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Volunteering in the Community

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.

Many volunteer positions available in the community are listed here. If you are interested, please contact Coordinator of Volunteer Resources Kimberly Haynes at 434-974-7756 or via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Alzheimer’s Walk Team Captain

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Help the Senior Center kick off the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – be a Team Captain ! 
We are welcoming and searching for those curious about becoming a team captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, October 18, 2014 in Lee Park.  Team captains are the heart of the Walk.  As a team captain, you recruit your team of friends, family and Senior Center members, help them fund raise, keep them motivated and have fun fighting for a great cause in the process.  You will also have access to a team fundraising web page and numerous tools to make your team a success. Step up and join up!

Be a SUMMER Santa to a Senior

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You are all familiar with our “Be A Santa To A Senior Program” which is coordinated during the holiday season.  Home Instead® will be promoting our own version of Christmas in Summer by asking people in the community to volunteer their time this summer with older adults such as their elderly neighbors or seniors who are living in nursing homes or assisted living communities.  We want to encourage people to reach out to older adults who may be lonely and need some companionship.  The gift we ask people to give is their time.  This is a great program for Seniors’, especially as it keeps you actively engaged!



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.

Hospice volunteers

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Hospice of the Piedmont is searching for several volunteers for different positions: 1) staff supply room; 2) office administration through faxing and filing; and 3) 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.

American Red Cross Volunteer

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The American Red Cross has an urgent need for caseworkers, survey takers and data entry volunteers. All shifts are flexible and will work within your schedule. Training is provided.

Meals on Wheels

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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

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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

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 Food Rescue

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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.

Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA

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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.