Volunteer Bulletin

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Youth Service Toolkit

A small booklet containing information on best practices in youth volunteerism to help parents, educators, nonprofit agencies and youth to ensure that youth volunteering is meaningful and valuable for all parties involved. Click here to download the booklet.

The Youth Service Toolkit contains information that may be of great value to parents looking to engage in meaningful volunteer work with their children, including how to prepare kids for volunteer work, how to work with nonprofit agencies to arrange volunteer opportunities, and then how to help children to reflect on their volunteering experiences in a way that will enable them to see the genuine value they can bring and role they can play in making a difference in our community.

  Community Fundraisers
 
October 26, Sunday
COAT DRIVE: ASHTON'S BIRTHDAY WISH
CiCi's Pizza.
For the third year in a row, Ashton is sharing his birthday celebration with the community, inviting everyone to join him in donating new and gently used coats for children of all ages Monetary donations in lieu of coats will also be accepted. Bounce house, face painting, fire trucks and more at the drop off location. In the CiCi's Pizza Parking Lot at Seminole Square.  11am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kim Ryan.  Email: ashtonswish@aol.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 1, Saturday
5K RUN/WALK FOR SHELTER
Shelter for Help in Emergency.
This annual run in downtown Charlottesville benefits the Shelter for Help in Emergency, which serves victims of domestic violence. Downtown Mall.  Directions: Race begins at Mudhouse and ends at The Jefferson Theater.  7-7:45am race registration; 8am race starts.  $25-$30.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 963-4676. 
 
November 8-16
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Jump start your holiday shopping by browsing books, recordings, games and puzzles, and ephemera of all types. Proceeds benefit programs and services of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  10am-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@jmrlfriends.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-8467 . 
 
November 19, Wednesday
23RD ANNUAL MS DINNER OF CHAMPIONS
National MS Society.
Reception and dinner, honoring this year's Silver Hope Award recipients Cynthia and Mark Lorenzoni. Proceeds benefit multiple sclerosis research and local programs for people with MS and their families. Boar's Head Inn.  6-9pm.  Email: aimee.carter@nmss.org. For more info call: 971-8011. 
 
November 23, Sunday
SQUASH CANCER SQUASH TOURNAMENT
MJH Foundation.
A day of fun and friendly competition featuring singles and doubles play for men, women and teens. Open to the public and players of all abilities welcome. Boar's Head Sports Club.  Contact: MJH Foundation/Lauri Wilson.  Email: LTWILSON@sentara.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8173. 
 
Ongoing
VAHOMESCHOOLERS/AMAZON FUNDRAISER
VaHomeschoolers.
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers--VaHomeschoolers/Amazon.com. Shop Amazon through the VaHomeschoolers Bookstore and let your purchases help support VaHomeschoolers at no cost to you! Just go to http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/bookstore.html. Pass this link to friends and family so their purchases can also support your member- directed, all volunteer and fully inclusive state homeschool association. VaHomeschoolers is neutral in matters of religion and partisan politics; homeschooling is our only agenda. All ages welcome.  Email: secretary@vhea.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-866-513-6173. 
 
  Volunteer Opportunities
 
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR
Home Instead Senior Care.
Consider giving time to an elderly neighbor, nursing home or other non-profit helping seniors in our area. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-4663. 
 
Ongoing
COMPUTERS4KIDS MENTORS NEEDED
Computers4Kids.
Want to bring positive, permanent change to a child in only one hour per week? Computers4Kids seeks volunteer mentors to explore computers with youths in grades 7 to 12. Computers4Kids, 945 Second St. SE.  Contact: Michaela Tighe.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-1121. 
 
Ongoing
EXPLORING HOW CHILDREN DEVELOP
Child Development Laboratories at UVA.
Studies how children come to understand the world around them. They are looking for children from ages birth to 7 years old to participate in quick, fun studies. Your child might read a story or play a game, and you can be with your child at all times. Consider volunteering your child for a study. Recommended for ages 0 to 7.  Email: info@childdevelopmentlabs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-5234. 
 
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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YOUTH UNITED PROGRAM
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Youth United (YU) is a national Habitat for Humanity program that brings volunteers ages 5-25 together to educate, advocate, and fundraise for affordable housing. Participating youth are leaders, planners, fundraisers, communicators, and, if old enough, builders (ages 16-25). If you're dedicated; age 5-25 who would like to get involved, please contact us. Youth United is not only a wonderful way to empower our local youth, but it also stresses community and team work among local schools. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville office.  Directions: 919 West Main St..  Recommended for ages 5 to 25.  Email: youthunited@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9066. 
 
Tuesdays, early September through October
IVY CREEK GUIDE TRAINING
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to be a basic naturalist. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. This training class is offered each year, starting in early September, and requires attendance Tuesday morning (9:30 am until around 11:15 am) each week for 8 weeks, plus some observation training. Contact the Ivy Creek Foundation for this year's class dates. Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Center.  9:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 88.  Contact: Bruce Gatling-Austin.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
JABA'S FISH (FRIENDS IN SCHOOLS HELPING) PROGRAM
JABA.
JABA is now recruiting FISH volunteers to help in local elementary schools during the 2011-2012 school year. All that is needed is patience, a caring attitude and a desire to make a difference. Potential volunteers can choose from many different time slots. Volunteers need to be able to commit to an hour per week for the school year. Openings are available in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa. Email: FISH@jabacares.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-5289. 
 
Ongoing
NATURE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Serve as a nature guide, trail monitor, grant writer or one of many other needed roles for the Ivy Creek Foundation. Recommended for ages 18 to 100.  Email: icf@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
PLAY PARTNERS AND MENTORS NEEDED
Children Youth & Family Services.
Children Youth & Family Services has volunteer opportunities available from Play Partners, who help promote reading in children's early years, to youth companions, young adults who serve as mentors for teens at risk. Contact: Jennifer Kane.  Email: jkane@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118, ext.248. 
 
Second Saturday of Every Month
RIVANNA TRAILS FOUNDATION SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
Rivana Trails Foundation.
Volunteer to come out to help with trail maintenance. Great for older kids or the whole family. Tools provided, but bring shears or clippers if you have them. Large groups please call in advance. .  Directions: Meet at the RTF equipment shed on Earheart St.  9am-noon.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jeff Wilbur.  Email: klondike4@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7524. 
 
Current Charlottesville Volunteer Opportunities

BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
Give families a greater voice in the future direction of Albemarle County and learn more about how the County government operates by applying to serve on an advisory board or commission. Committees include the Commission on Children and Families, the Natural Heritage Committee, the Social Services Board and many others. Meeting frequency is anywhere from weekly to bimonthly, so there is something for every level of time commitment. All you need to do is complete a short on-line application. Potential applicants will then be approved at the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Click here for details.

Click here to visit the United Way Volunteer Center for many ongoing family volunteer opportunities!

Click here for BRAVO! Stories from CharlottesvilleFamily celebrating the good in our community.



Make Volunteering a Year-Round Habit for Your Family

* Walk your favorite trail with a bag and collect trash.

* Organize a neighborhood drive for food, blood, furniture, toiletries, whatever is needed.

* Collect books to be distributed to kids and families who might not otherwise have them.

* Write letters for people living at a nursing home who might have arthritis in their hands.

* Work with the police to organize a neighborhood safety watch.

* Make a food basket for someone in need.

* Host a volunteer planning meeting.

* Install door locks, drill peepholes, and improve home safety for seniors and disabled people in your neighborhood.

* Hold a story hour and read to children in your neighborhood.

* Clean up a local park and plant a tree or some flowers

* Be a homework helper in an after-school program.

* Assemble and deliver personal care kits to an area shelter (toothpaste, soap, combs, etc.)

* Do yard work for a sick or elderly neighbor.

* Start a public awareness campaign for a cause you believe in.

* Organize a community "closet cleaning" day/week and donate old clothes, furniture and other items to a homeless shelter or other organization.

* Spruce up a baseball diamond by painting the dugout and fence and pulling weeds.

* Visit an animal shelter and help to bathe animals and clean their homes.

* Help out a low income neighborhood by repairing, painting, pulling weeds, removing trash, and planting flowers in their playground.

* Paint, clean, wash windows, etc. at a local school or chapel.

* Play games, make popcorn, and visit residents at a local nursing home.

* Volunteer at a dance or other special event for people with disabilities.

* Be a family to family mentor.

* Take a homebound friend out to eat and to run errands.

* Be a foster family or host a summer guest through programs such as "Fresh Air".

* Make cards or letters to military personnel that are stationed out of the country.

* Collect teddy bears and suitcases for foster children.

* Be a reading and literacy tutor at the library.

* Bake sweets and give them to someone who needs a special gift.

* Distribute water at a city festival or other event.

* Visit patients in the hospital and help deliver mail and flowers or bring coloring pages and crosswords to share.

* Read to someone with a visual impairment - perhaps an elderly neighbor misses the newspaper because the type is too small.

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