Our House families rely on donated items from several area businesses for breakfasts and lunches so we need volunteers to pick up these donations and help us feed families in need. We need volunteers to get donations from Starbucks (in front of Best Buy) on Wednesdays and Fridays; from Wawa on Pantops Monday, Tuesday and…

One of our most impactful programs is “Meals from the Heart.” Businesses, groups, families, individuals and organizations come to the House and make a meal for our families. When a child is receiving medical treatment for serious illness or injury, taking away the worry of “what’s for dinner?” is a wonderful relief. That’s why we…

One of the biggest ways that volunteers help Autism Sanctuary is through outdoor work like trail maintenance. This type of volunteer work typically involves trimming any stray branches or vines, removing growth that is too close to the trail path, and raking the trail to ensure that it remains smooth. We recommend that volunteers bring…

Friendly Visits provide the member with short-term companionship. Visits can include conversations, reading to the member, playing games, respite time for a care provider, or perhaps a walk. The HSW Buddy program connects volunteers and members more regularly.

Volunteers can assist with minor home maintenance issues such as changing light bulbs, pet care, organizing cupboards or closets, watering plants, helping with minor repairs (leaking faucet, sticky door, etc.), and clearing snow from steps. Members pay for supplies.

Volunteers assisting with Thoughtful Foods pledge their culinary skills to help members needing warm, healthy meals during an unexpected stressful time for the member or their families. The foods are provided for only a short time, usually a few days and no more than two weeks.

This service includes volunteers running errands for a member who needs items picked up from–or taken to–a grocery store, hardware store, the post office, donation sites, a neighbor, etc. When necessary, volunteers may deliver food ordered from local restaurants.

Volunteers can assist with basic set-up, technical and user issues for computers, smartphones, tablets, DVDs, TV remotes, and internet services. Also, help with programmable devices such as light timers and small appliances is offered.

Round trip service to destinations as far east as Charlottesville and as far west as Fishersville. Typical destinations volunteers can serve include local social events, medical appointments and essentials such as groceries, hair appointment, or pharmaceutical needs.

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