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Top 5 Reasons Why Organizations Don’t Apply for AmeriCorps Funding and Why Your Organization Should

To develop and manage an AmeriCorps Program is a big decision. There are many factors to consider, but you shouldn’t let the below reasons deter you! AmeriCorps Programs bring dedicated community members to address real needs throughout Nevada. Nevada Volunteers is here to help you develop and implement a great program and give community members the ability to connect with your organization, your mission, and your community–creating a stronger Nevada.Is AmeriCorps Right for your Organization-

1) We don’t have the capacity to manage a federal grant

The policies and procedures needed to manage federal grants strengthen organizations. Don’t have them in place yet? Apply for a planning grant. Nevada Volunteers will provide funding of up to $75,000 for your organization to spend up to 12 months developing these policies and procedures so that you can manage federal grants. During this time, you will attend Nevada AmeriCorps trainings specifically designed to improve organizational and program capacity, meet other AmeriCorps program directors from across the state, and work with consultants who understand AmeriCorps. You’ll come to the end of the year with the policies and procedures in place to run an impactful AmeriCorps program, and your organization will become much stronger in the process.

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2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Recipients

RENO/LAS VEGAS, October 6, 2017 — Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer in Nevada. The finalists and recipients of the awards truly embody the strength and unity of Nevadans serving as points of light in their communities. The seven award recipients were announced by Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison at the Annual Governor’s Points of Light Awards Ceremony on October 5, 2017.

2017 Governor's Points of Light Awards Finalists

2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Finalists

The Governor’s Points of Light Awards Ceremony honors individuals, community-based organizations and businesses for their contribution to communities through volunteer service. Award recipients are selected by a panel of leaders in business, government, and nonprofits from across the state based on criteria showing how their volunteerism exemplifies achievement, need, innovation, mobilization and endurance.

2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Recipients include:

Individual Volunteer: Northern Nevada

Dr. Paul Brosy – Reno

Individual Volunteer: Southern Nevada

Edwin Kingsley, MD – Henderson

Individual Volunteer: Rural Nevada

George H. Gault – Mesquite

Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program

USO Las Vegas – Las Vegas

Corporate and Business Volunteer Program

JBA Consulting (NV5) – Las Vegas

Volunteer Manager

Lisa Feller – Las Vegas

Volunteer Program Serving Veterans

Nevada Rural RSVP Veterans VIP Program – Carson City

 

Nevada Volunteers thanks our Platinum Sponsor, Caesars Entertainment, as well as our other community sponsors for recognizing the value of volunteerism in the state of Nevada.

Information on the Governor’s Points of Light Awards can be found at www.nevadavolunteers.org.

 

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AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity Open: Seeking Nevada Organizations Interested in Developing National Service Programs

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Seeking Nevada Organizations interested in developing national service programs to address critical community needs

Nevada, Statewide, September 20, 2017 —Nevada Volunteers is pleased to release this Notice of Funding Opportunity which requests applications from Nevada organizations and agencies interested in receiving AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members. Nevada is excited to open this Notice of Funding Opportunity for nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government entities or Indian tribes looking to make a positive imprint through development of a national service program in Nevada for the grant year 2018-2019.

 

AmeriCorps programs support local community efforts by addressing education, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, disaster services and veteran and military families through AmeriCorps member assignments which provide direct service and capacity-building activities, while also mobilizing volunteers. Applicants will design service activities for a team of members who have each committed to one year of service. Funding is available to launch an operational AmeriCorps program or to develop a new program with support from Nevada Volunteers through a planning grant of up to $75,000.

 

Organizations interested in applying for this funding should review the full Notice of Funding Opportunity and are strongly encouraged to attend the pre-application webinars and outreach sessions. These sessions provide additional information about AmeriCorps that will help organizations and agencies determine if AmeriCorps funding can help them achieve their mission. To learn more about the detailed timeline, instructions, and application, visit:

 

www.nevadavolunteers.org/americorps/americorps-funding/

 

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Announcing the 2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Finalists

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amber Martin-Jahn, Executive Director

(775) 825-1900 | amber@nevadavolunteers.org

 

2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Finalists Announced

RENO|LAS VEGAS, August 26, 2017 — Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer in Nevada. The award is given in 7 categories: Northern Nevada Individual; Southern Nevada Individual; Rural Nevada Individual; Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program; Corporate Volunteer Program; Volunteer Program Serving Veterans; and Volunteer Manager. Finalists will attend the Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony on October 5, 2017 at the Flamingo in Las Vegas where the award recipient for each category will be announced.

The Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony honors individuals, community-based organizations and businesses for their contribution to communities through volunteer service. Award recipients are selected by a panel of leaders in business, government, and nonprofits from across the state based on criteria showing how their volunteerism exemplifies achievement, need, innovation, mobilization and endurance.
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Governor’s Points of Light Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amber Martin-Jahn

(775) 825-1900 | amber@nevadavolunteers.org

 

Governor’s Points of Light Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

RENO|LAS VEGAS, May 31, 2017— The deadline to submit nominations for the Governor’s Points of Light Awards has been extended through June 16, 2017. The Governor’s Points of Light Awards celebrate the extraordinary volunteer efforts of Nevadans and is the highest volunteer honor bestowed by Nevada Volunteers and the State. Finalists selected by a panel of judges, will be recognized at the Governor’s Points of Light Awards Ceremony on October 5, 2017 at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nomination categories are:

  • Northern Nevada Individual Volunteer
  • Southern Nevada Individual Volunteer
  • Rural Nevada Individual Volunteer
  • Nonprofit or Community Organization Volunteer Program
  • Corporate or Business Volunteer Program
  • Volunteer Program Serving Veterans
  • Volunteer Manager

“I’m proud that service above self and volunteerism is a way of life in Nevada. Every day and in every corner of our state people are coming together to help others and improve the communities we call home. Please join me in recognizing the countless individuals and organizations serving Nevada by submitting a nomination for the Governor’s Points of Light Awards. I hope you’ll join me in thanking Nevada’s exceptional volunteers for their dedication to service” said Governor Brian Sandoval

Nomination criteria include individuals and organizations in Nevada who through volunteerism:

1) Show achievement that is exemplary, far exceeds expectations, and is measurable.

2) Address a need not previously met in the community.

3) Demonstrate innovation by applying a new solution to an existing social program.

4) Exemplify mobilization by empowering the community to support the program or event as demonstrated by the quantity or quality of volunteers.

5) Show endurance or sustainability by developing a long-term solution to significant social issues through hands-on volunteer service. The service must be direct and ongoing, rather than a one-time activity, except for short-term crisis situations.

Nominations are due prior to 11:59 P.M. PST on June 16th and can be submitted at http://bit.ly/2017GPOL. Individuals submitting nominations should be aware that finalists are required to attend the Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony. Organizations and individuals being nominated should notify Nevada Volunteers if travel assistance is requested.

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2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards Accepting Nomination

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amber Martin-Jahn, Executive Director

(775) 825-1900 | amber@nevadavolunteers.org

RENO|LAS VEGAS, April 28, 2017— Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, is accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Points of Light Awards beginning May 1. The Governor’s Points of Light Awards celebrate the extraordinary volunteer efforts of Nevadans and is the highest volunteer honor bestowed by Nevada Volunteers and the State. Nominations will be accepted through May 31st for extraordinary volunteers, volunteer managers, and volunteer programs. Three finalists from each category, selected by a panel of judges, will be recognized at the Governor’s Points of Light Awards Ceremony this fall in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nomination categories are:

  • Northern Nevada Individual Volunteer
  • Southern Nevada Individual Volunteer
  • Rural Nevada Individual Volunteer
  • Nonprofit or Community Organization Volunteer Program
  • Corporate or Business Volunteer Program
  • Volunteer Program Serving Veterans
  • Volunteer Manager

“The Governor’s Points of Light Awards showcases how in every corner of our state people are coming together to help others and improve our communities. I hope you will join me in recognizing the countless individuals and organizations serving Nevada by submitting a nomination in May for the Governor’s Points of Light Awards.” said Governor Brian Sandoval.

Nomination criteria include individuals and organizations in Nevada who through volunteerism:

1) Show achievement that is exemplary, far exceeds expectations, and is measurable.

2) Address a need not previously met in the community.

3) Demonstrate innovation by applying a new solution to an existing social program.

4) Exemplify mobilization by empowering the community to support the program or event as demonstrated by the quantity or quality of volunteers.

5) Show endurance or sustainability by developing a long-term solution to significant social issues through hands-on volunteer service. The service must be direct and ongoing, rather than a one-time activity, except for short-term crisis situations.

Nominations are due prior to 11:59 P.M. PST on May 31st and can be submitted at bit.ly/2017GPOL or here. Individuals submitting nominations should be aware that finalists are required to attend the Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony. Organizations and individuals being nominated should notify Nevada Volunteers if travel assistance is requested.

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17 City and County Leaders Recognized Critical Role of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in Local Communities Across Nevada

For Immediate Release Contact: Sarah Norman

April 4, 2017 775-825-1900

sarah@nevadavolunteers.org

 

17 City and County Leaders Recognized Critical Role of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in Local Communities Across Nevada

CARSON CITY, April 4, 2017 — On April 4, 2017, 17 mayors and county leaders across the State of Nevada recognized the impact AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have made on their local communities. Given the many social needs facing communities – and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels – cities and counties are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs.

The fifth annual Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service, thank those who serve, and encourage citizens to give back to their communities. Across the country, 4,520 elected officials representing more than 194 million Americans participated.

The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other volunteer programs, in partnership with the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties (NACo), and Cities of Service.

“We are proud to be working with city and county leaders across America as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Kim Mansaray, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Local leaders get things done and they know firsthand the value of national service in tackling problems. I commend the participating mayors and county leaders for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

In Nevada, the effort is being coordinated in partnership with Nevada Volunteers, the Governor-appointed state service commission, which is integral to the $15.6 million in national service funding to Nevada nonprofit and other community-based organizations each year. “Today, we thank national service members for their commitment, and pledge to do our part to strengthen our state and country through service and volunteering.” said Amber Martin-Jahn, Executive Director of Nevada Volunteers, who has helped support Day of Recognition activities in Nevada.

This year, more than 2,920 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members are “getting things done” for Nevada – building safer, stronger, and healthier communities. At more than 388 locations throughout the state, these everyday heroes support veterans and military families, assist the elderly, tutor and mentor children, restore the environment, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers.

Participating mayors and county officials visited AmeriCorps and Senior Corps service sites, joined in service projects, presented proclamations, and hosted thank you events recognizing the contributions of national service. Other officials will participate throughout April with proclamations, presentations at local council and commission meetings, or visiting AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in action. A full list of participating mayors and county leaders by state can be found here. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.

 

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About Nevada Volunteers

Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, shapes a culture of service and citizenship by bringing interested people together with important causes through volunteering and national service. Nevada Volunteers provides training to strengthen volunteer programs and track volunteer impact, provides easy access to volunteer opportunities through our website (www.nevadavolunteers.org ) and sponsors recognition programs for outstanding volunteers. Nevada Volunteers administers the Nevada AmeriCorps funding.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

 

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Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Celebrates AmeriCorps!

By Heidi Anderson, AmeriCorps Program Director at Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

AmeriCorps week is here and Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is ready to celebrate. The leadership at TMPF believes in the true power of National Service and what AmeriCorps does for our community, which is why they chose AmeriCorps as the best way to grow our Student Stewards Program.

IMG_5681The Student Stewards Program at TMPF gets kids excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects through hands on experiential outdoor adventures in local parks. Our AmeriCorps members have helped thousands of students steward our parks through citizen science, which is certainly something to celebrate in my book.

As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, raising $100,000 per year in matching funds is an annual challenge that luckily our community supports. Our community has come together through local grants, donations, and sponsorships to ensure this valuable program continues. Without your support we would not be able to impact so many children.
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AmeriCorps*State Funding Available to Promote Healthy Futures and Safer Communities in Nevada

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Dickey, Director of AmeriCorps

775-825-1900 | laura@nevadavolunteers.org

AmeriCorps*State Notice of Funding Opportunity for Healthy Futures and Safer Communities

RENO|LAS VEGAS, February 23, 2017 – Nevada Volunteers is pleased to announce the availability of federal funding in the form of grants to organizations seeking to have an operational AmeriCorps program for the 2017-18 grant year. This notice is targeted for AmeriCorps State grants in two identified priority areas: Healthy Futures and Safer Communities. These grants are awarded to organizations that propose to place AmeriCorps members solely in Nevada.

The funding priority Healthy Futures focuses on programs that reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse. The Safer Communities funding priority focuses on programs that strengthen law enforcement and community relations. Grant applications that do not address at least one of these priorities will not be eligible for funding. The targeted funds are available to new applicants and existing grantees at the following types of organizations: faith-based and other community organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories, Indian tribes, labor organizations, partnerships or consortia, and intermediaries planning to sub-grant funds.

Operational grants provide funding to support a full-time program director and at least 10 FTE AmeriCorps members who will provide new services in the targeted funding priorities. Nevada Volunteers will consider applications that propose less than 10 FTE members and a part-time program director where it can be shown that the program design has the capacity to result in meaningful and significant impact.

“I encourage all eligible applicants to consider applying for this opportunity to bring additional funds and resources to Nevada communities where critical issues surrounding Healthy Futures and Safer Communities are unmet.” Said Laura Dickey, Director of AmeriCorps at Nevada Volunteers.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application for funding consideration. Learn more about this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) during a Training and Technical Assistance call on March 2, 2017 from 2:00- 3:30 pm. Visit the Nevada Volunteers website to register for the Technical Assistance call to learn more about the detailed timeline, application and application instructions, and technical assistance webinars: http://nevadavolunteers.org/americorps/americorps-funding/notice-of-funding-opportunities/

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Notice of Funding Opportunity for AmeriCorps Planning Grant

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Dickey, Director of AmeriCorps

775-825-1900 | laura@nevadavolunteers.org

Notice of Funding Opportunity—Special Formula Planning AmeriCorps

RENO|LAS VEGAS, December 21, 2016 – Nevada Volunteers is pleased to announce the availability of federal funding in the form of planning grants to organizations looking to develop AmeriCorps programs. The special funds are open to NEW applicants at the following types of organizations: Faith-based and other community organizations, institutions of higher education, government entities within states or territories, Indian tribes, labor organizations, partnerships or consortia and intermediaries planning to sub-grant funds.

“We are excited to set aside funding and support organizations to develop their internal capacity so they will be able to apply for and effectively run an AmeriCorps program in the future.” said Amber Marin-Jahn, the Executive Director at Nevada Volunteers.

Planning grants provide initial funding of up to $75,000 to support current staff or hire additional staff to plan a proposed AmeriCorps program, negotiate collaborations with partners, develop meaningful performance measures, and develop systems for successful implementation of the AmeriCorps operational grant application submitted for the following grant year. Planning grants do not provide AmeriCorps members to nonprofit organizations. This funding is available to be granted for ONE YEAR only. There is no guarantee that allocations will be available to fund future years although Nevada Volunteers expects that agencies receiving planning grants will apply for an AmeriCorps operational grant for the 2018-2019 grant year.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application for funding consideration.

To learn more about the detailed timeline, instructions, and application, visit the Nevada Volunteers Website: http://nevadavolunteers.org/americorps/americorps-funding/notice-of-funding-opportunities/