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On-Going Volunteer Opportunities

The following are local organizations that typically have on-going volunteer opportunities for Radford University students. Select an organization name from below to learn more.

American Red Cross

Group served:
All people

Activities:
Assisting with Bloodmobiles which includes help unpacking supplies and equipment.

Assisting with Health Fairs, which includes handing out brochures, providing information to community members.

Red Cross Health and Safety Data Entry Assistant - Computer proficient volunteer who can work consistent hours each week to shadow and assist in our Health and Safety program. The person in this position will be to do data entry into a web-based program listing instructors, courses and participants to produce certifications. Training is required and is provided as well as a mentoring program until the volunteer is comfortable with working on their own. Volunteer must be detailed-oriented and able to work efficiently with the computer program.

Time commitment:
No minimum

Times needed:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and some weekend opportunities

Location:
616 West Main Street
Radford, VA 24141

Benefit to volunteer:
To assist your local American Red Cross chapter in continuing humanitarian effort.

Contact information:
Paula Downs
(540) 639-2140
Email: info@nrvredcross.org
Website: http://www.swva.net/redcross/

Beans and Rice Incorporated (Radford)

Group served:
Low to moderate income children and adults.

Training:
After school program - 4.5 hours total
Service learning program - 10-12 hours total
and other opportunities that require less training

Activities:
Assisting with after school and summer school program.

Food distribution, Container gardening project, Service learning program

Time commitment:
After school program - 1 day a week minimum
Service learning program - 15 weeks during fall or spring semesters
Food distribution - no minimum

Times needed:
Varies

Location:
323 West Main Street
Radford, VA 24141

Benefit to volunteer:
Better sense of community in which they live. Give back to local community.

Contact information:
Nelda Pearson
(540) 633-6270
Email: npearson@beansandrice.org
Website: http://www.beansandrice.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia

Group served:
Children under the age of 18. Enrollment age is 6-12.

Training:
1.5 hour group enrollment/orientation at university. Background check during group enrollment.

Activities:
School based. Spending time while child is at school. Assist with homework, eat, or play with child. How time is spent is flexible.

Time commitment:
1 hour a week during the fall and spring semester.

Times needed:
Monday-Friday      
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (school hours)

Location:
Training done at university. Volunteering done at school that child attends.

Benefit to volunteer:
Helping children improve self-esteem, provide encouragement. One-on-one time with child. More personal volunteer experience where the volunteer forms a friendship with the child.

Contact information:
Katie Conroy
(540) 449-2698
Email: volunteer@bigslittle.org
Website: www.bigslittle.org

Boys and Girls Club of the New River Valley

Group served:
6-8th grade male and female students at Christiansburg and Shawsville Middle Schools. 

Training:
No training for volunteers. Internships do require some training.

Activities:
Participate with students and get to know them and mentoring students. 

Time commitment:
No minimum.

Times needed:
Monday – Friday   
2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Summer Camp       
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location:
4179 Old Town Road
Shawsville, VA  24162

1205 Buffalo Drive
Christiansburg, VA  24073

Benefit to volunteer:
Get to work with students who are underprivileged. Eye-opening experience. Experience with behavioral problems.

Contact information:
Richelle Price
(540) 268-1200  
Email: rprice@bgcswva.org
Website: http://www.bgcswva.org/index.asp

Free Clinic of the New River Valley

Group served:
Uninsured adults

Training:
Varies depending on volunteer department/position.

Activities:
Varies. Opportunities in medical, pharmaceutical, dental, and supportive positions.

Time commitment:
Minimum of 3 hours a week.

Times needed:
Monday-Friday                  
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday evenings for medical volunteers.

Location:
Radford Worship Center – 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings.
Christiansburg - All operating hours.
Giles County Clinic - Open 20 hours a week.

Benefit to volunteer:
Patient interaction. Opportunity to see different segment of society. Eye opener for students. Good exposure to community healthcare. Hands-on experience.

Contact information:
Debbie Suddarth
(540) 381-0820 (ext. 104)
Email: dsuddarth@nrvfreeclinic.org
Website: http://www.nrvfreeclinic.org/

Humane Society of Montgomery County

Group served:
Cats and dogs

Training:
No training

Activities:
Socializing the animals.

Time commitment:
No minimum.

Times needed:
Wednesday and Thursday          
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday and Saturday            
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday                              
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Note: If more than four people in group they should call ahead several days in advance.

Location:
1183 Flanagan Dr.
Christiansburg, VA  24073

Benefit to volunteer:
Providing love and attention to animals.

Contact information:
(540) 382-1166
info@hsmcshelter.com
Website: http://www.hsmcshelter.com/

Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley

Group served:
Adults that cannot read well or cannot speak English.

Training:
15 hours for tutoring. Some opportunities do not require lengthy training.

Activities:
Looking for volunteers to work in the bookstore during the week and (depending on volunteer availability) on Saturdays as well. Duties would include watching the store, helping customers, selling books, sorting books, etc. Level of involvement is entirely up to the volunteer.

Tutoring - Volunteers receive 16 hours of training to become a tutor in our basic literacy program. After training, tutors are matched with a student seeking to improve their literacy skills. 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. Tutors and students should meet for 1-2 hour sessions at least once a week in a neutral setting, such as a library or church meeting room. Tutors help students to determine real life goals such as completing a job application or medical form, reading a story to a child, writing checks and paying bills, etc.

Time commitment:
Tutors - 1 year commitment of 2-4 hours a week
No minimum for other opportunities.  

Times needed:
Monday – Friday   
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays at new bookstore (no formal training required).

Location:
195 West Main Street
Christiansburg, VA  24073

Benefit to volunteer:
To experience what it is like to work for a nonprofit, experience in fundraising. Increase literacy in local community.

Contact information:
Nia Indelicato, Executive Director
(540) 382-7262
Email: lvnrv@verizon.net
Website: http://www.lvnrv.org/index.htm

New River Community Action Emergency Assistance Program

Group served:
The Emergency Assistance Program provides services for persons of low-income who are experiencing a financial emergency and cannot be helped by any other agency or organization. The primary focus of the program is on emergency needs and interests of low-income persons.

Training:
Informal training of less than 2 hours.

Activities:
Food pantries- sort food, organize food, light housekeeping, unloading large donations.
Clothing shops- sorting, displaying, and helping customers.  Also a need to help with marketing.

Time commitment:
No minimum.

Times needed:
Varies depending on location but usually some opportunities on M-F from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Clothing shops in Christiansburg and Blacksburg.
Food Pantries in Christiansburg, Pulaski, Pearisburg, and Floyd.

Benefit to volunteer:
Meet and interact with clients. Learn more about conditions of recipients. Clothing banks provide more opportunities for personal interactions.

Contact information:
Su Clauson-Wicker
(540) 552-6331
Email: clausonsu@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.swva.net/nrca/eap.htm

New River Community Action Head Start

Group served:
Children 3-5 years of age who qualify based on disability or income.

Training:
Must sign a confidentiality statement. Depending on volunteer position may need background check.

Activities:
Painting, planting flowers, reading to children, helping in classroom, assisting with field trips.
Summer camp opportunities available in Christiansburg and Radford.

Time commitment:
No minimum.

Times needed:
Monday – Friday   
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location:
644 West Main Street
Radford, VA  24141

Other opportunities available throughout the NRV at other Head Start sites.

Benefit to volunteer:
The children touch your heart. Instill hope. Provide encouragement and be a positive role-model.

Contact information:
Katie Collins, Nina Hollins
(540) 633-5133
Email: headstart@nrcaa.org; NinaHollins@nrcaa.org

Website: http://www.swva.net/nrca

New River Land Trust

Group served:
Landowners and other stakeholders with an interest in the conservation of farmland, forests, open spaces and historic places in the New River region.  The New River region is defined as the counties of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe and the cities of Galax and Radford.

Training:
No formal training. Training varies depending on opportunity.

Activities:
Office work, research, assisting with special events. Will try to tailor to skills and interest. Outreach and education focus.

Time commitment:
No minimum.

Times needed:
Monday – Friday   
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location:
900 South Main Street
Blacksburg, VA  24060

Benefit to volunteer:
Conservation, environmental issues. Promoting local sustainable land use. Understand environmental issues.

Contact information:
Mona Charney
(540) 951-1704
Email: mona@newriverlandtrust.org
Website: www.newriverlandtrust.org

Plenty! 

Description:
A local group that builds community and connections around food.  Programs include: Portable Produce which collects and distributes gleaned produce; Kids' Wonder Garden – a learning garden in Floyd County Elementary School; Healthy Snacks after-school food program; Empty Bowls annual fundraising event for New River Community Action's Backpack Project; The Floyd Community Garden

Volunteer needs:
Can usually use student volunteers, interns or service-learning workers.  Volunteers for the summer will be assisting in the school and community gardens and can also help deliver produce.  During the school year we still make deliveries, do school garden classes and have soup lunches. 

Address:
177 Webbs Mill Road #2 
(next to community garden on route 8)
Floyd VA,  24091
(540) 357-5657
Email: plenty@swva.net
Website: www.plentylocal.org 

Radford Clothing Bank

Group served:
Persons in need of clothing and other home necessities who meet income requirements.

Training:
On the job training.

Activities: Sort, size, mark and "put out" clothing (Wednesday mornings, 10 a.m. - noon). Deliver bags of unneeded clothing to YMCA Thrift Shop. Help with cleaning and repair. Shovel snow in the winter. Organize the Stork Exchange. Assistance with grant proposals, desk assistant to be on call for desk duty Thursday afternoons and/or Friday mornings.

Time commitment:
No minimum.

Times needed:
Varies, depending on activity.

Location:
2000 West Street
Radford, VA  24141
Phone: (540) 633-5050

Benefit to volunteer:
Help people meet basic needs.

Contact information:
Mary Susan Vehorn
Phone: (540) 633-3780
msvehorn@verizon.net
Website: http://www.radfordclothingbank.org/

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread

Group served:
Children and Adults

Training:
No training required.

Activities:
Serve food, wash dishes, some help needed with cooking.
Meal delivery opportunities available through Meals on Wheels Program.

Time commitment:
No required minimum.

Times needed:
Monday – Friday   
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location:
501 East Main Street
Radford, VA  24143

Benefit to volunteer:
Assist people living in poverty. Learn to work with others that are less fortunate.

Contact information:
Jerry Higgins
(540) 639-2575
Kitchen Manager - Ernie Spencer (540) 639-0290
Website: http://www.radfordpl.org/dailybread/
Website: http://www.radfordpl.org/dailybread/pages/mow.html   (Meals on Wheels Program)

Radford Heritage Foundation

Group served:
The history of Radford. Public services through Glencoe Museum.

Training:
Learn the history the house and area. Otherwise, on the site training.

Activities:
Give tours of the Glencoe Museum. Direct people to local attractions.
Some opportunities for other events such as assisting with lectures and musical events. 

Time commitment:
3-hour shift during operating hours.

Times needed:
Tuesday – Saturday          
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday                                 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:
600 Unruh Drive
Radford, VA  24141

Benefit to volunteer:
Sense of accomplishment. Helping others learn about the city of Radford. Good opportunity for history, tourism or art majors.

Contact information:
Scott Gardner
(540) 731-5031
Email: info@glencoemuseum.org
Website: http://www.glencoemuseum.org

Voice of the Blue Ridge Incorporated

Group served:
People who cannot read newspapers or magazines because of physical impairments such as partial vision loss, blindness or stroke.

Training:
Instructions provided by agency. No formal training.

Activities:
Volunteers call into the system from the comfort of their own home, office, or school using their touch tone phone, and read in their assigned part of the newspaper or other item they are recording.

Time commitment:
No minimum required.

Times needed:
Any day of the week

Prefer to read before noon.

Location:
3435 Melrose Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia  24017

Benefit to volunteer:
Able to assist persons who can no longer read. To be able to help someone access current events. Able to volunteer in comfort of own dwelling.

Contact information:
Sherrie Oliver
(540) 985-8900
Email: voice@vobr.org
Website: http://www.vobr.org/

Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley

Group served:
Women, men and children (victims of family and sexual violence).

Training:
32 - 43 hour training for direct service volunteers.
Limited group opportunities that only require an orientation.

Activities:
Crisis intervention, emergency advocates, children’s program.
Varies opportunities website provides more thorough explanation.

Time commitment:
2 full semesters of 12 hours a month for direct service volunteers.
Internships available – 1 semester required for most placements.
Some opportunities with less time required.

Times needed:
Varies

Location:
1217 Grove Avenue
Radford, VA  24143

Benefit to volunteer:
Experience working in helping capacity.

Contact information:
Mary Forti
(540) 639-1123
Email: volunteers@wrcnrv.org
Website: http://www.wrcnrv.org/