April 2018
April 15-21, 3028

Don't forget to thank and recognize your volunteers this month!
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2018 Volunteerism Conference is
Almost Here!

The Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 21-22, in Richmond, is filling up! With 36 fantastic workshops and exciting speakers, this year's conference is shaping up to be the best ever. Come early and enjoy Richmond's nationally-renowned restaurants and breweries, museums and cultural attractions, and lively outdoor events. The Virginia Volunteerism Conference is also a wonderful way to make new connections with other nonprofit leaders. Don't miss it!
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Community Service Honored in Southwest Virginia      

The United Way of Southwest Virginia's Impact Awards were held March 15, 2018, in Abingdon. United Way recognized companies, community groups, and individuals who were a part of the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia. Carroll County Public Schools Lift Up! AmeriCorps member Makayla Haynes received a President's Volunteer Service Award. Makayla earned a Bronze Award for her service
last summer through Rooftop of Virginia. ( read more about Makayla).
Leader of National Service Agency and City/County Leaders Honor Virginia's National Service Members
Virginia's local leaders and elected officials honored and celebrated AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members on April 3, National Service Recognition Day. A record 54 Virginia city and county leaders signed on this year to show their support for National Service on the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) official website.  In Richmond, Mayor Levar Stoney and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas welcomed the CEO of CNCS Barbara Stewart at an event of nearly 100 AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and Senior Corps members and volunteers. After applauding Virginia's National Service members for their impact on communities, Ms. Stewart and members served at various volunteer projects in the area. City and county leaders also honored National Service Recognition Day at events in Roanoke, Danville, Martinsville, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Carroll County and Floyd County. 
AmeriCorps NCCC Members Train to
Fight Fires in Harrisonburg Area      

For two weeks,  AmeriCorps NCCC  team Delta 52, were trained to become certified wildland firefighters. Currently serving at the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the NCCC members learned squad communication and fire behavior, and how to deploy fire shelters, construct fire lines, and handle chainsaws. Recently, the team had a simulated workday to give perspective on what to expect in the future while working with the North River Ranger District. In addition to Delta 52,  AmeriCorps NCCC team Delta 3 has just wrapped up leading more than 80 volunteers to help restore historic Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond.
Meet Virginia's April  
AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador:   
Andrew Richards

Andrew, an AmeriCorps member serving with the  Virginia State Parks - DCR program, feels that  AmeriCorps is a chance to give back to the community and be the change he wishes to see in this world. Born in Nebraska, his family moved to Virginia's coast when he was young. "My parents were high achievers and always pushed for more from my brother and I, which I believe instilled within me a strong desire to always seek more." He says, "Through my professional career, I'm always looking for ways to make more of an impact. I found AmeriCorps when I needed it most and it has brought my life more satisfaction and laughter than anything else I've ever done."  Read more about Andrew and his service later this month by following us on  Facebook  and  Twitter !
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
AmeriCorps/National Service Information Sessions

Interested in finding out more about National Service funding opportunities in Virginia? Monthly Information Calls are available to the general public to get your questions answered! The next call is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. EST on April 26, 2018. This call will be geared primarily to organizations that are new to national service, but it will also provide information useful to organizations currently involved in national service. Dial in telephone number 1-866-842-5779; Conference Code: 8047267911.
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services