Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO) seeks to address the issues of hunger, homelessness, unemployment, and other life obstacles in the Charlottesville community. HALO hopes to help those in transitional situations help themselves. Through seven different programs, we provide direct assistance to families and individuals in need of food, educational training, companionship, or child care.


What will volunteers do?

The role of the volunteer will vary depending upon which site they have chosen. Volunteers have the opportunity to choose between tutoring inmates at a local jail, organizing and sorting salvaged food for the hungry, distributing meals to those in need, teaching job seekers essential computer skills, helping adult learners prepare for the GED exam, working with the staff of a local homeless shelter, or even assisting with legal services for low-income community members.



The length of shifts can range from 1-5 hours per week, depending on which site you have chosen. Some sites require full-year commitment, others require only a semester-long commitment.


How can I get involved?

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

Note: Registration for Beyond the Bars, Legal Aid, and The Haven will close one week after registration opens (September 3rd, 2019).


Our Community Partners

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

  • Loaves and Fishes

  • Shelter for Help in Emergency

  • The Haven

  • Virginia Workforce Center: Computer Literacy

  • Beyond the Bars (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail)

  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

  • GED Tutoring

  • Legal Aid Justice Center