2023 AmeriCorps Week

Virginia Celebrated AmeriCorps Week Governor Youngkin dedicated March 12-18 to recognize AmeriCorps members, alumni, and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers for uniting in service every year The Virginia Service Commission (VSC) celebrated the valuable contributions of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers across the Commonwealth who pledged to “get things done” for our nation as part of … Read more

2022 Governor’s Awards on Volunteerism and Community Service

Governor Glenn Youngkin has announced the recipients of the 2022 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards, honoring the outstanding efforts of individual volunteers and organizations contributed on behalf of citizens throughout the Commonwealth. Since 1984, Virginia governors have celebrated the impact of volunteers, and honored the significant contributions of Virginians across the state with the … Read more

Youth as Volunteers: Kids Give Back

Kids Give Back is a nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia that provides volunteer opportunities for kids ages 6-12.  Youth are engaged in virtual volunteer events, Family Volunteer Days,  Summer Volunteer Camps and more. Every project completed meets an identified need in the community, while inspiring the next generation of volunteers.

Volunteer Director Shares Story

For volunteers and staff working with Michele Shepherd, Volunteer Director at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, she always presented herself as a poised, well-spoken, and dynamic individual. Recently, she shared about a lifelong personal struggle that she has endured since childhood — severe dyslexia. Her dyslexia caused Michele a great deal of insecurity and … Read more

Leaders Honor Service for Volunteer Week

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, individuals and groups paused to thank Virginia’s volunteers and national service members with special events and service projects throughout the state. Rep. Rob Wittman traveled to York River State Park on Tuesday, April 18, to spend time with some of Virginia’s amazing AmeriCorps members serving with the … Read more

Virginia’s New State Service Plan

The Virginia Service Commission has released a sweeping new 2022-24 Virginia State Service Plan which outlines strategies and goals to align volunteerism and service with critical needs in our communities. As the pandemic magnified the social, economic, and health disparities across the state, our grassroots volunteerism and civic engagement efforts provided huge support in countless … Read more

101 Ways to Thank Your Volunteers

It’s National Volunteer Week, April 17-23! Make sure you thank your volunteers this week. Show them how important they are to your organization and what an impact they make. This is a fantastic list from Volunteering Australia to get you thinking about ways to celebrate your volunteers! 1. Give a certificate to commemorate anniversaries of … Read more

Stories of Service: Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and Church of the Incarnation

Congratulations to Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and Church of the Incarnation of Charlottesville – winner of the 2021 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Faith-Based Organization! The dynamic duo of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and Church of the Incarnation are well known in the Charlottesville community for their outreach … Read more

Stories of Service: Codefy

Congratulations to Codefy of McLean – winner of the 2021 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Education Organization! The vast majority of computer programmers across the globe are male. Seeing a lack of computer programming courses in their own school, one determined group of female students in Northern Virginia decided to work to … Read more