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
March 31, Saturday
Camp Holiday Trails.
Run or walk for a good cause at this benefit race for Camp Holiday Trails. Nameless Field, UVA Grounds.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3781. 
April 7, Saturday
Zeta Tau Alpha.
Join the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha in the 24th annual 5K to raise funds for the UVa Breast Care Center and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. All proceeds will go towards the advancement of breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. Nameless Field, UVA.  8:30am registration.  For details, please click this link. 
April 7, Saturday
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
A K-9 2.5K to support the animals and life-saving programs of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The walk will begin at IX Art Park and winds through Charlottesville's historic Downtown Mall neighborhood before returning to IX Art Park for a post-walk festival sure to wow the doggie friends. The festival will feature human and doggie entertainment, canine competition, treats for humans and pups, and a pack of animal-friendly sponsors. IX Art Park.  8:30am-12:30pm.  $35 Adult Walkers.  Contact: Ryan Willis.  Email: rwillis@caspca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5959. 
April 8, Sunday
RVCC / Almost Home Pet Adoption Center.
Fashion, furry friends and fun. Outfits from the Treasure Chest Thrift Store and Almost Home SPCA Thrift Store. Accessories from Awesome Animals of Almost Home. Who will be on the catwalk? Models from Almost Home and Treasure Chest Thrift Store. Raffle prizes, refreshments and more. 2-4pm.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
April 14, Saturday
Richmond Bluegrass Jam.
Thirty of the region's best bluegrass and Americana bands play on three stages for 12 straight hours at this free, family-friendly event. Proceeds will support the Richmond Fisher House facility, a home away from home for families of veterans and active-duty soldiers recuperating at Richmond's McGuire Veterans Medical Center. Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen.  11am-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@rvabluegrassjam.com. For details, please click this link. 
April 14, Saturday
Black Box Players.
From 11am-12:30pm there will be activities, games, entertainment, and food for the whole family to enjoy followed by a 2-mile walk around the track at AHS. Tyler Gatesman was diagnosed almost three years ago at the age of three with T1D. Tyler must endure 10-15 daily finger pricks to monitor his glucose levels, and 4-6 insulin injections a day to cover the food he eats.Please join Tyler's Warriors and to help reach Tyler's fundraising goal. Albemarle High School.  11am-1:30pm.  Email: ashleyfthornton@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
April 14, Saturday
Virginia Institute of Autism.
Support the Virginia Institute of Autism with a fun morning of running and walking. Families, children and adults with disabilities are welcome. Charlottesville High School.  7:30am kids race, 8am 5k.  $25-45.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Grace Fowler.  Email: run4autism@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-923-8252. 
April 14, Saturday
Alpha Tau Omega at UVA & CASPCA.
Family-friendly event featuring carnival games, catered food and adoptable dogs. Guests are welcome to bring their own leashed dogs as well. Madison "Mad" Bowl on UVA Grounds.  12-2pm.  $5 entry fee.  For details, please click this link. 
April 18, Wednesday
King Family Vineyards / Charlottesville Dress Company.
Come for a fashion show fundraiser. See the Spring Collection from the Charlottesville Dress Company while raising awareness for the International Rescue Committee. King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  5:30pm.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
April 20, Friday
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Come for a silent auction followed by a breakfast buffet. This year's proceeds support Help Save the Next Girl. Doubletree Hotel on 29N.  7am silent auction, 8-10am buffet.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
April 21, Saturday
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
Come out to enjoy pancakes with Kiwanis, support a great cause, and then head on over to the Dogwood Festival Parade. Proceeds support Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Foundation, whose mission is to "waterproof our community" so that all children have basic swimming skills and are safe around water. First Baptist Church, 735 Park Street.  7:30-11am.  $5 minimum ticket donation, under 6 free.  For details, please click this link. 
April 21, Saturday
Team Sierra.
Proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit the Sierra Club, an environmental organization dedicated to explore, enjoy and protect our planet. All you have to do is run and you will be helping the Earth. Participants will receive a race T-shirt and a tree seedling to take home with you. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  9am start, 7-8:30am packet pickup.  $25.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
April 22, Sunday
Camp Holiday Trails.
The Hope Grows Celebration will be a fun and inspiring family-friendly event featuring delicious food, drinks from King Family Vineyards and live music. Come have fun and learn about Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children and teens with medical needs. Enjoy lots of kid-friendly activities including a bounce slide, barn tour, fire truck rides, face painting and more. King Family Vineyards, Crozet.  3:30pm.  $85 adult, kids 5 and above $10, under 4 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: heather@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3781. 
The Haven.
Come to the Haven every Wednesday for a great homecooked meal. The Haven.  12-1:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-1234. 
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
March 24, Saturday
This 10-mile run through Charlottesville raises money for local charities. This year's primary beneficiaries are Building Goodness Foundation, the Charlottesville Municipal Band, City of Promise, International Neighbors and Living Free programs for military families. Email: info@cvilletenmiler.com. For details, please click this link. 
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!

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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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