The Animals & Environment program works with several community groups and businesses to help improve the welfare of Charlottesville’s animals and environment.

What will volunteers do?

Each site has a different job for volunteers to do. Volunteers may work on a farm, caring for the farm animals and assisting with the farm’s upkeep, help tend a garden, restore local parks and trails, help with horseback riding, work at the SPCA, the possibilities are endless!


The shifts are approximately two hours, once a week, depending on the site. Transportation will be provided via carpool.

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.

  • Casa Alma

  • Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA

  • Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

  • Gallastar Farms

  • Montanova Stables Foundation

  • PVCC Community Garden

  • Rivanna Trails Foundation


“Madison House has given me not only an avenue to give back to the community, but also an opportunity to grow as a student, as a leader, and as an individual.”
— Polina Karachunsky ('Col 16), Program Director for Pet Pals