During the summertime and around the holidays, our office always gets many calls from families and teens in the area looking for volunteer opportunities. We’re always happy to find and share volunteer opportunities with local families or teenage students on school breaks. There are so many opportunities in our community to get involved at any age! Check out our list of some of the options this summer at local nonprofits.
Opportunities for Families
Habitat for Humanity: From fundraising to events help to construction (construction is an option for those 16 and older), Habitat for Humanity has several options for family volunteering. To find out more on their family volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.cvillehabitat.org/youth-families.
JABA: The Jefferson Area Board for Aging has several options for families, including gardening, friendly visiting, and activities support at their various locations. To see descriptions of their options, go to http://www.jabacares.org/page/full/volunteer-opportunities/.
Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle: Delivering meals to families is a great way to teach children about volunteerism! Families can volunteer regularly or substitute when drivers are away on vacation during the summer. Volunteers are needed on weekdays and more information can be found at http://cvillemeals.org/index.php/volunteers.
The Ronald McDonald House: Volunteers are needed to prepare meals for the families staying at the house, make welcome boxes and decorate the house for holidays. Visit http://rmhcharlottesville.org/news/index.php/how-you-can-help/volunteer-2/ to learn how your family can help.
Opportunities for Teens
Habitat for Humanity: Through the local Youth United chapter, young people ages 5-25 can get involved in advocacy, education and even fundraising. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in Youth Serve Saturdays each month. To learn more, visit http://www.cvillehabitat.org/youth-families.
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library: The libraries in Charlottesville and surrounding counties have needs for teenage volunteers to help with shelving, cleaning books, stuffing reading bags and more during the summer. To learn how you can get involved, visit http://www.jmrl.org/pr-volunteer.htm.
The Virginia Discovery Museum: For teens interested in science, history and/or art with an interest in working with children, this opportunity is great! Experience volunteering this summer by greeting museum visitors and helping children explore the museum’s entertaining and educational exhibits! Visit http://www.vadm.org/volunteerTeen.html for more information.
Volunteering as a family is a great way to educate children about community needs and to share a parent’s love of giving back and making a difference. Volunteering as a teen can provide a great learning experience and even can help teach skills that will be helpful in college and with selecting a career path.
Posted by: Jessica Snyder
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