At JABA, our mission is to ensure that individuals and families live better. We believe that living as part of a community promotes healthy aging, so all JABA owned and run living options promote a sense of community. Whether you are seeking independent living or living with assistance, JABA continues to establish and preserve affordable living communities that increase options for living better.

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Living as an elder should be an enjoyable part of your life. Why not enjoy yourself as part of a community that learns, plays and works together? At JABA, we have designed our Community Centers and our Adult Care Centers to promote fun and fellowship.

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JABA is all about lending support to seniors in need of assistance. Whether that includes basic information, case management, insurance counseling, home delivered meals — or any of the many other available services — we want you to think of JABA as a source of support for you or your loved ones. Most of our support is offered as a gift to those who cannot pay. See individual programs for more details.

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JABA is able to do all that it does because of generous volunteers and donors. We value contributions of time as well as dollars and promise to put your talents and your donations to very good use.

In the past five years, government funding has diminished. Luckily, individual and corporate contributions have begun to rise. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and needed.

Volunteer Opportunities


What’s good for us as we age is good for our entire community — from planning for neighborhood growth, to promoting local foods and collaborating for the best use of resources. This is the philosophy behind JABA’s mission, “to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.”

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join JABA's Volunteer Services program and make a difference in the lives of others. Studies show that volunteering helps us live longer, while it adds to the meaning and quality of our lives. Have a special talent or skill you would like to contribute?

Some examples of volunteer opportunities are listed below. Please click the Volunteer Registration button to submit an online application. A member of Volunteer Services will contact you.

For questions call Volunteer Services at 434-817-5272.

Drive A Mile And Bring A Smile

Do you enjoy driving down the beautiful rural roads in your community? Who wouldn't want to make a difference in someone's life and bring a smile to their face? Deliver prepared meals every other week to home bound, low-income area residents. Two hours, bi-weekly. Mileage reimbursement. Immediate needs in Louisa and Fluvanna! During the alternate weeks of non-deliveries check in with the people on your routes by making a quick call to them.
Substitute drivers and people to make calls to check in on the recipients of the meals on non delivery weeks are also needed. Contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272

Service with a smile

Are you outgoing and sensitive of others while enjoying working with all ages? There are two agencies that are in need of your time; the neighborhood Westhaven Clinic, and Hospice of the Piedmont are requesting the help of Receptionist Volunteers. Receive and greet people and answer phones, supply distribution to staff and implement special projects . Times and days vary and position can be shared. For details contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272

Beyond Busy Work!

Join Twice is Nice's friendly, bustling team to help out in the upscale resale boutique! Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions Monday – Saturday at JABA's thrift shop located in Preston Plaza in Charlottesville. Volunteer opportunities include: customer service, sorting donations, picking up furniture and receiving it at the store and even more tasks. You can even select your favorite department to help out in. Receive a TIN Buck to spend in the boutique for every hour volunteered and receive discounts on Olli classes after volunteering 30 hours. The biggest benefit for volunteering at Twice is Nice is the new friendships that you will form! Proceeds from Twice Is Nice benefit JABA's Mountainside Senior Living. Contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272

FISH Volunteer Leadership Team

Be a leader of JABA's School of FISH in the community where you live.
Charlottesville/Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Greene community members—Join our dynamic volunteer leadership team! Help recruit and screen new volunteers, provide training, plan events, or conduct administrative duties as a member of the award winning FISH (Friends in Schools Helping) team. Commitment is 2 to 10 hours per week for at least 1 year with the support of JABA staff.

Longterm Care Facility Resident Advocate

If you have at least one year to commit to and four hours a week to give we can fill your time with a volunteer position that is very rewarding. It's a volunteer position that demands understanding, good listening and observation skills. Possessing diplomacy, patience and mediation traits in working with different individuals comes in handy yet you will need to be ok with being assertive. Long-term Care Facility Resident Advocates, properly referred to as, Volunteer Ombudsmen, work to improve the quality of life for those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as provide support to their families. We screen, train, certify, and have the new Volunteer Ombudsmen shadow before any independent volunteering occurs. We are currently enrolling prospective volunteers for the next training session in October.

Participants must complete 20 hours of training and make a minimum commitment of 4 hours of volunteer time per week. Retirees are especially welcome.

For more information about our next training session and/or volunteer ombudmans program, contact Beth Hochstetler, JABA Volunteer Ombudsman Specialist, 434-817-5271.contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272

Got an Hour?

Share Your Talent or Interests, Serve Your Community! Support activities at JABA Community Centers, Adult Care Centers, PACE, and Mountainside Senior Living. There are convenient locations with numerous volunteer activities in Charlottesville, Esmont, Scottsville, Fork Union, Louisa, Crozet or Lovingston. Share your interests and talents in entertaining, arts and crafts, inspirational needs, flower arranging, meal servers, pet therapy, exercise, sewing, reminiscing, and more with area seniors. Day time hours are flexible Monday-Friday with some limited evening and weekend opportunities.Contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272

Helping JABA behind the scenes

Be a part of a fast moving, responsive office as we help people connect to their community. Assist JABA's various programs with special projects and office support. Basic computer and phone skills needed.
Contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272

Can’t decide between volunteering with children or older adults? Now you can do both!

Do you enjoy working with children AND older adults? We have a need for Activities Leaders and Activities Assistants. Our members and preschool students enjoy art, music, exercise and lunch together; there is something for everyone who is patient, likes lively interaction and can follow instructions. Some training provided. Charlottesville and Louisa locations.
Contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272 or

Creative Needle Work Enthusiasts Wanted

We are looking for individuals that enjoy quilting, knitting or crocheting to create and donate items to Hospice patients.
For coordination contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272 or

Pet Therapy

Do you and your four legged friends want to enrich the lives of seniors and disabled adults? If your dog is trained and certified in pet therapy you can visit one of JABA’s Community Centers in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa or Nelson or the Adult Care Centers in Charlottesville and Louisa for great socialization. There are other sites as well that love to have your furry friend and you pop in for a visit like Martha Jefferson Hospital, Hospice House and PACE. Hours and times are flexible during the day, M-F. Contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272

Join JABA's Volunteer Services program and make a difference in the lives of others. Studies show that volunteering helps us live longer, while it adds to the meaning and quality of our lives. Have a special talent or skill you would like to contribute?

Some examples of volunteer opportunities are listed below. Please click the Volunteer Registration button to submit an online application. A member of Volunteer Services will contact you.

For questions call Volunteer Services at 434-817-5272.

  • Contact Us »

    JABA is a great place to volunteer. Call or e-mail us today!

    Manager, Volunteer Services

    Leanne Probst

    Phone: 434-817-5272

    FAX: 434-817-5230


  • Volunteer Awards & Recognition »

    JABA Volunteer of the Year:

    • 1999 Margaret Long
    • 2000 Elizabeth Bibb
    • 2001 Myra Spencer
    • 2002 Catherine O'Shea
    • 2003 Frances Lee Vandel
    • 2004 Lou Pinto
    • 2005 Elise K Brigham
    • 2006 Hank Morgan
    • 2007 Bessie Williams
    • 2009 Greene County: Earl Moyers
    • 2009 Nelson County: Emmett & Alice Fox
    • 2009 Charlottesville-Albemarle Counties: Marilyn Fantino
    • 2010 Sally Mank
    • 2011 Leslie Reed
    • 2012 Geraldine Wells

    JABA Lifetime Achievement Award :

    • 2009 Angell Husted

    MetLife Older Americans Enrich America Award:

    • 2009 Chuck Strauss
    • 2010 Marilyn Fantino

    Virginia Healthcare Association Adult Volunteer of the Year:

    • 2009 Hank Morgan

    Governor's Award for Volunteerism & Community Service:

    • 2008 Sally Mank
  • Program Overview »

    Join JABA’s Volunteer Services Program to make your mark in a volunteer opportunity within JABA Community Centers and programs, or with more than 100 other nonprofit agencies in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.

    JABA’s volunteer program is intergenerational. Our volunteers represent the full spectrum of age. They, in turn, assist people of all ages. If you want to serve with seniors directly, become a Friendly Visitor or Phone Buddy, deliver meals to homebound seniors, assist with activities at one of JABA’s Community Centers, or join JABA’s Volunteer Ombudsman Program.

    If you like working with children, become a FISH (Friends In Schools Helping) volunteer and tutor reading or math, or help a new child adjust to school. Perhaps you speak Spanish or another language. Tutoring English as a Second Language is in high demand.

    We help you plan your schedule as a volunteer so it is convenient and flexible. You can volunteer when you want and for as long as you want in a location close to where you live or work. And, you can choose to respond to different ongoing needs in our community, or volunteer for short-term projects.

    All volunteers 55+ become members of RSVP, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that supports service and volunteer programs to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement. JABA is the local sponsor for the RSVP Program.

  • Links to Related Information »

    www.handsonnetwork.org Points of Light Institute provides information on promoting and cultivating volunteer engagement.

    www.vaservice.org We recommend this site for information on volunteer initiatives in Virginia.

    www.volunteeringinamerica.gov This site provides interesting statistics and data about volunteering in America.

    www.gu.org Generations United provides information on intergenerational programs.

    www.templecil.org This site provides information on baby boomer volunteer research and on-line training.

  • Volunteer Rewards & Benefits »

    Volunteers are the Heart of JABA

    Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at JABA. We recognize the contribution made by volunteers to support older adults and their families and make our community a great place to age.

    JABA volunteers have told us that the main reasons they volunteer are to help people, make a difference and give back to the community. And there are real benefits to the volunteer as well.

    Helping Others Makes People Happier and Healthier

    Research shows that those who volunteer have:

     Lower mortality rates
     Greater functional ability
     Lower rates of depression in later life
     Less incidence of heart disease
     Positive effects on physical and mental health

    Receive As Well As Give

    Recognizing volunteers for their service to others is a way we can say thank you. Volunteering through JABA gives you well-deserved rewards:

     Volunteer 30 hours a year through JABA and earn a discount on tuition at Olli (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
     Orientation and training for your volunteer position
     Be part of JABA's staff working together as partners 

JABA volunteers receive discount on OLLI classes
JABA volunteers receive discount on OLLI classes
Click on the image to learn about the FISH volunteer program
Click on the image to learn about the FISH volunteer program
Volunteers Work with Kids and Elders
Volunteers Work with Kids and Elders
Volunteer Opportunities Monthly Newsletter
Volunteer Opportunities Monthly Newsletter
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Click on picture to print Volunteer brochure