September 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.  
  • Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation funds programs and projects focusing on education, community services, the arts and humanities, and health in Arlington and Fairfax counties and the Cities of Falls Church and Alexandria. Deadline: Nov. 1
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How to Help Communities Devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Once the flood waters recede, the communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey will no doubt need outside assistance for months to come. How can you help? Although it might seem like a good idea to collect supplies and head to Texas, there are a number of better ways we can all lend a hand to the region. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has published a list of helpful reminders before you decide how you're going to help. Ways you can help now:
Program to Fight Opioid Addiction in Virginia

Governor McAuliffe has announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded federal AmeriCorps funding to the City of Richmond Human Services Commission to combat the opioid epidemic and its devastating effects on families, communities, workplaces, health care, and the state. The City of Richmond, through the Richmond AmeriCorps Healthy Futures Project, will utilize a coalition to provide education, prevention, reduction and recovery services. "The opioid epidemic continues to take a toll on communities throughout the Commonwealth," said Governor McAuliffe. "These grant funds will play a vital role in our work to establish strategic, proactive efforts to address this issue within Richmond and throughout Virginia."
September is for Service:
Countless Opportunities for You to Serve this Month!  

Several national and regional service initiatives are taking place throughout September offering multiple volunteer opportunities for you to serve your community.

Day to Serve (Sept. 9-Oct. 10) is a multi-state effort that
transcends politics and religious differences by uniting people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the goal of helping those in need.

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is a way for us to honor the individuals who lost their lives and those who served as first responders
Virginia Food Access Network Day of Action (Sept. 29) raises awareness of organizations in Virginia working to increase food access in an effort to improve nutrition and end hunger.  
National Preparedness Month seeks to increase the number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and places of worship. 
Governor McAuliffe to
Present Awards for
Innovation in Education

Nominations are now being accepted for the inaugural Governor's Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Education. Governor McAuliffe will recognize outstanding education professionals, teams of professionals, community partnerships, schools and divisions for excellence and achievement in a variety of categories: Innovation in Education, Community Partnerships and Collaboration, Supporting Reading Readiness, Preparing Students for the New Virginia Economy, and Closing the Achievement Gap. Nominations are open to individuals, groups, schools, and local school divisions. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 22.
Story of Service: Beth Rebholz

For Beth Rebholz, AmeriCorps has provided the ultimate pathway for her to forge a successful career in financial planning. Her interest in finance, combined with her deep-seated roots in service, led her to join as an AmeriCorps member, then later serve as an AmeriCorps Program Director, and eventually find her dream job! Beth served as an AmeriCorps member for three years with Virginia Veterans Corps at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at Little Creek where she helped provide financial education and assistance to Active Duty Navy and Marines, their dependents, and retirees of those branches.
September is

Hunger Action Month 

Hunger Action Month is 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. How can you show your support? 
  • Support Virginia Food Access Network Day of Action (Sept. 29) by volunteering and promoting hunger awareness activities.
  • TURN ORANGE throughout the month by wearing orange, displaying orange on your social media profiles, etc. 
  • Advocate, donate and/or volunteer all month long to help feed hungry families.
  • Tweet about hunger in your community
Local Author and Education Summit Speaker Highlighted  
in Virginia Magazine

Ronnie Sidney, a Richmond area children's book author who recently shared his experiences and expertise at the Virginia Education Summit last spring, has been highlighted in Urban Views Weekly. Sidney, who was diagnosed with Dysgraphia and ADHD as a child, has written a series of books depicting children who overcome incredible odds in difficult situations. In his books and his public speaking engagements, Sidney shares his story of resilience and his constant mission to inspire others.
Developing Inspirational Teachers through the Richmond Teacher Residency Program

The Richmond Teacher Residency Program is a year-long co-teaching experience designed to prepare individuals to be extraordinary urban teachers in Richmond Public Schools (RPS). At the completion of the program, individuals will receive a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Virginia teaching license, be guaranteed a salaried teaching position in RPS, and receive ongoing coaching and support as an alumni. The program is currently seeking innovative, passionate, and coachable candidates to teach for change!
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