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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) .

NewGen Peacebuilders Volunteers

The Rotary Clubs of Charlottesville, Blue Ridge and Albemarle County are supporting NewGen Peacebuilders (NGP) a youth peace education program to train students in global peacebuilding strategies. The search for volunteers is to support the implementation of NGP at the local level. Once you join, you will participate in the Program, and attend a series of workshops that inform you of your roles and responsibilities.  The need is for 1) Small Group Conversation Leaders, 2) Virtual Conversations Moderators, and 3) Project Mentors.  A solid foundation of enthusiastic volunteers is integral to the success of the program.

Part-D Insurance Counselors

Navigating prescription drug plans is an overwhelming feat. Lead people from perplexity to praise as you counsel them through their insurance options and help them save big! Volunteering at JABA as a Medicare Part D Insurance Counselor is a short term, flexible opportunity from October-December.  Volunteers enjoy working as a team and learning new information to serve others. No experience necessary – we’ll train you in everything you need to know and support you every step of the way.

Road to Recovery Drivers Needed

Help someone get well.

Do you have a flexible schedule?  Do you have a car and time during the day that you could provide a ride to a patient needing treatment?  The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to drive cancer patients to their treatment appointments.  It’s called ‘Road to Recovery.’  As a volunteer you need to have a dependable and insured vehicle, valid driver’s license, good driving record, and flexible schedule.  This position requires online training; takes place M-F, 7 am – 4pm, roughly 2 to 4 trips a month.  Your mileage is tax-deductible.

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. 

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 life of a child and create a long lasting “ripple” effect that carries forward through that child’s entire life. JABA’s Friends in Schools Helping (FISH) Program is a partnership with local public schools to provide trained volunteer mentors to help meet the needs of a growing diverse student population.

As a JABA FISH Mentor, you serve 1 hour/week for at least one school year to support students one-on-one or in small groups. Serve as a positive role model and build self-esteem and motivation. FISH mentors are reliable, patient, flexible, understanding, and love children. We never have enough volunteers to meet all of the schools’ needs. Engage your experiences to give back and guide future generations.

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.

Fralin Docents needed

Do you have a passion for art, architecture, decorative arts, or museums in general? The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia promotes an appreciation of unique attributes and creates an environment to study art.  Volunteer docents are needed to lead engaging and interactive tours with the public, school and community groups.  Docents also assist with special programs, including the Writer’s Eye competition. Docents are critical to the education mission of the museum, and work alongside Fralin museum educators and UVA student docents. Docent training is required; participants in the course learn how to teach in the art museum using observation, inquiry, and dialogue.  Previous experience in a small museum environment is a plus, but volunteer protocols are in place to guide a new volunteer through the experience.

Habitat for Humanity Receptionist Volunteers

H4H Greater Cville
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 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.

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is searching for volunteers to help with two different opportunities: 1) Greeter; and 2) Guide.  Both positions are for history enthusiasts that wish to work with general audiences and school groups. Days and shifts vary dependent upon position.  Each position requires the volunteer provide their own transportation.  The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center strives to be a strong history museum with outstanding collections that explore significant events and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.

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.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection needs volunteers

Provide cultural learning and enrichment to your Charlottesville neighbors by volunteering at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of Uva, the only museum of Indigenous Australian art in the U.S.!  Volunteering at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection is an opportunity to connect with the world beyond Charlottesville - all the way to Australia!  Two opportunities are available to help: Docent (provide tours, Saturday shifts) and Gallery Attendant (greets visitors and answer questions, Tuesday through Saturday, 3-hours).  Each volunteer role offers a unique opportunity to learn about Aboriginal art and share your knowledge and skills with the community.

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.

Support children to learn healthy nutrition

The PB&J Fund is a local nonprofit whose mission is to connect Charlottesville youth with the resources and knowledge necessary to develop a healthy diet.  They are looking for volunteers that will mentor students during a weekly shift.  Assist children in learning about nutrition, culinary skills, while learning about math skills in a different way than they would in a classroom, and learning about food safety, while doing it with their friends. The classes take place at several locations throughout the city.  An orientation is required on culinary and nutrition training. Bring your unique perspective on food and cooking and volunteer with the children today!

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.

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.

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.

UVA Gift Shop

The UVA Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop in the main lobby offers flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, gift items, books & magazines, snack foods, toiletries, and sundries. If you enjoy volunteering in a boutique style retail shop, this is for you!  Volunteers run the cash register, stock items, provide excellent customer service to shoppers, as well as periodically deliver items to patient rooms.  Afternoon substitutes are needed.  The Gift shop is a great place to enjoy retail and make a difference for UVA Hospital patients, their families, guests and our staff. 

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.