Be the Change You Want to See in the World. Volunteer

The success of Children First/CIS is credited to its fantastic volunteers. These volunteers include our Board of Directors but also include community volunteers who come and help with the day-to-day activities of the organizations. Want to find out ways in which you or your group can be involved with our mission of empowering children and families living in poverty? Read the VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for ChildrenFirstCIS , as well as the information below. THANK YOU!

Some Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Allison N. (2)Learning Centers

Tutor/Mentor  K-5 students after school from 2:30 to 5:30 at one of our three Learning Center sites located in the Deaverview, Pisgah View, or Woodridge communities. Assist site leaders and mentor children with homework help and enrichment activities.  Volunteer for as little as one hour a week to help with homework and make a difference in the life of a local child.

The Learning Centers are located on site and are free of charge to families living in the public-housing & low-income communities of Deaverview, Pisgah View and Woodridge Apartments. Volunteers help distribute a healthy snack, help with homework (3:00-4:00) and participate in enrichment activities (soccer, arts & crafts, music & dance) Many volunteers come in once a week from 3:00-4:00!

“I like DLC (Deaverview Learning Center) because they help us with our homework, they give us shoes and we get to have fun!” 9-year-old 

Interested in volunteering with the Learning Centers? Download the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and VOLUNTEER INFORMATION PACKET and send the completed Application to:


Naomi Support EducationAdvocacy

Letter and E-Mail Writing Campaigns, Petition Drives, and Phone Banking to help push child-advocacy issues through the legislature.

Become a Campus Ambassador and help with the Raise the Age Campaign, so that 16 and 17 year-olds are no longer prosecuted under the adult penal system in North Carolina.

Contact: Director of Advocacy, Greg Borom at 



Emma Elem Food Drive 2012Family Resource Center at Emma

 FRCE Clothing Closet provides seasonal children’s clothing to families in the Emma Community. It is in constant need of organizing and sorting.

 FRCE Community Garden provides fresh produce for members of the Emma Community and educational opportunities for Emma Elementary School students. Volunteers are needed to weed the garden, gather the harvest, and maintain general upkeep.

FRCE Food Pantry provides food boxes to families living in the Emma Community. Food pick-ups, cleaning, stocking, organizing shelves, and packing food boxes are essential to running the pantry.

 FRCE Building Maintenance involves cutting grass, minor painting, etc.

FRCE Reception and Data Entry

Contact: Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091.


DSC_0035_0070Latino Outreach Program

Computer Tutoring with Latino adults in basic skills and office software programs. Must speak Spanish.

MotherRead Assistant work with Latino mothers to show the value of reading on a regular basis to their children. Must speak Spanish.

Spanish Translation Services

Tutor a Spanish speaking adult in conversational English

Contact: Latino Outreach Coordinator, Norma Brown at


Children First/Communities In Schools Buncombe County
50 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. #246
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 259-9717
fax: (828) 281-3308

Kaitlyn Breiten–Resources Development Coordinator

Jodi Ford– Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

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