2016-17 AmeriCorps Programs in Virginia

Governor McAuliffe has announced nearly $13 million in FY17 funding for Virginia through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). These federal funds will support more than 5,700 people of all ages and backgrounds as they help to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Virginia. National service members serve through AmeriCorps, VISTA, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companion programs at more than 660 locations throughout the state. More

Countdown to September Days of Service

As September kicks off with Day to Serve (September 11-October 10) and the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11), remember to take time to volunteer in your community. There are hundreds of opportunities throughout the Commonwealth! Visit allforgood.org and daytoserve.org to find volunteer opportunities near you! If your organization is planning a service project during this time period, make sure to register the event as well!     

   Virginia AmeriCorps News

September Focus:
Disaster Services    
Alternatives, Inc. to Host Emergency "Prep Rallies"      

Alternatives, Inc., has received special funding for a "Save the Children" Emergency Preparedness Initiative for 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. PASS (Peninsula AmeriCorps Serve and Support) and PASSL (Peninsula Serve and Support for Learning) AmeriCorps members will train middle and high school youth to lead emergency preparedness "Prep Rallies" at local community centers and youth serving agencies on the Virginia Peninsula (September 8 at YH Thomas Community Center in Hampton - more events to come). The members will be teaching children about disaster preparedness, how to create a family emergency plan, and how to make an emergency kit. The group will also be creating and delivering preparedness kits to senior citizens in Hampton and Newport News (September 10, 1-4pm).

Call for AmeriCorps
Concept Papers    

Could a team of AmeriCorps members help your organization achieve greater community impact? The Virginia Service Commission has posted a call for 2017-18 AmeriCorps Concept Papers at virginiaservice.virginia.gov. This is an opportunity, outside of the process used to accept full AmeriCorps proposals, for your organization to develop and share a basic idea for an AmeriCorps proposal and program, and get feedback from the Service Commission staff ahead of the release of the RFP for the 2017-18 program year. Although submission of a concept paper is optional, it is highly recommended.

Elements of the Concept Paper submission will included - briefly - some fundamental organizational information, a description of the community need you plan to address, how AmeriCorps members will help meet that need, the change or impact that the members will have on the community need, and how the organization will measure the improvement. Unsure of how all this might work? Please take a few moments and familiarize yourself with the wealth of information about AmeriCorps available at www.nationalservice.gov. A few items that will get you started are available at http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov.
Keep watching the Virginia Service website for announcements about informational conference calls and timelines for the formal Requests for Proposals for Competitive Funds and the Request for Proposal for Formula Funds.

Help Your Local
Food Bank During Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, a month-long campaign in which Feeding America and the national network of 200 food banks across the country mobilize the public to take action on the issue of domestic hunger. This is an opportunity to make a positive impact that will help feed thousands of Virginians!  How can you show your support?  
  • TURN ORANGE throughout the month) by wearing orange,  displaying orange on your social media profiles, etc. 
  • Advocate, donate and/or volunteer to help feed hungry families.
  • Tweet about hunger in your community

Save the Date
is October 22!

Join Volunteer Fairfax on Saturday, October 22, when hundreds of the region's friends and neighbors will volunteer together to make the community better! Projects will take place in locations throughout the region and will vary from cleaning area parks to painting, fixing, and organizing. This is a family-friendly event and an opportunity for youth to earn service-learning hours. VolunteerFest is an annual celebration of community service held every year in conjunction with National Make Difference Day. Volunteer registration opens September 19. Visit www.volunteerfairfax.org to get involved.

Help Your Community
Be Ready!

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and is the perfect time to reach out across Virginia to take action to prepare for potential emergencies. How can your organization spread the word and protect your community? 

Grants, Opportunities & Resources

  • Veterans Employment Pay for Success Grants funds projects that are successful in accomplishing employment rehabilitation for veterans with a service-connected disability. Deadline: September 14
  • 2016 Social Innovation Fund Round 2 Pay for Success (PFS) Grants are open to build the pipeline of PFS-ready governments and address the developmental needs of PFS projects to increase the likelihood that they will launch. Deadline: September 20
  • The Cadence, Inc. Community Giving Program awards grants to address the quality and accessibility of vocational and technical education, as well as other other community needs and capital projects in the Central Blue Ridge Region. Deadline: September 30
  • Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Enriching Communities Grants are awarded to organizations within the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange in the areas of health, environment, arts, education and human services. Deadline: October 3
  • 2-1-1 Virginia has released its Annual Report. Last year, trained professionals answered nearly 150,000 in/outbound calls, assisted more than 74,000 callers, identified nearly 100,000 caller needs and provided nearly 200,000 referrals!

Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities