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 Children First CIS, 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:

LEARNING CENTER INTERN: Are you interested in helping to run a vital and important after-school learning center program for at-risk K-5th graders? Become a Learning Center Intern & work directly with the children and the Coordinator. You will assist our Learning Center Coordinator with daily activities of running the after-school program and get a behind-the-scenes look on how to run a successful holistic after-school program for 60+ at-risk elementary-school age children. This involves making copies of applications and release forms, running errands and picking up supplies, some lifting and carrying of boxes, as well as working directly with the children and possibly families. Per approval by the Learning Center Coordinator, the intern may be provided the opportunity to assist in coordinating programming and activities. Contact Jodi Ford at or call 828-620-9091.


Naomi Support EducationAdvocacy/Success Equation

Letter and E-Mail Writing Campaigns, Petition Drives, and Phone Banking to help push child-advocacy issues through the legislature. Do research on policy, legislative issues, and innovative practices to help alleviate barriers to poverty i.e: childcare co-ops, ride sharing programs, affordable housing options and more.

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/Childcare Volunteer: 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


Manage a Drive at Your School, Business or Faith Community

MANAGE a COAT, SCARF, HAT & MITTEN DRIVE: As we all know, children are prone to losing their mittens! Many of the children we serve don’t have mittens to lose, or coats, or hats. If your organization would like to hold a drive so that our children have these essential items for the cold months, contact Jodi Ford at or call 828-620-9091. Please only donate new or very gently used items

CLASSROOM BUDDIES: Students are always in need of school supplies, books & clothing throughout the year. Be a K-4th grade classroom BUDDY at Emma or Johnston Elementary and facilitate a school supply, winter clothing and/or food drives to help equip children with tools for success. And we always need new or gently used BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091 or

 PUMPKIN DRIVE Our Learning Centers need 70 mini pumpkins and 3 medium to large pumpkins for the children to decorate at our Fall Holiday parties.

 SWIM GEAR DRIVE: During Summer Camp, we can use any and all new or gently used swim suits, bathing caps, goggles and swim towels for 60+ children.


Breakfast food items
Dry beans and Rice
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Canned Vegetables
Tomato Sauce/Spaghetti Sauce
Tuna Fish & Canned Salmon
Macaroni & Cheese
Cooking Oil
Granola bars (Learning Center)
Cheese (Learning Center)
Cheese and Peanut Butter Crackers (Learning Center)

Personal Care Items

Shampoo/ Conditioner
Laundry Soap
Dish Detergent (not for a dishwasher)
Deodorant (women and men)
Diapers all sizes (4’s & 5’s and Pull Up)
Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes
Hand Sanitizer
13 gal. trash bags (Learning Center)
Paper towels (Learning Center)
Dish Soap (Learning Center)
Construction Paper

Holiday Giving Program

girlSanta-WEBMake the Holidays Special for a Local Child in Need: Sponsor a Child/Children.  You are matched with a local child in need and given the responses to these questions. Purchased gifts are wrapped and delivered to the Family Resource Center at Emma before Dec. 5. Contact Lisa Barlow at or Norma Brown or call 828-252-4810 to be matched with a child/children in need.


Help Facilitate Our Holiday Giving Program at our Family Resource Center at Emma
Intake applications, sort Holiday Gifts, Call Families when gifts are ready, and Wrap Gifts. Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091.


Provide or Host Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday dinner for 20-25 children at one of our 3 after-school Learning Centers. Contact Learning Center Coordinator, Barbara Norton at 828-778-2073 or


Be  Santa’s Helper and collect 20- 65  small $1.00 toys that are alike, for Santa to bring to our Learning Center children. Contact Learning Center Coordinator, Barbara Norton at 828-778-2073 or

ThanksgivingWEBHost a Holiday Party at One of Our Learning Centers! Each year we host a Fall Festival, Winter Festival, Valentine’s Day, and Spring Festivals. You can be in charge of as much of the festivities as you’d like. This makes a great team building or group project. Contact Barbara Norton at or 778-2073.



 VOLUNTEER at our Family Resource Center at Emma
Help facilitate our Family Resource Center at Emma & Learning Center program by making food boxes, organizing the clothing closet, entering data, answering phones, making copies, & organizing supplies. Contact Jodi Ford at 828-620-9091.

Help keep the 3 Afterschool Learning Centers CLEAN! This project is perfect for small-medium or large groups. Contact Jodi Ford at or call 828-620-9091 to schedule your group.


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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