Virginians to Honor
Martin Luther King Through Service
MLK Day of Service is January 18

It's not too late to organize or volunteer for a service project for MLK Day of Service, January 18th. Search for opportunities to help your community at mlkday.gov. There is still time to plan a project as well. This toolkit features lots of great ideas and ways to promote your project!


New Report Announces 2+ Million Virginians Volunteered Last Year

The annual  Volunteering and Civic Life in America  research, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), shows that service to others continues to be a priority for more millions of Virginians. This year, the number of volunteers serving organizations in Virginia surpassed 2 million -- with 1 in 4 individuals volunteering! Virginians volunteered 311+ million hours last year, worth more than $7.8 billion, based on the Virginia Employment Commission's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour. More.


Campaign to Stress Importance of Mentoring in REAL LIFE

January is National Mentoring Month and, throughout this month, the Virginia Mentoring Partnership will be coordinating programming and awareness efforts to build the visibility of mentoring across the state. The overarching theme is Mentor In Real Life, highlighting the real life benefits of mentoring.   Download the toolkit.


Virginia AmeriCorps News

Virginia Veterans and Family Support
Honors Newest Virginia VetCorps Members

Congratulations to Virginia's newest VetCorps team! Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, John Newby, presented 14 members of the Virginia Veterans and Family Support AmeriCorps program with special pins at a ceremony in Norfolk on December 3rd. The team includes former military members and spouses of military members. "It is so important to give to the  military community," said member Vivian Johnson, "because they have given so much." More .

State Parks Program Seeks Summer Members

The Virginia State Parks AmeriCorps program is looking for individuals with a passion for the outdoors and conservation! Members are needed across Virginia to spend the summer serving in state parks by connecting park guests to natural resources and leading trail improvement projects. The program has 25 opportunities for part-time AmeriCorps members to serve in state parks between April and August 2016. More .


Volunteer
Management Corner
5 Ways to Retain Volunteers after the Holiday Season

Retaining great volunteers is always a challenge for any nonprofit. The holiday season brings an influx of new volunteers, however after Santa disappears, organizations usually notice a decrease in volunteer interest. To reap maximum benefits from the holiday rush, nonprofit staff must fuel community involvement and re-engage their volunteers. More .


Grants, Opportunities & Resources




January Events & Training Opportunities