Recreational Therapy




 

Volunteers work at several local agencies providing specialized recreation, rehabilitation and companionship services such as Albemarle County Post High, Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART), Therapeutic Adventures, Region Ten's Meadowcreek Center for mental retardation, Health South Recreational Rehabilitation, Special Olympics, and ARC of the Piedmont.

 

Program Sites:

 

Albemarle County Post High

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Albemarle County Post High helps students with moderate and severe disabilities, ages 18-22, transition from high school to an independent-living environment by providing them with vocational training and independent living skills. Volunteers either converse with the students over lunch and participate in a variety of activities such as drawing, playing games, and doing puzzles, or, alternatively, volunteers have the option to accompany Post-High students to outsourced activities such as Yoga, Tai-Chi classes, the recreational center, or job sites.

 

 

When?


1-2 hours between 9-11:30 or 12:45-3:00

Monday-Friday, An hour-long shift, flexible timing from 9-11:30am or 12:45-3pm.

 

Where?

915 Henry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

 

Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART)

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) combines horses and kids in a fun, rewarding experience designed to help children with disabilities improve their physical, mental, and emotional skills. Volunteers, together with the riding instructor, will participate in riding lessons with the children by side walking or leading a horse and simultaneously interacting with the child to aid his or her learning. While at the barn, we groom horses, tack them up, assist in lessons, and provide physical and emotional support for the disabled students we teach. Neither prior experience with horses nor with disabled children is required; anyone with an interest is welcome!  Check out a great video about CART here

 

When?


Monday-Thursday & Saturday, morning sessions at 9am and afternoon sessions at 4/5pm.

 

Where?

5924 Fried Farm Road
Crozet, VA 22932

 

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers work directly with patients on the in-patient floors of UVa-Healthsouth rehabilitation hospital playing therapeutic games, assisting therapists and staff, and talking with patients. A great opportunity for anyone in pre-health areas who wish to gain meaningful experience with patients and improve their patient interacting skills. Carpool are provided.

 

When?


Wednesday 4-6, Thursday 4-6, Saturday 1-3 and Sunday 1-3

 

Where?

515 Ray C. Hunt Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

Meadowcreek

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers help teach or play with disabled adults. The activities range from cooking, Wii, basketball to reading, math, and computer skills. Volunteers can work with the Community Partner to come up with any new program they like and usually the new programs are based on the volunteers interests (ex. guitar, flute, strawberry shortcake, etc).

 

When?


9-2 Mon-Fri with the exception of the second Friday of each month when Meadowcreek closes at 1pm. The volunteers usually volunteer from 9-11 or 12-2.

 

Where?

2000 Michie Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

Special Olympics

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers are dedicated to empowering individuals with an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay, or a closely related developmental disability to become physically fit through sports training and competition. Volunteers are given the unique opportunity to assist in the athletes' training process through teaching, participating, and helping the athletes wherever needed.

 

When?


1-2 hours per week on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Where?

Various Sites around Charlottesville. 

 

Therapeutic Adventures

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


This program is designed to make outdoor sports accessible to the mentally and physically disabled. The bulk of the program is adaptive skiing at Massanutten (Jan-Mar). Throughout the rest of the year, we assist with other adaptive outdoor sports such as kayaking, rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking, and others. If you have an interest in skiing and outdoor activities, this program is one that can benefit you as much as our clients. While skiing experience is preferred, it is not required for particularly dedicated volunteers. We also provide lift tickets, snacks, and equipment free of charge to all of our volunteers.

 

When?


Skiing: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7:30am-6pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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