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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS


Go here to see FY20 Budget Meeting dates and times.

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Because you Mentored Me 

If you’d like to be a mentor in our community schools, please contact the Gloucester Community Engagement Department at 804-693-5730 or email to clewis@gloucesterva.info

VOLUNTEER NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Your volunteer connection begins here!  If your organization needs volunteers or you want to get involved in your county, schools or community, this is the place to click and go!  Click here  to submit a volunteer need!

Volunteers  needed to help with AARP Foundation’s free tax preparation service for our neighbors in the Middle Peninsula. If you are interested, you can sign up to be a Tax-Aide Volunteer at http://spr.ly/6188DQrpe.   

Volunteers needed for the GUEST Shelter: The first week of the hypothermic season is proving to be a busy time of year for GUEST. With the frigid temperatures the homeless in our community need our help with a safe and warm place to call home. We currently have 15 clients in the shelter and anticipate more to arrive. Volunteers are greatly needed at the Day and Night Shelters. Our goal is to have 3 volunteers on each available shift to provide adequate supervision of the shelter. If you are able to volunteer, please signup through the signup genius links below.

SHELTER SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER: Below you will find the Signup Genius links for the Day Shelter and for each church hosting the Night Shelter in December. Please use these links to sign up as a volunteer.

Day Shelter Volunteers

Day Shelter, 6536 Moose Dr, Gloucester, VA 23061

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4daea62fabfe3-guest26

Night Shelter Volunteers

January 7 – 14  Susanna Wesley United Methodist, 3900 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy, 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4daea62fabfe3-susanna

Gloucester Point Baptist 01/14/2019 - 01/21/2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4daea62fabfe3-gloucester1

      The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, serving Gloucester, is looking for dedicated volunteers to share some time at their monthly Mobile Food Pantry Program distribution sites. If you have a couple of hours to donate between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, please contact Tracy Hansbrough at thansborough@hrfoodbank.org or (757) 596-7188.             

    Piankatank Community League is looking to expand membership for this community based helping organization!  Contact Bruce Phillips at philbb4@gmail.com                                                                      

Salvation Army: 
Looking for a few good board members!  Contact Sandra Thornton at 642-3960 or sandra.thornton@uss.salvationarmy.org          

Want to volunteer? Visit the Volunteer Needs Database 
HERE

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gloucester County Job Opportunities:  Building Official, Civil Engineer I/II, Water Treatment Plant Trainee,  WAR positions: Specialty Instructor and Park Aide. For more information or to apply on-line visit us at www.gloucesterva.jobs to view and apply for current job opportunities.                        
           
Gloucester County Sheriff's Office:  Employment Opportunities    
                         
Gloucester County Public Schools: Teacher - Cosmetology - Job ID 392, Gloucester High School, This position requires eligibility for a Technical Professional teaching licensure, and must hold a valid Virginia Cosmetology and Barbering License. Please call 693-2127 for information or visit the GCPS Job Board.  

Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic in Gloucester, Virginia is seeking an energetic and dedicated Registered Nurse to help carry out our Mission. The Mission of the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic is to provide community-based healthcare for the residents of Gloucester and Mathews Counties who lack health insurance or the means to pay for it. Serious inquiries only for those seeking to truly make a difference and carry out our mission. Please send resume and three professional references to tinabeierly@gmcareclniic.com .

Position:  Registered Nurse(part- time), that reports directly to the Director of Patient Care Services.

Need help with your resume? Check out this link.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

 For a calendar of public government meetings, please click HERE. 

THIS WEEK

Arts on Main classes and exhibits:  Go here to learn about class offerings for children and adults, exhibits and upcoming events.


NNCONNECTION BUSINESS PLANS FOR NONPROFITS: January  16 & 23, 2019, Kick off the new year by creating or revising a plan for your nonprofit organization with this 2-part seminar (1-Finance & Budget Plan; 2-Narrative Plan) led by Joy Corprew of the University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center. Attend either or both sessions! $35 each or $65 for both, includes expert advice and class materials. 10:00-12:30, Lancaster Comm 

Gloucester Chamber of Commerce January Business After Hours January 17,  5:30 p.m.-  7:00 p.m. , Moody's Event Centeres, Hayes , Business After Hours is FREE for members and only $10 for guests.  register here.

Open House Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Expansion

Saturday,  January 19

12:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE     

Alzheimer's Community Forum: February 1, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Gloucester Main library, learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Bring a friend who has been affected by the disease. Share your thoughts about how we can help people in your community, register at alz.org/grva, or call 800-272-3900


CHILDREN FIRST PROGRAM CO-PARENTING CLASS:   Ongoing, Children First is a 4-hour co-parenting education program designed to promote positive and healthy communication for families experiencing the challenges of transition through separation and/or divorce, $50.00 per person. Payment must be received seven (7) days prior to the scheduled class. No exceptions. REGISTRATION: Pre-registration by phone is required. To register and inquire about sessions please call Tammy Bagby at 804-642-5402 or Visit www.nnconnection.org for registration info.

Nonprofit Institute: March 6, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Community Education and Health Resource Center located at 2 Bernardine Dr, Newport News, VA 23602, The Nonprofit Learning Lab approaches all our trainings with an understanding that nonprofit professionals have a base of knowledge and are seeking out additional information and guidance to more effectively operate in their roles. The cost is $90 for Network Peninsula members and $105 for non-members. The program schedule and registration is available at: https://www.nonprofitlearninglab.org/virginia

Gloucester Arts on Main 2nd Annual Open Juried Exhibit

 April 5th - 27th, 2019

Send your artwork (up to 3 items) digitally to the gallery prior to February 22, 5:00 p.m. for judging. 

Click here for the information and application forms, please call the gallery for additional information at 804-824-9464

Kiwanis Club of Gloucester: The Kiwanis Club of Gloucester meets the third Wednesday of each month at Nick`s Restaurant in Gloucester Point at 6:00 p.m., join us and learn more about Kiwanis and how we help families in our community, 804-694-7586, mycreativeone@gmail.com

NEWS, INFORMATION AND LINKS

Articles, reports and links of interest to non-profit organizations are posted here. You may also make submittals of information or links you have found of interest to non-profit groups.   

Students across the Middle Peninsula: Fairfield’s Educational Outreach in 2018

 Since our founding in 2000, the Fairfield Foundation has been dedicated to involving the community in our efforts to discover and preserve local history through hands-on learning experiences. These include public dig days, lab nights,school programs and activities at local events and festivals. Victoria Gum excavates with young volunteers at the Gloucester Daffodil Festival in ...
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Bay Aging Senior Employment Training Program Seeking Applicants: Bay Aging is seeking applicants for its Senior Employment Training Program. The program offers on-the-job training and job placement services for unemployed seniors, 55 and older, who are seeking to enter or reenter the workplace and can benefit from new work skills or an update on existing skills. The program places participates in part-time on-the-job training positions with local government or nonprofit organizations and pays them a small stipend while they acquire work skills that will assist them in obtaining unsubsidized employment with that organization or elsewhere.  Persons interested in applying for the Bay Aging Senior Employment Training Program should contact Nellie Verilus at (804) 758-2386, EXT. 1314, or at Nellie.verilus@bayaging.org, or at P.O. Box 610, Urbanna, Virginia, 23175.

Why Get a Flu Vaccine?

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu, reduce risk of flu-associated hospitalization and protect people at high risk such as pregnant women, children and people with chronic health conditions. Studies have shown flu vaccination to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

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Medicaid Expansion - Individuals on SNAP, or whose children receive FAMIS, or who have Plan First- are prequalified for this insurance and have received a letter to that effect - in a YELLOW envelope - from the Commonwealth. Please help spread the word about the availability of new insurance and the importance of responding to a YELLOW envelope in the mail! More resources on Medicaid expansion are available at www.coverva.org, including a power point here explaining the various pathways individuals have into expanded Medicaid.

From VIMS: Wondering why you saw so few jellyfish in the Chesapeake Bay this summer?  A new study helps explain the scarcity of bay nettles during the past few months and raises concerns about how a long-term continuation of this trend might harm Bay fisheries as climate continues to warm. Read more...

Medicaid Expansion: Medicaid expansion for Virginia residents begins January 1, 2019. Cover Virginia provides information for consumers and stakeholders on their website and posts updates as new details are made available. Learn more at http://coverva.org/expansion.

Free Preschool for income eligible families: PCDC/Bridges Head Start is soliciting applications for openings in its preschool for the upcoming school year. Families of 3-4 years may call to see if they are eligible and set up application appointments. Head Start classrooms are at the TC Walker Educational Building. Openings are limited and when classrooms are filled families will be put on a waiting list. Call PCDC office, 804-843-2275, West Point       
 

The rules have changed!: 
thousands of Virginians aged 19-64 will soon be able to sign up for new health coverage. People who have annual income below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level may be eligible. For example, that's $16,754 per year for a single adult or $28,677 for adults in a family of three. To see if you might be eligible, please visit Cover Virginia's Eligibility Screening Tool.   
 
New Value of Volunteer Time Announced:
Independent Sector recently announced that the latest value of a volunteer time is $24.69. Charitable organizations frequently use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. Additionally, Virginia's unique value of volunteer time is $26.75. Despite major economic and political changes since 2012, the contributions of volunteers has grown with each year. Dig into the historical national data and the state-by-state figures below to appreciate the value of volunteers' contribution in time, talent, and effort in our communities.  Learn more here.
   

   
The Gloucester Institute is a 501©(3) non-profit organization with all contributions tax deductible. 
TGI operates under a “student first mentality” with approximately 80% of each dollar invested directly into the students and leadership programs.  The remainder of donated funds are utilized to strengthen the leadership team and fundraising capabilities.  Find out more HERE and GIVE.  
  
       
Humane Education and Resource Team Inc.
is a new 501c3 non profit serving Gloucester and Mathews pet owners. We offer pet food in crisis situations,dog training advice and some financial assistance for euthanasia with veterinarian referral. We hope to start offering classes in pet CPR and first aid in the future. Email Wanda Fary at heandrt@gmail.com or call 815-2394 for more information.              

  2-1-1 Virginia: A program of the Virginia Department of Social Services,
2-1-1 Virginia answered 104,919 calls for assistance and had 62,851 unique visitors searching the website last year. To provide the citizens of Virginia with current and correct information on health and human services resources, it is essential that agencies review and update information at www.211virginia.org.
 
  National Alliance on Mental Illness 
is reorganizing and needs new board members! NAMI Mid-Tidewater is a diverse group of people who offers support, educate, and advocate for people with mental health conditions and their families. If you are interested in mental health, we would like your assistance. To submit your application/ nomination form for board membership, please call 804-694-0023.     

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