Get Involved – Volunteer in Our Schools

Many of the new arrivals don’t speak much English and are behind academically. They often come with scars, having fled desperate poverty or violence or both. Many endured difficult journeys, sometimes leaving their families behind or rejoining parents in the United States after years of separation.

Continue reading … Washington Post: As immigration resurges, U.S. public schools help children find their footing

Contact JABA FISH for more information about volunteering as an ESL Mentor/Tutor.

Volunteering Is Good for Your Heart — UVa Health – Live Red


Healthy, Engaged & Learning – all in one package!

A report by the Corporation for National & Community Service reveals a link between volunteering and good health. Specifically, doing for others relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, enhances the immune system and may even prolong your life.

Continue reading …

I get as much exercise walking to school and volunteering as a FISH ESL tutor/mentor as I would if I went to a gym! Not only that, but I am constantly learning new things and having fun with my young friends.  I know it is good for my health!


Contact FISH (Friends In School Helping) at for more information.

Soup for Seniors – through January 18 – please help!


Have some time to help this fall? JABA Volunteer Opportunities for October

My favorite is FISH, but there are lots of other ways to help:

Sew for Seniors
Enjoy sewing? Looking for a new project? Seamstresses are sought to sew adult sized bibs for residents at Mountainside Senior Living.

Events Team
Interested in event planning? Being part of a team? Recognizing others? Do you have the ability to sponsor? Join our events leadership team to plan and prepare for JABA’s annual volunteer recognition event.

Make a New Friend
Help a neighbor by providing friendly visits or transport to the store or doctor appointments through JABA’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program. The next new volunteer training session is coming up next month

School Based Mentors
Spend an hour a week & give a child that extra boost and encouragement they need to succeed in school and life through JABAs FISH Program.

Administrative Support
Help keep our programs running with maximum efficiency! Assist with data entry,  receptionist work, greeting, scheduling, or setting up filing systems. We have short and long term needs at several locations.

Contact to get connected or for more details.

via JABA Volunteers October Newsletter.

Classroom Blogging Prepares Kids for the 21st Century

Jordan: First let me say that I really enjoyed reading your book, especially the emphasis you put on writing. You argue: “The central virtue of a liberal education is that it teaches you how to write, and writing makes you think.” I appreciated that you didn’t just emphasize the importance of writing as a technical skill, a workplace proficiency. Instead, you are arguing for the importance of well-structured articulation.

via Here’s Why Nothing Prepares You For The 21st Century Like A Liberal Arts Education – Forbes.

Writing does make kids think and reinforces learning in all subjects, so I fully support efforts like classroom blogging that get kids writing (and thinking) just for the fun of it! Jackson-Via Computer Club

International Neighbors | WHY CHARLOTTESVILLE?

INCharlottesvilleWhy Charlottesville?

Charlottesville is one of only 22 cities in the United States where the International Rescue Committee is located. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee ( responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping people to survive and to rebuild their lives.  Since 1998, Charlottesville has become home to almost 2000 refugees from more than twenty-five countries. …

via International Neighbors | WHY CHARLOTTESVILLE?

Come FISH with JABA – Make a difference in a child’s life!


Have some time to volunteer? FISH is looking for more school tutor/mentors.

JABA FISH is on the hunt for more talented volunteers!JABA FISH

If you are interested in learning more about FISH, please contact

Carleigh Showalter, JABA Volunteer Coordinator  │(434) 817-5226

Training dates for new FISH volunteers are now listed online at


How True! – Lucky Is A Lie

I agree!  I was “lucky” when we bought a Commodore 64 computer for our middle-school son and we both started learning BASIC programming.  I was “lucky” that I was in Marion, Alabama, when the Internet arrived and Judson College needed a webmaster. He was “lucky” to get a job as a software engineer, but what made the difference for both of us was the opportunity to see the possibilities.

Now everyone has the opportunity!  My favorite volunteer activity is serving as a CS First Guru (and webmaster) for the Jackson-Via Computer Club and my latest MOOC is Think. Create. Code. from edX.

What I love the most about computer programming is that there are always new things to learn and to do.  Why not give CS First and Scratch a try?