Working together with others in service to the church and community is one of the best ways to meet people, make friends, and build your sense of spirituality. These groups offer easy ways to get involved. They are suitable for newcomers and for long time members looking for something new.

Volunteer Opportunities on Sundays

Altar Decorators

Would you like to provide the Altar Flowers on Sunday to mark a special occasion, to honor someone, or to simply help create beauty in our sanctuary? Your name and the occasion you are marking can be included in the order of service. Contact Leia Durland-Jones or sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office. You can bring the flowers yourself or make arrangements with Leia to have them purchased.

Contact: Leia Durland-Jones

Choir and Music

Do you enjoy singing or who play an instrument? Share your gifts and talents. Choir practice is Thursday night from September to May. There are also opportunities for small musical groups to take part in our services. If you have a musical talent or interest, talk to our Music Director.

Contact: Scott DeVeaux

Coffee & Snack Servers

This is the perfect job for the naturally shy. Volunteers offer to serve one Sunday per month at the Social Hour for the 9:15 or the 11:15 service by setting up, serving snacks and coffee, or cleaning up. These are great jobs for newcomers and those who want to meet more UUs.

Contact: Elizabeth Breeden about serving coffee and Rebecca George about serving snacks


This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for those new to the church, providing a chance to meet everyone as they arrive. Teams greet and welcome regular attendees at Sunday services as they come in the door and assist new visitors at the visitors’ table. Greeters join a 9:15 or 11:15 team and serve one Sunday every five weeks.

Contact: Jennifer Gaden

Teaching Children and Youth

Help shape, and learn from, the next generation of UUs as you work in a team of parents and non-parents. You will have great support from the RE Committee and our staff. We need you!

Contact: Leia Durland-Jones & Elaine Chapman


Ushers help to set up and organize the Sanctuary for Sunday morning services, welcome people to church, distribute the order of service, and collect the offertory. Ushers serve once a month, and volunteers are always needed. This is a great way to meet everyone at church.

Contact: Church Office

Volunteer Opportunities


The spring and fall auctions are great fundraisers. Join Cindy Shepard and help pull off these wonderful events.

Contact: Cindy Shepard


CareNet offers church members temporary help with meals or rides. Let Lara Gastinger and Sandy Brooks know if you are able to pitch in.

Contact: Lara Gastinger

Food Pantry

On the first Friday of each month from 9:30AM to noon in the Social Hall, volunteers disperse food acquired from the Food Bank to needy families. Volunteers welcome clients and help them sign in, unload food from cases into client bags, and help take their food to their cars.

Contact: Carol Saliba & Elizabeth Breeden

Soup Kitchen

Church members provide food, staff the kitchen, and serve lunch to the needy every Sunday at the Haven in downtown Charlottesville. Currently, we serve about 50-60 people each Sunday. TJMC-UU has 6 teams, so each team serves once every 6 weeks. Each team has a pool of volunteers to help with preparing the meal and serving.

Contact: Jen Larimer

Yard Sale

The yardsale is our biggest fundraiser. From July to August we collect, price, and sort treasures. We have a big sale in late August and then we’re done until next year.

Contact: Walter Hoffman at 434-981-7432 or Ann Forno


Are you a photographer? Do you like writing and editing? Do you understand WordPress? Come work with us on the church website.

Contact: Achsah Carrier

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More Opportunities…

See the Social Justice and Community page for more opportunities for deeper involvement in TJMC-UU activities.