Hey, here’s an idea. Why not volunteer? There’s something in this list for you

Volunteer EMTs train to become Nationally Registered-EMTs with the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services (Southside Daily/ Courtesy of City of Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters & Training Center)
Volunteer EMTs train to become Nationally Registered-EMTs with the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services (Southside Daily/ Courtesy of City of Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters & Training Center)

There are a wealth of volunteering opportunities in both Virginia Beach and Norfolk — here’s a list of just a few places you might not have thought about when hunting for opportunities to serve.

Norfolk

Hunter House

The Hunter House Museum has extended volunteering opportunities for local history buffs. Volunteer to be a docent with the museum and get a chance to lead tours and contribute to maintaining the historical landmark. To find out more, send Hunter House a message on Facebook.

Virginia Zoo

There are several ways to get involved with the volunteer team at the Virginia Zoo. There are group volunteers, the Conservation Youth Team and Zoo Crew volunteers. To find out more, click here.

Norfolk cemeteries 

The Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation leads teams of volunteers that keep the city’s cemeteries looking in tip-top shape. Groups will go out and do maintenance on the grounds and keep the space from looking too overgrown. Find out more here.

Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team — commonly known as CERT — program trains volunteers to help themselves and others in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and to provide directed-assistance to public safety and city officials in the aftermath, according to the city’s website. To learn more about becoming part of this team, click here.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

The Hermitage Museum and Gardens is another historical location in the city that history buffs can check out for volunteering opportunities. The museum is looking for docents, special events volunteers, camp counselors, grounds keepers and more. Click here to find out more.

For more of Norfolk’s volunteer opportunities, click here.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach history museums

The city’s history museums are always in need of help from volunteers. Volunteer to be a docent or a program assistant by clicking here.

Virginia Aquarium

People can volunteer to help keep the building in order by working with maintenance. Those interested can apply to be a gallery docent or a photographer. Find out more here.

Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team

The Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team program educates residents about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations and disaster psychology, according to the city website. To become a part of this team, click here.

Virginia Beach Rescue Squad

The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad provides care to residents of the city. To learn more about the squad and find out how to apply, click here.

To access the full Virginia Beach Volunteer Portal and find more opportunities, click here.

To find volunteer opportunities that stretch across Hampton Roads, check out Volunteer Hampton Roads. 

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