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.
AARP Tax-Aide Greeters
AARP Tax-Aide, a program sponsored by AARP and IRS, is looking for eligible area residents to volunteer as a tax counselor. The program provides free income tax preparation for low- and middle-income people, with an emphasis on seniors.
An AARP Tax-Aide Greeter is the first person clients meet when they enter a tax counseling facility. Greeters make sure the taxpayer has all the necessary paperwork before meeting with a volunteer Counselor and manages the flow of clients being served. Greeters are needed at the Albemarle County Office Building on Mondays from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. Willing to serve as substitute for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, when needed. Length of commitment is February 2nd through April 15. If you have great people skills, communicate well, and some computer skills, this is the volunteer position for you.
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.
Baker-Butler Elementary volunteers
Tutor volunteers needed at Baker-Butler elementary. Tutors assist elementary school teachers with one-on-one support to students who need extra attention in reading or math. Tutoring is one of the ways that our community can help students reach their potential. Student achievement results show that tutoring works! This particular assignment starts January 12, 2015, and is 10:30-11:30 am Tuesday, Thursday and/or Friday. A volunteer form needs to be completed and background check, prior to scheduling training.
Community Investment Collaborative administrative volunteers
Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) is searching for several volunteers to conduct administrative duties. Duties include answering phones, transferring calls, greeting customers and other administrative tasks. The schedule is flexible, but preferred times: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am - 12pm, 12pm - 3pm or 3pm- 5pm. Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12pm - 2:30pm or 2:30pm -5pm. CIC is located downtown in the Citizen’s Commonwealth Center at the corner of Preston and Ridge.
Hospice of the Piedmont Customer Service 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.
Ivy Creek School
Ivy Creek School is searching for a volunteer with a science background or experience, perhaps a retired teacher, to instruct and teach science experiments during their afternoon Enrichment Program. Every Wednesday afternoon for a couple hours.
Jack Jouett Middle School Library volunteer
Jack Jouett Middle School is searching for a library attendant volunteer to assist during its morning peak hour with the check-in/check-out process. They are looking for an individual who is familiar with basic computer skills, wants to work with young students, and is motivated and wants to become part of a team. Days available are Wednesday or Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.