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 ...

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

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 gr ...

Leaders Honor Service for Volunteer Week

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 ...

Virginia's New State Service Plan

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 pr ...

101 Ways to Thank Your Volunteers

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 involvement ...

State Employee Volunteer Opportunities

State Employee Volunteer Opportunities

Do you love the great outdoors? Virginia State Parks is offering special volunteer opportunities for state employees in honor of Volunteer Week, April 17-23. This is your chance to get back outside for recreation and fun! Parking is free for volunteers and many opportunities are family-friendly. Some of these projects would make excellent team building ...

Recapping AmeriCorps Week 2022

Recapping AmeriCorps Week 2022

Organizations all over Virginia celebrated AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors members and volunteers March 13-19, for AmeriCorps Week. Each year, AmeriCorps Week is a chance to thank members and volunteers for their service and share stories from their service experiences.  Governor Youngkin designated the week as the AmeriCorps Week in Virginia by issu ...

National Volunteer Week 2022

National Volunteer Week 2022

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend th ...

Workshops Announced for Summit!

Workshops Announced for Summit!

The Virginia Volunteerism Summit, May 4-5, 2022, is excited to announce it's full agenda of workshops and speakers! Day One of this one-of-a-kind convening of volunteerism and service leaders will feature inspiring, nationally-known speakers sharing their knowledge about the impact and future of service and volunteerism, as well as provide an introduct ...

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