The JMU Community Service Fair offers employees the chance to browse local volunteer opportunities and find the causes they're passionate about in a casual, engaging environment.

Community organizations benefit from the meaningful networking opportunities that hosting volunteer fairs can provide.
Anicira

Anicira is a non-profit veterinary service provider working to end animal suffering by improving access to veterinary care. Anicira provides free veterinary care and pet food to thousands of pets each year.
We believe that pets are important members of the family and should stay with their families who love them.

In all that we do, we work to improve the lives of cats and dogs. Our goal is to provide excellence and superlative quality in the care of our patients. This goal is reflected in the type of programs we offer, the collaborations we develop, and our willingness to help animals in need. Our team helps families care for their pets by making veterinary care affordable.

We utilize the highest standards of care to ensure the safety and comfort of each pet during his or her stay at the veterinary hospital.

Since opening, we’ve cared for more than 300,000 cats and dogs- from large feral cat colonies to 200 lb. Mastiffs and thousands of homeless shelter animals. We work together with animal welfare organizations both nonprofit and government-operated, small and large, to stop unnecessary euthanasia.

Each year we continue to advance our mission and improve the lives of animals in our community. Through our programs, we are helping to change the lives of many animals and their families, for the better.

Cat's Cradle

Cat’s Cradle’s mission is to ensure and maintain and safe, compassionate community for cats in the Shenandoah Valley.

We do this by facilitating and promoting spay/neuter and Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR), conducting foster-based rescue and adoption from local shelters, and providing pet retention and rehoming programs. Our intent is to steadily decrease the intake of cats and kittens at local shelters and to ultimately end the euthanasia of healthy adoptable pets in the communities we serve.

Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association

The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners are part of the network of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Gardener volunteers, dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices and sustainable landscape management through educational programs.

CommonwealthOne JMU

CommonwealthOne has been the James Madison University on-campus credit union since 1992 and offer JMU Dukes banking convenience, great rates and staff that understands you. Our JMU Branch Manager, Hector Bosch, is the proud parent of a JMU Duke. Why choose a credit union over a traditional bank? We don’t have any stockholders to pay, so we return any profits back to our members in the form of better rates, lower fees and personalized service focused on your needs. We are your on-campus financial resource with a full-service branch and four ATMs on campus.

First Step

For over 40 years, First Step has been committed to providing free and confidential services to survivors of intimate partner or relationship violence who have experienced economic, physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and/or verbal abuse, including but not limited to controlling behavior, isolation, threats, intimidation, gaslighting, stalking and dating violence.

First Step welcomes and respects all survivors of intimate partner or relationship violence, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, age, gender, disability, national origin, religion, language proficiency, citizenship status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Generations Crossing

Generations Crossing offers a friendly and stimulating environment for adults unable to be home alone during the day. Participants are provided the opportunity to maintain the highest level of independence by promoting social, physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being. Participants enjoy the company of other adults and access to direct medical care provided by our nursing staff.

 Children from 6 weeks old through 9 years of age are cared for at Generations Crossing with daily activities appropriate to the nurturing and development of each age. Our program is designed to allow children to explore and discover at their own pace with guidance to help them reach their fullest potential.

 Unique to our program is the special opportunity for adults and children to develop meaningful relationships with all ages within our loving, intergenerational setting. Regular interaction with children encourages special relationships that build caring, respect, pride, and dignity between generations.

Harrisonburg Rockingham Living Wage

A lack of a living wage is a national problem. The national minimum wage has remained $7.25/hour for the last decade. While the minimum wage in Virginia has increased, so has the cost of living. Currently, an individual making minimum wage would need to work 1.5 full-time jobs and have a roommate in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market value. In fact, Lack of Affordable Housing and Lack of a Living Wage are the top two causes of homelessness. These are systemic issues, but they are also solvable.

After reading the 2018 United Way Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) report, a group of community volunteers decided to explore how to address the problem of low wages in the Harrisonburg area. The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy’s (VICCP) Living Wage Certification Campaign was adopted as a positive approach to addressing wage inequality. The campaign affirms employers who pay living wages encourage those that don’t to raise their wages and provides information to consumers so they can choose to patronize businesses that pay living wages. This project is designed to address the top two most significant causes of poverty in our community: low wages and affordable housing.

Harrisonburg Rockingham Living Wage Campaign is a project of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy in Richmond.

Hope Distributed

Hope Distributed is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is a nonprofit corporation as defined and provided for in Chapter 10 of Title 13.1 of the Code of Virginia. Established in October of 2004, the first day it was opened to the public 12 individuals were served. As of 2019 Hope Distributed serves more than 30,000 individuals and provides over 1,000,000 pounds of food.

Through three distinct branches of operation, a Food Pantry, a Free Clothing Store, and Home to Home, Hope Distributed is dedicated to supply food, clothing, and furniture to individuals and families that are struggling financially, have been displaced, or who have experienced an unexpected change in their life circumstances.

Open Doors

As the area's only low-barrier shelter, we are dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe place for individuals experiencing homelessness to stay. In collaboration with partners, we also ensure a warm and nourishing meal for each guest. Utilizing a collaborative approach, we work diligently to provide access to and navigation of the many great community resources that can help our guests achieve success. This includes collaborating with the Suitcase Clinic, which offers in-house services for guests each Wednesday evening.

In mid-2022, the City of Harrisonburg purchased the former Presbytery and announced that the grounds would be home to the City's first permanent low-barrier shelter. Construction will occur in a phased approach, with an estimated operational date of November 2023. Until then, Open Doors continues a rotating model in partnership with the faith and community organizations through the thermal season, but anticipates operating the permanent low-barrier shelter when the project is completed.

RMH Volunteer Service

Sentara has volunteers in nearly all departments throughout the organization. Our volunteers have the desire to help others and be involved in helping their community.

Skyline Literacy

Skyline Literacy began in 1987 as a group of several independent adult literacy efforts who came together under the name Skyline Literacy Coalition.  At that time, our primary goal was to serve local adult learners who struggle with literacy, but we soon expanded that goal to include all types of adult learners, including non-native English speakers.  In May 2008, we moved from Dayton to Harrisonburg and changed our name to Skyline Literacy—the name under which we currently operate.

In our 30 years of serving the Valley’s literacy needs, the number of our adult learners has tripled from 100 to an annual average of 300.  We have also created a Citizenship Preparation class in order to help our adult learners who have emigrated from other countries obtain American citizenship, and we’ve added several satellite sites to better accommodate our learners.  As a nonprofit organization, we put the needs of our learners first and are dedicated to meeting to their needs, which is why we’ve developed a unique instructional approach that:

  • focuses on the needs of a rural community;
  • provides customized lessons for every learner, regardless of his or her mobility, flexibility, or other circumstances;
  • offers one-on-one and/or group instruction, based on our learners’ needs and goals;
  • places our learners under the instruction of well-educated, trained volunteers;
  • supplies comprehensive services for our learners, such as Citizenship Preparation; and
  • partners with other community organizations to order to deliver the best learning experience possible.
The Arc of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County

The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

SPCA

The Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA provides easy pet adoption services in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We are a no-kill, 501(c)(3) private nonprofit animal shelter; and as such, don’t receive ongoing funding from any national animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA or the HSUS. Since 1973, the RHSPCA has been providing compassionate animal care to help pets and people live happier, healthier lives. We offer a full range of services, including adoption options for companion pets and barn cats so that local animals can live better lives in the spaces that suit them best. We also work with a vast network of volunteers who help us care for animals in our shelter and individuals willing to foster pets in their homes. In addition to our pet matchmaking services, we partner with community members to help manage the outdoor cat population through our Community Cat Program. Across all of these services is our commitment to providing the resources and tools our community needs to improve animal welfare. 

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