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More than 6,000 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Virginia. These individuals serve at more than 560 locations throughout the state, through AmeriCorps State, Volunteer Generation Fund, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National Direct and Senior Corps programs. For more information on National Service in Virginia, contact AmeriCorpsInfo@dss.virginia.gov.

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AmeriCorps State

AmeriCorps State operates through the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OCVS) and the Governor-appointed Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism to provide grants to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs throughout Virginia, including faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing nearly 600 members annually to meet critical community needs in education, economic opportunity, veteran and military family services, health, the environment, and disaster services across Virginia.

AmeriCorps Programs

 

VGFVA

Volunteer Generation Fund

Volunteer Generation Fund programs boost the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs throughout Virginia. These programs, managed through the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services focus on volunteer management practices that increase both volunteer recruitment and retention. Programs that build the career skills of volunteers, expanding opportunity for the unemployed, veterans, and disadvantaged youth are especially important.

VGF Programs

 

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AmeriCorps National Direct

AmeriCorps National provides grants directly to national public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs, Indian tribes, and consortia formed across two or more states, including faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Find out how to apply.

VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty and AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. VISTA provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that bring low-income Virginia individuals and communities out of poverty. For more information on VISTA in Virginia, contact VA@cns.gov, 804-771-2197.

NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC engages teams of members in short-term (6-8 weeks) projects in communities across the United States. Projects address critical needs relating to: Environmental Stewardship, Urban and Rural Development, Energy Conservation, Infrastructure Improvement, and Disaster Response & Rebuilding. Members construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. Some of NCCC’s priorities include working with veteran related organizations and disaster preparation projects.

Interested in hosting an AmeriCorps NCCC team in your community? Organizations apply through a simple two-step process. The first step is submitting a Project Concept Form to Stephanie Gittinger at sgittinger@cns.gov in September.  After review, eligible organizations will complete the full Service Project Application. The campus can provide support in project development and preparing the sponsor for hosting a team. There is no cost to host an AmeriCorps NCCC team nor does AmeriCorps NCCC provide financial support. Find out more about the current grant cycle.

Senior Corps

Senior Corps

Senior Corps is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. More than 3,400 seniors in Virginia serve in one of the three Senior Corps programs:

  • Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to 3,000+ young people with special needs.

  • Senior Companions help 330+ homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes.

  • RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers conduct safety patrols for local police departments, participate in environmental projects, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through 1,200+ groups across Virginia. Current Grant Process for RSVP deadline is April 4, 2017.

For information on Senior Corps in Virginia, contact Tynetta Darden at tdarden@cns.gov, 804-771-2197.

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