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Community Service

The volunteer Community Service Scholarship program was founded to help students develop a love for service to others within their communities.

Students can earn $100.00 in tuition assistance per semester by volunteering to work 10 hours with an approved community agency or 15 hours assisting Thomas Nelson offices.  All participants must register in advance by completing the form below:

Community Service Scholarship Registration Form

Below is a list of local agencies and non-profits who have agreed to join our community service efforts. Please contact the individual or group listed below directly and discuss ways that you can provide assistance virtually only to begin your service hours. Print the Community Service Time Sheet found at the end of the list send it to your service site to document the hours worked. Send the completed and signed timesheet to Kadisia Archer in the Office of Student Life and Leadership to receive a copy of your award letter. The letter will be sent to the Business office to have the funds credited to your account. Funds earned in the current semester can only be used toward tuition and must be used within the next two semesters. For example, funds earned during a spring semester can be used to offset $100.00 of summer or fall tuition costs. Students can earn $100.00 tuition assistance during each semester of enrollment to be used in a subsequent semester.

Alternatives, Inc.

359 Fenwick Road, Bldg 263, Fort Monroe, VA 23651

Contact: Regan Johnson 757-838-2330


RELATE (Relationship Education Leading Adolescents Toward Empowerment) Trainer to lead a dating violence prevention program (8 hours long) with 9th graders. You will work with other college students as a part of a team going into the high schools. Participating students must be willing to attend a 4 hour training. 


American Red Cross

1323 West Pembroke Avenue, Hampton, VA 23661

Contact: Erika Dillard 757-434-6739


General clerical duties, disaster services, volunteer on military base, community fundraising.


Avalon Center

Outreach Office: 3204 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Contact: Augusta Casone 757-903-2374


Perform clerical duties, assist with childcare and general help within the emergency shelter. Orientation required.


Bayside of Poquoson Health and Rehab

1 Vantage Drive, Poquoson, VA 23662

Contact: Gwen Floyd 757-868-9960


Activities with senior residents of the center to include bingo and crafts - flexible scheduling.


Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Williamsburg

312 Waller Mill Road, Suite 200, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Contact: Michell Hollins 757-253-0676


General office duties.


C. Waldo Scott Center

3100 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607

Contact: Crystal Rainey, Volunteer Coordinator 757-244-9223


Volunteers needed to assist children with homework and reading. Also help Program Assistants with afternoon activities for the children at the Center.


Care Team Cupboard at Thomas Nelson

Food Pantry: Room 221Q, Griffin Hall

Office to contact: Student Services, Room 201, Griffin Hall

Contact: Doreen Dougherty or Richard Hurst 757-825-2867 or by email to or


Volunteers will sign in students, staff and community members who need provisions of non-perishable foods and will provide customers with a list of other local food pantries.  (On campus service requires 15 hours per semester.)


Child Development Resources

150 Point O'Woods Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Contact: Bertie Byrd 757-566-3300, Ext. 518


General office duties, early child care, special events (such as an oyster roast) and other special projects as needed (such as yard work around the offices).


Child and Family Connections

Williamsburg Location: 348 McLaws Circle, Suite 1, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Hampton Location: 2021 Cunningham Drive, Suite 400, Hampton VA 23666

Contact: Michael Edmond 757-229-7940


General office duties, database entry, follow up calls


Community Knights Inc.

Physical Location: 733 Thimble Shouls Blvd., Ste. 170, Newport News, VA 23606
Volunteer Location: Knights of Columbus Center, 12742 Nettles Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
Contact: Lorraine SantaLucia, Volunteer Recruiter: Call/Text: 757-337-1970


Volunteers needed for bi-weekly bingo games.

Dates Needed: Wednesdays    5:00 - 10:30 pm / Sundays    12:00 - 5:30 pm /

Bingo Prep:  Fridays & Mondays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Contact: Lorraine SantaLucia, Volunteer Recruiter at Call/Text: 757-337-1970


Volunteers needed to serve as peer mentors for the COACH Program to support individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability. Training and volunteer activities are currently virtual.
Contact: Cassandra Brown at 



College Tour Guide

Griffin Hall, Room 200, Hampton Campus

Contact: Dana Cook  757-825-3885


Conduct college tours for prospective students and families.


Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula

2401 Aluminum Avenue, Hampton, VA 23661

Contact: Tracy Hansbrough, Volunteer Coordinator  757-596-7188 at extension 154


Sorting food and stocking shelves. Assist with special projects and/or clerical work. Help with Mobile Food Pantry.


Habitat for Humanity

371 Chatham Drive, Newport News, VA 23607

Contact: Mary Luke, Volunteer Coordinator 757-913-5664 


Stocking building materials warehouse, cleaning and pricing items, Re-Store clerk - assisting customers, stocking shelves, etc. Court Orders for minor offenses. 


Hampton and Newport News City Schools National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

1646 Briar field Road, Hampton, VA 23669

Contact: Nancy Companion, Coordinator 757-727-1049


Volunteers needed to assist adult students with web based program to earn their high school diplomas. Flexible hours.


Hampton Roads Community Action Program

Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center

 2410 Wickham Ave

Newport News, VA 23607

Contact: Shawneequa Turner, 757-756-6875


Volunteers needed for various tasks including Administrative, Marketing, and more.



Healthy Families Partnership, Inc.

100 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669

Contact: Allison 757-727-2731


Teen center assistance, office work, receptionist special events and community events assistance


Heritage Humane Society

430 Waller Mill road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Contact: Jennifer Lafountain 757-221-0150


Socializing with animals, walking dogs, assisting with daily cleaning of facilities, clerical duties in main office and special events volunteers. Orientation required. Call to register for orientation.


Housing Partnerships

115 Palace Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Contact: Brandi Weiler 757-221-0225


General office duties Emergency home repairs, grass cutting for elderly and low income residents


Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Thomas Nelson Career Services 600 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666

Contact: Stacey Roberts Phone: 757-865-5870


Successful completion of the IRS online Tax Certification Exam is a prerequisite for participation in this volunteer program. Best suited to students in second year accounting/economic majors. Local volunteerism partner site to be determined. (On campus service requires 15 hours per semester.)


James City County Rescue Squad

3135 Forge Road, Toano, VA 23168

Contact: Bryan Bacon 757-566-3032


Station help, general office duties, washing vehicles


Kindred Hospice

5544 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Contact: Dawn Conrad, Manager of Volunteer Services  757-461-0600


Needs include clerical support, bereavement volunteers, patient visitation, pet therapy visitation, other volunteers for specific needs. Manager will arrange to meet with students locally for interviews. Some training required for various positions. 


LINK (Living Interfaith Network) of Hampton Roads

10413 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601

Contact: Quentin Hardy, Volunteer Coordinator 757-595-1953


Filing grocery bags, clerical and general office duties, mentoring elderly and youth


Mary Immaculate Hospital

2 Bernadine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602

Contact: Stephanie Chapman 757-886-6073


Gift shop counter sales, thrift store counter sales, other as needed


Meals on Wheels of Williamsburg

739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News (to sign up only)

Contact: Lisha Mullen 757-246-1905


Delivering meals to residents


Messmer Community Services Center

312 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Contact: Shante Bell 757-220-4249 or


Messmer provides support for local non-profits and low income families by providing referrals and resources to help them become self-sufficient. There are two opportunities for volunteers. One, grounds work to include: help maintain grounds, weeding, mulching, and removal of trash. Two, referral desk help to include: checking in clients, verifying ID and address, and printing organization information for clients needs. 


New Century Hospice

11835 Fishing Point Drive, Suite 102, Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Sherry Boone, Volunteer Coordinator   757-874-1237


Office work, recruiting volunteers, making flower arrangements and delivering to patients, sit with clients and read or share stories, etc. Volunteer application with references will need to be submitted and upon acceptance there will be a volunteer training.


Newport News Public Schools College and Career Readiness Class

Administration Building, 12465 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Vickie Madison, College Prep Coordinator 757-881-5461


Tutors for high school age students in various subjects on location at any Newport News high school from 2 - 5 pm weekdays. Call for interview.


Peninsula Agency on the Aging, Inc.

739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 1006, Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Gerald Patesel 757-873-0541


Clerical and general office duties, driving seniors to appointments, Meals on Wheels


Peninsula Fine Arts Center

101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Camille Donne   757-596-1100   Email:       


General volunteers for various duties at the center Special onsite and offsite event volunteers


Peninsula Regional Education Program

14302 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23602

Contact: Mary Ellen Dreybus   757-283-7830, Ext. 38656 Email:    


Tutoring adult learners for basic skills, reading, computer and math


Personal Touch Home Care, Inc.

735 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Suite 130, Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Melanie Wood  757-296-9989


Offer care and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. We offer free and comprehensive training to all Hospice Volunteers. Looking for Patient Companion and/or Administrative Volunteers – flexible scheduling.


Presidential Ambassador Program

Michelle Manfred,  email:  phone: 757-825-3524

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Refugee and Immigration Services

12284 Warwick Blvd., Suite A, Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Suheir Diyab 757-247-3600


Helping children with homework (Free background check required), receptionist and general clerical duties


Riverside Convalescent Center

414 Algonquin Road, Hampton, VA 23666 

Contact: Beth Dropski 757-722-9881


Hold activities with senior residents of the center - flexible scheduling Visit one on one with residents; read, watch TV, etc.


Riverside Hospice

12420 Warwick Blvd, Suite 6E, Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Jennifer Hughes 757-594-2745


Volunteer duties include patient visitations, music/art/pet therapy visitations, bereavement volunteers, administrative/office support and assistance with our NODA Program (no one dies alone). Coordinator will meet with students for interviews and discuss required training, background checks and position information.  


Salvation Army

1033 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666

Contact: Jim Colston: or  757-838-4875, Ext. 104


Program assistants, bell ringers during holiday season, general office duties


Self Protection Awareness

301 Tower Lane, Newport News, VA 23608

Contact: Pearlie Jett 757-593-3531


General clerical duties, help with special projects


Sentara Hospice Services

Various locations in Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg

Contact: Karl West 757-736-0709


Volunteer to work with patient care, bereavement support and encouragement, clerical duties in general office setting and special events volunteers. Orientation required.


SMART-One, Inc.

Contact: Moe Beaulieu 757-256-5734


SMART-One, Inc. is a peninsula based organization that creates challenging activities for "great kids" with special needs. One of our programs is the "SMART-SWIM" class that takes place at the York county YMCA every Sunday afternoon from 3:30pm until 4:30pm (you do not have to be a member of the YMCA to volunteer). We are in need of volunteers who can give an hour a week to these terrific kids. So, if you have lifeguard training, swim team experience, or you're simply a good swimmer. we can surely use the gift of your time and talent! This is a great way to connect with the community on a very special level. 



523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601

Contact: Anne Carpens 757-595-1399, Ext. 102


Volunteers must fill out an application and attend one hour orientation. Duties: general clerical duties, cleaning cages, tending animals


The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors

718 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. B, Newport News, VA 23601

Contact: Lauren Brennan, Volunteer Program and Communication Coordinator: or 757-599-9844


Volunteers to serve as Group Leaders, Sexual Assault Advocates and Community Educators. Also need support for Fundraising and Special Events. Other opportunities also available.


The Mariners' Museum and Park

100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606

Contact: Beth Heaton, Volunteer and Internship Program Manager at 757-591-7712 or


Volunteer opportunities:  Departmental volunteers and interns in Marketing, Digital Services, Library, Development, Visitor Services, Education, Interpretation. We also have opportunities for Event Support for events such as our Gallery Crawl, Craft Beer Festival, ARRRtober Festival, Wine Classic, History Bites..



Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency

312 Waller Mill Road, Suite 405, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Contact: Rebekah Hinson or Yaitzel Barrientos 757-229-9332


Volunteer needed to help market agency's services via social media platforms to include LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. Duties include posting upcoming events and activities to social media sites and building a following on various platforms. A background check is required and may take two to three weeks to clear before volunteer service can begin.



Williamsburg House of Mercy

10 Harrison Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23188



Volunteers needed for Client Advocates, Mobile Food Pantry, Housing Office Assistants, Harbor Day Shelter for the Homeless, and for our Make a House a Home ministry that assists with move-ins and home set-up. Williamsburg House of Mercy can also be a great team building opportunity for your office or business to perform community service together!  Consider doing a food or diaper drive—Buy some K-Cups for the Harbor Day Shelter—organize a WelcomeHomeBasket for our newly rehoused (formerly homeless) neighbors—the opportunities are endless! 


The Woods at Yorktown Community Center

2801 Old Williamsburg Road, Yorktown, VA 23690

Contact: Mignon Middleton 757-969-1567


Assist with food distributions, summer youth programs, after-school tutoring and youth activities, sports activities, and workshops to include health, nutrition, fitness, culinary and other topics for youth and adults.


VA Crusaders Youth Development Center

613 Rotary Street, Hampton, VA 23661

Contact: Laticia Stith: or 757-825-2449


Assist with before and after school homework and study program for school aged children. Hours of operation 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.


Victory Family YMCA

101 Long Green Boulevard, Yorktown, VA 23693

Contact: Jean Okyen 757-867-3300


Assist with special events, act as greeters, assist with child care, and assist with grounds and landscaping. Applicants must complete a volunteer application at the YMCA and meet with the Volunteer Coordinator prior to beginning volunteer hours.


Virginia Air and Space Museum

600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Virginia 23669

Contact: Brandy Zaro 757-727-0900 ext. 735


General office duties, assist with school groups upon arrival, assist educators during programs, assist with activities during events, direct visitors to locations within the center. 30 minute orientation required. Call to arrange best time.



The Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601

Contact: Shandran Thornburgh, Director of Volunteer Services at 757-534-7428 or


A complete list of volunteer opportunities can be found on the Virginia Living Museum website under their volunteer page at


YMCA Hampton

1 YMCA Way, Hampton, VA 23669

Contact: Lee Grandison, Senior Program Director 757-722-9044


Volunteer opportunities can range from sports coaching, tutoring, facility maintenance and special event participants.


YMCA Newport News

7827 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23607

Contact: Theresa Wilson 757-245-0047


Special program volunteers such as Child Watch, youth sports, membership drive


Young Gentleman's Club "Creating Gentlemen...One Boy at a Time"

Machen Elementary School, 20 Sacramento Drive, Hampton, VA 23666

Contact: James Earl Pope 757-646-1992


Mentoring elementary aged boys in grades 2-5, helping with homework, accompanying groups on field trips.  Program runs after school on Wednesdays from 2 - 4:30 pm and some field trips on Saturdays.


Virtual Community Service Opportunities

Listed below are non-local agencies that provide opportunities for virtual community service.