Giving Back to the Community
Are you interested in getting involved in your community? There are a variety of civic organizations and volunteer opportunities in the County. These organizations allow you to network within the County and region while giving back and providing opportunities.
If you would like to have your organization added, please contact Laura Messer.
Business, Civic & Non-Profit Organizations
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Peninsula
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is not your typical organization. BBBS helps children realize their potential and build their futures. BBBS nurtures children and strengthens communities. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
- Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance
Joining the Alliance is one of the best business decisions you can make! Membership is the lifeblood of the Alliance and the need to provide an array of benefits worthy of a business joining and remaining a member is paramount to their existence.
NetworkWilliamsburg is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to support local nonprofits by connecting them to people, businesses, civic and faith-based organizations and to opportunities and resources that will help them grow. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits and help them find security in sustainability, able to meet the growing needs of our neighbors. Our vision is to create a Networked Community with everyone working to help each other succeed, and to inspire meaningful and lasting change.
- United Way of Greater Williamsburg
The United Way of Greater Williamsburg has been a part of the community for over sixty years. Through their everyday efforts as well as their annual Day of Caring, we provide residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and Bruton area of York County with programs that actively improve the community. They measure success by the number of people who complete their programs, not the number enrolled. United Way of Greater Williamsburg was founded in 1949 — in 2009, they celebrated their 60th anniversary!
VolunteerWilliamsburg.org was founded and encouraged by members of The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance 2006 Community Leadership Service class for Williamsburg, Virginia. The concept was developed to fill the needs of local non-profit and municipal organizations by connecting them with career experienced volunteers who have high level talents. At VolunteerWilliamsburg.org, we firmly believe that people like to help each other. In fact, we’re so confident in this belief that we’ve made it our mission to help volunteers find organizations who appreciate their skill sets, respect their time commitments and give them the fulfillment of service to the community. VolunteerWilliamsburg.org is headed by a board of community leaders, and is funded privately.
- Williamsburg Jaycees
The Williamsburg Jaycees are comprised of men and women between the ages of 21 – 40 who are interested in improving the community while gaining quality leadership experience. The Williamsburg Jaycees have been an active and vital member of the Williamsburg community for over 60 years. The Jaycees place a great emphasis on community service and believe it creates valuable experiences for all involved. The members of the Jaycees strive to create and maintain quality friendships, and do so through various social activities. Together, members are able to network with one another and develop strong relationships with other Jaycees.
- Young Emerging Professionals
Young Emerging Professionals of WIlliamsburg is a civic organization that provides social and networking opportunities, community service and professional development for members 21-40. Founded in 2007 as 501(c)6, signature events include their Annual Holiday Formal, Christmas Parade Float and monthly socials and quarterly leadership workshops.
James City County Opportunities
- JCC Boards and Commissions
Citizens interested in serving on a County Board or Commission are welcome to apply. Most appointments are made by the Board of Supervisors. Most appointments are for three- or four-year terms. Citizens interested in serving on a County Board or Commission can call 757-253-6609 or 757-564-2160 for information.
- Volunteer for James City County Parks and Recreation
JCC Parks and Recreation truly appreciates its greatest resource, its many volunteers. Volunteers are the key to success! Share your talents with JCC Parks and Recreation. For details, call the Volunteer and Resource Coordinator at 757-259-5403.