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
August 20, Sunday
The Jefferson Theater.
Come to a concert to benefit the CACF Heal Charlottesville Fund. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm, Doors open at 6pm.  $10.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4980. 
August 18-20, Friday-Sunday
LuLaRoe Multi-Retailer fundraiser benefiting the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Thousands of items for sale from 12 retailers each day. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Directions: 945 Emmet Street North.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tabitha Johnson.  Email: LuLaRoeTabithaJohnson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2522. 
August 26, Saturday
The Ishan Gala Foundation.
The event will include a 5K race, slip-sliding water-park fun, entertainment and great food put on by the Ishan Gala Foundation to raise money and awareness for the devastating childhood cancer neuroblastoma. A family of four (2 adults and 2 youth) can purchase a family package for $45. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. ACAC Adventure Central.  Directions: 200 Four Seasons Drive.  8-11:30am.  $15 adult, $10 ages 3-12, 2 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Megan Young.  Email: info@ishangala.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 234-4644. 
September 9, Saturday
Scottsville Lions Club.
Part of Scottsville Community Day activities. Buy a duck for $5 and watch it race down the James River. Cash prizes for first, second and last place. Proceeds go to Lions Club eyeglasses and hearing aid distribution. Ducks will de dropped in the river at approx. 2:30pm. Public boat landing, downtown Scottsville.  2:30pm.  $5 per duck.  Contact: Buddy Brochu.  For more info call: 831-2318. 
July 15, August 19, September 16
Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery.
Bring 1 non-perishable food item for a discounted entry and support the local food pantry. At these events only, Cardinal Point will offer Blue Mountain beers as well. Check website for each date's band and food truck. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Afton.  5-9pm.  $10 adults; $5 if you bring at least 1 non-perishable food item (per person); Kids 18 and under are Free.  Email: info@cardinalpointwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
September 17, Sunday
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with catered food, drinks, awards, swimming pool, professional pictures and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  Email: stevendale@bgclubva.org. For details, please click this link. 
September 18, Monday
UVA Transplant Center.
Financed solely by donations, the Transplant Patient Assistance Fund provides in-need families support to offset costs of lodging, travel and food while patients are receiving transplant care. The day will include a round of golf at the nationally recognized Spring Creek Golf Club, lunch, dinner, a goody bag and more. Spring Creek Golf Club.  11am .  Contact: Bonnie Farone or Carol Vincel.  Email: transplantgolfbenefit@virgnia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-1656. 
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
September 20, Wednesday
United Way.
The Day of Caring was established in 1992 by the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish. Check the website to get involved. $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: unitedwaytja@unitedwaytja.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1701. 
August 26 & September 23, Saturdays
Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
Help someone in our community improve their reading, writing and English speaking skills. You too can make a difference. Mary Williams Community Center.  Directions: 233 4th St. NW.  9:30am-4:30pm.  Contact: Ellen Osborne.  Email: ellen@literacyforall.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3838. 
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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