summer 2017 volunteer prograMS

Register here to volunteer with Madison House's summer programs. You can find a list of summer 2017 volunteer opportunities and community partner organizations below.

For more information, please email Summer Programs Head Program Director Carolina Cordova: cmc8ym@virginia.edu


Animals and Environment

1) Casa Alma

What will volunteers do?

Volunteers will help Casa Alma community members tend gardens on their urban homestead throughout the summer. Primary tasks include weeding garden beds, planting, and harvesting vegetables. Opportunities to learn about chickens, dairy goats, and bees are also offered. Additional work could include helping with carpentry projects and/or general landscaping.

When?

Scheduled 2 hour shifts, early mornings or evenings, Monday - Friday. Available from May through August.

Where?

911 Nassau Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

2) Charlottesville-albemarle spca

What will volunteers do? 

Volunteers work with shelter dogs and cats at the Charlottesville SPCA; activities include: walking dogs, training puppies, socializing cats and cage/supply care. This opportunity is open ONLY for currently trained volunteers!

WHEN?

TBD

WHERE?

3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

3) Piedmont VA Community College Community Garden

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers work with PVCC students and community members to cultivate and maintain an organic garden for use as a practical learning platform for environmentally sound horticulture. Food produced in the garden is donated to the local food bank and/or homeless shelter. No gardening experience is necessary: we welcome interested volunteers of all levels of skill!

WHERE?

Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville VA 22902

WHEN? 

TBD


YOUTH MENTORING

1) Computers for Kids

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERS 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 2 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?

Students would have to volunteer at least 1.5 to 2 hours weekly

WHERE?

945 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

2) Toy Library

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERs 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 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. (Flexible summer hours)

WHERE?

Madison House

 

3) STONY POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERS DO?

VA students will help children 6-10 in building the ideas they come up with. The children are exposed to different areas of engineering and physics and are later encouraged to put together a project concerning these areas. 

WHEN?

There are 30 students and 2 teachers and they would need 3-4 volunteers per shift (2 hours). Shifts can be Monday to Friday from 8am - 1pm.

where?

3893 Stony Point Rd, Keswick, VA (20 minute drive from UVA)

 

4) Virginia discovery musuem

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERs DO?

Volunteers enhance visitor experience and maintain a safe and positive play environment at a locally-run children's museum on the Downtown Mall. Volunteers encourage exhibit interaction and exploration, fostering the intellectual curiosity and development for all children in our community. 

Summer needs: Front desk, Gallery, Summer Camps and Birthday Parties

Front Desk / Gallery: Volunteers work 2-3 hours per week. They help greet guests, answer questions, maintain exhibits, and educate kids using the exhibits.

Summer Camps: Volunteers commit to a week-long half day camps (9:00-12:00 pm,Monday-Friday). Volunteers help with activities, crafts, and interactive play with camp children.

Birthday Parties: Every weekend, VDM hosts birthday parties. Working in 3 hourshifts, volunteers help set-up, greet guests, play with kids, monitor themed activities, and clean up. 

Join us as an intern! Volunteer to help out with multiple camps or be in charge of our summer birthday parties!

WHEN?

TBD

WHERE?

Virginia Discovery Museum, 524 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


CHARLOTTESVILLE FREE CLINIC

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers will assist the Charlottesville Free Clinic hospital staff, patients and their families in a wide variety of roles, as needed by CFC. This may include patient and nurse aid, administrative support and more.  

WHERE?

1138 Rose Hill Dr #200, Charlottesville, VA

WHEN?

At training, volunteers will be explained the method used by CFC to sign up for shifts throughout the week. There are a variety of shift options with the greatest need during evening clinics: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 5 - 8pm. If that doesn't work for volunteers, there are a few daytime options for administration jobs or pharmacy handouts. 


DAYCARE: WESTMINSTER CHILDCARE CENTER

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers help out in the daycare classrooms, mainly by playing with the kids! They'll help out in the classroom, the playground, and with fun activities! Ages infant to 4 years old

WHERE?

450 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

WHEN?

Mondays through Fridays 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.


Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO):
Legal aid justice center

WHAT WIll 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

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.

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 need help translating and interpreting 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.

WHERE?

1000 Preston Ave, Suite A, Charlottesville, VA 22903

WHEN?

Open 8:30am - 5pm. Students to cover 3 - 4 hour long shifts.


latinx and migrant aid (LAMA): Iglesia rios de Agua viva

WHAT Will VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers travel to a local church to work individually and in groups with local elementary, middle, and high school students. Volunteers will help with homework, English skills, and study skills, among other tasks.

WHEN?

Tuesday, 7 - 8:45 pm

WHERE?

Iglesia Rios de Agua Viva:
1720 Cherry Avenue, P O Box 7484, Charlottesville, VA 22906-7484


PLAY After School Activities: PB&J Fund

WHAT will VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers work with PB&J Fund Lead Instructors at a variety of locations in the community primarily teaching culinary and nutrition skills to participants. Tasks include but are not limited to:  food preparation, instruction of culinary skills and nutrition knowledge, cleaning, eating, talking, mentoring, light computer skills, parent interaction.  The Creative Cook ("Kids in the Kitchen") program teaches students culinary arts, nutrition, math and kitchen safety. The Primo Plato ("The First Plate") program works with moms and their pre-school aged children to teach creative ways to cook and school-based readiness. You can find out more about the organization at www.pbandjfund.org.

WHERE?

204 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

WHEN?

TBD