Volunteers & National Service Members Honor Dr. King on MLK Day
Service Projects and Events
Held Across Virginia  

Thousands of Virginians honored Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 18, by volunteering in their communities. Service projects and special events took place in virtually every part of Virginia, and all AmeriCorps State programs conducted or participated in service activities. In Danville, an army of 200 volunteers (along with 23 members from the Dan River Year AmeriCorps program) participated in projects throughout the community, including making blankets for the homeless, collecting books for community lending libraries, preparing meals for food programs and more! In Norfolk, more than 30 AmeriCorps members and volunteers processed clothing donations for the Union Mission Ministries. More .

Volunteer Week in April 

It's no secret that volunteers make enormous sacrifices to lift up the people in need in their communities. April 10-16, organizations throughout the U.S. will pause to shine a light on all these energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals on National Volunteer Week. Don't miss this opportunity to honor those who make a difference and help your organization meet its goals. Download the 2016 Volunteer Week Resource Guide Now!


Tax Prep Volunteers Are In Demand

Volunteers are needed to support partners that provide free tax help to individuals. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs are community- based partnerships providing free tax return preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income taxpayers, seniors, people with disabilities and non-English speakers. Anyone can volunteer and no previous experience is required. Volunteers will receive specialized training to serve in a variety of roles. Search for a VITA location in your area on 2-1-1 Virginia.

If your organization serves as a VITA tax preparation site, check out the latest resources and news as you prepare for this tax season.


Virginia AmeriCorps News

Virginia State Commission Welcomes Gay Plungas!   

The Office on Volunteerism and Community Service is excited to introduce Gay Plungas as Program Manager with AmeriCorps. Previously, Gay served as the founding executive director for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority. She has also served as executive director of Berkshire AHEC in Massachusetts and administrative director for health and education programs with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Virginia. Throughout her career, Gay has focused on improving community health through workforce development, interprofessional collaboration and community engagement. Help us welcome Gay to the Virginia AmeriCorps team!

 
Begin Planning for AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week, March 5-12, is your program's opportunity to tell its story and celebrate your members! The week-long event salutes AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, thanks AmeriCorps community partners, and communicates impact on communities and on the lives of those who serve. During AmeriCorps Week 2016, CNCS plans to focus on its Employers of National Service Initiative. More.
 


Tools You Can Use

Check out These 2 Great

Planning Resources

We all agree that where an individual lives shouldn't determine how far they can go in life. The Opportunity Index is the nation's first, and only, tool to holistically measure opportunity. This is a fantastic tool for needs assessments and community plann ing efforts. Organizations are able to search for their community under the "county view" tab and see their scores broken down into a variety of metrics including economy, education, and community health. 
 
Community Commons offers another great tool to obtain locality-level indicator data. It is necessary to register for a free password, however there is a wealth of information available on individual localities, including data on employment, education, housing, and more!
 

Grants, Opportunities & Resources