Current Community Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Connections

Animal Connections is in need of volunteers for the following:

  • Making posters and fliers
  • Writing Thank You notes
  • Helping out during adoption outings on the weekends (usually in Charlottesville, or Special Events).

If you’re interested, please contact Karin at

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the area’s leading provider of evidence-based mentoring, our agency makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in the Charlottesville and Albemarle communities.

Bigs and Littles meet once a week and take part in fun agency sponsored events and clubs, or just hang out one-on-one. Please contact or call 434-244-0882 for more information.

Book Buddies

Assist 1st and 2nd grade children with reading and writing. Twice weekly.

Contact Jeannette Rosenberg at 434-245-2415 or for more information.


Computers4Kids, an after-school technology mentoring program for low-income youth, is seeking volunteer mentors, workshop leaders, and computer refurbishers: 
- Mentors desire to be a positive role model to a middle or high school student and possess basic knowledge of PCs or Macs and the Internet.  Time commitment is only 1 hour/week.
- Workshops leaders guide students in learning technology skills.  Volunteers can lead workshops designed by C4K or create their own.  This is a one- time commitment of 1-2 hours on an evening that is convenient for you!
- Computer refurbishers help refurbish and repair computers for our students.  Should be comfortable with hardware and software components.  Time commitment is 4 hours/month.

Please take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to help ensure our local kids get all the educational and professional opportunities they deserve!  Learn more from our website at or contact Michaela at

Enrichment Alliance of Virginia

The Enrichment Alliance of Virginia seeks volunteer mentors, committee members, and administrative assistants to help us increase the accessibility of afterschool and summer enrichment programs to all children, regardless of disabilities, language barriers, and other challenges. Contact Mary Anna Dunn at 434-295-1002, or Visit our website

Friends of Music at U.Va.

Support the activities of U.Va.ís McIntire Department of Music, such as hosting visiting artists, offering receptions, and facilitating outreach.

Gallery Sitter for Second Street Gallery

Take part in Charlottesville’s art community by serving at Charlottesville’s non-profit contemporary art space.  Responsibilities include: Greeting gallery visitors, answering simple biographical questions, giving advice or directions for the downtown mall area, and recommending that visitors become members or leave contact information. Gallery Sitters are needed any time Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Second Street Gallery is located on the corner of Second Street and Water Street on the ground floor of the City Center for Contemporary Arts.

Interested parties should contact Erica Barnes at 434-977-7284 or at

Habitat Store

The Habitat Store accepts donations of new and salvaged building materials and home furnishings and then sells them to the general public at discount prices.  All proceeds from the sales contribute to the construction of new Habitat homes in the Charlottesville community. The primary goal is to provide funding for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Habitat also works to make home maintenance more affordable for everyone and to promote responsible stewardship of our natural resources by diverting usable materials from the landfill.
The Store is open Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday 9-5. Volunteers run the cash register, provide customer service, maintain and clean the store, process donations and organize the diverse merchandise.

Hope Community Center

Volunteers are needed at the Hope Community Center to participate in various tasks such as tutoring, mentoring, driving a bus, cleaning, serving and more. To volunteer, please visit or call 434-872-0200.

Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D)

Read texbooks in all subject areas, especially mathematics, medicine, and chemistry. Contact Marcia Rosen-House at 434-326-4956 or for orientation and recording session hours.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA)

LVCA) provides one-on-one, confidential tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults living or working in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. This service is provided by talented volunteer tutors. The program is in great need of items such as a point and shoot digital camera, an office desk with drawers, gift cards for lunch spots or coffee, a subscription to the daily progress and much more. For more information and to donate an item, please contact Maureen at 434-977-3838 or

Lorna Sundberg International Center

Provides programs and services to enhance the experience of U.Va.'s international students, scholars, faculty and families as well as opportunities for intercultural enrichment for the University and the local community. For more information, contact or 434-924-7983.

Meals on Wheels

Due to an increase in demand for service, Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle is seeking volunteer drivers for both regular, weekly and substitute driving. Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers ready to join the effort to reach out to those in need with a hot, noon-time meal.

Drivers, using their own cars, donate approximately 1.5 hours of time once a week, on a regularly scheduled weekday, from approximately 10:30 a.m. to noon. Often two volunteers share a route, delivering on alternating weeks.

Anyone interested in driving a delivery route or packing meals is invited to contact the Meals on Wheels at 434-293-4364, or email

Piedmont Family YMCA

The YMCA at Piedmont currently needs the following volunteer sports instructors/coaches:  flag football, soccer, basketball, cheer, dance, and gymnastics.  The YMCA is also in need of a mascot. For more information contact Jessica Maslaney at

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers during the holiday season. Angel tree volunteers are needed to help interview and take applications for families applying for Christmas assistance, to sort and pack families Christmas packages and to distribute gifts for them. Download the flyer to learn more. Bell ringers are also needed around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Download the flyer for more information.

Shelter for Help in Emergency

Shelter for Help in Emergency is seeking volunteers for its Court Monitoring Program, which gives residents an opportunity to observe the workings of the legal system as it relates to domestic violence. Volunteers are trained to record criminal justice proceedings and to offer information and support to victims of domestic violence.

For more information contact Nicole Lloyd at 434-963-4676.

Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company

The Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company needs men and women volunteers to serve as fire fighters, medical responders, divers/pump operators and support members. Free training is available. Join a team of highly committed people who respond to a wide range of emergency situations from medical calls to structure fire.

Since the call volume is relatively low, students can expect sufficient down time for studying. For those who do not have time for firefighter or EMT classes, but would still like to help as a support member, volunteers can be trained to help with a wide range of emergency scene logistics. For more information contact Jack Mellott at 434-975-2202.

The Paramount Theater

The Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville is seeking volunteers to perform such duties as ushering for public and educational performances, posting fliers about our programs, assisting in production, working in the box office, supporting the administrative office and help with processing ticket sales. If interested, please fill out an application form and contact Ray Crider at 434-979-1922, ext. 106

University of Virginia Art Museum

The U.Va. Art Museum has multiple volunteer opportunities including docent program and gallery guild as well as positions on their advisory and volunteer boards. For more information, visit their website.

U.Va. Hospital and Children's Medical Center

Opportunities exist for adult and student volunteers, both high school and college level. To learn more call 434-924-5251 or visit the U.Va. Hospital Auxiliary website.

U.Va. Library Volunteers and Exhibit Docents

The U.Va. Library welcomes volunteers in a variety of positions, including docenting at library exhibits, preservation, circulation, and shelving. Short- or long- term assignments available. No experience necessary. Training is provided. For more information please see our job site.

Virginia Discovery Museum

Enthusiastic, caring volunteers, ages 15 – 90, are needed to work at our front desk, assist in the gallery, build exhibits, and help with special events. We provide free parking, training, free passes, and the opportunity to serve the children and families in our community. The commitment is 2 to 3 hours per week or short term for special projects. Please contact Margie at 434-977-1025 or to apply. More information is available at

Virginia Organizing Project

The Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) needs volunteers to help with soft fundraising tasks (phone calls and in-person asks for donations of food, hand-made bowls, oil for the cars, money for sponsorships, ads, volunteer help at events), running errands, and general office help (mailings, data entry, certificate, label, and poster design, packaging used cell phones, washing and packing bowls for our annual fundraiser…).  Volunteers who want to come in on a specific morning or mornings each week are in definite need.

VOP also needs volunteers to mow the grass and do yard work, as well as take care of recycling.  VOP provides free office space to the Charlottesville Albemarle NAACP, Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the Community Builders Network. 

Please call Michelle Mattioli at 434-984-4655 x223 for more information.

703 Concord Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903-5208
(434) 984-4655   •   434-984-2803 fax

Women's Health Virginia

WHV is a volunteer-based organization that promotes Virginia women and girls' health and wellbeing. Interns and volunteers are needed to work on educational, information and research projects, marketing, special events, development and administrative support. We match our volunteers' interests, skills and availability with the work that needs to be done. Spot jobs, short and long-term assignments available. Some work can be done from home. E-mail or call 434-220-4500.

Womenís Initiative

The Womenís Initiative is a local non-profit organization that provides mental health services to women in our community who have no insurance or are underinsured. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to commit to working a 2-4 hour shift weekly for at least one semester doing administrative duties. The position includes: welcoming clients, answering phone calls and doing other administrative tasks as needed. If interested, please contact the Clinical Coordinator, Jessica Blurton at 434-872-0047, extension 106 or by email,

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