“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”.
Volunteer work is a great way for kids to get involved and make a difference in the community. Sometimes it can be difficult to find volunteer opportunities that kids can get passionate about. Here are some great opportunities for kids to learn and grow while making the world a better place.
American Lung Association. 16-year old minimum age to help with outdoor activities, health fairs, and office chores. Call 804.267.1900.
American Red Cross. Ages 13-17. Helping others feels good, and helps you feel good about yourself. Your local Red Cross can work with you to provide rewarding experiences, opportunities to utilize your talents, or provide training to help you serve your community.
Anthem LemonAid Host a FREE Anthem LemonAid stand in your community and raise money for kids with cancer in Central Virginia. July 18-20. AnthemLemonAid.com
BARK Volunteer. Dog walking, kennel care, office help, administrative, special projects, and more.
Bon Secours Hospitals. Ages 14-17 (may vary by hospital facility).
Camp Comfort Zone. 15-year old minimum age. Junior counselors can run errands, help in the office and help with activities and events. Call 804.377.3430.
Chesterfield County Library Volunteers.Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older unless otherwise specified. (804) 751-4142.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Volunteers on the MCV Campus make a difference in various inpatient and outpatient settings as well as in clerical roles. The MCV Campus offers volunteer opportunities for adults (non-students), college/graduate students and junior volunteers ages 14 to 17.
Children’s Museum of Richmond. Help educators, assist with groups, computers, and art studio.
Easter Seals Virginia. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older unless otherwise specified. Volunteers in Chesterfield County partner with county staff to enhance and enrich the quality of life in our community.
Enrichmond –a foundation serving Richmond’s people, parks & public spaces, enrichmond offers many volunteer opportunities.
FeedMore Youth Volunteers. Our valuable community-service opportunities also provide youth volunteers with the chance to build skills and directly participate in the fight against hunger. Special event helpers, backpack packers, Meals on Wheels delivery riders, and more.
The First Tee of Greater Richmond. The First Tee of Greater Richmond always has a need for people who can volunteer their time. We depend on the generosity of our volunteers to assist our staff in many different areas such as youth programming, administration, golf operations, and golf course maintenance.
Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer to help Habit for Humanity touch the lives of families in the Richmond area. Youth programs are available.
HCA Hospitals. If you are a high school student (15 years of age or older) considering a future in the medical field or just wanting to give back to your community, consider the Junior Volunteer Program at HCA Virginia’s hospitals near Richmond.
- Chippenham Hospital: junior volunteer application, (804) 323-8882
- Johnston-Willis Hospital: junior volunteer application, (804) 330-2082
Henrico County. Henrico County offers opportunities for individuals to volunteer time and services to County departments through the Volunteer Services Program. There are many needs, with jobs ranging from office assistants, social media assistants, job coaches, mentors, and many more.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Ages 13-18. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a variety of volunteer opportunities for youth including service learning, summer volunteer opportunities, internships and vocational training. We have opportunities for middle and high-schoolers who want to work for a day, a week, a month, or year-round. We work with youth who have a variety of goals for their volunteer work here including those who want to learn new skills, get work experience, or earn community service hours.
Maymont Foundation. If you are at least 16 years of age and have a little time to spare, Maymont has a position for you! Meet some of our volunteers and learn more about the wide variety of opportunities available.
Meadow Farm Museum. Sewing Guild – Ages 16+. If you enjoy a variety of textile projects, this may be the volunteer opportunity for you. Members participate in programs as well as reproduce textile projects for program use. Meetings are the first Saturday of the month, February-December from 9:30- 11:30am at Meadow Farm Museum. New members are always welcome. Information: email@example.com. Agricultural Guild – Ages 10+. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. If you enjoy gardening and the companionship of good folks, this may be the volunteer opportunity for you. The Meadow Farm Agricultural Guild meets Wednesdays evenings April through September from 6-8pm to work in the heirloom vegetable garden and in the crop field. Volunteer registration is required prior to participation and is available at the garden. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia PCAV welcomes support from individuals and organizations willing to donate time, knowledge, and tangible or financial resources that can help positive parenting become the norm in all homes and communities across the state.
Quill Theatre. Quill theatre has starring roles for eager volunteers:
- Production: sets, props, costumes, load-ins & strikes and backstage support
- Box Office: general office help
- Performances: box office, ushering, and backstage crew
- Audience Development: Hanging posters and help with social media
- Special Events: volunteer in a variety of ways for our yearly events.
It’s a great way to give back to the community and support the arts by donating your time and talent. Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to performances and our gratitude! If you are interested in volunteering this season, email fellow volunteer Kathy Kreutzer at Volunteer@QuillTheatre.org.
International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Our main group is for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. We have a junior group, Pledges, for girls ages 6 – 10, and we just started a Sparkle group for girls ages 3 – 5. Our motto is “Rainbow Gets Girls Ready for Life,” because we teach the skills that girls need to become successful women, from being a responsible leader to building confidence, from maintaining friendships to taking on challenges. However, our greatest lesson is service to others. Every 6-month term, our youth leader chooses a service project for the whole assembly to take part in, as well as a charity to donate money to. She is responsible for researching the project, setting it up, and carrying it through.
Richmond Public Libraries. Volunteers are welcomed in the Main library to help with such tasks as shelf reading, shelving, data entry, assisting in the computer lab, unpacking books, stocking book sale shelves and other jobs as needed. School children 15 and up.
Richmond SPCA. Volunteers must be 14 or older to volunteer independently (without a parent or guardian). Youth volunteers 7 or older may volunteer with a parent or guardian. Youth volunteers in grades 6 through 8 may also apply to participate in our Animal Brigade Service Club. The Richmond SPCA does not accept court-mandated volunteers.
Rockwood Park Nature Center – 804-745-7020 . 14-year-old minimum – Help with exhibits, animals, nature programs and camps. Help with a variety of activities at the Rockwood Nature Center. Volunteers could be working with camp staff throughout the summer in support of the Nature Center’s camp programs, working in the exhibit hall within the Nature Center and answering questions, providing guidance, and monitoring public use of people with an interest in animals and/or nature, education and environmental studies majors and retirees. Other duties may include assisting with animal care as needed, general clean up maintenance, and completing paperwork.
Special Olympics Virginia – Volunteers can serve as coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, health care professionals, fundraisers, one-day volunteers and local leaders. They can also be Unified Partners – playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities – or fans cheering in the stands, a perfect opportunity for children and families. Opportunities are available all year round, all over Virginia. Check out their calendar to find out what’s happening near you
Tricycle Gardens – Tricycle Gardens welcomes the support of motivated, hard working individuals (of all ages!) interested in bringing agriculture, nutrition education and healthy food access to Richmond’s urban core. Contact email@example.com or check-out HandsOn Greater Richmond’s website for monthly work days at our urban farm and Bon Secours Healing Garden.
VCU Medical Center. The Junior Volunteer Program provides students (ages 14-17) an opportunity to volunteer in a large, urban medical center where they are able to see the benefits of donating their time and services to their community. They are also given the opportunity to develop and appreciate their own abilities, and to learn about career opportunities in the health care field.
During the summer of 2014 there will be two sessions. Each runs for three weeks, Monday-Thursday, from 9:00am-12:00pm. Junior Volunteers in Session I will volunteer July 7-24 (mandatory orientation is July 2). Junior Volunteers in Session II will volunteer July 28-August 14 (mandatory orientation is July 25).
Virginia Rep Volunteers. For ages 16 and older, primarily in need of ushers to help seat patrons at performances.
Virginia State Park Youth Corps. Youth Corps projects are visible, tangible and meaningful. Crewmembers often return to the parks where they served and appreciate their projects for many years. Projects have educational aspects, are environmentally sound and fulfill an unmet need in the park.
Volunteers of Louisa. Various opportunities for different ages.
YMCA . Help with a variety of volunteer opportunities. Pick one to suit your interests, talents and schedule. Check with your nearest YMCA to determine if they allow youth volunteers.
- Chester Branch – 804-748-9622
- Manchester Branch – 804-276-9622
- Midlothian Branch – 804-379-5668
- Camp Thunderbird YMCA – 804-748-6714
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