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AmeriCorps Members: Fire Masters

AmeriCorps Members: Fire Masters

Virginia State Parks - DCR AmeriCorps member Samantha Dillon reports on a dramatic and worthwhile project performed by her team this month. "Earlier this month, our crew got to participate in our very first burn at South Quay Sandhills in Suffolk. It was an inter-agency burn, so not only did we get to work with the Pocahontas State Park AmeriCorps crew ...

2018 Volunteerism Award Winners

2018 Volunteerism Award Winners

Governor Ralph Northam announced the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards during a special ceremony held at the Executive Mansion on April 10, 2018. These awards spotlight the outstanding efforts individual volunteers and organizations make on behalf of citizens throughout the Commonwealth. “I am pleased to ann ...

Backpack Buddies Needs You!

Backpack Buddies Needs You!

The Backpack Buddies project led by the Dan River Year AmeriCorps Program and God's Storehouse was created to help the Malcom Huckabee Backpacks Program reach more children in need of weekend and school break meals. With help from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant, they hope to fill at least 100 backpacks to help hungry students in&nbs ...

Power of Good 2018

Power of Good 2018

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018), HandsOn Greater Richmond is launching the 5th Power of Good Celebration, a collaboration between HandsOn and The Spark Mill. Simply submit the name of a volunteer powering good and The Power of Good will shower them with love.  Submit, in 20 words or less, who you ...

Local Leaders Honor Service

Local Leaders Honor Service

Virginia local leaders and elected officials honored and celebrated National Service Recognition Day, April 3, at events around the state. A record 54 Virginia city and county leaders signed on this year to show their support for National Service on the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) official website. In Richmond, Mayor Leva ...

President's Volunteer Service Award

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Carroll County Public Schools Lift Up! AmeriCorps member Makayla Haynes was recently awarded a President's Volunteer Service Award at a special ceremony in Abingdon. Makayla, who is a second year AmeriCorps member, received a Bronze Award to recognize her volunteer service last summer through Rooftop of Virginia. She assisted with the two-wee ...

Volunteers Honored in Southwest Virginia

Volunteers Honored in Southwest Virginia

The United Way of Southwest Virginia's 2018 Impact Awards were held March 15, 2018,  in Abingdon. United Way recognized companies, community groups, and individuals who were a part of the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia. The event was sponsored by Appalachian Community Federa ...

Stories of Service: Andrew Richards

Stories of Service: Andrew Richards

As Virginia's AmeriCorps Ambassador for April 2018, Andrew is excited to share his story and show what it is like to serve as an AmeriCorps member. A member serving with the Virginia State Parks - DCR AmeriCorps Program, Andrew was born in Nebraska but moved to Virginia's coast when he was young. "My parents were high achievers and always pus ...

Apply for Youth Preparedness Council

Apply for Youth Preparedness Council

The FEMA Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together youth leaders from across the country who are highly interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities. The Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their co ...

Stories of Service: Shweta Tembe

Stories of Service: Shweta Tembe

As Virginia's AmeriCorps Ambassador for March 2018, Shweta is excited to share her story of service and offer a peek inside what it is like to be an AmeriCorps member. An AmeriCorps member serving with the Virginia College Advising Corps at Louisa County High School, she says, "I serve because every student and young person deserves a chance ...

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