March 2018
Exciting Lineup of Speakers Announced
for Volunteerism Conference!

The Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference (May 21-22 in Richmond) is thrilled to announce a dynamic lineup of speakers! 
On May 21st, attendees will be energized and inspired by Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon who will share her experiences empowering young girls through service. On May 22nd, mind-blowing magician and mentalist Joshua Lozoff will pull back the curtain to reveal ways we're all constantly communicating with each other. The Virginia Service Foundation has announced that scholarships are available that can be used toward registration or hotel costs. Apply for scholarships by March 15, 2018.  
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Youth Service America's Youth Service Weekly Briefing is a fantastic resource for all things pertaining to young people. The newsletter highlights special service days, profiles outstanding youth volunteers and social entrepreneurs, and lists funding and grant opportunities for organizations working with youth.

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Celebrate Your Volunteers!

Mark your calendar! April 15-21 is your chance to recognize your volunteers. For 40 years, National Volunteer Week has been about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to serve their communities. In addition to the thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week, it is also the perfect time to promote your cause and recognize your volunteers. We'd love to help you share your volunteer stories this Volunteer Week. 
New AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity!

 

The Virginia Service Commission has released a special targeted AmeriCorps Request for Applications focusing exclusively on activities related to the following:
  • Reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid use;
  • Child wellness related to reducing or preventing child abuse, improving outcomes for child victims of abuse, and improving outcomes for foster youth, including youth aging out of foster care; or
  • Working to improve or support improvement of physical infrastructure including but not limited to bridges, dams, inland waterways, public parks, and schools. 

Download the Targeted AmeriCorps Request for Applications (RFA). The deadline for applications is April 2, 2018.


Gretchen Gregor, age 13, and Jocelyn Marencik, age 17, both of Glen Allen, have been named Virginia's top youth volunteers for 2018 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Gretchen conducted collection drives to provide new blankets to the homeless at Christmastime in Richmond, and to provide school supplies to a school in her community. Jocelyn has delivered nearly $20,000 worth of technology equipment to 55 classrooms in more than 25 underserved schools in the Richmond area, and offered computer coding instruction to students in four of those schools. Youth volunteers were also recognized from Vienna, Sumerduck, Chantilly, Ashburn, Christiansburg, and Moseley.  
Nominate Outstanding  
Hampton Roads Volunteers!       

The Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards recognize the region's most outstanding volunteers based on their length of service, initiative and impact on the community.  These men, women and youth have inspiring stories that encourage others to serve. Nominations are due by March 9, 2018. Don't miss this opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations making an impact in Hampton Roads! 
AmeriCorps NCCC Team is in Action
in Richmond Area      

An AmeriCorps NCCC team has landed in Richmond again! Delta Team 3 is the latest NCCC team to serve at historic Evergreen Cemetery. The members will be serving in the area for eight weeks, clearing overgrowth from gravesites, uncovering a roadway, cataloging discoveries, and much much more! Follow their progress on Instagram (at enrichmondfoundation)! Does your community have a project in need of AmeriCorps NCCC muscle? Find out more information and how to apply at VirginiaService.virginia.gov or contact Stephanie Chan, 601-630-4066, SChan@cns.gov. 
Upcoming Training Opportunity for Emergency Managers   

Team Rubicon is excited to announce that their Mobile Training Center is coming to the Virginia Beach area! The "Disaster Blaster Tour" focus this year is to build their instructor cadre across the U.S. During the weekend they will also be working with volunteers on Core Operations (Blue Tarp, muck and gut, and Debris Management) and how to accomplish Damage Assessments. Emergency Managers and partner VOADs interested in this training are invited to attend an open house March 23, noon-2pm, at Calvary Baptist Church, 4832 Haygood Road, Virginia Beach. Team Rubicon will offer a tour of their trailer, share their story, and discuss disaster capabilities. RSVP to Cindy Murphy, cynthia.murphy@teamrubiconusa.org.
Meet Virginia's March  
AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador:   
Shweta Tembe

Shweta is an AmeriCorps members serving with the Virginia College Advising Corps at Louisa County High School. Shweta is excited to share her story of service and offer a peek inside what it is like to be an AmeriCorps member! She says, "I serve because every student and young person deserves a chance at their dreams, no matter if they come from a broken home, a low-income family, or a family who hasn't yet gone to college. As someone who has faced adversity herself, I am dedicated to working with young people who face challenges to their everyday success. So far, I love working with tenacious students - ones who have faced so much adversity or experienced so much difficulty, but are always ready to recuperate and go at it again. Service with AmeriCorps will catapult me into a career of advocating on the behalf of those whose voices could use some amplification." Find out more about Shweta and the impact her program is making on students March 19-23, as she shares insights and stories from her year of service on Facebook and Twitter.  
Upcoming National Service Events!
AmeriCorps Week, March 11-17, 2018
 
AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thank AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. Show your support of national service and recognize members by thanking those who serve in your community, reach out to your local community leaders to show your support, and spread the word that national service works to get things done! 
National Service Recognition Day,  April 3, 2018
 
The nation's mayors and county officials are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials will participate in the sixth-annual National Service Recognition Day (formerly Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service) on April 3rd. On this day, officials will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation's cities and counties. Regional events are being planned. 
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
AmeriCorps/National Service Information Sessions

Interested in finding out more about National Service funding opportunities in Virginia? Monthly Information Calls are available to the general public to get your questions answered! The next call is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. EST on March 29, 2018. This call will be geared primarily to organizations that are new to national service, but it will also provide information useful to organizations currently involved in national service. Dial in telephone number 1-866-842-5779; Conference Code: 4136569898.
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