October 2018
Nominate an Outstanding Virginia 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 15th. Nominate someone today!
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.   
  • Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management's Tips for Donating to Help With Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts is a great resource to share for how to respond to the recent hurricane and future disasters.
  • 2018 Trends in Giving Report is based on the survey results of 6,057 donors worldwide and available for download in four languages.
  • Donor Perfect has some great #GivingTuesday ideas for this year.
  • The Ins and Outs of Content Creation explores how to create content that makes an impact for your organization. 
  • The Science of What Makes People Care delves into five principles pulled from social science that will help you connect your work to what people care most about.
  • Life After AmeriCorps VISTA Guide has some great tips and resources for anyone beginning their professional careers.
  • Senior Corps RSVP Grants are available to support programs that offer a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Deadline: Nov. 7
  • Whole Kids Foundation announces funds to supports new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 15
  • SunTrust Foundation supports organizations in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, to assist the elderly in need, such as senior citizen homes and other institutions that provide care and relief of disease for the elderly. Deadline: Oct. 15
  • Big Lots Foundation announces funds to support programs that will enhance the lives of children and families in the areas of hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. Priority will be given to programs serving women and children. Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Costco Wholesale Foundation provides grants and in-kind donations in the areas of human services, health, education, and children. Deadline: Ongoing
Virginians Come Together for
9/11 Day of Service
and Day to Serve

Individuals and organizations 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. 11-Oct. 10). Virginia's AmeriCorps programs were among the many organizations who hosted projects from food drives to park cleanups. 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. Virginia College Advising Corps members participated in a citywide cleanup in Charlottesville (pictured above) and Carroll County Public Schools members collected items and made hygiene kits for area shelters. 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
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. Hurry, the deadline is November 6th!
Virginia AmeriCorps Members Gather to Kick Off Their Year of Service   
AmeriCorps members kicked off their formal year of service with a two-day training event and opening day ceremony September 27-28, at the Virginia Crossings Hotel in Richmond. Members attended workshops on topics like CPR Training, Emergency Preparedness, and Bullying Prevention.

On September 27th, more than 200 members took the AmeriCorps pledge together to "get things done for America." New members were inspired by stories from AmeriCorps Alums and received support from the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, who participated in the swearing in ceremony. 
Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities
Virginia Office on Volunteerism & Community Services