Join Friends of Main Street . . . Its FREE!

  1. When you sign up and show up for your first volunteer or committee opportunity, you will receive a free "Friends of Main Street Sylva" vinyl sticker.  Each time you meet a volunteer hour milestone, you can earn cool swag!


·      Individual- Volunteer Hours

·      Family – Volunteer Hours

·      Business – Volunteer Hours or Custom In-Kind Sponsorship

·      Corporate Sponsorship – Custom Sponsorship 


-       Social Media

-       Website

-       Promotions Committee

-       Economic Vitality Committee


o   Sylva Brew Hop

o   Greening Up the Mountains Festival

o   Concerts on the Creek

o   Treat Street

o   Tree Lighting Event

o   Christmas Parade

Each Calendar Year, Friends of Main Street Members Can Earn:

·      10 Hours = Choice of T-Shirt or Pint Glass

·      25 Hours = Social District Cup

·      50 Hours = Thermal Coffee/Social District

Design Committee (meets monthly)

o   Public Art

o   Sitescape Improvements

o   Grant Writing

o   Litter/Sticker Cleanup

o   Gardening/Landscaping

Economic Vitality Committee (meets monthly)

Promotions Committee (meets monthly)

Main Street Sylva Association Board of Directors (meets monthly)

~ all board members must have served one year 

on a committee or equivalent ~

 About the Main Street Program

The Main Street Sylva Association (MSSA) is a non-profit entity formed with the mission to spur economic development in the town of Sylva using the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Approach: Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring.  The initiatives will not only benefit downtown Sylva but all of the Sylva Main Street Corridor and arteries from the Dillsboro city limits through the end of the Sylva City limits on Highway 107.

The organization has taken on some of Sylva’s longstanding events such as Greening Up the Mountains, Treat Street, and the Christmas Parade.  Board members represent key areas of Sylva related to the Main Street program, such as independent businesses, the arts, garden & streetscape, historic preservation, county and town planning, and residential.  Tourists, locals, and adjacent town neighbors enjoy the small-town atmosphere and retail shops that support a growing outdoor economy. 

As a tourism-based economy, the Town of Sylva enjoys hosting both locals, and visitors who contribute to keeping our town strong and vibrant.  However, with our small census, our resources to improve the town require quite a bit of creativity, alternate funding and lots of volunteers.