summer 2019 volunteer prograMS

Registration for Summer 2019 Volunteer Programs is now closed.

Summer may be over, but summer programs is already planning for next summer!

This year we are introducing two new Program Director positions: Outreach PD and Placement PD. The Outreach PD will oversee the advertising and promotion of the Summer Program volunteers, while the Placement PD will organize and place volunteers into their units. The application for these positions will be out in September. Please contact Caroline Hallowell at for more information!

Please note: Applications are now open on a rolling basis until April 19th at 11:59pm EST.

Madison House Summer Programs are committed to serving the Charlottesville-Albemarle community in partnership with several organizations, throughout the summer term. Volunteers will have the opportunity to continue supporting causes during their extended time in Charlottesville, and might even find new ones that appeal to their interests. You can learn more about each specific program and their community partners below. The minimum volunteer requirement is 3 weeks.

For more information, please email Summer Programs Head Program Director Caroline Hallowell:

Summer 2019 programs and sites:


JABA Adult Care Center

Summer volunteering at the JABA Adult Care Center involves participating with the residents in engaging activities and interacting with them one-on-one as needed. Volunteers will have the opportunity to get to know the elderly members of our community and learn from their experiences and interests!

When: Monday through Friday, 12:30pm-4pm (2-3 hour shifts per day)

Training Needed: No

The colonnades

Summer volunteering at the Colonnades involves organizing and engaging with residents through activities. There is a lot of flexibility with hours and activities. Volunteers will have the opportunity to get to know the elderly members of our community and learn from their experiences and interests!

When: Monday through Friday, 10pm-4pm (2-3 hour shifts per day)

Training Needed: Short orientation and TB test


Summer volunteering at Martha Jefferson House involves organizing and engaging with residents one on one, speaking with them. Volunteers are encouraged to take initiate and partake in activities with the residents. If you enjoy spending time with people and learning more about the elder members of our community, consider volunteering with Martha Jefferson House!

When: Monday - Friday, 11am-12:30pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm, 3-5pm

Training Needed: Short training and paperwork

Animals & Environment

Casa Alma

Summer volunteering at Casa Alma consists of helping the organization with their urban homestead. Volunteers will work on weeding, planting, harvesting and landscaping different areas of the place. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn more about sustainable urban farming.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, OR Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (4 volunteers max. per shift)

Training Needed: Yes, occurs during the volunteer's first shift

Volunteers with a strong desire to learn gardening skills are encouraged to apply!


Help protect the urban forest canopy with Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards! Work to clean up trails, mulch, and help remove invasive species.

When: Monday - Friday, 9am-12pm; some Saturdays

Training Needed: No


Summer volunteering at SPCA has a few different roles. Please note there is a minimum volunteering requirement of 6 weeks for this program.


Dog Walker: You guessed it! This role is about giving dogs at the SPCA the personal attention they need through walking and play. This role is available between 8am-6pm every day of the week.

Cat Care Giver: Help give cats a better home by helping to clean and care for their homes. You will also have opportunities to socialize with the cats. This position is available 8am-12pm every day of the week.

Cat Socializing: Help cats get more socialized! Come give cats the attention and care they deserve. This position is available between 8am-6pm every day of the week.

When: Flexible shifts of 2 hours throughout the week

Training Needed: Yes 2-3-hour training, occurs during mid-late April


Summer volunteering at PVCC Community Garden consists of helping with the maintenance and upkeep of a community garden. Volunteers will work on weeding, planting, harvesting, and watering the eight raised beds and native plant beds. They will also be able to take donations to non-profits in the area supported by the community garden.

When: Flexible shifts of 2 hours throughout the week

Training Needed: Yes, occurs during the volunteer's first shift

Unity Spiritual center

Help the Unity Spiritual Center build their garden for meditation! This is a new site with a lot of growth potential! Volunteers will help to construct this new garden. The shifts are flexible and you have the opportunity to learn new skills.

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, OR Fridays Mornings 9-11am

Training Needed: No training needed


VABA Basketball

Join the Virginia Basketball Academy during their summer camp sessions this summer and help children of all ages with their basketball skills. Volunteers will serve one of two positions: SC Coaches (help teach students the basic skills of the sport) or A-Team Staff Member (administrative support, running errands, etc.) This opportunity is a fun way to get involved in the community, teach children the basic skills of basketball, and share your love for the sport!

When: TBD

Training Needed: No

We encourage volunteers with camp counselor/coach experience and/or previous basketball experience to join!

Virginia Gators Swim Team

Are you a big fan of swimming and enjoy teaching the sport? Then VGST is the volunteering option for you this summer! Join other volunteers in teaching, coaching or helping children learn how to swim.

When: May 27- July 27; Monday - Friday, 8am- 12:30pm; 4:00-6:15pm; Saturday, 8-11am; shift times are flexible

Training Needed: Not mandatory, but the community partner is willing to support volunteers who would like guidance in how to teach swimming skills to students. Swimming experience required!

Child care

Westminster Child Care Center

Westminster Child Care Center has 6 classes with 6 different age groups! On a weekly basis, volunteers have the opportunity to interact with the children, support the teachers and help with different tasks depending on the ages they are working with. Westminster is conveniently located on Rugby Road, only a 5-minute walk from the Chapel!

When: Monday - Friday, 7:30am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-5:30pm

Training Needed: Meet before first shift


Iglesia Rios de Agua Viva

Similar to the school year program, volunteers will attend Iglesia Rios de Agua Viva one night a week throughout the summer to support their tutoring program. Spanish speaking is encouraged but not required!

When: 6:45 - 8:30pm on Tuesdays

Training: Yes, the community partner will organize a training prior to the first volunteering shift

Migrant camp

Assist with teaching English language to migrant workers. This is one night week and Spanish speaking is preferred but not required! Minimum requirement of 6 weeks.

When: 6:00-8:30pm (this includes drive time)

Training Needed: Yes, CP will organize this prior to first volunteering shift


Work with adults to improve their Spanish speaking skills and become more involved with the community through Sin Barreras. Spanish speaking is encouraged, but not required!

When: Monday, 7pm - 8:30pm

Training: Will be completed before the first shift


Legal Aid Justice Center

Legal Aid volunteers assist the local Legal Aid Justice Center, 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.

When: Monday - Friday, 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm

Training: Yes, takes place during a volunteer's first shift

Legal Aid encourages returning volunteers to support the legal clinic during the summer!


Take some time this summer to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes Pantry. Help with food insecurity in the greater Charlottesville Area, by volunteering in the many different roles at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry!

When: Two hour shifts Tuesday - Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 12pm-2; and, Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm

Training Needed: No


Take some time this summer to volunteer at The Haven. Volunteer roles at this site include: food prep in the kitchen, working at the "Welcome Desk" helping to give guests needed items, sorting mail, answering questions and phone calls. Minimum 4 hours a week requirement.

When: Two hour shifts throughout the following times: Every day, 6:30am - 12:30pm and Sunday, 1pm - 3pm

Training Needed: Yes, on a Wednesdays before first shift

Housing Improvement

Habitat Store

Habitat for Humanity has a huge impact on the Charlottesville community, and this summer is looking for volunteers to help out at the store! Volunteer duties include but aren't limited to: support in the warehouse, processing donations, and maintenance throughout the retail space.

When: Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm; Saturday, 9am - 5pm (two hour shift)

Training Needed: No


AHIP believes that everyone should be safe at home. Since 1976, greater Charlottesville’s home repair nonprofit has helped our neighbors in need with critical repairs and rehabs—keeping their homes safe, healthy, and affordable. Volunteers have remained integral to AHIP’s work, connecting neighbors to each other, getting essential rehab and repair tasks done, and helping us stretch donor dollars further or close funding gaps. Typical volunteer projects include building handicap ramps, repairing decks and steps, flooring, interior and exterior painting, construction site cleanup, and light landscaping. Help the greater Charlottesville community with AHIP!

When: Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-12pm; 12:30pm-3:30pm

Training Needed: No



In the summer, UVA students will have the opportunity to volunteer at UVA Health System through Madison House. This means that volunteers will coordinate with student Program Directors to count volunteer hours toward Madison House hours.

As in the past, students who complete summer volunteering in good standing may become eligible to sign up early with Medical Services for the following full-year program.

For more information, please visit the UVA Health System: Summer Volunteer Program site. Applications are open January-April, with rolling interviews. Shifts are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact Grant Frazier at for questions and information about UVAHS volunteering.


Are you only available during the evenings (5pm - 8:30pm) in the summer? Do you enjoy working in a clinical setting? Then volunteering at the Charlottesville Free Clinic is the best option for you! CFC is looking for volunteers that could help fulfill non-clinical roles, such as those of screener (make sure patients still qualify to come to the clinic), interpreter (help interpret between our patients and the providers), front desk aid (check patients in and answer phones), and exit interviewers (make sure the patient understands the outcome of their visit and schedule upcoming appointments). These roles have a minimum 8-week requirement.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays (4:55-8:30PM)

Training Needed: Yes, takes place at the clinic prior to volunteering

For the interpreter position, Spanish speaking skills required


Are you interested in working alongside Dentists to help the Charlottesville community? Then volunteering at the Charlottesville Free Dental Clinic is you! The free dental clinic in need of administrative and dental assisting volunteers. Work includes chair-side assisting, sterilization, charting and filing, scanning, and checking in patients. This role has a minimum 8-week requirement.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8am-11am and 11am-1pm, and Fridays, 8am-11am and 11am-2pm

Training Needed: Yes, takes place at the clinic prior to volunteering, Hep B shot required


Help with advocacy and have patient interactions at Planned Parenthood. Madison House volunteers through the Planned Parenthood program directly interact with patients and will provide them with first-hand experience in grassroots advocacy. They also help with community awareness events that promote the clinic so that the greater Charlottesville community knows how to access our services as a resource. To be in this role, you must be here all summer, from May 20th - August 16th.

When: Tuesday and Thursday, 12pm-2 or 2pm-5; Friday, 8am-11; and, Saturdays 9am-11

Training Needed: Yes, takes place at Planned Parenthood in April



If you love horses and love volunteering, then CART is the volunteering spot for you! Volunteers at CART support individuals with disabilities in riding horses and ensure they are safe and having fun! No riding experience needed!

When: Tuesday, 9:30am-12:00pm; Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm; Saturday, 9am-12pm

Training Needed: Yes, on first shift


The Gym provides therapeutic recreation to individuals who have physical and mental health challenges. Help support people through their physical activities at the Gym!

When: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm

Training: Will be completed before the first shift


Greer Elementary School

If you are interested in a path in education or simply enjoy being around children, then summer volunteering at Greer Elementary is your perfect fit! Volunteers will either lead one-on-one student tutoring or support teachers in classroom activities that take place throughout the day.

When: Several shifts from 8:00AM-12:30PM, Monday - Friday, from June 24th - July 12th

Training Needed: No

Youth Mentoring

Toy Library

Volunteer at JMRL Public Libraries this summer and help keep their toy library clean and safe. Volunteers will help the staff clean toys returned to the library by patrons on a bi-weekly basis. Best for individuals who will be in Charlottesville over a long period of time this summer!

When: 1-hour a week every two weeks

Training Needed: Yes, provided by CP/Academic Year PD


Join Greenstone on Fifth this summer by volunteering for the different aspects of their program. Volunteers will help with summer camp activities (outdoor and indoor), assist in the preparation and serving of lunches and taking students to their outdoors activities on Fridays (Buford Garden and Smith Pool).

When: Monday - Friday, 1PM - 4PM

Training Needed: Volunteers required to attend a 30-45 minute informational session prior to volunteering

Volunteers with prior experience with children are strongly encouraged to apply!


If you have a passion or interest in cooking, then PB&J is for you! PB&J volunteers commit to volunteering about two hours per week with the same cooking class each week. You will learn on the job about cooking. Summer classes are about one hour in length with volunteers helping to set up before class, supporting students during the class and helping with clean up after class.

When: Classes will be held Monday - Thursday all summer with no classes the week of July 4th. Sample Daily Shifts: Morning (10-12am), Midday (12-2pm), and Afternoon (2-4pm)

Training: Yes, prior to first shift

No previous experience or expertise with cooking required!


This summer, Boys and Girls Club will have a blast summer experience! The program goes Monday through Friday, and groups of kids circulate through nine different stations for 45 minutes over the course of each day. Each station has a specific focus, whether that is reading, STEM, art and more, and volunteers will be assigned to a group of students and will circulate the different stations with them throughout the duration of the shift! Required to do 2 hours and 15 minutes a week for a minimum of 4 weeks.

When: Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm, June 10th - August 10th

Training Needed: Yes, happens prior to first shift


Help children learn more about nature and explore the outdoors with the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center! This role includes hiking, nature and art programs! Roles include trail maintenance, workshop leader, hike leader and working the front desk! Only requirement to volunteer is that you should like the outdoors!

When: Monday through Friday, 1pm - 4pm

Training Needed: Yes, happens prior to first shift


Help the Virginia Discovery Museum foster intellectual curiosity and development for all children of our community. Volunteers serve in various roles, including as Gallery & Program helpers, Summer Camp counselors, and Birthday Party assistants. Both weekday and weekend shifts are available!

Different Roles Offered:

Gallery & Program Volunteer: Weekdays and/or Saturdays. Minimum 2.5 hours each week. Responsibilities: Greet Museum visitors and help families explore the space, use the exhibits safely, and enjoy learning through play. Help Museum staff maintain a safe and attractive environment by tidying up exhibit areas, returning exhibit pieces to their appropriate locations, and looking out for potentially unsafe conditions. Assist with various drop-in programs, Date Night Drop-Offs, and other special events at the Museum and in the community.

Birthday Party Volunteer: Saturdays and/or Sundays. Times vary. Minimum 2-3 hours each week. Responsibilities: Help set up and break down the party room, including decorations, crafts, and goody bags. Greet party guests and interact with the children as they play in the Museum. Assist with party activities and crafts and hand out goody bags. Help Museum staff maintain a safe and attractive environment by tidying up exhibit areas, returning exhibit pieces to their appropriate locations, and looking out for potentially unsafe conditions.

Front Desk Volunteer (must be over 18): Weekdays. Minimum 2.5 hours each week. Responsibilities: Greet visitors (you are the first person they interact with). Collect admission fees, sign up new members, collect program fees. Provide information about the museum. Answer the telephone and direct calls to museum staff.

When: Monday - Saturday, 9:30am-12:00pm, 12:00-2:30pm, and 2:30-5:00pm.

Training Needed: Yes, happens prior to first shift


STARS is a group home for teens between the ages of 13-18. They teach independent living skills while maintaining a therapeutic setting for them. Help to teach independent living skills and connect with more people in the community. Boys’ activities will be in the morning from 9:30-1:00pm and girls’ activities will be in the afternoon from 1-4.

When: Monday through Friday, 9:30am - 1pm, June 10th - August 16th

Training Needed: Yes, verbal de-escalation training would occur on site before first shift



Volunteer at Adult Learning Center at PVCC to help with ESOL classes! Connect with members of our community through the courses offered at PVCC!

When: Monday, 8:30-10:30am; Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30pm-9 pm; Friday, 12pm - 2pm, from May 20th – June 28th

Training Needed: Yes, review handbook before starting