Recreational Therapy




 

Volunteers work at several local agencies providing specialized recreation, rehabilitation and companionship services such as Albemarle County Post High, Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART), Therapeutic Adventures, Region Ten's Meadowcreek Center for mental retardation, Health South Recreational Rehabilitation, Special Olympics, and ARC of the Piedmont.

 

Program Sites:

 

Albemarle County Post High

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Albemarle County Post High helps students with moderate and severe disabilities, ages 18-22, transition from high school to an independent-living environment by providing them with vocational training and independent living skills. Volunteers either converse with the students over lunch and participate in a variety of activities such as drawing, playing games, and doing puzzles, or, alternatively, volunteers have the option to accompany Post-High students to outsourced activities such as Yoga, Tai-Chi classes, the recreational center, or job sites.

 

 

When?


1-2 hours between 9-11:30 or 12:45-3:00

Monday-Friday, An hour-long shift, flexible timing from 9-11:30am or 12:45-3pm.

 

Where?

915 Henry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

 

 

Arc of the Piedmont

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers will be working with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The activities range from recreational activities with the adults to working in the library and assisting with center-based activities, Volunteers are encouraged to bring ideas to the Community Partner for new programs such as cooking or arts and crafts! All volunteers are required to have a TB screening and background information completed prior to volunteering.

 

 

When?


There are certain hours during the day that are the most beneficial to the day program. These days and times are as follows: Mondays 9:00-11:00am, Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am or 1:00-2:00pm, Wednesdays 10:00am-12:30pm, Thursdays 9:30-11:30am and Fridays 9:30-11:30 am. Every third Friday of the month the CAAC closes at 1:00pm.

 

Where?

509 Park Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

 

Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART)

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) brings people of varying ages together with horses in a fun, rewarding experience designed to help both children and adults with disabilities improve their physical, mental, and emotional skills. Volunteers, together with the riding instructor, will participate in riding lessons with the rider by side walking or leading a horse and simultaneously interacting with the rider to aid his or her learning. While at the barn, we groom horses, tack them up, assist in lessons, and provide physical and emotional support for the disabled students we teach. Neither prior experience with horses nor with disabled people is required; anyone with an interest is welcome! Check out a great video about CART here.

 

When?


Monday-Thursday & Saturday, morning sessions at 9am and afternoon sessions at 4/5pm.

 

Where?

5924 Fried Farm Road
Crozet, VA 22932

 

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers work directly with patients on the in-patient floors of UVa-Healthsouth rehabilitation hospital playing therapeutic games, assisting therapists and staff, and talking with patients. A great opportunity for anyone in pre-health areas who wish to gain meaningful experience with patients and improve their patient interacting skills. Carpool are provided.

 

When?


Wednesday 4-6, Thursday 4-6, Saturday 1-3 and Sunday 1-3

 

Where?

515 Ray C. Hunt Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903

 

Meadowcreek

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers help teach or play with disabled adults. The activities range from cooking, Wii, basketball to reading, math, and computer skills. Volunteers can work with the Community Partner to come up with any new program they like and usually the new programs are based on the volunteers interests (ex. guitar, flute, strawberry shortcake, etc).

 

When?


9-2 Mon-Fri with the exception of the second Friday of each month when Meadowcreek closes at 1pm. The volunteers usually volunteer from 9-11 or 12-2.

 

Where?

2000 Michie Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901

 

Special Olympics

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Volunteers are dedicated to empowering individuals with an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay, or a closely related developmental disability to become physically fit through sports training and competition. Volunteers are given the unique opportunity to assist in the athletes' training process through teaching, participating, and helping the athletes wherever needed.

 

When?


1-2 hours per week on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Where?

Various Sites around Charlottesville. 

 

Therapeutic Adventures

 

What Will the Volunteers Do?


Therapeutic Adventures makes outdoor sports accessible to the mentally and physically disabled. The bulk of the program is adaptive skiing at Massanutten (January-March). Although skiing is our primary activity, we also assist with other outdoor sports (kayaking, rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking, etc.) throughout the rest of the year. If you are interested in skiing and outdoor activities, this program is one that can benefit you as much as our clients! While skiing experience is preferred, it is not required for particularly dedicated volunteers. We provide lift tickets, equipment, and snacks free of charge to all of our volunteers.

 

When?


Skiing (January-March): Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00am-6pm (occasionally Fridays as well) Other Activities (kayaking, rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking, etc.): Scheduled on an individual basis intermittently throughout the rest of the year.

 

Where?

 

Skiing: Massanutten Resort
1822 Resort Drive
McGaheysville, VA 22840

Other Activities (kayaking, rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking, etc.): Varies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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