Our New Website Your Resource for Virginia Volunteerism and Service Information!

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services has just launched its new website ! VirginiaService. virginia.gov (replaces vaservice.org) features the latest in volunteerism and service news, as well as valuable resources and tools to help your organization make an impact in your community. The new site is organized into three distinct areas of interest: Volunteering, AmeriCorps, and Community Support. Visitors to the site can find their closest Volunteer Center, look up Volunteer Opportunities, get information on AmeriCorps programs in the Commonwealth, and much more! Check it out now!  

Virginia AmeriCorps News

AmeriCorps in Virginia:
Class of 2016-17      

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is proud to announce the 2016-17 AmeriCorps State Grantees. There are 20 programs this year located throughout the Commonwealth focusing on community needs in education and youth, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, disaster services, and healthy futures. Additionally, there are four Volunteer Generation Fund programs. More

First Lady McAuliffe Shows Support for  AmeriCorps Teams at Annual Training      
Virginia's AmeriCorps Programs were thrilled to welcome First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at their annual program directors training event in Richmond, July 18-20. The First Lady made note of Virginia's strong support of National Service programs like AmeriCorps, Employers of National Service and the Service Year Initiative. She praised the success of many of our programs with an Education and Youth focus saying, "We appreciate the work you're doing! Many of the issues you are working on, are making sure that Virginia's children don't get left behind." Program directors from all over Virginia received intensive training at the three-day event in performance measurement, data collection, reporting, and marketing. See photos from this event.

August Focus: Education   
Dan River AmeriCorps Offers Innovative Approaches for STEM Learning    
Want to know the secret for how to get individuals excited about science, math and technology? Launch energetic and motivated AmeriCorps members into the community and watch things happen! The Dan River Year AmeriCorps program supports southern Virginia's interest in improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outcomes for the region's citizens The program primarily focuses on K-12 students, job seekers and incumbent workers in the counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, and Patrick; and the cities of Martinsville and Danville. More

Toolkit Now Available to Plan 9/11 Day of Service Activities 

The Office on Volunteerism has just released a new toolkit to help your program plan for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Your projects can focus on disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, health, and (especially) supporting veterans and military families. This toolkit features information on mini-grants, news release templates, social media sample posts, and more! This tool is also helpful for any organization planning service projects and events on 9/11. Download

AmeriCorps NCCC Teams Deployed Across Virginia 
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) has deployed three teams of members to serve across the Commonwealth. Virginia Housing Alliance will host a team (August 17-September 15) with which members will help individuals experiencing chronic homelessness through outreach, engagement, communication, and assessment. The City of Norton will host a team (September-October) to help in the development of a mountain bike trail system in Flag Rock Area Trails. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will host a team (September-October) to assist in a Leave No Trace Hotspot in the Grayson Highlands area of Southwest Virginia. Find out more about AmeriCorps NCCC.

AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Available Across Virginia

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families and individuals living in poverty? There are new opportunities to work in a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA in areas all across the Commonwealth! The Virginia Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) will sponsor seven VISTA members, who will be placed in communities across Virginia. These positions will begin August 22 and applications are due by August 5! More 

Tools Now Available
from National Volunteerism Conference

Thousands of service leaders gathered in Detroit, June 27-29, for the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service. The event is the largest service-related gathering of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders in the world. OVCS Director Gail Harris, along with Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism members Ashley Hall and Vanessa Diamond and two representatives from Virginia's Volunteer Centers, were on hand for to learn, share and get inspired! Information and materials from this awesome event are now available online for FREE. Visit virginiaservice.virginia.gov for a firsthand perspective of this exciting event from Alison Jorgensen and Marion Brunken of Virginia Volunteer Centers. 

Register Your Projects  for Day to Serve 2016

Day to Serve, September 11-October 10, is a unique annual initiative that brings together diverse organizations working together to help their communities. The effort is a collaboration between the governors of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the mayor of Washington, DC. Last year, 70,000 volunteers came together for 1,250 service projects and 225,000 service hours! Organizations can register service projects even if all details haven't been finalized at http://daytoserve.org/addyourevent. The more we know, the more we can help you find partners, promote your event, and garner more support for Day to Serve! Looking for partner organizations? Contact Mike Waters at mike_waters@msn.com  

Need additional funds to make your project happen? The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for 2016 Service Project Mini-Grants. Qualifying organizations may be eligible for an award of up to $250 to use towards hosting a service project. For an excellent service project example, see what Volunteer Alexandria has planned for 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

Grants, Opportunities & Resources

Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities