Service Opportunities within 10 miles

BrightEyes Alpaca Retreat
BrightEyes is an agritourist venue that operates as an alpaca farm. The retreat introduces its alpacas and livestock guardian dogs to the public for education, training, and volunteer opportunities.

Central Virginia Regional Library
The Central Virginia Regional Library, located at 1303 West Third Street (N 460), has a varied reading program for children.  They welcome volunteers to assist with the reading programs, the many special events or to assist at the circulation desk.

Centra Southside Community Hospital
Centra Southside Community Hospital located at 800 Oak Street, Farmville, VA 23901, (434) 392-8811, is a non-profit organization that serves an eight-county area as a full service medical facility.  Southside Community Hospital has a gift shop completely run by volunteers, who also work at the information desk.  Flexible hours are offered to its volunteers.

F.A.C.E.S. Food Pantry

FACES Food Pantry is the largest food pantry in Southside Virginia with two locations; 482 Commerce Road in Farmville and 12129 County line Road in Abilene. FACES serves approximately 750 individuals each week, in addition to sponsoring the local school backpack program and providing food for the homeless. Volunteers are needed at the Abilene site on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. and on Saturday morning 7:30-10:30 a.m. FACES is especially grateful for Hampden-Sydney student volunteers at our County Line site.

Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1948, the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce has strived to improve the lives of those living and doing business in our community.  Alongside our members, we provide educational initiatives, promote tourism, serve as advocates for local businesses, and seek opportunities to aid a diverse and growing population.  Come volunteer with us!

Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, community minded, housing project for low-income local residents who wish to assist in the building of their own home.  Hampden-Sydney College and its faculty, staff, and students have helped construct habitat homes on campus and off.  Habitat builds homes for people in conjunction with families who wish to improve their living conditions.

Farmville Recreation
The Recreation Department of Farmville creates recreational programs and oversees activities to enhance the quality of life for all residents.  Programs include all sports, fitness, arts, and special events for every age.  There are many opportunities for volunteers. For more information, please contact the director of recreation at (434) 392-3737. 

Friends of the Appomattox River
Friends of the Appomattox River consists of Farmville citizens whose passion is preserving the natural and historical resources of the Appomattox River and its tributaries.  The Friends encourage stewardship, education, improved water access, and have many trips along the river to pick up litter and trash.

Glory Reins Ranch 
Glory Reins Ranch offers a unique approach to individuals hurting and coping with difficult circumstances. Our focus is to place hurting hands into the hands of Jesus, the ultimate Healer. We believe horses allow an opportunity to bridge this gap and strengthen those living in challenging situations. Volunteer opportunities include session leader, porch sitter, game partner, arts & craft worker, barn hand, gardener, and grounds maintenance.

GLC Horse Haven Farm
We are the home of the Riding Star 4H Horse & Pony Club of Prince Edward County.  The Club is under the Leadership of Cathy Duker.  Our 4H club hosts several events throughout the year including a St. Jude's benefit trail ride and the Central District 4H state qualifying show. We also attend the State 4H Championship show in Lexington, VA. and have an annual club trips.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts all donations of new and used furniture, appliances, construction materials, plumbing equipment, cabinets, and gently used household goods.  The public in turn may purchase any item at a discounted price. Funds raised from the sale of items goes to building Habitat houses.  Volunteers assist in receiving and organizing the many donated items in the Habitat ReStore in Farmville located at 1409 South Main Street.

High Bridge Trail State Park 
High Bridge Trail is 32.2 miles long and ideally suited for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Once a rail bed, the trail is wide, level, and generally flat. Its finely crushed limestone surface and dimensions make it easy to enjoy. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia. 

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is committed to improving the quality of life in Southside Virginia and offers free admission to its programs.  LCVA is located in downtown Farmville and serves as a physical, intellectual, and cultural bridge between Longwood University and the community at large.

Moton Museum
The Moton Museum, formerly Moton High School, is a National Historic Landmark and Museum, preserving the history of civil rights in education as it relates to Prince Edward County and the leading role it played in America’s transition from segregated schools to integration.  It is located at 900 Griffin Blvd, Farmville, VA 23901. 

Piedmont Court Services
Piedmont Court Services is an agency dedicated to enhancing public safety by reducing crime and reinforcing offender accountability, promoting lawful and productive lifestyles among offenders, and assisting the Courts in managing offenders by supervision and/or community service, with the goal of reducing repeat offenders.  Piedmont Court Services serves eight counties – Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, and Prince Edward.  Location:  1012-G West Third Street, Farmville, VA 23901.  (434) 392-8161.

Piedmont Health District (Prince Edward County Health Department)
Piedmont Health District (Prince Edward County Health Department) is located at 121 East Third Street in Farmville, VA 23901.  Phone (434) 392-3984.  Its clinic provides personal and community health care.  Piedmont Health District specializes in Eating Disorders, Astigmatism, Allergy and Immunology, and provides short-term care, sports physicals, and public health events involving health screenings and outreach.  Volunteers are welcome and can be called upon in cases of emergencies.

Prince Edward County Volunteer Rescue Squad
The Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad has volunteer personnel as well as a few paid personnel in order to meet the needs of the community.  The number of calls and area covered increase each year.  The Squad building is located on Doswell Street.  They have an annual campaign, Squad Care, which raises much needed funds.   Ms. Sue Carter, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator,, may be contacted for more information.

Prince Edward Department of Social Services
The Prince Edward County Department of Social Services provides services to citizens of Prince Edward County such as programs for child and adult services, foster care and adoption, employment services, supplemental nutrition assistance, and temporary assistance of needy families.  Its mission is helping people triumph over poverty, abuse, and neglect.

SCOPE/Meals on Wheels
SCOPE/Meals on Wheels, located at 505 Griffin Blvd, Farmville, VA 23901, (434) 392-8797, provides hot meals to people that are homebound or handicapped.  Volunteers deliver these meals during the week.

Southside VA Family YMCA
The YMCA located at 580 Commerce Road, (434) 392-3456, has many volunteer opportunities.  Its mission is geared to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  Many programs are offered for children, adults, and for families.   The Y stands for a better you, a better community, and a better country.

United Methodist Family Services
The United Methodist Family Services mission is to serve high-risk children and families with an array of programs to enable them to overcome challenging circumstances.   They also identify unmet social service needs throughout Virginia.

Waterworks Players 
Waterworks Players provide the community with live theatre to area audiences and have provided an artistic outlet for local actors, singers, designers, and technicians. The players are all volunteers coming from the community they serve. 

Virginia Legal Aid 
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm established in 1977 to provide free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents in 20 counties and six cities in Central, Southside, and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS serves these communities by providing free information, advice, and representation in such areas as housing, healthcare, income and benefits, family issues, consumer, and education. 

Service Opportunities Outside of 10 miles

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and education in the United States.  It is the designated US affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.   Volunteers are highly trained before becoming a member.

Bear Creek Lake State Park
Bear Creek Lake State Park is located at 22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland, VA 23040, phone (804) 492-4410, email – nestled in the heart of Cumberland State Forest, it’s the perfect opportunity for outdoor recreation.   Activities include a 40-acres lake with a boat launch, fishing pier, boat rentals and a swimming area with beach.  A meeting facility, cabins, camping, picnicking, an archery range, and playgrounds are available.  Guests enjoy the park’s trails and access to the adjoining 16,000-acre Cumberland State Forest, including a multi-use trail for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Discovery School of VA
The Discovery School of Virginia is a private high school in Dillwyn, VA, serving young people who are experiencing behavioral, emotional and/or learning problems.  Two separate schools, located on separate campuses, one for boys and one for girls, in Central Virginia.  Problem-solving and positive development are stressed to achieve positive outgrowth.

Hospice of Central Virginia
Hospice of Virginia offers care for the critically ill whose life expectancy is six months or less.  The goal is to keep patients as comfortable as possible through the end of life stages.  The comfort-care extends to pain management and minimizing disease-related symptoms.  Hospice care may be provided in the home, hospital, long-term care facilities, or a stand-alone hospice house.  Volunteers are highly trained to serve with Hospice professionals.  The local Hospice office is located at 202 Clark Street, Farmville, VA 23901, (434) 392-9666.

James River Association
The James River Association provides interdisciplinary learning experiences that directly relate to the Virginia Standards of Learning.  Activities are field-based and use the James River to bring these concepts to life, providing a safe place for all to learn and experience first-hand conservation and responsible stewardship of the James River.  Volunteers help the Association reach their goals.

Make A Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation is a 501c non-profit organization that arranges experiences described as “wishes” to children with life threatening medical conditions.  To qualify for a wish, a child must be between the ages of 3 and 17 and the child’s physician ultimately decides if the child is eligible.   Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters are needed to grant the wish of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  The Virginia Chapter needs your support.

Morgan’s Mutts Rescue and Adoption Center 
Make-A-Wish Foundation is a 501c non-profit organization that arranges experiences described as “wishes” to children with life-threatening medical conditions.  To qualify for a wish, a child must be between the ages of 3 and 17 and the child’s physician ultimately decides if the child is eligible.   Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters are needed to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Virginia Chapter needs your support. 

Patrick Henry Family Services
Patrick Henry Family Services works with children and families that are experiencing troubling or challenging situations.  Family Services work to facilitate strong, loving families around faith-based principles and strive to fulfill its mission of keeping children safe and families strong.  Located at 1621 Enterprise Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502, toll-free 1-866-376-2006 or phone (434) 376-2006.

Piedmont Geriatric Hospital
Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, 5001 East Patrick Henry Hwy, Burkeville, VA 23922, (434) 767-4401, is Virginia’s only state facility solely dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of persons over the age of 65.  The 123-bed geriatric hospital was founded in 1967; the facility employs some 320 staff members and is a training site for major universities, colleges, and vocational schools in geropsychiatry and other clinical specialties.

Piedmont Healthy Families
Crossroads Community Services focus is to prevent and treat the occurrence of mental illness, intellectual disabilities, substance use, and to enhance the functioning of individuals and families who experience these conditions.  The Services Board was organized in 1973 as a cooperative venture with seven counties, Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District (PSWCD)
The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a non-profit, political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which operates primarily on a grant basis with funds from state and local governments.   SWCD provides technical and educational assistance to preserve our natural resources.  Land users, farmers, foresters, homeowners, and local governments in Amelia, Nottoway, and Prince Edward Counties take advantage of the resources available.

Pregnancy Support Center of Southside Virginia
Pregnancy Support Center of Southside Virginia is located at 201 North Main Street, Farmville, VA 23901, (434) 392-8483, and is dedicated to helping women, teens, and families in the Southside Virginia area since 1984.  PSC is a non-profit organization, all services are free and confidential, and available regardless of income, race, or religion.  Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

Southside Center for Violence Prevention (the agency of Madeline’s House and SAVE)
Madeline’s House is a non-profit organization, providing comprehensive services for individuals and families experiencing domestic and sexual abuse.  They receive and are dependent upon support from local sources: civic groups, religious groups, businesses, private citizens and grants. Income is also generated through various community fundraising events.

Southside Center for Violence Prevention, Inc. was established in 1999 in response to the cries of persons who experience domestic and sexual violence, and their primary need for immediate help and safety by:

  • Providing temporary housing
  • Empowering clients and residents to become survivors
  • Assisting them in regaining control of their lives through a wide range of appropriate services, and
  • Supporting these individuals in ending their experience of violence and homelessness through client advocacy, counseling, and community support systems.

Southside SPCA—Animal Shelter
The Southside SPCA provides shelter and care to abandoned animals and is responsible for finding adoptive homes for the ever increasing population of stray dogs and cats.  They have programs to educate the general public regarding spaying/neutering to reduce unwanted animals.  Donations and volunteers are welcome.

STEPS, Inc. believes in a hand-up, not a hand-out.  Individuals are trained in skills in order to join the workforce, it serves in economic development, it helps in arranging safe housing, and provides education to students leaving the public education system.  Volunteers are encouraged to adopt a “buddy” and enter their mentoring program.  STEPS is a non-profit organization.

The Woodland
The Woodland offers a wide variety of professional care to its residents.  Rehabilitation to those who have suffered injuries or from needed reconstructive surgeries.  Care to patients suffering from cognitive disorders.  Patients who are not able to live by themselves.  Many amenities are offered to its residents.

Twin Lakes State Park  
In the heart of central Virginia, this 548-acre, historic park offers many cultural, environmental, and recreational activities. Overnight accommodation includes a 33-site campground and 11 climate-controlled cabins. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, and lakeside picnicking. 

White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue 
We provide shelter, care, medical, and rehabilitation services to horses in need. Whenever possible, we place them in loving and permanent homes. Volunteers are the stout hearts and broad backs of our rescue operation. Every day, they feed horses, fill troughs, clean stalls, fix fences, and do a hundred other things that improve the lives of our horses and ensure that the rescue runs smoothly.

VA Cooperative Extension (Prince Edward 4-H)
The Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.   Educational programs are offered to help improve the lives of Prince Edward County residents.   Agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and community viability are programs offered by the Extension Service.  The office is located at 100 Dominion Drive, Farmville, VA 23901, (434) 392-4246.  Post Office address is P. O. Box 322, Farmville, VA 23901.