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Oliver Hill Mentoring ProgramLocation: 401 Gilmer Avenue, Roanoke, VA
Hours: Visits are scheduled for a set day and time; Monday to Thursday; after school to 6 pm.
Commitment: 1 year, 1 hour weekly (during the school year)
Requirements: At least 18 years old to volunteer.

The Oliver Hill mentoring Program is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill, a Roanoke native and civil rights attorney at the Forefront of public school desegregation. His values of equality and education are the core principles of the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program.

What it’s about
In this program, volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other for one hour weekly at the Oliver Hill house. During the hour, match activities might include playing board games, visiting the library, doing homework, taking part in special interest programs, or simply hanging out and talking.


Additional volunteer opportunities at the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program include:

GreeterWe want each and every visitor to the OHMP to feel welcomed.  A volunteer Greeter will welcome and assist anyone that comes to the Hill house.  He/she will also answer the phone, complete some administrative work, and keep track of Bigs and Littles as they come and go.  

AttendantTo keep the children engaged and excited throughout their time at the OHMP, we will provide many enrichment opportunities.  A volunteer Attendant is needed to assist in these activities.  An Attendant’s duties include helping with group projects, organizing arts and crafts, and preparing and distributing snacks.

Tutor- An hour-long homework session will be held at the OHMP site on Mon-Thurs afternoons and  volunteers are needed to assist students as they complete assignments. Homework assignments might include practicing spelling words, reading a book, or doing a math worksheet. 

Special Interest Presenter- Each week the OHMP hosts a different speaker to present a special skill or interest to the group of Littles.  A presenter might discuss his/her career, a unique skill, or an educational topic.  A volunteer is asked to give one presentation on four consecutive days (Mon-Thurs).

AmbassadorIn order to obtain more volunteers and donations, we need the help of a volunteer Ambassador to educate the community about the OHMP.  An ambassador could raise awareness by distributing informational trading cards, hosting an information session at his/her workplace or church, and/or displaying the BBBS poster in his/her office.


Are you ready to be a positive influence on a child by becoming a volunteer? Get started today.

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