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.

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 – 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.

Come FISH with Us!



We are casting our lines for new FISH mentors for our Friends in Schools Helping program. New volunteers may attend any training regardless of their county of residence. The next training date is October 10th in Charlottesville. More dates and locations may be added if needed. Come FISH with us! (Click here for more info.)

via JABA Services September Update.

Planning an after-school Scratch Club – What fun!

I am having a lot of fun learning how to code using Scratch!

More information about our club coming soon…

About Scratch

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.


Via …

via JV Computer Club | Jackson-Via Elementary School – Charlottesville, Virginia.

Have some time to help refugee ESL students? Become a FISH volunteer


If you have just one hour a week to have lunch with one of our refugee students, we need you!

I am looking forward to my 8th year of volunteering twice a week as a FISH tutor/mentor for ESL students at Jackson-Via Elementary School.  These students (about 60, most of whom are refugees) are very eager, enthusiastic learners who just need a little support and friendship as they get used to their new country.

ESL students
Students from Iraq and Nepal enjoy learning about American fall traditions.

Many of these kids have left grandparents behind in their old country, so they really enjoy a little time with their substitute “grandma” or “grandpa” reading a story with them or playing an educational computer game. For more information about refugee children in our Charlottesville area, see the very informative Charlottesville Tomorrow article:

But these aren’t the voices of students learning French or Spanish for graduation credit. They are the voices of students for whom English is a second language, and for whom Charlottesville is a safe haven from the suffering they faced in their home countries. via Charlottesville, Albemarle schools embrace refugee students ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow.


For more information or to volunteer, contact JABA FISH.

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