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Social Service

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.

The Lorna Sundberg International Center
21 University Circle

This UVA center serves the international and American students, faculty and scholars at UVA, promoting educational, cultural and social interchange. Volunteers are always needed to teach crafts or cooking classes, participate as language partners, assist in multicultural library and help with other activities.

Madison House
170 Rugby Rd.

This large UVA student group organizes, trains and places more than 3,000 UVA students in weekly volunteer service with 70 area agencies, such as the Tutorial Program, Big Sibling Program, Aid to Migrant Farm Workers, Adopt-a-Grandparent and Hoos Against Hunger and Homelessness Program.

Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity
919 W Main St.

This Christian-based nonprofit organization works to eradicate inadequate housing. Volunteers are needed for construction, committee work, office work, fundraising and public relations. Legal expertise is also appreciated.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Thomas Jefferson Area Branch
1207 Harris St. #B

The food bank distributes food to 131 member agencies, including soup kitchens and churches. Volunteers are needed for weekday mornings.

The Emergency Food Bank
900 Harris St.

Volunteers take orders in the office, make deliveries to various sites, shelve food or bag orders. Volunteers must commit to approximately two hours a month.

Meals on Wheels
704 Rose Hill Drive

This nonprofit organization delivers hot, nutritious lunchtime meals to homebound people every Monday through Friday, including holidays. Homebound individuals of all ages and income levels who cannot prepare a meal for physical or psychological reasons are eligible to receive Meals on Wheels. Volunteers are needed to deliver food.

Salvation Army
207 Ridge St.

This Christian-based nonprofit organization provides housing, counseling and food on a one-time basis. It also operates a thrift shop that accepts donations of clothing, furniture and other household goods.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at the Salvation Army. One can help serve food, assist in cooking, pick up food donations, work at the thrift store, help with the Individual day care and after-school programs, and help with special events such as the shoe drive, school supply drive, Day of Caring and Angel Tree-related activities. Visit the website or call for more information.

United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area
806 E High St

This organization addresses multiple community concerns and is the most comprehensive source of information on more than 600 social and/or health and human services and activities. It serves Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. Volunteer opportunities are available in many different areas.

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


So you studied a language in high school or college, but you never really learned to speak it. Here's your chance to put what you learned into practice. The International Center will pair you with another student or recent immigrant to the community for language exchange. Each person speaks his or her native language for half of each meeting so that both partners improve their language skills. Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic have been some of the languages available in the past. For more information, go to the International Center language partners website.

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