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Adult Education

Albemarle County Adult Education ESOL-English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
296-3872, ext. 2

The Albemarle County Adult Education ESOL Program offers general English classes with year-round registration for beginner- to advanced-level students. The program also offers beginner-, intermediate- and advanced-level daytime classes in communications skills and TOEFL preparation classes. The ESOL Program has also received recognition for "The Web Project." This is an ongoing student project that accepts applications from advanced-level ESOL students to work on an interactive course developing web-page content and DVD resources for the ESOL community in the Charlottesville area.

Blue Ridge English as a Second Language Council (BRESL)
214 Rugby Rd.

BRESL is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization serving the ESL community in Greater Charlottesville. Trained tutors provide free English tutoring services and teach cultural adaptation skills to ESL adults. BRESL is committed to helping ESL families integrate into the community and lead more fulfilling lives.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle
418 7th St. NE

LVCA provides one-on-one, confidential tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults living or working in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Volunteers are needed as tutors. Free training is provided.


Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle
10th and Cherry Ave. & Southwood Mobile Home Park
Mon-Fri 2 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Helps youths ages 6-18 with their homework and hosts many educational, social and recreational programs. Volunteer tutors are needed.

Camp Holiday Trails
End of Reservoir Rd., off Fontaine Ave.

This summer camp serves chronically ill children ages 7-17, providing a rustic outdoors experience with 24-hour medical care. Volunteers are needed for gardening, landscaping, maintenance, clearing, construction, clerical chores and general labor.

Charlottesville City Schools' Book Buddies

Each "Book Buddy" works with a first- or second-grade student throughout the school year on specific reading skills. Volunteering involves a regular commitment of two one-hour sessions per week during the school day. Training and lesson plans are provided.

Children, Youth & Family Services Inc.
116 W. Jefferson St.

This nonprofit provides qualified professional counseling and other services related to the issues of poverty, child abuse and neglect, marriage and parenting, child care quality, teen runaways and early learning.


Computers4Kids is a nonprofit after-school technology mentoring program for underserved middle and high school youth. Mentors should have basic computer knowledge and be able to spend one and a half hours per week volunteering. To join, visit and fill out the volunteer application.

Piedmont Family YMCA
442 Westfield Rd.

The YMCA offers aerobics for adults and seniors, martial arts for adults and children, and basketball for children. Fees vary by activity. The Y offers a full-time care center for preschool-age children as well as a summer camp and a ski program for youth. It also administers the city swim team. Call for details.

Play Partners
296-4118, ext. 248
Play Partners

Play Partners, a program of Children, Youth & Family Services Inc., provides children in low-income day care homes in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area with play experiences that enhance their cognitive, emotional and social development during the crucial preschool years. Pairs of trained volunteers are assigned to visit the same provider's home once a week, where one-hour sessions are offered to the children throughout the school year. About every four weeks the Play Partners introduce a new story with accompanying activities that emphasize and extend the concepts and vocabulary in the story. The program begins in mid-September and concludes at the end of May, but volunteers may join and be trained at any time of year.

Westminster Child Care Center
190 Rugby Rd.

Volunteers are needed to serve as teachers' aides. Experience with children is welcome, but not necessary.

Photo courtesy of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau,

Social Service


Emergency Relief

Education & Children

Women's Organizations

Services for the

Legal Aid

Senior Citizens

Political Groups

UVA Student Service


Do you have children? For more information on groups, businesses and services catering to families, as well as information about local schools, see Family Time.


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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