Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rivertop Contracting Job Fair

On Saturday March 7, 2015, commercial landscape company, Rivertop Contracting, will be holding a job fair at it's new location in Swannanoa, North Carolina from 10am until 2pm.

We are actively seeking hard-working individuals to fill numerous positions. If you have a good work ethic and are willing to be trained, we'll prepare you for a career in our industry.

Applicants will have the opportunity to tour our new location, speak with managers, and learn more about Rivertop. Food and beverages will be provided.

For more information call 828-686-7696 or visit our website at

Business & Poverty Survey

Leadership Asheville is conducting a survey of businesses gauging interest in poverty issues in our community. The survey assists Children's First, a local non-profit working to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services, that is interested in learning about awareness and poverty issues impact business. They plan to take the data to design programs to address issue of poverty in the business community and community at large.

Any contact information provided will remain confidential and only be shared with Children's First - Communities in Schools. Survey takes 5-7 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey

Friday Staffing posts hot jobs "special edition"

Friday Staffing Services is currently seeking 30+ EMPLOYEES (entry level and skilled) for TEMP to HIRE opportunities at a large manufacturer in Fletcher, NC.

GED/High School Diploma 
Work 12-hour shifts (Day and Nights) 
No Felony Convictions in the last 7 years 
Great Work History with Positive References 
Pay Between $10.00 and $12.90 per hour 
Successfully Pass a Drug Screen Reliable Transportation 

Material Handlers (Previous Experience Required) 
Plating Operators (Very Physical/General Labor Type Work) 
Machine Operators (Mechanical Abilities Preferred) 
Assemblers (Great Dexterity Required) 


Adventure Center of Asheville and Asheville Greenworks promote Green Adventure Day - Mar. 21st

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9am-5pm

What: Participate in an Asheville Greenworks service project at the Adventure Center of Asheville and receive       50% off that day to climb the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, or zip the KidZip or the Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures.

Service projects with Asheville Greenworks include supervision and all the tools you need!

Roadside Cleanup –1–3pm (ages 13+) Roadside litter is just waiting to creep into our streams and rivers. Take a walk to cleanup roadside trash before it can trash our waterways.

Stream Bank Restoration-10-1pm (ages 16+) Clean up an old trash dump next to Smith Mill Creek. Then volunteers will plant trees along the creek to stabilize the banks to promote local ecological recovery. This will be an educational experience about stream restoration, tree planting and resource conservation.

Smith Mill Creek Cleanup -9 -11am and 1- 3pm (ages 13+) Clean out trash from Smith Mill Creek. This creek has trash from Emma Road and feeds directly into the French Broad River. Help save our river from senseless littering!

Tree Potting Party-9-11am (all ages) Join us as we pot hundreds of bare root native tree saplings for our Summer and Fall planting programs. Bring one home to plant on your own!

Tree Planting-1- 3 pm (ages 5+) Join us for a tree planting. The Adventure Center will provide several beautiful life giving trees for us to plant. Learn best practices of tree planting from the experts at Asheville Greenworks.

Where: All projects will start and finish at the Adventure Center of Asheville, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC.

Booking info: Reservations are required!

Individuals/Families: Schedule your service project (828.254.1776) then schedule your adventure (877.247.5539 or, code “service”). Organized groups (scouts, college groups, teams, schools, youth, corporate groups):  828.450.3400 or

For more information about the Adventure Center:

Asheville Habitat recognizes "core" construction volunteers

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) recognized its “core” Construction Services volunteers with a breakfast event at Warren Wilson College this week. Core volunteers are those who help Habitat build and repair homes on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Last year, these core volunteers helped Asheville Area Habitat build 14 new Habitat houses in Swannanoa, Shiloh and West Asheville. They also repaired 33 existing homes in Buncombe County.

In 2014, 74 core construction volunteers collectively contributed more than 16,000 hours of service to Asheville Area Habitat! To put that in perspective, last year 1,700 individuals volunteered on a construction site, collectively providing a whopping 35,000 hours of service! 46% of those total hours (16,000 hours) were completed by just 74 individuals - the “core” volunteers!

Among this core group, were 10 individuals who contributed more than 300 hours and one who topped the scale at more than 600 hours! Habitat congratulated and thanked:

Top Ten Hours  volunteers
CJ Obara                     640 hours
Dick Allen                   622
Ken Clark                   454
Bob Laveck                424
Jerry Ray                    407
Bill Reid                      343
Ray Ducharme           321
Kevin Cox                   316
Ross Akin                   315
Paul Finegan              309

In total, 32 core construction volunteers were recognized for contributing more than 250 hours of service last year, each receiving a golden hammer to signify the milestone.

Habitat also recognized those who hit significant longevity milestones. The honorees were:
10 Year Award – Alan Lang and CJ Obara
15 Year Award – Ted Faber and Cliff Joslin

“While these folks don’t volunteer for the recognition or the accolades, we feel it’s important to thank them and honor the immense contribution they make to our organization and the community at large.
Without volunteers - especially the cores who we can count on week after week - we would not be able to build and preserve communities,” notes executive director Lew Kraus.

In addition to Construction volunteers, Habitat utilizes volunteers in the ReStore, administrative office and on committees. These volunteers are recognized in separate appreciate events. Collectively and across the entire organization, nearly 2,100 volunteers contribute more than 64,000 hours to Asheville Area Habitat in 2014. 

With a volunteer hour valued by Independent Sector at more $21/hour, this equates to a “gift” of more than $1.3million. Volunteer labor helps keep construction costs low and houses therefore affordable to the families who purchase them (from Habitat). Kraus added, “The Habitat model only works with a strong volunteer component. We cannot overstate the value of volunteers to our organization.”

To learn more about volunteering with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, visit and click the Volunteer button, or call 828-251-5702.