During the holiday season, everyone is encouraged to share time with an organization in need. The Haywood Volunteer Center has many opportunities, including:

• Salvation Army — holiday bell ringing

• Maggie Valley Chamber & Visitor Center — people to work on special events

• Haywood County Public Library — jobs throughout the library

• Bethel Rural Community Organization — man food bank pantry for needy, second Wednesday monthly

• Haywood County Arts Council — gallery docent, admin and event assistant

• Haywood County TDA Visitor Centers — looking for assistance to man centers, greet people

• Meals on Wheels — need to drivers to fill routes

• Smoky Mountain Health Care & Rehab Center — assist with activities

• The Open Door — assistance in the dining room/kitchen, thrift shop, food pantry

• Haywood Waterways — testing water

• Silver Bluff Village — arts and crafts, gardening, bingo

• The Community Kitchen — looking for cooks, servers, dates available

• Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) — counselors needed to help with Medicare

• Guardian AD Litem — advocates in the court system for children who are abused or neglected

• Haywood Regional Medical Center Auxiliary — gift shop, front desk, patient escorts

• Literacy Program of Buncombe County — reading tutor

• Foster Grandparents — help a pre-school or elementary age child, stipend available if guidelines are met

• Haywood Christian Ministry — receive donations of clothing and goods, four-hour shifts

• Big Brothers/Big Sisters — in need of Big Brothers and Sisters in the community and school programs

• Mountain Mediation — mediate court and civil cases, office help needed

• REACH — hotline volunteers, thrift store workers.

• Lifespan — instructors, art class intern, one-on-one education, office support.

For information, call John Chicoine at the Haywood Volunteer Center at 828-356-2833 or email jchicoine@mountainprojects.org or visit hajavc.org.

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