AWAKE, Inc. (Adults Working and Advocating for Kids Empowerment)



Dr. Renee Coward, Executive Director

Mailing Address:  

PO Box 755
Sylva, NC 28779

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Office Hours:  

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday


AWAKE is located upstairs at 563 West Main St., in downtown Sylva. 

Agency Description:  

The AWAKE Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) coordinates services for children in Jackson County who have been sexually or physically abused.


Dependent upon services

Time Commitment:  

Dependent upon services, generally a minimum of 4-10 hour blocks preferred. 

Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements:  

Individuals must have a sincere concern for the welfare and safety of children. Individuals wishing to work at the Jackson County CAC for 10 or more direct service learning hours, must provide a current criminal background check for Jackson County and the County of Residence when not in school, prior to volunteering at the center. Those volunteers needing less than 10 volunteer hours will not need a background check; however, may have to leave the Center if children arrive at the Center.  Background checks may be obtained from the Jackson County Courthouse for a fee of $25 and will need to be turned into the agency before volunteering. Volunteer services rarely involve time working directly with abused children due to confidentiality requirements.

Volunteer Involvement:  

Due to confidentiality requirements, there is limited opportunity for working directly with children. Most of the volunteer tasks will be for incidental services. Volunteers may work to help support the CAC financially, provide community education about AWAKE and child abuse, promote advocacy for the CAC, provide maintenance and assistance with tasks as they emerge for center operation, and assist with personal safety curriculum provided in the local schools in the spring.


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