Abundant Life

What Will the Volunteer Do?

Abundant Life strives to connect volunteers to the greater community through empowerment of Charlottesville’s youth. Volunteers are paired with a child who he or she will work closely with for the semester. Volunteers assist with nightly homework as well as tutor the child in math and reading using special lessons plans and enrichment activities provided by the tutoring coordinator. In addition to tutoring, there are also opportunities for volunteers to play with the children during free time, attend class field trips, and participate in Abundant Life sponsored community events, such as the Annual Christmas Banquet, which celebrates the children’s hard work and raises money for the organization and its participating families.


Tutoring will be held at the following locations and shifts.

  • Johnson Elementary: 2:30pm-4pm; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3:00pm-4:30pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • Buford Middle: 3:00pm-4:00pm; Mondays and Wednesdays


Volunteering takes place at various local schools.


ACES (Active Chess Enrichment for Students)

What Will the Volunteer Do? 

Playing ACES Chess is a non-profit program that brings chess to the Charlottesville community through fun and engaging means to help youth explore their natural ability to develop their minds and integrate those skills into their educational lives. The after-school chess clubs range in ability from true beginners to truly exceptional students waiting for a true challenge in their academic lives.

We have programs at many levels, but most volunteers will be involved in beginning level after-school chess programs at local elementary schools. Chess experience is NOT necessary, only a desire to work with children and help them learn and develop critical thinking skills. Those who do have previous experience will be able to lead chess instruction at local elementary schools or work with higher level middle and high school students.


There are after-school programs throughout the week. Please contact the Program Director for the schedule and available time-blocks. In the elementary and middle schools, time blocks are 2:00-4:15pm every week day. The local Boys and Girls Clubs have programs on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm and on Fridays from 4:00-5:30pm.


All of our locations are local. We are currently in seven schools and the Boys and Girls Club. More schools are being added each semester in this growing program. If necessary, rides will be arranged by the Program Director.


Action in Reading

What Will the Volunteer Do?

Action in Reading is a neighborhood community after-school program for early elementary school students to help them develop independent reading skills. Students come to ‘book club’ every week to read, play games, and solve puzzles with student and adult volunteers. The volunteers will get to know the students and help them develop personally and academically throughout the semester.


Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm


816 Mallside Forest Ct.
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(Inside the Mallside Forest Apartments)


Buford Engineering Mentorship


Mentors will be matched 1-1 with an 8th grade engineering student at Buford Middle School. Our nationally-recognized engineering program introduces students to 3D design in Solidworks, coding with Arduino, and the engineering design process. Students complete three projects that challenge them to combine 3D design skills, advanced manufacturing technology (3D printers, laser cutters, etc), and their creativity to solve real world problems. Project examples include designing a loudspeaker and creating an Arduino-controlled basketball hoop with scoreboard. Mentors commit to coming for one class period per week to help students throughout the learning and design process. Technical expertise in 3D design or coding is not required but a willingness to model learning alongside your mentee would be necessary!


You will be matched 1-1 with an 8th grade engineering student at Buford. That student is placed in a section that meets four times per week. You will commit to coming to one class period per week (about 48 minutes). The section times are listed below. It is recommended that you come to the same section each week (for example, you would always come to the Friday section of Period 2 that meets from 9:19 am - 10:02 am).

  • Period 2 — Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9:19 am - 10:02 am

    • Thursday 8:30 am - 9:50 am

  • Period 3 — Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10:06 am - 10:48 am

    • Wednesday 9:54 am - 11:13 am

  • Period 5 — Monday, Tuesday, Friday 12:12 pm 12:53 pm

    • Wednesday 12:33 pm - 1:51 pm

  • Period 6 — Monday, Tuesday, Friday 12:57 pm - 1:40 pm

    • Thursday 12:33 pm - 1:51 pm


Buford Middle School Alpha Lab, 1000 Cherry Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22903




Volunteers are located at three sites around Charlottesville: Jack Jouett Middle School, Cherry Ave and Southwood. The volunteers help out after school, playing games and helping children with homework. This is a great way to interact with Charlottesville’s youth in an after school, playful environment!


  • Volunteers are needed at Jack Jouett Monday - Thursday from 4:30 -

  • Volunteers are needed at Cherry Ave Monday - Thursday from 5:30 -

  • Volunteers are needed at Southwood Monday - Thursday from 4:30 -


  • Jack Jouett Middle School: 210 Lambs Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22901

  • Cherry Ave: 1000B Cherry Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22903

  • Southwood: 387 Hickory Street Charlottesville, VA 22902



The City of Promise after school programs provide a save and enriching environment for youth, K-12th grade, who primarily reside in the Westhaven community. The center strives to promote academic success by providing a space for students to do their homework and receive tutoring, as well as engage in fun outdoor games and extracurricular activities. In this space, Madison House volunteers will help students complete their homework assignments and encourage productive learning with time to bond with the students while participating in the more recreational activities.


Monday 4:00-5:30 pm

Tuesday 3:45-5:15 pm

Wednesday 3:45-5:15 pm

Thursday 2:45-4:00 pm


City of Promise House 708 Page St, Charlottesville, VA 22903


CLARK Music Program


Clark Music Program works with second through fourth graders at Clark Elementary Schools and does a variety of things. Namely, we work to foster a general love and understanding of music while just enjoying our time with the kids. Volunteers discuss instruments, music history, and help develop musical concepts like melody and rhythm. Our program teaches music basics by engaging students in fun and interactive ways.

If you have played an instrument or study music, this program is for you. However, to volunteer, you don't need to have any background with music. You just have to like music and love helping with kids!


Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm -- Volunteers can choose one day or both.


Clark Elementary School, 1000 Belmont Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902 



What will the volunteer do?

The Computers4Kids (C4K) program aims to engage underprivileged youth in the Charlottesville community in a technology-focused after school program. As a mentor, you will be paired up one-on-one with a local student and offer them guidance on a variety of projects throughout the year. These endeavors are chosen by the student and are only limited by their imagination. The team at Computers4Kids pride themselves on never saying no to a project; a policy which has lead to the creation of a motorcycle, an ice cream machine, and a full-length movie.

The C4K clubhouse is outfitted with state of the art technology – such as a fully equipped recording studio, 3-D printers, and a film studio – which will help you and your student achieve the goals you set. By engaging in this program you are not only showing someone their true potential, but giving them hope for the future as well. If you’re interested in being a role model, want to help underprivileged teens, or just want to be more involved in the Charlottesville community, become a Youth Mentor at Computers4Kids!


Computers4Kids operates weekly from 3:00pm-8:00pm Monday-Friday. Students would have to volunteer at least 1 1/2 -2 hours weekly with their student within these times.


945 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902



The Enterprise Center for Learning & Growth is an alternative academic program which provides students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to learn in a concentrated area with the goal of adjusting students to the traditional school setting. It promotes academic success, constructive behavior, social & emotional growth, academic achievement, and improvements in decision making. The role of volunteers will be to work alongside teachers in fostering a support system to meet students' needs in small class settings, as well as any other activities.


The Enterprise Center, 225 Lambs Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22901


Volunteer shifts typically last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. Shifts are available Monday thru Friday between the hours of 10am-3pm.


From student to scientist


From Student to Scientist is a program grounded in service learning—aimed at bridging the gap between the classroom and scientific applications to help students develop not only a passion for science but also the ability to communicate their ideas. Our student-run program is based on the idea that true leadership is empowering others to lead, promoting an exchange of ideas and perspectives through interaction between our branches in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Charlottesville, New York City, our partners in Pakistan, and more.

We hope to help students discover a passion for and pursue science and all of its opportunities and possibilities through workshops, mentorship, and outreach activities. Volunteers will be working with elementary school children during a series of workshops which will include various science experiments and activities in areas such as robotics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Volunteers will help students develop independence in their work, and help them to understand the importance of their experiments in the real world through discussing current events and the importance of scientific communication.


Fridays from 11:40-12:40pm


Johnson Elementary, 1645 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22903




Volunteers will mentor and tutor elementary school children in Discovery Zone, an after school program located in a close-knit apartment community, Greenstone on 5th, that includes refugee and low-income residents. Volunteers will actively play, tutor, and engage in enrichment activities with small groups of children. The weekly commitment allows for volunteers to forge one-on-one bonds with the kids, as well as gain a deeper connection to the Charlottesville community.


3:45 - 4:45pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays


750D Prospect Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22901




In this after school activity, volunteers assist and lead a variety of outdoor activities for elementary-age students. Volunteers serve as a model for students to have fun outdoors! www.gointonature.com


Volunteers are needed at Crozet Elementary on Monday from 4-5:30 pm (2 needed), Stony Point Elementary on Tuesday from 2:30pm - 4:00pm (2 needed), Cale Elementary on Wednesday from 2:30pm-5:00pm (2-3 needed), and at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School on Thursday from 2:30pm-5:00pm (2-3 needed).


  • Crozet Elementary School, 1707 Crozet Ave, Crozet, VA 22932

  • Stony Point Elementary School, 3893 Stony Point Road Keswick, VA 22947

  • Cale Elementary School, 1757 Avon Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, 1610 Owensville Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901


Gordon Ave Public Toy Library


If you’re interested in making a substantive difference for the children of Charlottesville, The Gordon Avenue Public Toy Library is for you! Volunteers will work directly with kids on arts-and-crafts at the Gordon Avenue Public Library during bi-weekly Creation Stations. Additionally, volunteers will help run and maintain Charlottesville’s first toy library from which local kids will be able to choose from a variety of toys and check them out, just as they would a book. And yes, there will be plenty of playing with toys!


Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm. 


Gordon Avenue Public Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Additionally, some volunteering will take place at Madison House itself.


The Lewis and Clark exploratory center


The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center teaches the skills of exploration on the banks of Charlottesville's Rivanna River, and offers a variety of activities including drawing, mapmaking, science, writing, carpentry, boat building, and outdoor challenges and hiking. The center houses a variety of rotating exhibitions, and one permanent exhibition related to the local history of Lewis and Clark. Volunteers will lead visitors in our hands-on activities and inside tours. Volunteers will make videos of the activities, so should be interested in video and production. Volunteers will be trained on-site and will have the opportunity to select areas of specific interest to them to focus on. Volunteers will need a car to get to and from the Center.


Volunteer shifts will be held on Fridays from 10:00-12:00pm and 12:00-2:00pm.


Darden Towe Park
Charlottesville, VA 22901


Lunch bunches


Lunch Bunches is a Youth Mentoring program that aims to strengthen and promote the healthy development of prosocial skills among kindergarten through 5th grade students at Baker-Butler Elementary School. Mentors will be paired one-on-one with students and will focus on developing a mutually entrusting relationship over the course of the semester via weekly lunch sessions. Mentors will be supported by both Madison House and school staff in working through a curriculum that will support their mentee’s academic, emotional, and mental growth. Mentors will have the unique opportunity to serve as a positive role model, an older friend, and a source of support to youth in Charlottesville!


Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday and consist of 30-45 minute lunches during the following any time from 10:45 AM - 1 PM. Volunteers should also block out an additional hour in their schedule to account for time needed to commute to and from the school.


Baker-Butler Elementary, 2740 Profit Road Charlottesville, VA 22911


Music Resource Center

What Will the Volunteer Do?

The Music Resource Center (MRC) is a place for local youth to explore their musical interests through learning voice/instruments, writing songs, and recording music. Volunteers will be guiding them on the musical endeavors they choose to pursue, whether it be through teaching lessons, joining them in playing music, or being a welcoming presence when they walk in through the doors. The environment is more free-flowing than rigidly structured, so be prepared for a creative atmosphere where you can have fun and jam out with some really talented kids!


The MRC is open Monday through Friday from 2:30pm-7:00pm. Volunteers are asked to select one hour long shift per week.


105 Ridge Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902




Our Mission:

The PB&J Fund empowers children and families through culinary and nutritional education, while improving access to affordable, healthy food for under-resourced community members. PB&J provides nutritional education through cooking classes and partners with schools and other non-profits serving children, youth, and families in the greater Charlottesville area, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City of Promise, ReadyKids, and YoungLives.

PB&J is a fun place to work and an even better place to volunteer! As a PB&J volunteer, you will assist the PB&J staff instructor by providing guidance and supervision as participants work together in teams to complete recipes. You’ll help kids read the recipe, practice their knife skills, and aid in the flow of the kitchen. Volunteers do NOT have to be accomplished cooks, but they should enjoy working with kids and have a good sense of humor. All volunteer training is provided. Tasks include but are not limited to: support of instructional objectives (culinary and nutritional), food preparation, cleaning, eating, talking, and mentoring. PB&J’s C.H.E.F. programs (Community-Health-Education-Friendship) emphasize a lot more than just cooking skills. We believe a lot of good can come from sitting at our kitchen table together.

We ask that volunteers are able to commit to the same time each week for the semester to build relationships with students and to hone their kitchen supervision skills.


Volunteer Trainings Sessions: (New volunteers must attend one.)

  • Session #1 - Tuesday, 9/3/19, 6-8pm

  • Session #2 - Wednesday, 9/4/19, 10am-12pm

  • Session #3 - Thursday, 9/5/19, 3-5pm

  • Session #4 - Sunday, 9/8/19, 1-3pm

Volunteer Shifts:


  • Monday Mornings, 10am-12pm(Weekly, starting 10/7/19)

  • Monday Afternoons, 3:30-5:30pm(Weekly, starting 9/9/19)

  • Monday Nights, 6-8pm (Monthly: 9/9, 10/14, 11/11, and 12/9/19)


  • Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm(Weekly, starting 10/1/19)

  • Tuesday Afternoons, 3:30-5:30pm(Weekly, starting 9/10/19)


  • Wednesday Mornings, 10am-12pm(Weekly, starting 10/2/19)

  • Wednesday Afternoons, 2:30-4:30pm (Weekly, starting 9/11/19)

  • Wednesday Afternoons, 3:30-5:30pm (Weekly, starting 9/11/19)


  • Thursday Mornings, 10am-12pm(Weekly, starting 10/3/19)

  • Thursday Afternoons, 2:30-4:30pm(Weekly, starting 9/12/19)

  • Thursday Afternoons, 3:15-5:15pm(Weekly, starting 9/12/19)

  • Thursday Evenings, 6-8pm(Monthly: 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, and 12/12/19)


  • Friday Mornings, 10am-12pm, (Biweekly-ish: 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, and 12/20/19)


  • Saturday, November 16th, 10:30am-12:30pm

Note: (Class with the Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s mentoring program for high-school aged Black women in Charlottesville. Volunteers who identify as women of color are highly encouraged to participate in this awesome class.)


We are located at 204 E. Market Street across from the library and are conveniently located along the Free Trolley route. We also validate for three free hours in the Water Street Garage.


Rise together

what will the volunteer do?

Rise Together is a nonprofit team mentoring program that connects University of Virginia students with first-generation, college-bound kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Charlottesville area. Our program provides consistent tutoring, personal mentorship, leadership training, workforce readiness, entrepreneurial experience, and service learning opportunities designed to promote positive social norms, wellness, and personal achievement.

Mentors participate in hour-long team training/planning sessions on the first and third meeting day of each month on-Grounds under the guidance of the Rise Together Co-Directors. Alongside Rise Together staff, UVA Facilitator teams travel to their assigned school (travel is provided by Rise Together) to lead 90 minute sessions on the second and fourth meeting day of the month.

Rise Together Seminars consist of a one hour mentoring, entrepreneurship, and social/emotional learning seminar that includes fun and engaging group activities that UVA Facilitator teams create collaboratively during training sessions. Additionally, we provide students with thirty minutes of tutoring during most sessions. Rise Together is a great opportunity to work as a team with other UVA students, be a part of a student-led mentoring program and spend time inspiring local first-generation students.



Rise Together has three different sites you can participate in (you only need to have one of the following times available to be a part of the program):

  • Walton Middle School: Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Monticello High School 11th Grade AVID: Wednesdays, 1:00pm - 2:25pm

Monticello High School 10th/12th Grade AVID: Thursdays, 2:30pm - 3:55pm

  • Western Albemarle High School 11th/12th Grade AVID: Fridays, 12:55pm - 2:20pm

Western Albemarle High School 10th Grade AVID: Fridays, 2:25 - 3:50pm 


Rise Together - Buford Middle School AVID Tutoring

what will the volunteer do?

Rise Together, a nonprofit tutoring and mentoring program, pairs trained teams of UVA student mentors with motivated and diverse first-generation college-bound high and middle school students. Rise Together fosters a strong sense of community and enables teams of UVA mentors to create impactful mentoring sessions that meet the social, emotional, college readiness and academic needs of the students they serve!

Mentors participate in hour-long team training/planning sessions on the first and third meeting day of each month on Grounds under the guidance of the Rise Together Co-Directors. Alongside Rise Together staff, UVA mentor teams travel to their assigned school (travel is provided by Rise Together) to lead mentoring sessions on the second and fourth meeting day of the month.

Rise Together school sites include Charlottesville High School, Western Albemarle High School and Walton Middle School. We are excited to add Charlottesville High School as a site this year, which is comprised of diverse mixed-income Charlottesville City students. Now we provide mentoring for city, rural and suburban students!


Rise Together meeting times (you only need to have one of the following times available to be a part of the program):

  • Western Albemarle High School: Tuesdays 10:35-12:05

  • Western Albemarle High School: Wednesdays 2:25-3:50

  • Charlottesville High School: Thursdays 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

  • Charlottesville High School: Thursdays 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

  • Walton Middle School: Fridays, 11:40-1:17


Buford Middle School - 1000 Cherry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903



What Will the Volunteer Do?

The purpose of STARS is to provide a group home for at-risk adolescents who are in need of learning life skills and age-appropriate independent living skills, while in a safe and therapeutic environment.  The program is centered on trauma and attachment informed care, reality therapy principles and emphasizes a percentage and privilege system to help motivate the resident’s growth and success. Volunteers would tutor at-risk adolescents in the STARS group home, and dedicate approximately 1-2 hours per week towards tutoring and other activities. All volunteers must also dedicate approximately 3 hours at the beginning of the semester for mandatory de-escalation training. 


Monday - Friday, 5 - 6 PM


Virginia Discovery Museum

What Will the Volunteer Do?

Located on the Downtown Mall, the Virginia Discovery Museum is Charlottesville's children's museum and has enriched the lives of local families for close to 40 years. Volunteers assist museum staff by interacting with visitors, helping to run programs, playing with children and maintaining the museum's educational and fun-filled environment. Volunteering at VDM offers students an opportunity to give back to the Charlottesville community while creating art projects, building block forts, running science experiments and engaging in imaginative play. Madison House volunteer shifts can be designed around a student's interests, and can help a student build his or her resume. In recent years, Madison House volunteers at VDM have completed projects ranging from running drop in programs to translating the museum's brochures into Spanish.


Volunteer shifts take place on Monday-Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-3:00pm, and 3:00pm-5:00pm.


524 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902




Wildrock is an outdoor playscape designed to teach children about the joys of the outdoors as well as the unlimited possibilities of the outdoors. PLAY volunteers will be working with early childhood students (Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) to facilitate fun and safe outdoor exploration.

The Wildrock volunteer model varies from the traditional youth mentoring volunteer slightly; instead of a weekly two-hour commitment, Wildrock volunteers have the ability to sign up for field trips that work with their schedules. Volunteers will consult the semester-long schedule of field trips and register in advance for trips. This is ideal for students who want to get involved and give back but don’t feel that they can make a commitment every week. The Wildrock field trips will take place at various Charlottesville Pre-schools.


The field trips will occur 2-3 times per week, Tuesday-Friday. The typical time frame will be from 9-12pm- not including driving time to and from Crozet. Times are subject to variation.


6700 Blackwells Hollow Road Crozet,  VA 22932