Volunteering in the Community
Be a Living Treasure in the Community
In Japan older people are officially designated Living Treasures. The Japanese recognize that with age come life experience and wisdom. Many organizations in Charlottesville specifically seek senior volunteers because of their knowledge, skills, and talents.
Do your grandchildren live hundreds of miles away? Do you miss being able to interact with them regularly? The Senior Center is searching for volunteers to be involved in “Adopt-a-Grandparent” program in the fall. The program focuses around the important relationship between the student and his/her grandparent, and strives to address both the needs of grandparents as well as the educational and personal growth objectives of the students.
American Red Cross volunteers
Red Cross has immediate needs for caseworkers, survey takers, and data entry volunteers.
Big Brother Big Sister Volunteers
Start something BIG for a child today! Why not share one hour a week or several hours two times a month with a young person? Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling volunteer experiences in Charlottesville. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. It’s easy, too. Your Little can join you for the kinds of activities you already like to do, such as read, bowl, play sports, hike, go to a game, enjoy a meal. Or just give some advice and inspiration. The only thing that you are required to be is yourself. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge are looking for sincere and caring volunteer adults who want to be that extra support needed by some children in our community.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers
Habitat for Humanity is searching for a myriad of volunteers to fill many opportunities they have. Their needs consist of: 1) Habitat store – cashier, donation specialist, heavy lifter, furniture assembly specialist, cleaning crew, department head and more…; 2) Office administrative volunteers at the Habitat main offices; 3) Envelope stuffers at the main office; and finally 4) Partner family advocates. Each opportunity is in the community and requires transportation and a minimum of two-hours each week.
Hospice of the Piedmont Customer Service and Special event volunteers
Hospice of the Piedmont is searching for several volunteers to conduct Front desk duties to cover lunch hours during work-days and cover vacation times during the year. Duties include answering phones, taking messages, transferring calls, accepting payments, greeting customers and other administrative tasks. Hospice of the Piedmont is located in Pantops on Peter Jefferson Parkway. The schedule is flexible and will work with your availability.
Hospice has many special events that need volunteers. Exciting and engaging health fairs that take place in surrounding counties. Every event and program holds unique opportunities for volunteers. Most events require volunteers to work a certain shift and you may choose the location you prefer. A 2-hour training orientation is required. Give back to the community when you volunteer your time, talents, and knowledge. Volunteers have plenty of fun as they meet people, inform visitors about Hospice of the Piedmont, and enjoy a great experience.
Administrative volunteer needed at JAUNT Friends
JAUNT Friends needs you to work alongside staff and significantly add to this programs productivity. They are searching for a volunteer that can use their expertise of strong verbal communication and computer skills. This position is making phone calls, working on mailings and other administrative tasks. A typical schedule is 1 or 2 days a week for a total of four (4) hours. If you are really an over achiever, you can help with periodic special events out in the community. This is a valuable role and helps people get where they need to go with the stars of JAUNT. Please contact Kimberly if you are interested in this opportunity.
Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteers needed
Brighten a day. Visit with a homebound older adult who would like social interaction through JABA’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program. Chat, play games, share common hobbies and help enable active & independent living. You will receive ongoing training and guidance. Days/times are flexible and mutually arranged. The next training session for new volunteers is Tuesday, June 30 from 10am-12. Contact us for more information!
Literacy volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle
We are seeking compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, and they are hoping to acquire the skills they need to independently pursue life goals, support their families, and contribute to their communities. Help our students achieve their goals and register for our New Tutor Training, every other month, 9:30am - 4:00pm. No teaching experience is necessary—only a desire to make a difference in someone else’s life. Learn more at http://www.literacyforall.org.
Loaves & Fishes Volunteers needed
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US as a volunteer in our service at the Charlottesville location. Whether you come as a regular or on a one time basis, your time and services are invaluable to our agency. You will have a hands-on experience each time you volunteer. Volunteer positions available:
Intake – use computer, Greeters – assist with sign-in, Packers – carry 5 to 10 lbs, Cart loaders – be able to lift 25 lbs, a lot of repetitive motion, Parking attendants, Food delivery drivers – need vehicle – 2nd or 3rd Saturday.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is currently seeking weekly and “on-call” substitute drivers, along with meal packers for its food delivery program serving Charlottesville, Albemarle, Crozet and Scottsville. We deliver over 250 lunchtime meals each weekday to homebound neighbors who are unable to cook for themselves. Your commitment for driving or packing meals would be only 1-2 hours per week from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Training is minimal and can include delivering with another driver until one feels comfortable with the route. Please join their team and have fun serving the local community.
On Our Own Charlottesville
On Our Own Charlottesville is searching for volunteers to be Personal Advocates (PA) for clients. You will provide support to an individual that is dealing with significant challenges in their lives and seeking stability and recovery. The PA helps the member develop and write down a plan to follow focused on specific aspects of their life. Meetings with your client are flexible dependent upon each of your schedules. There is training and each week you will meet with other advocates for on-going education.
Piedmont CASA volunteers
Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for caring, motivated, and objective individuals who are committed to helping abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers conduct an independent investigation to understand the child’s circumstances, report to the court, and monitor the case to assure the child receives needed services and remains safe. No legal background or special experience required. Training is provided.
Salvation Army volunteer Food Rescue Drivers
Salvation Army is seeking food rescue drivers. This volunteer is responsible for collecting, loading and delivering perishable and non-perishable food product from a donor to the Salvation Army soup kitchen and food pantry. These are morning pick-ups between 8 – 9:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at particular locations around town.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA at 3355 Berkmar Drive is always looking for volunteers. We have opportunities to work directly with the animals or in our offices. You could also volunteer at our Rummage Store location, Purrin at Pantops or PetSmart. Thanks for thinking of the animals.