Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer Today!

Do you know someone who is always putting others first? How about an organization or business that never hesitates to help out whenever there's problem in the community? There are volunteers all over Virginia making a difference in our neighborhoods and schools -- tutoring students, conducting food drives, assisting seniors, and much more! The  Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards  are presented in each of nine categories. The nine outstanding award winners represent the millions of generous Virginians who offer their time and talents each year. Winners will be honored at a special ceremony in the spring. The deadline for nominations is December 20th. Nominate someone today!

   AmeriCorps News

Virginia First Lady Joins AmeriCorps Members to Kick Off 2016-17 Service Year  

Across the nation, October 7th marked a milestone for AmeriCorps. Incoming members became part of a million individuals joining the national service program since its inception! First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe joined members in Danville for a special ceremony taking place as part of the Governor's Summit for Enhancing Engagement in the Commonwealth at Averett University. The First Lady led the annual "launch" ceremony for members from the Dan River Year AmeriCorps and the Virginia College Advising Corps programs. In total, 600 members took the AmeriCorps pledge to "get things done for America" at events in Arlington, Chesterfield, Wytheville, Danville, and Hampton. As new and returning AmeriCorps members took their pledge, the First Lady noted that:"The organizations in which you serve realize the amazing secret weapons they now have to overcome the challenges within their communities." View photos from these events.  
AmeriCorps to the Rescue!
Could your organization utilize the power of AmeriCorps members? Grants are now available to assist organizations like yours in recruiting, training, and placing individuals to address critical needs in your community. Two opportunities are available: 

Want to know more? Visit today to learn more about AmeriCorps in Virginia!    


Get to Know the Latest Appointees to the
Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism

Zach Leonsis
Washington, DC/Northern Virginia

Zach currently serves as vice president and general manager of Monumental Sports Network, a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile and over-the-top platforms.
An active member of his community, he is involved in a variety of nonprofit and charitable activities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Zach assisted in securing a location for a complex that will feature a Wizards' practice facility and a 4,200-seat arena for the Mystics and a future MSE NBA D-League franchise. He also recently joined the board of the Anacostia Waterfront Trust in Washington to revitalize one of the city's most treasured rivers. Earning a spot on the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list, Zach has also been lauded for philanthropy as the recipient of Street Soccer USA's Youth Service Award and the McLean Rotary Club's Youth Service Award. Welcome Zach Leonsis!

Julie Strandlie

July currently serves as a government relations and grassroots advocacy consultant and as an appointed member on the  Fairfax County Planning Commission . Her professional experience includes 12+ years as the American Bar Association's grassroots director and legislative counsel for civil legal services, Legislative and Public Policy Director for the National Employment Lawyers Association, and Washington Representative for the University of Florida. Julie's life-long commitment to volunteerism incorporates her professional experience and her personal passions: history and government, K-12 and higher education, the rule of law, access to justice, and community involvement and leadership. Remembering her own 8th grade experience with Law Day, Julie is a strong advocate for promoting this important program as part of K-12 civics education.  More. 

10 Ways to Support and Honor Veterans

Looking for some ways your organization can serve our veterans this Veterans Day, November 11th? Check out the National Service Blog for a list of great ideas and resources to help you get started. Some of the ideas include sharing financial or career expertise and offering rides to disabled veterans. Visit the blog now.

Workshop Proposals Wanted!

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is seeking workshop proposals for the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 16-17, 2017, 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. We currently seeking workshop presenters who can share their expertise with our conference guests and engage them in active learning. Submit a workshop proposal(s) and share this information with other strong presenters, visit  

Mini Grants Available
for MLK Day Projects

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service holiday. MLK Day, January 16, 2017, is an opportunity to serve your neighbors and communities. Now is the time to start planning service projects for the MLK Day holiday! For ideas and suggestions on projects, visit Need additional funds for your project? The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for mini grants for service projects for the MLK Day of Service. For information visit 

Grants, Opportunities & Resources
  • Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grants fund program activities and prevention strategies to build and sustain a foundation for mental health promotion, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention and other prevention activities. Deadline: December 7
  • Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are based on individuals' ongoing work to fight hunger ($5,000 scholarship and a matching $5,000 grant for their anti-hunger charity of choice). Deadline: December 5
  • Community Food Projects Grants support programs that will meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to promote participation in federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service. Deadline: November 30
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation supports educational projects that benefit, serve, and enhance the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury/disease, their families, and caregivers. Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation announces funds to support educational programs with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and arts and culture promoting youth development. 
  • "How to Conduct Better Interviews" offers some great advice on collecting stories from your volunteers -- from doing your research to thinking about your story's trajectory.