Across the Commonwealth, Virginians marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by participating in a National Day of Service and Remembrance. As part of the initiative, AmeriCorps and AARP Virginia partnered in a statewide Drive to End Hunger™ food drive in recognition of military members, veterans and their families. Governor McDonnell issued a proclamation that September 11, 2011, be recognized as a Day of Service and Remembrance in the Commonwealth, and urged citizens to participate in the statewide food drive in honor of the first responders and victims of 9/11. See a complete list of events and see photos from Drive to End Hunger™ food collection projects held throughout the state.
Launch events will be held throughout the Commonwealth for Virginia's AmeriCorps members to pledge their commitment to a year of service. Events will be held Oct. 14 in Central Virginia, Oct. 21 in Northern Virginia, and Oct. 21 and 22 in Southwest Virginia. Oct. 22 will be a service day in Glade Spring, which experienced damage due to a tornado earlier this year. (A kick-off event was held in Hampton Roads on Sept. 30.) Learn more about AmeriCorps in Virginia.
Virginia Advisory Board on National and Community Service
As the Western Region Rapid Response Coordinator located at New River Community College, Beckie Cox responds to the workforce needs and fluctuations in 39 cities and counties. Ms. Cox's passion to serve stems from her understanding that workforce development, community development, and economic development are forever linked together and that by improving one, you improve the others. She states that she believes in people and that people have three basic needs -- something to do (productive), someone to love (passionate), and someone to love them (appreciated). "It's just that simple," Ms. Cox says. "It's easy enough for all of us to volunteer to help someone." As a graduate of Radford University, she studied Employee Behavior and Leadership. Ms. Cox also holds an accounting degree from New River Community College and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She has served on the local boards for United Way and Habitat for Humanity and is also a Community Service Chaplain with specialization in domestic violence.
Are you looking for ways to bring direct human services into your community? Consider AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps subrecipients, competitively funded through the Virginia Department of Social Services, meet local needs that would otherwise go unanswered, with engaged AmeriCorps members. Although the publication of the formal Request for Proposals is a few months off, now is the time to be planning. Identify community needs and demands. Develop partnerships with other organizations that are also interested in addressing unmet community needs. Line up match funds. Consider what the measurable outcomes might be. Learn about Virginia’s AmeriCorps Program (www.vaservice.org). Read up on the cross-cutting Department of Social Services initiative designed to strengthen families, and that all programs support. Familiarize yourself with the Corporation for National and Community Service, its goals, and its purpose. Watch this space for more information about the RFP process, content, and timeline.
Oct. 22 is Make A Difference Day, an annual celebration of neighbors helping neighbors created by USA WEEKEND Magazine. Projects may be as large or as small as you wish! Look around your community and see what needs to be done. Find out more.
- The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people, grades 5-12, who have engaged in outstanding community service each year. Ten students will be given a cash award of $5,000, plus a grant in the same amount to the nonprofit charitable organization of their choice. Applications are due November 1.
- The IRS has scheduled fall workshops for charitable organizations covering the benefits and responsibilities of tax-exempt status, actions that can jeopardize an organization's exempt status, unrelated business income, employment issues, Form 990 series, and more. Details.