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.

Social Coordinator

JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center in Charlottesville’s Jefferson School City Center is looking for a bingo prize coordinator to help procure prizes for members. This person will work closely with center members. The center is also in need of a refreshment coordinator from 8:00 to 10:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Contact Leanne Probst for details at 434-817-5272 or

Are you Crafty?

Activities Leaders needed for crafts projects at the Nelson County Community Center. We need creative volunteers to share their enthusiasm for crafts with older adults as they plan, implement and lead the activities. The commitment would be once per month at a minimum and once a week maximum. Contact Leanne Probst at 434-817-5272 or for more information.

Intergenerational Activities

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! Charlottesville and Louisa locations.
Contact Leanne Probst 434-817-5272 or

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.

Read or share a talent with at-risk youth this summer!

The Friends in Schools Helping program is expanding into the summertime in Fluvanna County. The Summer Extended Education Program at Central Elementary provides children with a warm, supportive environment over the summer break. Volunteers are needed to read with children to prevent the “summer slide” or to assist with dramas/short plays, arts & crafts, sport clinics, playing board games, walking clubs and wildlife education.
Contact Carleigh Wegner for details 434-817-3551 or

Musicians Needed for a Weekly Gig

Nelson County Community Center is looking for musicians who want to share their talent. All genres encouraged. Come and play music at the center on Monday or Tuesday between the hours of 11:00am to 1:00pm. Great audience of local older adults. 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

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:

     Meet your fellow volunteers at the Volunteer Recognition Event in April at Ash-Lawn Highland and enjoy the beautiful grounds, tours of President Monroe's home, entertainment, food and gifts.
     Volunteer 30 hours at JABA and earn a discount on tuition at Olli (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
     Birthday greeting on your birthday
     Thanksgiving card with tear-off calendar
     Orientation and training for your volunteer position
     Be part of JABA's staff working together as partners
     Over 55? Join RSVP and receive supplemental automobile insurance and partial mileage reimbursement and join 400,000 other volunteers across the country who are changing their communities through volunteering.


JABA volunteers receive discount on OLLI classes
JABA volunteers receive discount on OLLI classes
A FISH Volunteer Helps New Readers
A FISH Volunteer Helps New Readers
More About Senior Corps
More About Senior Corps
Volunteers Work with Kids and Elders
Volunteers Work with Kids and Elders
Volunteer Opportunities Monthly Newsletter
Volunteer Opportunities Monthly Newsletter
Click on picture to print Volunteer brochure
Click on picture to print Volunteer brochure