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.

Our current pressing need is for Volunteers to help our pick-up team with picking up donated furniture items. You would meet us at the pick-up site, help move items out to the van and load the van and then you are done. This would be a huge help to our team. We are always looking…

The IRC in Charlottesville Youth Mentoring program (MYVA) serves refugee youth or young adults (15-24) to help them positively navigate new communities and advance their educational and vocational goals. Adult mentors in the Charlottesville community are paired with a mentee and help guide the youth through important life transitions and decisions. Mentors can form a…

Help newly arrived refugees learn English, and practice verbal and written communication. Serve as a friendly face and resource for clients to help them more easily integrate into the community.

All too frequently, refugees are forced to flee their homes at a moment’s notice, leaving the life they know and everything they own behind. It is not uncommon for a refugee family to arrive to the United States with a single suitcase containing all that they own. Welcome Kits help to provide the basic household…

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