volunteertidewater.com is closing . . .
volunteertidewater.com will be going off-line, effective September 1, 2016.
During the 11+ years we’ve been on-line, we’ve performed more than 18,000 “introductions” between organizations seeking volunteers and persons looking for volunteer opportunities . . . all at no cost to the organizations and the prospective volunteers.
We’re proud to have been able to provide this service, and wish you well in securing volunteers and finding volunteer opportunities through other on-line services.
My sincerest and deepest thanks to all!
Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads – Step Up for Down Syndrome
Please join us for our annual Step Up for Down Syndrome! Saturday October 8 at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. There’s a 5K, a kids fun run, a family festival and resource fair, and an awareness walk around the lake. Please come out to have some fun and help us celebrate!
We need volunteers on the day of the event to set up/clean up/cheer on runners and walkers/give out medals/help with registration/ man the water station/help with bounce houses and clowns/etc. Volunteers are requested to be at least 12 years old.
Time slots start at 6, are broken into 3 hour increments, and we need help through about 3pm on 10/8.
We also need help on 10/7 from 3-7 at packet pickup.
The Helpers Organization
The Helpers Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Norfolk, VA. We are seeking volunteers to assist with Special Events & Fundraisers. We are seeking dedicated individuals or groups who wish to help better the community in which they live! The Helpers Organization offers many volunteer opportunities, such as:
*Information & Referral Advocates
*Writers/Journalist for Monthly Newsletter
*Internships Available for Human Services & Business Management Student
If interested, please click here (Please mention your opportunity interest(s) in the “Additional Information” section of the form.)
Grace Hospice – Suffolk
Grace Hospice of Norfolk is looking for a volunteer near downtown Suffolk to visit a patient West of town. The volunteer will spend time sitting with the patient while the caregiver run errands. The caregiver is looking for someone who can spend at least 2 hours at the home so they can complete their tasks. The day of the week is pretty flexible but they would like someone that can come on a weekly basis during the day as the caregiver cannot drive in the dark. You must be at least 18 in order to fill this position.
Heartland Hospice Newport News – Admin Support
Heartland Hospice in Newport News is in need of administrative volunteers to help in our office. This would consist of office tasks such as filing, mass mailing, copying, etc. Hours are flexible with the only restriction being hour availability is 8-5 on weekdays. We provide a friendly work environment that values the contributions that our volunteers give
Heartland Hospice Newport News – Vigil Volunteers
At Heartland Hospice of Newport News, we believe our patients should not have to pass on alone if that is not their wish. We desire to be able to provide comfort through the end including through the presence of others. Vigil volunteers provide a supportive presence for those patients who are in their final hours as well as for their loved ones. Ways of providing comfort may include reading a comforting poem, prayer, or scripture, listening to soothing music, or simply sitting quietly by the patient’s bedside.
ForKids – After School Tutors
ForKids is a non-profit providing homeless services to families in Hampton Roads. One major focus of our programming is education, and we need your help! Volunteer tutors are needed after school, Monday through Thursday weekly, at 6 different sites in Norfolk, Chesapeake, & Suffolk. Volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation, pass a criminal background check, and commit to at least 1 day of tutoring (2 hours) per week.
Mission Continues – United in Service
The Mission Continues is recognizing the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 by volunteering once again to serve our country. United by the common bond of service, volunteers will tackle projects aimed at making our communities stronger. The Hampton Roads Platoon will be hosting their United in Service event on September 10, 2016 , 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the city of Norfolk. We would like to invite you to volunteer along side some of the greatest Veterans in the Hampton Roads area.
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate located on the shore of the Lafayette River in Norfolk. They have announced their volunteer needs for 2016, which include:
· Garden & Grounds Volunteer
· Wetlands Restoration (April & May)
· WET Program Docent (Ongoing)
· Art Camp Counselor (June 27 – September 2)
· Special Events Volunteer (Spring-Fall)
· Hermitage Museum Docent (Ongoing) •
If interested, please click here (Please mention your opportunity interest(s) in the “Additional Information” section of the form.)
Chesapeake NETGuard, a program organized by FEMA and the City of Chesapeake, has IT & Communications Teams who are responsible to replace or augment IT & Communication competencies and strategies for the City of Chesapeake during an emergency event. Qualified volunteer candidates will support these, mostly hi-tech, activities. They meet once a month at the Chesapeake Department of Information Technology. •
Grace Hospice of Williamsburg
Grace Hospice, located at 263 McLaws Circle, Suite 100, is looking for compassionate people over age 18 to help w/visits to patients for companionship or to give their primary care giver a break to run errands or things like that. A 10 hour training session is required for volunteers who will have direct contact with patients. For administrative volunteers, the training is a 2 hour session. Any time commitment big or small is appreciated and can fit into most busy life styles. Volunteers needed throughout Tidewater. •
H.E.R. (Help and Emergency Response, Inc.)
H.E.R. provides shelter and engages in dedicated efforts to eliminate domestic violence. The H.E.R. shelter has a wide range of volunteer opportunities in the Portsmouth area, including a 24-hour hotline, women’s services, children’s services, court advocacy, outreach and education in the community, office administration, fundraising, and property upkeep and maintenance •
Virginia Supportive Housing
Virginia Supportive Housing provides a proven, permanent solution to homelessness in Hampton Roads, offering supportive studio apartments to single homeless individuals. By providing support services they ensure that residents who move out of their housing never return to homelessness. They are searching for volunteers to engage with residents through a variety of activities like Bingo, Karaoke, crocheting, painting, etc. •
Mariners’ Museum – Docents
The Mariners’ Museum Docents support the mission of the Museum by telling the story of our connections with the sea. Through gallery tours and interpretation, they help visitors of all ages understand how we are all impacted by the sea. Benefits of being a Docent include continued education opportunities on a variety of maritime topics through formal lectures, training, and personal research; the opportunity to meet visitors from around the globe; and the knowledge that you are contributing to an institution you already love. We have a special program starting in August and would like to get new Docents and volunteers trained as soon as possible.
Chesapeake Humane Society – Chesapeake Petco (Hanbury)
The Chesapeake Humane Society provides twice daily care to available cats in the adoption center at the Chesapeake Petco (Hanbury). We are looking for volunteers willing and able to commit to morning (9:00-10:30am) and evening (6:30-8:30pm) shifts. Once a week would be great … twice a month would work too … want to do more than that … we can accommodate! Duties involve cleaning of cat apartments, feeding, and interaction with the cats and the public. Current openings: Monday evenings (6:30-8:30pm)as well as alternating Saturday evenings (6:30-8:30pm). If you are interested in shifts other than those listed as open please reach out and get on the list-staffing changes due occur and we are always training to cover for vacations, illness, etc…
ForKids – Kids Fun Run & Heart of Ghent 10K
Heart of Ghent 10K and Kid’s Fun Run rings in the fall season to historic Ghent in Norfolk on Saturday, September 24th, with a fit, festive, charitable family oriented run/walk through the historic and scenic Ghent neighborhood. The race starts and finishes on Colley Avenue in Ghent across from Blair Middle School 730 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517. 10K race starts promptly at 8 a.m. Kid’s Fun Run at 9:30. This race will benefit local charities, including ForKids! A post race party will be held in the parking lot beside Blair Middle School. Food will be provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill and YNot Pizza and locally crafted beer from O’Connor and Smartmouth Brewing Companies will be on tap. There will also be live music by the band Dirty Toys. The party continues all day throughout Ghent. Many restaurants and businesses will be offering specials throughout the day. As a volunteer, you will assist with marking the race course, passing out water, signing in registrants, passing out swag, and other tasks as assigned. Each volunteer will receive a free race premium and goodie bag as well as being able to attend a very fun post-race party at Heart of Ghent 10K. More details will be shared with registrants as the event approaches.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Virginia Chapter
LLS is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS is looking for Peninsula and South Side volunteers to assist with campaigns (such as the annual Light the Night Walk), assist with patient educational programs and provide general office help. •
ACCESS AIDS Care
ACCESS AIDS Care provides programs and services to individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS in Hampton Roads. They are currently seeking a wide variety of volunteers . . . from serving on the Board of Directors to preparing meals for their Meals Program . . . as well as seasonal and special event volunteer opportunities! They are currently in dire need of volunteers to assist with their weekend Bingo games. •
Grace Hospice Norfolk
Grace Hospice, located near Southern Shopping Center in Norfolk, is looking for compassionate people over age 18 to help w/visits to patients for companionship or to give their primary care giver a break to run errands or things like that. A 10 hour training session is required for volunteers who will have direct contact with patients. For administrative volunteers, the training is a 2 hour session. Any time commitment big or small is appreciated and can fit into most busy life styles. Volunteers needed throughout Tidewater. •
Southeastern Virginia Training Center (SEVTC)
Southeastern Virginia Training Center is looking for a committee member for their Local Human Rights Committee, to meet monthly to review programs for agencies who support adults with intellectual disabilities. Ideally this volunteer is someone who has experience or knowledge of the area of mental health, intellectual disability or substance abuse treatment but it is not required. Meetings are held in Chesapeake. Training provided. Applicants will be interviewed for suitability. •
Western Tidewater Medical Reserve Corps (WTMRC)
WTMRC is a national program formed after 9/11. WTMRC volunteers donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement public health resources, making communities more resilient if and when a disaster strikes. Preparedness is their primary focus. The WTMRC provides uniform, badge, and basic training at no cost. •
Virginia Beach READS Mentor-Tutoring Program
The award-winning Virginia Beach READS mentor-tutoring program for first grade readers is seeking volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year at Bayside, Luxford, Point O’View, Shelton Park, and White Oaks Elementary School. The program offers one-on-one assistance to young readers for one hour each week. Volunteers will receive training before they begin tutoring on how to help students practice skills they are learning in class as well as ways to help them become better, more fluent readers. Volunteers should plan to work with one student for approximately 20-25 minutes and then to work with a second student for an additional 20-25 minutes each week from October 2016 through May 2017. The supportive relationship you create with students will help them to be confident, successful readers.
Mission Continues – Quinerly House Project
Mission Continues is rehabbing Quinerly House, located at 1044 Lindenwood Ave. in Norfolk, as a home for female veterans. They need your time and skills to make this project a success. They need general and skilled laborers to volunteer their time to assist during the week or on the weekend to complete this project. Here’s a list of skilled labor needed:
- Heating and AC
- Computer Network cabling
If interested, please click here (Please mention your opportunity interest(s) in the “Additional Information” section of the form.) For more information on Mission Continues, visit missioncontinues.org.
Hampton Hawkeyes Pop Warner Association – Cheer Coaches
The Hampton Hawkeyes Pop Warner Association has been serving the peninsula for 7 years, providing football and cheerleading for youth ages 5 – 12. We are a competitive program and our association does travel throughout the Hampton Roads area. We are currently seeking experienced cheer coaches willing to volunteer for our 2016 season for all age groups. Experienced coaches are preferred but not required to participate with our program. Coaches will be required to complete a mandatory YCADA certification and should have evening flexibility from July until October. During the month of August, we practice daily, Monday thru Friday. Practice schedule will be modified once school begins. Additionally, all volunteers for our program are required to complete a background check, which is conducted by the association as a safeguard for the youth that we serve.
USO Center – Fort Eustis
The Fort Eustis USO center is in need of volunteers, most particularly on the weekends. This center is open seven days a week from 9am to 7pm. The center provides our service men and women a great place to relax, utilize computers, watch TV, enjoy light refreshments, play video games, and socialize. The Fort Eustis USO center also hosts a number of center-specific special events throughout the year. Volunteer duties include but are not limited to: greeting center guests, providing information and referrals, replenishing refreshments, and basic housekeeping such trash collection, mopping, and sweeping. Volunteers with base access are preferred. •
USO Center – Langley Air Force Base
The USO center located on Langley Air Force Base has just reopened after undergoing major renovations. In order to properly man the center and extend its hours of operation, the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is looking for volunteers. Volunteer assistance is required from 10am-4pm Monday through Friday. Volunteer duties include but are not limited to: greeting center guests, providing information and referrals, replenishing refreshments, and basic housekeeping such trash collection and light cleaning. *** Please note that base access is REQUIRED for this volunteer assignment.*** •
Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads
Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads seeks volunteers (business persons, college students, stay-at-home parents, and retirees) to partner with teachers in local schools (K-12) and deliver fun, interactive lessons that inspire students to succeed. Volunteers receive a Volunteer Guide with detailed, step-by-step instructions on what to do and what to say. Junior Achievement will provide all materials and necessary training. No prior teaching experience is required. Commitment is 1 hour a week for 5-7 weeks total. •
Community Housing Partners
Community Housing Partners seeks Peninsula volunteers interested in spending time, primarily with disadvantaged youths, assisting current staff with after-school homework help and activities, as well as other community activities as needed. •
Chesapeake Meals on Wheels – Drivers
Chesapeake Meals On Wheels needs drivers to deliver meals to homebound individuals in Chesapeake, weekdays between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid drivers license, and sign an insurance waiver release form. Schedules are made up each month, so drivers can pick as many days as they would like. •
Heartland Hospice Hampton Roads
Heartland Hospice Hampton Roads seeks compassionate, friendly volunteers to assist patients and families living with terminal illness. Opportunities include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, respite for caregivers, errands, office work, and even massage therapy for volunteers with the necessary skills. Full free training and placements close to volunteer’s home/work in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Franklin. •
Seton Youth Shelters HYPE Program
Seton Youth Shelters is looking for middle school and high school youth interested in volunteering within the community with their HYPE program. Seton Youth Shelters’ staff plan monthly volunteer opportunities based on the interest of the youth involved. •
Veterans Art and Farm Therapy – Create Cabins
Veterans Art and Farm Therapy is a new charity relocated to Suffolk, VA. Volunteers get to participate in creating unique environmentally friendly sustainable cabins made of cob material as retreats for campers and veterans on the horse farm. These innovative structures are made with clay, straw and sand and are found all over Britain and making a revival in Washington, California, Florida and now Virginia as alternative housing materials. Come participate in making these small living sculptures. Learn more at www.artandfarm.org. •
Boys & Girls Clubs of The Virginia Peninsula – Ready 2 Work Mentors
Ready 2 Work Mentors are caring professionals (current or retired) who, along with parents and/or guardians, provide high school juniors and seniors with disabilities or those considered at-risk with career and job support, counsel, reinforcement, professional development and a constructive example in a structured and trusting relationship.
Program Dates are July 11, 2016 to August 19, 2016 – We expect each Mentor to remain in contact with their mentee for at least a year after the conclusion of Ready 2 Work as they continue their journey to employment. Mentors will be responsible for attending several activities over the summer, including the following:
• Mentor Orientation – June 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
• Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet – July 6 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
• Graduation Celebration – August 19 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. • At least two lunches per month (more are encouraged if your schedule permits)
• Mentee’s professional dress shopping trip at Boys & Girls Clubs Thrift Store
Faith Works Coalition
Faith Works Coalition is an alliance of local faith-based organizations and individuals founded to address substandard housing in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. The coalition seeks volunteers with a wide range of talents to repair and renovate homes for elderly and handicapped persons whose financial assets prohibit them from maintaining their homes adequately. •
Team Up Mentoring (The Up Center)
Team Up Mentoring is seeking volunteer mentors age 24 and older for its Face Forward program. This group mentoring program matches caring adults with first time juvenile offenders aged 16-24. The commitment is for one year. Groups will meet weekly for fourteen weeks and then one-on-one for the rest of the year. Mentors will help mentees by sharing their own life experiences and success stories. •
URGENT NEED! The American Cancer Society – Road to Recovery
The American Cancer Society urgently needs volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, which provides rides for cancer patients to and from their treatments. Flexible hours on weekdays. Volunteers for this program must be age 18 or older, have a valid drivers license, and access to a vehicle with adequate insurance. Volunteers must attend an initial training program. Drivers are needed throughout Tidewater, with a critical need in Norfolk and Chesapeake. ·
To view a short video on Road To Recovery, click here.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula
Mission is to “inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.” They serve more than 6,000 youth on the Virginia Peninsula and surrounding communities providing youth and teens with a safe place to learn and grow, foster ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, and offer life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Their mentoring programs match a mentor with one of our Club members. The match meets at the Club for at least one hour each week for a full year. Many youth we serve do not have a strong male role model in their life, so there is a high demand for male mentors. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community as well as serve a youth who is in need of a positive influence. Orientation, cultural sensitivity training, and regular meetings will be held through a mentor’s year of service.
Kindred at Home Hospice-Norfolk
Kindred at Home Hospice is seeking volunteer members of their hospice team. Hospice volunteers are there to hold a hand and listen, read or write a letter, run errands or even help out in the office. Volunteers are there to step in when a family member needs a break, and are there for the family and friends after their loved one has passed away. No matter what your skills, talents or motivation, they have the opportunity for you to help. If serving patients is not for you, they have a spot in the office or reaching out into their very own community! •
Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation,
located on Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach, seeks volunteer reading tutors for children or adults with dyslexia. Tutors will be trained to use a structured reading program. Tutors are asked to commit at least one hour a week for a minimum of 60 hours, maximum 100 hours. Tutors will be monitored and coached throughout the process. Tutors must submit to a background check (no criminal record) and have completed one semester of college.
The Hermitage Museum & Gardens – Art Counselors
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens is seeking responsible, patient, caring volunteers to serve as art counselors during our art camp programs in the spring and summer. This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy working with children and are interested in art.No prior art-making experience is necessary– just a positive attitude and helpful spirit of volunteerism!
Summer art camp will take place Mondays-Fridays 9am-4pm from June 27 until September 2. Volunteers must be 16+ and have reliable transportation. Counselors must meet with the Volunteer Coordinator prior to volunteering and must pass a background check. Volunteers may schedule their time as their schedule allows– either mornings (9am-1pm), afternoons (1pm-4pm), or whole days (9am-4pm). •
Bacon Street is a Williamsburg-based nonprofit agency that provides services to youth and families affected by substance abuse. The agency is in need of volunteer help with updating social media, assisting in research, clerical office assistance, community outreach projects and assisting with the organization of agency fundraising events. •
The Mariners’ Museum
The Mariners’ Museum seeks docents to support the mission of the Museum by telling the story of our connections with the sea. Through gallery tours and interpretation, they help visitors of all ages understand how we are all impacted by the sea. Benefits of being a docent include continued education opportunities on a variety of maritime topics through formal lectures, training, and personal research; the opportunity to meet visitors from around the globe; and the knowledge that you are contributing to an institution you already love. •
Suffolk Humane Society
Suffolk Humane Society has many volunteer opportunities, including helping with events, helping animals at Suffolk Animal Control (bathing, socializing, etc.), administrative, fundraising, helping with Neuter Scooter, humane education, etc. •
REACH (Reading Enriches All Children)
REACH is seeking volunteers to provide a read-aloud story time at local homeless and domestic violence shelters, to help promote the love of reading to at-risk and homeless children. Volunteer readers must be at least 18 years old and pass a criminal background check. A commitment of only one hour once a month is asked. Training is provided. •
Chesapeake Juvenile Conference Committee (JCC)
Chesapeake Juvenile Conference Committee is seeking volunteers from Chesapeake and surrounding cities to conduct confidential, informal hearings regarding complaints against juveniles who allegedly commit minor acts of delinquency. The Committee then meets with the child and family to facilitate resolution, provide accountability, to impress community concerns on the youth, and to connect the family with needed community services. Must be 21. Extensive background check with fingerprints will be conducted. Training provided. •
Hampton Roads Community Development Corporation
is looking for an intern administrative assistant to come to our office, answer phones, faxing, filing, make copies and other administrative functions. The opportunity is for 3 hours per day. Hours of availability are flexible. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is requested.
Hampton Roads Community Development Corporation
is looking for individuals to help children in title one schools with homework and tutoring for approximately 6 hours per week. Opportunity is ongoing. Volunteer must submit to background check.
Seton Youth Shelters – Mentoring Children of Prisoners
Seton Youth Shelters seeks volunteers for their Mentoring Children of Prisoners program, which matches a youth ages 4-18 with an adult mentor age 20 or older. All youth have been affected by the incarceration (past or present) of a family member. Mentors spend a minimum of 4 hours per month (weekly or biweekly) with recreational activities, helping with homework, going to museums, beach or library, and other age-appropriate activities. Minimum 1 year commitment. Background checks will be performed. This volunteer opportunity is available all over Hampton Roads. •
Heartland Hospice Hampton Roads
Heartland Hospice Hampton Roads is looking for kind and compassionate “Vigil Volunteers”, to be on call to provide support and compassion for patients during their transition and who might otherwise pass alone. The Vigil is described as a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching, or an observance. As every patient should have the calming presence of others prior to death, the Vigil experience is the call to be present with the patient and ensure no one passes alone. Special training is provided by one of their nurses, in addition to the training done by staff personnel. •
Chesapeake Animal Services – Admin
Chesapeake Animal Service is looking for a volunteer to perform administrative duties. Aminimum commitment of 8 hours per month is required. Volunteer should be computer literate, have excellent customer service skills, be familiar with general office procedures, and have ability and willingness to handle and interact with calm, friendly and tame domestic animals. Volunteers must be 16+, attend volunteer orientation, and pass a background check. •
Chesapeake Animal Services – Animal Care
Chesapeake Animal Services, located at 2100 South Military Highway, urgently needsvolunteers to assist with caring for animals. Assistance is needed for cleaning, feeding, watering, medicating, walking and socializing their animals to increase their chances for adoption. A minimum of 8 hours per month is required. Volunteers must be 16+, attend volunteer orientation, and pass a background check. •
Veterans Art and Farm Therapy
Veterans Art and Farm Therapy is a charity extension of Stargazer Stables, located on West Road in Chesapeake. The Veterans Art and Farm Therapy Program allows veterans to experience the helpful therapeutic benefits of art and farm activities. The animals on the farm have years of experience working with active children and are super quiet and patient for the veterans. They are currently seeking volunteers to work with the veterans at the farm. •
Hampton Roads Community Development Corporation
is seeking men and women who want to be mentors to children ages 5-18. The goal is to start with teaching children and help them to develop and sense of responsibility for growing into adulthood and ultimately becoming great and thriving citizens who give back to their communities. Programs will include activities that strive to improve their relationships with their parents, in their homes, schools and with their peers. A plan to emphasize open communication with the adults in their lives will be an important part of this program.
Sentara’s Suffolk Virginia Hospice Program
Sentara’s Suffolk Virginia Hospice Program is seeking volunteers to serve hospice patients and families in their homes through direct patient care, assist with the annual children’s grief camp – Camp Lighthouse, also seeking creative individuals who can crochet and knit blankets. •
Dress for Success Hampton Roads
Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life. They are currently seeking volunteers to assist in a number of events scheduled through the end of the year. For more information or to volunteer, •
Nauticus, featuring Battleship Wisconsin
Nauticus has a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages and skills. Whether you’re helping to restore the Battleship Wisconsin, showing a child how to touch a horseshoe crab, helping a guest find the perfect souvenir, or providing support to our office staff, you will be an invaluable part of their crew! Individual volunteers must submit the online application, successfully complete an interview, and attend a volunteer orientation prior to their service. •
Hampton Roads Community Development Corporation
, a non-profit organization that works to help the Hampton Roads Community in the areas of youth mentoring, education, adult education and more, is seeking someone who can assist with writing grants for the program. Ideally, the candidate would be able to pass a background screen and have experience in writing grants for 501(c)(3) organizations.
Hampton Roads Development Corporation
is a non-profit organization that works to help the Hampton Roads Community in the areas of youth mentoring, education, adult education and more. They are looking for an administrative assistant who will be willing to work virtually a few hours a week to assist in some administrative matters. Must be able to submit to a background check and have internet access and able to use Microsoft Office.
Pathways-VA and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Pathway-VA and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice are looking for mentors for incarcerated and recently released youth in the Tidewater, VA area. The purpose of the re-entry program is to provide support to recently released youth between the ages of 15 and 20 by introducing them to skills training, educational and employment opportunities. The time commitment is a minimum of 4 hours per month. Mentor eligibility requirements include: must be 25 years or older; complete state and FBI background and child protective services investigation, and complete provided 2.5 hour mentor training. •
Tidewater Arts Outreach
Tidewater Arts Outreach is seeking Volunteer Program Hosts for their programs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities located in Hampton Roads. Volunteer program hosts are scheduled in one to two-hour increments during music or arts programs, activities or performances. The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is to uplift the human spirit by bringing live, quality music and arts experiences to people in Hampton Roads who are in homes, hospitals, shelters, facilities and dependent care programs or otherwise are isolated from society. Skills Needed: outgoing, friendly personality, clear speaking voice, desire to serve older adults and people with special needs, organizational and time management skills; excellent written and verbal communication and ability to work independently. •
Hats for the Homeless
Hats for the Homeless provides new hand-knitted or crocheted stocking hats for the homeless in Newport News and surrounding cities. The hats are distributed by organizations working directly with the homeless. We need stitchers and yarn. If you want to do something to help the homeless, you can do this from the safety and comfort your home. Patterns and stitching lessons provided. Yarn drop off and hat pickup provided. Donations accepted in the form of Hats, Yarn, Stitching, and Drivers. •
Heartland Hospice of Newport News
Heartland Hospice in Newport News serves the Peninsula area including Williamsburg, Gloucester, Poquoson, Hampton, Yorktown, and Newport News. Volunteer opportunities are on an ongoing basis and include visiting with patients, assisting in the office, becoming a vigil or bereavement volunteer, and various other tasks. If you are interested in serving your community and giving your time to those near the end of life or would simply like more information, please respond to this opportunity. •
Intrepid USA Hospice of Virginia Beach
is looking for a few good men, women, teens, or seniors to make a difference as a hospice volunteer. Volunteers are a vital part of the hospice process and can help in a variety of ways . . . including: Patient Comfort (includes direct patient care such as visiting with, listening to, reading, or singing with the patient); Caregiver Support (allows family caregivers to take a break and get some time away from their home); Bereavement Support (working with bereavement staff to assist with mailings, phone calls, or support groups); and Administrative Support (helping with clerical or simple office duties.)
“Good Mojo” ForKids Thrift Store
Good Mojo is looking for regular volunteers to come in on a weekly basis. A small commitment of even a few hours every week can help families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The store, located at 2411 Granby St., receives donations daily and constantly need volunteers to help sort, organize, and tag donations as well as hang clothing, and arrange items on the sales floor. We also need volunteers to help load and unload donations from the truck. •
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
is looking for volunteers for their Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment exhibit, located on the 3rd floor of the Nauticus in downtown Norfolk. The purpose of the exhibit is to help educate the public that Sailors are training to protect our country in a manner that respects and safeguards the environment. Volunteers will help guide visitors through the exhibit and answer questionsabout: steps the Navy takes to protect marine life, marine mammal research and monitoring, the importance of the Navy mission at sea, and how the Navy manages shipboard wastes. They welcome active duty, retired military or any interested volunteer 18 years of age or older. Museum volunteers receive training, free parking, inclusion in an award recognition program, a volunteer holiday lunch, a 25 percent admission discount to Nauticus for family and friends, and a 25 percent discount at the Nauticus gift store. •
For Kids is looking for dedicated volunteers to work with their children after school, Monday-Thursday. Through their “Hot Meals & Homework” program, you will help them with reading, writing, math and other core areas that may not be their strong suit. Your help doesn’t stop at tutoring. You will hopefully make a lasting connection with a child whose life you will have impacted for years to come. No prior experience is needed but you must pass a background check. •
The 7 Cities Xplosion
is a competition cheer and dance team that seeks to instill core values into their girls, helping them to develop into powerful, confident young women that are ready to take on the world. They are looking for cheer/dance coaches to work with girls ages 5 to 18. Past cheer/dance experience a plus! Practice is two days a week for two hours. Must be able to submit to a background check. •
Team Up Mentoring
Team Up Mentoring (which was created to fill the void left with the closing of Big Brothers Big Sisters in December 2007) seeks Southside volunteers to mentor children, serving as role models to youths who often come from single parent homes or foster homes or who desire more time with a responsible, caring adult. Training provided. Extensive background check, interview, and reference checks will be performed. •
The American Cancer Society – Cosmetologists and Estheticians
The American Cancer Society is looking for trained beauty professionals (cosmetologists and estheticians) to become a part of the ACS’s Look Good…Feel Better team. Become a certified volunteer trained to teach women currently undergoing treatment for cancer about how to physically combat the negative side affects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Look good…Feel Better is an extraordinary program that allows beauty professionals to use their talents to give back to their communities in a unique and special way. •
Interim Hospice, with locations in Virginia Beach and Newport News, is seeking individuals 16 and older to join their team of volunteers. Each volunteer plays a very important role by offering support. Volunteer opportunities include Office, Direct Patient, Bereavement Support, Pet Therapy, Music Therapy, Beautician, Veterans Support. •
Compassionate Care Hospice
Compassionate Care Hospice, a hospice organization providing services throughout the Southside, Peninsula, and Williamsburg, seeks volunteers to provide relief for the patient’s family, provide companionship and support for the patient and his/her family, help with light housework, help run errands, and just being there when the patient needs to talk. Office work (filing, assembling admission packages, etc.) is also available. Training provided. •
EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
Equi-Kids, located in Virginia Beach, provides, promotes, and supports equine-assisted activities for individuals who have mental, physical, emotional, social or learning disabling conditions. They currently have a number of volunteer positions available:
- Riding-related volunteers: Lesson Sidewalker, Horse Leader and Barn helpers. Learn to be a sidewalker or horse leader to allow students with disabilities, both children and adults, to enjoy a safe and educational riding lesson. No horse experience is needed, training is provided. All volunteers must be at least 14 years old. •
Toby’s Dream Foundation
Toby’s Dream Foundation ensures that children in Greater Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, who have a life-threatening illness, will have the opportunity and the resources to imagine and experience their most fantastic dream. The Foundation has volunteer opportunities for Dream Makers to interview our dreamers, assist with the dream process, and participate in some dreams as a host (such as coordinating lunch & funds for a Shopping Spree Dream). Toby’s Dream provides ample introduction to becoming a Dream Maker with a three hour Orientation & Training session, with the Executive Director & Program manager readily available for support. •
The Old Coast Guard Station Museum
The Old Coast Guard Station Museum, located on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, welcomes volunteers and interns with a passion of local and maritime history. Whether you want to be front lines as a museum store ambassador or docent/tour guide, or be behind the scenes helping to enhance our education programs or collections, there are many opportunities to get involved at the station. Volunteer schedules vary depending on desired position. Find out more at oldcoastguardstation.com. •
The American Cancer Society – Cancer Resource Centers
The American Cancer Society hosts Cancer Resource Centers at two locations: Riverside, 12100 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk. They are looking for volunteers at both locations, to provide patients and caregivers with timely information, help, and support as they manage their cancer journey. Training and support is provided. Additional volunteer opportunities includevolunteer recruitment, scheduling, coordinating and conducting volunteer training, promotion of Center to community and health care professionals, and general operations and data collection. •
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampton Roads
Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking adult volunteers to be caring, consistent and compassionate mentors. Mentors provide one-to-one individualized time and attention to a military affiliated child in their community or school. Bigs and Littles are matched based on shared interests and compatible personalities. In just a few hours a month you can be a positive role model, provide valuable support and encouragement, and give your Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. You will receive professional coaching to ensure that both you and your Little have a successful match. Choose between 1 hour/week at a school or 9 hours/month in the community. •
Grace Hospice – Gloucester
is looking for compassionate people over age 18 in Gloucester, or the surrounding areas, to visits patients. Providing companionship, playing games, taking walks or allowing the caregiver to have a break are some of the things you could do. A training session is required for volunteers who will have direct contact with patients. Any time commitment big or small is appreciated and can fit into most busy life styles. They currently have a specific need for someone in the afternoon/evening in Gloucester. •
Bargain Box, a thrift shop project of the York County Volunteer Association, is in need of cashiers, sorters, & stockers. Opportunities are available Monday through Saturday. Flexible schedules. For additional information on the Association, visit the Association’s website. •
St. John Evangelical Christian Church
St. John Church, located in Hampton, is under new leadership. They are seeking volunteers for the following: minor repairs, Praise and worship leaders, adult and youth choir members, adult and youth praise dance teams, musicians, organizer for community events and fundraisers. •
Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E.,
Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E, located in Newport News, is looking for adults who are interested in helping elementary age children with their homework and any other educational activities in an afterschool program. The center provides education support for youth and their families to develop skills to take charge of their lives. •
The Hunter House Victorian Museum
The Hunter House, located on Freemason Street in Norfolk, seeks dedicated and enthusiastic docents for its 2016 touring season. Volunteer docents provide guided tours of the three-story Victorian town-home to visitors Wednesday through Saturday from 10-3:30 and Sunday from 12:30-3:30, excluding holidays. Docents can make their own schedules. We ask a commitment at minimum of one day per week. We also offer credit-based and non-credit internships. Please visit www.hunterhousemuseum.org for further information. •
Sentara Home Care Services Hospice Program
Sentara Home Care Services Hospice Program is seeking compassionate volunteers to help care for terminally ill patients and their families through direct patient support, visiting the patient while the caregiver has to be out of the home. Support can also include some light cooking, cleaning and yard work. Training classes are ongoing. •
Sentara Home Care Services Hospice Program
Sentara Home Care Services Hospice Program is seeking creative volunteers with skills in sewing, quilting, knitting, and crocheting, to make lap blankets and pillows for hospice patients. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of those living their last days more comfortable. •
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia seeks volunteer Benefits Counselors in the Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach area to help older adults negotiate complex insurance issues. Training is provided on everything from applying for Medicare and Medicaid to answering questions about Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits. Must be detail oriented, have good computer and customer service skills, and willing to commit 4 hours 1-2 days per week. Volunteers cannot be a licensed insurance agent. •
Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center
Do you love animals and want to give back to the community? There are many ways that you can help, from walking dogs, cuddling cats or advertising pets that are up for adoption. They are also are in need of foster homes to increase the amount of animals that we can serve. Among volunteer opportunities available are:
• Cat Room Volunteer
• Dog Walker Volunteer
• Front Desk Greeter
• Newsletter Team Member
• Adoption Counselor
• PetsMart Cat Center Volunteer
• Foster Parent
• Animal Transporter
• Pet Portal (Petfinder)
• Call Center Volunteer
• Lost/Found Assistance
• Small Animal Companionship
• Special Events Volunteer
• Vet Assistant
• Youth Mentor
• Adoption Follow-ups
Prospective volunteers will need to complete an application including authorization for a criminal background check. Foster parents will also be required to have a home inspection. If interested, please click here (Please mention your opportunity interest(s) in the “Additional Information” section of the form. •