May 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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Governor McAuliffe
Honors Virginia's
Outstanding Volunteers  
Governor and First Lady McAuliffe hosted the recipients of the 2017 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards at an reception at the Governor's Mansion on April 20th. The awards highlighted the outstanding efforts individual and organization volunteers have made on behalf of citizens throughout the state. "I am proud and honored to celebrate Virginia's outstanding volunteers who have make such enormous contributions to those in need throughout the Commonwealth," said Governor McAuliffe. The awards, organized by the Office on Volunteerism and Community Services in partnership with the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism and the Virginia Service Foundation, were sponsored by Dominion, AARP Virginia, Virginia Credit Union, and the Virginia Service Foundation. Congratulations to this year's winners!
Dorothy McAuliffe Kicks Off National Volunteer Week with Visit to Richmond School

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe honored National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, by visiting Westover Hills Elementary in Richmond. The First Lady observed AmeriCorps members Anne Forrester and Juhi Hobson who are currently serving with The Literacy Lab program at the school. Literacy Lab members provide innovative reading interventions in grades K-3. The program has seen astounding success rates providing literacy tutors who work with students each day and develop a targeted approach for individual students. First Lady McAuliffe shared her enthusiasm for the program saying, "We are so grateful to programs like this one making such a huge difference in our schools." 
Could your organization help to provide summer meals to children this summer? The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is looking for organizations to participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Participants will be reimbursed by the VDH for meals and some administrative costs, as well as receive technical assistance. In order to help determine that an organization meets SFSP standards of viability, accountability, and capability, VDH requires that first year organizations participate in SFSP as feeding sites. Additional grants and funding resources are available for feeding sites. 
Have You Registered
for the 2017 Virginia
Volunteerism Conference?

Registration for the 2017 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference has reached the 300 mark! Have you reserved your spot? There's only room for 25 more attendees and registration closes May 5th! The Volunteerism Conference is May 16-17, in Richmond. You don't want to miss this exciting 2-day event featuring 36 workshops and sessions aimed at helping your organization make an even greater impact! 
Housing Conference
Seeks Workshop Proposals

The 2017 Virginia Governor's Housing Conference, in Norfolk, November 15-17, has issued a Call for Proposals. The conference is looking for innovative proposals that will address focus areas around the theme, "Fostering Inclusive Communities." Proposals are due by May 26, 2017.
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