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MLK Day of Service is January 16th  
How will you serve?  

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by spending your holiday as a day to serve your community. It's not too late to find a volunteer opportunity! Visit All for Good and select "Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service" to search for projects by zip code. Here are just a few of the projects listed around the state: 
 
Richmond - Habitat ReStore is hosting an "Organize the Store" event. Sign Up

 

Roanoke - The Council of Community Services and the Advancement Foundation are hosting a Financial Literacy event on January 12th. Sign Up

 

Hampton - AmeriCorps members from Alternatives and Hampton Baptist Church are preparing, packaging, and distributing meals for the homeless on January 9th. Sign Up

 

Fairfax - Volunteer Fairfax is hosting family-friendly event with hands-on projects teaching Dr. King's message. Sign Up

 

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Early Bird Registration for Volunteerism Conference!

Don't miss Virginia's leading conference for organizations and individuals working to make a difference in their communities! The Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, presented by the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services and the Virginia Service Foundation, is May 16-17, 2017, at the Doubletree by Hilton - Midlothian, in Richmond. The two-day event is packed with highly-interactive workshops, networking events and opportunities of service. Early bird registration has begun! Register by February 2nd to take advantage of the special discounted rate! 

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AmeriCorps VISTA Team Assists Virginia Beach Community Devastated by Hurricane Matthew

Last October, Hurricane Matthew caused more than $25 million worth of damage to more than 2,300 homes and businesses in eastern Virginia. Many families and business owners were simply overwhelmed by the extent of the destruction to their properties. Enter AmeriCorps VISTA! Nine VISTA members were deployed at the end of November to help repair and clean homes in Virginia Beach. The team, from multiple states as far away as California, sprang into action to help those in need. VISTA members completed repairs on 12 homes, assisted 36 people, and removed 64 cubic feet of debris. "We are a group of 10 ordinary young adults who realized that the things around us that are broken can be fixed with a simple choice to serve others," said team member Wade Kelly of Maryland. "Every day we hope to inspire others to make the same choice that we did. "
Service Year Alliance Has Bold New Look and Exciting Message!

The Service Year Alliance, an initiative working to promote a year of service as a dynamic and worthwhile choice for America's young people, kicked into full gear this year with a number of exciting changes. The Service Year Alliance already has more than 32,000 national service opportunities listed on its website and has just launched a  bold new digital recruitment campaign!  The Service Year has also made extensive updates to its website to make it even easier for potential national service members to get connected to the right opportunities. An updated tool connects individuals to resources to help them decide if serving a year is the right choice for them. It also highlights all the steps they can take to discover opportunities and help organizations find them. 
MLK Day & 9/11 Day of Service Grants Available!

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has available funding for national service programs for both the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service through a combined funding opportunity. Applicant organizations may apply for either September 11th, MLK, or both!
  • Submission of a Notice of Intent to Apply is highly encouraged and due before February 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET. 
  • Applications for funding are due on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2017.
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