Volunteer Opportunities for Teens


Teen volunteering at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (image used under creative common license)

Ollie Dorman, Social Media Manager/Staff Writer

Volunteering is a good way for teens to get involved around the community. There are many great places to volunteer in and around Charlottesville. Below is a list of a few wonderful places for teens to volunteer.


Caring for Creatures – Caring for Creatures is an animal sanctuary in Central Virginia. It is a no kill shelter, and volunteers have the chance to work with elderly and special needs animals. Contact at (434) 842-2404, or at [email protected]


Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry – Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry helps feed low income families in an environment of respect and caring. It’s a great place for volunteers of all ages. Contact at  (434) 996-7868, or at [email protected]


Virginia Discovery Museum – For those interested in education and helping children learn, volunteering at Virginia Discovery Museum is perfect. They are looking for volunteers for the gallery, events, front desk and maintenance and repairs. Contact at (434) 977-1025. 


Blue Ridge Area Food Bank – A Virginia food bank that works to help people with lower incomes in more than 200 pantries across the state. Volunteers are able to help pack food and prepare food pickups. Contact at 540-248-3663, or at [email protected]


Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity works to build and rebuild homes and communities while aiming to create affordable housing. Teens are able to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity store to help raise funds for house building. Contact at (434) 293-0683, or at [email protected]


CASPCA – The CASPCA aims to give a better life to animals of all kind, and to help every animal find their forever home. It is a no kill shelter based in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. Contact at (434) 973-5959, or at [email protected]


Come As You Are – nonprofit Christian organization geared towards serving the homeless and less fortunate by incorporating them into group activities and providing disaster relief. Contact at (434) 825-9100, or at [email protected]


For any questions or concerns about volunteering, or to apply, contact each organization individually. Volunteering can be a valuable way for teens to gain confidence in the workplace, meeting new people of all kinds, and be a helpful part of the community. Happy volunteering!