June 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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Thanks Virginia Nonprofit Leaders for Making the
2017 Volunteer Conference
a Huge Success!   
Virginia Honors Outstanding National Service Members

Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members serving in Virginia who have performed outstanding service in their communities were honored on May 16th at the Virginia Volunteerism Conference in Richmond. The first annual Virginia National Service Awards honored five amazing individuals who were nominated by their organization's program directors/sponsors. Winners included (left to right): 
  • AmeriCorps State Member of the Year (Robert E. Wone Award for Exemplary Service): Sarahbeth Vernon, Charlottesville
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Member of the Year: Maurice Robinson, Chesterfield
  • Foster Grandparent of the Year: Annie Clark, Newport News
  • RSVP Volunteer of the Year: Rita Clark, Gladys
  • Senior Companion of the Year: Peggy Miller, Tazewell
With the school year ending, many kids face hunger this summer. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. More than 200 million free meals will be provided to children 18 years and under at Summer Food Service sites across the U.S. Two ways your organization can help: (1) Participate as a Summer Food Service Program and (2) Get the word out and promote summer feeding sites in your community. 
Start Planning Now for 
Day to Serve 2017
Day to Serve, September 11-October 10, is a unique annual initiative that transcends politics and religious differences. It 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. Visit the daytoserve.org for more information on this service event, search for volunteer opportunities and discover partnerships for your organization. Stay tuned for funding opportunities to help you plan your event -- coming soon! 
Make this Summer a
Summer of Service!

With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about ways in which young people and their families can serve their communities during the break. Service and volunteerism gives youth an identity and purpose and helps them to develop important skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Consider ways your organization can reach out to youth and families this summer and look for opportunities you might have in which youth and families might serve together. Looking for ways your own family might serve this summer? Check out these resources:  
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 Monday, July 10, 1-2pm.
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services