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Service and Volunteerism

Do you have a desire to volunteer in the Lynchburg community?  The Office of Leadership and Engagement can help!  Please view Randolph College’s community partners, their missions, and contact information for the Volunteer Services Coordinator below.

Randolph College has a strong commitment to community service.  The Office of Leadership and Engagement’s mission is directly in line with Randolph College’s academic mission and strategic directions.  Listed below are 5 main points that demonstrate what we strive to accomplish through our work with students, faculty members, staff, and our community partners.

  • Extend learning beyond the classroom. The world is the classroom: To raise awareness about crucial social concerns, encourage students to view themselves as part of the global community, and challenge them to seek solutions to complex root causes of these systematic problems.
  • Intercultural Competence: To instill an ethic of caring of students, teach students about the importance of civic responsibility, and empower them to engage in active citizenship beyond graduation from Randolph.
  • Learning Outcomes: To illustrate the powerful connection between theory and practice by integrating community service with academic coursework/research, thus augmenting the university’s intellectual climate.
  • Growing a network: To support and recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, and classes whose actions and commitment enhance local community agencies’ abilities to deliver services, thereby strengthening the relationship between Randolph and the local community.
  • The red brick wall is not a barrier: To challenge students to embark on an inner journey of personal, intellectual, moral, and cultural development as they engage in service projects that meet the human needs and environmental concerns of the City of Lynchburg, the United States, and in many countries around the world.

If you have questions about volunteering, please contact:
Amanda Denny
Director of Leadership and Engagement
adenny@randolphcollege.edu

paw print 2Adult Care Center

The Adult Care Center of Central Virginia offers a comprehensive program that includes a variety of health, social, and support services in a protected setting during daytime hours.  Our program makes it possible for the adults we serve to maintain independence in a safe and supervised environment and return to their homes in the evening.  The Center’s program of care is designed to meet the individual needs of adults with health care issues such as Alzheimer’s, Stroke, and Parkinson’s.

Contact: Julie Lerner, jlerner@adultcarecenter.org

paw print 2Amazement Square

Amazement Square is dedicated to motivating children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities toward greater creativity and understanding of themselves and the world through hands-on learning.  The museum’s exhibits and educational programs encourage all participants to explore the areas and humanities, culture, science, technology and their interdisciplinary relationships.

Contact: Ashleigh Karol, ashleigh@amazementsquare.org

paw print 2 Beacon of Hope

The mission of Beacon Hope is: to provide college opportunities for those would not be able to attend college otherwise; to change the culture in the Lynchburg community to the PreK-16 division; to create a stream of qualified/educationally prepared talent for the greater Lynchburg workforce; to ensure that all children who graduate from Lynchburg City Schools are prepared for the next step in life: 4 year college, 2 year college, technical/community/trade school, industry certification; to improve the quality of life in our community by investing in our most precious resource-our children- who are our future; and to compile and disseminate data on current and continuing post-secondary education of Lynchburg’s student.

Contact: Laura Hamilton, laura@beaconofhopelynchburg.org or 434-515-5082

paw print 2 Big Brothers Big Sisters

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one to one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Matching dedicated volunteers with deserving children is what we do best.  As a volunteer, you have an opportunity-not only to impact a child’s life today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow.  By matching a volunteer with a child in need, we not only give that child hope for his or her future, but we create a culture of giving back to the community.  Through the efforts of our volunteers, we change lives..for the better!

Contact: Ash Gorman, ash@bigcva.org

Needs: Mentors for a “Little,” participating in fundraising events

paw print 2 Blue Ridge Food Bank

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank exists for a few very simple reasons: Food sustains life.  It restores options.  It provides hope.  We are an emergency food assistance agency that serves more than 113,000 people each month, a near record in the Food Bank’s history.  Last year, we distributed 18 million meals to hungry families across the Blue Ridge.  We expect to serve even more this year.

Contact: Jennifer Clark Robertson, jclarkrobertson@brafb.org or 540-213-8402

paw print 2 Bright Hope Educational Learning Center

The Bright Hope Tutoring and Mentoring Program is a licensed academic tutoring and enrichment program for elementary and middle school youth that focuses on providing youth with authentic learning experiences that engage their minds.

Contact: Patricia Braxton, brighthope2474u@msn.com

Needs: Tutors and mentors for grades 1-6, helpers for licensed day care facility

paw print 2 Camp Child, Inc.

The mission of Camp CHILD is to provide an opportunity for children with learning and related disabilities to continue their learning throughout the summer to support and strengthen each child’s sill level.  The program of the camp is designed to meet the needs and interests of the individual so their achievements in all areas: educational, physical, personal and social will be recognized and reinforced.  Camp CHILD believes in the unique potential of all children and strives to provide a meaningful and well balanced experience.

Contact: Tina Barnes, tbarnes@randolphcollege.edu

paw print 2 Camp Kum Ba Yah

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah is proud to provide some of the best outdoor enrichment day camp experiences in the Central Virginia area.  We offer swimming lessons, archery, nature hikes, canoeing, fishing, arts-n-crafts, garden and environmental education lessons, our ever-popular high and low ropes course, climbing wall and our 3 story legendary tree house.

Contact: Pat Haley, phaley100@aol.com

 paw print 2 CASA

To recruit, train and support volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court system and to educate the community about the needs of these children.

Contact: Allison Stronza, Allison@cvcasa.org

paw print 2 Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging

The mission of Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is to enable senior citizens to remain in their homes by providing quality supportive services.  CVAAA serves Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell Counties and the Cities of Lynchburg and Bedford.

Contact: Betty Brickhouse, 434-385-9070 ext. 123

Needs: Helpers with lunch program for seniors, drivers for home delivery meals

paw print 2 Daily Bread

For 31 years, Lynchburg Daily Bread has provided a hot meal in a Christian environment to the needy of the Lynchburg area.  In 2013, we served 49,863 meals to the homeless and hungry.

Contact: Kelli Diaz, volunteer@lynchburgdailybead.com

paw print 2 Free Clinic of Central Virginia

Our mission is to provide primary medical, nursing, dental and pharmaceutical services to those in Central Virginia who do not have the resources to obtain these basic health care needs.

Contact: Sandy Hahn, sandy@fccv.net or 434-847-5866

Needs: Office workers

paw print 2 Friends of Lynchburg Dog Park, Inc.

The Friends of Lynchburg Dog Park, Inc. is a Virginia non-profit corporation.  We received IRS 501 (c ) (3) tax-exempt status approval in order to fundraise for the construction, maintenance, and management of a public off-leash dog park within the City of Lynchburg, VA.

Contact: Niro Rasanayagam, Lynchburgdogpark@gmail.com

Needs: Park monitors, fundraising and marketing for events

paw print 2 Gleaning for the World

To share the love of God at home and around the world through the efficient delivery of high quality, life-saving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation by connecting corporate surplus to critical needs.

Contact: Danielle Sarchet, Danielle@gstw.org or 434-993-3600

Needs: Packing and storing materials for disaster relief and humanitarian needs over seas

paw print 2 Harmony Rescue

The mission of Harmony Rescue is to create and manage a safe haven environment for domestic animals that need extra care and to serve as an extension of other non-profit animal organizations promoting the prevention of cruelty to animals.  We pursue this mission through the development of service, facilities, education, and projects.  Harmony Rescue is a fun place to hang out that allows our four legged clients (and their human companions) to play, relax, or socialize.

Contact: Cindy Schott, cschott@harmonyrr.com or 434-821-3544

Needs: Web development, social media, fundraising

paw print 2 Head Start (Old Forest Road Location)

Contact: Dorothy Homes, dorothyhomes64@hotmail.com or 434-846-2778 ext. 225

Needs: Classroom leaders, art projects, playtime with children

paw print 2 Hunton-Randolph Community Center

Hunton-Randolph is a non-profit organization established to provide educational, enrichment, and recreational programs to families living in the Greater Lynchburg Community.

Contact: Natalie Robinson, 434-845-4722

Needs: Mentors and tutors for afterschool program, arts and crafts

paw print 2 James River Art Council for the Arts and Humanities

The mission of the James River Council for the Arts & Humanities is to cultivate relationships and resources critical to a thriving cultural community in Central Virginia through advocacy, marketing, publicity, networking, and collaboration. We are committed to inclusivity and transparency in our endeavors.

Contact: Deidre Serio, 434-420-5724

paw print 2 James River Association

More than one-third of all Virginians rely on the James River and its tributaries for water, commence and recreation. After generations of nurturing its people, the James River needs nurturing itself.  Let the James River Association show you how to enjoy and protect this natural treasure through watershed restoration, education, outreach, and river advocacy.

Contact: Amber Ellis, 804-788-8811 ext. 205

paw print 2 Jubilee Center

The Jubilee Family Development Center in Lynchburg, VA provides educational, athletic and social programs to children and their families.  Jubilee provides year round programming, with offerings in educational enrichment and academic assistance; athletics; and technical vocational awareness and training.  Founded in 1999, Jubilee offers programs and services to help at risk youth development their academic and social skills.  In addition to programs for young people, Jubilee also provides family development services that foster personal, social, and spiritual growth and the stability of families.

Contact: Sterling Wilder, jubilee@inmind.net

Needs: Afterschool program tutors, boys and girls program mentors, school buddies, summer camp, fundraising, special events

paw print 2 Junior League of Lynchburg

The Junior League of Lynchburg is an organization of women committed to: Promoting Voluntarism, Developing the Potential of Women, and Improving the Community through the action of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Contact: Amanda Denny, adenny@randolphcollege.edu

paw print 2 Living Bread Ministries

Our vision is to expand an interdependent church planting movement among the global poor.

Contact: Kristi Finch, info@livingbread.org

Needs: Fundraising, marketing, administrative tasks

paw print 2 Lynchburg Humane Society

Mission: Help pets in need thru sheltering, adoption, education, spay/neuter and community outreach.

Vision: A community free of homeless and neglected pets

Contact: Catrina Valania, catrina@lynchburghumane.org

paw print 2 Lynchburg Swim Teams and Meets

Contact: TJ Liston, coachliston@comcast.net or 434-384-6338

Needs: January, February, September need volunteers at swim meets

paw print 2 Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of the greater Lynchburg area is a service designed to assist the frail elderly and younger disabled shut-ins by providing them with one balanced, nutritious, hot meal five days per week. The program is for those persons who cannot cook for themselves, have no one to cook for them and are unable to leave their homes for meals. This service allows people to stay in their homes, maintain some independence, and avoid living in costly institutions—a financial benefit to the client and the community.

Contact: Kris Shabestar, k.shabestar@yahoo.com or 434-847-0796

Needs: Deliver and transport meals; driver’s license required

paw print 2 Miller Home for Girls

Miller Home endeavors to provide care and guidance within a non-institutional supportive environment which encourages each girl to grow and develop to her highest potential.  It is the goal of Miller Home to assist these girls in directing their lives that they may become caring, productive adults.

Contact: Ashlie Manuel, anmanuel@millerhomeoflynchburg.org or 434-845-0241

Needs: Events with the girls, help with projects, crafts, cooking lessons

paw print 2 Miriam’s House

Designed to end the cycle or homelessness. Serves homeless single women or mothers and their children.

Contact: Barbara Martin, Barbara@miriamshouseprogram.org

paw print 2 Old City Cemetery

A Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oldest Public Cemetery in Virginia Still in Use Today. Central Virginia’s Most Unique Public Garden.

paw print 2 Parks and Recreation

The Lynchburg Parks and Recreation department contributes to a healthy active, and educated community, providing stewardship and management of parklands, trails and civic facilities and creating opportunities for all people to participate in a rich variety of recreational activities.

Contact: 434-455-5858

Needs: After school programs, tutoring, arts and crafts, sports and athletics

paw print 2 Point of Honor

Point of Honor stands on a tract cleared from the wilderness where Monacan Indians once camped, and has been home to some of the 19th century Virginia’s most remarkable citizens.  Born in 1766, Dr. George Cabell, Sr. attended Hampden-Sydney Academy and completed his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania.  He was a friend and physician to the patriot, Patrick Henry and a frequent correspondent with his neighbor, Thomas Jefferson.

Contact: 434-455-6226

Needs: Garden Day in April, Day at the Point in October, Major Cleaning in the Fall

paw print 2 Presbyterian Homes and Family Services

Presbyterian Homes & Family Services and the Family Alliance strengthens individuals and families through care, counseling and education.

Contact: Michelle McCormack, mmccormick@phfs.org

Needs: Adult group home mentors on a weekly basis, preschool volunteers on a weekly basis, develop and tend garden

paw print 2 Red Cross

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Contact: Margie Blanton, Margie.blanton@redcross.org or 434-282-3818

Needs: Health and safety instructors, administrative support, blood services, tabling at events, service for armed forces and natural disasters

paw print 2 Rush Homes

Rush Homes is a non-profit, 501 (c )3, organization that provides affordable and accessible rental housing opportunities to people with disabilities and low incomes in the greater Lynchburg region.

Contact: http://www.rushhomes.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=56

Needs: Adopting a home, litter clean up, general office support, social media marketing, event assistance

paw print 2 Society of St. Andrews

The Society of St. Andrew partners with people of all faiths, and of may organizations, that we might all serve together by feeding the hungry our of the abundance that we are provided.

Contact: Sarah Reney, vaglean@endhunger.org or 434-299-5956

Needs: Year round gleaning in fields, delivering food to local feeding agencies

paw print 2 Sports Outreach Institute

The mission of Sports Outreach Institute is to identify and train committed Christian leadership in the effective use of sports ministry, in the spreading of the Gospel message, and in alleviating human suffering.

Contact: Deborah Hallgren, info@sportsoutreach.net or 434-582-4707

Needs: Receptionist duties, monthly mailings, Gifts for Gulu Race in March on Lynchburg College Campus

paw print 2 The Network House for Women in Crisis

Network for Women in Crisis, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, is a Christian based ministry for homeless or abused women and their children in the Central Virginia region. The organization, founded in the home of Sherry Blanchette in 1981, was incorporated in 1987 and in 1988 was turned over to Julia Torrence, a retired social worker with the VPI Extension Office.  With the help of volunteers, donations, and contributions from two area churches, Network for Women in Crisis relocated on Memorial Avenue in August of 1989 where it offered a two week stay to women in transitional situations. Since this time, The Network House shelter has been located on Timberlake Road, Boonsboro Road, and presently operates in the downtown area offering its residents a four month stay.

Contact: Gloria Childress, networkhouse@comcast.net or 434-444-4481

Needs: Yard work, house work, cleaning, painting, physical labor, babysitting

paw print 2 Urban Mountain Adventures

UMA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a vision to serve urban and at-risk youth. UMA functions under a unique two-tiered approach.

Firstly, UMA seeks to grow a core group of youth leaders through relationship cultivation, team building, group follow-up, and by reinforcing key Christian values.

Contact: Bre Curtas, Breanne.uma@gmail.com

Needs: Weekly Bible study leaders, leaders for professionally supervised wilderness adventures with inner-city and at-risk youth

paw print 2 Vertical Kids Ministry

Contact: Earl Long, 434-534-4225

Needs: Marketing and business ideas

paw print 2 Westminster Canterbury

Affiliated with the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches, Westminster Canterbury is guided by Christian ideals and nearly 30 years of creating the best possible environment for our resident members. Our mission is to promote independence and dignity, premium quality healthcare and security in resort-like surroundings. Proven leadership, skilled management and resident involvement enable us to understand and meet your needs today and in the future.

Contact: Gwen Pope, gpope@wclynchburg.org or 434-386-3515

Needs: Musical/Performing talents, ministry, visiting with residents, helping with activities

paw print 2 YMCA (Y Express Location)

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.

The Y is community centered. For nearly 160 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our communities. The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs. The Y nurtures potential. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The Y has local presence and global reach. We mobilize local communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.

Contact: Donna Davis, 434-847-7751

paw print 2 YWCA

The YWCA of Central Virginia is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Contact: Email lynchburgywca@gmail.com to fill out a volunteer application.

Needs: Y Girl Mentoring Program, Domestic Violence Prevention, Sexual Assault Response Program, Racial Justice, Church St. Bridal Shop

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