January 2018
Registation Now for 
the  Virginia Volunteerism Conference!  

Online registration is now open for 2018 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 21-22, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. The annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit and service organizations in the Commonwealth. Presented by the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services and the Virginia Service Foundation, this event will offer more than 30 workshops and interactive training sessions on Capacity Building, Volunteer Management, and Personal/Professional Development. You'll also experience dynamic speakers, have the opportunity to participate in rewarding service projects, and network with your peers! Registration is only $140 and includes two breakfasts, two lunches, a networking reception, and two full days of workshops. Be sure to sign up early because registration pricing increases after February 15th! 
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Kick Off the New Year  
by Serving for  
MLK Day of Service    

There's no better way to start the new year than to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving on the MLK Day holiday, January 15th. The holiday was designated to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us all closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." What kind of projects are available across Virginia? For a complete list of projects, visit MLK.gov. Here's a few volunteer projects to get you started:
  • CARITAS MLK Day Homeless Project (Richmond) - CARITAS AmeriCorps and City of Richmond AmeriCorps members and volunteers will be serving a hot meal to community members experiencing homelessness and collecting/distributing warm weather gear and snacks.  
Meet Virginia's  
First AmeriCorps  
Brand Ambassador:  
Allen Dowell

Each month we will introduce you to one of the amazing AmeriCorps members serving in communities across Virginia. These "Brand Ambassadors" will give you a look inside their world showing you the impact and scope of their service. We are thrilled to announced that our first AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador will be Allen Dowell, who is serving as a member with CARITAS AmeriCorps in the Richmond area. Follow us the week of January 15th on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about Allen's story and see what his life is like today as an AmeriCorps member. 
500+ Businesses Have Signed On as Employers of National Service
The Employers of National Service (EONS) program has reached the huge benchmark of 500+ employers!  These employers value service and in turn support more than one million AmeriCorps alumni and returning Peace Corps volunteers who have the skills and talents to lead America's workforce. Virginia was the first state in the nation to become an Employer of National Service, signing on to the program in January of 2015. 
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
AmeriCorps Formula Grant Sessions

AmeriCorps State Formula Grant Outreach Calls are scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. EST on January 9 and January 11, 2018. These calls 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. One element of the call is that we will announce the date for releasing Virginia's Request for Applications for Formula Funding and the deadline for receiving applications.  Dial in telephone number 1-866-842-5779; Conference Code:  8047267911.
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services