Program and COmmunity
Our program invites young adults, ages 20-26, to complete a year of service and through prayer + action, notice where God is at work in their lives. Our community will nurture these individuals through the work they will do at local nonprofits, living in intentional community, strengthening leadership skills, and deepening spiritual awareness.
Day in the Life
You will be serving at one of four nonprofits for up to 32 hours a week in either the Asheville or Hendersonville area. Our previous corps members have served in roles such as Outreach & Advocacy Manager, Food Pantry Coordinator, Decon and Volunteer Specialist, and Ministry Partner Relations Coordinator. Each placement offers a unique role, which in some cases can be tailored to the gifts of the corps member. Each non-profit will set the work schedule for the corps member, taking into consideration the work hours and the needs of the non-profit.
Click here to read more about the nonprofit(s) you might be serving at during your program year.
One day of the week is dedicated to the Blue Ridge Service Corps community, where we will spend time together in Formation. This includes mentorship by a voluntary group of leaders who will lead us in spiritual direction, servant leadership, scripture, prayer, social justice, and much more. This also may include fun activities for our community to bond by exploring the Asheville/Hendersonville area.
Part of the program is living in intentional community together with a Rule of Life. A “Rule of Life” is a commitment to live your life in a particular way. It is meant to be crafted with prayer and discernment, in partnership with God, as you consider the way God made you. Once written, it serves as a tool that can help you make decisions for your life and determine how best to live your day-to-day.
Vocation itself is a Latin word meaning, “call.” Discernment means “discovery.” Vocational discernment is when you work towards discovering your calling in life, whether that be non-profit work, ministry, or a specific career. You will be given tools to help guide you on this journey.
Reflections from current and past corps members about their placement sites and community life.
Blue Ridge Service Corps
Blue Ridge Service Corps is proud to be actively involved in Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, and Haywood Counties of Western North Carolina. Read on to learn more about the beautiful mountain communities where you will be serving!
In 2021-2022, Blue Ridge Service Corps will be intentionally working to articulate a land acknowledgement statement by listening to Indigenous peoples, learning from online resources, and discerning actionable steps in supporting our local Indigenous communities.
If you would like to know more about the peoples whose land we live on, or the native lands in your area, please visit: native-land.ca. Please also visit our Diocesan website "Honoring Indigenous Land and People."
Hendersonville has the second largest downtown in Western North Carolina, after Asheville. Hendersonville has many locally-owned shops, breweries, restaurants, and art galleries to explore. Hendersonville hosts many local downtown events throughout the year, offers plenty of outdoor opportunities, and is the new up-and-coming place for young adults to live!
Visit the NC Apple Festival in the fall to try out many different varieties of local apples!
Have a picnic at Jump Off Rock, only 5 miles from downtown Hendersonville!
Spend a day exploring the DuPont State Forest
Grab an ice cream at Kilwins and explore all downtown has to offer!
Located in the heart of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina (WNC). It is nicknamed the “Land of the Sky” because of the beautiful, rolling mountains that are never-ending. Asheville is a funky and vibrant mountain town full of thriving music, local breweries, art galleries, and more!
Visit the Friday drum circle, stop into some art galleries, and explore all Downtown Asheville has to offer!
Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially in the fall!
Hike one of the countless trails nearby and soak in some summit views
Hungry? From southern-style biscuits to vegan grub, we’ve got it all in Asheville!
Check out the murals and witness local artists at work in the River Arts District
The Folwell House
The Folwell House at La Capilla de Santa Maria in Hendersonville, NC is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house that sits on almost 12 acres of land and is on the same property as our Latino Mission Church, La Capilla de Santa Maria.
The house located within 5 minutes of Walmart, Ingles Grocery, chain restaurants, and coffee shops. Downtown Hendersonville is 10 minutes away, where you will find locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops, and micro-breweries. Downtown Asheville is roughly 35 minutes from the house.