Local Outreach

Local Outreach Fair

Local Outreach through Grace

We have an on-going commitment to serve our local communities. See the list below of our ministry partners. If you are interested in being a part of Local Outreach at Grace Mills River, contact Amanda McLamb, Missional Living Director, at 

Are you interested in serving our communities through Local Outreach? We'd love to hear from you!

Serve with GMR Local Outreach

Thank you for the support and interest in our Local Outreach Fair Ministry Partners! Nine local organizations filled the gallery, with representatives sharing information about who they serve regionally and how to be involved.

If you are interested in learning more about our local ministry partners, let us know by filling out our Local Outreach form!

Serve with GMR Local Outreach

Our Ministry Partners include:

Least of These:


Least of These Asheville is a nonprofit that feeds a warm breakfast to the homeless community of Asheville every Saturday morning. We are always looking for groups big or small to come join us on a Saturday morning.  Least of These is able to provide a hot breakfast, clothing, blankets, tents and other living essentials to our guests because of generous donations. There is a bin in the GMR café for clothing items to be donated to LOT.


Interfaith Assistance Ministry:


IAM’s mission is to provide emergency relief to Hendersonville County Residents who are in financial crisis by offering food, clothing, utility and rental assistance to those who qualify, school supplies, prescription support and overall guidance in an atmosphere of compassion and respect.  Volunteers are needed Monday-Saturdays from 9am-1pm. They can assist in the clothing and pantry areas or as an intake interviewer after a small amount of training. Please contact the volunteer manager at 828-697-7029 or email .

The Storehouse:


The Storehouse is a Christ-centered food and hygiene pantry serving the low income, elderly and needy families of Henderson County.  Ways you can help:

Donate food and goods. GMR is collecting items in a bin in café to donate to The Storehouse. Suggested items are: powdered milk, cereal, spaghetti & sauce, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, beef stew, pork & beans, chili, tuna, canned meats , canned fruit & fruit juices, soups, cornmeal, grits, rice, or, toilet tissue.

Donate time. Volunteer any amount of time to helping us run The Storehouse, call us to find out more. (828) 692-8300

Donate talents. Letter writing, data entry, handyman services, driver, etc.

New City Christian School:

New City Christian School serves kindergarten through 5th grade students from various racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. New City equips students with the knowledge, confidence, and hope to fulfill God's purposes in their lives and community. We accomplish this goal by providing a strong foundation in academic, spiritual, and relational growth. Ultimately through Christ our Savior and Redeemer, with our families, students, staff we hope to reduce the educational gap and cultural divisions within the greater Asheville community.  

Check here for updated volunteer opportunities: https://newcitychristian.org/volunteer.

For more information contact: Terry Wilken, Executive Director  

Asheville / Buncombe County Christian Ministries:


While responding to meet emergency needs, we develop strategic plans to address root causes of poverty, take steps to achieve independent living skills and restore lives in the community. We accomplish this through these ministries: Crisis Ministry, Jail/ Ministry, Veterans Restoration Quarters, Steadfast House, Medical Ministry and Veteran Services of the Carolinas. ABCCM is generously supported by over 289 churches of all denominations and 6,100 trained volunteers and provides emergency assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability. ABCCM stimulates doing together what individual congregations and individuals cannot do separately.

Opportunities to serve with ABCCM: https://abccm.squarespace.com/serve

Young Life of Henderson County :


Young Life of Henderson County is an outreach ministry to local teenagers. Our mission in Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Our main method to reach teenagers is through genuine friendships with caring adults. A team staff and volunteer leaders invest in authentic relationships with high school students, walk alongside them though life, and share the gospel with them. We seek to reach kids with humor, adventure, and caring for every kid regardless of their response. We believe every teenager deserves the opportunity to hear about Jesus in a way they can understand from someone who cares about them.

We have two weekly meetings- Club and Campaigners. Club is a night of fun, surprises, laughter, and a platform to share the gospel with lost high schoolers. Campaigners is our weekly Bible study aimed at discipleship and encouraging students to be a light in the lives of others. We also take weekend and week-long trips to Young Life camp with students throughout the year.

Volunteer Opportunities:

- Volunteer Young Life Leader- Our volunteer leaders are adults followers of Jesus that invest time and energy into building relationships with high school students. They seek to care for lost teenagers and tell them about Jesus through the context of authentic friendships.

- Young Life Committee- The Young Life Committee is a group of adults that help support and oversee the local ministry behind the scenes though prayer, care for the leaders, fundraising, and planning.

To volunteer contact Graham at:

Council on Aging of Henderson County / Meals on Wheels:


The Council on Aging of Henderson County provides services to engage, connect, and support adults in our community as we age.  The Meals on Wheels program provides a hot meal every weekday for homebound older adults in Henderson County. All meals are low fat/low salt and meet the one-third recommended dietary allowance set by the FDA. Vegetarian, diabetic, soft, and pureed meals are available. Meals are delivered by volunteer drivers between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In addition to receiving a nutritious meal, Meals on Wheels clients receive important social interaction with caring volunteers. These visits, which also serve as a regular wellness checks, often turn into lasting friendships.

Want to volunteer as a driver for Meals on Wheels? Drivers for Meals on Wheels deliver a daily nutritious meal to the frail, homebound elderly. Volunteer drivers can work just one day a week, if they’d like — or more, if they have time available. Meals are delivered five days a week, excepting major holidays or emergencies (including bad weather). Drivers deliver a friendly smile along with a warm meal and chat with clients for several minutes. Any concerns are reported back to the Meals on Wheels office.

For more information about how to volunteer: http://coahc.org/volunteers/



Kairos Prison Ministry International is a cross denominational ministry with the purpose of sharing Gods unconditional love to the incarcerated. Kairos focuses on developing and promoting a strong Christian brotherhood amongst the inmates within the prison community through their ‘Kairos weekends’ and subsequent monthly reunions'.

Opportunities to volunteer:

  • Craggy correctional institution in Weaverville has two Kairos weekends each year, in the spring and fall.  The.next Kairos will be May 2nd-5th, 2019. To serve as part of this team or for more information please contact Jeff Leider:
  • Mountainview prison in Spruce Pine has one Kairos weekend every October.  To serve as part of this team or for more information contact Veech Li:
  • Swannanoa Womens’ Prison has one Kairos weekend each fall. To serve as part of this team or for more information contacr Sandy Leider: