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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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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The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission's Waterways Questionnaire Survey

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission is seeking the public’s input on regional waterways for its long range transportation planning. Gloucester County’s Aberdeen, Cedarbush, Timberneck, Rowe, Perrin, Sarah and Fox Creeks, and Brown’s Bay are included. Read more about it HERE .

                                                                  

Public Auction of Real Estate 

Friday, November 16

Please visit the Gloucester County Treasurer's Office website to view a list of parcels to be sold at auction at:  www.gloucesterva.info/treas

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Giving Tuesday 2017

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The nomination period will end at 5:00 PM EST on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Honors will be presented in nine individual and group categories including youth, senior, and adult volunteers, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, families that volunteer together, community organizations, small businesses, and corporations. This year’s winners will be honored in the spring during an awards ceremony in Richmond. Nomination forms must be submitted online and require two letters of support. For more information or to nominate a person or group, visit VirginiaService.virginia.gov.


2018 Second Installment Taxes Due December 5, 2018

Gloucester County Treasurer's Office is reminding citizens that the due date for the 2018 second installment Real Estate, Tangible Personal Property and Mobile Home tax bills is December 5, 2018.


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.

                               
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:  Building Official, Civil Engineer I/II, Water Treatment Plant Trainee, Engineering and Environmental Director, and the 2 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:  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. 

THIS WEEK

Arts at Abingdon: Concert at Abingdon Church features Greg Zelek, organ , November 17, 5:00 p.m. Abingdon Episcopal Church,  White Marsh, admission is free but a free-will offering will be accepted, seating is limited, arrive early. For further information, please call the Abingdon Church Parish Office at (804) 693-3035.


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.)     

 Color Your Canvas Kidz:  November 17, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Get creative. Learn how to paint. Have fun! In November we are painting a cute squirrel among the fall leaves as he harvests his acorns for the winter, classes are $15 per child, which includes all materials, instruction and a snack. Classes fill quickly and are limited to 25 participants. Please sign up by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the class.

SAVE THE DATE     


Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast sign-up:  November 28,  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Gloucester Library, open to girls in K-12 grades. Questions? Visit www.gsccc.org, call 1-800-77SCOUT or email customercare@gsccc.org.

Suicide: The Ripple Effect” A Film and a Movement for Hope and Healing: November 29, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., TC Walker Education Center Auditorium, the film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Bridge. Since then Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive and find recovery.To register please visit us at www.chvc.online registrations are not required but encouraged, A $5.00 Donation will benefit our Suicide Prevention Awareness Initiatives. Donations will be accepted at the event. Call 804-642-5402 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.

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.   

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.     

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.

 CHILDREN FIRST PROGRAM CO-PARENTING CLASS:  December 6, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Prevention Services Office, 3786 George Washington Mem. Hwy., Hayes, 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 please call Tammy Bagby at 804-642-5402.

7th Annual Impact Forum NetworkPeninsula: The State of the Nonprofit Sector Today and Challenges for Tomorrow – December 6, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Williamsburg – Join us as we hear from Lester Salamon, PhD, author of “The Resilient Sector Revisited: The New Challenge Facing Nonprofit America.” This year’s Forum will also feature the release of the first-ever report on the State of the Nonprofit Sector on the Peninsula, with data provided by 125+ nonprofits serving the Peninsula. To learn more and to register, visit www.networkpeninsula.org/forum18


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. 


GRANTS AND FUNDING

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


Express Scripts accepts grant applications on a quarterly basis in the following focus areas:
Health and Wellness, Education, Military and Veterans, youth and Family Services,  Community/Civic  View Details

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Invites Applications from Youth Baseball and Softball Programs

DEADLINE: January 1, 2019

Grants will be awarded to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs....

Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation

Deadline:  January 21, 2019

Description: The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation is inviting pre-applications for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Awards.  The awards program is designed to acknowledge the critical role of childcare teachers in providing high-quality child care and education.


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.

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.
 

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!