If you're curious about what it was like to live through World War II or Vietnam, the Great Depression or the end of segregation, now is your chance to befriend an eyewitness! In Newport News 24,000 citizens (12% of the local population) live in assisted living or retirement communities. Many of these citizens do not have family nearby and would love to befriend and meet regularly with a CNU student.

Need help getting connected with a community partner?

Make an appointment with the service track coordinator or come to office hours!



Heartland Hospice


Contact: Crystal Harris, Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-594-8215

Location: 41 Old Oyster Point Road, Suite D, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The mission of Heartland Hospice is to provide quality hospice care to clients with a limited life expectancy, as well as, support to their caregivers. The quality of life for those we serve is enhanced through palliative and specialized supportive care designed to meet the physical, psychosocial, social and spiritual needs of the clients and caregivers.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are an essential part of the Heartland experience and are provided with the necessary training to spend time with hospice patients at their homes or in a facility. Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Helping with office support tasks at the agency

  • Running errands for patients and families

  • Staying with patients so family members can get a much-needed rest

  • Reading, or providing a comforting touch

  • Playing or singing soothing music to patients

  • Keeping vigil with patients in their final hours

  • Providing a friendly visit to lift a patient's spirits

  • Providing special veteran volunteer support to patients who are veterans

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

Hidenwood Retirement Community (*1.8 miles from CNU)


Contact: Monique Merrill, Life Enrichment Director



Phone: 757-930-1075

Location: 50 Wellesley Drive, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: A retirement home for independent living folks and some assisted living.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers needed to help with room set-ups, and resident companion activities (games, reading, walks, crafts, etc.) 

Volunteer Hours/Days: 9:00am-7:00pm; M-F, some Saturdays

Mennowood Retirement Community


Contact: Chrissy Bell, Activities Director


Phone: 757-249-0355

Location: 13030 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: A non-profit community of approximately 100 residents and 70 staff on the cutting-edge in retirement living. We seek to provide loving and professional care to independent, assisted living and dementia unit residents. 

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are integrated into our active program of diverse activities where needed. 

Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible

The Newport (*1.5 miles from CNU)


Contact: April VanDyke, Administrator


Phone: 757-595-3733

Location: 11141 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The Newport is a small, congenial 46 bed intermediate and skilled care facility (long and short term). Residents are provided a safe, secure environment, meals, activities, rehabilitation, laundry and beauty salon services. The residents are offered daily recreation activities in which they are encouraged to participate. We have enjoyed having CNU volunteers for at least the past 8 years to help with activities and other such helpful duties for our residents. 

Volunteer Needs: There are many different roles for volunteers. Some examples include giving manicures, assisting residents to and from activities, monitoring residents during activities, visiting with and/or reading to residents, going on outings with the Recreation Director, and planning and leading activities for the residents. 

Volunteer Hours/Days: 9:30am - 4:00pm; M-F (Minimum 20 hour commitment required)


Newport News Department of Human Services - Adult Services


Contact: Eileen Bunn, Volunteer Services Coordinator


Phone: 757-926-6016

Location: 6060 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA

Other Volunteer Sites:

Main Office - Rouse Tower, 6060 Jefferson Avenue, NN

South Morrison Education Center - 746 Adams Drive, NN

Denbigh Satellite Office - 368 Deshazor Drive, NN 

Organization Description: Through the Department of Human Services (DHS), Adult Services are provided to disable persons who are 18 years of age and older, and to persons 60 years or older. Adult Services includes the provision of case management, home-based companion services, screening for Medicaid community-based care and nursing home placement, screening for admission to assisted living facilities, and other activities to aid the adult and their family.

Volunteer Needs: Within DHS, volunteers are considered an integral part of our team. The department relies on volunteers to: enrich and extend services being offered; supplement the work of staff; perform a direct service to our clients; serve as a liaison between the community and the department; afford the citizens of Newport News the opportunity to affect the environment in which they live. 

As a volunteer you will have an opportunity not only to learn new things, but also to provide service to someone who needs your assistance in becoming self-sufficient. It is our hope that the time you spend with us will be educational, challenging, and rewarding. 

Volunteer Hours/Days: 8:00am - 5:00pm; M-F

Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc.


Contact: Judy Hutchinson, Care Coordination Supervisor


Phone: 757-246-1914

Location: 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 1006, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: PAA is the leading regional advocate authorized to support the independence and quality of life of Peninsula residents, primarily 60 years and older by promoting, arranging, and providing vital human services. 

Volunteer Needs: Data research and Analysis: PAA has an opportunity for a data researcher to collect statistics related to aging, health, disability, employment, support service utilization, and housing from select public and private websites. This information will be used to update/replace data currently in use to support agency wide and programmatic funding requests from local governments and private funders. 

Volunteer Hours/Days: To be determined


Riverside Hospice


Contact: Jennifer Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-594-2745

Location: 12420 Warwick Blvd, Suite 6E, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Riverside Hospice is a non-profit organization helping those with a terminal diagnosis of six months or less (assuming the disease runs its expected course). We offer support to the patient as well as the family. We also provide medical and pain management, emotional support, spiritual guidance, medical equipment needs, in home visits by aides, nursing staff, social workers and, most importantly, by volunteers.

Volunteer Needs: Administrative support, NODA, Patient companionship, Family Respite, music therapy, Bereavement support

Volunteer Days/Hours: 

Days/Evenings/Weekends as needed by families, times vary

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Coordinator will meet with students for interviews and discuss required training, background checks and position information.

Williamsburg Landing Adult Day Center


To learn more, and get connected at this site, contact CNU Site Team Leader Caroline Nice ‘21


Contact: Debbie Whybra, Director of Adult Day Center


Phone: 757 565-6542

Location: 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, VA

Organization Description: Adult Day Center provides seniors with the company of friends, the stimulation of engaging activities, excellent care and support and the affirmation of living a life with purpose.

From individualized plans and assistance with personal care to delicious meals and enjoyable activities designed to provide our participants with fulfillment and a sense of pride and accomplishment, Adult Day services makes sure each participant feels connected, safe, inspired and involved.

Volunteer Needs: Helping with activities, front desk, special projects, outings, etc.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Varies- Monday-Friday