Albemarle Housing Improvement Program

Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) is a local non-profit working to rehabilitate and improve houses in lower income neighborhoods in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County areas. Volunteers will learn new skills and work hands-on with renovations ranging in size from building decks, emergency and wheelchair ramps, roofing, painting, and much more. Volunteers do not need prior experience as there will be an instructional leader who will help guide them through the various projects.


Students volunteer one shift per week, either*:

  • Fridays, 9:00am - 12:00pm

  • Fridays, 12:30pm - 12:30pm

*Please note that we will ensure that volunteers are back on Grounds for their 12:30pm or 3:30pm classes.


Shift locations vary.


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat partners with hardworking, local, low-income families to help them build and purchase homes. Since 2004, Habitat has dedicated itself to creating new mixed-income communities and infusing existing neighborhoods with affordable housing. They believe in diverse, inclusive, and vibrant communities of neighbors that transcend socioeconomic and cultural divides.

It takes everyone working together to build community! Habitat volunteers have varied skills, interests, and passions that contribute to our mission of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. The Madison House Crew Leader Training program allows us to work closely with UVA students to teach them our building techniques, so that they can support our build site staff in leading other volunteers.


Weekly shifts that include: Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:30pm or 12:30pm - 3:30pm, and a minimum of two full Saturday shifts (8:30pm - 3:30pm), averaging ~ 40/45 hours of commitment during the semester. Shift locations vary.


Every week Friday 9:00 - 12:00, working on 10 houses on 5th street downtown in the Harmony Ridge community. Transportation provided.

Note:  It is expected for Crew Leaders to arrive 10 - 15 minutes prior to the start of a shift. If volunteers are unavailable, but would still like to participate, please contact Bridget Thornberry at

The Habitat Store

Habitat Store sells donations from local businesses and people, which in turn directly helps fund Habitat for Humanity projects in Charlottesville. Tasks vary around the store, from preparing donations to painting or constructing furniture, shelves, and show cases. Volunteers should come equipped with creativity and problem solving skills as the staff is always interested in improvement.


Students volunteer one shift per week on Fridays, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


1221 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902



The Haven is Charlottesville’s Day-Shelter for members of the homeless community. In coordination with The Haven’s housing programs, Housing2Home provides furnishings and basic home goods for formerly homeless individuals who have received short-term subsidized housing. Volunteers will work with Haven staff members to refurbish and/or finish furniture while working with housed individuals to move the furniture into these housing situations.


Thursdays, 9am - 11am


Shift Locations Vary