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.

Club Opportunities

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 websiteContact 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
redcross.org

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge
blueridgebigs.org

Camp Holiday Trails
campholidaytrails.org

Central Virginia SCORE
centralvirginia.score.org

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA
caspca.org

Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera)
charlottesvilleopera.org

Charlottesville Symphony Society
cvillesymphony.org/about-us/charlottesville-symphony-society

C4K (Computers for Kids)
computers4kids.net

Emergency Food Network
emergencyfoodnetwork.org

Foothills Child Advocacy Center
www.foothillscac.org

The Fralin Museum of Art at UVa
virginia.edu/artmuseum

Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL)
jmrl.org

Friendship Force of Central VA
ffc.avenue.org

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
cvillehabitat.org

Hospice of the Piedmonthttp:
hopva.org

International Neighbors, Inc.
internationalneighbors.org

Ivy Creek Natural Area
ivycreekfoundation.org

JABA (Jefferson Board for Aging)
jabacares.org

Literacy Volunteers
literacyforall.org

MJH (Martha Jefferson Hospital) Volunteer Services
mjhfoundation.org/volunteers

Meals on Wheels
cvillemeals.org

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UVA
olliuva.org

Paramount Theatre
theparamount.net

Piedmont CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
pcasa.org

Piedmont Master Gardeners
piedmontmastergardeners.org

ReadyKids
readykidscville.org

Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville
rmhcharlottesville.org

Senior Center
seniorcenterinc.org

Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE)
shelterforhelpinemergency.org

Thomas Jefferson Foundation - Monticelllo
monticello.org

Toy Lift Charities
toylift.org

Twice Is Nice
twiceisnice.org

UVA Hospital Auxiliary
uvahealth.com

Virginia Festival of the Book (VA Foundation for the Humanities)
vabook.org

Women's Health Virginia
womenshealthvirginia.org

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."

-- Charlie

 

"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."

-- Marilynn