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Junior League of Asheville Announces Inaugural Volunteer Expo


Asheville, NC – The Junior League of Asheville, Inc. (JLA) is proud to announce its inaugural Volunteer Expo, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 10am to 4pm and is free and open to the public.  This event will celebrate and connect organizations and individuals who make a difference in our community. 
Modeled after a job fair, the Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for residents of Western North Carolina to learn about local nonprofits and their volunteer needs. To make this event a success, the JLA is pleased to partner with more than 60 local nonprofits, including organizations that specialize in addressing health, poverty, legal aid, environmental stewardship, women’s issues, arts, civic leadership, technology, education, and animal welfare.
In addition to learning about local nonprofit organizations and exploring volunteer opportunities with these organizations, Volunteer Expo attendees can attend four free educational panels centered around the theme, “How Do You Serve?”. The panels will provide insight into direct, government and board service, as well as financial management of nonprofits. Each session will last about one hour. The first session begins at 10:30 am followed by 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.
“The Junior League of Asheville has served our community for 90 years. As the needs of Asheville have evolved and changed, we have changed and grown with them.  We felt very strongly that an event like this would be highly beneficial to our community.  We hope that the Expo will both initiate and deepen relationships between community members attending the Expo and the amazing nonprofits of Western North Carolina represented at the event,” said Lauren Karlsson, VP of Communications for the Junior League of Asheville.
Local nonprofits are an incredible asset to our community and are responsible for much of Buncombe County’s progress. The JLA believes that the Volunteer Expo will be a great opportunity for Western North Carolina residents to connect with outstanding nonprofit organizations, learn about what they are doing, and how they can contribute.
Prior to the Volunteer Expo, community members are invited to celebrate the League’s 90th Anniversary and meet leaders of local nonprofit organizations. Our Cheers to Volunteers Reception and Silent Auction will be held from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Wedge at Foundation on Friday, February 2, 2018. At Cheers to Volunteers and the Expo, you can learn about our League’s 90 years of impact and our continued work to develop women as leaders and build a better community. Tickets may be reserved via Eventbrite.
About the Junior League of Asheville
The Junior League of Asheville, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit women’s organization that has been serving the Asheville area and surrounding community since 1927. The JLA is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLA’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
For more information about the Junior League of Asheville and how you can become involved, please visit our website at www.juniorleagueofasheville.org.
Media Contact: Lauren Karlsson, LaurenKarlsson1@gmail.com