Click here to sign up for Project SERVE. Below, you will see a list of previous sites that volunteers have worked at.This list is not a complete or official list of the sites participating in Project SERVE; sites are constantly changing based upon the availability of the community partners. You will be contacted in the summer regarding what site you have been assigned to.
Abundant Life Ministries
Abundant Life Ministries (ALM) is a partnership among the residents of the Fifeville/Prospect Avenue neighborhood and volunteers from local churches and area nonprofits to support for the people within their community. Almost 140 children and more than 100 volunteers are involved in weekly meetings—tutoring, mentoring, eating dinners together, learning the Bible, playing basketball, going on field trips, praying, and just hanging out together.
AIDS/HIV Services Group
(Assembling safe sex kits and testing kits)
The AIDS/HIV Services Group Established in 1986, the AIDS/HIV Services Group (ASG) has served residents of a 2,200 square mile area of Central Virginia. ASG began by offering supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and now has a wide range of case management and HIV prevention services. ASG also serves as the Virginia Department of Health’s lead agent for Northwest Virginia, administering prevention education programs and funds for other AIDS organizations in a 12,000 square mile area.
Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP)
(Outdoor landscaping and/or painting)
The Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) is a private, non-profit housing and community development organization dedicated to assisting low income Albemarle County and Charlottesville City residents to have the opportunity to live in safe, decent and affordable housing. AHIP will pursue its mission by facilitating programs and services, and assisting low income families and individuals to acquire and/or maintain a home. It is the conviction of AHIP that the opportunity to live in adequate shelter is a basic human right.
The Arc of the Piedmont
(Outdoor landscaping and clean up)
The Arc of the Piedmont was established in 1954. It provides services, advocacy, education, and supports to infants, children, and adults due to intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities.
Barrett Early Learning Center
(Outdoor landscaping and/or painting)
Barrett Early Learning Center, an over 65-year-old day care center, works with children ages two through five. It emphasizes social, emotional, intellectual, and physical child development. It serves the local working community. Many of the participating children qualify for free or reduced lunch according to the USDA guidelines and for social services assistance for tuition. Thus, the center depends largely on private donations and volunteers.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
(General warehouse work)
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank was established n 1981 to help feed hungry people throughout Virginia. Over the past third years, it has distributed more than 100 million pounds of food throughout the area.
Blue Ridge Commons Neighborhood Networks
(Help set up and run a field day)
Blue Ridge Commons is a low-income housing community with a diverse population including refugee and immigrant families from around the world. We are holding a Community Day to connect our residents to community resources, celebrate our diversity, and have a good time.
Camp Holiday Trails
(Outdoor landscaping and sprucing up)
Camp Holiday Trails is a summer camp for children with special health needs. Our campers range in age from seven to fourteen and our Blazer program is designed for kids aged fifteen to seventeen. Kids come to us from all over the mid-Atlantic region and their medical diagnoses vary. We serve kids with arthritis, asthma and other respiratory conditions, cancer—including children on IV chemotherapy, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, heart disease, immunodeficiency-HIV, kidney disease, urological disorders, visual impairments, and other medical conditions.
The Campus Kitchens Project is a non-profit organization that developed in 2001 as an off-shoot of DC Central Kitchen, a national food rescue program. At UVa, this student-run program operates out of Runk, where surplus food from the dining halls is collected and redistributed to third-party agencies in Charlottesville, feeding citizens who don’t have the means to do so themselves.
(Marathon Bingo Game, lunch set-up, conversations over lunch)
The Cedars is a 140 bed skilled nursing and rehab facility in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville Housing Office
(Outdoor maintenance including painting, landscaping, and clean up)
This office manages over 376 units for the exclusive use of low income families, seniors, and disabled individuals. Another 300 units of privately owned homes are available by the CRHA through the Housing Choice Voucher Program, with the goal of assisting low to moderate-income families with viable housing options.
(Shop maintenance and organization)
Charlottesville Community Bikes is a non-profit bicycle shop that works under the Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) to promote environmentally-sound transportation, recycle bicycles, and make cycling accessible in Charlottesville, VA. The Community Bike Shop allows its patrons to invest energy and money into a bike that they can keep and offers them information on how to maintain bikes.
The Habitat Store
(Organizing in the store, cleaning, pricing)
The Habitat Store is a retail sales store that seeks to extend Habitat for Humanity’s mission by making home maintenance more affordable. Maintenance is made more affordable through the recycling and reusing of surplus and used building materials.
Hope Community Center
(Building Community, Challenging Poverty, Fighting Homelessness)
Hope Community Center offers a homeless day haven Monday through Friday on 11th Street, within a short walking distance from Campus. There is also an after school program with Venable Elementary School children from 3:00 – 5:30. And every week, on Monday nights, there is a Refugee EASL and Acclimation program from 6:30 – 7:30. We have a huge variety of events throughout the year, and are always looking for volunteers.
Jefferson Area Board for the Aging (JABA)
JABA’s mission is to develop and maintain communities for healthy aging. In order to do this, JABA provides adult care centers for health and personal care activities, affordable and high-quality assisted living, community centers, health insurance counseling, health services, home care, home-delivered meals, a variety of at-home services, among other services.
Martha Jefferson House
(Socialize with residents)
As a multi-level retirement community, the Martha Jefferson House offers a close-knit and extraordinary independent living environment or, for the handful of folks here who aren’t quite as independent, the support offered in assisted living. For those who need more comprehensive care, we have our nursing care facility, called “The Infirmary.”
(Outdoor maintenance and trail clean up)
McIntire Park is the second-largest park in the City, with almost 136 acres of land. Located in the center of the city, this popular park was made possible by Paul Goodloe McIntire who purchased land from 1926 to 1941 and then donated it as as one park to the City of Charlottesville. McIntire features rolling land with magnificent views of the mountains to the east, a heavily wooded area with steep and varied topography and winding streams.
Parks and Recreation
(Outdoor landscaping and trail clean up)
Parks and Recreation maintain local parks, trails, school grounds, and cemeteries.
Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates
(Stuff and label envelopes; neat handwriting, please!)
CASA is an organization that trains Court Appointed Special Advocates, who work one-on-one with abused and endangered children to assist the courts in determining the best environment to ensure each child’s safety and well-being. Volunteer court advocates may be the only voice that can truly speak for these children.
Rivanna Trails Foundation
(Outdoor landscaping and trail clean up)
The mission of the Rivanna Trails Foundation is to create and protect natural footpaths, which follow the Rivanna River and its tributaries, for the enjoyment of all. The foundation incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1992, and to date has completed more than 18 miles of hiking trails.
Ronald McDonald House
(Outdoor landscaping and painting)
The Ronald McDonald House is a low cost lodging facility for pediatric patients and/or their families who live beyond Charlottesville and Albemarle County and are being treated at local hospitals.
(Kitchen: Sorting and bar coding food donations)
(Thrift Store: Sort clothing and incoming donations)
The Charlottesville Salvation Army Corps has served this community since 1912. Our primary programs are Emergency Services, Homeless Intervention Program, Medical Assistance Program, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing Program, Feeding Program, Booth School of Life Management, Preschool/After-School Childcare Program, Summer Camp, Disaster Services, and two Thrift Stores.
Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)
The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is a private, non-profit organization whose volunteers and staff are dedicated to facilitating the healing of sexual assault victims; and to reducing the vulnerability of women, children, and men to sexual assault and sexual abuse.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Our shelter, the major focal point for the SPCA, provides a number of programs and services for the Charlottesville/Albemarle community and its unwanted, homeless and neglected animals. One of the most important services is providing a positive alternative for close to 5,000 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats/mice and hamsters each year. We have a high adoption rate for our dogs and puppies, and are working very hard to reduce the overpopulation of cats and kittens so as to place as many of our felines as possible.
(Sorting paper recycling)
UVA Recycling collects materials from residential areas, academic buildings, and other areas around Grounds such as the UVA Hospital. Materials collected range from paper and plastic products to medical devices and small electronics. After being sorted, the different types of material are sent to processing areas throughout Virginia where they are used to create new products.
Venable Elementary School
Venable School is an elementary school for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. It is a school rich in a tradition of community participation and volunteerism. Located near the University of Virginia, Venable brings together a heterogeneous group of families from the surrounding neighborhoods that view the school as the focal point for their children’s education and socialization. It is in a large part through these families’ interest and involvement in Venable that it has been able to provide a breadth of experience from art enrichment to after-school computer instruction and community picnics.
Virginia Discovery Museum
(Organizing, painting, and/or cleaning inside the museum)
The Museum provides hands-on activities, programs, and exhibits designed for children 1-10 years of age. A discovery art studio and gallery is located inside the museum which supplies directions, materials, and samples to help guests make unique, creative projects to take home. Special events are put on throughout the month.