Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Group Volunteer Information
Thank you for volunteering with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH)! We are excited to have you visit our beautiful mountain community. This packet has been designed with you in mind. Our hope is it will help you have a fantastic visit! We have included phone numbers and directions/addresses of places in our area that might be of help to you. If we have left any information out, please let us know. We are always willing to try new things to improve communications with our dedicated volunteers. We truly hope your stay will be a great one and that you have a chance to enjoy a few of the things our beautiful city has to offer. If you have any questions at all, donâ€™t hesitate to contact us. You will find important contact information on the last page. Once again, thank you for ALL you do to support our mission of building and preserving communities. Sincerely, Laura Ivey and Alison Taylor AAHH Volunteer Services Staff
WHERE TO STAY Asheville is a tourist destination and offers a wide variety of lodging. The following recommendations have been used by volunteer groups in the past and received thumbs-up ratings!
Blue Ridge Assembly’s ropes course
Sweet Peas Hostel
Bon and Paul Sharky’s Hostel
Affordable Digs Bon Paul and Sharky’s Hostel of Asheville Located in West Asheville, this homey hostel is five minutes from AAHH, our Carney Place Jobsite, downtown, and within walking distance to a laundry mat, supermarket, restaurants, and pubs. 816 Haywood Road , Asheville, 28806 (828) 350-9929 bonpaulandsharkys.com Christmount Less than thirty minutes from Asheville, this Christ centered environment offers visitors the opportunity to experience Western NC to the fullest. Features on-site trails, pool, and other recreational facilities. 222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, 28711 (828) 669-8977 christmount.org Lutheridge Conference Center Offering multiple accommodations, Lutheridge also showcases customized retreats for groups! 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden, 28704 (828) 684-2432 llmi.net
Montreat Conference Center The Montreat Family Campground at the Montreat Conference Center allows visitors to get in touch with Mother Nature at an extremely affordable price. 410 Assembly Drive, Montreat, 28757 (800) 572-2257 montreat.org Sweet Peas Hostel Roomy hostel located in downtown Asheville. Offers a 10% discount for groups of eight or more! 23 Rankin Avenue, Asheville, 28801 (828) 285-8488 sweetpeashostel.com YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Also less than thirty minutes from Asheville, this accommodation offers an on-site high ropes course, multiple trails, pool and many other amenities. A great location for team-building activities! 84 Blue Ridge Circle, Black Mountain, 28711 (828) 669-8422 blueridgeassembly.org
WHERE TO STAY
Grove Park Inn and Spa
The Inn on Biltmore Estate
High End Stays
Hampton Inn Asheville 5 minutes from downtown! 204 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 28805 (828) 225-9220 hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/index.html
Inn on Biltmore Estate Relax in luxury on the estate grounds! 1 Antler Hill Road, Asheville, 28803 For Group Sales: (800) 211-9805 biltmore.com/stay/inn
Baymont Inn & Suites 5 minutes from our affiliate, the Restore, and Biltmore Village. 204 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 28803 (828) 274-2022 baymontinns.com
Grand Bohemian Hotel Featuring 104 “Tudor-inspired” guest rooms, the Grand Bohemian is located “steps away” from the Biltmore Estate gates. 11 Boston Way, Asheville, 28803 (828) 505-2949 bohemianhotelasheville.com
Sleep Inn Biltmore Located in Biltmore Village and convenient to Interstate 40, downtown, shops, and restaurants. 117 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 28803 For group booking: (828) 771-2277 sleepinn.com Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore Convenient to the Biltmore Estate and Interstate 40. 1430 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 28805 (828) 298-5519 qualityinn.com
Hotel Indigo The Hotel Indigo boasts nine floors and an amazing view overlooking downtown Asheville. 151 Haywood Street, Asheville, 28801 (828) 239-0239 hotelindigo.com The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa A top notch resort and spa. The Obamas have stayed here while visiting Asheville! 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, 28804 (800) 438-5800 groveparkinn.com
WHERE TO EAT No matter what your taste buds crave, Asheville has it! Most restaurants boast fresh, locally grown ingredients, and vegetarian and vegan options.
Breakfast at Tupelo Honey
A Nine Mile salad
12 Bones Smokehouse
West Asheville Eats
Tupelo Honey Café: Award-winning Southern-style home cookin’. 12 College Street (Downtown) 1829 Hendersonville Road (South Asheville)
12 Bones: Ribs made famous by President Obama. 5 Riverside Drive (West Asheville) Closed Saturday and Sunday 3578 Sweeten Creek Road (South Asheville) Closed Sunday and Monday
Doc Chey’s Noodle House: Hearty noodle bowls. 37 Biltmore Avenue Closed Wednesdays Mamacita’s: Made from scratch Mexican cuisine. A super cheap lunch. 77 Biltmore Avenue
West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen (WALK): Cheap tacos and sandwiches, and pool tables too. 401 Haywood Road Sunny Point Café: A favorite for breakfast! The food is GREAT, but be prepared for a wait. 626 Haywood Road
Laughing Seed Café: Voted best vegetarian café eight years in a row! 40 Wall Street Closed Tuesdays
Universal Joint: Another hip hot spot in the hubbub of West Asheville. Features an awesome outdoor patio. 784 Haywood Road
Nine Mile: Caribbean-inspired cuisine tucked away in historic Montford. 233 Montford Avenue
Lucky Otter: Big burritos (and margaritas!) at a small price. 630 Haywood Road
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company: Mmm, pizza and local craft beer. 77 Coxe Avenue, 28801 (Downtown) 675 Merrimon Avenue, 28804 (North Asheville)
Burgermeister’s Kitchen and Tap: Burgers of all shapes and sizes. 697 Haywood Road
WHAT TO DO “One of the twelve must-see travel destinations in the world.” –Frommer’s Travel Guides
Before embarking on your adventure, a great first stop is the Visitor Center (located at 36 Montford Avenue or call: 828-258-6129 ). Pick up brochures, maps, and recommendations from staff to help you on your journey!
The drum circle
The LaZoom Bus
Local Attractions and Breweries to Visit 30 Minutes or more from Downtown Navitat zip line tours Chimney Rock Triple and Hooker Falls Pisgah Brewing Company South The North Carolina Arboretum The Biltmore House East French Broad Brewing Company Highland Brewing Company North Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company The Botanical Gardens at UNC-Asheville West River Arts District River Arts District Studio Stroll Altamont Brewing Company Wedge Brewing Company
Downtown Pack Place Education, Arts, and Science Center YMI Cultural Center Fine Arts Theatre The Asheville Arts Museum Brews Cruise LaZoom Bus Tour Gray Line Historic Trolley Tour Asheville Historic Trolley Tour Asheville Ghost Trolley Downtown after 5 (every 3rd Friday, runs May 18th-Sept. 21st) Drum Circle at Pritchard Park (6-10 pm on Fridays in warm weather months) Craggie Brewing Company Green Man Brewery Lexington Avenue Brewery OysterHouse Brewing Company (located inside the Lobster Trap) The Orange Peel Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site Grove Arcade Asheville Urban Trail
WHERE WE BUILD Since 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has welcomed 236 Buncombe County families to safe, decent and affordable houses. Habitat homes, which are Green Built certified, are sold at no-profit to partner families, who pay back a no-interest loan. Monthly mortgage payments range from $475 -575. Habitat partner families complete a minimum of 200 hours of sweat equity (volunteer labor), taking homeownership preparation classes, working alongside volunteers to build Habitat homes, and volunteering in other capacities.
Aerial photo of Carney Place prior to development
The Bassham family together at Carney Place
The Campos-Ramirez family
Carney Place Asheville Area Habitat began construction in the Carney Place neighborhood of West Asheville in February, 2011. Over the next two years, the subdivision will become home to 22 Partner Families. You can follow the community’s development via Habitat International’s series: The Families of Carney Place: A new series on how a community is built at habitat.org under Stories and Multimedia, Homeowner Stories.
Woodfin In July 2012, Habitat began building on Elkwood Avenue in Woodfin, just north of Asheville. Four Arts & Crafts-style energy-efficient houses will be built on the parcel which was donated to AAHH.
Future We will be building in these areas in the upcoming 1-2 years: Swannanoa (East of Asheville) Johnston Boulevard (West Asheville)
Our affordable homes are made possible due to the efforts of your group’s volunteer labor. Thank you!
GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
New Home Construction Our construction site volunteers are vital to Habitatâ€™s mission. We offer opportunities for individuals and groups year-round, Monday through Saturday. Volunteering on our jobsite is a great team and skill-building experience; no previous construction knowledge necessary!
Women Build And for the ladies...join us in the spring for Women Build! Your group will work with an energetic crew of female supervisors and volunteers to build an affordable, energy-efficient home. Sign-ups go quickly, so book in advance!
Deconstruction Deconstruction is not all about expressing emotion through a sledgehammer. Our experienced staff assists volunteers in removing high quality items such as kitchen cabinets, countertops, hardwood flooring, and building materials. These items are then sold at our ReStore, and the profits are recycled back into our building program!
Home Repair Through the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, Asheville Area Habitat offers affordable interior and exterior home repair services to local low-income homeowners. Volunteer labor and sponsored materials keep costs low. Clients repay a short term, 0% interest loan and that money is used on future projects. As volunteers, your tasks may include exterior painting, landscaping, building handicap-accessible improvements, and more!
Important Contact Information Volunteer Services Staff Laura Ivey (828) 210-9383 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org Alison Taylor (828) 210-9377 ~ email@example.com Sponsorship Coordinator Betsy Warren (828) 210-9363 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org Monday Construction Staff Doug McLean (828) 777-0506 Keith Levi (828) 777-2177 Tuesday through Saturday Construction Staff John Meadows (828) 777-4697 (Carney Place) Robin Clark (828) 777-6629 (Carney Place) Kenny Busch (828) 777-1436 (Woodfin) Home Repair Project Supervisor Rob Gilmore (828) 777-2278 Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Administrative Office 33 Meadow Road Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 251-5702 (phone) (828) 251-0678 (fax) ashevillehabitat.org Asheville Police Department (828) 252-1110 (non-emergency) Hospitals and Health Clinics Mission Hospital ~ 509 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, 28803 ~ (828) 213-1439 Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care ~ 1201 Patton Avenue, Asheville, 28806 ~ (828) 252-4878
Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hosting your group soon.
We look forward to working with you!