April 2017
Nonprofit Toolbox
Each month we're happy to share some of our favorite resources and funding opportunities. Let us know your favorites so we can pass them along. 
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5 Reasons You Can't Miss
the 2017 Virginia Volunteerism
& Service Conference! 
  1. 2 days, jam-packed with 30+ amazing workshops -- only $150.
  2. Dynamic trainers who are experts in their field.
  3. Nationally-known speakers you'll be telling your friends about.
  4. Meet and mingle with people who speak your nonprofit language.
  5. Richmond. It's cool. It's fun. It's gorgeous. Amazing food. Nuff said.

Don't miss this event May 16-17 in Richmond! Choose from an exciting array of workshops in three tracks: Capacity Building, Volunteer Management, and Personal/ Professional Development. Hurry! Time is running out! Register today!

Mayors & County Leaders Celebrate National Service in Virginia Communities

In Virginia, 40 mayors and county leaders signed a national registry signifying their support for service in honor of Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, April 4th. Many officials honored national service by issuing proclamations, attending special ceremonies, and serving alongside members at service projects. In Arlington, AmeriCorps members and staff welcomed Arlington County Board Member John Vihstadt who issued a special proclamation, reflected on his own VISTA experiences, and encouraged current members to continue service to the community. Mr. Vihstadt joined representatives from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for a tour and overview of Arlington Works! and Aspire! AmeriCorp programs. In Richmond, representatives from CNCS, Mayor Levar Stoney (picture above), Henrico County Deputy Manager Tim Foster, and Virginia Delegate Delores McQuinn welcomed an excited crowd of 118 members. Following the ceremony, more than 100 members and volunteers participated in service projects, including a large-scale cleanup project at historic Evergreen Cemetery. Other events took place in Hampton, Crewe, Gate City, Roanoke, and Danville.  
New Program Enables Students to Have Access to Technology!

When STOP, Inc.'s Vice President Michelle Bryant attended the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference in 2014, the birth of a great idea was born. At the conference, a representative with Google told Michelle about a special initiative the company was implementing to address the lack of representation of African-American males in the field of computer programming. She knew her organization could potentially play an instrumental role in addressing this need and, after just a few months, the first ever STOP Technology Bus was born! The bus will travel around to meet with students of all ages for hour-long sessions administered by volunteer mentors.  
AmeriCorps is Helping to
Build Financial Muscle in
Southwest Virginia

Community members in Southwest Virginia are more financially free and secure thanks to AmeriCorps. When The Advancement Foundation's (TAF) AmeriCorps member Kelly Robertson began leading the Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA) program, she never dreamed the impact she would have. The VIDA program guides individuals on how to save for a down payment on a home, business equipment and inventory, or post-secondary tuition payments. Kelly was able to help 31 individuals receive benefits from the program! She also conducted a successful Financial Peace class in which she signed up an impressive 42 students (the largest ever). The students paid off an amazing $34,233 in debt and saved $26,713 in just nine short weeks!
Volunteer Week Is About Gratitude and So Much More

It's true that National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, is your organization's opportunity to celebrate and thank your volunteers. But Volunteer Week is also the perfect time to share your organization's stories of service and amplify the message that service is a proven solution to solving community challenges. During the week, take some time to tell the world "What inspires you to serve?" using #ivolunteer and #NVW. Points of Light will offer a special printable #ivolunteer signboard in mid-April for you to share with your volunteers so that they can spread the message.   Finally, don't forget to volunteer during the week to show your support for service! Looking for volunteer opportunities. Visit http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/volunteering/volunteer-opportunities/ to search for projects near you!

Share Governor McAuliffe's Volunteer Week Proclamation!
United Way of Southwest Virginia Honors Impact Makers
in Abingdon Community 

On March 16, the United Way of Southwest Virginia celebrated the companies and individuals whose contributions to the organization had a direct impact on the lives of working families in Southwest Virginia at the 2017 Impact Awards in Abingdon. Volunteers, individuals, employee groups and corporations who lent their outstanding support to volunteer efforts, the campaign, and impact initiatives were recognized. 
AmeriCorps NCCC Teams
are Looking for
Community Projects!

Could your community use the assistance of an AmeriCorps NCCC team? Six- to eight- week projects address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs.  
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
AmeriCorps General Information Sessions

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS) offers regularly-scheduled informational conference calls for the general public to learn more about AmeriCorps and the RFP process in Virginia. Dial in Telephone Number:  1-866-842-5779; Conference Code:  8047267911.

Upcoming Call Dates
  • Monday May 1, 1-2pm
  • Monday July 10, 1-2pm
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services