December 2017
Nonprofit Toolbox
Each month we're happy to share some of our favorite resources and funding opportunities. Let us know your favorites so we can pass them along.  
  • The Opioid Epidemic: A Focus on Adolescents in the October issue of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services e-newsletter details recent data on opioid use among adolescents, as well as a great list of resources available to organizations.
     
  • The Community Action Partnership's Financial Empowerment Toolkit features great resources to assist organizations working with individuals to improve their financial capability and status.
     
  • 3 Examples of Nonprofit Donor Surveys will help as you implement your fundraising strategies for the coming year.
     
  • MLK Day of Service Mini Grants are being awarded to Virginia organizations planning volunteer projects for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 15, 2018. Deadline: Dec. 15
     
  • American Dream Literacy Initiative supports public library programs that expand services to adult English language learners and/or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Deadline: Jan. 2
     
  • Engaged Cities Award is a new recognition program from Cities of Service that finds and elevates the growing number of diverse and creative ways city leaders around the world are harnessing the power of people to solve problems. Three $100,000 prizes and two $50,000 prizes will be awarded. Deadline: Jan. 5
     
  • Justin J. Watt Foundation funds uniforms and/or equipment for approved schools that have an after-school athletic program for 6th to 8th graders and where over 60% of students are eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch program. Deadline: Rolling
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There's Still Time to Nominate an
Outstanding Volunteer!
Call for Workshop Presenters!

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is currently selecting workshop presenters for the 2018 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 21-22, 2018, in Richmond. This conference attracts more than 400 human service professionals from across the Commonwealth including volunteer coordinators, program managers and directors from nonprofit and government agencies, and national service members. All come to develop their personal and professional skills, learn new ideas, and build the capacity of their organizations.    

There is still time to submit a workshop proposal. If you have expertise to share and can engage audiences in active learning, we'd love to hear from you.  Workshop presenters will receive a complementary conference registration. Visit our website to get an idea of previous workshops topics or call 804-726-7065 if you'd like to talk with someone about your idea.
Virginia VOAD Mobilizes  
to Assist Communities Across the U.S.

This past devastating hurricane season brought out the best in many members of Virginia VOAD.  VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a group of voluntary and non-governmental agencies that collaborate during responses to disaster. In the past, members of state VOADs mostly responded to in-state disaster declarations. The dynamics have changed and many state VOAD members now respond to out of state disasters when their specific skills and resources are requested. Virginia VOAD is very fortunate to have members with extensive response and recovery resources. Many members have recently been deployed to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and California. One Virginia organization, Mercy Chefs, quickly mobilized setting up kitchens in hurricane ravaged areas in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and fire-impacted Sonoma County, CA.  
What Are You Doing  
for MLK Day?

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 15, is a perfect opportunity for all of us to honor Dr. King's legacy through service. How can you serve?
  • Help military families in your community in need of yard sprucing, home repairs, etc.
  • Organize a canned food drive.
  • Host a tax preparation clinic.
  • Organize a MLK mural project at a local school or community center.
Additional resources for planning 2018 MLK Day events can be found at VirginiaService.virginia.gov. Need additional funds for your project? The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for mini grants for service projects. The deadline for applications is December 15.   
Virginia AmeriCorps Alum & Governor's Advisory Board Member Honored

Virginia's Elsa Vasquez-Flores of Alexandria has been named the 2017 AmeriCorps Alums Eli Segal Leadership Award winner!  The award recognizes emerging leaders who demonstrate strong collaboration and leadership potential during their AmeriCorps service and a commitment to equity and an impact career. Elsa is an alumna of Aspire! Afterschool - an AmeriCorps program in Arlington, where she currently works as a site coordinator. She has shown a deep commitment to serving the young people in her program, as well as building strong relationships with their parents and others in the community.  Elsa also previously served as an appointed Board Member on the Governor of Virginia's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, and is a 2014 graduate of Mary Baldwin University
Early Bird Registration Opens Soon for  
Virginia Volunteerism Conference  
 
Early Bird Registration opens December 15th for the annual Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference in Richmond, May 21-22, 2018! 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, the conference will host 400 attendees from nonprofits and service organizations around the state. For more information on accommodations, sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor space, visit VirginiaService.virginia.gov. Information on workshops and speakers will be announced soon .
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