November 2020
Virginia Office on Volunteerism Welcomes Kathy Spangler
The Virginia Department of Social Services is excited to announce that Kathy Spangler has been named the new Director of the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services. She is a nationally recognized leader with more than 40 years of experience in public and nonprofit management. Kathy served as vice president of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, including Head Start and other education efforts as well as that of domestic emergency and child protection.  She also served in several executive roles for America’s Promise Alliance where she oversaw the expansion of partnerships to support education and national service initiatives. During her 20-year tenure at the National Recreation and Park Association, she successfully established initiatives in the areas of health promotion, youth sports safety, and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Kathy held a five-year post as executive director for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

Welcome Kathy!
How Can AmeriCorps Help Your Community?
Could AmeriCorps members help your organization have an even greater impact? AmeriCorps awards grants to public and nonprofit organizations to sponsor service programs throughout Virginia, including faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. These organizations assist in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, economic opportunity, veteran and military family services, health, the environment, and disaster services across Virginia. Want to learn more? Your organization is invited to attend a free informational webinar.  

  • All About AmeriCorps - November 12, 2020, 10-11am AND November 19, 2020, 3-4pm. Register
  • A Guide to the AmeriCorps Application - December 3, 3-4:30pm. Register
CARES Act Funding Ends for Rent and Mortgage Relief Program
The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) is designed to support and ensure
housing stability across the Commonwealth during COVID-19. CARES Act funding for this program cannot be used after December 31, 2020. The RMRP has been vital in helping thousands of Virginians during this time. Depending on availability of funds and household need, the RMRP provides financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments for eligible households. This includes financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments past due beginning April 1, 2020 and onward. Financial assistance is a one-time payment with opportunity for renewal based on availability of funding and the household’s need for additional assistance and continued eligibility.
All for Good to Become
Points of Light Engage
All For Good will permanently move to the Points of Light website and serve as the organization’s premiere volunteer platform called Points of Light Engage. This move will include updates to the design, search and filtering features, along with many of the same basic features organizations have come to enjoy. will remain available to existing users through November 30, 2020. Organizations will still be able to post volunteer opportunities on until the new Engage platform is live later this month. 
Organizations will NOT, however, be able to migrate their account profiles or volunteer opportunity data to the new system. On Engage you will need to set up a new account and begin posting opportunities there. Have questions? Contact Points of Light by email.
How the DIY Volunteering Trend Can Help Your Organization
COVID-19 has no doubt made it harder to recruit and retain volunteers for your organization. Individuals and groups, however, see the need in their communities and are looking for ways they can help. DIY projects may be the perfect solution to providing a way for volunteers to work in their own space on their own time and provide much-needed resources for your constituents. How does it work? Simply post the items in need and volunteers sign up to purchase/collect supplies, package, complete an activity and drop-off.  The projects are also fantastic ways for groups and families to serve! Search "DIY" on your local volunteer center's website for ideas and opportunities to serve. See also below for a few great DIY kit ideas.

Virginia Launches
Office of New Americans
The newly-launched Office of New Americans (ONA), part of the Virginia Department of Social Services, has been created to promote the economic and civic success of Virginia's diverse immigrant communities. ONA is comprised of an Immigrant Services unit and Refugee Services unit (formerly known as the Office of Newcomer Services). It is responsible for the implementation of a statewide strategy to provide immigrants with comprehensive assistance related to employment, housing, healthcare, education, citizenship and other services for which they may be eligible.
The ONA Advisory Board advises Virginia's Governor on ways to improve state policies and programs to support the integration of immigrants in Virginia.
Nonprofit Toolbox
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  • COVIDWISE App is the best way to track COVID-19 exposure and keep our communities safe. Please continue to encourage your constituents to download this free app today!

  • Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector is a new annual report from the Independent Sector that conveys important information on the current health of the U.S. nonprofit sector across multiple dimensions in a single, accessible format.

  • Addictionary provides unified language relating to substance disorders.

  • Rural Healthcare Grant Program seeks to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations. Deadline: Nov. 13

  • Fit for Life Grants award $100,000 grants annually to 3 nonprofit organizations or social enterprises that are pioneering projects to promote life-long fitness and health around the world. Deadline: Nov. 23

  • YSA Afterschool Grants of up to $500 are available to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs. Deadline: Dec. 4

  • ACR Initiative for Students and Youth seeks to utilize conflict resolution education and training to enhance the ability of youth to find their voice and increase feelings of empowerment and safety in foster care, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and youth correctional facilities. Deadline: Jan. 11
Virtual Volunteering: DIY Project Kits
These kits are perfect safe projects for individuals and groups to donate to local shelters, food banks, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
Cold Care Kits

Chicken Noodle Soup (Can)
Cold and Flu Medicine (Adult/Child)
Cough Drops/Lozenges
Disinfectant Wipes
Lip Balm
Face Mask
Hand Sanitizer
Hygiene Kits

Bar Soap/Deodorant
Body Lotion
Shave Cream/Gel
Disposable Shavers
Feminine Hygiene Products
Lip Balm
Face Cloth/Tissues
Hand Sanitizer/Face Mask
Hair Ties
Nourishment Kits

Bottled Water
Juice Box
Applesauce Cups
Fruit Cups
Pretzels (single serve bag)
Cheese Crackers (single bag)
Soft Granola Bar
Protein Bar
Dried Fruit (single bag)
Yogurt Covered Raisins
Trail Mix (single serve bag)
Upcoming Opportunities
Online Training Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services