Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO)

Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO) is a Madison House program that seeks to address the issues of hunger, homelessness, unemployment and other life obstacles in Charlottesville. Through seven programs, we provide direct assistance to families and individuals who are in need of food, educational training, companionship and child care. The hope that drives HALO is that we will help those in transitional situations help themselves. In this way, we make a pact to aid in their empowerment to choose the life that they want to live.

Program Sites:

Beyond the Bars (Full-Year Program)

IMPORTANT: This program has rolling registration with a month-long training/authorization period before tutoring begins.

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Beyond the Bars pairs volunteers with inmates in a tutoring relationship, in which they help some of society’s most marginalized by inmates pass the general education development (GED) test. Paired by the jail’s quickly growing education department, volunteers and inmates work one-on-one to tackle education areas specific to the students' needs (including math, English writing and grammar, history, and science). Volunteers may also work in the classroom as a teacher’s helper. Because of lengthy application and training processes, BTB is a year-long commitment, and requires volunteers to submit a separate application in addition to the Madison House application. Though Beyond the Bars faces many complex problems associated with working in a secure facility, the work done in this program is astoundingly rewarding.

When?


Weekdays, choice among a morning and evening session for one hour; depends on carpool flexibility. Scheduling for in-classroom volunteering changes depending on carpooling and classroom options.

Where?


Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
160 Peregory Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network

What Will the Volunteers Do?


At the Food Bank, volunteers help to sort salvaged food, serve customers in the food relief room, and build emergency food boxes. They also are needed to make Person-in-Need Boxes, staff the Drop In Food Assistance Center, aid with Food Stamp Applications, plan food drives and solicit donations. Volunteers will have regular contact with the homeless and hungry population of Charlottesville.

When?


Any weekday for 1.5 hours between 9:00am-3:00pm.

Where?


1207B Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA 22906

Computer Literacy

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Computer Literacy volunteers will help job seekers with little or no computer skills master a variety of basic computer skills, including setting up an email account, saving a document, and completing an online job application. Volunteers will provide one-on-one tutoring, following a comprehensive computer skills curriculum. This is a great opportunity to help job seekers become computer proficient, competitive applicants.

When?


Monday-Friday, 2:30pm-4:30pm; Wednesday, 10:00am-11:00am; Friday, 11:00am-12:00pm

Where?


The Virginia Workforce Center is located at 2211 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville VA 22901. (Please note: The Virginia Workforce Center has also opened up a new satellite location in the basement of the public library on the Downtown Mall. Volunteer shifts TBA.)

GED Tutoring

What Will the Volunteers Do?


GED (General Education Development) Tutoring volunteers will help adult learners preparing for the GED exam master the five areas of study tested on the exam, which include reading, writing, social studies, math, and science. Specifically, volunteers will assist the teacher of the GED class by giving one-on-one help to the students. This is an excellent way to help the Charlottesville community in supportive and encouraging environment.

When?


Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm-3:30pm.

Where?


Volunteering takes place on UVa Grounds (Newcomb Room 182 or O’Hill Forum).

The Haven

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers will work at The Haven, a place for the homeless and very poor members of the Charlottesville community. Volunteers work directly with The Haven's staff to ensure that clients are able to take full advantage of the many resources and services that The Haven is able to provide them, including laundry, shower, computers, phone-usage, and a living room. Other volunteer opportunities include preparing and serving breakfast. Additionally, volunteers will be encouraged to foster positive relationships with clients.

When?


Volunteer shifts are available between 7:00am-12:30pm seven days a week and between 12:00pm-3:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Where?


112 West Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Legal Aid (Full-Year Program)

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Legal Aid volunteers assist the local Legal Aid Justice Center, a local non-profit legal clinic, in providing legal services to low-income community members. Volunteers perform clerical work for the attorneys at Legal Aid, which includes research, writing, communication, clerical work, making copies, reviewing documents and running down to the courthouse. There are two volunteer roles that Legal Aid needs in the 2014-2014 academic year:

  • Position 1: We provide free civil legal services to low income members of our community. Volunteers will assist with clerical tasks, answering phones, and triaging callers and walk-in clients, and providing individual support to lawyers, fundraisers and other development staff. Ideally, we are looking for students who are willing to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Some 2 hour shifts are available.

  • Position 2: We are looking for Spanish speaking students who are interested in volunteering at the Legal Aid Justice Center. We provide free civil legal services to low income members of our community. We anticipate a high demand for Spanish speaking volunteers this fall to help us translate and interpret on behalf of clients seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Volunteers will also be asked to assist with clerical tasks, answering phones, and triaging callers and walk-in clients. Ideally, we are looking for students who are willing to volunteer 3-5 hours per week. Some 2 hour shifts are available.

    PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this program is now closed for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    When?


    Two-hours shifts, Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

    Where?


    1000 Preston Ave, Suite A
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Loaves & Fishes

    What Will the Volunteers Do?


    Loaves & Fishes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers both USDA-provided food and food donated from churches and other local organizations to families in need within and around the Charlottesville community. Loaves & Fishes has a mission to give food with kindness and compassion to those seeking assistance while providing an opportunity for volunteers to serve their neighbors in Charlottesville and surrounding communities.

    When?


    Volunteering shifts will be Thursdays from 5:30-8:00.

    Where?


    370 E. Greenbrier Drive
    Charlottesville, VA.

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