Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Smart Start Partnership for Children!There are several ways to get involved!

Become an Early Literacy Volunteer

Help register children for programs at community events, complete data-entry, help with clerical work, travel around the community to pick up books, distribute registration forms, and sort books!

Join the Board 

Smart Start Partnership for Children is governed by an active Board of Directors representing parents, health care, public agencies, private businesses, communities of faith, child care centers, educational institutions, civic organizations and concerned citizens. Board Members are volunteers who contribute their expertise, professional resources and time to building a stronger future for Henderson County.

Citizens-at-large, as well as current and former board members, are welcome to serve on Smart Start Partnership for Children's board of directors or committees and task forces. Participation on a committee is a great way help shape the decisions and plans developed to meet the specific needs of our county’s youngest residents. 

Join the Community Outreach and Education Committee

The Community Outreach and Education Committee leads the Board’s participation in public education, advocacy, and fund development efforts. The Committee works with staff to educate board and community members on early care and education policy at the local, state, and federal level. This Committee works alongside staff to establish a fundraising plan that maximizes the organization’s ability to raise money and help familiarize the Board with fundraising skills and techniques.

Join the Program Planning Committee

Smart Start Partnership for Children funds and supports activities in three program areas: early care and education, health and safety, and family support. The Program Planning Committee works to develop and plan programs in these areas. This committee meets periodically to review program evaluation reports, recommend changes to activities for the next contract year, and prioritize recommendations should additional funds become available or budget reductions occur.

Volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually on their own schedules and make it possible for Smart Start to expand our impact and reach more children by freeing up limited funds to invest in young children and families!


To discuss volunteering, please call Carrie Ann Chandler at 828-693-1580 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To print and complete a brief volunteer application, click here. Return this to us and we will be in touch very soon!

To complete an application for board member or committee service, please click here.