Community Service

The Community Service section describes area community service groups, both as a resource for you and as a possible outlet for volunteer energies. For more possibilities, check out the Charlottesville/Albemarle Chamber of Commerce 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.

Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle 

1000 B Cherry Avenue

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

Madison House

170 Rugby Road

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.


1000 E. High Street

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.

Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity

919 W. Main Street

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 Street #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 Street

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.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle

418 7th Street 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.

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 Street

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.

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

Hotline: 434-977-RAPE (7273)
335 Greenbrier Drive, Suite 102

SARA works toward empowerment of sexual assault survivors to make decisions that will help them recover. The group offers a teen peer education program, public education programs and a child assault prevention program.

United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area

806 E. High Street 

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.