HandsOn Blue Ridge

HandsOn Blue Ridge is the area’s only Volunteer Center, and is an affiliate of the Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.

What We Do

We Connect People with Opportunities to Serve. 

As the volunteer center for the Roanoke and New River Valleys, we provide easy access to a wide range of volunteer opportunities through our handsonblueridge.org volunteer database.

We Build Capacity for Effective Local Volunteering. 

In collaboration with Nonprofit Roanoke, a program of CCS, we help agencies, businesses, and others who work with volunteers building their skills in recruiting, managing, retaining and recognizing volunteers. We provide volunteer management training and consultation, share resources, convene and advise professional associations, and provide training and support for specialized groups of volunteers, such as board leaders.

We Promote Volunteering. 

We raise awareness of the value of volunteering and encourage people to volunteer.

We Participate in Strategic Initiatives to Meet Local Needs. 

We address diverse but critical issues such as youth violence, disaster response, illiteracy, homelessness, hunger, frail seniors, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and accessibility and inclusiveness. We are a convener of the community and a catalyst for action.

Volunteer Management Professionals

HandsOn Blue Ridge has many available resources for volunteer management professionals. From recruitment to retention, management to recognition – and all areas in between!

Organizations can become affiliates of HandsOn Blue Ridge to enjoy specific benefits, including monthly meetings and quarterly trainings.

For additional information, call (540) 985-0131, x. 502.

Roanoke Valley Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and older. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within the Roanoke Valley.

Service opportunities are as diverse as the communities in which volunteers serve and may include:

  • Delivering hot, nutritious lunch and perform safety checks
  • Educating the community on emergency preparedness
  • Assisting victims of natural disasters
  • Providing technical assistance to nonprofit organizations

Become a Volunteer 

Roanoke Valley RSVP depends on individuals like you to give of themselves to help others within their communities.

Through RSVP, you will have the opportunities to share your skills and experience to help improve the lives of your neighbors. Additionally, benefits include:

  • Free supplemental accident and liability insurance coverage while on a RSVP assignment
  • Monthly mileage reimbursement while on a RSVP assignment
  • Improved physical and emotional health
  • The opportunity to have fun, meet people and make friends – all while making the difference in the lives of others
  • Membership in a national volunteer program – your activities are included in statistical reports distributed throughout the nation.

For additional information, call (540) 985-0131, x. 503.

RSVP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is sponsored by the Council of Community Services (CCS).