Book Your Hotel Now for the
Virginia Volunteerism Conference!

The countdown has begun for the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 16-17, 2017! This year's theme is "Lead. Learn. Mobilize." The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Richmond - Midlothian. Book your hotel now. (For phone reservations at 804-379-3800, use Group Code: VDS.) Our special discounted group rate is good for several days before and after the conference so you can come early or stay later and enjoy all that Richmond has to offer! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact the Virginia Service Foundation at We will be looking for volunteer and service industry experts and trainers for a wide variety workshops and sessions. Stay tuned for more information on workshop proposals in August!

2016 Mini-Grants Available for
Day to Serve & 9/11 Day of Service!

The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for 2016 Service Project Mini-Grants. Qualifying organizations may be eligible for an award of up to $250 to use towards hosting a service project between September 10-October 11, 2016. These projects must be associated with either Day to Serve or 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. A limited number of grants are available and applications will be scored based on project scope and community benefits.  

Summer of Service began several years ago as a campaign to engage more young people, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances, in service during the summer months.
Record and share Summer of Service stories that are all around you. Youth Service America is promoting a new way to share Summer of Service stories. With the StoryCorps app and you can browse and listen to recordings from other users, add to the online library by sharing your own story, and activate your group, organization, or community around the power of storytelling.

Virginia AmeriCorps News

Upcoming Virginia AmeriCorps Training     

All AmeriCorps State programs will attend Virginia AmeriCorps Program Training, July 18-20, in Richmond. This training which will focus heavily on performance planning and measurement, collaboration among programs, and individual and group technical assistance. Who should attend? Virginia's AmeriCorps State Program Directors (mandatory), financial managers handling AmeriCorps funding and budgets, site supervisors dealing with member supervision and timesheets and/or data collection and verification, executive directors, and partner site staff. Program staff from other national service programs in Virginia are also invited. Finally, individuals interested in learning about AmeriCorps performance planning and measurement are also welcome. (These registrations will initially be waitlisted to ensure that all program staff required to attend are registered). More

July Focus: Inclusion  
Community Residences Uses Volunteering as Magic Ingredient in Impacting Individuals with Disabilities!   
For more than 40 years, Community Residences (CR) has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities. In partnership with a community of caring professionals, volunteers, families and community leaders, CR embraces a belief that every person has the right to participate in community life and contribute to its common well-being. Volunteerism embodies community inclusion. Offering and accepting volunteer support is essential in the fulfillment of CR's mission. More.
Toolkit Now Available to Plan 9/11 Day of Service Activities 
The Office on Volunteerism has just released a new toolkit to help your program plan for the 9/11 Day of Service. Your projects can focus on disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, health, and (especially) supporting veterans and military families. This toolkit features information on mini-grants, news release templates, social media sample posts, and more! Download.

It's Open! You Can Now Register Your Organization on the Service Year Exchange
The Service Year Alliance is an exciting new initiative committed to making a service year a common expectation and opportunity for young Americans of all backgrounds! Virginia is leading the charge as the first state in the nation where the higher education community has come together to commit to integrating service years on their campuses. Your program can now register on the Service Year Exchange.   You'll be able to list open National Service member positions, search from possible candidates, and more!
Mayors Endorse Employers of National Service Initiative      
In another sign of the growing support for national service, the U.S. Conference of Mayors have endorsed Employers of National Service. This initiative  recognizes the unique skills and experience National Service alumni bring to the workforce, and encourages public and private sector employers to expand the job opportunities available to those who have served. "U.S. cities are making a smart move to attract these talented, dedicated, and experienced leaders to the municipal workforce," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since President Obama launched the initiative in 2014, more than 350 companies, nonprofits, and public agencies have signed on. More.

Grants, Opportunities & Resources

  • Violence Against Women (V-STOP) Grants offers funds for activities which increase the apprehension, prosecution, and adjudication of persons committing violent crimes against women. Deadline: August 19 
  • Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grants provide funds to provide temporary rental assistance, housing stabilization services, and predevelopment assistance to support long-term housing opportunities. Deadline: September 3
  • America's Promise Job Driven Grants offer funding for job training and education that leads to in-demand and industry-recognized credentials and degrees. "Regional workforce partnerships" are eligible. Anyone involved with job training should be looking closely at this grant, given the dollars and number of grants available! Deadline: April 25 
  •  2017 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program Grants offer $500 or $1,000 grants for Global Youth Service Day events on April 21-23, 2017. Deadline: August 21 

Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities