October 2017
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Coming Together to Serve for 9/11 Day of Service
and Day to Serve

Virginians all over the state sprang into action to help their communities in September. Events and projects honored both the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance and Day to Serve (Sept. 9-Oct. 10), a multi-state initiative that transcends political and religious differences uniting people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds. Organizations, including Virginia's AmeriCorps programs, hosted projects from food drives to park cleanups. On September 29, Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe welcomed the delivery of 20,000 pounds of food to FeedMore in Richmond as part of a massive food drive collecting 200,000 pounds of food delivered to food banks all over the state. Also in Richmond, Mayor Levar Stoney hosted a 9/11 Day Memorial Event followed by more than 100 individuals serving at 20 service projects around the city. Other events included a donation drive in Danville to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey, a clean-up of a special needs kids camp, and much more. Day to Serve is still going on! There are many more volunteer opportunities available in October. Find a volunteer opportunity near you at http://www.daytoserve.org/map.
Save the Date for  
the Volunteerism

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services has set the date for 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. We will soon be seeking workshop presenters who can share their expertise with our conference guests and engage them in active learning. Stay tuned for more information!  
Nominate a Student for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the nation's largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level. National and State Honorees receive a cash award and an expense paid trip to Washington, DC, for the awards ceremony in April. 
NCCC Teams Making an Impact in Norton and Richmond!

AmeriCorps NCCC teams were recently deployed in the City of Norton (Southwest Virginia) and are currently working to clean up historic East End and Evergreen Cemeteries in Richmond. The team serving in Norton has recently been deployed from Virginia to Ft. Myers, Florida, as part of the Hurricane Irma Mission Assignment. Before they left, the team (posing above with local legend The Woodbooger) was able to accomplish a great deal of work on the area's Magnolia Trail, an extensive mountain biking trail designed to boost the region's local economy. The Richmond team will serve through mid-October and, in an exciting recent announcement, will have their efforts continue by another team from mid-November to mid-December!  
Does your community have a project in need of AmeriCorps NCCC muscle? Applications are currently being accepted for Round 3 of the traditional NCCC class, beginning January 5, 2018. Find out how to apply!  
Virginia Social Services Staff Serve at Richmond Habitat ReStore

Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) home office staff members volunteered September 21, at the Richmond Habitat ReStore retail outlet for two shifts. Volunteers priced donations, sorted items, and stocked display shelves. The Habitat ReStore is a retail outlet offering donated building and home improvement supplies for sale to the general public at greatly reduced prices. Proceeds benefit Habitat's housing programs which facilitate home ownership to help families break the cycle of poverty. The next VDSS volunteer project will take place December 21, at FeedMore. Don't miss this opportunity to serve your community alongside your friends and coworkers! Look for the sign-up information coming in October!
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
AmeriCorps General Information Session

An AmeriCorps Information Call is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. EST on October 17, 2017. This call will be geared primarily to organizations that are new to national service, but it will also provide information useful to organizations currently involved in national service.  One element of the call is that we will announce dates for releasing (1) Virginia's Request for Applications for Competitive Submission and (2) Virginia's Request for Applications for Formula Funding, and the deadlines for receiving those applications.  Dial in telephone number 1-866-842-5779; Conference Code:  8047267911.
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services