Register Now for Volunteerism Conference

Early Bird Registration is now open for the annual Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference in Richmond, May 16-17, 2017! Don't miss this jam-packed, two-day event  featuring a diverse array of instructional workshops, networking events and opportunities for service. Presented by the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services and the Virginia Service Foundation, this year's theme is " Lead. Learn. Mobilize."  More than 400 attendees from nonprofits and service organizations around the state are expected. For more information on accommodations, sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor space, visit virginiaservice.virginia.gov. Information on workshops and speakers will be announced soon! Special discounted, early bird registration ends February 1, 2017.

Have You Nominated an Outstanding Volunteer Yet?

Time is running out to nominate an outstanding volunteer! If you know someone who is always putting others first or an organization that never hesitates to help out whenever there's problem in the community -- nominate them today for the annual Virginia Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards! Every single day there are volunteers all over Virginia touching lives and making a difference in their communities. These a wards  are presented in each of nine categories: Adult, Youth, Senior, Family, Corporation, Small Business, Faith-Based Organization, Educational Institution, and Community Organization. Award winners will be honored at a special ceremony in the spring. The deadline for nominations is December 20th. Nominate someone today!


 
   AmeriCorps News


 
RFP is Now Open for AmeriCorps Formula
Grants in Virginia  

Could your organization utilize the power of AmeriCorps members? The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding under the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps formula funding cycle. Since the program's founding in 1994, 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. AmeriCorps programs address critical community needs in key focus areas including education, disaster services, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Want to know more? Visit http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/americorps-national-service/ today to learn more about AmeriCorps in Virginia!  The funding opportunity is now available on the VirginiaService.virginia.gov website. Applications for funding are due by 11:59 p.m., February 1, 2017.  


NCCC Team Impacts Southwest Virginia 
 
For three years, the Flag Rock Recreation Area had hoped to get a hard working AmeriCorps NCCC team to come and work on the planned 1.4 mile Magnolia Trail. A few weeks ago, they got their wish when a team of nine NCCC members was recently deployed to their site for three and a half weeks. The team assisted with the construction of a dirt track that snakes through the thousand-acre park. Norton Trails Coordinator Shayne Fields says the team built about 3,715 of the 4,700 feet of the trail constructed! The team arrived in Norton on October 26th. They had just spent more than two months providing flood relief in  Louisiana. Team leader Alex Tubridy, a 23-year-old native of Buffalo, NY, joined AmeriCorps in June. He says, "Really the whole reason for taking a year off to serve others is really because I want to feel more immersed in different communities that exist within the U.S." More

 
VISTA Positions Available

Are you or someone you know dedicated to making lasting change in the community? By joining the Virginia Housing Alliance's (VHA) AmeriCorps VISTA Project, you can!  VHA's AmeriCorps VISTA Program is gearing up for their fourth VISTA cohort and are looking for qualified, dedicated applicants to serve and build capacity within Continuums of Care and service providers throughout Virginia. Through becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member with VHA, you agree to a 12-month service term beginning February 20, 2016, receive an education award worth $5,815 or an end-of-service stipend of $1,500, a modest living allowance, health care benefits, and much more! Find out more at http://vahousingalliance.org/1535-2/
  

Virginia Hits Record High Ranking for Volunteerism!

Virginia ranks 3rd in the U.S. for number of hours volunteered per resident last year! The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), revealed that more than 30 percent of Virginians volunteer contributing more than $6 million in economic impact to the Commonwealth, based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour. More


MLK Day of Service
Planning Starts Now!

The Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, January 16, is a perfect opportunity for all of us to honor Dr. King's legacy through service. How can you serve?
  • Identify military families in your community in need of yard sprucing, home repairs, etc., and organize a day of work.
  • Organize a canned food drive for your local food bank.
  • Host a tax preparation clinic.
  • Organize a MLK mural project at a local school or community center.
  • Check out more ideas for service projects!
Additional resources for planning 2017 MLK Day events can be found at virginia.service.virginia.gov. Need additional funds for your project? The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for mini grants for service projects for the MLK Day of Service. For information visit  https://virginiaservicefoundation.org/whatwefund/mini-grant-opportunities/ 
 

Grants, Opportunities & Resources
  • 25th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteer(s)  in your organization, club, school, library or neighborhood! The awards ceremony will be held on  Friday, April 21. Deadline for nominations:  January 2   
     
  • Women's Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program offers training to women service members and veterans as well as women military spouses who aspire to be small business owners or currently own a small business. Deadline: December 12
     
  • Promoting the Human Rights of Women and Girls, Persons with Disabilities, and LGBTI Persons Grants support programs that will advance an integrated, intersectional approach to advancing the human rights of women and girls, persons with disabilities, and LGBTI persons. Deadline: January 23
     
  • Peace Development Fund announces funds to support organizations that are working for social justice, including organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Deadline: February 1
     
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has just announced a new partnership with Encore.org's Generation to Generation campaign. Over the next five years, the campaign will mobilize 1 million people age 50+ to get involved in schools and youth-serving organizations. Check out the website for resources and opportunities available.