HUNGER & HOUSING SERVICE TRACK
Help combat local poverty by serving with community partners that provide relief, rehabilitation, and development to individuals and families experiencing these difficulties.
ECON 351 - Urban Economics
POLS 291 - Community Service Internship
SOCL 201 - Globalization and Society
SOCL 205 - Identity, Community and the Individual
CNU ENGAGE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Families in Transition (FIT)
Contact: Maura Hampton, President
Location: 9917 River Road, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Families in Transition (FIT) is here to serve the poorest communities of Newport News, particularly the Carver Elementary School area where 80% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunches (double the state average). FIT’s mission is to develop relationships in offering after-school tutoring, snacks, and activities; and furniture and household necessities for families establishing homes after a period of homelessness. CNU students' participation is critical to our goal of providing positive relationships and help with reading, math, and homework.
Volunteer Needs: Assisting with homework, and playing with children; moving and delivering furniture to homeless families.
Volunteer Site: Carver Elementary School, surrounding area
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday-Friday 3:00pm - 5:00pm; Saturdays are flexible. We are flexible, and will have a member of our agency present during our sponsored activities. Minimum two hour per week volunteer requirement.
Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula
Contact: Tracy Hansbrough, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 757-596-7188, ext. 154
Location: 2401 Aluminum Avenue, Hampton, VA 23661
Organization Description: The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is a non-profit organization that has been the leading hunger relief organization across the greater Peninsula region, serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry, and York. In order to meet the consistent need for healthy meals in our community, the Foodbank partners with over 200 member agencies and programs, including faith-based organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and community centers across our service area. These agencies and programs offer an essential resource for individuals, families, seniors, children, and veterans who confront the challenge of food insecurity.
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers can help in our warehouse inspecting/sorting/stocking non-perishable food items, stocking freezers, packing food bags, pulling food orders, transport food items to/from cars, offload trucks, and perform light housekeeping duties such as sweeping and mopping. Volunteers can help out at special events which take place on weekends or evenings.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am-3 pm; Evening/Weekend events.
Special Restrictions/Requirements: We do have a dress code requirement (no hats, head coverings or baggy pants). Dress for a warehouse environment (sneakers/work boots). Orientation needed.
Habitat for Humanity Peninsula & Greater Williamsburg
Contact: Maerine "Mimi" Mitchell, Volunteer Coordinator
Location: 11011 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build homes and hope for low-income families in the communities of Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg and York County.
Volunteer Needs: Construction, rehab and repair volunteers are needed when projects are underway. All volunteer opportunities are advertised and scheduled online at the Habitat Volunteer Hub.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Volunteer hours and days vary with each project. Volunteers are typically scheduled one week day and Saturdays (no Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays). Work days start as early as 8am and can end by 4pm.
Special Restrictions/Requirements: All volunteers must sign up online: www.HelpHabitatforHumanity.org.
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Contact: Brandy Stone, Volunteer Coordinator
Location: 371 Chatham Dr., Newport News, VA. 23602
Organization Description: The Restore is Habitat for Humanity's building materials warehouse. We accept donations of building materials and sell them to the public at 50-90% below retail. All of our proceeds go to building houses on the Penisula. We have just finished our 106th house! We rely mostly on volunteers and donations to keep us running.
Volunteer Needs: Cleaning items, sweeping, and stocking items as a Sales Floor Volunteer; Helping customers load and unload as a Donations Dock Volunteer; If you have a knack for repairs and design you could serve as a ReStore Furniture Restoration Specialist; If you have an eye for organization you could serve as a ReStore organization Specialist. Whatever your interests - the Habitat ReStore has a place for you!
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-6
Special Restrictions/Requirements: Wear clothes to work in that you don't mind getting dirty. Sneakers or boots are required. Must sign a waiver when volunteering.
LINK (Living Interfaith Network)
Contact: Lynne Finding, Executive Director
Organization Description: A non-profit organization striving to reduce the causes of poverty through collaborative partnerships, advocacy and effective use of resources.
Volunteer Needs: Mentor youth, support the elderly, computer data entry, fundraising, administrative work, accepting and sorting donations, hospice, and helping with the PORT Shelter Program during winter months. Weekend & evening work available in fundraising or outreach. If you are interested in the PORT Program please contact Sister David Ann at (757) 886-6025 or 886-6397.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm
Menchville House Ministries, Inc.
Contact: Sylvia Jones, Executive Director
Location: 13658 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Menchville House is a forty-six bed emergency housing facility for homeless families, located in the Denbigh area of Newport News on Warwick Blvd. The agency works with other homeless service providers and social service agencies that offer families the services and support needed to return to self-sufficiency.
Volunteer Needs: Assist children 0-5 years old with reading readiness activities and childcare and mentor or tutor school-aged youth, and/or provide office support.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Children’s Program: M-F 6:30 am – 10:00 pm and weekends. Office volunteers: M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Contact: Karen Brown, Executive Director
Location: 124 Godwin Neck Blvd., Yorktown, VA
Organization Description: NATASHA House is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) transitional home the provides housing and supportive services for homeless women with children that empowers and equips them to achieve self-sufficiency. Women can live at NATASHA House from 6 mos to 2 yrs.
Volunteer Needs: Housing Assistant: Primary function is to assist with the daily operations, activities, and security associated with the operations of NATASHA House. Must have the ability to work with residents, address complaints, resolve problems, and mediate as it relates to the management of the house and the security of the residents.
Administrative Assistants: Provides clerical/administrative support for the NATASHA House staff. Assist with the essential office work to maintain and fulfill NATASHA House’s mission, goals, and objectives.
Marketing Assistants: Assist staff in performing duties related to the publicity, awareness, and community support/appreciation. enerate press releases and publications for upcoming exhibits, events, fundraising, performances, and programs. Design and implement speaker’s bureau.
Professional Assistants:Provides clerical/administrative support for the NATASHA House Assist staff in performing duties based on the needs of the NH Residents. Assist the Director, Case Manager, and Children’s Coordinator with serving and meeting the needs of the NH residents, staff, and volunteers as outlined in NH Handbooks, B.R.A.V.V.O. Life Plans, and other mandated guidelines.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00am - 10:00pm & Weekends
Newport News Dept of Human Services - Housing Broker Team
Contact: Eileen Bunn, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Location: 6060 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: The Housing Broker Team (HBT) is a program within the Department of Human Services Prevention Services Bureau designed to prevent homelessness before it happens, after it happens, and to keep homelessness from reoccurring. The HBT assists individuals/families with housing barriers to locate and secure affordable housing, and assists households by providing limited financial assistance and intensive case management services. Our goal is to rapidly rehouse households with children under the age of 18 and then identify and coordinate the other support services needed to ensure the household is able to maintain stable housing. In addition, the HBT leverages other resources to assist households facing eviction from becoming homeless.
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 Redevelopment Housing Authority
Contact: Brigid Gallaer, Executive Administrative Assistant
Location: 227 27th Street, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Operates 13 public housing communities in Newport News, administers a Section 8 Program, acquires property for redevelopment, awards loans and grants, and manages Newport News' Consolidated Housing and Community Development programs.
Peninsula Rescue Mission
***Service at this site can also be done through CNU’s Food Fighter Club***
Contact: Alan DeFriese, Superintendent
Location: 3700 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607
Organization Description: Since April, 1966, there has been an open door for the homeless on the Peninsula. The provision of a bed with fresh linens, a shower and clean clothes, and a hot meal are all made without any charge to the recipient. Thousands upon thousands of needy folks have found help and a warm welcome through our doors. Programs include Overcomer’s Program, Open Cupboard, and Camp Open Arms.
The Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads
Contact: Sister David Ann Niski, Secretary of HDCofHR
Location: 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: The Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads (HDCofHR) was formed in October 2005 with the mission of providing quality, affordable housing opportunities in safe neighborhoods to low-income individuals and families, the homeless, the disabled, veterans, and individuals with HIV/AIDS. HDCofHR is a non-profit, volunteer organization, striving to become a visible, proactive advocate and a provider of quality, affordable housing in order to end homelessness in the cities it serves.
Volunteer Needs: We are looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas:
1. Grant research and writing
4. Any kind of help in making a housing facility move-in ready and/or maintained, such as repairs, painting, landscaping, clean up, etc."
Volunteer Site: HDCofHR has 25 properties in Newport News and Hampton. Our main office is located on the campus of Mary Immaculate Hospital at 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible