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.
Be a SUMMER Santa to a Senior
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.
Customer Service Representative at Front Desk
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.
Volunteer Drivers for Disabled American Veterans
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a non-profit organization, is in need of volunteer drivers for its DAV Transportation Network, which works out of American Legion Post 74 in Shadwell. This service provides free transportation for Veterans to and from the McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA, for medical appointments. Volunteer drivers are not required to have a special license, but must have a clean driving record and pass a federal background check that involves a physical, and a driving test.
The organization is struggling to keep up with demand and need you. It is an invaluable service to veteran patients that served our country.
American Red Cross Volunteer
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for a friendly and attentive volunteer who will meet, greet and converse with blood donors, and also serve refreshments in their canteen and schedule for the donor their next donation date. They have a regular time slot available every Friday from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. Training is provided in how to greet the public.
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.
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
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.
Service Dogs of Virginia
Seeking an organized, detail-oriented volunteer, who has good time management skills to assist in Development operations of a rapidly growing non-profit organization that raises, trains and places dogs to assist people with disabilities. This Development Assistant position requires the ability to oversee administrative and related functions to meet Development Directors objectives. The development assistant volunteer must enjoy dogs and have a welcoming, friendly and efficient manner.
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.