August 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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Virginia Announces 2017-18 AmeriCorps Grantees

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (which serves as the Virginia State Service Commission) is proud to announce the 2017-18 AmeriCorps State Grantees. There are 12 programs this year located throughout the Commonwealth focusing on community needs in education and youth, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures. Local programs design service activities for their team of members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer. Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, financial literacy, college advising, and restoring parks. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of their organizations. 
Plan Now to Serve on the 9/11 Day
of Service and Remembrance 

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the perfect opportunity to honor those who lost their lives and those who who served on September 11, 2001. We encourage you to plan projects and/or participate as a volunteer in your community. Throughout the Commonwealth there will be hundreds of opportunities for service -- painting and refurbishing homes, organizing food drives, sprucing up schools, and supporting and honoring our veterans and military families. For organizations interested in planning their own 9/11 project, mini grants are available from the Virginia Service Foundation (see article below).
AmeriCorps NCCC to
Deploy Two Teams in Virginia

Virginia is thrilled to welcome AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) teams to the cities of Norton and Richmond to tackle large-scale outdoor improvement projects. The City of Norton will utilize their NCCC team (Aug. 23-Oct. 14) to complete the remaining 1.4 miles of a trail that is part of a larger mountain biking/hiking trail system. In Richmond, a NCCC team will tackle extensive clean-up of historic East End and Evergreen Cemeteries, Sept. 22-Oct. 14. The burial grounds, which have suffered severe neglect and vandalism, are home to the graves of some of our country's most important African Americans.
Have You Applied for a
Service Project Mini Grant?   
Applications are now being accepted for Service Project Mini Grants. The Virginia Service Foundation is awarding $250 grants to organizations hosting service projects for 9/11 Day of Service and/or Day to Serve (September 9-October 10). Day to Serve began in 2012 as a collaboration between the governors of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. All citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations are invited to join the cause of improving their communities.
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services