People entering the Reuter Center for the first time often comment on the vibrant energy they encounter among the members they talk to and the dozens of “Center happenings” offered on any given day. Classes, hikes, lectures, parties, special interest groups, leadership programs, service projects, and more, contribute to that vibrant energy. Behind-the-scenes, OLLI volunteers—members like you—are collaborating and creating those offerings, which brings them great satisfaction and a sense of community.

Active members are the creative lifeblood of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville. They are involved in every aspect of OLLI operations and programming. An average of over 400 enthusiastic volunteers work with seven staff members to bring OLLI classes, lectures, events, and programs to you. We are always looking for fresh ideas, talents and skills.

Want to help out every once in awhile, when you have an hour or two available? Become an event volunteer. Want to plan quarterly events with a minimum meeting-time commitment? Join a party planning committee. Looking for a way to connect with members on an ongoing basis, using your talent and expertise to work on anything from OLLI finances to program development to strategic planning? OLLI has dozens of committees that match any area of interest.

Ways to get involved at OLLI at UNC Asheville

  • Class Reps: College for Seniors instructors need a little help from members who are enrolled in their classes. Class Reps take attendance, distribute class announcements and class materials, and lend a helping hand when requested. Be a class rep for a class in which you are enrolled. A great way to break into College for Seniors is to be a Class Rep — that person who helps an instructor, welcomes folks to class and takes attendance. Learn more about Class Reps here. And when you are ready to volunteer, let us know by completing a database form accessed here.
  • Zoom Assistants: Similar to Class Reps, Zoom Assistants (ZAs) assist our instructors with keeping attendance for online courses. To become a ZA, you just need a basic knowledge of how the Zoom platform and online learning works. To learn more about the role of a ZA, you can read about Zoom Assistant Roles for the Spring 2021 Term.
  • The College for Seniors Committee volunteers and curriculum committees work with Herb Gunn, College for Seniors program manager, to insure a successful CFS program.
  • Teach a College for Seniors class, give a Fab Friday lunchtime lecture, introduce a new program idea. Are you passionate about a certain topic or hobby? Share your knowledge and experience with other OLLI members!
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs): these groups meet weekly or monthly to explore interests such as bowling, wine tasting, meditation, genealogy, bridge, hiking, and more. This is a great way to meet people and socialize with other members.

For more information about finding your particular niche, call OLLI, 828.251.6140 or olli@unca.edu