How to Help Louisiana

How to Help Louisiana

Over the last two weeks, Louisiana communities have been devastated by flooding.  To date, more than 560 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have been a part of the relief effort. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has secured a major $4.5 million Mission Assignment from FEMA and the State of Louisiana to assist in the ...

2-1-1 Makes Nearly 200,000 Referrals

2-1-1 Makes Nearly 200,000 Referrals

2-1-1 Virginia, the Commonwealth's information and referral system connecting people with available community services, provided nearly 200,000 referrals for needed services last year! The free phone service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and maintains a secured database of more than 6,000 agencies. The professionally-train ...

9/11 Project Planned in Alexandria

9/11 Project Planned in Alexandria

Volunteer Alexandria  will partner with the Ivy Hill Cemetery to honor those laid to rest by repairing and painting a fountain that was dedicated to the firefighters. In addition, volunteers will landscape and plant flowers followed by a "Character Does Matter" presentation. The project will take place September 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  This volunteer oppor ...

National Governors Highlight Service

National Governors Highlight Service

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe continued to show her support for National Service at the National Governors Association’s 2016 Summer Meeting, July 14-17, in Des Moines, IO. Over the four day meeting, the First Lady joined Corporation for National and Community Service Director Wendy Spencer and AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to package 50,000 meals ...

2016 Points of Light Conference

2016 Points of Light Conference

The Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, June 27-29, in Detroit, provided valuable tools and training, as well as a lot of inspiration, to Virginia organizations. OVCS Director Gail Harris, along with Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism members Ashley Hall and Vanessa Diamond and two representatives from Virginia's ...

Program Spotlight: Community Residences

Program Spotlight: Community Residences

For more than 40 years, Community Residences (CR) has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities. In partnership with a community of caring professionals, volunteers, families and community leaders, CR embraces a belief that every person has the right to participate in community life and contribute to its common well-being. Volunteerism embodies c ...

How to Help West Virginia

How to Help West Virginia

Our neighbors are in trouble. The utter devastation that the floods have caused to families in West Virginia is catastrophic. If you would like to lend a hand, visit www.volunteerwv.org and wvvoad.communityos.org to learn more about you can volunteer or be helpful in other ways. It is critically important that individuals not self-deploy. Please regist ...

New National STEM Efforts

New National STEM Efforts

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently announced several commitments from federal agencies to support FedServe: One Million Hours of STEM Volunteering campaign. Joining CNCS, in today’s announcement are the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA, the Nat ...

Mini-Grants for Day to Serve & 9/11 Day

Mini-Grants for Day to Serve & 9/11 Day

The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for 2016 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 10-October 11, 2016. These projects must be associated with either Day to Serve or 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. A limi ...

Volunteer Awards Across Virginia

Volunteer Awards Across Virginia

Several communities around the Commonwealth honored outstanding volunteers at special ceremonies and events recently. Organizations and individuals were recognized in Roanoke, Fairfax, Hanover and Alexandria over the last few weeks. Their efforts not only served communities in need across the Commonwealth, but also across the U.S. and abroad. The 24 ...

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