In-Person Opportunities in Williamsburg
- Williamsburg House of Mercy: We are in need of volunteers to sanitize, sort and clean food and work our Monday-Friday 10am-4pm Drive-Thru Food Pantry. We are in need of others to coordinate neighborhood food drives and be on call for after hours or food pickups. Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Sign up online.
- Lackey Clinic: Outdoor volunteer projects. Email Kim Spencer.
- The Salvation Army of Greater Williamsburg: Mobile Food Pantry distribution. Ongoing event the third Thursday of each month 1-4pm. Spanish interpreters especially needed, mostly outdoors; fully covered shoes for safety; masks and gloves required by Food Bank (provided). Contact Vicki Davis 757-229-6651; or by email.
Help out at the All Together Why Black Lives Matter Lemonade Stand from 9:30-12:30 at the Farmer's Market on Duke of Gloucester Street each Saturday. The stand is located in front of the Craft Shop, across from the Dog Street Pub. Lemonade Stand Committee Chair Shari Wiltshire will be present at these events to guide set-up and acclimate and help newcomers. Sign up online.
- Fear 2 Freedom: We seek regularly weekly volunteers this summer to help with varied projects. This help is needed to ensure we can still provide care kits to sexual violence survivors, who are in more need now than even because of the stay-at-home orders. Ongoing - shifts are 10a-12p and 1p-3p Tu, W, and Th. However, if a different shift, on any day, would work better for an interested volunteer, we're flexible! Email Vickie Garton-Gundling.
- Williamsburg Community Growers: The WCG Teaching Farm is expanding this year, providing many opportunities for volunteers to work in the garden while learning about organic agriculture and community outreach. Volunteers could also take responsibility for projects, such as starting our worm composting, caring for native pollinator plants or designing and building signs. Any number of hours or days is greatly appreciated. Contact Liz Callan, farm manager.
- Virginia Peninsula Foodbank: At the Foodbank, we have opportunities throughout our community at our mobile food pantry sites (distributing food to the community.). Several of our mobile pantry sites are in Williamsburg and James City County. Volunteer shifts are typically 2-4 hours during the weekdays, with very limited evening and weekend opportunities. Volunteering with the Foodbank, we hope, is personally rewarding, and can be either an independent endeavor or a team-building group activity. Email Volunteer Coordinator Patrick Pearce or call (757) 596-7188, and visit the volunteer portal.
- Housing Partnerships, Inc.: We are in need of volunteers to help around the office outside. At this time we are not going into any client homes due to the Governor's Orders. Email Brandie Weiler.
- Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center: We have several opportunities for volunteering now. They have been curtailed due to covid19, but I'm hopeful that by the time school is back in session, we'll have volunteers back onsite. Visit the website, or if it is a one day volunteer group, send an email.
- Chippokes Plantation State Park: We are always willing to host volunteers who are interested in doing some trail work and beach cleanups. Contact Austin Monnett, assistant park manager -- by email or at 757-629-4013
- Find additional local volunteer opportunities through Volunteer Hampton Roads and Volunteer Peninsula.
- If you're not in the Greater Williamsburg area, check the website of your local United Way or Hands On organization.
- Just about anywhere in the US, you can donate blood through the American Red Cross. Note from their website: "For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. This testing will provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to this coronavirus. The Red Cross is committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic."