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Be the key.


Come volunteer with us! We offer service experiences for individuals, faith communities, businesses, and schools and youth groups. Volunteers help us end homelessness in our region by helping provide much-needed services to people transitioning into a home. Michael, a volunteer at our Day Center, told us, “I don’t know if I ever expressed this, but I was always impressed with the level of work you do at Homeward Bound and [the Day Center]. There is so much respect and human dignity in it. Also, you waste absolutely nothing. You can take a small amount of resources and make it perform so many different services. Thanks for letting me volunteer with you!”

Call Sharon Blythe at 828.252.8883 or email her at to find out how you can be the key to ending homelessness.



The Day Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday, except for Wednesdays, when we close at 11:30. AHOPE volunteers assist people experiencing homelessness while they wait for housing by handing out towels and toiletries for showers, checking mail and phone messages, and offering kindness and hope.

Day Center volunteer times are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

While most volunteers work half-day shifts, we are flexible for each person’s availability.


We are seeking volunteers at our Welcome Home Donation Center located at Elk Park Drive in Asheville. We provide basic furniture and household goods so that our clients’ new housing feels like home.

Please apply if you are highly reliable, friendly, love to organize things and interact with people. The Welcome Home Donation Coordinator will prepare the site for accepting donations of household supplies, give receipts, organize the donations, compile orders from our case managers to be picked up and pack “move-in boxes” for individuals and families who are moving into their new homes.

For more information please contact Ashley A Campbell Welcome Home Program Manager (828)777-1886 or via email at

Group Opportunities

Room in the Inn

Room in the Inn is our shelter-to-housing program for women. The volunteers that nurture this program are primarily from over 60 faith communities throughout Buncombe County. They provide shelter, transportation, and meals for twelve women each night for a week at each location. The women receive case management while they experience the wait that’s currently necessary for housing to open up. This is a great opportunity for your group to make a huge difference through hands-on service.

If you would like to involve your faith community in this direct service opportunity, please email Sharon Blythe ( or give her a call at 828.252.8883.

Find out more about Room in the Inn here!


After moving into a home, you soon discover household items that you didn’t realize you needed or wanted when you moved in. Your business, church, or youth group can provide a housewarming event for a newly-housed Homeward Bound client. Your team will receive a small list of items selected by the client that will make them feel more at home. Once you have collected the requested items, a Homeward Bound staff member will work with you to schedule a day and time for the housewarming. On the housewarming day your team (up to five people), along with a Homeward Bound case manager, will deliver the items to our client. This is a wonderful event that creates an opportunity to see firsthand what housing means to our clients.

To learn more, please email Ashley Campbell at or call her at 828.777.1886.


Check out other great opportunities to donate stuff or donate moneyor contact Ashley Campbell to find the one that’s right for you.

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