Lifelong learning at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail – Can you help with the volunteer appreciation reception?

It is so hard to define “lifelong learning” because it means so many different things to different people and at different times of life.  The classes and activities at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ) are simply another facet of the lifelong-learning jewel!  Here is an opportunity to support the outreach effort at the ACRJ, a valuable educational program that helps others improve the quality of their lives while strengthening our community.

Here is the information about our Volunteer Reception & Tour at Ashlawn-Highland —

For the past four years during the month of May the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ) recognizes our wonderful team of volunteer facilitators, instructors and teachers as part of the National Volunteer Appreciation Week by hosting an annual reception and banquet. Due to the budget cuts that everyone has been subjected to in the last two years we did not have the funds to continue our tradition.

However, our team of volunteers from the Albemarle/Charlottesville area not only remain steadfast in their commitment to providing/sharing their many talents, skills and knowledge with our client/offenders, but also this team continues to grow. These are volunteers who participate in this community outreach here at ACRJ on a weekly basis without expectation of recognition but rather with the hope of helping others in their community who are in need of reestablishing and improving the quality of their lives.

To date, we have over 300 volunteers here at ACRJ. That in and of itself, speaks volumes about this community.

This year, as a result of the relationship that has developed between the Administrations of Ashlawn-Highland and Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, Ashlawn-Highland has graciously offered to host a Volunteer Appreciation Reception & Tour on Sunday October 25, 2009 from 2-4:00 p.m. for all of our volunteers and their families.

We are in need of donations for food and beverages for this event. We will need items such as cakes, pies, cupcakes, donuts, cookies, nuts, chips, crackers, cheeses, fruit/vegetables trays, meat trays, salsa, dipping breads, dipping oils, coffee, cider, soda, and wine.

If you are interested in donating any of these items (large or small) to help us make this a memorable event for our volunteers here at ACRJ or would like more information, please contact Phyllis Back, Director of Programs at 434-977-6981 ext. 288 or via email at