Partner with GO


Become a Partner


GO Business Partners are mission-oriented companies and organizations concerned about people and community health. As a GO Business Partner, you have an opportunity to improve the local economy by investing in our work to train and employ low-income youth and adults. You can invest in one of two ways:


Become a GO Employer: Employ our trained and skilled students by hosting an apprentice for on-the-job training, hiring a training program graduate, or contracting with UpStaff Personnel.


Become a GO Business Sponsor:  Provide financial and/or in-kind contributions to GO at one of three levels.


GO can help you strengthen and diversify your workforce, enhance your visibility, and give back to your community. Together, we can build a workforce in Asheville that is sustainable and just.


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Why Partner with GO?


As a local employer, you have the opportunity to help make Asheville’s economy inclusive and accessible. Many of our city’s low-income residents face significant barriers to securing living-wage employment, including low educational attainment, lack of childcare, stable housing, or healthcare, and criminal records. Green Opportunities provides the wrap-around support services these individuals need to overcome their barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. In the past three years, GO has graduated over 130 adults from our training programs, 78% of which attained jobs, apprenticeships, or post-secondary education. Sustaining this level of success requires the partnership support of local businesses invested in helping create an inclusive local economy.

Sponsor Us

As a valued partner with GO, Business Sponsors have the opportunity to reach charitable goals, strengthen the local workforce, and increase their market presence throughout Asheville and its surrounding communities.


Sponsor Levels


Champion ($3,000+)
  • Be the official host for a community pop-up dinner, with public recognition of your business by the Executive Director and logo display for the evening
  • Take a personal tour of the GO facilities and have lunch with the Executive Director in our community kitchen
  • Homepage placement on GO website (on a rotating basis)
  • Recognition at GO graduations and other special events
  • Large business logo, name, and website link featured as a “GO Champion” on GO website
  • Large logo and business name posted at GO office
  • GO T-shirt of your choosing
  • “We Support GO!” stickers for your windows and storefronts
  • E-Newsletter and Facebook “Thank you” with logo and link


Leader ($1,000+)
  • Take a personal tour of the GO facilities and have lunch with the Executive Director in our community kitchen
  • Business logo, name, and website link featured as a “GO Leader” on GO website
  • Business logo posted at GO office
  • E-Newsletter and Facebook “Thank you” with logo and link
  • “We Support GO!” stickers for your windows and storefronts


Supporter ($300+)


  • Business name featured as a “GO Supporter” on GO website
  • Business name posted at GO office
  • E-Newsletter and Facebook “Thank you” with logo and link
  • “We Support GO!” stickers for your windows and storefronts


You can invest in our work in one of the following ways:


  • Donate Online: GO welcomes donations up to $4,999 through direct online payment using a major credit card.
  • Donate by Mail: GO welcomes donations in any amount by mail.  Send checks payable to:


Green Opportunities

P.O. Box 7235

Asheville, NC 28802


GO appreciates the generosity of all our sponsors!


For more information on how you can become a Champion, Leader or Supporter, contact us at

Employ our Graduates


There are three ways you can employ GO members: by hosting an apprentice, contracting with GO’s staffing agency, UpStaff Personnel, or hiring our graduates directly.


By hiring GO program graduates, GO Employers directly support GO’s mission of building a robust local workforce that is inclusive and just. In exchange, the company receives recognition as an Employment Partner and is featured on our website, social media, and in our newsletter.


Hire our Graduates

Direct Hire


For businesses interested in hiring GO members directly, GO staff will recommend a pool of members who best fit your hiring needs. After the hire, GO’s case managers will continue to be available for member support and case management. Direct Hire businesses receive GO Employer recognition for 12 months from the date of hire.

Host an Apprentice

Work Experience Fridays


By working with you once a week, students will be able to utilize the skills they have developed through GO’s full-time training programs while learning new skills in a specialized trade. Participant pay, workers’ compensation and insurance are all covered by Green Opportunities and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board.


On-the-Job Training


Our On-the-Job training program gives you the opportunity to host a Youth Corps member (ages 18-24) who has completed one of our training programs. By working with you full-time, students will receive specialized training and experience that will benefit them in their future careers. 50% of workers’ compensation is supplemented by Green Opportunities (caps-off at $10/hr. and 30 hours a week).



Contract with UpStaff Personnel

UpStaff Personnel


UpStaff Personnel–a social enterprise of Green Opportunities–provides motivated job seekers with a pathway to career-track employment opportunities, while offering a screened, dependable, and diverse workforce for local employers. Our thorough screening process includes drug tests and background checks. Learn more.





GO Employers are recognized on our website with their business name and link. Additionally, they are announced in GO’s e-newsletter, on GO’s Facebook and Twitter, and receive a tabling space at our annual fundraising event.


To find out which of the above hiring options are best for you, contact Susan Andrew at (828) 398-4158 x116 or email her at