FRIENDS created a network of chapters to be the voice of their local communities.
This volunteer network is the backbone of our organization.
The FRIENDS future stewards program focuses on getting the youth of all ages to enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge. These programs are designed to educate today’s youth about nature and the natural beauty of our area.
FRIENDS Chapters host Alternative Break Programs to provide college students an opportunity to be immersed in a Blue Ridge community and engage in volunteer service as an alternative to traditional spring or fall breaks. Each FRIENDS Alternative Break Program is focused on project needs, such as, but not limited to, restoration of assets or trail maintenance. If your college or university is interested in participating in this program, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Youth Outdoors initiative focuses on the connection between children and the natural world. This program promotes outdoor opportunities. This program also highlights and addresses the barriers in getting children outside by engaging organizations that are part of the solution. Partnering with a FRIENDS Chapter engages the children in volunteer experiences getting them outdoors while also providing an educational component.
High School & College Outreach
This program is for high school groups and college-age students who are looking to volunteer on a repeat or a one-time basis. Working with our program director and local chapter leads, volunteer efforts are tailored to your group and area needs. Please contact our office to discuss the possibilities in your area.