November 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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Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer Today!

Do you know someone who is always putting others first? How about an organization or business that seems to always be involved whenever there's a need in the community? Volunteers and organizations all over Virginia are quietly serving in our neighborhoods and schools. Although they never ask for recognition, the Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards highlight the amazing efforts of these individuals and groups as a way to say "thank you" and to inspire others to serve. Awards are presented in each of nine categories. Winners will be honored at a special ceremony in the spring. The deadline for nominations is December 22nd. Nominate someone today!
Plans Underway  for the 2018 Volunteerism Conference   

Mark your calendars! The 2018 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference, May 21-22, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. This conference attracts more than 400 human service professionals from across the Commonwealth including volunteer coordinators, program managers and directors from nonprofit and government agencies, and national service members. 
Call for Workshop Presenters

We are seeking a cadre of workshop presenters who can share their expertise with our conference guests and engage them in active learning. We encourage you to submit your workshop proposal(s) and to share this call for proposals with other strong presenters. Workshop presenters will receive a complementary conference registration. Visit our website to get an idea of previous workshops topics.
AmeriCorps Opening Day in Virginia

Nearly 400 AmeriCorps members took their oath for a year of service at events in Arlington (October 20) and in Chesterfield County, Danville, and Radford (October 27). Governor's Advisory Board Chairman Vanessa Diamond welcomed more than 100 national service members at Pocahontas State Park applauding their decision to commit to service saying, "The work you do is hard. If it was easy, someone would already be doing it. You are making a tremendous difference!" Governor's Advisory Board members Julie Strandlie, Steven Valdez and Seema Sethi took part in the day's events in Arlington and Terry Frye took part in the ceremony in Radford. Following taking their oath of service, members participated in training, networking, and service project activities.
Virginia AmeriCorps Member is Achieving 
Her Dreams -- Soaring Above Obstacles

Gina De Naples, who recently served with Virginia State Parks - DCR AmeriCorps program, has never allowed being hearing impaired to make a difference in how she has approached life and her commitment to service. A native of Greensboro, NC, Gina served this past year on an Interpretive Trail Project. In addition to her service as an AmeriCorps member, Gina  achieved a master's degree in Environmental Science, has worked in various locations across the county, and has even hiked 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself! Her dreams of working as a park interpreter/naturalist have recently come true. She is now a Virginia State Park Staff Member serving as the Educational Support Specialist at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Congratulations Gina and thank you for your service!
Ways to Support and Honor Veterans this Veterans Day

With Veterans Day approaching November 11th, it can be difficult to know how you can contribute and give back to our nation's wounded warriors. has compiled a list of organizations focused on everything from veterans assistance to more targeted organizations. Additionally, check out the following resources:
Open Enrollment Period Now Open for Individual Health Insurance

Open enrollment starts November 1, and ends December 15, 2017 for Individual Health Insurance. If you are currently enrolled in health insurance through the marketplace, you will be auto-enrolled in the same or a similar plan unless you select a plan by December 15.  Several health insurers have made changes for 2017 that may affect you. If your insurer is no longer offering coverage in your area, a new plan with a new insurer will be selected for you unless you select a plan on your own or opt out of the exchange.  You will need to log into your account at to verify your information and shop plans available in your area.  For more information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace, Medicaid or FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults call 1-855-242-8282 or visit
Get to Know Gina Lewis
Governor's Advisory Board  
on Service & Volunteerism

Gina Lovett Lewis has recently been appointed to the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. Gina serves as the Director of the Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program and has been with the program for six years. She considers her position as "an opportunity to connect generations in a way that encourages, recognizes and supports both the children and senior citizens we serve." Her career in the private sector as a marketing and public relations specialist provided numerous rewards, but she explained that those times pale in comparison to the immense satisfaction she feels knowing that she is making a difference in our communities. "The senior citizens, teachers, administrators, children and families I come in contact with have touched my life in ways that I could have never experienced in the corporate world."  
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services