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Volunteer Services

Would you like to make a difference in our community? JABA can connect you to meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout our area. The choices are as varied as each individual. You can play music or help with crafts at one of our many centers, mentor a child through our FISH (Friends In School Helping) program or connect with seniors through our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. JABA's volunteers find purpose as they offer their talents and compassion to fill vital community needs. See below for a list of immediate volunteer needs. 


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FISH Friends in Schools Helping

Volunteering allows me to give and receive love through my work with children. It takes a village, and the FISH program provides a means to engage in the community of learners. I feel that when I can help boost the confidence of a child, she will be more likely to succeed in school. – FISH Mentor

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Come FISH With Us

Experience the wonder that children bring by becoming a certified FISH volunteer! A passion for education and a desire to help with the success and self-confidence of students is needed, but a background in education is NOT necessary.

Our Vision

To be the most valued and effective school volunteer program in our region through building trust and confidence among our students and school communities.

The FISH Mission

The FISH school-based program through its dedicated, trained and caring volunteers achieves immediate and lasting changes in all the lives we touch. Through this transformation, when a FISH volunteer mentors:
  • Student academic achievement increases; confidence and social skills improve
  • Volunteers’ lives are enriched
  • Critical school needs are addressed
  • JABA’s community impact grows
FISH is an intergenerational school-based mentoring program providing support to help solve critical needs for students in our public schools. The FISH Mentors are required to commit to a minimum of one hour a week for the academic school year working with students one-to-one, in small groups, or the class as a whole. 
A child who receives attention and empathy from a caring adult enjoys higher self-esteem, develops better problem-solving abilities, and feels empowered to achieve. At the same time, volunteers see the significant contribution they make to a child's overall confidence and stay active in their community. FISH fosters friendships across generations, allowing both students and volunteers to enjoy the stimulating experience of intergenerational interaction.
The all-volunteer FISH Leadership Team is restocking the pond; throw us a line! Write us at, call us at 434-817-5226, or Sign up Now.

Swimming Ahead

There are upcoming presentations on the FISH program, new mentor trainings, seminars, and FISHnets-mentor Volunteer gatherings. Please contact your local FISH team for upcoming dates.

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National Mentoring Partnerships, School Based Mentoring by Dr. Jean Rhodes
Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, Summer/Fall 2001 Trained Mentors Training Mentors

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