VISTA Aids Virginia Hurricane Victims

VISTA Aids Virginia Hurricane Victims

Last October, Hurricane Matthew caused more than $25 million worth of damage to more than 2,300 homes and businesses in eastern Virginia. Many families and business owners were simply overwhelmed by the extent of the destruction to their properties. Enter AmeriCorps VISTA! Nine VISTA members were deployed at the end of November to help repair and clean ...

Is AmeriCorps Right for Your Organization?

Is AmeriCorps Right for Your Organization?

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding under the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps formula funding cycle. View information about this funding opportunity now. Applications for funding are due by 11:59 p.m., February 1, 2017. Since the program's founding in 1994, 1 million AmeriCorp ...

Wanted: Workshop Proposals

Wanted: Workshop Proposals

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is excited to be in the early planning stage for the 2017 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference to be held May 16-17, 2017, in Richmond.  This conference attracts more than 400 human service professionals from across the Commonwealth including volunteer coordinators, program managers 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 ...

Call for AmeriCorps Concept Papers

Call for AmeriCorps Concept Papers

Could a team of AmeriCorps members help your organization achieve greater community impact? This is an opportunity, outside of the process used to accept full AmeriCorps proposals, for your organization to develop and share a basic idea for an AmeriCorps proposal and program, and get feedback from the Service Commission staff ahead of the release of ...

2016-17 AmeriCorps State Programs

2016-17 AmeriCorps State Programs

The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services is proud to announce the 2016-17 AmeriCorps State Grantees. There are 20 programs this year located in throughout the Commonwealth focusing on community needs in education and youth, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, disaster services, and healthy futures. Additionally, there are ...

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 ...

NCCC Teams Deployed in Virginia

NCCC Teams Deployed in Virginia

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) has deployed three teams of members to serve across the Commonwealth. Teams will address homelessness, ecotourism and environmental conservation. Virginia Housing Alliance will host a team from August 17-September 15, 2016, with the mission of expanding affordable housing opportunities and helpi ...

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 ...

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