The mission of Adopt-a-Grandparent is to create meaningful, one-on-one relationships with seniors in the Charlottesville community that will improve the quality of life of participants, both seniors and volunteers. Participants in our program become a highlight of the week for the “grandparents” they visit because oftentimes these seniors are specifically selected as people who will emotionally (and sometimes physically!) benefit from the extra social stimulation. We want to make sure the seniors in our community know how special they are to us!


What will Volunteers do?

Volunteers will dedicate 1 to 2 hours each week to their volunteer shift, which will occur in a carpool or individual visit – depending on the site to which they are assigned. Each site will also have a special semester event for the volunteers to all gather with their residents for a planned activity, and our dedicated Program Directors are also always looking for opportunities to let volunteer socialize with each other, both during and outside of their weekly shifts!



Volunteers submit their availability and are matched for a one-hour shift, once a week. Days and times vary according to site.Transportation will be provided via carpool. Adopt-a-Grandparent is a year-long commitment.


How can I get involved?

Registration opens each semester at 9am on the first day of classes.


Our community PArtners

For more detailed information about an individual site listed below, click here.

  • Our Lady of Peace

  • Riverdale Assisted Living

  • Senior Center, Inc.

  • The Colonnades

  • The Heritage Inn of Charlottesville

  • The Lodge at Old Trail

  • Trinity Mission Health and Rehab

  • Westminster Canterbury Health Center

  • Albemarle Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • Golden Living Center

  • JABA After Care Center

  • Martha Jefferson House

  • Mary Williams Community Center

  • Morningside Assisted Living

“[My adopted grandmother] is 60 years older than I am, and we’ve become friends. I have grandparents in China, I miss them, and I thought how lonely and boring it might be to be older and not living at home. I would want companionship and someone to visit and make me happy.”
— Morgan Chen (Col '15), former volunteer with Adopt-A-Grandparent