Find A CSER: Local Organizations
Adult Care Center
Alli Szuba – Executive Director (Email or 434-847-8111)
The Adult Care Center staff welcomes student volunteers to partner in reducing dependency and social isolation and to reinforce a sense of family and community with those frail, older adults entrusted to adult daycare.
The program serves approximately thirty families five days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Enrolled participants engage in scheduled activities designed to maximize individual skills, receive a hot noon-time meal and nutritious snacks, enjoy inter-generational activity and engage in personal care. A support program such as this focuses on community awareness and participation. The Adult Care Center is a United Way Agency licensed by the Department of Social Services.
Volunteers receive orientation, pledge to confidentiality and are supervised. Persons whose course of studies may be psychology, nursing, gerontology, community health, or therapeutic recreation are appropriate; however, anyone desiring a rewarding experience working with older adults is welcome to apply.
Volunteers are needed to assist our participants in our quarterly auctions. This is really a lot of fun! Bidding is done with peanuts as the currency and participants need bidding partners (volunteers) to prompt them when it’s time to speak up for the item they want. If interested in helping with this event, please call me and I’ll put your name on our auction volunteers list and then I’ll call you when we schedule our next auction. Auctions run 45-60 minutes.
Volunteers are also needed to assist with our monthly dance parties. We feature a different genre of music each month, and everyone sits around the outside edge of the dance floor. We encourage participants and volunteers and staff, too, to get up and “freestyle” to the music. Some participants will dance, especially if there’s a volunteer there to take their hand and lead them up to the dance floor. Those who are unable to dance themselves, enjoy watching others. This event last 40-45 minutes max.
Volunteers are needed to provide musical entertainment at our monthly afternoon coffeehouses. They can play an instrument or sing….or both. The coffeehouse takes place in the afternoon and runs about 45 minutes.
Our center serves adult with dementia and other medical concerns during the day in a family-like setting. Volunteers are included in the activities of the day (games, music) and helping with meal set up or creative arts.
We provide an orientation that will cover our guidelines for students and for HIPAA protection of our clients.
Before registering, you are required to reach out to the supervisor via the contact information above to confirm availability.
Amazement Square Children’s Museum
Ashleigh Keller – Volunteer Coordinator (Email or 434-845-1888)
Before registering, you are required to reach out to the supervisor via the contact information above to confirm availability.
Exhibit Educators: Exhibit educators work with Museum Educators to help museum visitors explore and understand hands-on, interactive exhibits in eight multidisciplinary galleries. Shifts are available Tuesday-Sunday during operating hours. This is our most popular volunteer opportunity!
Exhibit Maintenance: Exhibit maintenance volunteers will assist with exhibit preparation and maintenance. Duties may include cleaning exhibit environments, touch-up painting, or skilled exhibit fabrication. This is a wonderful opportunity for creative carpenters! Shifts are available Monday-Friday from 9am- 5pm.
Special Event: Special events volunteers participate in the museum’s outreach, educational, or fundraising events such as the Museum After Dark, Amazing Mile Children’s Run, Ugly Bug Ball, and Children’s Holiday Festival.
Museum Shop Volunteer: Museum shop volunteers will assist the shop manager in keeping the Kidz Warehouse stocked and organized. Volunteers may also be asked to assist guests with purchases from finding products to meet their needs to checking them out at the register. This would be a great experience for students who plan to run their own business! Due to Covid-19, shifts are currently available Wednesday through Saturday during operating hours. Please ask Ashleigh Keller for any other opportunities that may arise throughout your semester.
Facilities: Facilities entails painting, staining, cleaning, setting up and tearing down from rentals, organizing facilities related inventory, landscape care (weeds, branches, snow), moving facilities related items to and from storage.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Amazement Square!
Volunteers are required to complete orientation as well as provide three non-family references to our volunteer coordinator.
Before registering, you are required to reach out to the supervisor via the contact information above to confirm availability.
American Cancer Society
William Harris (434-845-0974 or Email)
The service opportunity that we have is office work. Volunteers would be helping with office related tasks such as prepping mailings, making phone calls, inventory and organizing materials, putting together packets, helping prep for events, printing and cutting cards, and helping patients who come in for resources. Volunteers should be available during normal business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
We can also use volunteers for events. At the events volunteers would help set up, help with certain tables/booths such as registration, luminaria sales, Survivor check-in, etc. They would also help with activities and games, and tear down and clean up. Most of the events happen in the spring time, and we have a few events throughout the year that we could possible use volunteers for.
Students who would like to volunteer would need to apply at www.cancer.org/volunteer and then complete the onboarding process with our Volunteer Care Team which will include an orientation and some online training courses. Students will still need to register for CSER via the CSER Dashboard as well. After completing onboarding volunteers are able to begin volunteering in the office.
Beacon of Hope
Chris Glover (Email or 434-849-8617)
Do you want to make a difference in Lynchburg City Schools?
Lynchburg Beacon of Hope is a non-profit organization geared to empower all Lynchburg City Schools students’ successful entrance into post-secondary education including 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, trade schools, and the military.
Elementary School Classroom Assistants
8th Grade College Symposium
High School Mentors
Interest in working with elementary, middle, or high school students
Ability to commit to a consistent schedule
Bedford Pregnancy Center
Lori Lewis (Email)
Childcare of children while mom is in counselor session.
Sorting, washing, folding of baby clothing.
Cleaning the facility.
Fundraising Events: For fall semester; participation in the smith mountain charity home tour event. There are 3 specific roles:
– Assist at the dock, which entails helping guide guests properly to dock boat, tie up boat appropriately and assist guests out of boat.
– Parking attendant, direct guest where to park to maximize the parking area.
– Home tour guide inside of the house. This involves being friendly and welcoming as guests move through the home, Student will give appropriate information ( that we provide to you on a card) about the home.
This is a weekend event on Columbus Day weekend and a student may work 1 day or all 3 days. Various hours divided into 2 shifts. Lunch provided all 3 days. Transportation to lake is provided by students and carpooling is encouraged.
Other fundraising events in Fall: Helping with our golf tournament. Various tasks involved.
Spring fundraising is bingo and involves set up, clean up and various other tasks.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia
Ash Gorman, Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Jones, Program Director – email@example.com
Payton Jones – Community-Based Program Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Merrow, Site-Based Program Coordinator – email@example.com
Julie Parrish, Kids First Collaboration Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Site Based: This program asks a volunteer to go to the child’s elementary school once a week for one hour and spend time with the child during their lunch and recess time or after-school. A volunteer can play games; help with schoolwork or just talk and hang out together. College students are encouraged to sign-up for this program due to the flexibility of the time commitment. Requirements include the following background checks: Criminal History Report, Child Protective Services Report, two personal references and a personal interview/training session. The volunteer is responsible for their own transportation.
Community Based: The volunteer must be at least eighteen years old and have a valid driver’s license and transportation. Volunteer must commit for at least a full calendar year and a minimum of eight hours per month. You will pick them up, spend time with them doing activities you both enjoy and take them back home. Requirements include the following background checks: Criminal; History Report, Child Protective Services Report, DMV Report, proof of Auto Insurance, three personal references, a home visit and a personal interview/training session.
Blue Ridge Food Bank
James Quade (Email)
Volunteers are needed to stock warehouses sort donations and assist in filling agency orders. In addition, projects will be done to maintain a safe food source location for our local community.
The Volunteer must wear closed-toed shoes while working in the warehouse. Wear comfortable clothes in good repair and must practice and maintain good hygiene for food sanitation.
Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center
Julie Tompkins (Email or 434-582-9750)
Our CSER opportunities vary according to needs that arise at the center. Childcare during our parenting classes and Bible studies is one of the main needs that we have. These are on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm and Wednesdays throughout the day from 9am-7:30pm. Cleaning is also something that we need help with and might involve cleaning a room that needs attention (mopping, vacuuming, dusting, disinfecting, etc.), yard work outside (pulling weeds, planting flowers, sweeping off the sidewalk, etc.) CSER might also be used to help with office work such as organizing, scanning paperwork, or tabbing verses in Bibles that we give out to our clients. The center is open Monday-Thursdays 8-4, and our classes are in the evenings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-8:30. We mainly schedule CSER’s from 2-4 M-Th., but can do anytime we are open. If you are unable to commit during those specific times, we will not be able to have you CSER with us as those are the only times we are open. Thanks for your interest.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg
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 identifies 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 the 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 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 Academic!
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 non-competitive 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. The clean and well-maintained property has also been proven to discourage crime. Be Great!
Volunteer orientations are held Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. or by appointment.
Madison Street Unit is located at: 1101 Madison Street Lynchburg VA 24504. Direct Number: 434-846-1111
Jefferson Park Clubhouse is located on the campus of: 405 York Street, Lynchburg 24501. Direct Number: 434-386-1806
Background checks, orientation and finger prints will be required.
Campbell County Public Library
Katie Lane – Youth and Community Outreach Coordinator (Email or 434-332-9655)
Lyzzie King – Rustburg Branch Manager (Email or 434-332-9560 Ext. 2)
Tim Blankenship – Altavista Branch Manager (434-369-5140)
Liza Saunders – Adult Literacy Manager (Email or 434-592-9857)
Cody Cole – Timbrook Branch Manager (Email or 434-592-9549)
The mission of the Campbell County Public Libraries is to maintain continuity of library services, embrace new directions, and involve the community in support of the library. There are a variety of ways you can help with any one of our library branches. Possible duties could include shelf-reading, shelving books, cleaning, digitizing files, organizing files or materials, marketing, mailers, or other projects as needed. 3 volunteers are needed at each branch. Use branch contacts above, if interested.
Night At The Museum Volunteer – Partnership with Campbell County Public Library System and Avoca Museum in Altavista. Possibility to earn 20 hours in one week. Individuals MUST be available the evenings of October 15 & 16. We are looking for people to memorize a script and either be a tour guide or an actor for lantern tours of the property. Students will be given hours to memorize lines earlier in the week. Students will be required to go to Avoca at least one time prior to the Oct 15 and 16 dates. We are also looking for people to help guide patrons where to park, move furniture/set up the performance areas, and help clean up these two nights. Contact Katie Lane if interested. The event is currently tentative due to COVID-19 concerns. Students must have transportation.
Youth Services & Outreach Volunteer – Opportunities available at all four library locations. Work with the Youth Services staff to help set up/facilitate/clean up events. During events, you may be asked to help move boxes, load items to a car, clean tables, or run a station. Some locations may be off-site, like at a Food Lion, or on museum property. Events may also be indoor or outdoor. Additional preparation tasks may include stapling, cutting, button making, etc. Contact Katie Lane if interested. Library programming is currently tentative due to COVID-19 concerns, but opportunities to help create kits/decorate libraries will be available. Students must have transportation.
Literacy Volunteers– ESOL tutors needed for adult students who are interested in furthering their English language skills. Tutors will have recurring sessions with students 1-2 hours weekly, and meet at one of the library branches within Campbell County. Please contact Liza Saunders for further information. email@example.com or 434-485-1005.
Carriage Hill Retirement & Assisted Living
Cassidy Caldwell (Email)
We have a diverse mix of residents, so there are multiple opportunities to serve them. Physically, ie, painting nails; Emotionally, just visiting with them and encouraging them; Spiritually, sharing the light of Jesus with them. Helping with various activities, such as art, using musical talents, calling Bingo, etc.
Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, Inc.
*This organization is not accepting CSER students at this time*
Meals on Wheels Assistant
responsibilities: assist in meal delivery to homebound individuals
Nutrition Site Assistant
responsibilities: help lead activities and serve lunch
responsibilities: deliver pet food and Ensure supplement to homebound individuals in an agency vehicle
responsibilities: answering telephone, filing, mail preparation
Care Management Aid
responsibilities: provides clerical support to care managers
responsibilities: provide transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping for Bedford County residents.
responsibilities: help explain how to make good Medicare Choices. Training provided.
Matter of Balance Coach
responsibilities: lead 8, 2-hour workshops designed to reduce the fear of falling, and increase activity levels among older adults. Training provided.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Leader
responsibilities: co-lead 6, 2 ½ hour workshops designed to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions and improve their quality of life. Training provided.
Concerned Women for America
Lawrence Presley (Email or 215-688-0923)
Students will have the opportunity to actively participate in Liberty University’s Prayer/ Action Chapter of Concerned Women for America. Our mission is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation. Students will interact with Liberty students to keep them informed and involved through written and verbal correspondence. As projects arise, students may make phone calls, research Virginia legislation, write articles for the State web page and help with mailings. Students will help prepare for, promote and attend bi-monthly meetings, and yearly trips to Richmond or Washington, D.C.
Eagle Eyrie Conference Center
Liberty student volunteers are the heartbeat behind our hospitality ministry! At Eagle Eyrie, you will have a unique opportunity to assist in cultivating a peaceful environment through a variety of outdoor projects, including maintaining landscaping, planting flowers, splitting wood, and spreading mulch. Not only will you have a direct impact on the ministries and churches that come to Eagle Eyrie, but you will also experience a fun work environment. Here is what Kayla said in Spring 2021: “This isn’t just a CSER. You form amazing friendships and I have learned a lot through serving at Eagle Eyrie. It is truly so much fun and you really make a difference for the conference center.”
These unique course pathing opportunities provide students with experience equivalent to that of a competitive internship program. Students will benefit from working in a welcoming Christian environment, interacting with a passionate team, and knowing their contribution is having a positive impact on Eagle Eyrie’s mission. Upon completion, students will have gained valuable experience that will greatly enhance their ability to be competitive in the job market.
Communication and the Arts
Eagle Eyrie is in need of talented individuals with photography, social media management, or graphic design skills. Students in the School of Communication and the Arts will be able to apply their creative expertise through serving as an event photographer, social media contributor, or graphic designer for Eagle Eyrie’s website and promotional material. Volunteers will be given schedule flexibility so they can easily serve without interrupting their studies.
Eagle Eyrie is in need of talented business students with a strong passion for marketing and process development. Students in the School of Business will be able to apply their professional skills through developing marketing strategies, recording, analyzing, and interpreting business trends, as well as helping redesign processes for greater efficiency. Volunteers will be given schedule flexibility so they can easily serve without interrupting their studies.
Eagle Eyrie is in need of individuals passionate about contributing to our vision of seeing lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ through spiritual awakening and renewal. Students in the School of Divinity will be able to apply their enthusiasm for serving the Lord through a variety of ministry-oriented projects. This could include leading staff devotionals, participating in church retreat planning meetings, developing new recreation activities for youth retreats, and proposing new ideas that would advance the ministry effectiveness of Eagle Eyrie. Volunteers will be given schedule flexibility so that they can easily serve without interrupting their studies.
Alex Beck (Email or 970-530-3870)
This is a part-time, internship position for students who are interested in pursuing careers in overseas, faith-based contexts. The intern will join ELIC’s mobilization team in the effort to cultivate relationships with their campus and to effectively generate leads for long-term service. Each intern will work directly with a mentor/supervisor to develop professionally and spiritually throughout this process.
Stephanie Micklem (1-800-474-1948 ext 2 or Email)
Virginia Skyline Girl Scout Council serves approximately 1000 girls in Lynchburg. Girl Scouting is an informal educational program for girls ages 5-17. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The goals of the Girl Scout Program are stated in four program emphases: Developing Self-potential; Relating to Others; Developing Values; and Contributing to Society. Volunteers are needed to assist with troop meetings on a weekly or every other week basis. Volunteers with special interests and skills may sign up to be on call to help run special events, teach a specific skill, such as crafts, songs, etc. to troops or to do a workshop for leaders. There might also be an opportunity for someone to volunteer to help in the office a couple of times a week with phone calls, filing, etc. To volunteer complete the following Volunteer Information and send us your contact information.
Girls on the Run of Central Virginia
Girls on the Run of Central Virginia is a nonprofit organization with the mission to “inspire girls to be joyful, confident, and healthy using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our teams are made up of 8-15 girls and are supervised by 2 or more trained adult coaches. Students who participate will complete coach training so that they can implement the curriculum with confidence at one of our participating elementary or middle schools twice weekly for ten weeks. The end of the season, culminating event is a celebratory 5k run, which our participants train for throughout the season. Our coaches participate as well, providing encouragement and motivation at this family-friendly, girl-centered, and inspiring event. Additional opportunities for students include participating on our race planning committee, volunteering at our 5k run, assisting with marketing and fundraising, or acting as a “running buddy” at one of our sites during the season.
All Coaches must participate in the New Coach Training Seminar.
All volunteers must submit to a standard background check.
Gleaning for the World
Greg Middaugh, Volunteer Coordinator (434-993-3600 or Email)
We have the unique opportunity to minister to people through disaster relief and humanitarian aid through the collection and distribution of relief supplies. Volunteers will be working in our warehouse inspecting and sorting supplies that will be sent locally as well as internationally to individuals affected by natural and humanitarian disasters. Additional opportunities to participate in our programs such as collections, WINGS, and Teddy Bear Brigade will be open as available.
Special Interest Opportunities:
Event Planning, Marketing, and Cinematic Arts students are encouraged to ask about CSER opportunities in their field of study.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Monday-Friday
Contact for evening and weekend availabilities.
Must call ahead to get on the volunteer schedule before showing up. Must wear closed-toe shoes for safety concerns (no sandals).
Shelby Davis (Email or 4340-485-7007)
Our mission is to connect the global church by partnering with national preachers. Our office oversees everything related to this process from preacher applications, reports, donor relations, filing, scanning, data entry, and more. Of particular need are students studying communications (design, marketing, writing, editing, social media, graphic arts)
Our volunteers are welcomed and made to feel like part of the team. We offer flexible hours of service between 9-5 weekdays and host a volunteer appreciation party each semester to thank those who served with us. Come serve with us!
Habitat for Humanity
Construction – all aspects of home building, no experience needed
Restore – Volunteer opportunities to assist with the processing, stocking of donated goods, store merchandising and cleaning.
Volunteers are required to sign a waiver before volunteering and schedule their hours with the manager on duty.
Alta Vista Location
Habitat for Humanity Alta Vista is listed under 399-001 Special Projects. For information on serving in Alta Vista please reach out via to firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Green / Day Break
Maria Hayden (Email)
HumanKind is a non-profit human services organization that has been serving children and families since 1903. We offer programs and services that instill hope and equip people with the tools to build a strong foundation for life. We serve more than 6,000 people throughout Virginia each year focused on helping individuals become more productive, healthier, and stronger. Our programs cover everything from financial education to mental health counseling, from early childhood resources to services for adults with disabilities. Volunteer opportunities can include assisting with childcare for parent groups, helping with our special events, or helping our facilities team maintain our historic campus.
Students must attend an orientation and complete a volunteer application, including necessary background checks.
Humbly I Serve (H.I.S.)
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.
Jars of Hope
Jennifer Olson – Founder (Email or 973-747-9318)
Jars of Hope exists to raise awareness about human trafficking and join others in the fight. We host events throughout the year to achieve this objective.
Some of those events include:
Clothed in Hope – This is a clothing sale we host every semester. We set a goal for the day to raise a certain about of money for an anti-trafficking organization. We collect clothes from people in our community and even across the country. In preparation for the event we organize the clothes by size, color, and style, and tag everything individually. It is an amazing time where we raise tens of thousands of dollars in just one day!
Writing Cards for Survivors and Organizations – Another event we do during the semester is sending gifts to our organizations. We spend time writing cards to survivors and for those still on the streets. We also write cards of encouragement to our organizations. We love to include the community in this event as well!
Selling on Campus – We also set up jars on campus throughout the semester. The times and days vary each week. You will know the schedule before the semester begins.
Documentary Nights – We host documentary nights throughout the semester to educate the CSER team and the community. These are very impactful nights that lead people to take action in the fight against human trafficking.
Jubilee Family Development Center
Antonio Davis, Sr. (Email or 434-845-0433)
Jubilee is a Christian educational and recreational center providing various services to the community consisting of a computer lab, Teen Center, gymnasium and vocational opportunities for adults. We also provide after school tutoring, mentoring and other educational and health awareness programs for youth and adults. We operate weekly; Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.. We are strategically located so as to minister especially to inner-city and single family homes in Lynchburg. If you have a strong desire to make an impact in the inner city and with youth in a Christian environment then Jubilee is for you!
Special needs for volunteers include:
Education majors and other students are needed to work with the after school tutoring program and recreational program (excellent for Health and Fitness Majors, too)
Youth ministry majors are needed to organize youth crusades, youth Bible study, youth concerts and more.
Computer majors are needed to help students in the Computer Lab from 3-6 p.m. Mon-Fri.
Mentors are always needed to be matched with inner city boys and girls ages six to 18.
Other ministry opportunities are available on Saturdays. Liberty students will be given the opportunity and the freedom to plan and sponsor their own events. We have the facility and we will match it with your idea! The greatest impact that we can make, of course, is by presenting JESUS and you will be free to do this where the need is tremendous. We need Christian men and women with integrity and passion to spread Christ’s love to a dying community. Come join us!! You can visit us on the web, contact us by phone or email us.
Deirdra Flavin, Executive Director (434-258-4432 or Email)
Kid’s Haven is 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.
Support with administration: filing, mailings, etc. You will support us in keeping the office up to date.
Database loading: we have a new database and need to consolidate our lists to input the data and launch.
Awareness: develop plans to create a greater awareness of our organization in the community to ensure every grieving family in the city is aware of our services and knows how to avail of them.
Group night: volunteer at our group night events to help with set up and tidy up. Timing would be 4 pm to 8 pm twice a month on Monday nights.
Background checks are required for any activity that involves interaction with participants, but most positions do not.
Liberty Counsel Ministry Relations
Cindy Matthews, Vice President (407-875-1967 or Email)
Liberty Counsel is an educational and legal ministry with an office near the Lynchburg airport. LC’s communications department seeks students with a strong Christian worldview to advance religious freedom, the sanctity of life, the family and support for Israel. Students may perform research, create images, draft press releases, help develop podcasts and radio shows, and engage on social media. Graphic design, writing and communication skills are desired.
Lighthouse Community Center
Food Service Opportunities
- Pick up food donations
- Serve 50 to 100 hot meals
- Clean kitchen and wash dishes
- Sort clothing donations and hygiene supplies
- Assist with appointments and assessments
- Create a monthly calendar of events
- Disseminate daily calendar of activities
- Correct conflicting activities
- Send letters or cards of encouragement to inmates
- Assist Chaplains as needed navigating support services for inmates
- Make minor repairs
- Complete light housekeeping
- Outside yard work
- Inside cleaning and trash removal
Be an ambassador for Christ
Respect the Lighthouse
Treat all guests with dignity and respect
All CSER volunteers are subject to a criminal and or DMV background check.
Lynchburg Daily Bread
Since 1982, Lynchburg Daily Bread has provided a hot lunch to the homeless and hungry of the Lynchburg area. We serve a free lunch from 10:15 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. 365 days a year. Anyone is welcome to receive a meal and may have as many meals as they wish. In addition to our downtown location, our Meals Outreach program distributes food to 13 additional locations that include Appomattox, Altavista, Bedford, Madison Heights, Pamplin, and neighborhoods with the City Lynchburg. In 2020, we served 124,042 meals and provided additional assistance by distributing a variety of groceries and fresh produce, donated by local stores and community growers.
Lynchburg Daily Bread is located at 721 Clay Street in downtown Lynchburg, across from the fire station, at the corner of 8th and Clay streets. Free parking is available along Clay Street. Paid parking is available at the parking garage, also on the corner of 8th and Clay.
Volunteer opportunities for CSER include:
7:00 a.m. – 9 a.m./9:30 a.m., Monday thru Friday may include filling grocery bags for distribution to our Outreach sites, plating hot meals for Outreach sites, sorting bread, desserts, and produce that arrives daily. When available, organizing groceries and other items to hand out during lunch service and sorting spoiled food for composting. Other tasks may include opening vegetable cans, rolling utensils and napkins, sorting donations, wiping down tables and carts, and breaking down cardboard boxes.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., seven days a week involves helping with meal preparation, washing/cutting produce, cutting and panning bread, opening carryout bags, folding laundry, rolling utensils and napkins, assembling children’s dinner bags, plating meals for lunch service, shuttling meals to the carry-out area, providing guest meals and assorted groceries at the carry-out area, and cleaning up.
– Our volunteer schedule usually fills up a month in advance and more quickly around Thanksgiving and Christmas. April and May fill quickly with area high school and college students trying to complete last-minute volunteer hours. Please contact us at least a month in advance for individual spots and at least two months for groups of 4 to 8 volunteers.
– Please do not bring additional volunteers with you unless they are scheduled. Our daily volunteer schedule is often at capacity.
– Please refrain from using your cell phone while serving, if you must, please wash your hands after you do.
– Please give at least 24-hour notice if you need to cancel or re-schedule your volunteer time.
– Please do not give personal information about yourself out to our guests.
– Please adhere to Daily Bread’s rules at all times.
– Please do not give money or rides to our guests.
Lynchburg Parks & Recreation
Tamara Reynolds – Volunteer Coordinator (Email or 434-455-5886)
Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Department serves the community better with help from volunteers like you. We appreciate volunteers that extend their time and talent to support our operations. Opportunities to complete your Christian Service are available in the areas of youth, senior adults, athletics, Nature Zone, special events, parks, trails, and gardens. We can help you build your resume and contribute to a healthy, active, and educated community.
Volunteer Opportunities in italics are not currently available due to COVID-19. We comply to health and safety guidelines and so must our volunteers.
Center Assistant – Assist City staff with center programs and activities as follows:
Neighborhood Centers are operating differently while the City schools are not in regular session.
After-School Program for ages 6 to 12 or teens 13 – 17. The program operates on weekdays from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Volunteers may assist with open recreation activities, homework help and reading with a child, playing outdoor and indoor games, computer lab, meals, or events. Neighborhood centers are lively social hubs, located in Lynchburg’s central city neighborhoods. Assistants must be able to work in a diverse and energetic environment which requires both structure and flexibility.
Classes and Programs – A wide variety of programs and classes are offered to the community such as: art, exercise, culinary, educational, musical, and more. Volunteer support is needed at times to set up, clean up, share information, and provide customer service.
Summer Camps typically start in June and end in August. Designated centers offer full or part day structured programs that include days at the park and pool. We also offer themed summer camps that are only a week long.
Senior Programs are offered at most of the community centers. Assignments may include interacting with participants, assisting with meal preparation, set up, clean up, and monitoring activities, and assisting with computer lab.
Event Volunteers – Assist with annual and special events when needed throughout the year. Duties may include set up, clean up, decorating, preparing food, serving food, greeting participants, parking assistance, providing information, and more.
Educational Speaker / Class Instructor – Share your special knowledge, skills, or talent as a speaker or instructor. Possible topics include: health, nutrition, fitness, travel, hobby or interest, musical entertainment, and local opportunities or services of interest to participants.
Photographer – Takes pictures of classes, activities, and events for future use in our activity guide and other publications.
Sport Activity Assistant – Greets participants, keeps score, and may officiate for weekly activities such as Softball, Bowling, Putt-Putt, March Madness and Hill City Hoops basketball programs and more.
Athletic Coaches and Assistant Coaches – Coach youth athletic teams teaching sportsmanship, skills, teamwork, and notifying players/parents of practices and games. P&R League sports include: Basketball (December – March) and Girls Softball (spring).
Coaches are also needed for athletic partner organizations providing play in: Football, Cheerleading, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Lacrosse and Tennis. Please check our website (teamsideline.com/lynchburg) for contact information for each of these organizations.
Hill City Hoops is an outside blacktop basketball league offered at Miller Park in the summer with evening games on Fridays. Coaches, Scorekeepers, Timekeepers, Greeters, Meal assistants and Off Court Monitors are needed.
Nature Zone Volunteer – Assist with the operation of the Nature Zone, feeding and handling animals, and cleaning cages. Welcome visitors and provide information about animals and ecosystems at the Nature Zone. Answer phones; provide general information regarding birthday parties and nature programs; set-up and assist with birthday parties.
Parks, Trail, and Garden Maintenance
Parks, Trails, and Gardens Assistant – Assist City staff with projects in the parks, on the trails, and gardens to keep areas mulched, clean, and well maintained for public use. Monitor trails for safety and litter pick up.
Volunteers are needed for the Mistletoe Market during late Nov. and Dec. and We Got the Beet, a healthy living program during the summer. Volunteers help with taste tests, crafts, set up, take down, and more.
Visit www.lynchburgparksandrec.com to learn more about our organization. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application on our website (go to the About heading – Volunteer Opportunities) and receive an interview and orientation. Volunteers may have their background screened, depending on the volunteer position
Lynchburg Public Library
Amy Arranga, Volunteer Coordinator (434-455-6306 or Email)
Volunteers work with staff in many library activities, which include assisting with youth programs, helping patrons in the computer lab, shelf-reading, shelving, preparing books for our collection, repairing books, maintaining our on-going book sales, and providing support at our larger public events!
Volunteers are asked to fill out an online application that can be obtained by clicking on the following link:
After the application is received, the volunteer coordinator will contact the student to set up a brief interview and an orientation to the library.
Lynchburg Youth Group Home
JT Smith (Email or 434-455-4076)
Opportunity House is a community-based residential program for at-risk, male adolescents. Our mission is to offer youth and their families, solutions for life challenges by providing tools to build a better tomorrow. As a result of this mission, we view the youth as “students of life” and the staff and volunteers are the “teachers of life.”
Volunteers, working in a number of roles under the supervision of trained staff, can make a difference in the lives of our youth.
- Counseling practicum or internships can include not only individual and group work, but also, family counseling
- Tutoring or helping students with homework (research clearly shows that the further that one goes in school the less likely one is to penetrate the justice system.)
- Recreation leader (may include a number of activities ranging from jogging, hiking, fishing to group activities such as basketball).
- Arts and crafts facilitator
- Multi-cultural events coordinator
- Special group leader, e.g., Bible study
In addition to the roles where the volunteer works with the youth, volunteers can help behind the scenes by:
- Helping develop training PowerPoint’s or videos
- Painting or light maintenance
- Special cleaning, e.g., waxing floors
- Other special support projects—landscaping
MasterWorx Community Theater
Michelle Velastegui – Co-Founder/Artistic Director (Email or 434-665-2017)
MasterWorx Community Theater is a locally run non-profit serving the greater Lynchburg area. We are looking for students interested in serving our community in the area of performing arts. We have positions and needs in the areas of directing, stage managing,props, set construction, set designing, musical directing, musicians, actors, singers, lighting, sound, costuming, hair and make up. Along with these theatrical needs, we are also seeking those with interest in the areas of marketing, graphic designing, advertising, ticketing, box office, ushering, etc. MasterWorx works with many local community groups to assist in casting and fulfilling some of these roles too.
The mission of MasterWorx Theater is to provide adults and children in Central Virginia with wholesome theatrical performance and educational opportunities. MasterWorx is committed to honoring Christ, building character, and enriching our community through quality theater arts education and productions. We will do this through affordable workshops for all ages, production and performance of family friendly material, and community enrichment opportunities.
Miller Home for Girls
Morgan Kane, Program Director (434-845-0241 or Email)
Miller Home offers many opportunities for volunteers such as hosting events, house projects, donation drives, administrative duties, academic support, planning activities, mentoring, or working directly with the residents in the home. Volunteers support the staff to help carry out the day-to-day operations.
Household Projects such as yard work, painting, and other skilled work depending upon volunteer skill level, entertainment and Program Activities for Residents such as themed parties, community outings, craft activities, and informative programs with the advance approval of Miller Home tutoring and study hall assistance (which may be on a regular basis or on an as needed basis), mentoring with residents to include pairing with a specific resident (need varies depending upon current residents).
We pride ourselves on working with volunteers to establish a volunteer experience that utilizes the volunteer’s interests, strengths, and abilities while meeting the needs of Miller Home and our residents. Please be aware that background checks are required for any volunteer who is alone with residents on a regular basis and the cost is $49.00
Background Check required (cost $49.00, 4-6 weeks needed for processing)
Lead Wiebe (Email or 434-847-1101)
Miriam’s House exists to end homelessness and rebuild lives by empowering our community’s most vulnerable. For the past 27 years, Miriam’s House has been working to end homelessness in this community. We have a variety of homeless response programs that are solution-focused and meet the individual needs of persons experiencing homelessness. We believe that every person deserves the dignity and safety of a home. Our programs work alongside our community’s most vulnerable homeless neighbors to empower them to rebuild their lives.
– Sorting Donations
– Event Support
– Clerical Support
– Cleaning & Maintenance
One Body in Christ Ministries
Angela Dudley (Email or 434-363-6088)
Holly Weightman – Event Coordinator (Email or 724-970-0032)
Selena Mattson – Office Manager (Email or 434-363-6088)
Sydney Stanbury – Stable Manager (Email or 434-942-5994)
OBIC Ministries is a 160-acre farm, located 10 minutes from Liberty’s campus. Our mission is to bring together the body of Christ by putting on events that Christians of different denominations can come fellowship together, and help minister to the public. The Liberty students who volunteer here help us maintain the facility and the animals, as well as help us host events and clubs where they have a chance to share the love of Christ to the community of Lynchburg.
Listed below are some of the opportunities you will have while volunteering for us:
Animal Care – We have a variety of animals on the property including horses, a donkey, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, bunnies, and a turkey. These animals need to be fed and given water daily, and some of the animals need to be groomed regularly.
Barn Chores – We have a list of barn chores that need to be completed daily, to keep things clean and have a well-working facility. These include mucking out stalls, getting rid of cobwebs, raking out the hay from the barn, cleaning out feed buckets, organizing the tack rooms, and so on.
Clubs and Events – Throughout the year we have multiple clubs up and running for kids ages 2-15. We are always in need of more volunteers to come out and love on the kids who attend. We also put on different events such as concerts, festivals, yard sales, a Christmas live Nativity, an Easter Resurrection journey, and other fundraising opportunities. We would not be able to successfully run these events without the help of some amazing volunteers.
Volunteer orientation is required for volunteering. Email for current dates. The volunteer application is on our website under the forms tab.
Park View Community Mission (PVCM)
CSER 577-002: PVCM Food for Families
Heather Gibson (Email)
Volunteers can assist with unloading food trucks, stocking shelves, sorting through produce, cleaning the facility and making coffee for neighbors. In addition, students are encouraged to just spend time with neighbors, whether that means enjoying a cup of coffee with someone or coloring with children in the kids corner. If you are interested in using your gifts and skills to help with tasks in the office or help us brainstorm new ideas on how to create a better atmosphere for our neighbors, please register with us!
CSER 577-003: PVCM Food for Thought
Barb Chase (Email)
Food for Thought is a Backpack Feeding program that partners with local organizations, churches and individuals to help feed children in need in Lynchburg City Schools (LCS). With the help of dedicated professionals, community members and LCS staff and faculty, students in need are able to be sent home with food on the weekends.
CSER students will be packing bags to be distributed at the local elementary, middle and high schools. These bags will be assembled according to the menu each week and delivered by Food for Thought volunteers at a later time. Students may also assist in sorting food according to date, organizing and cleaning the facility and helping with office tasks and other projects that aid in the distribution of the food bags. There are also potential opportunities with food bag deliveries and events benefiting the program.
CSER 577-004: PVCM Life Skills Institute
Susan Mills (Email)
The PVCM Life Skills Institute is a program of Park View Community Mission. This program is made up of an array of different course that are provided to community members in need at no cost. These classes are geared towards helping individuals and families to be educated and equipped to live healthy and whole lives. Some of the classes include personal finance, computer skills, mathematics, reading comprehension, nutrition, first aid, laundry and house cleaning. We hope to expand this program and offer even more classes. Help is needed to help set up and clean up for the classes, organize course materials and assist in proctoring the classes. Help is also needed to provide childcare for parents enrolled in the classes.
CSER 577-005: PVCM Park View Cafe
Justine Kiger (Email)
The Park View Cafe is a program of Park View Community Mission. It exists to serve a hot, home-cooked meal once a week to individuals in the community in need. All are welcome, and on average the Cafe served about 100 individuals and 125 meals.
Help is needed in setting up for the meal (i.e. setting up tables & chairs, setting out tablecloths & table settings, making drinks, setting out plates & utensils, prepping snacks and making sure the community room is tidy and welcoming.) Other responsibilities may include making sure new attendees and volunteers know where to go and feel welcomed.
CSER 577-006: PVCM Community Resource Center
Brittany Melvin (Email)
The Community Resource Center provides neighbors with personal, one-on-one assistance with their daily essential life needs and helps them navigate the complexities of available resources. This program is dedicated, assists, and educates those who seek and are referred to Park View in obtaining the resources they need. Assistance is given and coordinated for utility disconnection notices, as well as for accessing healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing, employment, food, clothing, hygiene and other basic necessities. Along with this assistance the Resource Center was established to help educate individuals on how to manage their situations and resources. Park View serves as a source of hope, inspiration, support, and education for the neighbors. The Resource Center serves as a connecting point for community partners and agencies.
CSER 577-007: PVCM The Clothing Connection
Rachel Ellison (Email)
We will need students to help sort clothing donations, check-in neighbors (clients), and put out clothes on the racks and shelves.
CSER 577-008: PVCM Lighthouse Communications
Mark Lindy (Email)
This CSER opportunity involves refurbishment and building of PC’s and laptops, moving equipment, new user activation and creation, resolving password issues, remote technical support, phone extension set-up, data wiring and port activation, video conference troubleshooting, wireless network set-up, software installations, hardware troubleshooting (TV’s, projectors, displays, sound systems, cellphones, etc.), VPN configuration, and basic IT office duties.
At the beginning of each semester, we would like to meet with you, get to know you and see where you might plug in best. We believe that each of you have your own gifts and talents and passions and we want you to be able to use those. We also plan to have a brief orientation where you will learn about what Park View does, why we do what we do and how we hope you will contribute to the culture of Park View. Emails will be sent out once you register with a specific date and time.
Patrick Henry Family Services
Daniel Link (Email or 434-300-4673)
Safe Families for Children: Safe Families, our program for children needing emergency care, needs help with planning, organizing, decorating, and calling and setting up events. We also need help with building our database. If that’s your gift, give us a call.
Homes of Hope/ Step Forward: Our residents need drivers for meetings and doctor appointments. Choose a specific day and time for each week and help them get where they need to go. Cleaning opportunities are also needed. (Driving record will be checked)
Boys and Girls Homes: Our residents need help after school with their coursework. Choose a day to come study with them in the cottage each week, and help these students find academic success!
Hat Creek Camp-There is a lot of work to do here to keep the camp going. If you like yard work, painting, or other jobs outside, contact us to get you plugged in. There is also a need to help with events or marketing of the camp.
Expanded Families: Media specialist needed to help launch PHFS’s new program to help kids move into caring and loving families if they can’t go home to theirs. Duties include harvesting recipes, pictures, and articles to put on the social media to build a presence, copying, or research.
Zero Cubed: Zero Cubed is looking for people to help with events, find resources for families in need, build social media presence and connect agencies and ministries together. Clerical duties are also needed.
Marketing and Advancement: Help needed to create vibrant flyers for our website and social media platforms. If you have a visual eye, use your creative abilities here.
Ann Knight (Email or 434-846-3441)
Rivermont Preschool operates as a ministry of Rivermont Evangelical 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 one 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 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Note: We are a preschool program and do not provide “day care.” All who love working with young children are welcome to contact the Supervisor, especially those interested in pursuing careers in Education, Early Childhood Learning, Music Education, Developmental/Child Psychology.
We also offer service opportunities on Sunday morning with Nursery, Sunday School and Children’s Church and on Wednesday evening with our children’s Bible studies.
Personal transportation is required.
Runk & Pratt Residential Care
Crystal Kersey (434-515-1247 ext. 6510 or Email)
Julie Wilson, Independent Living Activities Director (434-515-1247 ext. 6513 or Email)
MacKayla Schmidt, Assisted Living Activities Director (434-515-1247 ext. 6513 or Email)
We offer students a hands on experience with our residents, here at Runk and Pratt Pearls of Life. They will help with activities and setting up for parties/socials that we have. We also will get them to help out with other things, like filing, running copies, artwork prep, and organizing.
We require a background check that is at the volunteers expense: the cost is $27. We also require a volunteer packet to be filled out, along with a scheduled orientation.
Salvation Army Inner City
Lisa A Anderson – Social Services Program Manager/ Director (Email or 434-941-1460)
Brenda Denbow – Food Service Kitchen Manager (Email or 434-941-3858)
Jorge Cruz – Food Service Cook (Email or 434-941-3858)
The Salvation Army Greater Lynchburg has been serving Lynchburg, Campbell, Bedford, Amherst, Appomattox, and Nelson counties for more than 100 years. Along with disaster relief, we provide emergency shelter at our Center of Hope for individuals as well as for families with children, and life skill classes.
Social/ Family Services: financial assistance with rent, utilities, food, personal care items, case management, and youth community enrichment programs. POC – Lisa A Anderson
Front Desk Associate: Answering the phone at our Family Services building, customer service, basic computer knowledge, data entry, and organizational skills.
Angel Tree Program Associate (seasonal): Assisting with our toy shop and Christmas distribution for the less fortunate within our communities. POC – Lisa A Anderson
Housekeeping: Daily cleaning and sanitizing of the COH and Family Services. POC – Lisa A Anderson
Food Service: Feeding program 24/7 for our guests as well as our community. Help serve and prepare food and organize donated canned goods and assorted foods. Wash dishes and maintain the cleanliness of the kitchen. POC – Brenda and Jorge
*This organization is not accepting CSER students at this time*
Amy Mays (846-3200)
Volunteers at The Carrington are a valuable resource ensuring the quality of life for each individual resident. Their services make the lives of the residents more meaningful by assisting in the provision of various therapeutic and recreational activities.
These activities may include but are not limited to: one-on-one visitation, letter writing, book reading, manicures, sensory stimulation, pet and music therapy, games, sing-a-longs, birthday parties, seasonal special events, bingo, arts and crafts and van trips.
The Gateway Volunteer Program
David Prewitt (846-3311 ext. 1 or Email)
The Gateway is a program of Lynchburg Community Action Group, Inc., a local non-profit organization providing housing, emergency assistance and education to low-income, disadvantaged and elderly individuals in Central Virginia. The Gateway is a residential substance abuse recovery program for homeless men who are in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Residents are housed for up to two years and receive on-site substance abuse counseling, employment assistance and other supportive services as they learn to make better choices and rebuild their lives. All residents work or volunteer and pay rent, attend a minimum of five 12-step meetings weekly, are breathalyzed nightly and randomly drug screened for accountability. This is excellent training for Ministry, Psychology, Counseling, and Human Services majors. There are many different volunteer opportunities available including working directly with residents. Please contact David Prewitt, Program Manager, at (434)846-3311, Ext. 1, or email me at email@example.com if interested.
The Master’s Inn
Travis Meador (Email or 540-204-1923)
The purpose of Master’s Inn is to reach young people for Christ and to assist those who already know Him to draw closer in their daily walk. During the school year, we host weekend retreats, banquets, ski weekends, and Christian School get-a-ways. Our goals are the same for each of these events; to being young people to Christ. Our program is such that we can offer a great deal of “hands-on” experience to ministry-minded college students who are willing to be used.
Urban Mountain Adventures
James Bourdon, Executive Director (Email or 804 690-2064)
Urban Mountain Adventures (UMA) is a christian non-profit youth ministry working in the downtown area of Lynchburg, specifically serving youth in the Daniels Hill, College Hill and James Crossing (formerly called Greenfield) communities.
Since 2008, our Mission has been to impact the youth of our community through intentional relationships, weekly discipleship groups, and wilderness adventures.
We currently serve a core group of about 100 kids who participate in our weekly groups as well as outdoor adventure trips.
All of our programs are offered to our youth at no cost.
The following are our available volunteer opportunities:
We are seeking volunteers dedicated to developing deep and lasting relationships with our youth through our weekly small groups and adventure trips. We currently have groups that meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and students range in age from elementary through high school. In these weekly gatherings, we focus on biblical values, team work, sportsmanship, leadership, and life skills.
Our Group Volunteers are required to:
– Be a committed follower of Jesus Christ
-Have the desire and ability to work with kids and youth
-Have reliable transportation to get to weekly groups
-Be able to commit to serving every week and providing 48 hours notice when unable to attend (excluding emergency’s, LU breaks or other previously disclosed commitments)
If desired, our group volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate alongside the kids they serve on adventure trips like whitewater rafting, rock climbing/rappelling, backpacking, camping and fishing.
We need storytellers to help us document our ministry and adventures. The content produced will be used for fundraising campaigns, donor updates, and social media content.
Writers help us tell our story, share our heart and connect us with others in the community who might share our vision. We need creative and talented writers who are comfortable with serving in the background and are talented at communicating through written word to make this happen.
We need designers to help us continue to develop our identity and learn to better engage our audiences.
Community Resource Development
Do you have experience with grant writing? Do you have connections with large organizations that are looking to give back to the community? Do you like throwing fundraising galas or the like? We have been growing rapidly and need to cultivate new fundraising connections. If this is something you are interested in, please contact us!
*This organization is not excepting CSER students at this time*
Gwen Pope (386-3515 or Email)
The mission of Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg is to operate a nonprofit, accredited, continuing care retirement community, guided by Christian ideals which promote independence and dignity, providing quality housing, health care and security to residents in a fiscally responsible manner.
The goal of the volunteer program is to help maintain a fulfilling lifestyle for residents. Students work one-on-one or in group settings depending on the individual’s interest. Needs include: reading to residents with sight disabilities, friendly visiting, walking with residents, arts and crafts, special events, devotional programs, pet therapy, music programs and board games. Additional opportunities are available depending on the student’s interest or major.
All volunteers are required to have flu shots. Westminster Canterbury will provide one for free or you may show proof that you have received a flu shot elsewhere.
1) Child sponsorship volunteers are needed to sort and process incoming correspondence between donors and their sponsored children. This includes reading, sorting, and preparing envelopes for mailing. It can also include various other administrative tasks as needed. (POC: Cara Holcomb)
2) Humanitarian Aid volunteers are needed to process donated goods in our offsite warehouse. Sorting, counting, and preparing containers for shipment is a huge help to the organization. Volunteers may be asked to lift heavy objects from time to time. (POC: Kelly Duvall)
3) Child sponsorship writers are needed to help write biographies of children in the sponsorship program. This is for the acquisition of new donors. Background and proficiency in writing is necessary for this position. (POC: Rachel Godwin)
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.
For 152 years, the YMCA of Central Virginia has actively involved people of all ages in programs that put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA is committed to the ideal that no individual should be denied the opportunity to participate because of the lack of financial resources. Every day the YMCA is changing lives and making a positive impact on people through values-based programs that make our community a better place to live. You can help us make a difference in someone’s life. Christian/Community Service opportunities available at the YMCA involve the following: coaching, before/after school child care, membership services, lifeguarding, instructors and more. Contact the YMCA to explain opportunities available and answer any questions you might have.
-Completed volunteer application
-3 reference checks
-1 hour training course prior to volunteering
Randi Abell, Association Director of Community Health (434-582-1900 or Email)
For 152 years, the YMCA of Central Virginia has actively involved people of all ages in programs that put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA is committed to the ideal that no individual should be denied the opportunity to participate because of the lack of financial resources. Every day the YMCA is changing lives and making a positive impact on people through values-based programs that make our community a better place to live. You can help us make a difference in someone’s life. Christian/Community Service opportunities available at the YMCA involve the following: youth sports, membership services, special events, wellness center/group exercise, aquatics, Kidz Gym/Child watch and more! Please contact the YMCA for further explanation regarding available opportunities and to get answers to any questions you might have.
All volunteers must complete volunteer application and background check as well as any required trainings.
Young Life Ministry
Allen Miller, Director (434-665-3548 or Email)
Leaders with YoungLife reach out to college students (YL College), high school students (YoungLife), and middle school students (WyldLife) and seek to build trusting relationships with them. Most, but certainly not all, of the teens we pursue are outside of the influence of a church body. We seek to earn the right to hear what’s going on in their lives, then we seek to earn the right to be heard as we gracefully share the great news of Jesus.
If interested, check out www.YoungLife.org.
Leaders must attend a weekly training class the fall before they can be considered for placement on a YL ministry team. Leaders are expected to spend 8 to 10 hours each week in this ministry, because we are building relationships which take consistency, initiative, and time. We are looking for students who, as best as they can, are planning on making YoungLife their outreach ministry for the entirety of their college career.
YWCA of Central Virginia
Caitlin Toliver – Volunteer Coordinator (Email or 434-528-1041)
Kim Towler – Data & Operations Manager (Email or 434-947-7422)
Lexi Porter – Bridal Shop Manager (Email or 434-847-7751)
Martha Lee – Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP) (Email)
Domestic Violence Prevention Program (DVPP):
DVPP volunteers can provide many different services. They can provide child care at the safe house, lead or assist in support groups, assist in the office, stock and organize the pantry and clothing closets, or work at event tables.
Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP):
SARP volunteers are Emergency Room companions for victims of sexual assault. As SARP volunteers, students will be on call to respond to the Lynchburg General Emergency Room for anyone presenting with a sexual violation. They will provide support and encouragement to the victim and any secondary victims in the Emergency Room.
YWCA Church Street Bridal Shop:
The Church Street Bridal Shops are fundraisers for the YWCA organization and are located in the Town Center Building in downtown Lynchburg. We sell wedding gowns, formal gowns, and accessories to the public at a drastically reduced price with the proceeds going to benefit our programs, which include the Domestic Violence Prevention Centers, SARP (Sexual Assault Response Program), and Supervised Visitation Center. Volunteers may apply to assist the bridal and formal consultants in the daily activities which include handling and re-racking gowns, processing, and inventory of new dresses, assisting the customers, and in other special projects that are supported by the Bridal and Formal Shops. This is a retail environment dealing with the public.