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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 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: Deborah Chennault (846-3441 ext 28 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: 2/10/09

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: Rachel Self (845-5939 or Email) or Wayne Wade (426-3388 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: 9/19/13

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 complete an on line application through the Lynchburg City website or 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: 2/16/09

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) or Melinda Wilson (434-426-6052 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 and two projects, HIS Vision and HIS Kids, dedicated to providing vision care and evangelism and discipleship.  CSER students assist in the development and implementation of both of these projects.

Last updated: 11/15/13

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