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Services for the Disabled

The ARC of the Piedmont
509 Park St.

Programs for adults and children with mental and physical disabilities.Volunteers are needed for the Infant Development Project and to work with adults with disabilities. Volunteer work includes helping with fundraising events that are held throughout the year, landscaping projects, carpentry projects, painting projects, and helping with the upkeep of 11 different homes throughout the community. Half-day training is required to work with children and adults with disabilities. For more information, contact their volunteer coordinator: Brett Spitale 977-4002, ext. 36, or

Innisfree Village
5505 Walnut Level Rd., Crozet, VA

This voluntary community in the countryside northwest of Charlottesville provides a respectful home and work environment for adults with mental disabilities. Volunteers usually commit for a one-year period and live in the facilities provided, earning a monthly stipend. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.

Office: 296-3184
To Schedule Trips: 296-6174
104 Keystone Pl.
Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; expanded hours for elderly and disabled

JAUNT offers transportation for a fee to the elderly, people with disabilities and the general public in urban Charlottesville. It also is a public service transit for rural Fluvanna, Nelson, Louisa, Albemarle and Buckingham counties. It operates from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Expanded hours are available for the elderly and disabled.

Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center
2270 Ivy Rd.

Part of UVA Medical Center, the KCRC provides care and therapy to disabled children 18 years old and younger on both an in-patient and an out-patient basis. Volunteers assist in therapeutic, play and support activities.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Volunteering: (800) 803-7201
1021 Millmont St. Near the Law School

This organization provides audio recordings of textbooks for those with learning disabilities and visual impairments. Volunteer opportunities include serving as readers who record textbooks on various subjects for the print-impaired and as monitors who handle the technical aspects of the tape recording. Other volunteer opportunities are also available. Two years of college or the equivalent in business experience are requested and rudimentary computer skills are preferred.

WorkSource Enterprises
1311 Carlton Ave.

Since 1967, this nonprofit has provided job training, job placement assistance, employment and day support to people with mental and physical disabilities. Employment options include WorkSource small businesses, like Breadworks, a local bakery, and community placements. Volunteers are welcome to help people with disabilities doing various learning activities. A background check is required and some knowledge of people with disabilities is preferred. For more information, contact John Santoski at

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Recording for the Blind

"If you always thought your mellifluous voice belonged on the radio, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic may have a volunteer job for you. RB&D records books on tape for people who are blind, visually impaired and perpetually or physically disabled. This connection with the world of print gives clients the means for education, employment, and entertainment. Volunteer readers and monitors team up in the studio to record the books, which cover a wide range of topics and are available to both individuals and schools through the group's 75,000-volume lending library."

—C-Ville Weekly


The Community Service section describes area community service groups, both as a resource for you and as a possible outlet for volunteer energies. Of course, this is not a comprehensive list. For more possibilities, check out the Charlottesville/Albemarle Chamber of Commerce, the Monticello Avenue community network or the community calendar in the Daily Progress.

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