The local non-profit entity that will lead the Asheville YAV program is Hands-and-Feet of Asheville, which is non-profit organization associated with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (GCPC) in Asheville, N.C. Volunteers are placed in a variety of non-profit organizations including those addressing issues of hunger, poverty, homelessness, affordable housing and racial inequality within the Asheville community.
In a city celebrated as a tourist destination and surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville YAVs will engage in transformative mission, living the Gospel by building relationships and creating community with people on the margins experiencing desperate need.
How do I apply?
Intentional Community Living
The Young Adult Volunteers will live together and will work to create the daily/weekly habits of an intentional community. Groups will additionally be encouraged to find at least one other community with which they will interact on a weekly basis so that they can bring this learning back to the core community and enrich their experience and learning. Weekly meetings that include personal and scholarly reflection and retreats several times a year will help support the community development, spiritual formation and vocational discernment for members of the community.
Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here.
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Volunteers serve 32 hours each week in community-based ministries and non-profit organizations serving those living on the margins. While the specific placement opportunities may vary from year to year, the focus of each placement is relationship-building with people experiencing homelessness, poverty and children living on the poverty line.
Some possible placements include:
- After school programs for children and youth in our city’s public housing communities
- Organizations providing/advocating for affordable housing and direct services to those experiencing homelessness or who are recently housed
- Food rescue organizations that redistribute food while re-ordering social hierarchies
- Job training/readiness programs for those unemployed or underemployed that provide individual case management support to lift individuals and families out of poverty
Volunteers share housing with other Young Adult Volunteers in Asheville. Costs, chores, meal preparation and other aspects of communal living are negotiated within the group, with guidance from experienced mentors in intentional community living.
Age: 21 to 30 at the time of service
Education: College degree or equivalent age and life experience