Email us if you need volunteers to support your artistic or creative project.
Adult Learning Center
The Adult Learning Center needs ESL and Literacy tutors. Classes run Monday-Friday from 8:30-10:30am and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9:00-11:00am. Tutors work with classroom teachers in small groups. For more information or to have an orientation, please call (434) 245-2815.
Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail is seeking volunteers for their Reentry Program, which connects offenders with resources and services that will provide for a smoother transition back into the community. The program consists of twelve-week sessions with a three week break between each session. Volunteers will facilitate one class a week and materials and lesson plans can be provided, if needed. Facilitators are needed to teach art classes or any subject that you feel that you could bring to the program. If you are interested in facilitating a class or just want to find out more information, please contact Robert Barnabei.
Alzheimer’s Care Program
The Alzheimer’s Care Program at Five Star Senior Living (part of Morningside Assisted Living) is looking for performers and artists to visit with their residents (between the ages of 80-90). Preferred programs include clowns, juggling, music, dance, or theatre, but they are open to anything entertaining, uplifting, and fun. For additional information, please contact Kathy Pasquel at 434-971-8889.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge seeks arts-oriented volunteers to mentor a child. Volunteers are matched in a one-on-one, professionally-supported mentorship to share weekly activities focusing on fun and positive youth development. Many Littles enjoy drawing, knitting, dancing, woodworking, ceramics and other creative activities. In order to ensure successful matches, volunteers must commit to meet with their Little for about two hours each week for at least one year. For more information, contact Tosha Russock at (434) 244-0882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is seeking volunteers to assist with events, programming, gallery hours and more. For more information, email email@example.com or call (434) 984-5669.
Chroma Projects is in need of a volunteer to help with internet outreach. They want to have more internet presence and active update procedures, such as getting images up on the website, keeping Facebook current and doing Twitter announcements. For more information or to apply, email Deborah McLeod, call (434) 202-0269, or stop by the gallery.
City Schoolyard Garden
The City Schoolyard Garden Harvest Festival will take place this year at Buford Middle School on Friday, October 18, from 5:30-7:30pm. Approximately 300-400 people are expected to attend and the event will include fun activities, free food, and live music. Organizers are looking for local artists to provide face painting during that time. If you or someone you know would like to assist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Attention Foster Families
CAFF provides a variety of support services to foster families. They are currently serving approximately 95 foster families, including some 90 foster children. Many foster parents and kinship parents do not have the financial resources to take advantage of cultural programs in our community. CAFF is seeking tickets to arts programming in the Charlottesville, Albermarle and surrounding communities. Please email Allison Saunier with any offerings.
Community Housing Partners
Community Housing Partners is a non-profit that strives to create more sustainable communities throughout the Southeast that help create pathways to homeownership. The Resident Services department at Greenstone on 5th (off Prospect Avenue) would like to host local artists during their after-school program. CHP provides a snack, homework help, and engaging activities Monday through Thursday, from 3:15-5:00pm. In the past, this has included trips to the downtown mall, City Clay, and The McGuffey Art Center as well as hosting a variety of local artists. Youth are in Kindergarten through fourth grades. To volunteer or find out more details, please contact Bram Crowe.
Volunteer opportunities abound at the Crossings, a mixed-income community of studio apartments for homeless and low-income clients in Charlottesville. Opportunities include client centered programs, in which volunteers interact with residents that can include anything from cooking demonstrations to art classes and yoga sessions. Volunteers can also work on a current gardening project or assist with marketing and PR. If interested, please email Anne Deery. To receive the latest news and volunteer opportunities, sign up here.
The Enrichment Alliance of Virginia
The Enrichment Alliance is seeking a volunteer assistant for program materials. Volunteer will assist in finding and/or creating materials for program activities, as well as helping us keep hands-on enrichment materials, such as art and science kits, maintained and organized. Hours are very flexible and the assistant may work from home or in the organization’s office. For more information or to volunteer, email Mary Anna Dunn or call (434) 295-1002.
Festival of Cultures
The Festival of Cultures’ mission is to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity in our local community, to increase awareness and understanding of that diversity in a respectful environment, and to provide an opportunity for building a bridge of communication between new Americans and established residents. The Festival is organized by the Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center with the involvement and support of many other individuals and organizations. If you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Festival, please contact Debbie Tuler or Heidi Gordon.
Four County Players
Four County Players provides a hands-on theatrical experience for amateurs and professionals of all ages. They can always use volunteers to help with stage managing, costumes, makeup, set design and construction, lighting, sound, and publicity. To get involved or find out more information, please email email@example.com or call (540) 832-5355.
The Fralin Museum of Art
The Fralin Museum at UVa needs volunteers to help construct Stickwork, a sculptural installation by renowned artist Patrick Dougherty, from September 30-October 18, 2013. Dougherty weaves supple tree saplings and branches into towering, site-specific sculptures; worldwide, he has built more than two hundred installations over the past thirty years. The sculpture will be in place for a year or more, as nature allows, giving visitors a chance to enjoy its seasonal changes. Volunteers are needed to assist Patrick Dougherty, UVa Project Manager Bill Bennett, and Project Assistant Andrew Salmon with all aspects of project construction, including, but not limited to: harvesting truckloads of saplings from a site in southeast Albemarle County on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, and Oct. 2, 2013; stripping leaves from saplings and preparing them for weaving; interacting with the general public and explaining the work-in-progress; assisting Dougherty with weaving saplings; handling other errands and assignments as directed by Patrick, Bill, and Andrew; and writing blog entries to document the project and convey to readers the evolution of the project. To learn more about volunteering on this unique project, please click here.
Habitat for Humanity
Are you creative with the everyday household item and want to apply your skill to Habitat’s cause? Join the Habitat Store community as they gather customers to participate in DIY projects this holiday season. Plan your project with the Habitat Store and they will have supplies available for use. Perfect for an individual or small group. Contact Volunteer Manager Sara Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Application deadline is November 21.
Habitat for Humanity Sunrise Park Community Center
The Habitat for Humanity Sunrise Park Community Center on Carlton Avenue is in search of art teachers to lead classes to residents in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. Newly opened in September, the Sunrise Park Community Center is looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for working with low-income Charlottesville residents. Background in the visuals arts, patience and a good attitude are important qualities in a volunteer for this position. Classes are usually scheduled for Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-8:00pm. To volunteer, please email email@example.com or call (434) 960-7646.
Volunteers are needed to work with area seniors and help with arts and crafts, flower arranging, sewing, and other activities at adult care centers. Hours are flexible during weekdays. For more information, email Becky Calvert.
Light House Studio
Light House Studio is looking for experienced filmmakers to assist in mentoring some of their upcoming workshops. Workshops are usually once or twice a week after school hours and cover the topics of music scoring, animation, documentary, and tv production. Some positions are volunteer, and others are paid based on experience. If you have teaching experience, and knowledge of cameras, editing, production, or special software skills, and are a college student, recent graduate, or professional, please send a message and resume to Jason Robinson.
Volunteer opportunities abound both onstage and offstage at Live Arts. Actors, directors, stage managers, musicians, carpenters, costumers, designers, board operators, and run crew. Work on a production this season. Meet new people, develop new skills, and – best of all – have fun in a creative, supportive setting. Not sure how to get involved? Attend a volunteer training session, held the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, call (434) 977-4177×107 or email Tracie Skipper.
Mary Williams Community Center
JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center is looking for artists to do projects with seniors. They have tons of materials, a nice large meeting space, and an enthusiastic group of seniors – they just need volunteer artists to help lead projects. For more information, call Misty Boos at (434) 817-9424.
McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia
There are countless volunteer opportunities at the McIntire Department of Music at UVa which includes distributing music event fliers around Charlottesville, ushering at music events, and many more. Volunteering would help you become more connected to the music community in Charlottesville by becoming more knowledgeable of music and learning about local musicians. If interested, fill out this online application.
Music Resource Center
The Music Resource Center (MRC) is a state-of-the-art facility where teens can learn the latest technology in the music industry and study and participate in every phase of music production. The mission of the MRC is to educate and inspire young people through music and equip them with life skills for the future. The MRC is seeking volunteers with musical skills to teach and mentor middle school and high school students. Volunteers are paired with students with similar musical interests and meet one-on-one to work on the students’ goals. Areas in which skilled volunteers are needed are: acoustic and electric guitar, drums, male and female vocal training, bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, beat production, and dance. For more information, contact Maria Gall.
Nelson Teen Center
The Nelson Street Teen Center is looking for adult artists to assist with youth art programs twice a month. For information about this volunteer activity, please contact director Makeba Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paramount Theater
The Paramount Theater seeks volunteers to help with upcoming events. Duties include greeting guests, handing out programs, ushering, and working concessions. Shifts are usually 4 hours (mainly evening). Additional volunteer options include daytime administrative tasks. It’s a great volunteer experience in a warm and friendly environment with the perk of seeing free performances. If interested, download the application here.
The Piedmont Family YMCA After-School Program utilizes the PATHS Curriculum which focuses on readiness, self-control, family, and relationships. Throughout the school year, they educate the children on different countries, character development, science, and nature. Arts and crafts projects that are related to the curriculum are always greatly needed. Examples of desired programming include producing hand puppet skits, crafting decorative family picture frames, building homemade solar systems, or teaching different painting techniques. Additionally, they are always in need of creative curriculum for the YMCA child care center for children between the ages of 2-5 years. For more information, please contact Brookes Sims.
Second Street Gallery
Second Street Gallery’s primary mission is to enliven Virginia through access to the best in contemporary art and artists, and to inspire new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. The gallery seeks community-minded volunteers to help accomplish and extend this mission by helping with monthly exhibition openings, installations, deinstallations, and special gallery events. Gallery sitters are needed any time Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm. Interested parties should call (434) 977-7284 or email Andrew Greeley.
The Senior Center’s mission is to positively impact the community by creating opportunities for healthy aging through social engagement, physical well-being, civic involvement, creativity, and lifelong learning. The Senior Center is currently seeking a volunteer to plan and manage the projects and activities of the Crafty Ladies (& Guy) at the Senior Center. The group meets every Wednesday from 9:30am-11:30am. Bring your talents, expertise and interest to participate in the projects run by the group: hats for newborns, Hats & Mittens for MAACA, lap robes, hats & scarves, foster bags, blankets, and more. Join this fun, stimulating, and interesting group of volunteers that puts others first!
The Senior Center is also seeking a volunteer puppet maker on Mondays from 9:30am-11:30am. If you are looking for fellowship, as well as a chance to help children, consider joining the Pinkie Puppet volunteers, who need extra sets of hands. This group meets at the Center to cut, sew, stuff, and package Pinkie Puppets for distribution at UVa Hospital. Join this great social circle working for a great cause. The program, in junction with the UVA Ladies Auxiliary, has helped sick children cope with the stress of their hospital visits since 1960. Interested? Please contact Kimberly Haynes at 434.974.7756 or via email.
Teens GIVE is a program that takes at-risk youth out into the community to volunteer. They are looking for hands-on arts volunteer opportunities in order to expose their participants to worlds and ideas outside their own. For more information, please call 434-989-6371 or email Maggie Zentgraf.
Tom Tom Founders Festival
Tom Tom is a four day festival (April 10-13) of innovation talks, block parties, concerts, pitch competitions, and art exhibitions on the Downtown Mall. Last year, over 13,500 people went to Tom Tom events. Artists, educators, administrators and community members all benefitted from Tom Tom’s audience and marketing outreach. If you have an piece of art you want to exhibit, a workshop you want to organize or an idea you want to share, contact TTFF director Paul Beyer at email@example.com or (434) 981-7045.
University of Virginia Art Museum
The UVA Art Museum accepts volunteers to be trained in it’s docent course. Give engaging tours to school groups while learning about elements of art, skill, and museum display. Volunteer options and requirements vary and there are options to volunteer in various events and presentations associated with the museum. For more information please visit the UVA Museum website.
Virginia NeuroCare, a community-based provider of brain injury services, is seeking volunteer art teachers for patients in their residential treatment program. The program started three years ago with visual art, later adding African drumming in collaboration with Charlottesville Area Rhythm & Dance and poetry writing in collaboration with VSA arts. Volunteers teach survivors of brain injury to embrace the creative forces of art as a leisure activity and a therapeutic modality to challenge perceptual and cognitive deficits. For more information, contact Leigh Wion at (434) 220-4596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer House has a couple of great volunteer opportunities for its Kids’s Writing Camp. One or two volunteers are needed to help with walking field trips and possibly other projects. Other volunteers are needed to help with the production of a literary journal including samples of all the kids’ work as an e-book and print-on-demand paper book. If interested, please email email@example.com.
UVa’s radio station, WTJU 91.1 FM, is looking for volunteer announcers. WTJU provides the training; the announcer provides the enthusiasm and love of music. All volunteer announcers get to program their own shows. For more information, call (434) 924-0885 or click here.