Volunteering helps others and the community, and studies show that volunteers also enjoy many personal benefits such as making friends, increasing self-confidence, staying physically and mentally healthy, and learning new skills. The Charlottesville Newcomers Club offers members a variety of opportunities to volunteer.
The Charlottesville Newcomers Club is an all volunteer organization and may have a spot for you. Consider volunteering for a Board position or to lead an activity. New activities are welcome.
If you can offer your time, please contact us.
Community Outreach -- An Activity of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club
These are usually one-day volunteer activities that provide an opportunity to give back to the community while having fun working with other Newcomers members. The opportunities are announced in the newsletter or posted on our Meetup website. Contact us if you would like to learn more about The Outreach/Service Committee.
Local Non-Profit Organizations
These opportunities cover a wide range of interests and responsibilities. Many can be completed in one day. By policy, Newcomers is non-partisan, non-sectarian, and sponsors no legislative activities. The following is a list of non-profits in the area that the Newcomers Club supports. Explore the list and their websites and contact one or more that interest you. They will be glad to hear from you.
American Red Cross
Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge
Camp Holiday Trails
Central Virginia SCORE
Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera)
Charlottesville Symphony Society
C4K (Computers for Kids)
Emergency Food Network
Foothills Child Advocacy Center
The Fralin Museum of Art at UVa
Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL)
Friendship Force of Central VA
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
Hospice of the Piedmonthttp:
International Neighbors, Inc.
Ivy Creek Natural Area
JABA (Jefferson Board for Aging)
MJH (Martha Jefferson Hospital) Volunteer Services
Meals on Wheels
Piedmont CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Piedmont Master Gardeners
Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville
Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE)
Thomas Jefferson Foundation - Monticelllo
Toy Lift Charities
Twice Is Nice
UVA Hospital Auxiliary
Virginia Festival of the Book (VA Foundation for the Humanities)
Newcomers' Volunteer Experiences in Their Own Words
"Newcomers introduced me and my wife to Charlottesville. Through Newcomers we were able to make many new friends and become involved in several local non-profit organizations. It is an invaluable asset to our community."
"Having been a Navy wife for 30 years I soon discovered that when I moved into a new community I needed to set up my home instantly and make new friends with a purpose. Those skills have served me well as my husband and I recently retired to Charlottesville. There is no better way to make friends and foster relationships than to get involved in something. Newcomers is a wonderful organization that members can get involved in at a level that works for them. There’s something for everyone.
"In addition to sitting on the Newcomers Board as a Membership Co-Chair, I also volunteer at the local SPCA, which is one of the non-profit organizations that Newcomers has a relationship with. I am on the photography team and my husband works alongside me wrangling the dogs while I shoot. He also spends time socializing dogs that need a little extra help to get adopted. I began as a novice photographer and worked hard at building my skills. After many classes and lots of practice I get the thrill of seeing my pictures go up on posters, web sites and flyers. But for us the biggest satisfaction is knowing we are making a difference in helping the shelter animals find a forever home.
"Between Newcomers and the SPCA shelter we find that our days are busy and full. We’re using prior skills and learning new ones to keep us active and engaged. While we’re doing this we’re making friends as we make a contribution to our community."