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CSER 506-001: BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA
CSER 513-001: RIVERMONT PRE-SCHOOL
CSER 522-001: LYNCHBURG DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
CSER 536-001: YMCA LIVE Y-ERS
CSER 537-001: SPECIAL OLYMPICS VIRGINIA
CSER 543-001: SALVATION ARMY - INNER CITY
CSER 547-001: CHILD CARE RESOURCE CENTER
CSER 550-001: LYNCHBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
CSER 562-001: KID'S HAVEN (A CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN)
CSER 569-001: AMAZEMENT SQUARE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
CSER 576-001: HUMBLY I SERVE (H.I.S.)
CSER 579-001: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB - GREATER LYNCHBURG

CSER 506-001 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA
Supervisor:
Linda Bailey Blount (473-7332 or Email), Ash Gorman (473-7335 or Email), Jessica Merrow (473-7330 or Email), or Sharon Jones (473-7328 or Email).

Community Based Program

In the Community-Based program, we match adult volunteers with children in the community. In this program, the match can go out into the community, participate in activities and can freely plan their match activities to their discretion. Community-based volunteers are adults 18 or older, and have available transportation. As a community-based "Big," you are matched one-to-one with a child age 6-14, and you are able to set your own flexible schedule. Enrollment is easy and can be completed within a few weeks.
Volunteers are asked to spend time with their "Little" for a minimum of 8 hours a month. Going to the library, watching movies, working on a school project or going to a sporting event are just some of the ways "Bigs" spend time with their "Littles".

Site Based Program

Looking to do something rewarding during your lunch hour once a week? Join our Site-Based program which includes over 22 elementary and middle schools and after-school programs where you can visit your Little to talk, have lunch, work on homework or play. The goal is the same as with community-based volunteers: to have fun, engage the child, be a role model, offer encouragements and broaden horizons. You and your Little will usually meet once a week at a designated site. Intake can be completed in one hour and we can come to your home or your place of employment.
Many Site-Based volunteers are local college and high school students and are mostly made at the beginning of the school year, to ensure a school year-long match.

Last updated: 4/8/14

CSER 513-001: RIVERMONT PRE-SCHOOL
Supervisor: Ann Knight (846-3441 or
Email)
Rivermont Preschool operates as a ministry of Rivermont Presbyterian Church, providing a Christ-centered ministry of love and caring to young children and their families. We offer a program of age-appropriate, developmental activities to nurture the child's spiritual, social, academic, and physical development in an atmosphere of Christian love and acceptance. We operate with four classrooms and children between the ages of nine months and five years. Our teachers have degrees in education or are well- trained through experience and staff development. Our hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (We are a preschool program and do not provide "day care.") All who love working with young children are welcome to apply, especially those interested in pursuing careers in Education, Early Childhood Learning, Music Education, Developmental/Child Psychology. Personal transportation is required.

Last updated: 6/7/15

CSER 522-001: LYNCHBURG DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
Supervisor: Crystal Roakes (455-5774 or
Email)
We encourage and support positive actions that families and individuals take toward the development of independence, self worth, and responsible citizenship.
Volunteers would be helpful in the areas of:
1)  Customer Service

  • Receives requests for services, complaints and inquiries from citizens and directs to appropriate department via computer tracking system
  • Inputs data using computer service software
  • Makes routine follow-up to secure required additional information
  • Assists in preparing reports and other documents
  • Assists and directs citizens and employees to appropriate offices or non-City related facilities
  • Assists Records department with periodic purging of documents
  • Other duties to provide direct or indirect services to citizens may be assigned.

2)  Artwork
We would like to cover the bare walls in four waiting areas and at least three hallways with vibrant child-friendly artwork. We are looking for a few talented individuals who would be willing to either: 1) donate large canvas paintings or other appropriate artwork for our building or 2) volunteer time, talent and materials to produce murals for these walls.

Prerequisites:

  • A preliminary walkthrough of the Human Services building,
  • Samples of previous artwork, and
  • Sketches of proposed artwork

Last updated: 9/17/13

CSER 536-001: YMCA LIVE Y-ERS
Supervisors: 
Michelle Power (Email) - Before & After School or Teena Williams (847-8750 or Email)
The YMCA child care program provides care for children six weeks through 12 years of ages (21 for children with special needs). Volunteers at the Preschool may help with story time, nap time, inside & outside activities, large and small motor skill development, swim time and arts and crafts. Hours to volunteer would be between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the Preschool. The Before & After School Programs are housed in eight Lynchburg Elementary School locations; Bass, Bedford Hills, Dearington, Heritage, Linkhorne, Perrymont, Sandusky and Sheffield Elementary Schools. Volunteers would be useful in the area of inside and outside activities, homework tutoring, character development and arts and crafts. Volunteers are also needed in the area of homework tutoring in specific subject areas. The hours are 3 to 6 p.m. from Monday through Fridays, during the school year. The YMCA Special Buddies program is a program designed for children with special needs. Children from all over Lynchburg participate in activities with our Special needs coordinator. Volunteers working with the Special buddies will help with self help skills such as money, writing names, and letters and other essential activities designed for the individual child.

Last updated: 3/13/14

CSER 537-001: SPECIAL OLYMPICS VIRGINIA
Supervisor: Lisa Wimbush (434-582-4712 or
Email)
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Students who volunteer with Special Olympics Virginia will be given the opportunity to interact with athletes who have intellectual disabilities. The volunteers will help to provide them with opportunities to participate in organized athletic events and practices. Volunteers will also be given the chance to help plan and organize various events throughout the Lynchburg community.

Last updated: 2/26/2014

CSER 543-001: SALVATION ARMY - INNER CITY
Supervisor: Sandy Mayberry (845-5939 or Email) or Donald Dohmann (845-5939 or Email)
The Salvation Army (TSA) offers several volunteer opportunities: the Soup Kitchen, the Family Store, Property Maintenance, Child Care Volunteers, and the Red Kettles. In the Soup Kitchen, TSA serves breakfast and dinner 365 days a year. Volunteers are needed to set up, prepare, serve, clean up and minister to the guests. The Family Store is a resale store that is open Tues-Sat from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help process and sort donations. The Family Store ministers to clients of TSA as well as to the general public. We hold a life skills class for our residents here on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30PM, some which have children who need childcare during the class. Red Kettle volunteers are needed to ring the bell at area red kettles between mid November and Christmas Eve. All funds raised from the red kettles go to help families in need in Central Virginia.

Last updated: 5/4/15

CSER 547-001: CHILD CARE RESOURCE CENTER
Supervisor: April Birchfield (528-5437 ext 254 or
Email) or Kathy Banks (528-5437 ext 258 or Email)
Formerly known as the KARE Line.  The Child Care Resource Center is a resource and referral program (of the Alliance for Families and Children) that helps parents find affordable, quality child care in Central Virginia. We offer assistance to child care providers through training and counseling. Providers also have full access to the resource library and loan closet of educational toys and games.

Volunteers are needed several days a week to cover the office while the coordinator is working out of the office. The student should have good phone skills and know how to operate basic office equipment. Knowledge of child care or related field is a plus but not necessary.

Students will benefit from this experience by gaining office skills, learning about the community, learning about children's issues in the area as well as nation.

Last updated: 2/12/09

CSER 550-001: LYNCHBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Supervisor: Melody Carlton (455-6306 or
Email)
The Lynchburg Public Library recruits volunteers to work in Circulation, Youth Services and Outreach departments. In Circulation volunteers may assist at the front desk receiving, and sorting materials as they are returned, pulling DVDs and reserved books. In Youth Services volunteers may help with preparing craft materials, cleaning books, and assisting staff during programs. In Outreach volunteers may help shelve books and DVDs.

Volunteers can pick up an application at the front desk, and turn in to the front desk at 2315 Memorial Ave. An interview will be set, then placement is made for an agreeable time, and job assignment. Volunteers are expected to work at least two hours a week to complete their 20 hours.

Last updated: 8/20/15

CSER 562-001: KIDS' HAVEN
Supervisor: Kristin Dabney (845-4072 or
Email)
A center that provides programs for children and teens, ages 3-18, who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Support is provided through peer support groups, community education on the unique issues surrounding the grief and bereavement of children and teens, and crisis intervention when requested. Kids' Haven also provides one-on-one support for children and college students who have a family member who has a life-limiting illness.

Newsletters and letters to community agencies are used as a means of community education. Volunteers are needed to help create an e-mail database by calling from an existing mailing list.  We continue to need office help (9 a.m.-noon, M-F) in seeking phone numbers (and ultimately email addresses) for people in our snail-mail database.  From time-to-time, volunteers also are needed to deliver Kids' Haven literature to community agencies and/or businesses. Car needed.

Last updated: 9/21/12

CSER 569-001: AMAZEMENT SQUARE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Supervisor: Amanda Fortner (434) 845-1888 Fax (434) 845-5221 or
Email
An innovative, hands-on children's museum located in the historic riverfront district of downtown Lynchburg. The museum's mission is dedicated to motivating children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities toward greater creativity and understanding of themselves and the world through hands-on learning. Volunteer opportunities include gallery interpreter, greeters and information desk facilitators. We also offer volunteer opportunities at the Riverfront Skatepark, which is a 14,000 sq ft outdoor skateboarding and rollerblading park with both a street course and bowl. 

We encourage a two to four hour time commitment. Amazement Square's hours of operation are: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Riverfront Skatepark's hours of operation are: Saturdays and Sundays only (hours vary by season).

Last updated: 9/4/12

CSER 576-001: HUMBLY I SERVE (H.I.S.)
Supervisor:
Haley Collins (434-239-0081 or Email), Melinda Wilson (434-426-6052 or Email), or Lindsey Harre (434-851-1190 or Email)

Humbly I Serve (H.I.S.) Ministries is an international, faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through the gift of physical and spiritual provision. HIS Ministries initiates projects targeted to address specific needs within different areas around the world. We are conveniently located on Wards Road beside Goodwill. 

Service Opportunities:

  • School Screenings
  • Golf Tournament
  • Eye Ball
  • Office Administration
  • Event Planning
  • Community Outreach

Last updated: 2/10/15

CSER 579-001: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB - GREATER LYNCHBURG
Supervisor: Mark Sheehan (434-238-3215 or
Email)
Why volunteer at the Club? You will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on individual members’ or change many members’ lives. Our mission is to ensure that all members make a lasting, positive impact, on our community. If we change enough lives we will then collectively change the entire community!

Volunteer Needs

Be Great: Graduate! Mentor –   Check & Connect system is intended to ensure graduation and is designed to enhance each Club member’s dreams by providing consistent support from caring and trusted adults developing the academic, emotional, and social skills needed to Be Great! B&GC staff identify members that have the risk factors for dropping out, including attendance, behavior or achieve less than a “C” or better in the 4 core subject areas (Math, English, History and Science). Volunteer service is needed 1 hour a week until May 2016. Roughly 47 hours of service. College students mentor during their semesters and contact Club members via email and phone. Be life changing!

Power Hour: Making minutes count!  This program is designed to help Club members complete their homework. Studies have shown that students that are prepared for class having all assignments completed have a greater chance of achieving in school. Volunteers have the opportunity to work as a team with another volunteer, help Club members individually or work with a group of 8 members. 40 volunteers per day are needed, Monday through Thursday; 30 volunteers at the Madison Street Unit and 10 volunteers at our Dewitt Unit. Members 6 to 12 years of age are primary target for this program. We also have teen members that need help with Algebra I and Algebra II to prepare for the Standards of Learning Tests (SOL). The Power Hour Program has a point systems and volunteers will be able to award members points for homework completion, behavior and extra reading. At the end of the week members can spend their points at the Power Hour store or save them for large Power Prizes! Be Axademic!

Needs based programming: These prevention programs involve teaching life skills. The programs are designed to meet B&G Club “Formula for Impact” our outcome driven approach to youth development. The Club has three priority outcome areas: academic success, Leadership & Character Development and Healthy Life Skills. The curriculums are 8 to 20 sessions. A volunteer would have to commit to a minimum of 15 hours. Training will be provided.  Primary ages for needs based programming is 9 to 18 years of age, there are also gender specific programs - SMART Girls and Passport to Manhood. Be Inspirational!

Interest Based Programming: Members need to have fun activities to help them feel like they belong. Many of these activities help members achieve our values of sportsmanship, fair play and honesty. Volunteers have the ability to design their own interest program music, art, sports or can use the best practice “Triple Play!” system. Triple Play! has a variety of fun daily challenges helping our members to experience the thrill of playing competitive and noncompetitive games. With advanced notice volunteers can start leagues or tournaments. The Club will provide the materials to make it successful. These activities are based on the “Targeted Outreach” approach offering members more excitement than they would otherwise have on the streets or at home. Be Fun!

Club Maintenance: If you are talented fixing, painting or cleaning we need your skills. The core values of the Club are to provide a clean, safe and fun environment for all members and other youth served. Helping maintain the physical plant has a profound effect on members and community perceptions. We hope that keeping our Club grounds, gardens and interior clean and neat will inspire the community to keep their property clean. Clean and well maintained property has also been proven to discourage crime. Be Great!

Volunteer orientations are held Wednesdays at 5:15PM or by appointment.

Clubhouses
Madison Street Unit is located at 1101 Madison Street Lynchburg VA 24504 Direct Number (434) 846-1111
Dewitt Clubhouse is located on the campus of HumanKind 150 Linden Ave Lynchburg 24503 Direct Number (434) 384-1113

Last updated: 8/18/15

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