Little Acts
Of Local Kindness.

Bubuti believes more people can help more local causes when we all realize there’s way more to give than just a lot of money.

Not that there's anything wrong with money. But nonprofits need other stuff too. They need effort, expertise, and awareness (that's what they would have bought with the money anyway). That’s why we're revolutionizing the relationship between people and the local organizations they can help by encouraging nonprofits to ask for all the things they really need, and inspiring people to act in any way they can. If you want to share a few bucks, great. But you can also dedicate some Instagram content. Or you can share your woodworking skills, or that table they need. We believe that everything you do has value. We’re Bubuti. And we’re here to help better.

Let's Go Small.

Large corporate nonprofits don’t need our help (well, they do, but that’s another story). Below you’ll see a selection of the organizations that do need our help in our hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Over time, we’ll grow our presence here and in other local markets close to our heart.

Charlottesville Ballet

About

Charlottesville Ballet

The Charlottesville Ballet is a professional ballet company, dance academy, and nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, VA which presents performances and events throughout central Virginia.

The Charlottesville Ballet consists of three comoponents: the professional company of sixteen dancers from around the world, a nonprofit training center, and an after-school outreach program that gives underserved children a hands-on experience with the arts in the public schools.

To support the expanding reach of its programs, The Charlottesville Ballet will be taking a pivotal step by expanding its facilities space. The additional space will allow them to serve more students, broaden its education programs, and increase its capacity for community partnerships and outreach.

You can help by sharing money, or by directly helping to acquire and install the needs below.

Needs

  • Security System and Video Feed Cameras – dancer and student safety is absolutely critical as they come and go from the parking lot; cameras in each classroom will add to this safety ($4,000)
  • Green Upgrades – we are committed to exemplifying sustainable practices that keep our environment clean and safe, inside and out ($1,000)
  • Scholarship Fund – to provide everyone who really desires it the chance to dance
  • Sound System – a quality sound system is critical for efficient teaching and dancer engagement ($1,000)
  • Mirrors – professionally installed, high grade, floor to ceiling visibility to observe, correct, and ensure proper body mechanics ($8,000)
  • Sprung Floor – a new high quality shock absorbing floor that is safer for developing dancers and which will last a lifetime
  • Homework Area – a commitment to dance must be combined with a student's responsibility to school; the study area will allow our dancers to take advantage of every minute ($1,000)

Contact Charlottesville Ballet to tell us how you can help.

Barrett Early Learning Center

About

Barrett Early Learning Center

For over seventy years, Charlottesville’s Barrett Early Learning Center has provided a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. Our dedicated staff encourages opportunities for physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Virginia’s longest standing pre-school located in a Historic Landmark building near downtown provides quality, affordable child care to a vital segment of the downtown community.

Needs

  • Mobility – We need a reliable way to take the kids on field trips in and around Charlottesville. The summers here are very hot and without an easy, comfortable option to get everyone around safely, we end up stuck inside too often. Our number one need right now is a bus or a suitable alternative so we can take advantage of all the activities and learning opportunities around us.
  • Classroom Assistance – The Center has many volunteers that provide assistance to our teachers with classroom activities. This provides a great hands-on experience teaching pre-school-aged children.
  • General Maintenance – Because the Center is housed in an old building, there is always a need for repairs and upkeep.
  • Clerical Assistance – As the only administrator at the Center, the Director has many responsibilities. Whenever a volunteer can assist with clerical work, the Director is free to concentrate on more pressing issues.
  • Alumni Search and Development – The Center has had many alumni over its nearly seventy years in operation. Keeping track of our successful graduates is an enormous task in need of attention.
  • Building and Grounds Maintenance – Day care centers in Virginia must meet certain outdoor requirements. Barrett is no different. It has a large yard that needs regular landscaping as well as a large playground that must be maintained to remain safe for our students.
  • Board Membership – Our small Board of Directors is looking to expand its membership with enthusiastic community leaders that are interested in dedicating their services to the early education of local preschoolers.

Contact Barrett Early Learning Center to tell us how you can help.

Apprenticeship Connections

About

Apprenticeship Connections

We match young people with local entrepreneurs to learn new skills.

From blacksmiths to jewelers, butchers to designers, we find the entrepreneurs willing to pass on their professions to the next generation.

Today, almost 50% of American college graduates under the age of 34 are either unemployed or underemployed. We expose young people to relevant industries rarely considered–sustaining livelihoods and preserving valuable industries.

Apprentices learn practical and transferable skills and make meaningful, cross-community relationships made to last a lifetime. By generating a skilled workforce, we can improve both local productivity and the quality of goods and services, while diversifying job opportunities for young individuals.

Needs

  • Someone who can maneuver databases and create address lists for me that can be used for all kinds of marketing, and keeping people abreast of recent activity with the business.
  • Anyone who would like to provide volunteer hours to help find connections to future apprentices. I am thinking someone a bit younger who might resonate with the 20 somethings.
  • Another volunteer who would like to help contact mentors because they have an interest in talking to individuals who have cool businesses.
  • Marketing solutions of any kind especially digital

Contact Apprenticeship Connections to tell us how you can help.

The Bridge PAI

About

The Bridge PAI

The Bridge is Charlottesville’s Creative Hub, using art and design as a vehicle for civic engagement.

At the core, The Bridge brings artists and the community together to make Charlottesville into the city we all dream it can be. Through projects like our National Endowment for the Arts supported Play the City project, we show the skills and knowledge of those living in Charlottesville, allowing everyone to see the vibrancy and creativity that lives with in us all. At the same time, The Bridge believes that the arts can lead the way in strengthening and enriching the community as a whole. Using the creative process, The Bridge works with residents to address local needs and find community generated solutions. We want to inspire our fellow residents to invent themselves and their city through their own creative action.

Needs

  • Airstream – Bring art to the masses, by supporting a mobile art studio/community center. Part idea magnet, Part tool box. This airstream will be able to travel and bring art to the community. ($10K)
  • Canvasser – Get the word out about The Bridge's amazing programs and keep your community informed.
  • Documentarian – Got creative skills? Well we need them to help us document in words, images, and video - all the great stuff happening at The Bridge.
  • City Games – What better way to learn about the city than to play a game. Help The Bridge make a series of board games that will educate kids and adults about how their city works. ($5K)
  • Community Organizing – When you work with the community you got listen to them. Help us be better listeners by allowing The Bridge to be up to date on the best ways to keep our ears open through expert staff training. ($2K)
  • Sharer – Are you a social butterfly? Use your social media wings to help get the word out about Bridge programs by sharing anything and everything that we put out.

Contact The Bridge to tell us how you can help.