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Current Volunteer Opportunities

One-Day Opportunities

Interested in getting involved in the community but not sure where to start? Not sure if you have the time to commit? Check out our listing of one-day volunteer opportunities to jump in and get your feet wet! These opportunities are great for large groups looking for a service event over a weekend.

Volunteers are needed for the following events or organizations. Many groups need volunteers long after they have submitted a request, so feel free to contact the organization if you're interested! Submit a volunteer opportunity.

Girl Scout Troop Leader

Two 1-hour slots per month, flexible times, Albemarle and Charlottesville City schools

Girl Scouts are looking for leaders for local troops serving Kindergarten to fifth grade. Each troop needs two adult (18+ years old) leaders. The council provides six hours of training (45 minutes online, 4.5 hours in C'Ville). Troops are forming now and girls are waiting! Contact Deanna Nolan for more information at joe_deanna@yahoo.com ...

Fall Fun Fair

October 10, Greenbrier Elementary

We are looking for volunteers to help run various activities, such as the hay bale maze, ring toss, face painting, book walk, and hay rides. Volunteer commitment is 2.5 hours. Want to lend a hand? Contact claire@nachbar.com for more information ...

Volunteer at the Schoolhouse Thrift Shop

Three-hour shift on weekdays, The Schoolhouse Thrift Shop on Rio Road (Charlottesville)

The Schoolhouse Thrift Shop is a non-profit that seeks to reach out to the Charlottesville community by both offering a fun, budget-conscious shopping experience at our thrift store and donating proceeds to local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Ministry with the Aging, Gertrude Mitchell House, Advancing Native Missions, and Alliance for Interfaith Ministries. We are seeking volunteers to assist with the daily operations of the shop, including sorting through and pricing donations and organizing stock. Volunteers work in teams for three-hour shifts during weekdays and have lunch together to foster friendship and community. Additional information may be found at www.schoolhousethriftshopatrio.com. Interested? Contact Leah at 434-973-2271 ...

UVA's Got TAlent

Any weekday before 12 p.m. (noon), Rosewood Village (500 Greenbrier Drive)

Showcase your talent before the appreciative residents of Rosewood Village in Charlottesville. Entertainers can come in weekly or just for a one-time gig. The residents love music but magicians, jugglers, dancers, and so on are welcome, too! This need is immediate and ongoing. Don't be shy...give it a try! Contact Carleigh Showalter, JABA Volunteer Services Support Specialist, at 434-817-5226 or email at cshowalter@jabacares.org ...

It's a Beautiful Day

Flexible days and times, Adult Care Center (674 Hillsdale Drive)

Volunteers are needed at the Adult Care Center to participate in and/or lead activities for members. Everything from engaging in simple conversation to encouraging a wide range of activities, such as morning walks, yoga, chair exercise, music and dance, arts and crafts, bingo, and word games. Times and days are flexible. Your energy and friendship will make it a beautiful day for Center members. Contact Carleigh Showalter, JABA Volunteer Services Support Specialist, at 434-817-5226 or email at cshowalter@jabacares.org ...

Piedmont Council for the Arts Volunteer

Four hours per week

Are you a local arts enthusiast? Would you like to help connect people to arts and culture events in the area? Piedmont Council for the Arts is currently looking for volunteers to help maintain the Arts Calendar, a valuable resource that lists local events in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Responsibilities include entering arts events into the calendar and seeking event listings from local arts organizations. If interested, please email info@charlottesvillearts.org with your name, email, and phone number. Please also specify which one to two arts areas you are most interested in: visual arts, literary arts, music, film, theatre, dance, or family-friendly. We will do our best to pair volunteers with their preferred arts area ...

Community Bikes Open Shop time

Wednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m., 405 Avon Street (across from Spudnuts)

Come to the shop and help us fix up bikes for low income members of the community. No previous mechanical experience necessary. For more information see the website or contact Melissa at 973-9339 ...

Go Girls! Fitness and Education Support Group

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Kluge Children's Rehab Center

Go Girls! is a fitness and education support group that aims to (1) introduce girls to exercise in a fun environment where they can meet other girls and support each other, (2) enable girls to discover and develop enjoyment of exercise, (3) educate girls and their families about weight-related medical and reproductive issues, and (4) help girls and their families implement healthy lifestyle changes. We would expect student volunteers to participate in the 45 minutes of Zumba (beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Kluge Children’s Rehab Center) and then lead a discussion topic with the girls (not a presentation). Previous topics have included proper skin care, healthy snack ideas, mindfulness. If a student is interested in leading 45 minutes of exercise with the girls, that would be great, as well! The age range of participants is 7 to 18. This opportunity occurs every Thursday, but is not necessarily a weekly commitment. Volunteer as often as you would like! If you're interested, please contact Anne Gabel at 243-6911 or agabel@virginia.edu ...

Ride to Conquer Cancer

September 13-14, Washington D.C.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer® is a unique, two-day cycling event. During this bold cycling journey, riders will cycle over 150 miles through the picturesque countryside of the National Capital Region. The Ride is an epic journey to help fund cancer research and care at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals. Your participation in The Ride to Conquer Cancer® is transforming cancer medicine. Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Suburban Hospital are using scientific discoveries to determine which treatments and screening interventions will work best for each patient. In this new model, the promise of personalized medicine is becoming a reality. The work of Johns Hopkins physicians and scientists are ensuring we get the right treatments to the right patients at the right time. For more information on how you can volunteer, see the website or sign up ...

Mentor with Computers4kids

Computers4Kids (C4K) is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Charlottesville that serves local low-income middle and high school students in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. C4K provides free after-school technology training through one-on-one mentoring in a safe and vibrant environment. Mentors and students meet 1.5 hours per week for 36 hours (approximately 9 to 12 months) at our learning lab and work together on technology projects. At the end of the program, the student receives a free computer! Mentors need not be technology whizzes but should be comfortable using PCs or Macs and the Internet. This is a wonderful chance to help ensure our local kids get the opportunities they deserve. Contact Crystal Courtner for details and to volunteer. Hours for mentoring are Mon. through Thurs., 2:45 to 8 p.m., and Fri., 2:45 to 7 p.m. ...

The Women's Initiative

The Women’s Initiative is a local nonprofit 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 two- to four-hour shifts weekly for at least one semester doing various administrative duties. We have several positions available and ask that you download their descriptions to see what interests you. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Davis at sdavis@thewomensinitiative.org when you are ready to begin! You can also check out our website to learn more about us at http://thewomensinitiative.org. Please click the positions to download the description for (1) Essential Front Desk Support, (2) Database Enterer Extraordinaire, and (3) Play Group Facilitator ...

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