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; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3:10pm-4:30pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Buford Middle: 3:00pm-4:00pm; Mondays and Wednesdays

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, 2:30-4:00pm

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 kindergarten through fifth grade. 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 and other fun activities 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?

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm

WHERE?

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

 

Computers4Kids

What will the volunteer do?

The Computers4Kids (C4K) program aims to engage underprivileged youth in the Charlottesville community in a technology-focused after school program. As a mentor, you will be paired up one-on-one with a local student and offer them guidance on a variety of projects throughout the year. These endeavors are chosen by the student and are only limited by their imagination. The team at Computers4Kids pride themselves on never saying no to a project; a policy which has lead to the creation of a motorcycle, an ice cream machine, and a full-length movie.

The C4K clubhouse is outfitted with state of the art technology – such as a fully equipped recording studio, 3-D printers, and a film studio – which will help you and your student achieve the goals you set. By engaging in this program you are not only showing someone their true potential, but giving them hope for the future as well. If you’re interested in being a role model, want to help underprivileged teens, or just want to be more involved in the Charlottesville community, become a Youth Mentor at Computers4Kids!

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

 

ENTERPRISE CENTER FOR LEARNING AND GROWTH

The Enterprise Center for Learning & Growth is an alternative academic program which provides students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to learn in a concentrated area with the goal of adjusting students to the traditional school setting. It promotes academic success, constructive behavior, social & emotional growth, academic achievement, and improvements in decision making. The role of volunteers will be to work alongside teachers in fostering a support system to meet students' needs in small class settings, as well as any other activities.

Where?

The Enterprise Center, 225 Lambs Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22901

WHEN?

Monday-Friday, 1:00pm-3:00 pm

 

From student to scientist

WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEER DO?

From Student to Scientist is a program grounded in service learning—aimed at bridging the gap between the classroom and scientific applications to help students develop not only a passion for science but also the ability to communicate their ideas. Our student-run program is based on the idea that true leadership is empowering others to lead, promoting an exchange of ideas and perspectives through interaction between our branches in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Charlottesville, New York City, our partners in Pakistan, and more.

We hope to help students discover a passion for and pursue science and all of its opportunities and possibilities through workshops, mentorship, and outreach activities. Volunteers will be working with elementary school children during a series of workshops which will include various science experiments and activities in areas such as robotics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Volunteers will help students develop independence in their work, and help them to understand the importance of their experiments in the real world through discussing current events and the importance of scientific communication.

Where?

Mondays from 1:15-2:15 pm

WHEN?

Johnson Elementary, 1645 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22903

 

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 2:00-4:30pm. 

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