Governor McAuliffe Honors Outstanding Volunteers from Across the Commonwealth

What do a $4 billion corporation and a Northern Virginia teenager have in common? Both are working to make a difference in their community through service and volunteerism! Genworth Financial and Alexandria's Isabella Lovain are two of the nine outstanding organizations and individuals honored by Governor McAuliffe for the 2016 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards at the Governor's Mansion on April 18. Winners this year included:
  • Isabella Lovain of Alexandria (Youth Volunteer)
  • Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement of Arlington (Faith-Based Organization)
  • Fran Ricketts of Winchester (Senior Volunteer)
  • The Potts Family of Goochland (Volunteer Family)
  • Goochland County Public Schools (Educational Institution)
  • Genworth Financial of Richmond and Lynchburg (Corporation)
  • Virginia Cancer Specialists of Arlington (Small Business)
  • Change the World RVA of Richmond (Community Organization)
  • Walter D. Hussey of Fluvanna County (Adult Volunteer)
See more photos from the 2016 Virginia Governor's Volunteerism and Service Awards at Virginia Service and the Governor of Virginia Flickr pages.

Save the Date!
Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference
is May 16-17, 2017

Mark your calendars now for the next Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 16-17, 2017, at the Doubletree by Hilton Richmond - Midlothian. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Virginia Service Foundation at Stay tuned for more information! 

Communities Honor Volunteers at Ceremonies Across the State

Several communities around the Commonwealth honored outstanding volunteers at special ceremonies and events recently. Organizations and individuals were recognized in Roanoke, Fairfax, Hanover and Alexandria. Their efforts not only served communities in need across the Commonwealth, but also across the U.S. and abroad. In Fairfax, a record number of nominations were receive from around the community. More.

Could your organization help to provide summer meals to children this summer? The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is looking for organizations to participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Participants will be reimbursed by the VDH for meals and some administrative costs, as well as receive technical assistance. In order to help determine that an organization meets SFSP standards of viability, accountability, and capability, VDH requires that first year organizations participate in SFSP as feeding sites. Additional grants and funding resources are available for feeding sites. More.

  Virginia AmeriCorps News

May Focus: Seniors
Senior Corps Programs Across Virginia are Changing Lives 

There is no greater example of how seniors are making a dynamic and meaningful impact on communities than Senior Corps. The network of programs (which includes Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP) tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. In Virginia, more than 3,400 seniors contribute their time and talents. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people with special needs. Senior Companions assist homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes. RSVP (celebrating 45 years in 2016!) volunteers conduct safety patrols for local police departments, participate in environmental projects, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and more. More.  
2017 MLK Day of Service Planning Grants Are Now Available    
The Corporation for National and Community Service will again offer Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service funding opportunities. Grants will mobilize more Americans to observe the holiday as a day of service in communities, to encourage those who serve to make a long-term commitment to service, and to bring people together to focus on service to others.  
Summer Opportunity AmeriCorps Scholarships Available   
As part of the Summer Opportunity Project (see story below), CNCS is committing up to $15 million in college scholarships during the next three years to launch Summer Opportunity AmeriCorps. The collaboration with the National Summer Learning Association, other organizations, mayors, nonprofits, and other partners will develop service and service-learning projects that will enable up to 20,000 youth to gain new skills and earn money for college. More.

Multi-Faceted Plan to Help Young People Find Jobs

President Obama recently unveiled the Summer Opportunity Project 
to support young people across the country during the sum mer as they face the challenges of finding employment. The Project aims to significantly increase the percentage of youth in evidence-based summer opportunity programs, decrease the percentage of youth experiencing violence over the summer, and-more broadly-make sure that young Americans have the support they need to get their first job. One of the program's key initiatives, Higher Achievement Centers, was launched in Richmond. More.

Who served 168,000 low-income individuals in more than 96,000 families in Virginia last year? The answer is Virginia's Community Action Agencies who work to change people's lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities and make the Commonwealth a better place to live. Community Action Agencies are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Programs and services are provided by 31 agencies in more than 90 percent of Virginia's counties and cities. More.

Grants, Opportunities & Resources