Civic Engagement

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.  

If you would like to learn more about getting involved, please contact OLLI at 828.251.6140 or

Call to Action for Education

Starting in January 2013, the Civic Engagement Committee dedicated its efforts 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. Read more about the Call to Action for Education.

Call to Action for Food Insecurity

In 2013, the Civic Engagement Committee chose the signature issue of Food Insecurity in Western North Carolina as our focus for the 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.

Currently, two teams of OLLI volunteers contribute to montly workdays at MANNA. Check back for future updates on opportunities related to food insecurity.

Call to Action for Housing and Homelessness

In September 2016, the Civic Engagement Committee launched a Call to Action for Housing and the Homeless.   The Committee partnered with three agencies addressing issues surrounding housing the the homeless. Many of the activities encourage teams of OLLI members to work together for a good cause.

ABCCM (Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries) offers the following volunteer opportunities:
Veteran’s Restoration Quarters, Tunnel Road (cooks, drivers, life skills, arts and crafts)
Steadfast House (Women and Children) (same as above)
Medical Ministry ( opportunities for licensed doctors and nurses and administrative duties available)

Habitat for Humanity offers the following for OLLI members:
ReStore – the Habitat for Humanity retail store
Assist with House Build
Home Repair

Homeward Bound has these options:
A-Hope Day Center- helping the homeless clients with picking up their mail, storing their belongings or making phone calls.
Newly Opened Donation Center - Elk Mt Road

Please contact Kathleen Mainardi for more details

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