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.

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


JABA Volunteer Opportunities for April 2015

Want to get involved in our community?  JABA has some great opportunities for you:

  • JABA’s Ethics Committee is looking for individuals with a variety of experience and backgrounds such as social worker, attorney, clergy or caregiver to long term care recipient, medical, geriatrics, home care aide, and/or training in ethical issues to fill several member positions. Commitment is 2 hours/month. All are invited to apply!
  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor. The ability to drive = freedom, especially in our region of rural integrity. However, many older adults reluctantly forfeit that piece of their independence as their vision declines and reaction times slow. Would you be willing to provide rides for seniors to a doctor or grocery store? Current transportation needs in Nelson, Greene, Gum Springs, Scottsville.

Contact Carleigh at to learn more about these and many more JABA volunteer opportunities.

JABA Volunteer Opportunities – January 2015

In honor of the MLK Day of Service in January, JABA is holding a non-perishable food drive “Soup for Seniors” to benefit JABA’s Food Bag Program & the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, running now until January 19th.You can help by donating nonperishable food items. Especially needed are: canned meat products such as stew, chicken or ham; shelf-stable milk; no-sugar added canned fruits; dried fruits; lower salt soups and vegetables. Donations can be dropped off at JABA at 674 Hillsdale Drive or in specially marked boxes around the community.

A new year = new needs & new training dates. We’re now identifying individuals to volunteer as a Volunteer Ombudsman, school-based mentor or student assistant, or as a friendly visitor or transportation provider to an older adult in the community.

Contact Carleigh Showalter for more information about these programs at or (434) 817-5226.

JABA – Volunteer Needs for November

JABACurrent Volunteer Needs:

  • We’re gearing up for Soup for Seniors, our annual food collection drive to benefit low income older adults in our community. Join our event’s team to help contact collection sites, drop off and pick up collection boxes. Commitment is periodic now through January.
  • We need more friendly visitors. Bring cheer to a home-bound older adult.
  • A driver is needed to deliver Food Bags from the Church of the Incarnation to the Mary Williams Community Center once/month

Please contact Carleigh Showalter at or (434) 817-5226 to get involved!