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Civic Engagement

A Call to Action

OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee seeks to identify, define and develop a sustainable plan of action which addresses signature social issues in Greater Asheville that engage and provide a significant volunteer experience among the OLLI membership community.

Upcoming Event!  September 15, 2014 - see below for details

Civic Engagement Committee Call to Action
Volunteer Recruitment Event 

OLLI's Civic Engagement Committee's

 "Education and Literacy Recruitment Drive" 

will take place on

Monday, September 15, 2014, 4:15 pm

in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center. 

Plan to attend this event to learn how you can make a difference for the next generation of lifelong learners by volunteering in the Asheville City Schools. We will discuss scheduled training sessions for tutors, mentors, and classroom assistants to be conducted by the Asheville City Schools Foundation. 

You will be able to hear from OLLI members who are volunteering, from VISTA workers who know the value of volunteer efforts, and from representatives of the Asheville City School Foundation.


For more information contact OLLI staff member Laurel Jernigan at 


Starting in January 2014, the Civic Events Committee is dedicating its 2014 Civic Engagement Call to Action Bannerefforts to improving education in three Asheville City Schools (Ira B. Jones Elementary, Asheville Middle School and Asheville High School) by supplying OLLI tutors, mentors, class assistants and special events helpers.


We chose the signature issue of Food Insecurity in Western North Carolina as our focus for the 2013 year. We hosted several symposia to inform and enlighten our OLLI members and that offered opportunities for meaningful volunteer service to help alleviate the hunger problem in our area.  The final symposia of 2013 was held on September 24 and featured Laurey Masterton. Click here to read about the events. 


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