Be a mentor, coach, or tutor with a local nonprofit community partner.  These are primarily community-based organizations that serve and develop young people.

Interested in Tutoring? In addition to the opportunities below, you can also make a significant impact on a child's life working one-on-one with them to achieve their academic potential. Contact CNU's Newport News Public Schools Service Track Coordinator, Shannon McWilliams, '19 to get connected and learn more about these opportunities:

NNPS 21st Century Learning Centers

NNPS Life Enrichment Centers (Currently located in McIntosh Elementary. Adding more sites for the 2018-2019 academic year.) 



Need help getting connected with a community partner?

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


Alternatives, Inc.


Contact: Alison Graul or Andrea Sealey

Email: or

Phone: 757-838-2330

Location: 2021B Cunningham Drive, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: Help empower middle school students to identify root causes of social issues that concern them, and develop a service project to address the issue. Targeted schools are Achievable Dream and Dozier Middle School.

Volunteer Needs: Participate with classroom teachers in six hour training of the KICK curriculum, then develop an implementation schedule with the teacher and co-facilitate the 10 session service learning curriculum in a middle school classroom. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula


Contact: Ayanna King, CEO or Kevoni Polanco, Program Director

Email: or

Phone: 757-253-0676 or 757-369-6839


Headquarters: 364 McLaws Circle, Suite 2, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Satellite Office: South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Drive, Room 10, Newport News, VA 23601

Organization Description: BBBS of the Greater VA Peninsula will be developing a variety of school based and community based mentoring programs and opportunities throughout Newport News.

Volunteer Needs: Mentors, tutors and special project participants for several programs within the agency. All work will be conducted in cooperation and under the supervision of Agency staff. The scope of work can range from a one (1) hour per week engagement as a mentor on the school grounds, to a 2-3 hour per week, tutor or volunteer for one of the programs or special projects, to a 5+ hour per week agency suppport special projects.

Volunteer Days/Hours: flexible

Boy Scouts of America


Contact: Richard Johnson, Scoutreach Executive


Phone: 757-595-3356

Location: 11721 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: National non-profit youth serving agency focusing on citizenship training} physical fitness and leadership development.

Volunteer Needs: Recruiting youth, public scout presentation, working with youth

Volunteer Site: flexible

Volunteer Days/Hours: flexible

Boys and Girls Club of the VA Peninsula


Contact: Chanda Bowie, Director of Program Services or Jim Highsmith, Service Director 

Email: or

Phone: 757-223-7204

Location: Various - there are eight different locations throughout Newport News. 

Organization Description: The Mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire and enable all youth especially those who need it most to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens

Volunteer Needs: Tutoring & homework assistance. Other opportunities could include computer classes, arts & crafts, and game room activities.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Weekends or evenings; Flexible

C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E.


Contact: Andreia Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator

Email: or

Phone: 757-224-9223

Location: 3100 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The mission of the Scott Center is to provide comprehensive services to educate and foster growth and development of youth and families in order to empower and enhance positive life skills, health, and employability.

Volunteer Needs: After school program tutor, instructional recreation facilitator, fitness activities facilitator, cultural and leisure outings chaperone, reading assistance, foreign language tutor, mentors, computer literacy instructor.

Volunteer Days/Hours: flexible

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center


Contact: Joanne Palmeira, Director of Programs

Email: or

Phone: 757-247-8950

Location: 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a multi-purpose cultural space in the Southeast community of Newport News, Virginia. Originally built as the Walter Reed School in 1917, our historic building has been restored and open to the public since October 2008. The Center houses the 276-seat Ella Fitzgerald Theater, in honor of the "First Lady of Song", who was born in Newport News in 1917. In addition to the theater, we have rooms for meetings and events, as well as studio space for visual and performing arts. The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a facility of the City of Newport News department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 

Volunteer Needs: Ushering for shows, box office assistance, youth programs, special events, and much more.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center


Contact: Beth Yurkovac, Operations Manager

Email: OR

Phone: 757-566-1775

Location: 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, VA

Organization Description: Dream Catchers provides therapeutic riding and other horse-related activities to special needs individuals in a caring and safe environment. As a Premier Accredited member of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l), we serve an average of 100 students weekly with a wide range of needs. Learning to interact with their equine partner, our students experience the unique benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies to improve their overall quality of life.

Volunteer Needs: Assist with riding lessons as groomers, side-walkers, & horse leaders; Help with barn work; Assist in fundraising activities; Assist with office duties (database mgmt, phone calls, filing)

Volunteer Days/Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 7pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm; Hours vary by season (Winter 9:30am-6pm)

Edmarc Hospice for Children


Contact: Kristen Jones, Community Resource Coordinator


Phone: 757-967-9251

Location: 516 London Street, Portsmouth, VA; Volunteer sites may also vary depending on the volunteer activity chosen.

Organization Description: The mission of Edmarc Hospice for Children is to ease the trauma of a child’s illness or death, and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss, and bereavement on families in the Hampton Roads Area. For 36 years, Edmarc has focused on the whole family, helping to alleviate the confusion, stress and heartache of over 3,500 children, parents and siblings. Our broad range of services not only ensures that the child’s physical and emotional needs are met but that the multi-dimensional needs of the child's family are addressed, too. We help families get back to what is most important: taking care of each other.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers can work directly with children and their families by providing child care while parents are at support group meetings, being a "Family Friend" to support siblings or a Mother's Helper to support caregivers, being a "Hospital Pal" while parents are away, providing transportation or translation services, or being a "Peace Pal" or facilitator at support group meetings. Volunteers are also an integral part of building Edmarc's organizational capacity through activities such as public relations or fundraising support, being a special events assistant, or working on the newsletter or other office support functions. In addition, our large annual events, such as the Parent's Retreat, Camp M.A.G.I.C, Christmas activities and holiday gift baskets, and the annual picnic, all rely on the support of volunteers.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Edmarc's main office hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Volunteer hours will vary depending on the volunteer activity chosen.

Special Restrictions/Requirements: All volunteers must have a complete background check and attend a brief training session. Depending on the volunteer position chosen, other training may also be needed.

Exet, LLC


Contact: Waymon Lewis, President


Phone: 757-256-6162

Location: 382 Nicewood Drive, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Exet LLC is an anti-bullying and motivational workshop resource for schools, social organizations and child care facilities. Through customized workshops, the Exet programs address bullying, self-motivation, anger management, coping skills, communication and strategies on how to manage social situations. Exet’s ultimate goal is for children to feel empowered and believe in themselves so that they do not have to belittle others to feel good. The program is comprised of three workshops that can be customized to classroom size, school need or specific hot topics.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers will work directly with children of various elementary school ages by offering tutoring and mentoring services.  The Elementary schools participating in this program are Hidenwood Elementary and McIntosh Elementary in Newport News.

Volunteer Site: Hidenwood Elementary & McIntosh Elementary

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday, 3:00pm-4:30pm

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Families in Transition (FIT)


Contact: Maura Hampton, President


Phone: 757-284-9053

Location: 9917 River Road, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Families In Transition (F.I.T.) seeks to engage children's hearts and minds in a safe place. F.I.T. partners with students from Christopher Newport University to engage with children who attend Carver Elementary. These college students provide weekly help with homework in a safe and loving environment. This time after school enables children to build relationships with mentors who want to encourage them in all aspects of their lives.

Volunteer Needs: Weekly time working one-on-one with children to provide help with homework.

Volunteer Site: Carver Elementary School, surrounding area

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday-Friday 3:00pm - 5:00pm


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

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast


Contact: Jacqueline Brooks, Council Partnerships & Event Manager


Phone: 757-410-0732

Location: 894 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Girl Scouts is an organization dedicated solely to girls, where girls experience fun and friendship while building skills and developing values that last a lifetime.

Volunteer Needs: Work with troops, help with events, campouts, and special projects. Ongoing positions are available as well as “one-time” and short-term positions. Office help is always needed.
Available Volunteer Positions:
1.) Volunteer for a six week series working directly with girls in schools located on the Peninsula.
2.) Volunteer to help with council wide events. These events are held within out Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast area. These events include, running activities, setting up and working with girls of all ages.
3.) Volunteers can join Campus Girl Scouts - a group that is currently in existence on your campus. This group volunteers in many ways. They work directly with girls facilitating college tours, badge days and or sleepovers.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Various including weekends



Contact: Karen Brown, Executive Director

Email: OR

Phone: 757-898-1993

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 Court Appointed Special Advocates


Contact: Christine Matthews, Development Director


Phone: 757-926-3644

Location: 230 25th Street, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Newport News CASA helps “powerless children” who are under the court's supervision. CASAs ensure that each child is safe and is receiving all the court mandated services. CASAs also ensure that each child has the continuity of one person they can count on during their time within the legal system. CASAs remain with their child until the ultimate goal of a safe, loving and permanent home is reached.

Volunteer Needs: A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child in court. Children helped by CASAs include those who have been abused and/or neglected and for whom home placement is being determined in the juvenile court. These children are wards of the state and live in foster houses throughout our community. 

A CASA provides a judge with a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about that child’s future. Each decision is as unique as the child involved. The CASA's report will recommend if it is in the child’s best interest to stay with his or her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, or be freed for permanent adoption. The CASA follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm.

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Must complete an application and interview. Also must complete a background check. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Newport News Department of Juvenile Services


Contact: Dawn Barber, Director


Phone: 757-926-1600

Location: 350 25th Street, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Provide comprehensive strength-based juvenile and community services, to include safety and security, through the use of a continuum of sanctions; educational programming; medical and mental health services; and recreation and enrichment activities.

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

Newport News Family YMCA - Branch of Peninsula YMCA


Contact: Deb Staszewski, Branch Executive Director


Phone: 757-245-0047

Location: 7827 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: This facility serves the community from toddlers to seniors, provides pre-school, before & after school programs, full fitness area, adult basketball & volleyball leagues, facility marketing  and following budget restrictions. Mission is to provide character development, show and teach caring, respect, responsibility and honesty.

Volunteer Needs: Variety of areas depending on interest & age group preference. Other volunteer opportunities:

Fitness Volunteer: Organizing youth activities, set-up/clean-up of activities

Membership Volunteer: Administrative and front desk duties; Assist membership director during membership campaigns during January, June and September.

School Age After School Program Volunteer: Assist with afterschool program both at Newport News and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School.

Swim Team Instructor: The swim instructor is responsible for teaching participants proper stroke and swim technique, teaching safety in and around the water, and developing positive attitudes in conjunction with the YMCA core values. Must hold and maintain current certifications in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Standard First Aid. Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or YMCA Progressive and Skippers experience is preferred.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula (*May include flexibility to work from home)


Contact: Bruce Myers, Program Coordinator

Email: or

Phone: 757-871-6185

Location: 321 Main Street, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula (SBVP) is a coalition of public/private, non-profit/for-profit organizations and agencies which develop programs to improve the health and welfare of children birth to five years old living in Hampton and Newport News. The mission is to have each child enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life. 

Volunteer Needs: Areas of experience/expertise needed are: 1) Entrepreneur skills in organizational building; 2) Expertise in marketing/media (i.e., brochure development, advertising, create video for website, design power point presentations, maintain monthly newsletter, etc.); 3) Internet skills: Maintain website, Social Media, etc. Other needs include basic research, follow up phone calls/emails, administrative support, special event support, assistance in preparing grant and foundation requests. Some opportunities to work from home. 

Volunteer Site: Some meetings/events in NN or Hampton, otherwise the student has the flexibility to work from his/her residence.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible



Contact: Reynaldo Ramirez, Program Director


Phone: 757-273-6178

Location: 11009 Warwick Blvd., Suite 215, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Our mission statement: Soundscapes believes that children with a strong sense of self-worth, discipline and leadership skills are equipped to conquer their disadvantages and achieve their dreams. Read the mission statement....notice anything missing? The word "music" is not there. That is because Soundscapes is ultimately about changing the lives of the children that we serve. The goal of this after-school program is to provide children with the opportunity to build strong life skills so that they can achieve what they want in life. Music not only allows us to explore our minds and emotion, but playing music builds discipline, teamwork, respect, leadership, attention to detail and much more.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteers will serve in a variety of roles such as assisting instructors with team-building activities and administrative tasks. Note: hours will satisfy MAT Program Observation Hours.

Volunteer Site: Carver Elementary School, 6160 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Special Olympics Gymnastics


Contact: Lindsey Purcell, Head Coach


Phone: 571-262-9223

Location: 343 Bell King Road, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Special Olympics Gymnastics aims to help those born with special needs. The gymnastics program in Newport News gives children with special needs a fun, social, and athletic program that allows them to interact with volunteer coaches and other athletes, and to develop coordination and confidence through the sport of gymnastics.

Volunteer Needs: We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic, and reliable volunteers who enjoy working with children. No prior gymnastics experience is required.

Volunteer Days/Hours: 5:30pm-6:30pm Sundays

Volunteer Days: 5:30pm-6:30pm Sundays

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Volunteers must complete an application, a release form for the gym, and an online Protective Behaviors test. 

Transitions (Family Violence Services)


Contact: Gala Harvell, Program Director


Phone: 757-728-0025

Address: P.O. Box 561, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: Transitions Family Violence Services is a nonprofit 501 (c ) 3 organization founded in 1977. We are the sole provider of comprehensive family violence services in Hampton, Newport News, and Poquoson, and a co-provider of services in York County.

Transitions’ implements a host of services including a 24-hour hotline; emergency, short-term, and transitional shelter; support groups; safety planning and legal advocacy; information and referral; art and play therapy; and outreach to underserved populations. Transitions’ services are available at no charge.

Transitions engages in a host of collaborations with allied community agencies to expand available services to survivors and their families, including partnerships with local Human Services departments; Commonwealth Attorneys and Victim Witness Offices; the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board; the Center for Child and Family Services; Alternatives; the Office of Human Affairs; local schools and universities; and a host of other organizations. Transitions’ is also actively involved with the prevention of future violence by working to promote healthy relationship education among youth in schools.

Volunteer Needs: 1) Children's Advocate Volunteer; 2) Community Engagement Volunteer; 3) Domestic Violence Hotline Worker

* Please visit our volunteer page for volunteer position responsibilities and available shifts

Volunteer Site: Varies by position

Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible; 4-6 hours a week

Special Restrictions/Requirements: Criminal Background and Child Protective Services Check required; Mandatory training for some positions; We ask that students commit to our volunteer program for 6 months.

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

Young Life


Contact: Joe Marks, Area Director


Phone: 757-291-6761

Location: 2388 Warwick Blvd., Ste 112, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: A Christian non-denominational outreach ministry to high school and middle school students.

Volunteer Needs: Volunteer leaders are assigned to a local school. Leaders spend time making friendships with students through contact work and Young Life Club. Bible studies and taking students to camp is also part of the experience.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible

Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads


Contact: Katie Morgan, Executive Director


Phone: 757-223-7078

Location: 10 San Jose Drive, Suite 4D, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads engages youth (ages 11 - 18) in meaningful volunteer opportunities that positively impact the lives of others.

Volunteer Needs: Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) needs Team Leaders who enjoy serving others while making it fun for a group of teens. YVC offers a variety of service project to youth each month and our Team Leaders help make these opportunities fun and educational. We also need help with advertising, grant writing and event planning.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:
Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Team Leader - Team Leaders help develop, plan and perform volunteer service projects benefiting the elderly, homeless, veterans, at risk families, mentally disabled, local charitable organizations, the environment, etc.  The Team Leader will also mentor small groups of youth volunteers there, directing ice breakers and/or team building exercises, performing service projects and spending time on reflection and evaluation exercises afterwards.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Club Sponsor - Club Sponsors work in conjunction with teachers to conduct YVC Clubs in area middle and high school schools. The CNU Club Sponsor will use leadership skills to conduct team building exercises and guide students as they develop projects focused on their chosen areas of service.  YVC Clubs generally meet twice per month and perform at least two service projects per semester.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Fundraising Coordinator - Fundraising Coordinators help plan and coordinate fundraising events and initiatives.  The Fundraising Coordinator will also work alongside the Executive Director to research  grant opportunities from a wide variety of government, private and public foundations, and recommend promising sources to the YVC Board of Directors.

Volunteer Site: The sites will vary.

Volunteer Days/Hours: flexible

YWCA Virginia Peninsula


Contact: Linda Brown, Interim Executive Director


Phone: 757-245-6026

Location: 2702 Orcutt Avenue, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The YWCA provides programs to empower women and youth in the community.

Volunteer Needs: Areas of opportunities include: Advocacy (Advocate for optimal well-being of women, individuals and community); Programs (Develop, implement and monitor ongoing programs); Facilities (Oversee improvements and maintenance of Phillis Wheatley Building); Finance (Assist with development of annual budget; monitor execution of budget); Fund Development (Identify funding, lead and coordinate fundraising events); Marketing & Publicity (Assist with development of publicity and recognition events) ;and Membership (Work to increase membership and tend to needs of local membership).

Volunteer Days/Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm