Abundant Life

What Will the Volunteer Do?

Abundant Life strives to connect volunteers to the greater community through empowerment of Charlottesville’s youth. Volunteers are paired with a child who he or she will work closely with for the semester. Volunteers assist with nightly homework as well as tutor the child in math and reading using special lessons plans and enrichment activities provided by the tutoring coordinator. In addition to tutoring, there are also opportunities for volunteers to play with the children during free time, attend class field trips, and participate in Abundant Life sponsored community events, such as the Annual Christmas Banquet, which celebrates the children’s hard work and raises money for the organization and its participating families.

When?

Tutoring will be held at the following locations and shifts.

  • Johnson Elementary: 3:00pm-4:30pm; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3:00pm-4:30pm; Tuesday & Thursday
  • Buford Middle: 3:00pm-4:00pm; Monday & Wednesday

Where?

Volunteering takes place at various local schools.

 

ACES (Active Chess Enrichment for Students)

What Will the Volunteer Do? 

Playing ACES Chess is a non-profit program that brings chess to the Charlottesville community through fun and engaging means to help youth explore their natural ability to develop their minds and integrate those skills into their educational lives. The after-school chess clubs range in ability from true beginners to truly exceptional students waiting for a true challenge in their academic lives.

We have programs at many levels, but most volunteers will be involved in beginning level after-school chess programs at local elementary schools. Chess experience is NOT necessary, only a desire to work with children and help them learn and develop critical thinking skills. Those who do have previous experience will be able to lead chess instruction at local elementary schools or work with higher level middle and high school students.

When?

There are after-school programs throughout the week. Please contact the Program Director for the schedule and available time-blocks. In the elementary and middle schools, time blocks are 2:00-4:15pm every week day. The local Boys and Girls Clubs have programs on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm and on Fridays from 4:00-5:30pm.

Where?

All of our locations are local. We are currently in seven schools and the Boys and Girls Club. More schools are being added each semester in this growing program. If necessary, rides will be arranged by the Program Director.

 

Action in Reading

What Will the Volunteer Do?

Action in Reading is a neighborhood community after-school program for early elementary school students to help them develop independent reading skills. Students come to ‘book club’ every week to read, play games, and solve puzzles with student and adult volunteers. The volunteers will get to know the students and help them develop personally and academically throughout the semester.

When? 

Thursdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where? 

(inside the Mallside Forest Apartments) 
816 Mallside Forest Ct
Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

Books & BBall

WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEER DO?

Books & BBall is an after-school program designed for children in fifth grade and up. The program strives to provide academic help and foster skills necessary for success in school and in life. Tutors help create a safe environment for students to get help with their homework and receive tutoring in subjects they may be struggling in. Tutors also encourage athleticism and work ethic by playing basketball with the students after school work is completed.

WHEN? 

Wednesdays from 3:00pm-5:30pm.

WHERE? 

CrossLife Community Church, 1410 Old Brook Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

CLARK Music Program

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERS DO?

The Clark Music Program will be hosted for third and fourth grade students. The program will work to develop musical concepts such as melody and rhythm while engaging students in a fun and interactive way. Volunteers will strive to foster a general love for music and to encourage students to pursue music through school-sponsored programs in the future. 

WHEN?

Tuesdays, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

WHERE?

Clark Elementary School, 1000 Belmont Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902 

 

Computers4Kids

What will the volunteer do?

Interested in original computer projects? Want to be a role model? Like to help underprivileged teenagers learn about computer skills and change their lives? Join Computers4Kids! Computers4kids is a Madison House program that makes you a mentor for a middle school or high school student to complete two interesting computer projects a year. You will spend 1.5 hrs a week to help him or her practice using computer softwares, and encourage them to utilize these skills in study, career and hobbies. Basic software experience is enough, no special computer skills are needed to volunteer. 

When?

Computers4Kids operates weekly from 3:00pm-8:00pm Monday-Friday. Students would have to volunteer at least 1 1/2 -2 hours weekly with their student within these times.

Where? 

945 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Gordon Ave Public Toy Library

WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEER DO?

If you’re interested in making a substantive difference for the children of Charlottesville, The Gordon Avenue Public Toy Library is for you! Volunteers will work directly with kids on arts-and-crafts at the Gordon Avenue Public Library during bi-weekly Creation Stations. Additionally, volunteers will help run and maintain Charlottesville’s first toy library from which local kids will be able to choose from a variety of toys and check them out, just as they would a book. And yes, there will be plenty of playing with toys!

WHEN? 

Friday afternoons from 2:30-3:30pm or 3:30-4:30pm. 

WHERE? 

Gordon Avenue Public Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Additionally, some volunteering will take place at Madison House itself.

 

The Lewis and Clark exploratory center

WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEER DO?

The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center teaches the skills of exploration on the banks of Charlottesville's Rivanna River, and offers a variety of activities including drawing, mapmaking, science, writing, carpentry, boat building, and outdoor challenges and hiking. The center houses a variety of rotating exhibitions, and one permanent exhibition related to the local history of Lewis and Clark.Volunteers will lead visitors in our hands-on activities and inside tours. Volunteers will be trained on-site and will have the opportunity to select areas of specific interest to them to focus on. 

WHEN? 

Volunteer shifts will be held on Fridays from 10:00-12:00pm, 12:00-2:00pm, and 2:00-4:00pm.

Where?

Darden Towe Park
Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

Music Resource Center

What Will the Volunteer Do?

Volunteers are paired with students of similar musical interests and meet one-on-one to improve musical skills and to work toward personal goals set by the student. Volunteers do not need to be classically-trained or professional musicians; however, they should feel comfortable teaching one-on-one and explaining his or her chosen instrument. Volunteers will meet with one student for 30-45 minutes per week for eight weeks to further the student's musical development, either by establishing an end goal or by outlining techniques to work on for each week. Volunteers typically teach drums, guitar, piano, vocals, beat making, and audio engineering. Based on student availability and interest, additional instrument lessons are also offered.

When? 

The MRC is open Monday through Friday from 2:30pm-7:00pm. Volunteers are asked to select one 30-45 minute shift per week.

Where? 

105 Ridge Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Virginia Discovery Museum

What Will the Volunteer Do?

Gallery volunteers enhance visitor experience at a locally-run children's museum by encouraging exhibit interaction and play. They facilitate children to learn through exploration while maintaining the museum's safe and positive play environment.

When?

Volunteer shifts take place on Monday-Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm, and 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Where?

524 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902