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 Counselors
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.
Even if you don’t have accounting or tax prep experience, you too can volunteer to interact with clients and help in filing tax returns. Volunteers should have knowledge of basic individual income taxes, be comfortable working with computers and have good computer skills; some experience in filing your own tax returns are important, along with a willingness to make a significant time commitment from January through mid-April. Training, including class presentations, is provided. Get the joy and satisfaction of helping out by joining AARP Tax-Aide volunteer team today! Your expertise will be appreciated more than you can imagine.
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.
Charlottesville Free Clinic volunteers
CFC is searching for two volunteers to be counselors to work with individual patients to evaluation what health insurance options are available to them. Someone with an insurance or medical background would be perfect for this position. Availability during the holiday season is preferred. Volunteer hours will fall on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
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.
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.
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 volunteers needed for many holiday positions
Salvation Army seeking volunteers for several positions during the holidays: 1) Coat Drive, Sat. Dec 6, 10am-1pm, bring ID or child’s birth certificate; 2) Prepare meals, Mon – Fri lunch, 9am-12:30pm & Sunday lunch, 11:30am-1:30 pm; 3) Food Rescue drivers for Soup Pantry, Sat. & Sun. 8am-9:30am; 4) Food sorting & Serving Lunch, Mon – Sun., 11:30am-1:30pm; 5) Clothing sorters, Mon – Sat., 10am-6pm with flexible hours; 6) Angel Tree at Fashion Square mall, 10am-4pm & 4pm-8pm; 7) Sort & Pack Christmas Gifts for families, 9am-4pm; and 8) Distribution day of gifts, Fri. Dec 19, 10am-5pm. Please come out and help.
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.