June 2018
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.   
Thanks for Making the 
2018 Volunteer Conference 
a Huge Success!    

Nonprofit leaders from throughout Virginia joined together in Richmond May 21-22, at the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference to learn from industry experts and share knowledge with each other. Nearly 400 individuals attended 30 sessions on topics like fighting the opioid epidemic in local communities and strengthening volunteer relationships. At a special awards luncheon at the conference, honors were given in six national service categories for their outstanding service (see story below). Conference attendees also participated in a variety of service projects over the two days resulting in the collection of 21 pints of blood for Virginia Blood Services and donations for Housing Families First and McGuire VA Medical Center - Women's Therapy Program. See photos from this year's conference.
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 21st at the Virginia Volunteerism Conference in Richmond. The second annual Virginia National Service Awards honored six amazing winners who were nominated by their organization's program directors/sponsors. Winners included: 
  • AmeriCorps Alumni of the Year, Huey Gordon and Lorie Schmiege, Richmond
  • Foster Grandparent of the Year: Mary Hines, Hampton
  • RSVP Volunteer of the Year: Francine Nelson, Manassas (accepted by Jan Hawkins)
  • AmeriCorps State Member of the Year (Robert E. Wone Award for Exemplary Service): Deenia Carico, Hillsville
  • Senior Companion of the Year: Lizzie Scott, Norfolk
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Member of the Year: William Griswold, Richmond

Independent Sector recently announced that the latest value of a volunteer time is $24.69. Charitable organizations frequently use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. Additionally, Virginia's unique value of volunteer time is $26.75.  Despite major economic and political changes since 2012, the contributions of volunteers has grown with each year. Dig into the historical national data and the state-by-state figures below to appreciate the value of volunteers' contribution in time, talent, and effort in our communities.
Start Planning Now for 
Day to Serve 2018     

Day to Serve, September 11-October 11, 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! 
Summer Service Ideas    

With the arrival of summer break, now is a great time to plan some volunteer activities. Many degree programs at various schools have a volunteer hour requirement and the summer months are the perfect time to get in those hours. Here are some great resources for finding volunteer opportunities for youth:
Meet Virginia's June 
AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador:   
Morgan Grant    

Morgan, a member with CASA de Maryland - Edu-Futuro Moving Forward!, says  being an AmeriCorps member has opened her eyes to the high need for resources for immigrant families in the Northern Virginia area. She says, "By serving at an organization that provides leadership and empowerment services to others,  I have been able to see the difference that these services make on an individual and a family. AmeriCorps has given me the opportunity to not only serve, but to allow others to give back by giving me the skills to recruit other passionate individuals to donate their time and energy to our clients." Read more about Morgan later 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 dates are Thurs., July 26 & Thurs., Aug. 30, 1-2pm. 
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services