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Looking for other ways to connect to community?

Check out this list of opportunities in our region for all community members to get involved with VT Engage community partners!

Please note: these opportunities are not affiliated with VT Engage and will not have VT Engage team members or student leaders in attendance. It is the responsibility of the individual to contact the partner, register for opportunities, find transportation to the site, etc. 

The New River Valley Agency on Aging exists to support and enhance the lives of older adults, their families, and caregivers through advocacy, information, and services. They are currently in need of meal and resource delivery drivers. Email nrvaoa@nrvaoa.org to express interest in volunteering.

Volunteers are needed to help run their mutual aid program, which includes box packing, grocery runs, and delivery driving. Please email futureeconomycollective@gmail.com to express interest in volunteering.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a home improvement store and donation center that sells gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Most goods are donated, some select products are purchased for resale. The ReStore supports the work of Habitat for Humanity NRV to provide safe and affordable housing for folks in need.
  • Miscellaneous Projects

    Habitat for Humanity NRV needs people willing to lend their skills - whether you're a teacher, psychologist, writer, runner, doctor, or marketer! This is an opportunity to put your skills to use and meet new people while strengthening your community by building safe, affordable housing. You’ll have the ability to improve the lives of people, work alongside future Habitat owners, learn different skills and advocate for affordable housing.

Interested? Learn more and register to volunteer on their volunteer website!

The NRV TimeBank helps connect people to exchange skills and services, using time rather than dollars. When a member provides one hour of service for someone, they earn one Time Credit. The possibilities for exchange are endless and may include home repair, animal care, yard work, cooking lessons, computer instruction, etc. It is an old idea made new—the idea that our community is stronger when neighbors make a practice of helping each other. Visit their website to learn more.
Check out the presentation below to learn more about how you can engage with community to create a more sustainable Blacksburg.
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Sustainability Related Community Engagement.pdf

United Way of the New River Valley is a local, independently incorporated, volunteer-governed organization. Their mission is to unite local people and resources to improve lives in the New River Valley.

During COVID-19, their team has worked with nonprofits and other organizations to list volunteer and material needs. Please visit their website for more details on how to get involved or donate.

The YMCA has several opportunities for individuals looking to engage in service. Below is an abbreviated list. You can learn more about these opportunities on the YMCA's website.

  • Meals on Main Volunteers will support efforts to provide meals to area youth seven days a week.
  • Senior Connections Individuals will connect with seniors in the region to combat loneliness and increase intergenerational communication.
  • YMCA Thrift Store Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting and setting up donated items in the shop..