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August 15, 2018
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Gloucester Housing Partnership Launches FIRE SAFETY Campaign...AND YOU CAN HELP!
The mission of the Gloucester Housing Partnership (GHP) is clear: help keep Gloucester residents warm, SAFE and dry in their homes.
GHP is delighted to announce we have partnered with ACI Fire & Safety to purchase and install
a smoke detector and fire extinguisher in every home, to every family, who reaches out to the GHP for support.
By the end of 2018, we estimate we will reach 100 families.
Between the cost of the smoke detectors, fire extinguishers (which ACI Fire & Safety is so generously helping us secure) and labor, we can make a home (and its residents) safer for $50 per home.
Please join us in this effort, one that not only directly benefits the families in these homes, but also our entire community by helping ensure families all across the county have the most basic safety equipment properly installed in their homes.
How can you help? It’s easy. Click here to make a donation online.
Department of Social Services
Agency Closed for Training September 21, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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 find out how you can volunteer or to submit a volunteer need!
Featured Volunteer Announcements:
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: GUEST continues to open the Day Shelter each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
At least two volunteers are needed each day. You can sign up for a whole shift or for a 2-hour shift (just make a note in the comment field of the hours you are serving). Link to GUEST Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/GUEST.helpthehomeless/
Piankatank Community League is looking to expand membership for this community based helping organization! Contact Bruce Phillips at email@example.com
Salvation Army: Looking for a few good board members! Contact Sandra Thornton at 642-3960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to volunteer? Visit the Volunteer Needs Database HERE.
Gloucester County Job Opportunities: Custodian - Part-time (20 hours/week), Software Analyst I, IT Support Specialist I or II, Library Coordinator- Adult Programs - Part-time 24 hours/week, Water Treatment Plant Trainee. For more information or to apply on-line visit us at www.gloucesterva.jobs to view and apply for current job opportunities.
Gloucester County: Subscribe to Gloucester Connection Employment Opportunities e-mail service and receive automatic notification of all new job vacancies as soon as they are announced.
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
Announce your organization's meetings and special events online through “The Beeline” master community calendar! For a calendar of public government meetings, please click HERE.
FEATURED IN THE UPCOMING WEEK...
Kids Night Out: Enjoy an evening out while your kids enjoy an exciting night at the YMCA. Children will participate in activities including games and crafts, August 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.(dinner included) Ages: 3- 12 years, Cost: $15 for members/ $20 for non-members, Any questions please call the YMCA at 804-993-4922.
Know Your Rights Tenants Forum: August 16, 6:00 p.m. RCC Warsaw campus, RSVP 540-368-2700.
Helping the Homeless: A mobile food bus will be out every Saturday evening 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. feeding those in need on Gloucester County. Stops will be in these areas: TJ Maxx parking lot, right side of Gloucester Food lion parking lot, Old Farm Fresh parking lot, Gloucester Point Food Lion.
Wednesday Night Drawing class 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.)
Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings: August 21 or 22, 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Cooks Corner Office Complex, 2893 General Puller Hwy., Saluda, This training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or is in crisis. $30.00 online registration: www.chvc.online
MPNN CSB Prevention, Health & Wellness,804-642-5402
SAVE THE DATE!
Music on Main with Larry Bryant and Don Chapman: September 15 buy tickets 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
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!
Ongoing Nurturing Parenting Program (Parents Only): Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, MPNNCSB Gloucester Counseling Center, 9228 George Washington Memorial Highway, Gloucester, Pre-registration is required. Cost: $20 Handbook + $20 per person/per session, the 15-week On-Going Nurturing Parenting Program takes place year round. Parents can enroll in the classes at any time. Call 804-542-5402 to register. For more information go here.
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, email@example.com
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.
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!
Girl Scout Information: Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization for girls in grades K-12. From STEM to the outdoors, our programs are backed by research that show girls perform best in single-gender environments, so you know your girl will be at the center of all she does as a Girl Scout. 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.
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 This Year 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.
Two New Fairfield Preservation Initiatives: Documenting and Preserving Sites Across the Middle Peninsula
The Fairfield Foundation has long supported preservation efforts on the Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas through public archaeology, historical research, oral histories and preservation advocacy. As our Center for Archaeology, Preservation, and Education (CAPE) nears completion we are redoubling our efforts within the community to broaden our impact and demonstrate the value of historic places. ...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. If your agency is not currently included, it is simple to add it to the database - click here to view 2-1-1 VIRGINIA's inclusion / exclusion criteria.
No Wrong Door Virginia is a virtual system and statewide network of shared resources, designed to streamline access to long term services and supports for older adults, family caregivers and individuals of all ages with disabilities – connecting individuals, providers and communities across the Commonwealth. www.nowrongdoorvirginia.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 email or call 804-694-0023.
Check out the resource listing of upcoming training opportunities and organizations that provide ongoing training on various topics of interest to non-profits.
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.In the decade leading up to 2023, Virginia businesses will need to hire more than 1.4 million people to replace retiring workers and fill newly-created jobs. According to the National Skills Coalition, almost half of the job openings in Virginia between 2010 and 2020 will require some post-high school education, but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree. To land these jobs applicants need industry-recognized credentials, certifications, and licenses. 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.
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, and the Workforce Development now offers a series of classes designed to give the next generation of manufacturing workers the training they need. These courses include instruction on hydraulics, pneumatics, process control, and automation.To learn more about these exciting funding opportunities, please contact the RCC Workforce staff at 804-758-6750 or email@example.com.
The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence is a great resource for professional development. Classes, sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Tidewater Community College, are geared to nonprofit staff and volunteers in our region. Topics for 2018 range from winning the grant writing game to being culturally diverse and inclusive. Most classes are just one day. Costs are reasonable, and the returns on your investment in yourself and your nonprofit are high.
View the current course schedule.
Maximize your social media marketing efforts: Do know who's visiting your social media sites and what they are looking at while visiting? This class offered by the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence will help you understand social media tools and reporting. This class is a great opportunity to learn from a social media expert. Additionally, you will earn credit toward your Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The academy is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Tidewater Community College. Register here.
Show me the money! Information on grants and funding opportunities are provided below.
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.
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.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Invites Applications for the 2019 Wachtmeister Award: The annual Wachtmeister Award includes a fully funded residency of up to thirty days at VCCA in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an honorarium of $1,000, and reimbursed travel expenses of up to $750, for a total value of $7,150.... DEADLINE: September 15, 2018
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Invites Letters of Intent
DEADLINE: September 30, 2018 (Letters of Intent)
Grants will be awarded in support of innovative, creative projects and programs with the potential to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children.
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....
Brookdale Foundation Announces RFP for Respite and Relatives as Parents Programs
Grants of up to $15,000 and technical support will be awarded to help organizations develop respite and relative-as-parents programs....
Americana Foundation Accepting Applications for American Cultural Heritage Project
Grants ranging between $15,000 and $50,000 will be awarded to projects that promote knowledge, preservation, and the accessibility of America's heritage through educational opportunities for future conservators and curators and the preservation and presentation of unique collections....
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 or Apply online or review a sample application
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. For details and online application, please visit: www.dominionenergy.com/envirogrants
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 and https://www.langleyfcu.org/community/donation-and-sponsorship-requests
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Grants: Visit to learn more about how a child may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in medical grants from the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation.
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!