HandsOn Blue Ridge

Contact Program Director
Alison Jorgensen, CVA 
540.985.0131, ext 502
alisonj@councilofcommunityservices.org

We Connect People with Opportunities to Serve.

Connects people with opportunities to serve. As the volunteer center for the Roanoke and New River Valleys, we provide easy access to a wide range of volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations and local government agencies serving the entire community. We link people who want to help – individuals, families, and students, businesses and their employees, civic, community, and faith-based organizations – with places of issues where their time, talent and interests can be utilized effectively.

We Build Capacity for Effective Local Volunteering.

We help agencies, businesses, and others who work with volunteers build their skills in recruiting, managing, retaining and recognizing volunteers. We provide volunteer management training and consultation, share volunteer management resource information, convene and advise professional associations (such as the Roanoke and New River Valley Advisory Councils and the Corporate Volunteer Council), and provide training and support for specialized groups of volunteers, such as board leaders.

We Promote Volunteering.

We raise awareness of the value of volunteering. Through volunteer fairs, media campaigns and other means, we encourage people to volunteer and provide information about volunteering. We promote national service days, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, National Family Volunteer Day, National Youth Service Day, and Join Hands Day. And through a variety of recognitions and awards programs, we recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers, who make our community a better place to live.

We Participate in Strategic Initiatives to Meet Local Needs.

Volunteer Centers serve as a convener for the Community and catalyst for action. We work with local agencies, city government, businesses, schools, law enforcement, grassroots groups and community leaders to identify needs and mobilize volunteer response. We address such diverse but critical community issues as youth violence, disaster response, illiteracy, homelessness, hunger, frail seniors, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and accessibility and inclusiveness. We use our knowledge of our differences to solve problems.

What We Value:

People
We believe that through volunteer service people have the capacity to enrich their own lives and improve the quality of life in their communities.

Diversity
We recognize that all people have time and talents in store, and that communities are strengthened when people connect across their differences through volunteer service.

Collaboration
We realize that we are at our best when we collaborate.

Excellence
We commit to implementing innovative and effective strategies, holding ourselves accountable for results, and sharing our knowledge and best practices with others.

Behind the ideas and efforts toward building a better world, volunteers fuel a movement of compassion and connection. You can make a difference by volunteering right here in our community. By sharing your time and talents to help others, we can help bring a sense of hope to our hearts, homes, neighborhoods, and ultimately our nation.

HandsOn Blue Ridge Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Management Professionals

HandsOn Blue Ridge has many available resources for volunteer management professionals. From recruitment to retention, management to recognition – and all areas in between!

Organizations can become affiliates of HandsOn Blue Ridge to enjoy specific benefits, including free monthly meetings and quarterly trainings.

To become an affiliate of HandsOn Blue Ridge, click here.

Want to take your career to the next level?

The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration advances the profession and practice of volunteer resource management by:

  • Articulating core competencies for the profession of volunteer administration
  • Certifying individuals who demonstrate knowledge and competence in the leadership of volunteers.
  • Advancing standards of ethical practice
  • Promoting professional development and education

Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is the only international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management. Originally developed by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) several decades ago, the program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA). The CVA credential reflects mastery of the knowledge required of practitioners in this field as measured through an exam and peer assessment process.

Any local (Roanoke and New River Valleys) volunteer manager who registers to complete the CVA process will receive:

  • Opportunity to use HandsOn Blue Ridge office space for the exam
  • Proctor for exam
  • Assistance studying for exam

In addition, any local volunteer manager who receives the CVA certification will receive a one-year individual membership to HandsOn Blue Ridge.

For more information, visit the CVA website.

2014 – 2015 HandsOn Blue Ridge Signature Days of Service

Make a Difference Day
October 25, 2014

Veterans Day
November 11, 2014

Family Volunteer Day
November 22, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 19, 2015

National Volunteer Week
April 12, 2015 – April 18, 2015

Global Youth Service Day (locally through Family Service of Roanoke Valley)
April 17, 2015 – April 19, 2015

National Day of Service and Remembrance
September 11, 2015

Make a Difference Day
October 24, 2015

Veterans Day
November 11, 2015

Family Volunteer Day
November 21, 2015

Useful Links

Together we can make a difference. Join us in working to connect the Roanoke and New River Valleys through volunteering.