Support and expand the capacity of a local agency to accomplish its community support mission, whether through disaster relief, military family services, or blood drives through the American Red Cross.

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American Red Cross


Contact: Debra Sutton, Development Director


Phone: 757-838-7320

Location: 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: Non-profit, volunteer led organization that helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Volunteer Needs: Assist with blood drives, fundraising, office assistance/data entry, community education/public awareness, special projects and events

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00 pm

Alpha Phi Omega (*On campus)


Contact: Jordan Weisberg, Service Vice President


Phone:  703-677-5643

Location: 1 Avenue of the Arts, DSU Suite 330, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Alpha Phi Omega is a leadership based, co-ed service fraternity organized to provide community service, leadership development, and social opportunities for college students. As a service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega's primary focus is to provide volunteer service within four areas: service to the community, service to the campus, service to the fraternity, and service to the nation.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Various

Catholic Charities


Contact: Vanessa Dunlap, Director of Health & Community Services 


Phone: 757-875-0060

Location: 12829 Jefferson Ave., Suite 101, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Founded to foster the development of wholesome family life in the community, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia provides counseling for individuals and families under stress, and offers programs of education and prevention for strengthening family life. The agency advocates improvements in social conditions for individuals, families, the elderly and children.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteer will assist with organizing, stocking, and packaging gift boxes in the infant care center. The care center is an infant and toddler clothing, blankets and hygiene product resource center. The care center is open to the public to assist pregnant and new families in the community who may not otherwise afforded these items. The volunteer may assist in diaper drives, data entry, and other clerical duties.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm


Center for Sexual Assault Survivors (The)


Contact: Teri Duesbery, Outreach Specialist


Phone: 757-599-9844

Location: 718 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite B, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The Center works with survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones who are in crisis.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers will assist in our companion program (meet survivors of sexual assault at the hospital for crisis intervention), public speaking, typing, organization of video type, help create presentations for high school speaking engagements, crisis line, special events, marketing, etc.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible, Center is open 24/7

Special Restrictions/Requirements: 32 hours of training on sexual assault and crisis intervention


Family Focus - Grafton


Contact: Bernadette (Bee) Darrow, Manager

Email:  or

Phone: 757-898-2945

Location: 118 Old York-Hampton Hwy, Yorktown, VA

Organization Description: A community service program of the Colonial Community Services Board and Mary Immaculate Hospital. Agency serves families with young children regardless of level of income or place of residence.

Volunteer Needs: Primary prevention services include parent/child interactive playgroups, parenting classes, including those with a children’s component and ongoing parent support. Secondary prevention services include home visits, teen parent support, intensive parenting education and literacy education.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9am-2pm, 5-9pm

Healthy Families Partnerships


Contact: Allison Nelson, Resource and Communications Manager


Phone: 757-727-2703

Location: 100 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: Hampton Healthy Families Partnership is a team effort in which city and community agencies have joined together with public and private organizations such as hospitals, restaurants, businesses, and banks to help the families in our community become healthy, happy, and self sufficient.

Volunteer Needs: Carrying our banner in a parade, running the concession stand at the Hampton Coliseum, helping pack Welcome baby backpacks, as well as data entry, public speaking and helping with the various programs.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible


Institute for Veterans Education & Training (IVETS)


Contact: Jamilia Shipman, Director of Development & Marketing


Phone: 757-926-5242

Location: 11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300, Newport News

Organization Description: Our mission is to provide information, training, skill development, and practical application techniques to assist veterans in identifying and securing a viable and productive career. IVET accomplishes this through direct training classes, internet based courses, and pointed content webinars.

Volunteer Needs: IVET is in need of volunteers to help support our programs and services to military communities. We are currently converting our programs and services to an online social media community. We need volunteers that can help spread the word about our program.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

International Cooperating Ministries


Contact: Victoria Turner-Hall, Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-827-6704

Location: 1901 Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: ICM is a non-denominational ministry with 1,300 churches built or under construction in 24 countries. This has been accomplished by partnering with 54 organizations worldwide. ICM’s mission is to nurture believers through church building and broadcasting the word of God. 

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers may assist with data entry, filing, correspondence and special projects.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad


Contact: Dr. Peter M. Carlson, Professor, Dpt of Gov, (McM 365)


Phone: 757-356-0738

Location: 1802 S. Church St., Smithfield, VA (about 20 mins from campus)

Organization Description: This is a non-profit, volunteer led organization that provides 24/7 emergency medical response throughout Isle of Wight County. 

Volunteer Work: Volunteers are expected to complete Commonwealth of Virginia certification as either an emergency vehicle driver and/or as an Emergency Medical Technician. The organization pays for all training. CNU Bonus: Student volunteers at this Rescue Squad may also register for GOVT 291 Community Service and receive 1-3 credit hours of coursework.

Volunteer Days/Hours: 24/7

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Minimum requirement: 12 hours each month. Complete application, background check, and orientation, certification.

Newport News Department of Human Services


Contact: Eileen Bunn, Volunteer Services Coordinator


Phone: 757-926-6016

Location: 6080 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: Mission: To achieve optimal well-being for individuals and families by promoting health, safety, education, and employment through agency programs and community partnerships, strengthening the community by enhancing quality of life. The City of Newport News Department of Human Services (NNDHS) assists people to manage financially and obtain employment, receive adequate healthcare, be protected from self and others, and learn to cope with themselves and their environment. Agency volunteers feel satisfied and rewarded by helping others to help themselves. They are greatly appreciated by NNDHS and the people they have helped. They add a special caring touch by using their unique talents and adding a personal dimension in collaboration with NNDHS to help our clients.

Volunteer Needs: The Department relies on volunteers to: Enrich and extend the routine services being offered; Supplement the work of the 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. Types of volunteer opportunities: Office / Administrative Support Volunteer; Social Worker Support Volunteer; Community Holiday Program Volunteers; Employment Services Computer Lab Volunteer; Adult Services Companion Program. Opportunities available for individuals and groups!

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Newport News Division of Emergency Management


Contact: Dana I. Perry, Emergency Management Technician


Phone: 757-269-2904

Location: 513 Oyster Point Road, Newport News

Organization Description: The mission of the Newport News Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is to be the local public safety organization providing comprehensive, risk-based and coordinated emergency management operations. Our Office prepares contingency plans, conducts practice drills, provides warning, manages responses, and coordinates damage assessment and recovery after a disaster.The staff manages the Newport News Emergency Operations Center (EOC) a secure, state-of-the-art facility where key members of city departments gather during activations to determine situational status, coordinate actions and make critical decisions during emergency situations.

Volunteer Needs: A social media developer is needed for the Newport News Community Emergency Response Team (NN CERT) program. A social media developer will develop a Facebook page and Twitter capabilities and instruct the NN CERT coordinator on how to update these tools. The NN CERT program is comprised of volunteers who have completed an eight-week course to learn basic first-responder skills to become better prepared to respond during a disaster should professional first responders become overwhelmed or impeded due to the magnitude of the disaster. Applicants fluent in Spanish are very desirable as we continue to perform outreach to the Spanish/Latino community.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Operation Homefront Hampton Roads



Phone: 800-779-5903

Location: The mid-atlantic office of Operation Homefront is located in Sterling, VA. To learn more about local volunteer opportunities, use the contact information provided above.

Organization Description: We provide emergency assistance to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home.

Volunteer Needs: Contact Operation Homefront at the email or phone provided above to learn about current volunteer opportunities.

Orphan Helpers


Contact Person: Greg Harris, Executive Director


Phone: 757-722-6940

Location: 813 Forrest Dr, Suite A, Newport News

Organization Description: Orphan Care Ministry - Orphan Helpers cares for the children in government orphanages and juvenile detention centers in El Salvador and Honduras, meeting them where they are. Orphan Helpers is on the ground caring for orphaned, abused, and incarcerated children and helping them realize their potential and purpose in life.

Volunteer Needs: Administrative support duties to include mailing preparation, reception, library material prep, etc...

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Peninsula Medical Reserve Corps (*.6 miles from CNU)


Contact: Teresa Winstanley, MRC Coordinator/Volunteer Manager


Phone: 757-594-8045

Location: 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Protecting, promoting and preserving the health of the people who live, work and play on the Peninsula. Augment and assist community operations during emergencies, aid in addressing pressing healthcare needs, and improve community preparedness and build resilient communities through emergency preparedness and response.

Volunteer Needs: 

Volunteer Analyst: Assist in increasing volunteer interest and service to our communities pre-incident through messaging for motivation; Implement an evaluation tool to gauge engagement satisfaction; etc.

Web-Based Technology Analyst/Coordinator: Support and coordinate existing web-based integrated tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, client web-sites, etc; Track basic stats like followers, click-throughs, fans, comments and traffic, etc.

Marketing/Media Coordinator - Assist in determining the best media plan that would have the maximum reach and impact; Assist in coordinating various integrated communication and marketing activities; etc.

Volunteers participate in training, exercises and response for public health emergencies and in support of local government's emergency response. Volunteers may support the local health department in health outreach to local communities. 

Any volunteer is welcome, but the opportunities best fit students with career interests in: a health profession, health education, public/nonprofit administration, social work, emergency management, communications/marketing, environmental health.

Leadership opportunities available for someone who takes initiative and demonstrates strong decision-making skills, and has the ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status.

Volunteer Site: Peninsula Health Center is conveniently located near CNU on the Riverside Regional Medical Center campus. Volunteers could be participating in health department and MRC activities at various locations in the community.

Volunteer Days/Hours: 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday, with some evenings and weekends for events or meetings

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Prefer routine 4 hour blocks

Peninsula READS


Contact: Paula Bazemore, Executive Director


Phone: 757-283-5776

Location: 11832 Fishing Point Drive, Suite 200, Newport News

Organization Description: Peninsula READS is a community based non-profit agency focused on improving adult literacy and teaching English to speakers of other languages. We provide individual instruction for adults with low level literacy skills in reading, writing and math and group instruction for our ESOL students.

Volunteer Needs: We need volunteer tutors for both our ESOL and Basic Literacy programs and a commitment of 6 months is required. Other volunteer opportunities include help with office duties and special event planning.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

Salvation Army


Contact: Christine Lortie, Human Resources


Phone: 757-838-4875

Location: 1033 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: The Salvation Army strives to meet basic human needs in our community through its comprehensive assistance programs. Some of the various programs offered are: emergency housing, youth programs, emergency family services (including food, rent, and utility assistance), school supplies assistance and holiday programs (food/gift distribution, bell ringing).

Volunteer Needs: Red Kettle Bell Ringers ring bells for our red kettles at various locations in Nov-Dec; Christmas Application Assistance: interview and verify client application information in Oct-Nov; Angel Tree/Distribution center: collect, sort and distribute angel tree gifts in Dec; Youth Programs (especially need volunteers to help with tutoring services through community center (M-F 3-6:30pm); Marketing and PR: bring fresh ideas to promote our various projects in the community.

Additional Opportunity: Bright Kids After School Program: Tutor school age children in Reading, Writing, Science and Math, monitor children during recreational activities, help prepare and serve snacks, ensure personal hygiene of the children. Hours: 2-6 PM M-F. 

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

United Way of Virginia Peninsula


Contact Person: Kevin Lyles, Vice President - Community Impact & Operations


Phone: 757-873-9328 x 31

Location: 11820 Fountain Way, Suite 206, Newport News

Organization Description: United Way improves lives and our community by bringing people and resources together to create lasting, positive change. United Way is a local, volunteer-driven non-profit organization that: Builds partnerships, develops and invests resources, identifies and tackles our most pressing health and human services issues, and gets measurable results.

Volunteer Needs: United Way works with a diverse group of citizens from throughout our service area to review agency programs, assess critical needs in the community, build partnerships with other funders, municipalities and non-profits, and evaluate program outcomes. Volunteers on our Community Investment Panels visit United Way Partner agencies seeking program funding. These site visits, when combined with a careful review of program goals and objectives, help determine which programs are most effective. This information is used to make the final determinations about how United Way funds are allocated.

Volunteer Site: Various sites

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Community Investment Panel Volunteers will serve from January through April. Volunteers must have daytime availability and have their own transportation to and from agencies on the Peninsula and United Way's office in Newport News.

USO of Hampton Roads & Central Virginia


Contact: Hannah Hendricks, Volunteer & Special Programs Coordinator

Email: or

Phone: 757-764-5232

Location: Various

Organization Description: The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia (USOHRCV) is a non-governmental, non-profit 501c(3) organization that depends on corporate and individual support to fund its programs and services. The USOHRCV relies heavily on volunteer support to provide our programs and services to over 350,000 military personnel and their families.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are always needed for manning any of our 11 Welcome Centers for Special Events (e.g., Zoo Day, Patriotic Festival, Holiday Party, etc.); Hampton Coliseum Concession Stand. This is a great way to get to know your military community, have a sense of giving back and a sense of Patriotism, provide a “Home away from home” for our Military and have fun!

Volunteer Site: Any of our 11 Welcome Centers

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

Virginia Peninsula Chamber Foundation



Contact: Jemal Harris, Director of Program Development


Phone: 757-875-0060

Location: 21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: The Virginia Peninsula Chamber Foundation, Inc. (VPCF), founded in 1991, has a mission to promote and advance economic stability in the Virginia Peninsula business communities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County and York County through the development and delivery of business education programs with emphasis on basic business education and leadership training for adults, students and Peninsula business organizations while providing mentoring support systems. The foundation has developed four proven educational programs, LEAD Peninsula, Youth LEAD Peninsula, Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Youth Career Expo, which focus on producing community leaders. These unique programs incorporate different teaching styles empowering the participants to improve the present economic climate within the Peninsula. 

The YEA! Virginia Peninsula Program is a collaborative effort of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber Foundation, Inc.(Program Administrator), Alternatives, Inc., Peninsula Council For Workforce Development, Thomas Nelson Community College and Peninsula Community Foundation to develop a culture of entrepreneurship amongst our youth on the Virginia Peninsula. 

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers would be working with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber Foundation and its partner Alternatives Inc. to support it Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Programs. 
These programs support students on the peninsula through public, private, and home school associations as they become business owners and greater leaders in their communities.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible, Monday - Friday