Volunteer Week Events Planned Across the Commonwealth

Virginia organizations and communities are celebrating   National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, by hosting recognition events, thanking their volunteers, sharing their volunteer stories, and promoting volunteerism on social media and through their marketing efforts. Communities like Roanoke and Hampton Roads are planning their annual volunteer recognition ceremonies -- some of which are also tying in with other initiatives like Global Youth Service Day and Mayor and County Recognition Day of Service. - More 

Virginia is Conducting Survey of Organizations Who Work with Volunteers  

Volunteerism in Virginia is alive and well!  Thank you for being a part of this important work. The Volunteer Centers of Virginia and the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services would like to learn about volunteerism providers and promoters in the Commonwealth so we can collaborate more effectively. We are interested in sharing news, resources, training opportunities and support. Please help us identify those involved in supporting volunteerism in Virginia by completing this brief survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y56TGQT). Please also share this survey link with others involved in recruiting, referring, managing or training volunteers -- including those in the nonprofit, for-profit, faith-based, and government sectors. We'll be happy to share the survey results with you. Thank you! 

  Virginia AmeriCorps News

Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service in Virginia
Mayors and county leaders from every corner of the Commonwealth signed on to support National Service through the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, April 5! Special recognition ceremonies and service projects were held in Richmond, Newport News, Fairfax, Roanoke, and Abingdon. - More 
Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program Assists with Tornado Cleanup   
When the devastating tornadoes swept through Appomattox County last month, hundreds of volunteers immediately appeared to support the affected families. Among the volunteers, 16 ready-to-serve AmeriCorps members were deployed to assist with debris removal and cleanup. Virginia State Parks Virginia Service and Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program worked alongside volunteers from the community and faith-based groups to lend a helping hand. - More 
Virginia National Service Programs Celebrate AmeriCorps Week
AmeriCorps programs and alums around the state honored AmeriCorps Week, March 5-12, with service projects and special events. AmeriCorps tutors from Carroll County Pubic Schools partnered with the school ESL staff to host the 9th annual Multi-Cultural Festival. In Richmond, Americorps ACES members volunteered alongside Virginia Department of Social Service staff at the Richmond Habitat ReStore outlet. - More

April Focus: Conservation
Virginia State Parks AmeriCorps: Making an Impact in Environmental Stewardship!

Since last November, 29  Virginia Service and Conservation Corps (VSCC) members have been hard at work in Virginia State Parks. One of the major components of the program is to create sustainable trails in the parks. Park visitors really value high quality trails, and already, members have completed work on 100 miles of new or improved trails. One of these new trails is located at Staunton River State Park. The three member crew based there has been constructing a new lakeside trail, and once completed, it will be designated for use as a children's fishing area. - More

Staff from the central office of the Virginia Department of Social Services and several AmeriCorps ACES members volunteered over a three-day period at the Richmond Habitat ReStore outlet, March 7-11. There were a total of 26 volunteers throughout the week, which coincided with AmeriCorps Week - an annual event celebrating national service throughout the country. Volunteers did everything from price merchandise to stock building supplies like grout, caulk, and tiles. Thanks to all those that took time out of their busy weeks to serve their community! - More

Grants, Opportunities & Resources

  • Organizations providing valuable tax prep assistance are on the home stretch now during their busiest time of the year. Keep up with Resources for EITC Sites as updates and useful information is added.
  • The 2016 Summer Opportunities Funding Resource Guide is designed to help state/local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and to show how innovative communities have creatively blended public/private funding to develop programs, services and opportunities.
  • The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, combines public/private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions to improve the lives of people in low-income communities with three main issue areas: youth, economic opportunities and healthy futures. Deadline: April 15
  • Fairfax County Partners in Prevention Fund Capacity Building Grants are available to organizations to implement prevention programs for children, youth, and families. Deadline: April 12
  • A special AmeriCorps Funding Workshop will be presented May 25th by the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, DC. This is a unique opportunity to learn how AmeriCorps State and National funding can help your organization expand the reach and quality of services available within the disability community.
  • Small Business and Regional Economic Development Programs How-to-Apply Workshops are offered for assistance applying for funding for the Building Entrepreneurial Economies, Building Collaborative Communities, Community Business Launch and Virginia Individual Development Account programs for fiscal year 2016-17.  
  • The Hanover County Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration, May 3, is free and open to the public and serves as a gathering for all volunteers who have shared their kindness and compassion throughout Hanover County.
  • The Exemplar Volunteer Awards are accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers in the Hampton Roads region.
  • New County Health Rankings and Roadmaps are now available for communities across the country.