March 2017
2 Days, 30+ Workshops!
Don't Miss This Year's
Volunteerism Conference!

The 2017 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 16-17 in Richmond, has announced its full lineup of speakers and workshops! This event features an exciting array of workshops in three tracks: Capacity Building, Volunteer Management, and Personal/ Professional Development.
Registration is only $150 for two, jam-packed days of information! Register today!  Looking for a way to reach the nonprofit sector? Sponsorships and exhibit space is still available!  
Virginia Education Summit to
Host FREE Workshops
Around Virginia

Does your organization work with students and youth?  Do your staff and volunteers work in Virginia's schools or in out-of-school time programming? Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn from Virginia's education leaders! The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is partnering with the Virginia Department of Education to host sessions across the state addressing the challenges organizations experience in and out of the classroom with children and youth.
  • March 11, Chester
  • March 15, Danville
  • March 16, Fredericksburg
With many challenges stemming from trauma-related factors, participants will hear from youth mental health experts to learn effective approaches to in-classroom behaviors. Other topics will include bullying, youth program development, and interactive sessions addressing socio-behavioral needs of students. A host of dynamic speakers will share their expertise, including trauma-informed care expert Monique Williams (MA Educator & Consultant of Beginnings Family Enrichment)  and Ronnie Sidney, MSW author of bestseller Nelson Beats the Odds 
Celebrate Your Volunteers!

For 40 years, National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, has been about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to serve their communities. In addition to the thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week, it is also the perfect time to promote your cause and recognize your volunteers. Here's a few tools to help get your organization started:
New AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity Addresses
Opioid Crisis/Safer Communities

In early March, the Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS) will release a targeted priority Request for Applications focusing on:
  • Reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse and
  • Strengthening law enforcement and community relations
Release of the Request for Applications will be announced through eVA (Virginia's web-based procurement process), and on A competitive applicant must fully describe how its evidence-based program will effectively incorporate the traditional AmeriCorps model into its direct service activities without supplanting, replacing, or duplicating staff.

Want to learn more about this opportunity and/or AmeriCorps in general? OVCS will be offering regularly-scheduled conference calls for more information (see below under Events & Training Opportunities).
Get to Know Tashiara Scott:
Governor's Advisory Board
on Service & Volunteerism    

Richmond's Tashiara Scott is the latest appointment by Governor McAuliffe to the Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. Tashiara is a visual communications designer with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond (BGCMR) where she creates collateral to support donor, parent and youth communication; manages BGCMR's digital presence; and refines and enforces organizational branding. She received her a bachelor of fine arts degree from Howard University. Tashiara says she has always felt a strong passion for service because " we all have the responsibility of leaving our communities better than we found them." Welcome Tashiara! 
Do You Have a Community Project in Need of an AmeriCorps NCCC Team?

Each year, AmeriCorps NCCC engages teams of members in projects in communities across the U.S. Service projects, which typically last from six to eight weeks, address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. Do you know of a need in your community that could use the help of a NCCC team? Find out more!    
Mayor and County Recognition Day

The nation's mayors and county officials are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials will participate in the fifth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on April 4th. On this day, officials will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation's cities and counties. Regional events are being planned. Click below for tools and information on Mayor's Day.  
Opportunities in SW Virginia for President's Volunteer Service Award

Organizations and individuals in Southwest Virginia can now nominate outstanding volunteers for the national President's Volunteer Service Award through United Way of Southwest Virginia. The United Way is excited to announced that they have been selected as an official certifying organization for the award. The national program was created by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Teach It Forward! Challenge
Models Creative Way
to Recruit Volunteers

Last year, the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC) at Averett University started the Teach It Forward! Challenge (TIF!) as a way to meet an ongoing need for consistent tutors in the Danville community. The CCECC saw an opportunity to meet this need because Averett students identified tutoring as one of the most enjoyable and rewarding volunteer experiences in which they had participated. However, since a culture of service was not yet prevalent on Averett's campus, the CCECC had to get creative. They added a bit of healthy competition challenging the entire campus, including faculty and staff, to create teams and compete for the most hours tutored over a two month period. Last year, 80 TIF! volunteers provided 585 hours of tutoring at 8 different sites!
Grants & Resources
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.

Upcoming Call Dates
  • Monday March 6, 1-2pm
  • Monday March 20, 1-2pm
  • Monday May 1, 1-2pm
  • Monday July 10, 1-2pm
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services