People like you make it possible to meet the needs of the Charlottesville community.

There are many ways you can help the children of the Charlottesville/Albemarle community. Consider tutoring or mentorship, making a donation, or other ways to volunteer.

Tutoring and Mentorship

Madison House Tutoring and Mentoring information for UVA Students. Learn more here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Become a Big for a local little, and mentor virtually or in person. More information here.

YMCAVolunteer to assist with virtual/remote learning as well as STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and mathematics) as well as , physical activity & SEL (social-emotional learning.

African American Teaching Fellows – Support local mentoring for Black Teachers.

Abundant Life tutoring services and mentoring programs for residents of the Prospect Neighborhood and Johnson Elementary School, Walker, and Buford.

Other Ways to Volunteer

Tech Girls – provide free programming at the elementary, middle and high school levels. This summer they successfully pivoted online with a Bio-Med Tech-Girls program, a week-long collaboration with UVA BME for young women in high school. They will be launching an online workshop series in January for middle-school girls.. They will be training volunteers on creating workshops based on their STEM+CS knowledge. They may also need donations to create STEM+CS kits to send to participants.

FISH (Friends in Schools Helping) is a JABA inter-generational program that connects nurturing adults with students in need of individualized attention in a classroom setting. Email to learn more about becoming a FISH volunteer. Note that FISH is using an online volunteering format.

International Neighbors Charlottesville is seeking volunteers to help newly arrived refugee students benefit from online education. They need volunteers to give rides to students in the morning (9 a.m.) from their homes to the location of the International Neighbors pods, and then in the afternoon (3 p.m.) back home again. Visit for more information.

Wildrock – is working to provide virtual programming for youth in the Charlottesville, Albemarle area. They need volunteers to help with vitual programming.

Music Resource Center – needs volunteers to help provide tutoring for students in the learning lab

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge – The program is in search of more Bigs, to meet community need. Volunteers would need to go through the program’s training process and make a time commitment. 

Girls on the Run of Central Virginia, INC – Volunteer to be a coach or running buddy. GOTR will provide training and a background check. They need coaches to support blended and virtual training programs. Coaches/ Run buddies commitment to volunteer two times a week for eight weeks.

Enrichment AllianceVolunteers with backgrounds in special education, literature, and who are comfortable with WordPress

Dept. of Human Services/ Community Alliance – Mentoring through Evergreen (for Walker and Buford students who are victims of crime) based on referral and screening

Boys and Girls Club – is in need of volunteers to provide assistance in various areas. Link to the volunteer form here.

Make a Donation

Charlottesville City Schools PTO Fundraiser – The Fund is a joint PTO effort that has raised over 50k so far to directly assist students and teachers with materials, tuition assistance to the virtual learning centers, tech accessories and more. We have an amazing opportunity in the form of a double match. We need to raise an additional $25,000 from the community in order to receive $25,000 from Bama Works fund of Dave Matthews Band and $25,000 from The Smith Family “Always Am” Fund and we’re working to get the word out far and wide.

Donors Choose – Consider supporting local classroom teacher projects.

Donors Choose – Project Highlight support Laura Efford’s Bright Stars class to learn from home!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge – provide funding here.

Abundant Life – Donate here.

International Neighbors – Donate here to help refugee children.

The PB & J Fund – Donate money towards the fund here.

Emergency Food Network – donate here, coordinate food donations and collections here.

Camp Holiday Trails – help send kids to camp here.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry – help to feed those in need here.

Cultivate Charlottesville– support food equity in the Charlottesville community here.

ReadyKids Counseling Programs – help meet the mental health needs of youth and teens in the area by providing materials or a monetary donation.

Region Ten Children and Family Services – support efforts to meet the social emotional needs of children here.

Live Arts – support community theatre and arts education by donating here.

Light House Studio – help Light House to move into the homes of area youth by providing funding for materials or donating laptops.

Dept. of Human Services/ Community Attention – help meet the needs of the department by donating items such as math materials, white boards, or desks and chairs here.

Music Resource Center – is in need of personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, arts and school supplies, and technology.

C4K (Computers for Kids) – is seeking donations to support programming efforts.

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