In 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin created Earth Day as a way to draw public attention to the needs of tending to our planet in healthy, sustainable ways. On this Earth Day and during this National Volunteer Week, we want to recognize the importance of these small decisions and personal commitments that give way to collective united movement.
In the past. we've helped organize hundreds of volunteers to support local service projects in our community through Days of Impact (one photo from the last in 2019 shown here). Throughout the COVID pandemic, volunteers through our Hands On Asheville-Buncombe volunteer center supported 45 local organizations, responded to 3,210 volunteer slots, and gave over $500,000 in volunteer time through our volunteer center in so many spaces throughout Buncombe County.
If you're making a renewed commitment to show up in community today, to tend to our Earth and one another in stronger, more sustainable ways, we invite you to explore local opportunities to do so, whether it's outdoors or safely from home.