Ongoing Community Service Opportunities

Select an area of interest below to see the most current listing available:


Elementary Schools: Volunteers are needed to help mentor local elementary students. Come and be a lunch buddy. Contact Tomeka Gilbert at 434.455.3075.

Jubilee Family Development Center: Assist students with homework, snack preparation, mentoring youth, administrative duties, and recreational fun with students. If interested, please call Carlotta Wade at 434.845.0433.

Lunch buddy: Once a week to have lunch with one child. You can play games, talk, read, etc. Contact Lisa Lowes at Bass Elementary at 434.522.3769.

Girl Scouts: Virginia Skyline Council is looking for volunteers that will work with 11-17 year-old-girls in a six-week program involving many things such as sports and money management skills. Please contact the Girls Scouts for more information at 434.237.0733 ext 5.

Amazement Square Children's Museum: is looking for enthusiastic students who will be willing to lead tours and provide school groups with an orientation and answer questions, and participate in outreach, educational, fundraising, or festival events. Opportunity is also available to work in the gift shop. Contact them at 434.845.1888 or

Mary Bethune Academy: Need volunteers to provide assistance to teachers with classroom activities, help with office duties, arrange time for reading or storytelling with children, help with fundraising and more. Contact Ester Woods at 434.847.4221 or e-mail

Rivermont Baptist Church Early Learning Center: Ongoing volunteer opportunities in tutoring, storytelling, afternoon activities help, child mentoring, field trip chaperone, photography, play pal. For more information, contact the church at 434.845.6575 or the SERVE office.

YMCA: Volunteers are needed to help plan and run activities with children. Time frame for these activities is 4:30 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. If you are interested, please contact the YMCA Office at 434.847.5597.

Miller Home of Lynchburg: Mentor or tutor girls, assist with programs/games, and activities with the residents, yard work, ongoing painting projects, decorating bedrooms. Contact


Astride with Pride: is a therapeutic horse-riding program where people use horseback riding as a form of therapy for their different abilities. Volunteers are needed to help groom and tack up the horses as well as walk alongside the riders or lead horses during lessons. See for more information or contact the director, Stormie Shelton-Hazen at 540.587.0668 or by e-mail at

Harmony Rescue: Volunteer duties include walking and playing with animals, cleaning or straightening kennels, feed and water, or pick up duties. Applications to volunteer along with volunteer duties are in the SERVE Office. Contact number is 434.821.3544.


Lynchburg Parks and Recreation: Needs volunteers to help write and direct skits for seniors to perform in senior centers and nursing homes. If you are an aspiring script writer and love working with the elderly, please contact Marsha Berry at 434.455.5883 or

Centra Health Hospital Elder Life Program: Needs volunteers for varied activities in elderly patient care. Some activities include playing music in patients' rooms, humor therapy, collecting items for patient use, etc. If interested contact Anita Low at 434.947.4944 or

Autumn Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: Do you like to do office work, or do one-on-one visiting, help plan activities, do arts and crafts? Volunteer positions are available to help with residents at the Autumn Care Nursing Center. For more information contact Dorinda Scruggs at 424.369.6651.

Medical Care Center: Do you like to entertain people, help with the elderly? Then contact the Medical Care Center for volunteer opportunities. Contact Heidi Balasic at 434.846.4626.

Westminster Canterbury: is a long-term care retirement community that enables volunteers to learn more about the elderly population. Volunteers are needed to do simple tasks such as taking walks with or reading to residents, as well as playing board games or just visiting with them. Contact: Gwen Pope at 434.386.3515 or

Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging: There are many different opportunities with CVAAA, assisting the elderly with entertainment, activities, home-delivered meals, in-home visits, chore services, help with transportation. Home for the Holidays Project needs volunteers to help to deliver Christmas gifts to seniors in the community. Please contact Cheryl Murphy-Anderson for more information at 434.385.9070.

Generation Community: is looking for short articles to contribute to its free senior newsletter. Some examples for articles needed include gas prices and electric cars, health issues, money saving tips, and more. Students interested should contact Tracey Davis, Community Facilitator at


Play It Smart Program: Volunteer tutors are needed for classes such as math, science, English, and reading for athletes. Monday and Thursday from 2:30-3:20 p.m. Contact Gavin Davis, Academic Coach for E.C. Glass High School. Cell 434.851.5765, Work 434.522.3712 ext 157 or e-mail:

Y Gyrl Program: is looking for a diverse group of mostly female students to work with their Ygyrl participants at E.C. Glass and the Boys and Girls Club. The program also needs college students to help with tutoring high school students in the program and helping to build relationships with ninth and tenth grade females. Tutors are needed in foreign languages, math, and science, as well as history and government. Tutoring sessions are set to begin at Randolph College on Tuesday nights at 6:30. If interested in becoming a volunteer for this program, please contact Terri Miller at 434.847.7751 or 434.610-.894 or her e-mail at

Old Dominion Job Core Center: Needs volunteers for a new mentoring and tutoring program, the STARS Initiative, which focuses on students' goals and achievements. The center needs you… help students achieve their goals. Contact Debra Lewis, STARS coordinator, at 434.929.4081 ext 132.

Presbyterian Homes and Family Centers Webster School: Needs volunteers to help tutor students in math. Students match levels range from algebra one to geometry. This is an alternative school that helps students get back on track and back into the public school system. Contact Kristol Roberts at or call the Webster School at 434.384.3131 ex 3602.

Dance Theatre of Lynchburg: Has a daily study hall tutorial program, which could use volunteers. Contact: Charlotte Lester at 434.846.6272

College Hill Neighborhood Schools: Tutoring adults in math and reading for GREs. Teaching parenting skills, health and fitness programs, and helping with preschool age students. Monday nights, Contact Sylvia Hobson at 434.528.5713 or

New Vistas School: Would like volunteers to help with team-building activities in PE classes, and to serve as mentors for the students. Also a database and PR video need to be created. Also if interested, students can go and help release the teachers for lunch. All you would have to do is sit with the kids and interact with them. The time for that is 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. Contact: Lisa Thomas at 434.846.0301

Brookville High School: High school students in algebra II and chemistry need a tutor. Contact Sandy Zindell at Brookville High School at 434.238.8133.

Mountain View United Methodist Church: Volunteers are needed working as tutors. Come assist middle school students with their homework and gain practical experience. Contact Lenna Woodall at 434.426.5768 or

Office Work

Website Update: Update the website for Mental Health Association for Central Virginia. The volunteer would have to come on regular basis, probably a couple of hours every other week. If you are interested please contact Vicki Sandifer at 434.847.9055.

NAACP: A volunteer is needed to set up a mail merge database and provide instructions on how to use the database. If you are interested contact James Gafford at

Computer Skills: If you are good with computers, can perform several tasks, and are willing to put some volunteer hours in, this is the opportunity for you. Central Virginia Community Services needs volunteers who can assist with light office assistance such as filing, organization, copying, typing, planning and coordination. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ms. Rhonda Callaham at 434.847.8035 or e-mail her at

Legacy Museum of African American History: Needs volunteers to assist the administrator with filing, answering telephone, and cataloging. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Stallings at 434.845.9809 or e-mail on

Presbyterian Homes and Family Services: If you're free in the afternoons, this is the opportunity for you. Volunteers are needed to perform light clerical duties and receptionist duties. If you are interested or have any questions please call 434.384.3131.

Rush Homes: Do you like to meet new people or talk on the phone? Rush Homes is looking for a volunteers to come to their office regularly to be of general support with phone calls, completing project tasks (basic things), etc. If interested please contact Jeff Smith at 434.455.2120 or

New Land Jobs: If you are good with office tasks, New Land Jobs needs volunteers for clerical assistance with filing, reorganizing files, copying documents, and shredding documents. If interested, please contact the organization at 434.847.4225.

Free Clinic of Central Virginia: provides primary medical, nursing, dental, and pharmaceutical services to those in Central Virginia who do not have the resources to obtain these basic health care needs. Opportunities are available for anyone interested in doing light office work such as receptionist duties or mailings, creating newsletters, arranging files and folders. Help is also needed with Outreach Programs. Contact Robert Barlow, Executive Director, at 434.845.4557 or 434.847.5866 or email

Alzheimer's Association: Needs ongoing office support and volunteers for speaking. If interested, please contact Cindy Bondurant at 434.845.8540 or

Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation: Has an ongoing volunteer opportunity for market analysis, help to design marketing, strategies for homes, and services offered. If interested, contact Denise Crews at 434.846.6964 or e-mail

United Way: Needs ongoing volunteers to help with campaign material for mass mailouts, telephone skills, accounting, data input. Organization needs dependable volunteers to commit to a definite number of hours per week. Contact Janice Johnston at 434.455.6913 or

CASA of Central Virginia (Court Appointed Special Advocates): Volunteers are needed for ongoing office help. Volunteers must be willing to assist a non-profit organization which serves abused and neglected children, have a background experience in computers, and be willing to trained to use COMET (a specialized reporting/software system for CASA programs). If you are interested in helping in an office environment, contact Jane Francis at 434.528.2552 or

Free Foundation: A non-profit organization that provides much needed medical equipment such as walkers and scooters to those in need. Volunteers need to help with mailing lists and other light office tasks. Please contact Reggie Herndon at 434.846.3733 or at


Lynchburg Grows: is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help clean up, install a raised bed outdoor garden, transplant living roses into containers, and other gardening activities. If you are interested, please contact Lynchburg Grows at 434.846.5665 or email

Tabor Retreat Center: Volunteers are needed to help move library books from the old library to the new library. An ongoing need for help with office work, mailings, yard work, cleaning and laundry is available. If interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Deacon Gordon Cartwright at 434.846.6475 or at

Lynchburg College Claytor Nature Center: has opportunities for students to volunteer on a weekly basis to assist in staffing educational programs. Volunteers will assist in leading arts and crafts activities, teach and help with nature experiences with elementary students, and lead nature walks. Other volunteer needs include removing defunct tree guards and picking up litter. Contact Dan Cohen if interested at 540.587.6787 or


Hunger, Housing, and Homelessness

The Daily Bread: Needs individuals or groups to serve meals to those in need. Contact Tish Kirven the shelter manager at 434.845.5703 to volunteer.

Rebuilding Together: Volunteers are needed to visit and write up description of homeowners' needs, office filing, letter writing, fund letters, or grant writing. Contact Sandy Walton at 434.942.5311 or at

Parks View Methodist Church Clothes Closet: Volunteers are needed to sort and hang clothes that have been donated to the Clothes Closet. Please call the church if interested at 434.845.8468.

Gateway: is a long-term residence for homeless men living in Lynchburg. Every third Tuesday of the month, the LC Catholic Community provides dinner for the men living there. If you'd like to help with this event, please contact Kaky Bowden at ext. 8698 or by e-mail at

Miriam's House: is a transitional living program that provides a place to call home for homeless or abused women and their children. Residents are given time to grow and learn in a caring, structured, and developmental environment. To volunteer with children's programs call 434.847.1101. Visit

Lynchburg Community Action Group: Here you will work with the homeless in shelters and also help staff the shelters. Contact Jacqueline Jones at 434.846.2778.

Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Foundation: works with homeless populations of Lynchburg to develop better housing situations. Help is needed with housing development research in pilot sites. Opportunities are also available for anyone willing to do grant research, design projects or give presentations to solicit new funding sources. Contact: Denise Crews at 434.846.6964 or email at

Gleaning for the World: Needs volunteers to sort and box apparel going to mission groups, no more than 10 at a time. Also assist with office work, and pick up inventory, and webpage design and updating. For more information, please contact their service coordinator, Jeane Smiley-Mason at 434.993.3600 or

The Salvation Army: needs help in the fields of maintenance, landscaping, child-care (Infant – K), and Youth programs, Nursing Home. Contact Wayne Wade at 434.845.5939.

Interfaith Outreach: Volunteers interested in social work and free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays please look into this opportunity. Volunteers would do home visits with furniture coordinator, work with clients at the warehouse, pick up furniture from donors, and help keep the warehouse clean. If you are interested please call Anne Brewer at 434.384.2592.

Alliance for Families and Children: Two to three students are needed to help with childcare during our one night a week parenting classes. If you are interested please contact the Parenting Plus program at 434.845.5944 ext 260.

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers will help build high-quality, affordable housing to help end poverty housing in the Lynchburg community. Builds are on Wednesdays from 8-2:30 pm and Saturday from 8-2:30 pm with meals provided. If interested, contact Pamela Barton at 434.660.1303 or by email at or visit our website: for more information.

Habitat ReStore: Our needs are: stocking, inventory and sorting, pricing, product preparation, and customer service to name a few. The ReStore is also utilizing eBay, selling cabinet hardware nationwide (packing and shipping). We invite you to visit our new location...and our new website: If interested, please contact ReStore at 434.528.5155, 528.0550 or by e-mail at or

Haiti Partnership

Hike for Haiti: is a yearly event that occurs in October for students, faculty, and staff to participate in. The event helps to raise money for a school in Haiti, The Matenwa Community Learning Center in Lagonav. We donate to our partners in Matenwa through the organization Beyond Borders.

Discovering Abilities

Children/autism: Join our team and help us reach our son! We need animated, positive individuals with an interest for pursuing the unlimited potential of an autistic child. Volunteer position, pay may be available. Training is provided. Requirements include reliability, own transportation, and available 6-10 hours a week. For more information please contact Andrea Zealand at or 434.316.3780.

Challenged Sports Exchange: Work with a newly developing team of athletes with different abilities at Sandusky Middle School gym. Opportunities are available to help coach or just be a volunteer. Games go on regularly. Contact Barb Franz at 434.444.3991 or e-mail her at . The C.S.E. provides recreational and athletic programs for individuals, age five and older, with mental and/physical challenges. It is a regional program under the City of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Dept. We offer year-round programs that range from basketball, volleyball, indoor croquet, t-ball/softball, bowling, tennis, golf, fishing, a hand bell ensemble, ceramic programs, nature programs, and adventure trips. Each of these opportunities or sports is adapted to the individuals' needs. Volunteers are the backbone of this organization and make it possible for us to offer each of these events. It's a great opportunity for student volunteers to unwind after classes and have fun. This is not a competitive program.

Yellow Branch Challengers T-Ball/Softball team: A softball/T-ball team, for intellectually and or physically challenged individuals ages 6 and up sponsored by the Campbell County Parks and Recreation Dept. This team needs volunteers to assist players as needed on the field. Games are played on the ball field of Yellow Branch Elementary School. Games will be held beginning April 1 through May 20, each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. For further information, please contact: Bettie Jo Shrum, manager at 434.821.2187 or

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention

CASA of Central Virginia: Volunteers are appointed by two judges to represent the best interests of a child in court. The children are victims of abuse and neglect. The CASA volunteer submits a court report to the judge with recommendations as to what is in the child's best interest. Volunteers must be at least 21 years. Please contact Jane Francis at 434.528.2552.

Hospital Volunteer Programs

Central Virginia Baptist Hospital: in particular need of volunteers for evenings and weekends at our information desk and gift shop. Contact Sonia McFarland at 434.200.4106 or

Lynchburg Health and Rehabilitation Center: Help with activities, running groups, room visits, office work , or interaction with residents. For more information or questions please contact Susan Hudson, administrator, at 434.239.2657.

Lynchburg General Hospital Auxiliary: Volunteer your time to provide special services to patients in the hospital. There are many different volunteer areas. If interested contact Angie Fleming at 434.947.3094 or 947.7351 or email

New Land Samaritan Inns: Volunteer innkeepers (male only) - spend the night at our facility and monitor security. One night per week. Contact Lisa Dibble or Ryan Rosewell at 434.846.3311.

Mental Health America Central Virginia: Needs volunteers for an ongoing project to assist with the organization's library. The volunteer will need to organize, catalog (very primitively), record titles on computer data base, make sure a library card is in books and videos for checks, and periodically maintain the library. Contact Vicki Sandifer at 434.847.9055 or