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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).

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Visitor Receptionist

Local history is replete with events, people, places and objects that have helped to shape not only local history, but also the history of our state and nation.  Understanding and appreciating our past can help us to understand our community today.  If you enjoy history the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is searching for a volunteer visitor receptionist. The reception desk volunteer answers the telephone, greets visitors, asks guests to sign the registration book, provide pamphlets on tours and events, and describe exhibits being showcased, and answers general questions. Time commitment is one (1) hour a week.  Open Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm.  The Historical Society is located downtown. 



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.  Red Cross Casework volunteers continue to help those affected by a disaster by providing emergency food, clothing and housing; providing financial, counseling, health related services and assistance and reunification or welfare information. They ensure delivery of emergency communications for members of the military and their families. Orientation is 3-sessions approximately 5 hours.  This job is performed at our local Central Virginia Red Cross Chapter office.

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.

Come FISH with us

Make a difference in the lives of students from preschool to High School through JABA’s school based mentoring program. Areas of help needed include mentoring, reading fluency, lunch buddies, STEM labs, Maker Rooms, English Language Learners, SOL & homework help, School Gardens and afternoon activities.  Serve an hour each week during the academic year and experience the joy of helping a child succeed!

Cville TimeBank

Cville TimeBank is searching for an individual(s) that will be a liaison with the senior community and build membership.  TimeBanking is a way of giving and receiving to build supportive networks and strong communities. One hour helping another earns one TimeBank Hour (also called time credits, service credits or time dollars.) TimeBanking builds on the magic of “pay it forward,” one good turn leading to another and another. This volunteer will need to be adept at email, Facebook and other social media websites; and providing two to four hours a week.

Habitat for Humanity Receptionist Volunteers

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is searching for Receptionist Volunteers to serve in the affiliate office on West Main Street.  Each receptionist responsibilities are to greet visitors make them feel welcome and heard; then connect them with the appropriate Habitat staffer.  Shifts are three hours, 10 am – 1pm or 1 – 4pm, Monday through Friday, and volunteers are expected to conduct one shift per week.  Receptionist volunteers are critical because they ensure a positive first experience for visitors and callers while also performing other tasks to help operations run smoothly. Habitat hopes that you will enjoy your experience and want to make a commitment. Each position requires the volunteer to be willing to drive.  If you’re looking to get involved in the community and not sure where to begin, here is the perfect position with Habitat. Please contact Kimberly if you are interested in this opportunity.

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.

Join the Neighborhood

A neighbor near you could benefit from your friendship and helping hand. Just an hour a week and compassionate heart award an isolated adult peace of mind. Make a new friend and share common interests, provide transport to appointments, pick up groceries or help with small home upkeep tasks through JABA’s Neighbor to Neighbor program.

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

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.

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.

Rutherford Institute

The Rutherford Institute, a national civil liberties organization, is seeking volunteers to help answer calls into its legal hotline, assist with intake and minimal legal research.  The hotline provides a great opportunity for anyone, but fits well with former lawyers/paralegals, law students and volunteer attorneys to contribute their time.  Volunteers interested should have excellent communication skills, be available at least 2-3 hours per day, and Microsoft office skills.  Training and support provided.

SCORE volunteers

If you are retired and sincerely interested in volunteering to help entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses; this opportunity is for you.  SCORE is especially interested in Women entrepreneur volunteers to assist their program.  Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge to the next generation.  Whether you have owned your own small business, come from a Fortune 500 company, are retired, or a college student, and have a sincere commitment for helping or volunteering, there is a place for you as SCORE volunteer.  Volunteers assist with new client intake and need skills, such as computer knowledge, customer service, accept a 3-hour shift once a week and attend a monthly meeting.

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.

Twice is Nice needs volunteers

Do you like clothes and shopping?
Twice is Nice is an important part of JABA’s Mountainside Senior Living. Proceeds benefit the senior living facility, and the store creates a sense of community for staff, volunteers and their clients.  Volunteers are needed every day, in two-hour shifts, Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm to help process, sort, tag, shelve merchandise, sales, straighten up the store and do other duties.  Volunteers work one-shift, 2 hours once a week, with shifts available from 10 to 12, 1 to 3 and 3 to 5, and training is available.  Come out and spend time in this great resale boutique.

Virginia Discovery Museum

The Virginia Discovery Museum is an interactive, educational museum for children. VADM seeks enthusiastic volunteers ages 15 – 90.  You’ll enjoy meeting new people, working with children through these positions: front desk, gallery, special events and exhibit volunteers to work 2-3 hours each week. Volunteers need to be comfortable speaking and working with children, families and guests.  If you’re looking for a valuable volunteer experience, this will fill the bill.