The Volunteer Road
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DATE: 7/27/2020 EMAIL: email@example.com
Nevada Volunteers Receives Generous Volunteer Generation Fund
Federal funding will enhance volunteer partnership and collaboration across Nevada
NEVADA – Nevada Volunteers has received $216,810 in funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs.
“Volunteer Generation Fund provides essential support to expand Nevada’s volunteer infrastructure, increase inclusion, offer grants to Nevada non-profits seeking to increase volunteer capacity, and deliver volunteer management program training and technical assistance to nonprofits,” Zanny Marsh, Nevada Volunteers Executive Director said.
Nevada Volunteers will enhance NVVolunteerConnect.com, its volunteer matching database to facilitate access for prospective volunteers who are native Spanish-speakers.
“The volunteer experience transcends culture, language, geography, and ability,” Amy Koeckes, Nevada Volunteers Commission Chair said. “Nevada Volunteers continues to offer opportunities that engage all Nevadans in volunteerism and service in the communities where we live, work, and share common values.”
In 2018, the CNCS Volunteering in America Report concluded that more than 30 percent of adults volunteer with an organization.
NEVADA VOLUNTEERS HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Non-profit executive to lead Governor’s Commission on Service
Nevada, Statewide, June 2, 2020 —The Commission of Nevada Volunteers has appointed Zanny Marsh as Executive Director of the statewide organization, effective immediately.
Marsh, a non-profit executive with deep roots in Nevada, brings more than two decades of experience with national service programs, volunteer management, federal and state grant administration, strategic communications, and government affairs.
“I believe in volunteerism and service, which transforms communities where we raise our families and share a commitment to values,” Marsh said. “I look forward to working with Nevada Volunteers Commissioners to support our partners and hundreds of AmeriCorps service members who meet critical needs in education, environment and conservation, and health care programs across Nevada each year.”
Marsh’s broad responsibilities include implementing a State Service Plan, which sets funding and program priorities for allocation of AmeriCorps funds and promotes volunteerism and community service with emphasis on increasing inclusive engagement government, private sector, nonprofits, and philanthropic donors across Nevada.
One of the positives from the outbreak of COVID-19 has been the overwhelming support of people wanting to help their neighbors through service and volunteerism. Through our NV Volunteer Connect service, volunteers can easily find locations throughout Nevada that are looking for volunteers. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for those looking to assist their communities to be able to do so. Please do not show up at locations without contacting organizations first. We will work to keep opportunities on the site as up to date as possible as new needs emerge. If your organization has an opportunity for others to help the community at this time please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so your opportunity can be placed on NV Volunteer Connect.
We thank you for your commitment to serving your fellow Nevadans.
-The Nevada Volunteers Team
NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Seeking Nevada organizations interested in developing national service programs to address critical community needs
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 or to plan an AmeriCorps program. Nevada is excited to open this Notice of Funding Opportunity for nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government entities or tribes looking to make a positive imprint through development of a national service program in Nevada for the grant year 2020-2021.
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.
National Service is in the spotlight. Several Presidential candidates have called for strengthening programs, or even suggesting service should be mandatory for all young people. September began AmeriCorps 25th anniversary and now is a great time to look at how national service impacts Nevada. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that empower people to improve their communities. This year 420 AmeriCorps members will impact over 8,200 Nevadans through 11 different AmeriCorps programs.
Breaking that number down even further shows that 2,500 students will receive STEM learning opportunities, 550 students in Las Vegas will receive academic mentoring, 450 people in rural Nevada will learn about healthy habits, 800 seniors will be supported with access to SNAP and healthcare, 225 people will learn about the benefits of vaccinations, and 3,700 students will learn how to protect their environment. Additionally, members will maintain 100 miles of hiking trails to provide access to Nevada’s public lands. 3,150 acres of those public lands will be at lower risk for wildfire after improvements made by AmeriCorps members.
We’re looking for an intern!
The Data Entry Intern within Nevada Volunteers is an essential contributor to Nevada Volunteers’ efforts towards building and maintaining the state’s infrastructure to enhance national service and community volunteer engagement. In collaboration with the Nevada Volunteers team, this position works to increase the visibility of Nevada’s nonprofits and community-focused organizations and the impact of service and volunteerism through maintaining our Nevada Volunteer Connect database. Come help grow volunteerism in Nevada with us today!
Find the complete description and instructions on applying here:
Position is open until filled.
Nevada Volunteers wants to know your volunteer story! National Volunteer Week is April 15th-22nd and to celebrate all the amazing volunteers in our state we are holding a Volunteer Week Photo Contest. Submit your photos at https://goo.gl/jPMxdo and your story could be featured during National Volunteer Week. So show us how you volunteer and we’ll show everyone the impact volunteers have in our communities.
We know that getting started with AmeriCorps funding opportunities can be challenging, so start here! Answer the following question to find out if your organization is eligible for AmeriCorps funding:
1) Is your organization a public or private nonprofit organization – including labor organizations, faith-based and other community organizations; an institution of higher education; a government entity within the State of Nevada; an Indian tribe; or a partnership or consortia?
2) Does your organization file as a 501c3, 501c4, 501c5, or 501c6 with the IRS?
3) Does your organization’s plan for utilizing AmeriCorps members address specific unmet community needs in the areas of disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and/or veterans and military families?
If you answered yes to all three of these questions then you may qualify for AmeriCorps funding! AmeriCorps state funding gives your organization the opportunity to hire AmeriCorps members to expand your program and your reach in Nevada.
How did their service experience impact their journeys? What doors will AmeriCorps open for you?
Yoana Chavez- From Stipend to Salary
Yoana Chavez served two terms as an AmeriCorps member in Winnemucca, NV, at the Frontier Community Action Agency. After graduating high school, serving her community as an AmeriCorps member at FCAA was a great opportunity to help her community while continuing her education at Great Basin College. When asked about her experience serving as an AmeriCorps member she said, “Joining AmeriCorps was one of the best decisions that I made! It was a great opportunity to get involved in the community and meet new people. AmeriCorps supports public service as well as education. After completing my contract hours with AmeriCorps I received an education award. This helped me so much in paying for my college classes for my Bachelors degree! I would definitely recommend AmeriCorps. Not only do they help with school, it’s also a great way to meet people and create lifelong friendships as well as give back to the community!”
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