Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

Do you know someone who is always putting others first? How about an organization or business that never hesitates to help out whenever there's problem in the community? There are volunteers all over Virginia making a difference in our neighborhoods and schools -- tutoring students, conducting food drives, assisting seniors, cleaning up our parks, and ...

Kicking Off School Year with Heart

Kicking Off School Year with Heart

Virginia Social Services Staff Volunteer at Back to School Event Hundreds of Richmond Public Schools (RPS) students received backpacks packed with school supplies, personal care packs and healthy snacks at at large-scale Back to School Event sponsored by the RPS Homeless Education Program. Staff from the Virginia Department of Social Service (VDSS) Ho ...

Virginia Service Foundation Grants

Virginia Service Foundation Grants

Thanks to funding from the Virginia Service Foundation, several nonprofits and agencies throughout Virginia were able to organize impactful service projects in their communities for 9/11 Day and Day to Serve. In Southwest Virginia, Appalachian Community Action Agency partnered with Meals of Love for a food drive which collected nearly 850 pounds of foo ...

Hunger Action Month in September

Hunger Action Month in September

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? TUR ...

9/11 Day Initiative to Promote Unity

9/11 Day Initiative to Promote Unity

A new coalition, called Tomorrow Together, has launched a new initiative to encourage unity, empathy, and service each year on September 11th.  Activities for 9/11 this year include: a special opportunity for families to win a trip to NYC to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, along with other prizes from Scholastic and gift cards offered by Target (an ...

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 ...

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