Other Service Opportunities

There are so many great things to get involved with in Charlottesville! On this page you'll find ideas for getting involved on your own and with other Darden Clubs. 

Madison House

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The community service program of UVA. Programs include Big brothers/Big sisters, Adopt a Grandparent, Coaching kids' sports teams, EAL, tutoring, and many more! Check out the link to the left or contact Andrew Hutsell, our Madison House liaison, to get involved!

 Charlottesville Abermarle SPCA 


The Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA is always in need of adult volunteers for walking and training dogs, cat socializers, special events, office work, and much more! Click the link to the left or email volunteer@caspca.org

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LV-C/A) is an independent, non-profit organization that offers free, confidential, individualized basic literacy and ESL instruction to adults. They need volunteer tutors to teach someone to read and write, or to read and write better, as well as how to speak English or improve a person’s English conversational skills.

Call 434-977-3838 or email lva@avenue.org

Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE)


Since opening its doors in 1979, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has provided shelter for more than 250 victims of domestic violence each year, many of them children. They need volunteers for answering the 24-hour hotline, assisting with the staffing of the emergency shelter, facilitating children's programs, helping with special events and fundraisers and more. For more information click on the link to the left or email.

 Children, Youth, and Family Services 

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In the last year alone, they gave almost 2,000 kids a chance for a successful future, a chance for positive family interactions, a chance for quality early learning, a chance for a safe place to live. They have several volunteer opportunities, some involving work with young children, some with teenagers and some office work. All have different time commitments ranging from regular bi-weekly to occasional. Email info@cyfs.org, call (434) 296-4118 or click on the links for more information.

Service Dogs of Virginia 


Service Dogs of Virginia, Inc. raises, trains and places dogs to assist people with disabilities. They need volunteers for Some key areas of high value to us include helping to walk dogs, organizing special events, fund raising, Reading with Service Dogs of Virginia and more. Call (434) 295-9503 or email info@servicedogsva.org for more information.

Jefferson Area Board for the Aging 

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Founded in 1975, Jaba is Central Virginia's leading provider of information and services for seniors. Their mission is to add dignity, security, independence and fulfillment to the lives of older adults and their families. They need volunteers for

(434) 817-5229 and ask for Marguerite David.

Meals on Wheels


Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver hot, nutritious meals to homebound residents of the Charlottesville/Albemarle area who find it difficult or impossible to prepare meals for themselves. They need people to drive a route, work on one of our events committees, help pack meals, Help collect food for our "blizzard bags" canned food drive. If you want to volunteer, email dawn@cvillemeals.org

The Emergency Food Bank 

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The Emergency Food Bank is a volunteer organization that provides a 3-day food supply to individuals and families in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area who find themselves in an emergency without food. They always need food canned food donations. Volunteers commit to 3 hours a month. Call 434-979-9180 or click on the link.

Monticello Area Community Action Agency 

MACAA offers 9 programs that increase the ability of individuals and families to find solutions to their problems so that they no longer need assistance. They work to eradicate poverty and improve the lives of people living in the community. Volunteers are needed for programs such as Head Start, CARES, Rural Outreach and more. Call 434-295-3171 or click on the link.

 Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic 


Their mission is to create opportunities for individual success by providing and promoting the effective use of accessible educational materials. Contact mcoffey@rfbd.org or call (434) 293-4797 to learn more about volunteering.

I Have a Dream Foundation of Charlottesville 


I-HAD Charlottesville provides children with academic assistance, social support, and enrichment opportunities to promote staying in school and higher education. They volunteers for mentors, tutors, and activity drivers. Click here to fill out a volunteer application.

Habitat For Humanity Store 

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The Habitat Store supports Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville by selling new and salvaged building materials and home furnishings to the public at discount prices.  All proceeds contribute to the construction of new Habitat homes right here in the Charlottesville area.

The Habitat Store also encourages recycling and responsible stewardship of natural resources by diverting usable materials from the waste stream.  And we seek to make home maintenance more affordable for everyone.

Please contact Carla Mullen for more information at carla@cvillehabitatstore.org

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