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IMPORTANT NEWS

Virginia Department of Emergency Management 

Offers Instructions and Tips for Donating 

to Help With Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Go here for more information


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rabies clinic

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Department of Social Services
Closed for Training September 21, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Senior Safety Fair

 October 3, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 Newington Baptist Church      

COST:  $3/person   

       6169 Main Street                    Includes hot lunch       

 Speakers and exhibitors from various organizations will answer questions and present information specifically geared to retirement or near retirement-aged individuals. Join us for a day filled with useful information, exciting speakers and fun door prizes! SPACE IS LIMITED! For more information contact Kim Driscoll, Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office (804) 693-4143

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.

Volunteer Peninsula’s Day of Caring Projects is open for Volunteer Sign Up.
There are currently over 50 projects throughout our service area with more to come.  Go here to sign up. Gloucester and Mathews have their own section of listed projects needing community volunteers!   Check out the listing at:   http://volunteerpeninsula.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id= 
                               
GUEST Day Shelter Fall Volunteer Needs: 
  The GUEST Day Shelter continues to be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each week.  We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help supervise the Day Shelter.  If you can volunteer during September, please click on the link below and sign up.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4daea62fabfe3-guest22

     
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:  Custodian (PT), Assessor (FT), Assistant Commonwealth Attorney I (FT), Engineering and Environmental Director (FT), Parks and Recreation(Work as Required): Gymnastics Assistant , Park Aide, Recreation Aide, and Specialty Instructor. 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:  Paraprofessional –  GHS, Groundskeeper.  Please call 693-2127 for information or visit the GCPS Job Board.  

Help Wanted Conservation Office Assistant:  Job application at www.tidewaterswcd.org. Application due Sept 17th EOE For more info call 804-693-3562 Ext 5


Need help with your resume? Check out this link.


CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Stand Up Against Suicide Suicide Prevention Fundraiser Dinner In Loving Memory of Aaron Michael Zaruba: September 22, 6:00 p.m., Abingdon Ruritan Club, 8784 Guinea Road, ONLINE TICKETS: https://standupagainstsuicideevent.eventbrite.com  

9th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival:  September 22, 2018 in the beautiful gardens of Brent and Becky’s!   Wineries, Food Vendors, Artists, Crafters and Specialty Item Sales are welcome to apply with applications being accepted at www.gloucesterwinefestival.com       Get tickets here.


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Celebrate Healthy Living - Photo Contest: Submit a photo showing participation in a healthy physical activity or send us your favorite healthy food recipe and win a spot in our Calendar 2019! Photo size: 11”x 8.5” (jpg or pdf) - Landscape Minimum Resolution: 300 DPI Submit online: prevent@mpnn.state.va.us Photo Submission Deadline: 9/28/18 Questions? (804) 642.5402 or 1.888.PREV.550 MPNN CSB Prevention, Health & Wellness Division

Wednesday Night Drawing at Arts on Main: Sign up for four weekly classes - $75 Call 804-824-9464 - come to class tonight - bring your drawing supplies (pencils, erasers, paper.)      

SAVE THE DATE     

  

Arts on Main Color Your Canvas Flow Art Adult Paint Night: October 2,  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Join us for a fun paint-in night taught by professional artist Patrizia Giovanna Smith. $35 each session, includes all supplies, 2 drinks & refreshments. Please reserve by 5:00 p.m. the day prior  Sign up here

Community Yard Sale:  October 6, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tractor Supply, Gloucester, to raise funds for trail maintenance of Beaverdam Park, Call 757-870-5918 for more information.

Gloucester Arts On Main Jazz It Up: at Arts on Main, Annual Gala is set for October 13 with live music by The Jae Sinnett Trio, this event sells out fast and tickets are now available, so reserve yours and put it on your calendar now for a exciting evening with incredible silent & live auction items! 

National Weather Service SKYWARN Training:  October 16, 6:00 p.m., Gloucester County EOC, 7478 Justice Dr., Gloucester, the “Basic SKYWARN” class covers all the background information needed to become a trained severe weather spotter. The class is free of charge and lasts approximately 2 hours, with all materials provided. Once trained, spotters play an important role in providing the National Weather Service with vital weather information when severe weather occurs. To register or get more information  for this class, please go to  weather.gov/Wakefield/SKYWARN

Free Flu Shot Clinic: Riverside Walter Reed Hospital: October 25, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., hosted by Downtown Fit

Walk for A New Day Suicide Prevention Awareness: November 10, 10:00 a.m. - noon, Main Street Shopping Center, Gloucester, call 642-5402 for more information.

Dreaming of a White Hall Christmas: December 11,  12:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Christmas open house sponsored by the Ware River Circle of the Kings Daughters and Sons in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay, North River and the York Rivers. Circles. Proceeds will help build the new mental health wing at the Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk. Sessions are 12:00-1, 1:30 - 2:30, 3- 4, 4:30-5:30, 6-7. All tickets are $30 except the the last session which will be $35.

MONTHLY

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.   

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast sign-up:  Sign up for Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization for girls in grades K-12.  Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast serves girls in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. For more information on sign up events in your area or to register today, visit www.gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT.

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       
 
Rappahannock Community College named a Great College to Work for the Fourth Consecutive Year
In what seems like an old tradition, Rappahannock Community College was named a Great College to Work for in 2018, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the top trade publication for colleges and universities.

Rappahannock Community College Workforce to offer tuition assistance: 
with Fast Forward program RCC Workforce Fast Forward tuition assistance may be available to subsidize training costs — for specific programs such as welding, commercial truck driving, industrial manufacturing, and more. Contact us today to sign up!


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.
                 
From Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula:
Instruction is gradually returning to the usual schedule. Jane has been busy at the MML helping Luis to unlock the mystery of reading and he is discovering great, new adventures in reading while Nan continues her cursive writing instruction and improving reading with Jarrod.  Have you read about the resurgent interest to learn cursive writing?  Jarrod was ahead of the curve with his request. For Deborah, her work on the NEDP (high school completion program) has swung into high gear.  She has begun the research and writing needed to complete the program. (NEDP = National External Diploma Program in conjunction with Hampton City Schools).  Chakib, Linda, and Claudia continue to work on the same goal.  If you know someone who needs ALMP’s services, we are only a phone call (804-210-9169) away and ALMP meets year around.
 
 
 6 Ways to Generate More Media Coverage details how to use the press to make an impact and reach your audiences.                   
   
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.  
 
  Low-Cost Home Internet for Qualified Cox Customers: 
Cox Connect2Compete program is available for Gloucester residents that have K-12 students and receive government assistance for $9.95 per month with no deposits or annual contracts and with free installation and a modem.  Cox’s Connect2Compete program is open to families with K-12 children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or renters who participate in the Section 8 Rental Assistance program. If you or a family you know of might be eligible, visit www.connect2compete.org/Cox or call (855) 222-3252 for application assistance.
           
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.     


TRAININGS, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS   

Check out the resource listing of upcoming training opportunities and organizations that provide ongoing training on various topics of interest to non-profits.

 NNConnection Nonprofit Excellence Seminar Series: “Trends in Philanthropy – Fads or Gamechangers?”  October 10, 11:00 a.m., Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock, Registration Fee: $25 by September 30; $30 after September 30.  Register online at www.nnconnection.org or email info@nnconnection.org.

RCC Workforce to offers Tuition Assistance for Welding, CDL and More: 
In every corner of Virginia, people are eager to find meaningful jobs, and employers are looking for workers with the right skills. This exciting program allows participants to pay only one-third of the tuition cost while the Fast Forward program covers the remaining two-thirds upon the successful course and credential completion. RCC also has tuition assistance available through other sources. Contact the RCC Workforce staff at 804-758-6750 for  ore information.  

Industrial Manufacturing Training Comes to the RCC Glenns Campus: 
Manufacturing industries give a community a chance to grow and sustain a higher standard of living, especially in a rural community such as the region with Rappahannock Community College (RCC) serves. RCC now has a state-of-the-art manufacturing training lab at our Glenns Campus. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact the RCC Workforce staff at 804-758-6750 or tbremar@rappahannock.edu.

Fall 2018 Academy for Nonprofit Excellence Classes Announced:
Be sure to check out our upcoming classes this fall and register today! Click here for PDF print out of schedule. 

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: September 14 - Annual Campaigns - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Williamsburg - Special "Giving Season" Edition of the Annual Campaign: Doing it Well & Then Doing it Even Better Next Year 


GRANTS AND FUNDING

Show me the money!  Information on grants and funding opportunities are provided below. 

ePromos For Good program provides $500 in free promotional products to accredited schools, religious organizations, and 501(c)(3) organizations.  A new organization is chosen every other month to receive their choice of promotional products.  They get to choose from among the 15,000+ products in the ePromos catalog.  The August 2018 winner was the Hastings Public Library, serving Adams County in Nebraska.  They plan to use their prize for summer reading incentives and items for community outreach at local events.  You can apply for the ePromos for Good program right here!

AmericanTrucks - Positive Payload

Deadline:  December 31, 2018

Description: AmericanTrucks is accepting applications to the Positive Payload Program.This program is designed to benefit non-profit charitable organizations who use and rely on pickup trucks to better their community. Anyone who works with or volunteers for a charity that uses Ford F-150s, Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras, or Dodge Rams is welcome to apply for a $2,000 donation to the charity they are involved with. The person who nominates the selected charity will be awarded $200 (via mailed check) and an AmericanTrucks t-shirt. View Details


Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is seeking applications from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in Hampton Roads for a new philanthropic grant initiative. For more information on the program, please send inquiries in writing to Michele Isaacson at Michele.A.Isaacson@hii-nns.com. Contact should be to ask questions and seek clarification only.

Lexus Eco Challenge
State: National
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Description:  The Lexus Eco Challenge is open for entries. Public, accredited private, and home school teams may enter. Teams must identify an environmental issue affecting their local community (in Challenge 1 or Challenge 2 areas). View Details


Scholarships for Youth - The Patient Advocate Foundation offers scholarships for youth (age 25 and under) suffering from a life threatening or chronic condition. Deadline to apply is in the fall. To learn more, click here.

 
Quadratec Invites Proposals for Energize the Environment Grant Program
 DEADLINE: October 30, 2018
A single grant of $3,500 will be awarded to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment in their community.

 

Patagonia Accepting Applications for Grassroots Environmental Campaigns
Grants of up to $12,000 will be awarded to grassroots organizations with provocative direct-action agendas aimed at preserving and protecting the environment....                            
 Deadline: Rolling

Walmart Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grant Program Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018  

The E. K. Sloane Fund provides grants to help nonprofit organizations purchase or repair pianos – primarily those for public performance. Grants range from $5,000 to $75,000. Applications are due October 1.  Go here for more information.


Dominion Energy will once again provide $1 million in environmental grants this year through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. The competitive program is designed to support specific short-term projects by nonprofit organizations and schools working to improve the environment and provide environmental education experiences in communities served by Dominion Energy.  Non-profit organizations are invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000 each for short-term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment.


 Grant opportunities from Langley Federal Credit Union: Primary focus areas are health care, housing, human services, safety, security and financial education. Visit these two websites, https://www.langleyforfamilies.org/request .

                 
Wells Fargo Giving:  Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations working to strengthen our communities. Each state served has its own criteria.        

                       
Grants.gov:  This site provides a comprehensive list of government grants as well as an online application feature. Deadline: Open

Fundsnet Services:  This site provides an online fundraising and grants directory, featuring 28 extensive categories.

Grant Gopher: Your underground connection to available grants for nonprofits!