Volunteer Bulletin

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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 27, 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.  7-11am.  $5 minimum ticket donation, under 6 free.  For details, please click this link. 
April 28, 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.  $TBA.  All ages welcome.  Email: heather@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3781. 
May 4, Saturday
Rockfish Valley Community Center / Bold Rock Hard Cider.
A fundraiser for RVCC to support basketball court improvements. Basketball tournament will be 4 flights: Youth (ages 11-15), Young Adult (ages 16-20), Adult (ages 21-49) and Senior (50+). Food, drinks and trophies to the winners of each flight. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  10am-4pm.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
May 4, Saturday
Team Sierra.
Proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit the Sierra Club, an environmental organization dedicated to explore, enjoy and protect our planet. Participants registered by April 22 will receive a race T-shirt, and top runners will receive medals. There is also a 2-mile option for those who would like to walk. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  8am start.  $30.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
May 5, Sunday
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
This run is open to all age groups and all fitness levels. A fun Field Dash will be held after the 5K for children 8 and under. All proceeds will benefit the horses and donkeys at Hopes Legacy. After the trail run, stay and meet the 4-legged friends. From 10AM to 2PM, Hopes Legacy will hold its first public Open House from 10AM to 2PM. Take advantage of educational programs, food trucks, music, and kids games. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  7am race, 10am-2pm open house.  $Free open house / race cost varies.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Open terrain  Email: development@hopeslegacy.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-989-2949. 
May 18, Saturday
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.  Directions: Darden Towe Park.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-996-7282. 
May 19, Sunday
Kids ages 7-16 are invited to this run-bike-run duathlon. Enjoy a morning of fun athletic activity. All participants will receive a t-shirt and all finishers will receive a medal. Lots of great prize drawings, and food and drinks for the participants. Proceeds go toward three different nonprofits. Forest Lakes South.  8am check-in, 8:30am pre-race meeting, 9am race start.  Recommended for ages 7 to 16.  Email: info@dogwoodduathlon.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
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
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. 
ReadyKids has volunteer opportunities available for its Play Partners program, which teaches preschool-age children literacy skills, active listening and focus through play and story-telling together. Contact: Christy Arrington.  Email: carrington@readykidscville.org. For details, please click this link. 
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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