Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW 2nd floor, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Our missionThe Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s mission is to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African-American community of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans and peoples of the Diaspora locally, nationally and globally.

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

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Keeping it Going

Our behind the scenes administrative departments such as exhibitions, public programs, advancement, information technology, trips and membership keep the Heritage Center running. Volunteers in these areas are granted a behind-the-scenes look at how the Heritage Center develops and grows. Volunteer opportunities are available Tuesday-Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-3pm and as needed for special events.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Office work, Event support
  • Skilled

Community Guides

Community Guides are invaluable to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. They play an important role in implementing the museum’s education mission by guiding groups of all ages on a variety of tours of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center exhibitions. Training is provided. We are always accepting guide applications.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • Formal

Volunteer Greeters

Greeters welcome visitors to the Heritage Center, introduce visitors to the contemporary art gallery as well as the historical exhibit Pride Overcomes Prejudice. They are also well informed about the goings on in the City Center. The JSAAHC relies on its greeters to create a welcoming environment to all of its guests.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • Formal

Event Volunteers

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center enjoys a busy schedule of events: lectures, meetings, exhibit openings, cook-offs, and more. Volunteers are often needed at these events to ensure that they run smoothly. Event volunteers may find themselves collecting tickets, setting out hors d’oeuvres, opening bottles, or greeting visitors.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support
  • None

Getting the Word Out

Help us promote our events through social media, hanging posters and handing out leaflets. If you have a flare for design we could use your graphic skills as well.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Physical, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, Skilled

Setting up and Breaking Down

The Heritage Center auditorium seats as few as 28 and as many as 150–setting up and breaking down for each event can take as much as 2 hours. We also need help installing and de-installing our temporary exhibitions. Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
How you helpThe Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s work is only possible with your support and partnership. Contributions to the Center demonstrates your commitment to ensuring a community of diverse histories and cultural practices.
About usEntry to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is free. However, owing to limited space in exhibition galleries, visitors must now obtain a general admission ticket to visit. Groups are limited to no more than eight people. Groups must obtain a timed group ticket.
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