Virginians Reach Out to
Their Communities for
Day to Serve & 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

From donating blood to organizing record-breaking food drives, individuals and groups across Virginia honored Day to Serve and 9/11 Day by taking time out to serve. Day to Serve (September 11-October 10) and the 9/11 National Day of Service provide service opportunities for diverse groups to partner together. In Richmond, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe joined Virginia Department of Social Services Commissioner Margaret Schultze and representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at FeedMore for a delivery of 20,000 pounds of food -- one of three deliveries totaling 60,000 pounds of food to food banks across the Commonwealth. In other regions of Virginia, projects included churches from various denominations organizing backpack drives, AmeriCorps members and volunteers making comfort kits for veterans, and community members working to spruce up local fire departments and assist first responders.  See photos from Day to Serve and 9/11 Day in Virginia.
 

Virginia Service Foundation Awards Grants for Multiple Service Projects Across the Commonwealth 

Thanks to funding from the Virginia Service Foundation, several nonprofits and agencies throughout Virginia were able to organize impactful service projects in their communities for 9/11 Day and Day to Serve. In Southwest Virginia, Appalachian Community Action Agency partnered with Meals of Love for a food drive which collected nearly 850 pounds of food and personal care items and more than $500 in monetary donations. These donations will help Meals of Love serve more than 1,600 individuals a hot meal, once a week for the next six months! The grants also enabled Tazewell County to erect a memorial honoring fallen law enforcement officers, including those who died on 9/11. More
 


Virginia AmeriCorps News



 
AmeriCorps Could be
Your Organization's
Secret Weapon!  
    

Does your organization have a passion for service and a desire to develop leaders? AmeriCorps grants assist organizations like yours in recruiting, training, and placing individuals to address critical needs in your community. 
 
The AmeriCorps Program Formula Application Process  will begin in early November with the release of Virginia's Request for Proposals for Formula funding. Got a great AmeriCorps program idea? Concept Papers are currently being accepted for Formula AmeriCorps funding as an opportunity to develop and share basic ideas for a potential AmeriCorps program and receive feedback from the Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS) ahead of the release of the RFP for the 2017-18 program year. The deadline has been extended for Formula Concept Papers until Wednesday, October 21, 2016.
 
The application process for AmeriCorps Program Competitive  Grants kicks off this week with the release of the Competitive Program Request for Proposals through OVCS. Visit VirginiaService.virginia.gov for the full Request for Proposal.  The first deadline for all Competitive Program applicants is November 16, 2016.
 
  
 
Celebrating 1 Million AmeriCorps Members
Across the Country
 


On October 7, National Service will reach an incredible milestone for the nation as it surpasses one million men and women who have joined AmeriCorps since it began. Virginia's members will join members from across the country for simultaneous swearing-in ceremonies where they will take the AmeriCorps Pledge and kick off their service year! Launch events will take place in Wytheville, Arlington, Chesterfield, Norfolk, and Danville. Check out this special video celebrating this historic milestone.
  

AmeriCorps Member from Virginia Honored at
National Symposium


We are excited to congratulate Virginia native James Taylor, who was recently honored at the AmeriCorps State Symposium for exemplary efforts in disability inclusion. James, who struggled with a learning disability himself, was one of four honorees for the Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Awards. Serving as a Public Allies Chicago AmeriCorps member, James revolutionized how Chicago Public Schools tracked their diverse learners and brought a great level of proficiency and expertise to his work because  of his similar life experiences.  As a student with special needs, James said he was allowed to fall through the cracks, and through his service wanted to ensure that no child would be allowed to do the same. Congratulations James! (Pictured: AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, honoree James Taylor, and Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer.)   More about the winners.  
 

Helping Kick Off the School Year with Heart
Virginia Social Services Staff Volunteer at Back to School Event

Hundreds of Richmond Public Schools (RPS) students received backpacks packed with school supplies, personal care packs and healthy snacks at at large-scale Back to School Event sponsored by the RPS Homeless Education Program. Staff from the Virginia Department of Social Service (VDSS) Home Office and several Richmond area AmeriCorps members were on hand to help out by unloading the truckloads of supplies, organizing the items and helping families on the day of the event. VDSS staff also donated more than 10 boxes of school supplies for the effort. "This was a great demonstration of teamwork and collective impact for RPS and the community," said Lorie Coker, RPS Volunteer Coordinator. Photos


Workshop Proposals Are Being Accepted for Volunteerism Conference

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is in the early planning stage 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. To submit a workshop proposal(s) and share this information with other strong presenters, visit   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YCCBWTQ. 


Grants, Opportunities & Resources
  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the country's largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program honors middle level and high school students at the local, state and national level and has recognized 115,000+ young people and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities. Deadline: November 1, 2016
     
  • Affordable Pathways Partnership Grants are designed to stimulate the collaboration between public school divisions, community colleges and universities to create and expand affordable student pathway programs. Deadline: October 21, 2016
     
  • Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants support school garden projects designed to help students learn about topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability. Deadline: October 31, 2016
     
  • Equity in Mathematics Grants are available for classroom teachers in grades 6-8 to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that improve the achievement of student populations with a previous record of underachievement. Deadline: November 4, 2016
     
  • The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities' Inclusive Communities Grants are available for projects relating to early intervention/education, employment, healthcare, housing and transportation. Deadline:  November 1, 2016.
     

Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities