Plans Underway for the 2017
Virginia Volunteerism Conference

The next Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference has been set for 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! Please consider becoming a sponsor of this popular Conference. A wide range of sponsorship levels are available! Please contact the Virginia Service Foundation at virginiaservicefoundation@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more information!
 
 

Virginia Colleges Lead the Nation in Supporting a Year of Service!

Virginia is the first state in the nation where the higher education community has come together to commit to integrating service years on their campuses. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe recently hosted college presidents from across the state for a special celebration thanking them for their commitment to this initiative. More than 50 higher education institutions, including all Virginia public colleges and community colleges, have signed on to Virginia's "Compact on National Service." Each of these institutions have committed to service year support tactics, including:
  • Creating service year opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students
  • Linking service years to academic credit
  • Valuing and encouraging service years through admissions, and more! More.


Get Geared Up for
Day to Serve 2016!

Day to Serve, September 11-October 10, is a unique annual initiative that transcends politics and religious differences. It unites people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities where we live. Visit the daytoserve.org for information on how to be involved, volunteer opportunities and more!


Does your organization work with children and youth or low-income families? You can make sure Virginia's children don't go hungry this summer by spreading the word about the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). By texting 877-877, individuals and families can find the Summer Food Service site in their area. Meal sites around Virginia include schools, government agencies, nonprofits, camps, and universities. More.




  Virginia AmeriCorps News



June Focus: Healthy Futures 
Carroll County LIFT UP AmeriCorps Shares the Message to Get Healthy!  

Carroll County LIFT UP AmeriCorps recently partnered with the CAVS after-school program at Carroll County Middle School to put on a Healthy Youth Day. Approximately 60 students participated in activities centered on exercise and healthy nutrition. Exercise leaders from the Carroll Wellness Center and nutritionists from the Virginia State Health Department joined forces with the CAVS staff and members for a Zumba session, outdoor recreational activity, smoothie station, and  nutrition relay game. Members also recently assisted at the Remote Area Medical Health Clinic which served more than 450 patients with dental care, more than 400 receiving eye exams, and nearly 200 for other medical services.
 
 
Start Planning for 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance    
 
The summer months go by quickly, so begin planning now for the 9/11 Day of Service. All types of service are encouraged, particularly those projects that connect participants to opportunities to serve throughout the year, have a lasting impact, or build capacity of organizations to meet community needs. Projects can focus on disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, health, and (especially) supporting veterans and military families. Stay tuned for a special Virginia National Service 9/11 Day of Service Toolkit! Need a little help right now? Check out these two great resources for planning service projects:
 
          
Virginia State Commission Welcomes Joy Wade!    
 
Joy Wade has recently joined the Office on Volunteerism and Community Services as an AmeriCorps Program Senior Consultant. Joy has more than 12 years of experience within the field of Human Services/Child Protective Services (CPS), with a degree in sociology, advanced training in high risk child abuse cases, and VCA certification. Most recently, she worked for the Division of Family Sevice, CPS Unit as the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Manager/CPS Treatment Specialist. More
 

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