dedicated volunteers


Our passionate volunteers make a tremendous impact in the lives of the high-risk children and families we serve. Whether alone or as part of a group, volunteers play a vital role in our mission. We invite you to volunteer and make a difference in the life of a young person.

Volunteer Opportunities and Requirements

Many volunteer opportunities involve working directly with the youth we serve, including mentoring, tutoring, and providing child care for foster families during their monthly support groups. We also have volunteer opportunities for administrative office support, event support, and service projects.

To ensure the safety of the children we serve, and in compliance with Virginia state law, criminal background checks are required for all UMFS volunteers in Richmond, at Leland House in Centreville, and for most volunteer roles in our regional offices.

Background check details:

  • UMFS will cover the background check fee and provide the forms and steps you need to complete it.
  • Background checks typically take 4 – 6 weeks, and need to be completed prior to beginning your service.
  • All background check information is confidential.
  • Information returned in a background check does not necessarily disqualify you from volunteering. Contact Volunteer Manager Lisa Nicoll (lnicoll@umfs.org or 804.239.1038) if you have questions.

UMFS Volunteer Opportunities
(Please note that not all opportunities are available at all locations; click the Volunteer Form button for more details on the opportunities available at each UMFS location.)

  • Tutor
  • Mentor
  • Transport Mentor
  • Child Care
  • Office Helper
  • Gifts-in-Kind Volunteer
  • Event Helper



Collect School Supplies

The UMFS Charterhouse School provides specialized therapeutic education for children struggling with emotional, behavioral, or developmental challenges or autism and other neurological differences.

We collect school supplies throughout the year for our schools in both Richmond and Edinburg.

The school supplies wish list is detailed below. Please contact Kate Ockerman with any questions, 804.239.1039, kockerman@umfs.org. We appreciate your support!

  • Box of 12 washable markers
  • Box of permanent Sharpie markers
  • Box of 6 dry erase markers
  • Packet of 6 highlighters
  • Box of #2 pencils
  • Box of 12 color pencils
  • Box of crayons
  • Box of staples
  • Post-it notes
  • Pack of 3″ x 5″ index cards
  • Composition notebooks
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Folders with twin pockets & fasteners
  • Glue sticks
  • Student scissors
  • Small 9″ x 12″ white boards
  • Poster board
  • Velcro dots or strips
  • Masking tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Extra strength duct tape
  • Calculators
  • Board games (for kids ages 5 – 16)
  • Building toys (legos, K’nex)
  • Ziploc bags
  • Box of tissues
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer (average size)
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes

For your convenience, we have also created an Amazon shopping list for each school. Items can be shipped to the addresses listed below. Thank you for your support!



Charterhouse School
Attn: Angela Miles
3900 W. Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230
Charterhouse School
Attn: Regan Laughlin
508 Piccadilly St
Edinburg, VA 22824

Volunteer Video

Are you already a volunteer with us? Use your volunteer code to watch the orientation and training video below. Questions? Contact Lisa Nicoll (lnicoll@umfs.org or 804.239.1038).