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Advocates for Excellence


Cathy Stillwell Gibson, Executive Director

Mailing Address:

8682 US HWY 74 West
Whittier, NC 28789

Phone Number:
Secondary Phone Line:

828-497-0160 (Thrift Store)

Fax Number:


Email Address:

Website Address:

Office Hours:

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Take Hwy 107 through Sylva, and into Dillsboro. Take a right onto Hwy 441. Approximately one mile before the Cherokee exit (exit 74), you will see the Gateway Market on the left side of the road, and the Starlight Motel on the right. The Advocates for Excellence office is in the Starlight Motel complex.

Agency Description:

Advocates for Excellence is a local non-project organization encouraging people to learn skills that will allow them to be more employable, achieve workplace advancement, or become independent contractors or entrepreneurs.


Various skills needed, including computer, art, and fashion industry.

Time Commitment:


Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements:


Volunteer Involvement:

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, including corporate treasurer, corporate secretary, e-commerce team members (who will assist with projects including web page design and maintenance, marketing, credit card payment capability, developing simple tutorials for setting up storefronts, pricing, and fulfillment), main cooperative development team members (who will help with tasks like workshop development, computer lab development, fund raising and grant writing, and office development), thrift store volunteers and management (who will help with donation sorting, pricing, sales, refurbishing donations, and creating new products), and developing local associate cooperatives in Western North Carolina.



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