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Agency Volunteer Opportunities

United Way Agency Volunteer Opportunities

(Listed in alphabetical order by agency)



Blackwater Regional Library - Rawls Branch (Courtland)

Contact: Donna Pope, Branch Manager

Phone: 757-653-2821


Volunteer Opportunities: Shelve materials, read stories, prepare story time crafts

Blackwater Regional Library - Ruth Camp Campbell Branch (Franklin)

Contact: Stephanie Sproul, Branch Manager

Phone: 757-562-4801


Volunteer Opportunities: Shelve materials, read stories, prepare story time crafts


Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia- Franklin Unit

Contact: Eric Taylor, Local Unit Director

Phone:  (757) 562-7350


Volunteer Opportunities: teach a skill or craft, coach, provide equipment, tutor, sponsor a contest

Cub Scout Day Camp

Boy Scouts of America - Colonial Virginia Council

Contact: Zachary Oman

Phone:  (757)  595-3356


Volunteer Opportunities:

The Colonial Virginia Council is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves Franklin and Southampton County. There are many opportunities to volunteer your time in helping to develop the youth of our community listed below.

  • All local units in the area need volunteer leaders to serve as Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmasters and unit committee members. The commitment varies for each position and each unit. They range from 1-2 hours a month to 10-12 hours a month with a monthly camping trip.
  • The district committee needs volunteers to help administer the Scouting program in Franklin and Southampton County. The district committee consists of sub-committees that are responsible for putting on activities, overseeing advancement, recruiting new members, training new volunteers, raising funds and promoting camping for all the units across the district.
  • All volunteers must be willing to have a criminal background check done and to follow the policies of the Boy Scouts of America.


The Children’s Center

Contact: Jeff Zeigler

Phone: 757-562-6806


Volunteer Opportunities: read to children, share a special interest or hobby, plan a fund-raiser



EDMARC Hospice for Children

Contact: Deborah Stizer-Brame

Phone: 757-967-9251


Volunteer Opportunities: Office help, which would require volunteers to drive to Portsmouth. We also have need for house and yard work for our families. Many of which live on the peninsula so it wouldn’t be as far of a drive.

Other needs that we have are:

  • Child care (not patient, siblings only)
  • Peace Pals – help set up for the Peace by Piece support group
  • Peace by Piece facilitators – facilitate the children and teens grief support group
  • PR assistant – help Edmarc by representing us at agency and volunteer fairs
  • Event assistants- help in the planning of events or just volunteer the day of

All volunteers, except for those only working at a one day event, must undergo a background check and go through an orientation here at Edmarc.


Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 757-314-4576

The Foodbank welcomes individuals and groups to work on a variety of tasks related to our mission of leading the effort to eliminate hunger in our community.

Volunteer Hub

Volunteer Hub is the online service we subscribe to where individuals and groups can sign up for volunteer activities. Volunteer Hub calls volunteer assignments “events”. You can view our volunteer events/assignments/opportunities AND sign up for volunteer shifts online, from the convenience of wherever you access the internet! From the main page of our website, choose gray tab “How To Help” list and select “Volunteer”. At the bottom of the Volunteering page click on the VOLUNTEER NOW button, register yourself and review the volunteer events schedule or click here to get started.

Age Restrictions

For warehouse Quality Assurance volunteer shifts, individuals ages 16 and 17 can volunteer without a parent or guardian; only if there is more than 5 in a group this age together that we ask for at least one parent to volunteer with them. Youth ages 12-15 year olds require an adult escort for volunteering, and groups need adult ratio of 1 for every 4 youth ages 12-15. For families with children 6-11, a special once-monthly Youth and Family Night is offered. Other volunteer activities/events also have age restrictions, please read carefully when signing up online. The Foodbank does not have any volunteer opportunities for children younger than 6 years old.

Special Volunteerism Events

Special arrangements can be made for school class field trips, small birthday/donation/volunteer activities, corporate team building events and group tours; please call the Foodbank’s volunteer department.

Franklin City Educational Fund - BOOK BUDDIES & BOOK MICE PROGRAM

Contact: Joyce Carter, Coordinator     

Phone: 757-562-5458

Volunteer Opportunities: provide reading assistance to 1st and 2nd grade students, read to students



Franklin Cooperative Ministry

Contact: Margaret Anne Smith

Phone: 757-516-6322

Volunteer Opportunities: Sorting items for the clothing closet, office assistance


 Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast




Volunteer Opportunities:
Mentor tomorrow's leaders with Girl Scouts!

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, adult volunteers engage girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. You'll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last long after the meeting is over. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made--those are the moments you'll share at Girl Scouts.

Visit to fill out an interest form and someone will contact you right away.


Graz'n Acres Riding Center

Graz’n Acres Therapeutic Riding Center

Contact: Cyndi Raiford

Phone: 757-653-9615


Volunteer Opportunities:  Note: All volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

  • Friends of the Center – Volunteer at various fundraising events held throughout the year.
  • Lesson Volunteer – Volunteer as a leader or sidewalker for our therapeutic riding or driving lessons. Horse experience is helpful but not necessary. Required training program provided by the center.

Morning School Programs – Spring and Fall
Days: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Length: 10 weeks

Evening Programs – Spring, Summer and Fall
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 5:00 pm– 8:00 pm
Length: 8 weeks

  • Facility Volunteer – Help with general maintenance of facility on a weekly or monthly basis to include barn and fencing repairs, cutting grass, trimming, painting, etc.
  • Barn Volunteers – Volunteer on a weekly or monthly basis helping with various jobs around the horse barn to include cleaning tack and equipment for horses and students and special projects.


Habitat for Humanity

Contact: ReStore Manager

Phone: (757) 304-9504

Volunteer Opportunities: sorting donations, shelving items, cleaning, assisting customers



Western Tidewater Free Clinic

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 757-923-1060  ext. 7003


Volunteer Opportunities: furnishing meals for 8-10 people on Tuesday and/or Thursday evening clinics, data entry, general landscaping, medical coding

Other Needs Include:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • RNs
  • LPNs
  • Medical Assistants
  • Phlebotomists
  • Family Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Pharmacists 


James L. Camp Jr. YMCA

Contact: Membership Director               

Phone: 757-562-3491


Volunteer Opportunities: coach sports or teach crafts and life skills to youth of all ages