May 2018
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More than 30 workshops! Inspiring speakers! Awesome service projects!   The Virginia Volunteerism Conference is 
also a wonderful way  to 
make new connections with 
other nonprofit leaders. 

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Governor Northam 
Honors Virginia's 
Outstanding Volunteers      

Governor and First Lady Northam hosted the recipients of the 2018 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards at a reception at the Governor's Mansion on April 10th. The awards highlighted the outstanding efforts individuals and organizations have made on behalf of citizens throughout the state. Governor Northam praised this year's winners saying, "These individuals, organizations, and companies are wonderful examples of how we can all impact our communities. Their selfless acts have made a real difference to so many lives across Virginia." 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 The Leonsis Foundation, Genworth, Virginia Association of Realtors, and the Virginia Service Foundation. Congratulations to the winners! 
  • Community Organization: Dogs on Deployment, Newport News
  • Faith-Based Organization: Spring Hill Baptist Church, Blackstone
  • Education Organization: VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter
  • Small Business: Quality Stone Concepts, Virginia Beach
  • Corporation: RRMM Architects, Chesapeake
  • Volunteer Family: Tommy & Jimmy Davis, Mechanicsville
  • Senior Volunteer: Cathie Cummins, Union Hall
  • Adult Volunteer: Dana Dougherty, Arlington
  • Youth Volunteer: Addison Raso, Hanover County
Virginia College Advising Corps Members Host Decision Day 2018
High school seniors across Virginia celebrated the results of their hard work and looked forward to the future at recent Decision Day events across Virginia. AmeriCorps members with Virginia College Advising Corps annually host these events to recognize students who continue their education past high school, whether at a two-year school, four-year university, through an industry-recognized credential, or in the military. Students donned colorful Decision Day t-shirts on which they proudly displayed their future plans.  At Huguenot High School in Richmond, students marched through the hallways to the drumbeat of their marching band to an outdoor celebration complete with a picnic lunch. Check out photos from the day

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. 

The Corporation for National and Community Services 
has announced a new targeted funding opportunity. 
The RFA will be announced soon! 

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Meet Virginia's May 
AmeriCorps Brand Ambassador:   
Cassy Caswell

Cassy, an AmeriCorps member with Goodskills Literacy Corps, says all her life she has always loved helping other people, so when she was given the chance to serve for AmeriCorps, she jumped at it as fast as possible. Growing up in Winchester, Cassy says she was able to relate to individuals with learning challenges. "I myself have learning disabilities and limitations that have allowed me to understand and better help teachers understand," she says. "When I was in elementary school helping with the kindergartners, I remember a boy asking me if I would play 'sheckers.' After I realized he meant to say 'checkers,' I mentioned him to my speech teacher and found out he couldn't say the 'ch' sound. It took a year, but by the time the school year ended, he was able to say 'checkers.'" She says that this was one of the first of many experiences which paved her path to national service. Read more about Cassy later this month by following us on Facebook and Twitter!
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