Become A Volunteer

Volunteer Overview

The mission of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust (“ABCLT”) is achieved through active participation of the community. ABCLT values the involvement of volunteers in helping to carry out the vision and goals that are set by the people who live in our community and are members of this organization. Volunteers help us to amplify local voices, build on our strengths, and collaborate across sectors in intentional and adaptive ways that work to achieve systemic change. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills, and knowledge of our community so that we remain responsive to the needs of our neighbors. Some volunteers participate in committees and help to design the policies and plans of the ABCLT. Others roll up their sleeves and help to carry out those plans…and we need an appreciate all of them. We thank every person who contributes their valuable time and talents. Please review our committees and we hope you’ll find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you!

Committees

Community Engagement & Membership Development

Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Chaired by a member of the Board, the committee on Community Engagement and Membership Development will include current members of the ABCLT Board as well as volunteers who do not serve on the ABCLT Board.
Committee will have the following responsibilities:
• Study, devise, and implement a member services program that includes activities for recruiting, retaining, and involving members.
• Develop and implement a plan to build membership, inform and engage current ABCLT members, and advocate for public policy.
• Review and recommend improvement in the services available to the residents of ABCLT housing with the goal of making them more successful as homeowners or renters and more engaged in ABCLT’s programs and governance.

Fundraising & Development
Committee

Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Chaired by a member of the Board, the committee on Fundraising will include current members of the ABCLT Board as well as volunteers who do not serve on the ABCLT Board. Committee will have the following responsibilities:
• Research and apply for grant opportunities
• Generate ideas and develop plans for fundraising event.
• Develop and oversee the implementation of annual fundraising and community relations plans that are aimed at raising funds, building membership, informing and engaging existing members, and winning media coverage for ABCLT and its projects.

Land
Development
Committee

Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Chaired by a member of the Board, the committee on Land Development will include current members of the ABCLT Board as well as volunteers who do not serve on the ABCLT Board.
Committee will have the following responsibilities:
• Review the financial feasibility, social need, community compatibility, and environmental impact of land acquisitions and major construction or rehabilitation projects including the redevelopment or recapitalization of projects already in ABCLT’s portfolio.
• Help to identify and review potential sites for the development of multi-family rental housing, homeownership housing, and community development projects.
• Evaluate proposed projects and recommend their approval to the full ABCLT Board.
• Review ABCLT’s overall development pipeline to assure geographic, housing tenure and affordability mix.
• Develop and recommend policies regarding real estate development to the full ABCLT Board.

Organizational Policies
&
Board Governance

Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Chaired by a member of the Board, the committee on Organizational Policies and Board Governance will include current members of the ABCLT Board as well as volunteers who do not serve on the ABCLT Board. Committee will have the following responsibilities:
• Review and draft ABCLT’s personnel and governance policies, as needed.
• Review and monitor the process used by ABCLT in interviewing, screening, selecting, and preparing prospective members of housing opportunities.

Volunteers

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Membership Overview

The ABCLT is a membership-based nonprofit that is controlled by its members. All ABCLT homeowners are members, and other people in the community may also join. All general members have a say in the direction of the ABCLT through voting at the annual membership meeting.

As a general member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable.
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Cast 1 vote on matters properly put before the Membership.
  • Nominate and participate in the election of the Board of Directors.
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

As a supporting member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable. 
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

The annual membership fee is $25/year or 2 hours of sweat equity.

To become a member, please complete online the application form on this page or you can download the PDF version and mail it in with your $25 membership fee.