CASA ALMA

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers assist the Casa Alma community tend to their garden and small farm throughout the year as they work to become more sustainable.  This includes creating garden beds, planting and harvesting vegetables, as well as tending to chickens, goats and bees.  Additional work could include helping with building small houses and general landscaping.

WHEN?

Fridays from 2:00pm-4:30pm. Allow for approximately 20 minutes of transportation time.

WHERE?

911 Nassau Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA TREE STEWARDS (CATS)

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers work with CATS to remove invasive species, plant trees, and work on other projects that improve the health of Charlottesville's trees and plants.

When?

Every other Saturday morning, 10am - 12pm.

WHERE?

Varies by project. Transportation will be provided. 

 

GALLASTAR FARMS

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers care for the farm's many horses, pot-bellied pigs, and other animals as well as assisting with the farm's upkeep.

WHEN?

Shift time depends on volunteer availability. 

WHERE?

 3307 Irish Rd. Esmont, Virginia, 22903

 

MONTANOVA STABLES

WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers assist students from Stone Robinson Elementary School with horseback riding and horsemanship instruction. Volunteers will also develop one-on-one mentoring relationships with the children. No experience with horses is necessary; those with no experience will receive more extensive training.

WHEN?

Volunteers typically do one shift a week. Shifts are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:00pm-5:00pm. With travel this is a 2:30pm-5:30pm time commitment.

WHERE?

Montanova Stables is in Keswick, VA. Montanova Stables features horses, chickens, goats, dogs, and a chance to get away from the city and school stress for a few hours a week to give back to the community.

MOrven kitchen garden

WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS DO?

At the start of each workday, volunteers are greeted by the workday leader (student or staff) who gives them an overview of the garden and has them sign-in (waiver and garden rules). The workday leaders do an overview of the garden (where things are located and general rules). The workday leaders demonstrate the tasks for the day (ie planting, weeding, etc) and work alongside the volunteers. It is a volunteer friendly experience and low key. Students do not need to have any gardening experience to participate. All are welcome.

Garden tasks can include: preparing garden beds (adding compost, raking), mulching, weeding, trellising crops, seeding and planting at the garden, seeding trays in the greenhouse, and harvesting.

WHEN?

  • Wednesdays from 10am-noon

  • Thursdays from 10am-noon

  • Fridays 9am-11am

WHERE?

Morven's address is 791 Morven Drive. When you arrive at Morven, you will check in at the gatehouse and they will give you directions to the garden.

Note: there are two gates to Morven and the online directions sometimes send you to the first gate which is always locked.

 

PARKS & TRAILS

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers work with the City of Charlottesville's parks division and the Rivanna Trails Foundation to help restore local parks and trails. Volunteers will get to explore the scenic trails of Charlottesville. Activities will include: trail maintenance, trail blazing and trail building.

WHEN?

The Trails work days will be every other Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm, but on the second Saturday of every month, the time will be 9:00am-12:00pm to accommodate the Rivanna Trails Foundation's clean-up efforts.

 

PET PALS

WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers work with shelter dogs and cats at the Charlottesville SPCA. Activities include: walking and playing with dogs, socializing cats, and helping with cleaning and cage/supply care.

WHEN?

Volunteers will attend a 2 hour shift once a week.

WHERE?

3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

PVCC 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!

WHEN?

Students volunteer once a week (schedule posted on application).

WHERE?

Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive
Charlottesville VA 22902

Follow College Drive to the Dickinson building parking lot (the end of College Drive).

The city bus system CAT bus 1B drops off at the Dickenson building at approx .00 (Please note that this bus leaves from the Downtown Transit Station once an hour. The Downtown Station can be reached via CAT bus 7 or the Free Trolly. See online city bus schedules for more information).

The garden is on the north side of the Dickinson building.