August 2018
Nonprofit Toolbox
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Organizations Will Again Join Together for Day to Serve       

Day to Serve, Sept. 11-Oct. 10, is a unique annual initiative that transcends political and religious differences. This multi-state effort unites people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities where we live. This year, hundreds of service projects will take place in Virginia -- from collecting donations for food banks to sprucing up schools and playgrounds, How can you get involved? 



How Will You Serve on the
9/11 Day of Service
and Remembrance?       

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is an 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, and supporting 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).
Cities of Service Award
Goes to Richmond    

Richmond has been awarded a Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block prize. The award was created to empower local governments to connect with low-income communities and help them revitalize their neighborhoods. Richmond is one of 10 cities which will receive $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to prevent or eliminate property blight. Two AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve in the city hall of each winning city to build capacity and raise awareness.  Congrats Richmond!
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 11-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 . The deadline for applications is Aug. 15. Grants are also available from Youth Service America programs activating youth volunteers for 9/11 Day, as well as MLK Day and Global Youth Service Day. Deadline: Aug. 10
Meet Virginia's August 
AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador 
Sean Fournia

Sean serves as an AmeriCorps member with the City of Richmond - Richmond AmeriCorps Healthy Futures Project. This team is tasked with helping to fight the opioid epidemic. "I'm blessed to provide peer recovery support services to CARITAS at The Healing Place to combat this crisis," he says.The Healing Place provides a pathway to recovery for men struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Sean serves by connecting individuals to resources that reinforce recovery. Sean's story is truly inspiring. "I was homeless, helpless and spiritually broken," he says of his life before his recovery. In fact, Sean had been coming to The Healing Place as a client since 2007. He says, "This AmeriCorps service experience is indescribably wonderful and brings meaning and purpose to my life today and fills me with love. It's my small contribution to help make our community a stronger, healthier and safer place for the future." Find out how Sean went from hopeless to hopeful and how AmeriCorps is transforming his life this month by following us on Facebook and Twitter! 
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. The next upcoming call date is Thurs., Aug. 30, 1-2pm. 
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services