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Could VISTA Help Your VDSS Program?

Could VISTA Help Your VDSS Program?

Is your program in need of some capacity building support? Could VDSS-VISTA be a solution? The VDSS Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS) follows the Virginia Department of Social Services mission to design and deliver high-quality human services that help Virginians achieve safety, independence and overall well-being.  OVCS serves as t ...

Building a Generation of Volunteers

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteer Fairfax was pleased to combine two popular family-friendly volunteer events – Valentines ...

Ways to Serve on MLK Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is January 18th! Although there are still restrictions across the Commonwealth related to COVID-19, there are still many ways you can help your community on this national day of service. Here are a few examples of projects looking for volunteers: Alexandria Learn to Make Care Packages from Volunteer Alexandria w ...

Va Welcomes AmeriCorps Programs

The Virginia Service Commission is excited to announce the addition of two new and one returning AmeriCorps State program to its current portfolio: Richmond Healthy Futures Opioid Prevention and Economic Opportunities Program [RHOPE] returns to the Virginia AmeriCorps portfolio maintaining existing partnerships and services focusing on opioid recovery ...

Virginia 2021-22 AmeriCorps Grants

Virginia 2021-22 AmeriCorps Grants

What could AmeriCorps do for your organization? Apply for 2021-22 AmeriCorps Formula Funding and find out! Since 1994, 1+ million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. With funding from the Corpora ...

NCCC Teams in Virginia

NCCC Teams in Virginia

AmeriCorps NCCC teams have been making a real impact in communities all over Virginia over the past few months! NCCC engages teams of members in short-term (6-8 weeks) projects in communities across the U.S. Projects address critical needs relating to: Environmental Stewardship, Urban and Rural Development, Energy Conservation, Infrastructure Improveme ...

2020 Volunteerism Award Winners

2020 Volunteerism Award Winners

Governor Ralph Northam has officially announced the winners of the 2020 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The annual program recognizes the outstanding contributions of individual volunteers and organizations to the well-being of the Commonwealth and its people. “People in every corner of the Commonwealth are rising to the challeng ...

Stories of Service: Northwest Federal Credit Union

Stories of Service: Northwest Federal Credit Union

Congratulations to Northwest Federal Credit Union of Herndon - winner of the 2020 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Corporation! Northwest Federal Credit Union has made a strong commitment to their community by implementing a powerful community service initiative called “Transforming Lives Through Acts of We.” By partn ...

DIY Projects

COVID-19 has no doubt made it harder to recruit and retain volunteers for your organization. Individuals and groups, however, see the need in their communities and are looking for ways they can help. DIY projects may be the perfect solution to providing a way for volunteers to work in their own space on their own time and provide much-needed resources ...

Welcome Kathy Spangler!

Welcome Kathy Spangler!

The Virginia Department of Social Services is excited to announce that Kathy Spangler has been name the new Director of the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services. Kathy will be responsible for AmeriCorps State programs, the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, AmeriCorps VISTA, 2-1-1 Virginia, and the volunteer networ ...

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