Volunteer Bulletin

CharlottesvilleFamily's Bloom Magazine

In addition to our free publication, we are proud to contribute to our community by actively supporting many non-profits, arts organizations and events in their missions, all while remaining committed to the environment through green practices. On our Ivy Publications website, you will find a list of some of the many groups we are pleased to support. We are also proud to sponsor and participate in many special events throughout the year from national acts to local events.

  Community Fundraisers
October 21, Saturday
Michael J Fox Foundation.
Enjoy pancakes and entertainment on the Lawn. Donations taken to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. University of Virginia's South Lawn.  9am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: P4PatUVA@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-9867. 
October 21, Saturday
Gordonsville United Methodist Women.
Come enjoy the annual Harvest Dinner to raise funds for UMW Missions. This year's proceeds will also benefit disaster relief operations through UMCOR. The dinner includes Ham, Turkey, Dressing, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn Pudding, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls, Dessert and Coffee/Tea. Dine in and Take-out tickets available at the door. Gordonsville United Methodist Church.  5-7pm.  $12 adult and $6 child.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jessica Smith.  Email: 3dgrayce@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-2940. 
October 21-22, Saturday-Sunday
Batesville Community Service Club.
Batesville's premier fall event to cut wood for fires, haul tents and chairs, peel and slice 60 bushes of apples, stir, fix breakfast, can, label and clean up etc. Long-time regulars have done this each year since 1975 as a fundraising effort and newer locals are invited to join in. The event goes all through Saturday night without stopping until Sunday afternoon. Batesville.  10am Saturday to 2pm Sunday.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
October 28, Saturday
Ashton's Birthday Wish.
Live music, face painting, meet & greet with firefighters, photo booth, Halloween costume contest and more. Bring along a new or like-new coat to donate to needy kids in the area. Toy Lift founder Tom Powell will also be accepting new toy donations. Applebees and Bojangles at Pantops.  11am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: ashtonswish@aol.com. For details, please click this link. 
October 28, Saturday
Adam's Road to Recovery.
A fundraising event for Adam, who sustained a spinal cord injury this summer. Enjoy exhibitors and artisan vendors, interactive games, live music, silent auction and raffles, face painting, balloons and fire trucks. Glenmore Country Club.  9am-2pm.  Contact: Kaye Campbell.  Email: 1kayecampbell1@gmail.com. For more info call: 531-2500. 
October 28, Saturday
Alzheimer's Association.
Join the Alzheimer's Association in their annual walk to support Alzheimer's research. There's no fee to register, but each participant is expected to fundraise. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: 401 Mcintire Road.  8am registration; 9am walk.  All ages welcome.  Email: csimpson@alz.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-6122. 
November 4, Saturday
Shelter for Help in Emergency.
This 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.  Email: jspangler@shelterforhelpinemergency.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 963-4676. 
November 4, Saturday
The Bridge Line.
Four bands from the Charlottesville Blues Society, food from Travinia, silent auction items, dance demos with MC Shannon Meyers. Jefferson School City Center.  6-10pm.  $30 per person, $50 per couple.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-1274. 
November 4-12
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Jumpstart your holiday shopping by browsing books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, games, puzzles and ephemera of all types. A significant number of "valuable and attractive" books will also be on sale. Proceeds benefit programs and services of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  10am-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Peter Manno.  Email: info@jmrlfriends.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-8467. 
November 18, Saturday
Habitat for Humanity.
The Habitat for Humanity Rake-a-Thon is a family-friendly event for people of all ages which raises funds and awareness for affordable housing in our community. All proceeds go to build Harmony Ridge located just off of 5th Street in Charlottesville. The mixed-income neighborhood will feature 14 homes. Locations in Charlottesville.  9:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: gtrent@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9066. 
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
October 28, Saturday
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Celebrate the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods and communities, and raising awareness about of the issue of food insecurity in our region and the impact it has on the community. Tour the Food Bank and then get to work on a volunteer project. Space is limited. Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  10am-12pm.  $Free, donations accepted.  Contact: Jennifer Clark Robertson.  Email: jclarkrobertson@brafb.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-213-8402. 
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. 
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 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 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 (9:30am-11:15 am) each week for 8 weeks, plus some observation training. 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 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. 
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. 
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
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

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 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 or 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 for military personnel who 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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