“We were unsurprised to read that Asheville was ranked 16th out of 75 mid-size cities for its rate of volunteering in 2015.* We live in a time where people are looking around and saying ‘How can I contribute? How can I help?’ We want the Expo to be a starting point for community members to explore volunteer opportunities and examine community needs,” said Crystal Capps, chair of the committee organizing the Volunteer Expo.
Continuing their mission of training volunteers, the Junior League of Asheville will host four speaking panels at the Volunteer Expo centered around the theme, “How do you serve?” Panelists will address direct, government, and board service, as well as financial management of nonprofits.
From its inception, the Junior League of Asheville has trained women for leadership roles and equipped them with the skills necessary for effective volunteer service in their communities. Members are tasked with serving on a committee and are encouraged to chair a committee or serve on the League’s Board of Directors during their time as an active member in the League. The experiential training members receive through League related service and leadership is supplemented by numerous community service projects for local nonprofit organizations, and through a variety of workshops and retreats that train members on topics such as fundraising, diversity and inclusion, marketing, and nonprofit governance. Additionally, the Junior League of Asheville hosts many awareness initiatives around their central community focus: women and children in poverty.