Legacy & History

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer, and membership organization dedicated to Making Blue Ridge Communities Better.

Members financially support FRIENDS programs. FRIENDS chapters are community-based organizations that empower and coordinate volunteers, projects, and events in their local areas.

We extend our reach by working with local and regional government, common-minded nonprofits, clubs, and other organizations.

We’re on a Mission to

Make Blue Ridge Communities Better

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge helps preserve, promote, and enhance the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and cultural distinctiveness of the Blue Ridge region.

Many People Share Our Passion and Vision

We have over 1,000 members and nearly 500 volunteers supporting the work of FRIENDS as we strive for vibrant Blue Ridge communities that celebrate our unique culture, natural beauty, and quality of life.


The purpose of FRIENDS is to protect, promote, and enhance Blue Ridge communities, through a collaborative public/private partnership focused on:

  • Conservation initiatives aimed at conserving the natural and cultural integrity of the Blue Ridge communities,
  • Preservation and interpretation of historic sites and structures
  • Educational initiative targeted to the general public and those who visit and enjoy Blue Ridge communities
  • Community involvement aimed at re-investing the public in the wise integration of economic development and environmental protection at the local, state, and national levels
  • Collaboration with other public and private entities intended to leverage the resources of FRIENDS for the benefit of Blue Ridge communities
  • Engagement of the public in volunteerism

Core Values

  • We foster a love and respect for the Blue Ridge
  • We empower volunteers and youth to make a difference
  • We believe in collaboration and partnership
  • We operate with honesty and integrity
  • We welcome all people

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID: 58-1854404