summer 2018 volunteer prograMS

Please note: Registration for Summer 2018 Volunteer Programs is now closed. Thank you for your interest!

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.

For more information, please email Summer Programs Head Program Director Carolina Cordova:

Summer 2018 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

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!

When: Tuesdays 7:30-9:30am OR Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm (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!
Recreational Therapy

Therapeutic Adventures

For volunteers interested in recreational therapy, Summer Programs offers the opportunity to volunteer with Therapeutic Adventures. Duties would include supporting the development of Adaptive Water Sports, Hand-cycling, and Fitness & Conditioning.

When: To be determined based on scheduling of events and programs

Training Needed: Yes, provided by Community Partner

Returning volunteers are encouraged to join!


VABA Basketball

Join 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 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: Afternoons only OR Morning/Afternoon shift

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: There are spots available M-F 5:30am- 12:30pm; 4:00-7:00pm

Training Needed: Not mandatory, but CP 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 7:30-5:30. 2 hour time slot, once a week.

Training Needed: Yes, done by Program Director at Madison House


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, CP will organize this prior to first volunteering shift

Holiday Sharing

Salvation Army

The Family Store is critical to the operations of Salvation Army's soup kitchen and emergency shelter, and SA needs volunteers this summer to help sort, hang clothes and stock shelves. If organization and sorting is your thing, this might be a great opportunity for you!

When: Monday through Friday, 10 to 5pm

Training Needed: No


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 through Friday (2 shifts: 9-1pm and 1-5pm; Minimum 2 shifts per

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

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

The Haven

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.

When: Two hour shifts throughout the following times: Monday through
Saturday 7-noon and Sunday, 10am-3pm.

Training Needed: Yes, at a specific date and time prior to volunteering

Rising 3rd and 4th year students preferred

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: 2-hour shifts between Tuesday and Saturday

Training Needed: No

MedICAL ServiceS

Charlottesville Free Clinic

Are you only available during the evenings (5-8:30pm) 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, schedule upcoming appointments).

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays (5-8:30PM)

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

For the interpreter position, Spanish speaking skills required



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 have fun!

When: Tuesdays 9:30-12pm and Saturdays 9-1pm (may volunteer for all three hours or just one)

Training Needed: Yes, on first shift

No riding experience needed!


Stone Robinson Elementary School:

Stone Robinson Elementary is looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting students in their summer school! Volunteer duties will include, supporting the students with their reading skills, and working with students on projects they are developing. A willingness and enthusiasm to work with children is strongly desired for this program!

When: 1-2 hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays(between 9:00-11:00 AM)

Training Needed: No

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 8:30AM-1:00PM, Monday through Friday for the
month of July.

Training Needed: No

UVA Health System

In the summer, UVA students 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.

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

Greenstone on Fifth

Join Greenstone and 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: 1-4PM: Summer activity volunteer. 11-1PM: Volunteer to assist with preparing and serving lunch. 1-4PM Friday Taking youth to Buford garden and Smith Pool

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!

PB&J Fund

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. 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, on the first shift volunteers should arrive 45 minutes earlier to be
trained by a staff member

No previous experience or expertise with cooking required!

Boys & Girls Club

This summer, Boys and Girls Club will have a blast summer experience! The program goes Monday through Friday, and groups of kids circulate through 9 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!

When: Monday through Friday → Shift lengths may vary according to volunteer

Training Needed: No