Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle- Provides free confidential tutoring sessions for adults in literacy and English as a Second Language and is always in need of tutors. The organization is flexible in its volunteers hours. To volunteer or to learn more, call 977-3838.
Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice- Promotes education and action for peace and justice and pursues governmentent responsibility; meets various times throughout the month. Meets every Thursday at 5 in front of Federal Building with signs. Call the message line for updates and the next meeting time: 961-6278.
Jefferson Area Board for Aging- Works to establish, promote, and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit families and individuals of all ages. Seeking volunteers in over twenty different roles. Call 817-5222 for more info.
Monticello Area Community Action Agency- Dedicated to eliminating both the causes and conditions of poverty. Serves about 3,000 around the City of Charlottesville and Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson. Info: 295-3171
Lions Clubs- "To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation." There's a whole pride of chapters of the world's largest service organization in the area. The Charlottesville Host Lions Club (977-6211) meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6pm at the Wood Grill Buffet and can be reached by emailing secretary Joe Hannemann at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Charlottesville Lioness Club meets on the fourth Tuesday at 6pm at Wood Grill Buffet and can be reached through Sherry Archer at email@example.com. The Charlottesville Thomas Jefferson Lions (971-3860) meet the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Holiday Inn on Emmet St. at 6:00pm. The Crozet Lions meet second and fourth Mondays at 6:30pm at the Meadows Community Center and can be reached through Rebecca White at 823-2663. The Rivanna Lions meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30pm at the Lake Monticello clubhouse and can be reached through Gerry Kojan at 589-1397. The Scottsville Lions usually meet the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7pm at the Scottsville United Methodist Church. Reach them through Barbara Brochu at 831-2318.
Junior League of Charlottesville- The non-profit women's volunteer organization for community-minded women. Monthly meetings. To become a member, call 971-2937.
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library- A fundraising organization best known for its annual spring book sale. The group hosts biannual book sales in the fall and spring. For more information, call 977-8467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary Club of Charlottesville- A chapter of business leaders and professionals working to benefit the community with education and aid. Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6pm at the Omni Hotel downtown. For more information, email club president Phillip Wade at email@example.com.
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville- "Serving the Children of the World." Local chapter of the international organization dedicated to helping and supporting kids. Charlottesville club meetings are held at the Elk's Lodge every Monday evening at 6:30 except the fourth week of the month. More information on the organization can be found by calling 295-7969. For membership info call 978-2140.
Optimist Club of the Blue Ridge- Service to youth is its major focus. Dinner meetings are held at 6:45 on the first Wednesday of every month at Topeka's Steak House. Call 977-1407 for more info.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)- Volunteers go to court to advocate for abused and neglected children. Volunteers are always needed, and training is available twice a year. 971-7515
Emergency Food Bank- A volunteer organization that provides at least a three-day supply of food for hungry families. To volunteer or donate food, call 979-9180.
On Our Own- A community-run program to aid individuals who have been affected by mental illness. 979-2440
Piedmont Housing Alliance- A private, non-profit organization that addresses affordable housing issues and serves low- to moderate-income families. 817-2436
Salvation Army- Services include emergency shelter, emergency services, childcare, two area thrift stores, and transitional housing programs. The thrift stores are located at 604 Cherry Ave. (979-5230) and 1820 Airport Road (973-1398). To volunteer call 295-4058.
Shelter for Help in Emergency- Provides crisis intervention, information, and referrals and services for victims of domestic violence. 24-hour hotline: 293-8509, collect calls accepted. firstname.lastname@example.org
Teensight- Provides services for men and women under 18 including job training and support for young parents. Open weekdays, 8:30am-4:30pm. To volunteer call 295-2222.
The Haven- A group working to eliminate homelessness in central Virginia. Individual groups work on feeding, counseling, and advising and meet at different times during year. Information: 973-1234. email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville- In addition to building homes for those who don't have one, the group runs the Habitat Store, which sells new and salvaged materials donated by the community. Habitat office: 293-9066.
Charlottesville Professional Firefighters Association- Remember when you used to say you were going to be a firefighter when you grew up? Well, some of those kids actually meant it. 866-422-1858
Albemarle County Fire and Rescue: It's "the home of the model volunteer/career fire and emergency medical services system." They say they aim to provide the highest quality services to preserve the lives, property, and environment of our community. Info on becoming a volunteer: 296-5833.
Volunteer Rescue Squads-
Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group- Composed of volunteers who spend time in rigorous training, search missions, group functions, preventive instruction, and raising public awareness. Also provides an opportunity for folks interested in the outdoors and emergency medical services. Contact president Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad- These dedicated volunteers render assistance at accidents and other times of need, provide safety instruction in schools, and help during flood, fire, hurricane, and famine. Info: 296-4825.
Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad- Their mission: "To assist in the saving of life, administering first aid, and teaching methods of safety." Volunteer help is always welcome: 286-3979.
Volunteer Fire Companies-
Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department- Based alongside the James River, the station serves approximately 15,000 people . Call 286-2841.
Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department- In addition to roaring off to accidents and putting out fires, they'll install your child carseat if you want to make sure it's done right. Volunteer application is online. Info: 973-7733.
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American Society for Training and Development- This non-profit is devoted to helping people in the field of human resource development, or "personnel," as it used to be known. A $199 calendar year membership is available ($59 for students). 1-800-628-2783.
APICS, Blue Ridge Chapter- The Association for Operations Management is a not-for-profit international educational organization that offers education and professional certification programs. Those interested can reach VP of Membership Deanna Smith at email@example.com.
Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Staff Association- Membership is open to anyone involved in the legal field and students interested in pursuing a legal career. Meetings are held at various area restaurants on the third Tuesday of each month. Info: Deborah Johnson, 293-8191.
Computers4Kids- A non-profit after-school technology program for disadvantaged youth. To register a student or become a mentor, call 817-1121.
Jefferson Tibetan Society- To provide teaching and meditation practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, JTS meets regularly and hosts cultural and special events through the year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club- This worldwide group teaches communication and leadership skills that foster self-confidence and personal growth. Meets every Tuesday evening. Email email@example.com
Toastmasters Club of Vinegar Hill- Learn how to give scintillating speeches downtown. Meetings are every Friday noon-1pm. Contact Laurel at 962-0096.
Toastmasters of Piney Mountain- More speeches and scintillation– only this time in the Piney Mountain area. Weekly meetings Wednesday at 12:05pm in the Monticello Room of General Electric at 29N and Rt 606. Contact essentialjewelry @ yahoo.com.
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Wintergreen Nature Foundation- For the crunchy among us, this group offers guided hikes, canoe trips, educational programs, and much more. Visit twnf.org for a complete list of events. 325-8169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Council of Garden Clubs- Non-profit umbrella organization for local and county garden clubs. Info: gardeninginvirginia.org
Monticello Bird Club- Field trips and monthly meetings are open to bird lovers of all experience levels. Meets the second Thursday of each month September-June at 7:00pm. Contact president Lou Tanner at email@example.com
Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter- "Dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats." Individual membership is available to the public and there are great group deals. Check out their Facebook page or call 540-837-1600
Ligmincha Institute- "Created to preserve the Tibetan Bön culture and teachings, especially the practices of dzogchen." 263-6304.
L'Alliance Francaise de Charlottesville- A non-profit cultural and educational organization that fosters knowledge of France, its culture, and its language. Francophiles rejoice. Ten or 12-week courses are available every season, and prices vary depending on types of membership and skill level. 971-1616.
Republican Party of Virginia- Everything's more exciting with head honcho Bob McDonnell. All elephants welcome! Contact state party headquarters at 804-780-0111
Democratic Party of Virginia- Hop on board with the donkey crew. Call party headquarters at 804-644-1966.
Jefferson Area Libertarians- They're pro-choice... on everything. 973-5958
University of Virginia Alumni Association- Join the proud tradition of giving money to Mr. Jefferson's university and maybe you'll get something named after you like Cocke Hall, Slaughter Recreation Center, or "the Jack." Plus, you get a discount at UVA bookstore. You can't lose. 243-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UVA Club of Charlottesville- "To foster ongoing relationships between the University of Virginia and the local community of friends, alumni, and employees of UVA through a series of educational, networking, athletic, charitable, and social events." Contact president David at email@example.com
Piedmont Virginia Community College Alumni Association- This group aims to "provide opportunities for networking and ways to stay connected to the College." 961-5203
Widow's Sons' Masonic Lodge- Over 200 years old, it's the oldest lodge continuing to serve the community. Monthly dinner meetings are held the third Monday of every month at 7pm at the meeting hall off the Downtown Mall. Contact secretary Mark firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shire of Isenfir- The local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, dedicated to the study and selective re-creation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. If you like dressing up in armor, this is right up your bailiwick. Info: isenfir.org
Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson Chapter- Dedicated to the patriotic, historical, and educational perpetuation of the memory of patriots who helped achieve the independence of the American people. Must have "patriotic" ancestry to join. Call secretary Geoffrey at 293-9190.
Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society- Non-profit founded in 2000 to define and defend the legacy of Thomas Jefferson through education, research, publication, and seminars. Bob at email@example.com.
National Railway Historical Society, Rivanna Chapter- Members meet to wine, dine, and talk trains. They generally choo-choo-choose to meet at the Elks Lodge in Charlottesville on the third Tuesday of each month. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlottesville Civil War Round Table- Tours and discussions keep Civil War history vital. Monthly meetings are the third Tuesday at the Elk's Lodge at 7pm. Call Barbara Wright at 295-9463 or email email@example.com
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution- God, Home, and Country is what matters to these modern-day Betsy Rosses. Charlottesville has four chapters for descendants of those who "with unfailing loyalty aided in the cause of American Independence." Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society- They keep local history alive with exhibits and tours. Located near the Downtown mall. Offers tours on Thursdays and Saturdays too! 296-1492 or email@example.com
Sons of Confederate Veterans- These people are dedicated to seeing that the true history of the South is presented to future generations. Open to any friendly supporters or any males 12 years and older who can trace their ancestry to a Confederate soldier. Info: Email H.Wayne Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sons of Union Veterans- Charlottesville is right in the North-South line of fire. This group, part of the Maryland division, while not quite as popular or as well known in these parts, wants to recognize the boys in blue. Info: Steve Hammond at email@example.com.
Central Virginia Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia Association, Inc.- A support group for sufferers and their families. firstname.lastname@example.org or 984-3419.
AIDS/HIV Services Group- A variety of educational and support services offered, regular meetings. Call Public Relations manager Hannah at 981-2160.
Alcoholics Anonymous- Only requirement to join is the desire to quit drinking.Meets daily. 293-6565
Blue Ridge Family Alliance for the Mentally Ill- Works to promote and provide support, advocacy, and knowledge about mental illness. Meets once a month. 970-1257
Charlottesville Parkinson's Disease Support Group- This group offers groups for both people with the disease and for family,friends, and caretakers. Regularly brings in speakers for meetings, which are held once a month. Call 243-5422 for more information.
Freedom From Smoking- Eight-week course for anyone trying to quit smoking. The organization's nearest chapter is in Richmond, but it is also offered online. Call 804 267 1900 for more information.
La Leche League of Charlottesville- To promote breastfeeding and provide support for mothers. Monthly morning and evening meetings in Charlottesville. Info: Cherie, 293-3302.
Lupus Foundation of Virginia- A group helping those suffering from lupus. Meets on the first Saturday of the month at C'Ville Coffee on Harris Street. Contact 888-262-9632 or email@example.com for more information about meeting times.
Mental Health America of Charlottesville-Albemarle Inc.- Provides assistance for those afflicted with mental illnesses, including information and referrals, support groups, and training to community groups and organizations about mental health issues. Call 977-4673 for more information.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Blue Ridge Chapter- Provides support for those with and families of MS. firstname.lastname@example.org 971-8010
Single Mothers' Support Group- The group meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Albemarle office for the Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia at 1420 Greenbrier Place. Registration required. 220-3777.
Albemarle Amateur Radio Club- Radio buffs of all abilities are welcome at this organization's meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at the National Radio Astronomy Building on Edgemont Road. Email email@example.com.
Albemarle Duplicate Bridge Club- For over 15 years a group of serious duplicate bridge players have met to play for fun. Best Western Cavalier on Sunday at 1:00pm. $5 to play. Info: Paul Hartman, 973-2773.
Central Virginia Parrot Head Club- Have you always searched for a way to help people while drinking margaritas, wearing flip-flops, and listening to Jimmy Buffet? Welcome to paradise! This group aims to bring together in a social setting fans of Jimmy Buffett's music who also have a desire and willingness to pitch in for community service projects. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. www.cvphc.com
Charlottesville Astronomical Society- Members of all knowledge levels enjoy the night sky. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:45pm at the McCormick Observatory. The meetings are free and open to the public and feature lectures from the region's many astronomers. Membership $25/person; $30/family. Info: club president Richard Drumm at email@example.com.
Charlottesville Camera Club- Shutterbugs rejoice! Photographers of all skills and disciplines are welcome at this nonprofit organization that "fosters photography as an art, a hobby, or a vocation, by instruction and by sharing knowledge and experience." Monthly meetings 6:00pm the second Thursday of every month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlottesville Unix Users Group- A support group for Unix users of all dependencies, its monthly meetings are held at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday at the NRAO Auditorium on Edgemont Road. Free and open to the public. Info: email@example.com.
Central Virginia Genealogical Association- Trace those roots! Visitors are always welcome at this organization's meetings, which are usually the second Saturday of the month at 1:30pm at the Family History Center in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Timberwood Blvd. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Ridge Inventors Club- To help people profit from their creative work and "to inform members about patents, copyrights, and trademarks." Members get info from the US Patent and Trademark Office. Meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Email email@example.com for more information.
Rivanna Radio Control Club- These guys fly radio-controlled gliders from Milton Field (southeast of town) and occasionally invite the public to watch. The field is open to club members every day from 9am to dusk, and is often full during the weekends and early summer evening hours. Meetings held each month. Info: C. White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Angora Goat and Mohair Association- The name says it all. Maaaaaticulous website. Don't be sheepish; if it behooves you, call 434-973-8070 or email secretary Colleen Reed at email@example.com. www.angoragoats.com.
American Society of Landscape Architects, Virginia Chapter- Encourages ethical and ecologically minded landscaping. Membership info: vaasla.org, 757-412-2664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neon Guild- Technology professionals swap information and advice. Includes free pizza, beer, and soft drinks. Meets at various locations about once a month on a Tuesday evening, 6-8pm. Email email@example.com or call 923-9524.
Forest Way Insight Meditation Group- Buddhist retreats encompassing vipassana (insight meditation) and metta (loving-kindness meditation). Beginners welcome. 990-9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlottesville Swing Dance Society- All you poodle-skirt gals and hepcats can get your swing on at various locations and times weekly. Dances are the third Saturday of every month. Lessons available, annual membership fee. Info: cvilleswingdance.net or the dance hotline at 980-2744.
Charlottesville Salsa Club: All are welcome at the club's weekly boogie night: Sundays at Club R2, behind Rapture on the Downtown Mall. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Latin tunes and be prepared to dance with different people. A basic lesson starts the night at 8pm. Last dance around midnight. $5-10. email@example.com
The American Legion- Our local outfit of the world's largest veterans service organization. Charlottesville's Post 74 meets the second Wednesday of every month to eat dinner and discuss Legion business. Social hour at 6pm, dinner at 6:30, official business at 7:30. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hocus Pocus Club of Charlottesville- Where magicians come together. Meets first Fridays at 7pm at the Forest Lakes North Pavilion. 823-8584
The United Way– Thomas Jefferson Area- Brings together local people, organizations, businesses, and public servants to tackle health and human service needs, and also organizes the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring each September. Its Volunteer Center website www.BeAVolunteer.info connects volunteers and nonprofits. www.UnitedWayTJ.org or 972-1701.
Charlottesville-Albemarle Community Foundation- The homier, more intimate ginormous umbrella charity. Call 296-1024 for more information.
LearningAlly- Formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Deaf. So that all people might have access to the printed word. 293-4797
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty- Does much more than just watch The Green Mile or Dead Man Walking. 960-7779
Charlottesville Young Professionals-These folks want to create networking opportunities for young professionals in the Charlottesville area by organizing social, recreational, and community service events. Contact membership chair Dave at email@example.com
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