One of the most important volunteer opportunities with Catawba County is as a member of more than 30 citizen-based boards and committees appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Several County departments also have volunteer opportunities, including the North Carolina Cooperative Extension-Catawba Center, the County Manager's Office, Elections Office, County Library System, Catawba County Public Health and Catawba County Social Services. See below for the specific volunteer programs for each department:
Cooperative Extension annually seeks persons interested in becoming Master Gardeners. Citizens who register take a series of classes on many aspects of gardening and then take a test. Those who pass the test are named Master Gardeners and are then asked to volunteer time each month answering phone calls and e-mails for information about gardening. Cooperative Extension also has opportunities for volunteers to serve as 4-H Club leaders and seeks volunteer beekeepers to be available to assist fellow beekeepers who need help with problems.
For more information about these volunteer roles, you may contact George Place by email or phone at (828) 465-8240.
Board of Commissioners
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners continuously seeks volunteers to serve on almost 40 boards and committees that provide advice on issues ranging from land use and development to the arts, agriculture, the Public Health Board, Social Services Board, Library Board of Trustees, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and more.
More information about these boards, and a Volunteer Information Sheet citizens may use to offer their service is available online or by phone at (828) 465-8990.
The Catawba County Elections Office is always in need of precinct workers and workers at one-stop polling places, although this is not a volunteer opportunity since election workers are compensated. Precinct and one-stop workers must be licensed voters in Catawba County and computer-literate and must complete training provided by the Elections Office. One-stop polling workers earn $12 an hour while precinct workers earn $150 and up, depending on responsibilities, per election.
Information on being a precinct worker is available online or you may call Marvin Bentley at 828-465-1136.
The County Library offers many ways to serve, primarily through the Friends of the Library. Membership in the Friends includes ways to volunteer and work with other dedicated people who share your enthusiasm for the library and all that it offers the community.
The Friends of the Library:
- Act as ambassadors for literacy
- Develop and sponsor library programs
- Participate in children's reading programs
- Raise funds through membership drives, books sales, and other projects
- Provide community outreach and library promotion
For more information, you may contact Siobhan Loendorf by e-mail or by phone at 828-465-8292.
Public Health has found a variety of ways for volunteers to serve in the past in areas such as communicable diseases, dentistry, nursing, environmental health, community health, health education, health promotion, school health, home health and nutrition. Special considerations are involved such as past experience and applications need to be received well in advance of the time when you would like to volunteer.
For more information, you may see the Public Health internship/volunteer page or phone Debra Young at 828-695-5157.
Social Services has a very broad range of volunteer opportunities such as: delivering Meals on Wheels to persons who cannot buy or prepare their own meals; working to assist the Backpack Program, which provides nutritious foods for weekends to school students on the School Lunch program; helping to promote the need for more foster parents; working with teens through the LINKS program; and with seniors through the Seniors Morning Out program that provides activities and meals several times each week.
Full information is available online or you may contact Tyler Garrison at 828-695-5602