The 2011 Virginia Conference on Volunteerism and Service will take place June 17, at the Richmond Westin Hotel at Reynolds Crossing. Stay tuned for conference details in an upcoming Special Edition of Volunteer Virginia.
Volunteers throughout the Commonwealth will be recognized during National Volunteer Week. The event, sponsored by Points of Light Institute, is a national opportunity to advance individual causes and promote volunteer commitment in communities. Be sure to recognize your volunteers during this special week. It's not too late! Go online now to get a Volunteer Week Resource Guide.
AmeriCorps week is May 14-21, and Virginia's AmeriCorps members, alumni, project staff, friends, and supporters are gearing up to bring attention to national service. The goal is to bring more Americans into service, salute members and alumni, and thank the partners who make AmeriCorps possible. The theme of this year’s AmeriCorps Week is "My AmeriCorps Story." Last year, there were nearly 500 events across the country and more than 80 print and broadcast stories about AmeriCorps during the week-long celebration. For more information about AmeriCorps in Virginia, visit vaservice.org. Get more tools and ideas for your recognition activities at www.americorpsweek.org.
Governor's Advisory Board on Volunteerism and National Service
For seniors in Northern Virginia, the Orange County TRIAD program is a reassuring presence in the community. TRIAD is a volunteer partnership involving the Virginia Attorney General, law enforcement, and local AARP or other senior leadership organizations. The primary goal for seniors is to reduce criminal victimization, enhance the delivery of law enforcement services, and provide law enforcement information exchange opportunities. Elaine Anderson, who serves as coordinator of the program, has been an integral part of making the Orange County program one of the most active TRIAD programs in the nation. Although Elaine is a native of Gloucester, MA, she has called Virginia home since 1977 and is proud to call herself a Virginian. She began her journey as a volunteer for the Orange County Sheriff's Office in 1998. In 2001 she was named to head the TRIAD program. Elaine takes her role as a senior advocate very seriously. Her seniors value her support, as evidenced by their support of the TRIAD program by volunteering their time and energy. Elaine feels that one of the greatest assets is her vast management background, driven by an attitude that she doesn’t ask anyone managed by her to do a task or undertake a service that she herself hasn’t done and mastered.
Alternatives, Inc. - PASS (Peninsula AmeriCorps Serve and Support)
Recognized as one of the country's 52 Best AmeriCorps Programs by Innovations in Civic Participation, the PASS AmeriCorps program is breaking new ground in ways to connect with younger teens in the community. The program teams up with city government, local K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and community nonprofit agencies through the Hampton Teen Center. The project employs students from Christopher Newport University to bring skills associated with their majors to younger teens in the community. Using those skills, the teens collectively create projects designed to reach out to their peers and enlist them to also become engaged in community service. For example, a current member who is an art major recently designed and instructed classes on watercolors and art journaling. During its first year of operation, PASS members recruited 270 volunteers; served 500 of the city's teens through service projects, programs, school outreach and chaperoning of events; and engaged 48 college students in volunteer roles at the Hampton Teen Center. Find out more.
The 2011 Suicide Prevention Summits will be held in locations throughout the Commonwealth in May and June. The summits are open to all community members including mental health professionals, veterans, first responders and law enforcement, suicide survivors/family members, faith-based community members, para-professionals, school personnel, medical professionals, and more. At each one-day summit, there will be presentations on current suicide data from each region, suicide prevention education and training resources, the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, and a survivor's own personal experience. Summits will be held in Abingdon May 10, Roanoke May 11, Harrisonburg May 24, Fredericksburg May 25, Chesterfield June 1, Annandale June 6, and Hampton June 15. Details.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month was created to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, and create strong communities to support children and families. Visit the Child Abuse Prevention website for access to numerous resources and materials to help you plan activities for the month. Materials available include a new resource guide, parenting concerns tip sheets in English and Spanish, a calendar of activities, Child Abuse Prevention Month widgets, and an informational video.
Older Americans Month is designed to show appreciation and support for America's seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. This year's theme is "Older Americans: Connecting the Community." The U.S. Administration on Aging is sponsoring two exciting activities in observance of Older Americans Month 2011 -- a video challenge and a video game tournament. View a complete list of events throughout the Commonwealth.
- Youth-led community service projects in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond are eligible to apply for the Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Project grants. The deadline for applications is April 12.
- The Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships has announced several new grant opportunities including funding for Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration, Career Pathways Innovation, and Youth/Juvenile Offenders Intermediary.
- Registration is continuing for the University of Richmond's Institute on Philanthropy spring classes and workshops and new classes are being announced for the summer.
- Organizations in Northern Virginia can take advantage of free nonprofit workshops offered by the Fairfax Grant Research and Training Center.
- Nominate someone today for the World of Children Annual Awards Program.
- VolunteerMatch is currently offering several free webinars on a variety of topics including online recruiting, days of service and social media.
- The Virginia Mentoring Partnership will host Community Mentor Training on April 20. The session is free and open to the public and is for new or potential volunteer mentors. Register.
- Global Youth Service Day is April 15-17. Each year, millions of children and youth around the world work together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programs, government agencies, faith communities, and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities during this event. Get resources and post your events.
- Emily McGrail of Radford was crowned Ms. Wheelchair VA on March 19, at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville. The program’s theme “Celebrate Life” showcased the accomplishments of six remarkable women who have overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve and accomplish great success. Emily’s platform for advocacy is "Educating Our Future on How There is Ability in Disability."
- Governor Bob McDonnell recognized February 28-March 6 as National Peace Corps Week in Virginia with a formal proclamation.
- Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and the Corporation for National and Community Service teamed up with more than 125 veterans, active duty military and AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to help build and rehabilitate homes in Annapolis and Baltimore, March 17 - 18. Check out photos from the event.
- Get ready to laugh and cry. View the winners of You Tube's DoGooderTV Nonprofit Video Awards.
The Huffington Post reports that an Atlanta-based organization has figured out a way to help people mainly by using social media for donations.