Volunteer opportunities

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Produce, Produce, Produce! Share, Wash or Distribute!

Volunteers help neighbors, make a difference in our community, have fun and feel great. Here are some ways you can help us with produce: Share from Your Farm or Garden: You can share your crops, or plant extra produce for the Plenty! Food Bank. Portable Produce: During the growing season, volunteers wash fresh produce and bag it for individuals and families who can’t come to the Food Bank.

For more information, contact:

Jonathan Vandergrift

plenty@swva.net

745-3898

Crisis Intervention Volunteer

Women’s Resource Center of The NRV

Crisis Intervention Volunteers are a vital part of our agency’s service delivery efforts. These volunteers provide direct service to our clients, both in our emergency shelter and over a 24-hour crisis hotline. They are a source of support for shelter residents, lending a listening ear, or just offering a few words of encouragement to people in crisis. Volunteers have a direct hand in helping to make our communities free from domestic and sexual violence.

Volunteers are required to complete a 45 hour pre-service training program. The training is offered 3 times a year: fall, late spring, and winter. In addition, 15 hours of on-the-job training are also required to be a certified Crisis Intervention volunteer.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. We do sometimes make exceptions, with parental permission.

For more information, contact:

Mary D Forti

volunteers@wrcnrv.org

639-1123

Head Start Classroom Volunteers – Giles, Radford, Blacksburg, and Pulaski

New River Community Action, Inc.

HEAD START provides comprehensive developmental services to eligible pre-school children and their families. Family-focused services emphasize education, nutrition, parent engagement, social services, and preventative health care. Volunteers are needed in the classroom for various activities including reading, crafts, assisting teachers with general supervision and guidance of children.

For more information, contact:

Alison Harris – Giles & Radford

aharris@nrcaa.org

745-2120

Leah Hill – Blacksburg

lhill@nrcaa.org

552-0490

Felicia Ba – Pulaski

feliciab@nrcaa.org

994-5740

Help Make a Difference in the Life of a Young Person

Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts Of America

Much of Scouting’s success is dependent upon volunteer efforts. Volunteers are needed to work in “Direct Contact” roles as Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Den Leaders, Webelo Leaders, Crew Advisors, and Explorer Post Advisors. Volunteers are also needed to work on the district level in one of our four function areas: membership, unit service, finance, and program.

For more information, contact:

Ed Harriman

edh@bsa-brmc.org

(777-7968

Life Isn’t Over When You Retire…Join RSVP Today!

RSVP Of Montgomery County and Radford

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Montgomery County and Radford (RSVP) invites adults aged 55 and over to use their skills and life experiences to answer the call of their neighbors in need. RSVP volunteers serve part time, helping through a variety of local non-profit organizations, agencies and institutions that are designated as volunteer work stations.

For more information, contact:

Mandy Hayes

hayesaw@montgomerycountyva.gov

382-5775

Become a ‘Cat Crew’ Volunteer

Floyd County Humane Society

Would you like to help care for homeless cats while they wait for their forever home? We showcase cats available for adoption at PetSmart in Christiansburg. These cats need your loving care by cleaning their cages. There are usually up to 10 cats there at a time, so proper cleaning can take between one and two hours. Email lynnchipkin@hotmail.com for more information. Must be 18 or older to volunteer.

For more information, contact:

Lynn Chipkin

lynnchipkin@hotmail.com

745-7207

Packing Food in Backpacks for Hungry Students

Micah’s Backpack

Every Thursday during the school year, volunteers help set up, pack bags, restock shelves, and break down packaging in order to pack bags of food for students in need. We meet from 6 to 7 at St Michael Lutheran Church at 2308 Merrimac Rd. 5-10 minutes from VT but not on bus route.

For more information, contact:

Susan Verbrugge

hope@micahsbackpack.org

Docent Volunteers

Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center

Like to work with the public? Love history and art in your community? We are always looking for volunteers to staff the museum during its regular hours of operation, 10:30 to 4:30, Tuesday through Saturday. We have a gift shop, book store, historic artifact exhibits, art gallery and heirloom garden – your job is to welcome the public and introduce them to the wonders of Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center gallery!

For more information, contact:

Sue Farrar

director@montgomerymuseum.org

382-5644

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers

NRV CARES

CASA Volunteers are needed because not every child can stand up for her/himself in court. Volunteers are required to complete an application, background checks, and an interview. Volunteers must be 21 years old and be able to donate 10-15 hours per month, and attend a 40-hour training program that is offered twice each year. Portions of the training are on-line.

For more information, contact:

Dionne Harrison

dionne@nrvcares.org

381-8312

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Linus Blankets

New River Valley Project Linus

Make blankets of all-new, washable, non-wool materials in child-friendly colors. Blankets maybe knitted, crocheted, quilted, or fleece. Please be sure to label blankets with your name & address. Blankets donated to the NRV chapter go to children in the New River Valley.

For more information, contact:

Penny Sweet

phs101@aol.com

639-6161

Driver – Medical Transportation

Med-Ride NRV

Become a Med-Ride volunteer and give a gift of health to your community! You would volunteer transport for a NRV resident to a non-emergency medical appointment. Med-Ride provides safe and reliable non-emergency medical transportation via its volunteer drivers to meet ongoing health/medical needs of eligible residents in the NRV. Med-Ride serves Pulaski Co, Montgomery Co, Floyd Co, Giles Co, and the City of Radford.

For more information, contact:

Peggy Akers

medride@nrvseniorservices.org

(888) 633-7433

Special Olympics Event Volunteer

Special Olympics Virginia, SW

Volunteer at events with the Special Olympics as a Volunteer 2 Cheer Fan, Medical Volunteer, or Event Management Volunteer.

For more information, contact:

Nancy Morehouse

swoffice@specialolympicsva.org

951-2918

Family Support Volunteer

Good Samaritan Hospice

Become a special friend to hospice patients and families in their home or place of residence. You will participate in our comprehensive training program to become familiar with the hospice concept of care, gain experience with communication skills and learn more about the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families.

For more information, contact:

Deborah Lovelace

dlovelace@goodsamhospice.org

381-3171

The Treasure Trove

Warm Hearth Foundation

Volunteers are needed to work in the thrift store located at 3055 North Franklin Street in Christiansburg. Volunteers will operate cash register, greet customers, conduct sales, stock merchandise. Store is open Thursday-Saturday from 10-6pm and Sunday from 1-6PM. Volunteers typically work 4 hour shifts with 2 hours being the minimum.

Must be 18 years or older. Training to operate cash register and credit card machine.

For more information, contact:

Karen Nelson

knelson@warmhearth.org

443-3406

Research Volunteer

Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation

Research volunteers are needed who are passionate about local history. The volunteer will research topics of interest related to Blacksburg’s unique history. This information will be made available to the community through the research library, exhibits and other outlets.

For more information, contact:

Hilary Harrison

hharrison@blacksburghistory.org

558-0746

Baby Shop Volunteer-Floyd

New River Community Action, Inc.

The Baby Shops are a new and unique resource for families with young children in the New River Valley. The Baby Shops support families who are enrolled in home visiting and working hard towards self-sufficiency. The Baby Shops provide a clean, actual store atmosphere where families can feel proud to shop and provide for their families!

We welcome anyone willing to help families in their community. Availability preferred would be 2 hours on a weekday during business hours.

For more information, contact:

Carrie Rush

chipnrv2@nrcaa.org

394-3296

Foster Care Homes for Giles Animal Rescue Pets

Giles Animal Rescue Inc.

Giles Animal Rescue does not have a shelter, but relies on foster homes to help homeless pets (dogs and cats). We provide all medical care, crates, bedding, food, and supplies needed. We simply need more loving homes whiles the pets wait to be adopted.

For more information, contact:

Christine Link-Owens

gilesanimalrescue@gmail.com

(922-3958

The Y volunteer

YMCA At Virginia Tech

-Lead our boards of directors and committees -Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community -Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes -Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices and the pursuit of higher education and goals -Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more, or live healthier – Participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors

For more information, contact:

Volunteer Coordinator

volcoordinator@vtymca.org

231-3734

Radford Daily Bread

Radford Meals On Wheels

Prepare meals, serve, and clean in the dining room. Deliver meals to homes. Pick up food from donation sites. We also need people to get involved in the organization, to help maintain RFDB so that we can continue our programs and grow to meet the need. Ask your company to sponsor one or two volunteer-days per month, when employees take turns delivering meals, serving meals, or sorting food.

For more information, contact:

Donna Fern

director@radfordfairlawndailybread.org

336-380-5242

The Lyric Theatre Volunteer

The Lyric Theatre

We need your help! Each evening volunteers form an essential part of the Lyric team. Ushers, ticket takers, box office workers, and concessions cashiers at our movies and live events are all volunteers! Volunteers also help us address newsletters and other mailings, maintenance the theatre building, and keep other aspects of the theatre going. Our dedicated volunteers help us to keep overhead costs low and our ticket and concessions prices affordable!

For more information, contact:

Betty Watts

volcoord@thelyric.com

951-4771

Critical Home Repair Carpenter

Habitat for Humanity Of The New River Valley

Critical Home Repair is a Habitat for Humanity Service provided in the New River Valley to homeowners that neither have the knowledge or skill to perform a critical home repair nor afford to hire someone else to do it. (We screen our applicants.) Habitat will provide all necessary materials for the repair.

For more information, contact:

Shelley Fortier

sfortier@habitatnrv.org

381-1144

Tutoring Adults in English as a Second Language–Pulaski and Giles Counties

Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley

Volunteers receive 8 hours of training to become a tutor in the ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages). After training, tutors are matched with a student seeking English help. They meet for tutoring in a neutral setting, such as a library, church meeting room or the LV-NRV office for 1-2 hours, once or twice a week. To insure stability for learners, tutors must agree to serve for twelve months.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and complete 8 hours of tutor training.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Quesenberry

lquesenberry@lvnrv.org

382-7262

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed!

Intellectual Disabilities Agency Of The NRV (Ag. For Persons W/MR)

Opportunities can include being a team mate on a recreational league, walking club buddy, or helping at dances. Weekly leagues such as bowling, basketball, softball, swimming, volleyball, soccer, walking, and track & field are comprised of teams of individuals with and without cognitive disabilities, playing together as equal team mates. A summer day camp includes daily swimming, arts & crafts, and field trips. Several dances each year offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Your participation will foster a spirit of friendship and will broaden your understanding of people with disabilities. Was fun mentioned? You will have loads of fun and make new friends while helping break down barriers that keep apart people with and without disabilities. You will be helping persons with disabilities increase self-esteem and confidence and develop more appropriate social skills. These important skills will help with their acceptance by the community. And just think, what a huge difference you’re making in someone’s life while having so much fun! Students can accumulate hours of community service for class requirements, service learning or internships.

For the activity you choose, you will be expected to attend a new volunteer training & orientation which lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old, however soccer volunteers may be as young as 8 years old.

For more information, contact:

Sheila Roop

shelia@idanrv.org

381-0310

All numbers have a “540” area code unless specified otherwise.