Beyond the Bars (Full-Year Program)

What Will the Volunteers Do?

Beyond the Bars (BTB) pairs each volunteer with an inmate at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ). Paired together by the jail’s education director and the Madison House program director, volunteers and tutees work one-on-one to tackle subject areas specific to the student's needs. Inmates use the knowledge they learn in their classes and at BTB tutoring in taking the General Education Development (GED) or Career Readiness Certification (CRC) test. Studies show that education is a powerful tool in lowering recidivism rates by aiding in inmates' search for employment upon their release.

A growing number of inmates are in need of help with English as a Second Language (ESL), so Spanish-speaking UVA students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Because of the lengthy application and training processes involved, Beyond the Bars is a year-long commitment (beginning in the fall semester) that requires volunteers to submit a separate application in addition to the Madison House application. Though Beyond the Bars faces many complex problems associated with working in a secure government facility, the work done in this program is astoundingly rewarding and highly appreciated by ACRJ inmates.

Volunteers commit to one shift per week. Shifts take place daily from Monday through Thursday during 6:30-8:00pm and during 8:00-9:30pm. Because tutoring can occur only when volunteers are present, it is crucial that volunteers commit to and prioritize their weekly BTB shift.

When?

Volunteers commit to one shift per week. Shifts take place daily from Monday through Thursday during 6:30-8:00pm and during 8:00-9:30pm.

Where?

Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
160 Peregory Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network

What Will the Volunteers Do? 

Although the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization in Western and Central Virginia working to alleviate hunger, about 90% of its operation depends on volunteers. The food bank is a distribution center that sources and packages nutritious food and supplies them to food pantries. At the warehouse, volunteers will clean and sort salvaged food, put together and distribute People-in-Need (PIN) boxes to clients, and help maintain the presentation of the food bank. On occasion, volunteers will have contact with the homeless and hungry population of Charlottesville.

When?

Monday - Thursday for 1.5 hours between 12:30pm and 4pm. (travel time included, shifts will last 1 hour)

Where? 

1207B Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22906

 

Computer Literacy

What Will the Volunteers Do?

Computer Literacy volunteers will help job seekers with little or no computer skills master a variety of basic computer skills, including setting up an email account, saving a document, and completing an online job application. Volunteers will provide one-on-one tutoring, following a comprehensive computer skills curriculum. This is a great opportunity to help job seekers become computer proficient, competitive applicants.

When?

TBD

Where?

The Virginia Workforce Center is located at 2211 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville VA 22901. (Please note: The Virginia Workforce Center has also opened up a new satellite location in the basement of the public library on the Downtown Mall. Volunteer shifts TBA.)

 

GED tutoring

What Will the Volunteers Do?

Volunteers will help tutor UVA staff members in core areas such as reading, writing, science and math needed to achieve high school equivalency and success in the workplace. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is required, but applicants should be both encouraging and patient. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to those who serve the UVA community!

When?

TBD

Where?

TBD

 

Legal Aid (Full-Year Program)

Legal Aid volunteers assist the local Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), 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.

LAJC provides 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.

We are also looking specifically for Spanish-speaking students who are interested in volunteering at LAJC. We provide free civil legal services to low-income members of our community. We anticipate a high demand for Spanish speaking volunteers this fall to help us translate and interpret 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.

WHEN?

Four hour shifts (or two two hour shifts), Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

WHERE?

1000 Preston Ave, Suite A, Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

LOAVES & FISHES

WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEERS DO?

Loaves & Fishes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers both USDA-provided food and food donated from churches and other local organizations to families in need within and around the Charlottesville community. Loaves & Fishes has a mission to give food with kindness and compassion to those seeking assistance while providing an opportunity for volunteers to serve their neighbors in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. Volunteers will sort, package, and distribute food to clients. Students will have regular direct contact with the hungry population and community volunteers.

WHEN?

Thursdays from 6:00-8:30pm (plus an additional 15 minutes travel time).

WHERE?

2050 Lambs Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

SHELTER FOR HELP IN EMERGENCY

What Will the Volunteers Do?

The Shelter for Help in Emergency is a local organization dedicated to serving survivors of intimate partner violence. The volunteers at the shelter will be responsible for answering a 24-hour domestic violence hotline and assisting the women staying at the shelter as needed. Volunteers will also undergo 12 hours of training and education on intimate partner abuse. This is a great opportunity for UVa students to help combat the issue of abusive relationships in the Charlottesville community.

when?

Shifts will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from 5-7 pm or 7-9 pm.

Where?

SHE is headquartered at 1415 Sachem Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901. The location of the shelter itself is confidential and will be revealed upon the completion of training.

 

The Haven

What Will the Volunteers Do?

Volunteers will work at The Haven, a day center for the homeless and disadvantaged members of the Charlottesville community. Volunteers work directly with The Haven's staff to ensure that guests are able to take full advantage of the many resources and services that The Haven is able to provide them, including laundry, shower, and computer access, as well as housing assistance and state I.D. replacement. Other volunteer opportunities include preparing and serving breakfast. Additionally, volunteers will be encouraged to foster positive relationships with The Haven's guests.

When?

  • Monday-Saturday: 6:30am-12:3opm

  • Sunday: 8:30am-3pm (April-October); 6:30am-3pm (October-April)

Where?

112 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902