Volunteer with The Associates

Volunteer with The Associates

With the safety of our visitors, students, faculty and staff in mind, we are currently limiting visitors to campus. Volunteer opportunities, donor visits, board meetings and other interactions will take place virtually until further notice. In the rare case in which an in-person visit to campus is necessary, all visitors must follow the campus visitation guidelines and screening procedures.

Thank you for your support and your patience.


Founded in the late 1970s, The Associates is a group of dedicated people whose common interest is the advancement of UNCSA and the well-being of its students. The mission of The Associates is to:

  • Support, promote and build audiences for student performances, activities and needs.
  • Foster increased visibility and relationships between UNCSA and the Triad.
  • Increase the number of community volunteers and provide them the opportunity to participate in UNCSA’s mission of preparing exceptionally talented students for careers in the performing and moving image arts.

Join or Renew Your Membership

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Associates provides a number of opportunities for you to support and promote the activities of the school. We invite you to become involved in the life of the school through one or more of The Associates’ volunteer opportunities listed below:

  • Helpmates: Assist on a regular or ad hoc basis in offices, the Mail Center, and other campus locations; deliver performance calendars; welcome new students and their parents on audition days, open house days, and campus move-in days; assist with Behind the Scenes programs. Opportunities fit almost any schedule. All Helpmates are notified of all opportunities as they arise.
  • Pickle Pantry:  Organize, inventory. and “Pick & Pack” food and personal items in the Pickle Pantry for UNCSA college students in need.  Receive donations of groceries at monthly Drive-Thru Thursday.
  • QUIP (quick trip): Provide transportation in your vehicle for high school students who need to pick up supplies for their classes at local stores. QUIP drivers must register for clearance from the High School Division.
  • Cookie-baking: Provide cookies for high school exam periods (late fall and spring) and for the "Nutcracker" cast and crew (December). This is a beloved tradition among high school students!  
  • Hospitality: Prepare and serve sweets and savories for receptions following Associates’ events including the Annual Kick-off and Behind the Scenes and for the reception following Mozart’s Birthday Concert.
  • Host Families: Get to know students personally.  Provide a local "home away from home" for students who would like a break from campus life and/or short-term housing for students who cannot make it home when the campus is closed for a scheduled seasonal break. Host Family applicants are subject to background checks
  • Tour Guides: Conduct scripted 2-hour walking tours of the UNCSA campus for groups of adult visitors.  Share inside views of the school and be an ambassador for UNCSA. Weekly training classes are held in the fall.
  • Photographers: Snap photos at Associates’ events for posting on The Associates’ Facebook page and for the UNCSA archives.
  • Student Filmmaking: Participate in day-time talk-back sessions with filmmaking students and their instructors by viewing a student film in progress and sharing your reactions. Offer your home or other property you own for student filmmakers to consider as a location for film shoots.
  • Salon@Six Host: Host a student artist performance in your home, including refreshments. Our Salon@Six team will consult with you to match your space with performance needs.
  • Guest Artist Housing: Provide short-term or long-term lodging in your home, apartment, or guest house for an artist visiting the campus.

Membership Benefits

Membership benefits for all Associates include:

  • Opportunities to get to know talented UNCSA students, gifted faculty, and our world-renowned performing arts conservatory.
  • Invitations to attend monthly board meetings and to hear engaging UNCSA speakers.
  • Informative monthly newsletters.
  • Invitations to Associates-sponsored special events and receptions including:
    • Annual kick-off in the fall which showcases student performances;
    • Behind the Scenes programs which provide glimpses of student artists’ work-in-progress in design, production and performance;
    • Salons@Six which are intimate evenings hosted in private homes to feature individual and ensemble performances by student artists. Reservations are required. Your admission to a Salon@Six is your guest who is new to UNCSA!
    • End-of-year volunteer appreciation party sponsored in part by the UNCSA Office of Advancement  to celebrate The Associates’ accomplishments.

The Associates’ Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2012 with an anonymous matching gift, yields annual awards to student artists demonstrating need. By Associates paying modest dues and, when possible, sharing their valuable time, we together contribute significantly to support and promote the performing and moving image arts at UNCSA. The Associates are able to allocate monies for student scholarships and discretionary funds to the Deans to benefit students directly.

Contact Us

For more information on how to become a UNCSA volunteer, please contact Advancement Staff by phone at 336-770-1427.



Board of Directors and Meetings

Executive Team:

  • Co-Presidents, 2020-2021: Sandy Broadway and Judy Watson
  • Co-Vice Presidents: Jon Hyland and Katie Hyland
  • Secretary: Diane Nations
  • Financial Liaison: Jeff Worth
  • Immediate Past President: Linda Bettis

Team Chairs:

  • Behind the Scenes: Nola Miller and Anne Sessions
  • Film Liaison: Linda Bettis
  • Gift Bags, Member at Large: Nancy Gwyn
  • Guest Artist Housing and Member at Large: Linda Bettis
  • Helpmates: David Valentino
  • Hospitality, Co-chairs: Sarah Pierce-Rubio and Susan Wittman
  • Host Families: Dan McLaughlin and Cathy McLaughlin
  • Membership: Karen Robertson, Records and Mindy Bloom, Member Relations
  • Newsletter: Anna Goodman
  • Nutcracker Feed: Bob McNair
  • Photography/Social Media: Sandy Broadway and Bill Broadway
  • Pickle Pantry: Sonja Nielsen
  • Salon@Six, Co-chairs: Carolyn Bailey, Sandy Broadway and Becky Brown
  • Tours, Member at Large: Wanda Coyle

The Board of Directors of The Associates meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month of the school year. All Associates are invited to attend most monthly board meetings. Associates are notified of meeting dates, locations and speakers.



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