.
Wheeler said those who are interested in volunteering to help Ashe Habitat build its second house can contact their office at (336) 846-2525 and leave a voicemail. Those interested can also email email@example.com.
Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission (BROC):
BROC needs volunteers to sort donated clothing, answering phone calls, handling office duties and working in their thrift shop, as well as their weekly yard sales.
In addition, they will need voluteers to help with “We Care” functions, done by the organization.
For more information about BROC, call Louise Ham at (336) 384-4543.
Ashe County has a strong need for hospice volunteers in the Creston and Lansing areas. For more information, call Jennifer Richardson at (336) 246-6443.
Richardson will answer any questions or organize having a hospice staff member visit an interested party’s group or congregation about becoming a volunteer.
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.