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 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
BATESVILLE APPLE BUTTER DAYS
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 31, Wednesday
1ST ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT SWANNANOA
Swannanoa Palace.
This event is intended for the kids however all are welcome but will remain kid friendly. Doors open at 5pm to begin handing out goodies for those dressed in costume as they make their way through the main part of the house. There may even be some spooky surprises in honor of this evening. Swannanoa Palace, Afton.  5-8pm.  $5 adult, children free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5653. 
 
November 2, Friday
ANNUAL MASON'S TOY BOX WRAPPING PARTY
Mason's Toy Box.
Decorate a toy box that the community will fill with new, unwrapped toys that are then delivered to young patients of UVA Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities and their families. Bring your favorite wrapping paper and any decorations you want to decorate your box with. Boxes, bows, ribbons, tape, poster board, markers and scissors are provided. Stonefield Location.  Directions: 1954 Swanson Drive Suite 100.  6-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 833-682-4438. 
 
November 3, Saturday
22ND ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK FOR SHELTER
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 before October 16, $30 after and on race day.  Email: jspangler@shelterforhelpinemergency.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-963-4676. 
 
November 8, Thursday
A PORTABLE FEAST AT LEWIS & CLARK EXPLORATORY CENTER
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
This annual fundraiser, "A Portable Feast," will feature specialty foods from the Oregon CoastOregon berries, vegetables and fruits; salmon and candlefish; licorice root and Oregon grapes. Center staff is heading out to Oregon for a Lewis and Clark conferenceand bringing back plenty of ingredients and recipes. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, Darden Towe Park.  3:30-5:30pm.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-996-7282. 
 
November 3-11, Saturday-Sunday
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Jumpstart your holiday shopping by browsing books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, games, puzzles and ephemera of all types marked with excellent prices. A significant number of "valuable and attractive" books will be open for purchase by library members and non-members alike. Proceeds benefit programs and services of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. A members only pre-sale will occur on Friday, November 2 from 5 to 7pm. Donations also accepted. Gordon Avenue Library.  10am-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@jmrlfriends.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-8467. 
 
November 17, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RAKE-A-THON
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 will support one of the newest neighborhoods at Lochlyn Hill. In this mixed-income development, Habitat will build eight homes. Locations in Charlottesville.  9am3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9066. 
 
Wednesdays
THE HAVEN HOMECOMING
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. 
 
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
ReadyKids.
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
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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