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:

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 assitance while providing an oppurtunity for volunteers to serve their neighbors in Charlottesville and surronding communities.

When?


Volunteering shifts will be Thursdays from 6:00-8:00.

Where?


370 E. Greenbrier Drive, Charlottesville, VA.

Beyond the Bars (Full year program with rolling registration (month-long training/authorization period before tutoring begins))

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Beyond the Bars volunteers tutor inmates at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ) to help them achieve their GED certification. One hour a week, volunteers meet with their assigned student and work through areas specific to the students' needs (including math, English writing and grammar, history, and science). Volunteers may also work in the classroom setting, assisting the GED teachers by working with individuals at varying levels. This program continues through the entire school year. In other words, if you decide to volunteer, you take on a yearly commitment. BTB has two goals. Firstly, volunteers help inmates achieve GED certification and better prepare them to integrate into society. And secondly, volunteers begin or extend their experience helping marginalized social groups. Beyond the Bars faces many complex problems associated with working in a secure facility, but the work done in this program remains astoundingly rewarding.

When?


Weekdays, choice among a morning, afternoon, and evening session for one hour.

Where?


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 9am-3pm

Where?


1207B Harris Street
Charlottesville, VA 22906

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?


Two-hour shifts, 7 days a week, 7am-5pm.

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.

**Legal Aid is a separate application form from the rest of HALO. If you are going to apply, please make sure you fill out the Legal Aid application form.

When?


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

Where?


1000 Preston Ave, Suite A
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Salvation Army

What Will the Volunteers Do?


At the soup kitchen, volunteers will assist the kitchen manager with various duties including organizing the food pantry, preparing food, and often serving lunch to the hardworking staff members at the Salvation Army.

When?


MWTh 9-10am and 10-11:30am

Where?


207 Ridge Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Virginia Workforce Center (Computer Literacy and GED Tutoring)

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-Thursday, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Where?


The Virginia Workforce Center is located at 2211 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville VA 22901

GED Tutoring

What Will the Volunteers Do?


GED Tutoring volunteers will help adult learners seeking their GED 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, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:30 AM -12:00 PM

Where?


The Virginia Workforce Center is located at 2211 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville VA 22901.
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