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Looking to Volunteer in the Roanoke Region? Get Outside!

Our region is full of folks looking to make a difference for the both the environment and their neighbors. From food banks to land conservation groups, you, too, can support our region by volunteering.

And it starts with us. Roanoke Outside is a charitable organization working to make your region the capital for world-class, outdoor fun. We started RoanokeOutside.com, Get Outside Weekend Update, Blue Ridge Marathon, and GO Fest. Plus, we’ve been the advocate for the many changes that are making this place more awesome than ever. We’ve got plans for even more exciting events and facilities. And you can be a part of it all. Tax-deductible contributions and volunteering at events such as the Roanoke GO Outside Festival and Blue Ridge Marathon help us continue to push for a future where Roanoke is the greatest place for outdoor recreation.

Opportunities to Volunteer Outside

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  • Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Expand Collapse

    The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy has helped preserve over 16,000 acres of land and 34 miles of streams since its founding in 1996. The group promotes and holds conservation easements, permanent legal agreements that protect what makes western Virginia such a special place to work and play.

    The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy  is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

  • Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council Expand Collapse

    Scouting is about building character, developing personal fitness, and learning leadership and citizenship. These goals are achieved in the outdoors. The adventure of hiking, camping, swimming, boating, high-adventure challenges, and touring is woven into the scouting program.

    • Cub Scouts: First through fifth grades (seven to 10 years old)
    • Boy Scouting: Ages 11-17, program of fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities and a personal exploration of career, hobby and special interests
    • Venturing: Youth development program for young men and women who are ages 14-20
  • Clean Valley Council Expand Collapse

    The Clean Valley Council is a non-profit organization that has served the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years. CVC provides educational programming and citizen participation events to spread the word about litter prevention, recycling, waste stream reduction, stormwater pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources.

    CVC provides educational resources and programming for the school systems, the public, and the municipalities in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke and the town of Vinton. The group hosts and sponsors several regional litter cleanup events and e-waste collections each year.

  • Food for Thought Expand Collapse

    From seed to sprout to the school cafeteria, edible education teaches children stewardship, sustainability, and self-sufficiency by turning the garden into a classroom and the kitchen into a laboratory. Students will learn how to grow, prepare, and share meals, and in doing so make connections between healthy food choices, the environment, and their own communities.

    Food for Thought is a partnership with the City of Roanoke, Roanoke City Public Schools, and Virginia Western Community College.

  • FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Expand Collapse

    FRIENDS is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Blue Ridge Parkway, a national treasure. FRIENDS programs focus on preservation, protection and education. Saving Parkway Views is the organization’s signature project.

    FRIENDS is the only authorized Blue Ridge Parkway partner organization that has been given this project under an agreement with the Park Service. Volunteers help preserve the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and have a lot of fun while doing something great for the environment and the Parkway’s future.

  • Girls on the Run Roanoke Valley Expand Collapse

    Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in grades 3-8. GOTR teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event.

    The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

  • Happy Healthy Cooks Expand Collapse

    Happy Healthy Cooks turns kids and their families on to healthful whole foods – vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes – because their health depends on it.

    Volunteers deliver a proven, hands-on, sensory-based curriculum to elementary school children at an early age so they can protect their health through diet as they grow older. Students learn the impact of nutrition, prepare and taste a variety of healthful foods, learn how to determine what foods are good for their bodies and minds, and cook in the classroom. The more kids are involved with and learn about healthful foods, the more likely they are to taste and like them.

  • LEAP for Local Food Expand Collapse

    LEAP is a Roanoke-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. LEAP’s mission is to develop, support and maintain a sustainable local food system in the greater Roanoke Region. LEAP connects the dots between local farmers, food producers, and community members. Together, we can LEAP back to the future and (re-)connect local producers to local consumers.

    LEAP operates two fixed-site markets in Roanoke. The Grandin Village Community Market has been selling great food and creating community since 2009 and the West End Community Market since 2010. LEAP also helps support two partner markets, the Lick Run Community Market and the Catawba Valley Farmers Market.

    The LEAP Mobile Market launched in 2015. LEAP Mobile Market makes weekly stops during the growing season to bring fresh, healthy, and local foods to neighborhoods in Roanoke without access to nearby sources of fresh foods.

  • Leisure Legacy Expand Collapse

    Leisure-LegacyLeisure Legacy is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation created to assist Roanoke County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in fulfilling its mission. The group administers memorial donations for park benches and trees throughout Roanoke County park locations.

    You can help expand local recreation opportunities through a donation of time, talent, land, or finances. Donations are accepted and 100 percent of contributions go right back into the community in the form of scholarships, park infrastructure, program endowment, and other recreation initiatives.

  • Pathfinders for Greenways Expand Collapse

    Pathfinders is a group of citizens who represent the trail users of the Roanoke Valley for non-motorized trail uses, with a vision is to have all area trail users meet and work together on projects that would benefit the community.

    • Promote and encourage development of a greenway network in the Roanoke Valley
    • Educate citizens and officials on greenway benefits and value
    • Raise and receive gifts, donations and grants for greenways
    • Organize volunteers to assist with greenway development and maintenance
  • Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) Expand Collapse

    The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is a recreational hiking association of volunteers who preserve and improve the Appalachian Trail as the nation’s premier, continuous, long-distance footpath. Founded in 1932, the club is celebrating over 80 years of service and adventure on the Appalachian Trail.

  • Roanoke Community Garden Association Expand Collapse

    Roanoke-Community-Garden-AssociationRoanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating since 2007. The RCGA operates six community gardens in the Roanoke Region:

    • 14th Street Community Garden
    • Hurt Park Community Garden
    • Campbell Avenue Community Garden
    • Mountain View Community Garden
    • Growing Goodwill Community Garden
    • Day Avenue Community Garden

    Volunteers are always welcome to help with errands in the garden, grant writing and other ideas.

  • Roanoke IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Expand Collapse

    If you love mountain biking and care about the environment, you belong with IMBA – the International Mountain Bike Association. When you join IMBA, you join the world’s largest mountain biking club and membership into Roanoke IMBA is automatic.

    Roanoke IMBA is a member-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit, dedicated to promoting land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in order to enhance mountain biking in the Roanoke Region of Virginia.

    Roanoke IMBA was formed to protect and expand trail opportunities for mountain bikers in Roanoke, including the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Montgomery, and Floyd.

  • Roanoke Outside Foundation Expand Collapse

    The Roanoke Outside Foundation is a charitable organization working to make your region the capital for world-class, outdoor fun. We started RoanokeOutside.com, Get Outside Weekend Update, Blue Ridge Marathon, and GO Fest. Plus, we’ve been the advocate for the many changes that are making this place more awesome than ever.

    We’ve got plans for even more exciting events and facilities. And you can be a part of it all. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us continue to push for a future where the Roanoke Region is the greatest place for outdoor recreation.

  • Trout Unlimited Expand Collapse

    The Roanoke Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a diverse group of more than 265 people with the common interest of pursuing the Trout Unlimited mission to “conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.”

  • Unbridled Change Expand Collapse

    Unbridled Change is a non-profit equine assisted activities and therapies program with a mission to partner people with our horses through hands-on activities to create lasting change and true healing.

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