Volunteer Positions Available

Our Community Partners are always looking for consistent volunteers that are willing to help out with daily operations. Here is a list of those opportunities:

HELP, Inc.

Welcome Team Volunteer Opportunity - A Night’s Welcome Winter Shelter
November 2019 to March 2020

The Welcome Team is made up of volunteers who represent HELP for A Night’s Welcome Winter Shelter. The Welcome Team helps the host site churches with the check-in process and helping to get everyone settled as they enter in to winter shelter. Welcome Team members greet guests as they come through the door to help discern any issues that may be present. They also have a unique ability to get to know our guests better than most churches will since they are present each week rather than just a single week on the schedule. This really helps in diffusing situations with guests. Sometimes guests are angry. Sometimes there are underlying health or mental health issues that we’re not aware of. Sometimes guests just need to be heard. Our ultimate goal is to have a safe and satisfying experience for all parties involved.

Welcome Team members are like the ‘deacons’ of A Night’s Welcome—present to support the work of the church, help where needed, and provide direction to keep everyone within the rules laid out by HELP.

Welcome Team members also help process new guests. If it is someone’s first time at the shelter, we will need to check their ID, collect their information, and go over the rules and regulations of the shelter.


  • Commit at least one night each week to volunteering at the winter shelters

  • Be able to commit to at least 18 of the 21 weeks

  • Be able to get yourself to various churches in Hampton

  • Be able to handle stressful situations in a calm manner

  • Be comfortable taking charge when necessary

  • Be warm and welcoming to our guests and church volunteers

  • Computer skills (website navigation, Excel) are helpful

Riverside Elementary school

MATH & READING TUTORS: Mondays and/or Tuesdays 1:30-2:30. They will take as many students that can help. There is no limit. Please email Karen.brown1@nn.k12.va.us if you have any questions.

AFTERSCHOOL MATH & READING TUTORS: Dates are TBA but the time will most likely be 3:45-5:00ish.

Mural Painting in Cafeteria: Painting a large mural in the school cafeteria. Hours are flexible and there could be opportunities to be paid for this.

Buddy Bench: Help plan and execute a Buddy Bench. The PTA will provide all building materials.

Breakfast with Santa: help is needed to make this event a success. December 14, 8-12. We'll need help cooking pancakes and making the event go smoothly.

There will be an art show and sale March 6, from 3-7. Volunteers and artists needed!

Volunteers are needed to assist with the outdoor learning area in the spring. Cleaning flower beds, weeding, watering, and helping take care of the area.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Riverside Elementary PTA President Sarah O'Dorisio at sarahodorisio@gmail.com.

Virginia Civic Engagement table

Community Organizer(s)

Roles & Responsibilities:

Develop and carry out grassroots organizing plans to build grassroots support for systemic changes related to planning & zoning, criminal justice reform, education reform, voting rights, climate justice, immigration rights and women’s rights in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

Graphic Designer

Create and design graphics for VCET events, programs, newsletters and social media presence that express social justice and progressive values.

Virginia Counts Coalition - Complete Count Committee Coordinator

Assist the Program Manager in making sure there is at least 1 Complete Count Committee in every locality who executes the Virginia Count Coalition’s plan to ensure a complete and accurate census count in 2020.

This includes distributing & collecting Pledge to Count cards, creating a shared progressive messaging strategy, taking technology into hard-to-count communities and a statewide public education campaign.

Research Assistant: Planning & Zoning

Roles & Responsibilities:

Research planning & zoning policies that limit community and economic development for small businesses in central Virginia, including Powhatan, Chesterfield and Richmond.

Digital Communications Leader

Create and implement social media plans for VCET programs, events and campaigns. Develop innovative strategies to increase VCET’s social media presence.

CNU Student Engagement Leader

Assist the Development Manager in recruiting student volunteers for VCET programs, scheduling meetings and trainings, implementing plans for student / career success and working with fellow Student Engagement Coordinators across Virginia to build a prosperous statewide VCET College Student Engagement Program.

Virginia Air and Space Museum


The Docents serve as the guides of the Center, interpreting the Center’s artifacts and displays to illustrate concepts and ideas. Docents typically, but not exclusively, have a background directly related to the artifacts at the Virginia Air and Space Center. Docents are often asked to perform as guides for large groups. The Docent training is extensive and wide-ranging, covering all of the artifacts in the VASC.

Special Events Assistant:

Assist during Special Events in whatever capacity is applicable. Specifically, Events Assistants sometimes aid in set up/tear down, decoration, information, or with activities. Since special events often take place on nights and weekends, Special Events Assistants will need to be generally available during those times.

Greeters/Floor Activities Assistant:

Welcome visitors and share information regarding the Center’s features, contents, and IMAX films, and direct visitors’ questions to the Docents. Serve in ticketing, the Gift Shop, collect feedback, and aid with floor demonstrations, as well as various other floor activities. Greeters/Floor Assistants are on duty during regular center hours, but more often during peak seasons (holidays and the summer.) Serves in various activities such as ticket checkers, Gift Shop helpers, distributors of questionnaires to visitors, and helpers with floor demonstrations and children’s make-and-take activities.

VASC Ambassador:

VASC Ambassadors are student volunteers who typically serve as science camp assistants, or as Greeters/Floor Activities Assistants. The responsibilities of the VASC Ambassadors who are assigned to a camp are to help with the daily camp set-ups, assist the instructor with one-on-one camper interaction, as well as serve as general auxiliary supervision.

If you are interested, please contact Mattie Johnson for the volunteer application.

Peninsula Agency on Aging, INC

Contact caroline.nice.16@cnu.edu if interested in volunteering at PAA.

Med Tran

Community volunteers are needed to delivery noontime meals to homebound seniors in Hampton, Newport News, and Poquoson, VA. Delivery takes approximately one hour and complete route directions are provided each day. Volunteers can commit to only to the day(s) that they wish, either once a week, every other week, etc. Individuals can volunteer individually or with a group.

Transport seniors to their doctor's appointments

Dedicated community volunteers are needed to transport senior citizens to their non-emergency medical appointments in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and York County, VA. Volunteers commit only to the day(s) and times that they wish. Complete directions and pickup information are provided.

Dining Program

Volunteers needed to help serve vendor prepared noontime meals to senior citizens in a group dining setting. Volunteers also needed to help with conducting group activities at dining programs, i.e. bingo, singing, quilting, etc. Dining programs are located in the Cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and the counties of York and James City.

The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors

Administrative Volunteer

Administrative volunteers represent The Center at our front desk, as visitors’ first point of contact in the office. Duties include answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, responding to emails, & other office tasks as assigned.

Fundraising & Special Event Volunteer

These volunteers help create, design, & shape fundraising events and activities that will reflect the services The Center provides and encourage support in our cause. Volunteers also help with special events. These may include fundraising events, tabling events, community outreach, and more.

Community Educator (Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault, Gender Violence, Relationships)

The Community Educator will represent The Center by engaging the public at community events. They will help educate our communities about issues surrounding sexual assault and gender violence through giving presentations and doing training.

Victim Advocate (Volunteer)

Victim Advocates provide emotional support and resources to primary and secondary victims of sexual assault. This is done both over the phone (crisis hotline) & in person (hospital exam, police interview, etc).

Peninsula READS

Contact Joyelle Saunders at ed@peninsulareads.com to get started!

Volunteer Tutor

Volunteer Tutors are needed at various times throughout the day to help adults learn the literacy skills necessary for them to function more effectively in their lives and community. Scheduling is flexible.

  • Basic Literacy tutors teach basic reading, writing, and/or math lessons to English-speaking adult students on a one-to-one basis.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutors work with small groups of foreign-born adult students learning to read, write and speak English fluently.

  • Short-term tutors for special short-term classes, such as job interview skills and financial literacy, are also needed.

Office Support

  • Office volunteers assist with answering phones and greeting visitors as they enter and exit the office. Occasionally, they help with very light office work and basic cleaning and maintenance. Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts.

  • Newsletter volunteers assist with articles and layout for the program’s e-newsletter. Computer skills are needed. Time based on deadlines and volunteer’s schedule.

Virginia living museum

Animal Care Volunteer


  • Prepare food for the animals; includes chopping vegetables, fruits, chopping fish and other items as well as portioning out items such as rabbit chow, raw meat, etc. 

  • Clean and disinfect cages, crates, and animal areas 

  • Handle certain animals when necessary. Volunteers may handle the ferret on their first shift, the screech owls and kestrels can be handled after proper training, and the rabbits may be handled after the volunteer is checked out by staff after their third regular shift. Be aware that animal handling is very limited. 

  • Ensure that adequate inventory of food and supplies is maintained; restock items, and advise staff when low. 

  • Wash dishes and utensils at end of the shift.

  • All Virginia Living Museum volunteers must work at least 4 hours a week and commit for four months

Click “apply here” for application. Be sure to put "Animal Care" in your preferences. Email, mail, fax or drop off your application to the VLM (contact info on form).

American Adventure Volunteer

Do you have what it takes to survive? Take a step back into history to find out! In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of Virginia and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement. Minotaur Mazes’ American Adventure takes visitors on an immersive, educational role-play adventure that asks people to conquer one great challenge: survive the year as one of the original Jamestown colonists.


  • Greet and warmly welcome all guests

  • Engage and relate to all guests in a friendly, respectful, and enthusiastic manner

  • Anticipate and answer guest questions as they arise

  • Ability to represent the museum in a professional and knowledgeable manner at all times

  • Provide accurate and current information on the exhibit/area, information pertaining to Jamestown and other museum information as necessary

  • Adhere to museum policies and procedures

  • Ability to direct and command the group attention and assure no parts of the exhibit are damaged

  • Work well with others as well as maintain a high level of guest interaction

  • Explain or demonstrate the best way to view exhibits or help visitors who are in need of assistance 

Click “apply here” for application. Be sure to put "Animal Care" in your preferences. Email, mail, fax or drop off your application to the VLM (contact info on form).

Newsome Park elementary EDUCATIONAL intervention program

Newsome Park Elementary School is in need of volunteers to listen to 2nd graders read after school.

This event is every Monday and Thursday, starting Monday, September 23, from 2:55-3:30 and will potentially run the entire year.

If interested, contact Cheryl Clapp at cherylclapp@mac.com for more information.