Stories of Service: Rachael Haines

Stories of Service: Rachael Haines

Rachel Haines came to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the United Way of Southwest Virginia (UWSWVA) as they had just received funding for three new initiatives (credential study, a speakers’ bureau, and internships). At first it was a challenge to comprehend the scope of the region’s 19 cities/counties and 92 schools, but Rachel successfully navigate ...

Day to Serve & 9/11 Grants

Day to Serve & 9/11 Grants

The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for 2019 Service Project Mini-Grants. Qualifying organizations may be eligible for an award of up to $250 to use towards hosting a service project between September 11-October 10, 2019. These projects must be associated with either Day to Serve or 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. A limit ...

Social Services Staff Serve Together

Social Services Staff Serve Together

VDSS Home Office staff teamed up to volunteer at the Richmond Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP) organization on Friday, May 17. Volunteers completed a painting project at CAPUP's headquarters. ...

Refugee Resettlement Conference

Refugee Resettlement Conference

Plans are underway for the 2019 Virginia Conference on Refugee Resettlement: Weaving a Network of Services for Virginia’s Newcomers, July 25-26, at Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown by Marriott. The conference will offer workshops and interactive training sessions led by experts in the fields of employment, mental health, health and other disciplines rela ...

Grants for 9/11 Day Projects

Grants for 9/11 Day Projects

The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is just a few weeks away and now is the perfect time for your organization to begin planning your service project. The 9/11 Day of Service was originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the sacrifice o ...

Video Contest Winners!

Video Contest Winners!

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Virginia Volunteerism Conference Video Contest. Participants submitted videos to this competition finishing the statement "I love volunteering because . . . " Each winner received a Visa Gift Card Prize and the first place winner had their video p ...

2019 Volunteerism Award Winners

2019 Volunteerism Award Winners

Governor Ralph Northam recognized the recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards during a special ceremony held at the Executive Mansion yesterday evening. The annual awards program spotlights the outstanding efforts that individual volunteers and organizations contribute on behalf of citizens throughout the Commonwealt ...

Volunteer Week is Here!

Volunteer Week is Here!

Take time to celebrate your volunteers April 7-13, National Volunteer Week. This is an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, the exp ...

SNAP Update

SNAP Update

Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will receive their February food benefits early due to the federal government shutdown. This change will affect all SNAP recipients in Virginia scheduled to receive benefits during the first week of February, regardless of case number or usual issuance date. The early issuance will ...

Plan to Serve on MLK Day!

Plan to Serve on MLK Day!

Make 2019 a year to focus on service! Kick off the new year by planning to serve on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 21st. What kind of projects are available across Virginia? For a complete list of projects, visit MLK.gov or contact your local volunteer center. Here's a few volunteer projects to get you started:  ...

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