We’ve been fortunate to have a number of volunteers and interns work with us over the years. Their support has been diverse, ranging in activities such as staffing outreach events, providing basic office support, working with our community partners to host student-education events, and even performing some handyman duties at our warehouse.
Please check this page frequently for opportunities to volunteer with us. If you have questions, or would like to be added to our volunteer contact list, please email us at email@example.com.
Many of our partner producers and customers offer excellent volunteer and internship opportunities. We encourage you to reach out to them for further information.
Bellair Farm is a beautiful, 853-acre farm located just eleven miles south of downtown Charlottesville. Its mission is to run a sustainable business and create a dynamic community around the farm and the food it produces. They operate a CSA program and sell at many area farmer’s markets, as well as to institutions, retailers, and restaurants. Bellair Farm has work for all ranges and ability levels. Volunteer hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Contact Jamie Barrett at 434-262-9021 for more information and to sign up.
Down Branch Farm
Down Branch Farm, a small sustainable farm providing produce to the Charlottesville area, including select restaurants, is looking for a motivated intern/apprentice willing to work hard and learn methods of small scale farm production. Openings for up to 3 days a week are available. Sustainable agriculture techniques including growing in high tunnels, harvesting, soil improvement, and irrigation techniques will be taught. Also some building construction techniques and power tool use will be practiced. Pay at first will consist of vegetables produced on the farm instead of wages. Possible paying job to the right individual. Call 295-3512 if interested.
Food access and meal service opportunities:
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
The largest organization alleviating hunger in Western and Central Virginia, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank secures food from local and national sources and distributes the food to partner agencies feeding the hungry. While volunteer opportunities range, they are in greatest need for volunteers Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. to help distribute food to walk in clients. Please visit their website for additional information.
Emergency Food Bank
The Emergency Food Bank is a volunteer organization that provides a three-day food supply to individuals and families exclusively in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area who find themselves in an emergency without food. In 2014, the Emergency Food Bank partnered with Local Food Hub to bring fresh, locally sourced produce to their clients. The clients have especially loved fresh tomatoes, squash, potatoes, and onions. To volunteer or donate food, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-979-9180.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
Building houses, working at The Habitat Store, or pitching in at a special event are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity. Please see their website for more information, or contact Garrett Trent, Volunteer Manager, at email@example.com.
The Haven is a dynamic, multi-purpose community space that works to reduce homelessness by initiating creative solutions and coordinating regional resources and services. Volunteer opportunities include preparing locally sourced breakfasts or helping with meal service, tending and harvesting in their two-acre community garden, as well as welcome desk duties and guiding guests’ access to the Haven’s many resources. Visit their website for more information, or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College students interested in volunteer or internship opportunities should contact Terri Di Cintio at email@example.com.
Local Food Hub offers academic year and summer internship opportunities through the University Internship Programs (UIP). Please contact Terri Di Cintio at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Campus Kitchen at UVA is a local chapter of the national Campus Kitchens Project based in Washington, D.C. The organization strives to relieve hunger in the Charlottesville community by preparing nutritionally balanced and locally-sourced meals for charitable organizations. See their website for more information.