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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 H4HApp Builds A Home is a campus-wide partnership with Watauga County Habitat to build a Habitat home for a local family in need. The students, faculty, and staff of Appalachian State University are coming together to design, fund, and build the home.

Thanks to the incredible support of the App State and the community, we were able to raise over $95,000 for the App Builds a Home project! That's $35,000 over our goal! But we're not done yet. The Barker's still need our help to finish building their house!

Sign up to build with the Community Fellows!

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.

Community Fellow Valle Crusis Park

Valle Crucis Community Park provides a safe and peaceful recreation resource and gathering space for our community. Located along the shores of the historic Watauga River, the park is a testament to preserving open spaces and encourages visitors to learn about the importance of protecting natural resources for future generations. 

Today, Valle Crucis Community Park has grown from its original 12-acre tract of land in 1983 to a 28-acre destination for High Country residents and visitors. 

Community Partner WAMy
WAMY provides programs and services designed to help low-income individuals and families become more self-sufficient and to break the cycle of poverty. WAMY serves people in need from Watagua, Avery, Mitchell and Yadkin Counties. There are programs to help with housing through making structures more energy efficient, safe and providing minor repairs.  The community garden allows low-income citizens vouchers for to get seeds, fertilizer, tools, plants and canning and freezing supplies. Family services helps clients create an action plan to complete education goals and assist with related expenses, while other clients may need help securing employment. Finally, WAMY operates the Mountain Adventures Summer Day for children who need a safe and caring program during the long summer break.



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