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
 
April 1, Saturday
SUPPORT CARL VIAR AND FAMILY
Massies Mill Ruritan Club.
Live music, spaghetti dinner, silent and live auctions to support Carl Viar and his family as he faces challenging health conditions. James River Cut-Ups and The Little Mountain Boys will play music from 3-6pm and the spaghetti or hot dog dinner will begin at 3pm. The live auction begins at 6:30pm. Massies Mill Ruritan Club.  Directions: 5439 Patrick Henry Hwy, Roseland.  3-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-8586. 
 
April 1-2, Saturday-Sunday
HOPS & HEADLAMPS
Nelson County Department of Parks and Recreation/ Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation.
Enjoy the first annual Hops & Headlamps tour. The best wineries, cideries and breweries will be included on the tour including Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Cidery, Cardinal Point Winery and Veritas Winery among others. $32.  Recommended for ages 21 to 99.  Email: eharper@nelsoncounty.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-7130. 
 
April 8, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL BOW-WOW-WALK
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 Lee Park and wind through Charlottesville's historic Downtown Mall neighborhood before returning to Lee 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. Lee Park.  8:30am-12:30pm.  $35 Adult Walkers; $25 Junior Walkers; $35 Cat Nappers.  Contact: Ryan Willis.  Email: rwillis@caspca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5959. 
 
April 8, Saturday
INAUGURAL ILLUMINATION GALA
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join the Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors of the Science Museum of Virginia for its inaugural black tie fundraising gala and the first event in the Museum's new exhibit and event center, the Dewey Gottwald Center. Dewey Gottwald Center.  Directions: 2500 W. Broad St.  6-11pm.  $250.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1548. 
 
April 15, Saturday
DOWNTOWN CHILI SHOWDOWN
Tom Tom Foundation.
As part of the Tom Tom Festival, sample some of the best chili Charlottesville has to offer at this first annual chili cook-off. Sample dishes from leading restaurant chefs and home-cooking heroes and vote for the people's choice award. In addition to chili, Red Shoe Cville will be hosting their 3rd annual Brew Ha Ha! packing the house with local beers that raises money for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville. Main Street Arena.  11am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 21, Friday
DOGWOOD BENEFIT BREAKFAST
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Benefitting the Monticello Little League Challenger Division. Come for a silent auction followed by a breakfast buffet. 7am silent auction, 8am buffet.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 22, Saturday
RUN FOR AUTISM 5K
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: 923-8252. 
 
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
 
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 (9:30am-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'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!

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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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