Community Partners Directory

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Access Virginia

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Access Virginia was created to provide open captioning and audio description at live theatrical performances so that Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired persons could attend show performances and experience the pleasure of live entertainment at public facilities and to ensure that no individual with these disabilities is denied access or treated differently than other individuals because of absence of necessary accommodations.

Our volunteers and service providers abide by each venue's vaccination policy.
Vaccination or proof of negative test and masks are required by most theatre venues.

Affinity Care of Virginia

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Affinity offers hospice care to individuals with terminal illnesses in Virginia. Family members, who have not faced this situation may ask, "what is hospice care?" Hospice care focuses on providing terminally ill patients with end-of-life support services that improve their quality of life and allow them to pass with dignity and respect.
What we our volunteers will do: Companionship, Emotional Support, Caregiver Relief, Running Errands, Lawn Care, Crafting, Office Work, etc.

Alternatives, Inc.

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Alternatives is a non profit youth development agency serving over 4000 children, youth, and families in Hampton Roads. We have opportunities for community engagement with elementary and middle school students in Hampton and Newport News at various locations. Opportunities include English and Math tutoring, leadership devlepoment and civic engagement groups, and delivering curriculum on topics such as teen dating violence prevention, mindfulness, literacy, and more.

Must complete volunteer application, background checks, and drug screening.

American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​

BC Charles Elementary

Elementary School (K-5)

All persons interested in volunteering at a school, or for a school related program or event, must complete the school division’s online volunteer application. All prospective volunteers will be subject to a background check against the sex offender registries in all 50 states and the custom databases set by each school. The school principal or designee shall review the prospective volunteer applications and ensure the volunteers have cleared the screening process and completed all required documents. All volunteers must be approved before volunteering at any school or event, or chaperoning any school field trip. Prospective volunteers and schools should allow at least one week for this process. Service of volunteers will be limited to the five areas listed below:

1. General assistance in the school and in the classroom.
2. Tutoring, which includes reinforcement and remediation activities.
3. Enrichment, limited to those activities which are in harmony with the purpose, scope and development of the curriculum including special presentations and programs.
4. Mentoring, providing provide motivation, support and role modeling.
5. Sponsoring a club or other extra-curricular activity that supports the mission of the school or school division.

NNPS Volunteer Application can be found below.

Blossom/Rise

It is truly a blessing to have the gift for counseling children and connecting them to lifelong mentorships. We have been given a huge undertaking – to assist our Title 1 school to move into greatness. Saunders Elementary School is an elementary school in Newport News, VA. The racial/ethnic breakdown is 50% African American, 28.1% Hispanic, 13.2% White, 7.4% Multiple races, and 1.3% Asian, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian (VDOE School Quality Profile). My co-counselor and I are coordinating a boys group called RISE and a girls group called Blossom. The group is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The group is focused on empowering boys and girls to find their individual strength and talents, and to help develop skills to become leaders that impact change in the world. There are approximately 120 students in the group. Twenty 3rd grade girls, 3rd grade boys, 4th grade girls, 4th grade boys, 5th grade boys, and 5th grade girls. It is our hopes that each student could have an adult male mentor for the boys – that would be 60 men and a female mentor for the girls – that would be 60 women. I am asking for your assistance in locating male and female adults who would be willing to volunteer to mentor 1 day a month to this cause. Please give them my name and phone number, Monica Hancock, 704-909-8051.

Bluebird Gap Farm

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Bluebird Gap Farm offers an exciting, family-oriented adventure and educational experience rarely seen in an urban environment. The 60-acre farm has around 150 domestic and wild animals. We have the usual farm animals such as horses, cows, pigs, goats, and chickens. We are also home to birds of prey, whitetail deer, llamas, alpacas, tortoises, peacocks, rabbits, and waterfowl!

Site Team Leader: Katie Vanik (katherine.vanik.19@cnu.edu)

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula has ensured youth living on the Virginia Peninsula have an inclusive and safe space to engage in an array of development opportunities since 1946. During our after-school and summer programs, youth not only enjoy the benefits of participating in Club programming, but they also develop positive relationships with peers, adult staff, and volunteers. Our core programs focus on Education, Leadership & Service, Health & Wellness, The Arts, and Sports & Recreation. More than seventy-four years ago, 250 neighborhood boys in Newport News entered the Boys Club of Newport News on 28th Street and experienced a family atmosphere while engaging in new and unique experiences. The organization has witnessed incredible growth since those first young men walked through those doors. We now serve over 5,000 boys and girls ages 6-18 each year in the cities of Newport News and Hampton and in the counties of York, Gloucester, and Mathews at 12 Club sites.

Brooks Crossing Innovation Lab

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The Brooks Crossing Innovation Laboratory (affectionately referred to as the iLab) is the result of a partnership between Old Dominion University (ODU), the City of Newport News, and Newport News Shipbuilding. The Brooks Crossing Innovation Laboratory opened its doors in August of 2019. Through hands-on and project-based learning, the iLab serves as a resource for students, teachers and citizens interested in learning about advanced manufacturing, STEM, entrepreneurism, and educator professional development. The iLab offers an open fabrication space designed to inspire citizens in the Hampton Roads
Region to turn their ideas into new prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology associated with digital design manufacturing and modeling.

Site Team Leader: Sam Newfield (samuel.newfield.19@cnu.edu)

Please register for various events at the following hyperlink: https://odu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVEnc7LUXEt10eG

C. Waldo Scott for H.O.P.E

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The mission of the C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E (Helping Our People Emerge) is to provide HOPE to families, while developing the WHOLE CHILD. This is achieved by providing comprehensive services to educate and foster the growth and development of youth and families.

The C. Waldo Scott Center is a special place for children and families in Newport News to receive comprehensive services, which are developed to meet the needs of the community. Bringing together educators, health care professionals, social workers, recreation specialist, and community members to provide the education, training, and support needed for young people and their families to develop the skills necessary to take charge of their lives, enhancing positive life skills, health, and employability.

Captain's Emergency Response Organization

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CERO will seek to educate, train, and prepare the CNU and greater peninsula community for all potential emergencies. From an everyday cut or scrape to a cardiac arrest or car wreck, the club will help train members and the greater community on the best and most efficient way to respond, render needed assistance, and stay collected during a variety of emergency situations. This is accomplished through bringing initiatives including STOP the Bleed, CPR training, AED training, and EMT certifications on campus and making them readily available to students, staff, and faculty. CERO also works to provide Basic Life Support coverage for the CNU club sports. CERO members are provided opportunities to develop their skills in weekly meetings beginning at the bystander level.

Captains' Connection

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Captains’ Connection is an independent student-led service organization
at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Captains’ Connection, (CC) is an organization which establishes meaningful connections through peer mentorships between CNU students and individuals with one or more disabilities.

We establish group and individual mentorships with people in the
surrounding community with disabilities, and in doing so, we provide guidance, activities, and a sense of belonging; which all deserve. As involvement in our organization increases, we will continue to create an ever-growing voice of advocacy for individuals who are often underserved, underrepresented, and misunderstood.

Our community partners are the Hampton Therapeutic Rec and Newport News Public Schools.

Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department

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The Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department, established 1966, serves the residents of Carrollton, Virginia. With our modernized and expanded facility, state-of-the-art equipment, and dedicated volunteers, our brave men and women are proud to serve our community. Please consider joining our family.

Site Team Leader: Aidan Rucker (aidan.rucker.20@cnu.edu)

Carver Elementary School

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The Carver community will educate every student and teach positive citizenship skills within a safe, nurturing environment.

Hours 7:30- 4:00pm

All persons interested in volunteering at a school, or for a school related program or event, must complete the school division’s online volunteer application. All prospective volunteers will be subject to a background check against the sex offender registries in all 50 states and the custom databases set by each school. The school principal or designee shall review the prospective volunteer applications and ensure the volunteers have cleared the screening process and completed all required documents. All volunteers must be approved before volunteering at any school or event, or chaperoning any school field trip. Prospective volunteers and schools should allow at least one week for this process. Service of volunteers will be limited to the five areas listed below:

1. General assistance in the school and in the classroom.
2. Tutoring, which includes reinforcement and remediation activities.
3. Enrichment, limited to those activities which are in harmony with the purpose, scope and development of the curriculum including special presentations and programs.
4. Mentoring, providing provide motivation, support and role modeling.
5. Sponsoring a club or other extra-curricular activity that supports the mission of the school or school division.

NNPS Volunteer Application can be found below.

Mask, regular self health screening

City of Hampton, PRLS-Therapeutic Recreation

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Hampton Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Therapeutic Recreation division provides specialized services for individuals with disabilities in Hampton. Therapeutic Recreation activities may include swimming classes, craft classes, trips, camps, adult programs, special events and varied offerings every season. Our participant -to-staff ratio is appropriate to the needs of the group.

Background check is required. It can be done through CNU or HPRLS.

City of Newport News Department of Human Services- Communications/Community Relations Division

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The Department of Human Services is proud to be part of a dynamic group of city departments committed to serving their consumers in a caring and professional manner. In 2013, over 60,000 residents of Newport News were connected to federal, state, and local services and programs.

Services Provided:
The information and services that we provide include, but are not limited to:
Adult and family services
Child welfare and protective services
Employment services
Financial services
Prevention Services

Commonwealth Catholic Charities

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Commonwealth Catholic Charities has provided life-changing human services to vulnerable individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, CCC offers quality and compassionate human services to all people, especially the most vulnerable, regardless of faith. Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services is our primary program in the Newport News office.

Community Knights , Inc

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Community Knights is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to address deep budget cuts that hit our public schools and non-profits with the 2008 recession. Our work began with supporting public schools and the non-profit community on the Virginia Peninsula experiencing funding shortages. Through regular local fundraising we have united individuals and organizations to work collaboratively to invest in our community.

We have evolved into a vibrant, interconnected community investing in underserved populations through a continuous loop of volunteerism, community driven fundraising, and empowering organizations we serve. Our mission is to identify the needs of small local non-profit and public school organizations as well as the populations they serve and finding innovative ways to help them meet these needs collaboratively. Uniquely transforming communities through inclusive partnerships, community giving, and volunteerism.

Individuals who volunteer with our COACH program are required to go through a background check.

Crittenden Middle School

Crittenden Middle is a STEM Magnet Middle School. We are a public school with grades 6-8.T he STEM program is designed to empower students by developing their abilities to activate future-ready skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Crittenden magnet students will maintain academic excellence while becoming creative problem solvers prepared to be responsible citizens in a global society.

Cups and Claws Cat Cafe

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Cups and/& Claws Cafe LLC is a cat lounge business that will serve the community in many ways. In continued partnership with local shelters and rescues, this will serve as a foster home that will be involved in caring for between adoptable cats . Our goal is to provide a safe haven for both patrons and cats to relax, study, and play within a cozy environment that offers the mental health benefits of being around felines.

must sign a waiver

Department of Juvenile Services

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We provide comprehensive strength-based juvenile and community services including:
Educational programming
Medical and mental health services
Recreation and enrichment activities
Safety and security, through the use of a continuum of sanctions

Discovery STEM Academy

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K-5 Elementary school with a 3-5 STEM Magnet Program

All persons interested in volunteering at a school, or for a school related program or event, must complete the school division’s online volunteer application. All prospective volunteers will be subject to a background check against the sex offender registries in all 50 states and the custom databases set by each school. The school principal or designee shall review the prospective volunteer applications and ensure the volunteers have cleared the screening process and completed all required documents. All volunteers must be approved before volunteering at any school or event, or chaperoning any school field trip. Prospective volunteers and schools should allow at least one week for this process. Service of volunteers will be limited to the five areas listed below:

1. General assistance in the school and in the classroom.
2. Tutoring, which includes reinforcement and remediation activities.
3. Enrichment, limited to those activities which are in harmony with the purpose, scope and development of the curriculum including special presentations and programs.
4. Mentoring, providing provide motivation, support and role modeling.
5. Sponsoring a club or other extra-curricular activity that supports the mission of the school or school division.

NNPS Volunteer Application can be found below.

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

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The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a multi-purpose cultural space in the southeast community of Newport News, VA. The building is owned and operated by the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department of the City of Newport News.

The center houses several event spaces and large/small group gathering rooms available for event rental. The core of the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, a 276-seat venue named for the “first lady of song.” Other event spaces in the building include the Anderson Johnson Gallery, the Newport News Community Gallery, the L. Marian Poe Meeting Room, the banquet room, and the Charles C. Allen Execute Board Room.

While the building primarily functions as an event venue, several exhibits are open during normal business hours. Our permanent exhibit, the Anderson Johnson Gallery, provides a vignette into the life of a legendary folk artist whose work had an impact on the residents of Newport News. The Newport News Community Gallery is a rotating exhibit, featuring various local and national visual artists.

The facility also holds instructional spaces on the third-floor, including the Thaddeus Hayes Dance Studio, an art studio, a music room, and other classroom studio spaces. These spaces hold various programs dedicated to continuing arts education in our community.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is to provide high quality cultural arts activities that will:

Encourage innovation and partnerships among community and regional organizations;

Inspire the development of arts and life skills education;

Provide opportunities for performing and visual arts presentations;

Foster creative and diverse programming;

Be fiscally responsible;

Provide a venue that cherishes the City’s youth and is inviting to all;

thereby enhancing the quality of life in our community and throughout the entire city.

Dream Catchers

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Dream Catchers enriches the lives of children and adults with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges through a relationship with a horse. Therapeutic riding and ground-based activities help to increase the independence and quality of life for our riders. Our certified instructors, credentialed therapists, and volunteers work to provide a fun and stimulating environment during each lesson. Our horses are carefully selected and trained, and our facilities in Toano provide a safe environment that accommodates a wide range of disabilities. Dream Catchers is recognized as a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).

Site Team Leader: Allison Schurr (allison.schurr.18@cnu.edu)

Dutrow Elementary School

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Elementary Public School

All persons interested in volunteering at a school, or for a school related program or event, must complete the school division’s online volunteer application. All prospective volunteers will be subject to a background check against the sex offender registries in all 50 states and the custom databases set by each school. The school principal or designee shall review the prospective volunteer applications and ensure the volunteers have cleared the screening process and completed all required documents. All volunteers must be approved before volunteering at any school or event, or chaperoning any school field trip. Prospective volunteers and schools should allow at least one week for this process. Service of volunteers will be limited to the five areas listed below:

1. General assistance in the school and in the classroom.
2. Tutoring, which includes reinforcement and remediation activities.
3. Enrichment, limited to those activities which are in harmony with the purpose, scope and development of the curriculum including special presentations and programs.
4. Mentoring, providing provide motivation, support and role modeling.
5. Sponsoring a club or other extra-curricular activity that supports the mission of the school or school division.

NNPS Volunteer Application can be found below.

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