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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 ...

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

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 communit ...

Stories of Service: Codefy

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 ...

Stories of Service: Doswell Limited Partnership

Stories of Service: Doswell Limited Partnership

Congratulations to Doswell Limited Partnership of Ashland - winner of the 2021 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Small Business! Doswell Limited Partnership (DLP) recognizes the fact that residents of Hanover County can benefit in many ways from their position in the community and their access to resources. DLP, an aff ...

Stories of Service: Capital One Coders

Stories of Service: Capital One Coders

Congratulations to Capital One Coders of Richmond - winner of the 2021 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Corporation! Capital One Coders grew out of an idea that was sparked in 2014 by a Capital One staff member who saw a gap in computer training in K-12 classrooms. The company created Capital One Coders to inspire stu ...

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