We have regular programming in each of five issue areas, which are supported by student crew members in the Service Program Office. They include:
The Environment issue area includes working with projects that involve conservation and working on different habitat restoration projects around the Asheville/Buncombe area. Additionally, this issue area facilitates INSULATE, a project that focuses on decreasing carbon emissions by weatherizing the homes of low income families who also benefit financially by making their homes more energy efficient. Partners include the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA), Asheville Greenworks, and Community Action Opportunities.
The Food Security issue area works closely with community gardens and local food banks in Asheville/Buncombe area. This focus group also works hands-on with school gardens and other projects to help promote the concepts of healthy living, create awareness about hunger and explore the vast topic of food security. Partners include MANNA FoodBank, Loving Food Resources, The Lord’s Acre, and Dr. Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain.
The Homelessness and Housing issue area focuses on community awareness and economic development in the Asheville/ Buncombe area. Students engage with agencies that work to create (1) a strong safety net for the homeless, (2) a sustainable solutions to the challenges of homelessness, and (3) a decent and affordable housing options for all. Partners include Homeward Bound, AHOPE Day Center, Mountain Housing Opportunities, and Habitat for Humanity.
The Race and Immigration issue area is committed to help Warren Wilson students toward understanding the concepts and effects of racial injustice and immigration within local, national and global realms. Working closely with both our community partners and the Warren Wilson community, this issue area advocates for a strong and diverse community rooted in respect and understanding of each other culture, ethnicity, and experiences. MANOS (Mentoring and Nuturing On Site) is a program within the Emma Family Resource Center, focuses on mentoring and supporting Asheville’s Latino youth at Emma Elementary School (this opportunity requires a one year commitment). Building Bridges is a multiracial and inter-generational weekly dialogue that seeks to critically examine institutionalized discrimination and racism within the United States and present avenues to encourage honest, yet challenging, dialogue. Additional partners include Hall Fletcher Elementary’s Common Ground program and the Shiloh Community Association.
The Youth and Education issue area is geared towards working with tutoring and mentoring programs for children in grades K-12. Warren Wilson students are able to bond and work closely with children from selected schools and youth programs in the Asheville/Buncombe area, including Big Brothers Big Sisters on campus and at the Burton Street Community Center. Please note that volunteering as a mentor is a one-year commitment, sign-ups available in September.
Although the Service Program focuses on five issue areas, we provide support for service in many other areas, including Health, Animal Welfare, and LGBTQIA issues. Regular partners include Black Mountain Neuro Medical Center and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Contact the Service Program Front Office to ask about trips in additional issue areas.