Jackson County Department of Social Services
Contact:   Robert Cochran, Director
Mailing Address:   15 Griffin Street
Sylva, NC 28779

Phone Number:   828-586-5546 ext. 201
828-586-5546 ext. 203 (Dianne)

Fax Number:   828-586-2099

Email Address:   rcochran@dss.co.jackson.nc.us
Website Address:   http://www.jcdss.org/

Office Hours:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F

Location:   Take Hwy 107 to Sylva, turn left at Hwy 116.  Drive about 1/8 mile, and you will see the Jackson County Department of Social Services on the right. Park in the front parking lot and proceed to the receptionist.

Agency Description:   The Jackson County Department of Social Services is a client-oriented agency that responds to all age groups from infancy to the elderly. The mission of this agency is to strengthen individual and family life, to support independent living, and to improve the quality of human existence. Major goals of the Department are the following: the prevention of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and disruption of family life; the protection of the emotionally, mentally, and physically disabled, the elderly, children and families in life-threatening situations; and the networking of the client's strengths with agency and community support services in remaining or becoming self-sufficient. Services include adoption, adult protective services, child day care services, child protective services, child support enforcement, community alternative and special assistance programs, emergency financial assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, medical transportation, services for the blind, and work-first family assistance.

Training:   Training provided if necessary.

Time Commitment:   Flexible; varies in relation to assignment.

Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements:   Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Volunteer Involvement:   Assistance with promotion and provision of services; database upgrading; office assignments.


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