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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.

Active Aging Fair

Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place

The Senior Center is recruiting volunteers to assist vendors in taking materials to booths/tables from their vehicle during the Active Aging Fair. Volunteers should be prompt, reliable, and able to lift/carry 20 pounds. There will be 40 local business vendors showcasing community resources at the fair. Contact Kimberly Haynes at kimberly@seniorcenterinc.org for more info ...

Community Archaeology Fair

Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Charlottesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program, and the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures are sponsoring a community and family-oriented archaeology fair. We need volunteers to help run activity stations for children. Free food and drinks! Contact A Dakouri-Hild with your availability at ad9h@virginia.edu ...

Become a Garden Mentor

City Schoolyard Garden is looking for volunteers to aide Garden Coordinators and teachers in the City Schoolyard Gardens during the workday and for after-school clubs. Garden know-how is not required. We are simply looking for community members who are available to join and assist with garden activities once a week on a regular basis. Email amsfellow@cityschoolyardgarden.org for more information ...

City Schoolyard Garden intern

Want to be part of the City Schoolyard Garden team? We are growing and have positions available to support CSG's emerging organizational sustainability. Interns have the opportunity to work with program evaluation, social media outreach, volunteer coordination, and many of the other projects that help keep gardens going in Charlottesville City Schools. If you have 5-10 hours and week and would like to contribute and hone your skills, contact Executive Director Jeanette Abi-Nader for more information ...

Campus Kitchens

Are you a fan of farmer's markets, cooking, sustainability, and service? If you said yes to any of the above, grab a friend and join CK @ UVA! Campus Kitchen at UVa is a student-run CIO affiliated with the nation-wide Campus Kitchens Project. We work locally to fight hunger and food waste by recovering food from UVa Dining and the Charlottesville community. Our lovely volunteers work their creative magic by turning food donations into healthy meals for communities in need. Our project runs entirely on volunteer help, and that's where you come in. We have something for everyone from cooking, to food-resourcing, gardening, delivery shifts, and gleaning at the Farmer's Market and local orchards and vineyards. Weekly volunteer sign-ups are now live. Be a true food rescue hero and sign up for the semester, or get a taste of the experience and try just a few shifts in the fall. Please note, if you sign up for the first week, you will be signed up to come weekly for the semester. If you do NOT want to sign up for the semester, please email ckatuva@gmail.com letting us know. We welcome one-time and occasional volunteers ...

Meals on Wheels

Between 10:30 a.m. and noon, 100 Perry Drive

We pack meals at 100 Perry Drive and distribute them throughout Charlottesville. We are looking for volunteer drivers to drive one route per week. Drivers deliver hot lunches to our homebound clients who look forward to a fresh meal and a smiling face each day! Routes typically take less than an hour to complete and begin between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. Contact Brittany at brittany@cvillemeals.org for more info ...

Intern with Jaba

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) in Charlottesville is looking for an intern to assist with administrative work for a school-based mentoring program. Tasks include creating surveys, compiling evaluation results, making phone calls, setting appointments, and helping with mailings. JABA is also in need of volunteers to help with special events (one coming up in January and another in April). Tasks vary from helping with mailings to being a team leader to helping to distribute boxes for our canned food drive ...

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 ...

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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