Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer with Us!

We are delighted you are interested in joining our A-B Tech Volunteer Team. Volunteers are a vital part of achieving our mission of student success while delivering quality education to enhance academic, workforce, and personal development. Volunteers from all backgrounds serve in various capacities across all our campuses, from administrative support to tutoring.

 

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to commit to one regular volunteer shift per week unless volunteering for special events or programming.
  • Both community members and A-B Tech students are eligible to volunteer.

 

Getting Started

Volunteers must undergo the onboarding process, which includes the following.

  • Complete our volunteer application.
  • Submit to a criminal background screening.
  • Attend an in-person interview and orientation with our Campus Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Be approved by the volunteer position supervisor.

List of Volunteer Opportunities

COVID Note: We will be returning to in-person volunteering in August 2021. A-B Tech follows all COVID-19 CDC guidelines for Higher Education Institutions; at this time, masks are required for individuals who are not vaccinated, social distancing is practiced where required.

Our A-B Tech Therapy Dog program aims to spread compassion, empathy, and, most importantly, "pawsitivity" across our campus. Therapy Dog Teams (Dog & Owner) have regular routes on campus, visiting public areas and staff offices. The Teams also assist with special requests such as visiting classrooms before exams, counseling sessions, or special events on campus. Teams typically serve 1 hour once a week on our main campus. Therapy Dog teams are scheduled to ensure they are not in the same building or area at the same time as other teams.

Therapy Dog Teams must be certified by an accredited Therapy Dog Agency before starting. As of 2021, the Volunteer Program accepts Therapy Dog certification from the following agencies, Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Therapy Dogs International, Pet Partners (previously Delta Society).

A-B Tech recognizes that student military veterans benefit significantly from fellowship and networking with their peers. To meet this need, the College created the Vet's Cafe, a supportive gathering place where students can relax, network, connect with resources, use a computer and enjoy complimentary coffee or pre-packaged snack.

Volunteers support the Cafe as hosts, ensuring the room is welcoming and supportive by setting out pre-packaged snacks and coffee, turning on the computers, and building relationships with students who utilize the room. Volunteers also act as a conduit between students and the A-B Tech Veterans Advisor to ensure students get all the support they need to succeed.

Military experience is preferred but not required. Volunteer shifts are typically 3 hours once a week during business hours, one volunteer per shift, couples are welcome to volunteer together. Volunteers need to be computer literate and be 21 years of age or older to volunteer at the Cafe.

The Reset Room is a safe place for students in recovery from addiction to pause, not isolate, and reset from the stressors unique to recovery. Closely modeled after the success of our Vet's Café, the Reset Room operates with the support of Volunteer Hosts who provide a warm and inviting environment by keeping the space tidy, making coffee, answering questions, and building relationships with students who utilize the room. Volunteers also act as a conduit between students and the A-B Tech Counseling Team to ensure students get all the support they need to succeed.

Volunteers certified as Peer Support Specialists are preferred but not required. Volunteers need to understand addiction, its impact on the person and the family, and the disease model of addiction. Volunteers also need to have the ability to maintain strong boundaries, be a good listener, and have knowledge of community resources. Volunteers need to be 21 years of age or older to volunteer at the Cafe.

Volunteers in this role are closely supervised and supported by our A-B Tech Counseling Team and typically serve 3 hours one day a week during business hours.

Through a partnership between A-B Tech and Bloom Fitness, the Adult Basic Education Foundations program in the Transitional Studies department will offer classes to improve the health and wellness of its students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Bloom Fitness classes offer participants an inviting and safe environment to exercise and learn about healthy lifestyle choices. Classes include cycling, dance, yoga, and nutrition and are a fun way to promote health, build self-esteem, and be part of a fitness community. Bloom Fitness’ priorities are Safety, Fun, Community, Encouragement, Health, and Wellness, and Fitness.

Volunteer instructors for the Bloom Fitness program will be leading 30-minute fitness classes in yoga, strength, Pilates, dance, and indoor cycle.

Volunteers need a passion for physical fitness, experience, and enjoyment of working with intellectual and developmentally disabled individuals, and teaching/coaching experience is preferred. The Coordinator of Adult Basic Education will provide training.

Volunteers are needed to commit to one class once a week, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Bloom volunteers need only be present during the exercise portion of the class/classes. The schedule of the exercise sessions is dependent on the number of participants in attendance that day.

The Asheville Radio Museum, located on the main campus of A-B Tech Community College, traces the history of radio from the early days of spark-gap transmitters through the 1960s. Exhibits and artifacts include Atwater Kent, Philco, and Silvertone Radios.

Volunteers act as museum hosts, greeting visitors and answering questions. The museum is an excellent opportunity for volunteers who have an interest and experience in radios (Commercial and Ham Radios), history, and electronics. The museum is open Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., and volunteers are encouraged to visit the museum before deciding to volunteer. To learn more, visit Asheville Radio Museum.

(This opportunity is currently filled and will not be available again until January 2022).

A-B Tech's English Language Acquisition program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adult immigrants. Students are drawn to the program to learn English to improve their employment prospects, help their children in school, or continue their own education. Students attend classes weekly, participating in lively classroom lessons, small group sessions, and individual tutoring.

Volunteers are active in the classroom providing tutoring, classroom administrative support, and assisting small group sessions. Volunteers with experience in education or tutoring are a plus but not a requirement. The ability to converse in Spanish, Ukraine, or Asian languages is helpful. Classes happen morning, afternoon, and evenings Monday through Friday, allowing for various shifts to volunteer.

Earning your high school credentials is one of the best ways to improve your career, independence, and family life. The A-B Tech Adult High School Diploma program offers classes and independent study labs in addition to online courses.

Volunteers support this program by providing tutoring in math or language arts or assisting small groups in the classroom under the direction of the instructors. Classes happen morning, afternoon, and evenings Monday through Friday, allowing for various shifts to volunteer.

Volunteers with experience in education or tutoring are a plus but not a requirement. Students enrolled in this program face numerous barriers to success including, generational poverty, social and learning challenges; therefore, patience and understanding when working with students are essential.

The Adult Basic Education Foundations program offers free classes for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and low literacy levels to explore and develop academic and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on helping students become as independent as possible by improving academic, vocational, social, survival, and independent-living skills.

Volunteers assist the program by working with course materials to assist students with reading, math, and handwriting skills. Knowledge and experience as a teacher or tutor in reading, writing, and math skills for K‐12 is a plus, along with patience, a good sense of humor, and knowing how to draw students out to showcase and build on their strengths.

Shifts are available between 12 noon and 3 p.m.

(All administrative opportunities are currently filled)

Help support the College behind the scenes by providing administrative support to various departments and programs. Volunteers assist in copying, filing, data entry, putting together informational packets, mailings, making phone calls, and much more. Most administrative volunteers serve 2-3 hours one day a week during regular business hours. We offer a casual and welcoming office environment and a great way to learn more about A-B Tech.

Don't See What You Are Looking For

The Volunteer Office staff can work with you to review your skills and interest and see what may be available on campus. Contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@abtech.edu for more information.