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Our Partners

Our Community Partners are inspiring. Through volunteering with others both on-campus and within the community, they help make the Boone area a better place to live.  What inspires you? Volunteer today and discover how a few hours of your time this week can make a big impact! 

If you want to be involved in the Community Fellows program or have questions, please email Caroline Bundesman at

Community Fellow FBRPFriends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a network of chapters along the length of the Parkway to be the voice of their local communities. Our Chapters create and implement an annual work plan with local National Park Service (NPS) staff to ensure the needs of their area are met along the Parkway. Chapters also promote the Blue Ridge Parkway in their communities and create a bridge between the park and local residents to ensure the preservation of this national treasure.

The High Country Chapter has volunteers from neighboring communities of Boone, Linville and Blowing Rock, NC and cover the area from mileposts 275 to 315. Areas include Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Memorial Park, Linn Cove Viaduct, Trails, Overlooks and cemeteries.  There's plenty to do from working on trails, to prunning trees and making these areas assessible and inviting outdoor getaways.

E-mail:  Facebook: Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway High Country Chapter

Community Fellow HHCDid you know that Watauga County is the third poorest county in the state and that 1 in 4 children are hungry right now in Watauga?  Hunger and Health Coalition serves over 70 clients each day/ What started as a small food pantry in a closet 40 years ago has grown into a food bank for all of Watauga County and has the only free pharmacy in the area. Through generous donations and passionate community members Hunger and Health Coalition has a myriad of services including a Market, Food Pantry, Food Recovery, a Wood Lot, Back Pack program for children and Sharing Tree during Christmas.


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The long-term goal of LIFE Village is to create a dynamic, affordable residential community for adults with autism and related challenges that emphasizes inclusion with the larger High-Country community. The short-term goal of LIFE Village is to open LIFE House, a leased house in the town of Boone offering affordable housing with supports for two residents with autism or a related challenge to call home. These options will: 1) Foster quality of life and well-being while providing safety, inclusion into the larger community of Boone and the High Country and continuity of care for residents throughout their lives; 2) Provide a meaningful, satisfying, and dignified life with access to opportunities in the larger community of Boone and the High Country whereby full and active participation is achieved; 3) Ensure that residents contribute to all aspects of life to the fullest extent of their desire and ability; and 4) Create an opportunity for students in the surrounding colleges and universities to volunteer, intern and work to gain knowledge and skills in working with these exceptional individuals.




 Volunteer Today! Discover how a few hours of your time can make a big impact!