City of Jackson Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of 20 Years of National Service

AmeriCorps_20YearsThe City of Jackson joins more than 1,000 cities across the country for the second annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide effort that highlights the influential role and impact of national service in tackling city issues.

“Community and national service is a vital resource for Jackson because it serves as a cost effective way to address city challenges,” said Acting Mayor for the City of Jackson, Charles Tillman. “We are grateful for the dedication and commitment of AmeriCorps members and the volunteers of non-profit agencies and of our community for helping to make our great city stronger.”

Given the many social needs facing communities, and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels, cities are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet city needs. Of the 581 AmeriCorps Mississippi members serving in Volunteer Mississippi’s 11 AmeriCorps programs, 58 are serving in the City of Jackson.  Twenty of these are serving in the City of Jackson’s Capital City Rebuilds AmeriCorps program. Read More

Positioned for Progress Schedule Announced

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Charitable and Creative Economy Experts Convene April 29-30

The 2014 Positioned for Progress Conference will provide a wealth of valuable information from a prestigious array of plenary speakers and presenters. View conference schedule. We have worked diligently to ensure each session presents new insights and ideas to participants, and all sessions will emphasize the conference theme — Strengthening Mississippi’s Charitable and Creative Economies.

The deadline for early bird registration deadline is March 30. Read More

Volunteer Oxford Spotlight: Hayley Wommack

Hayley WommackHayley Wommack, a volunteer with Area 4 Special Olympics Mississippi, has been chosen to be recognized as a Volunteer Oxford – Volunteer Spotlight for her outstanding volunteer work with the Special Olympics Mississippi Area 4 program.

Wommack, a Volunteer Coordinator and Representative for the University, is very involved with the Special Olympics here in Oxford and is helping to gather up athletes to participate in all the events. Wommack has been involved in Special Olympics for almost a year but has worked in special needs programs since high school. At Ole Miss, Wommack became the teaching assistant for Dr. Michael Dupper and helped him last semester with Special Olympics skating and then took it on fully this semester. Read More

Federal Agency to Invest $65.8 Million to Grow Effective Community Solutions

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of up to $65.8 million for the 2014 grant competition of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). This is the largest grant pool in the history of the program.

The deadline for applications will be 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Successful applicants will receive grants of between $1 and $10 million per year for 3 to 5 years. Read More

Free Record Keeping Webinar

Who: Volunteer Hattiesburg, Caldwell’s Management Services
Webinar Training: Record Keeping 101 for Nonprofits
When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. CST
Deadline to Register: March 24th by 12:00 PM

Click HERE to Register Now!

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Scholarships Available for Volunteering and Service Conference

Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service Scholarship Program

Supported by The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Scholarship Program will take place during the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center from June 16 to June 18, 2014. This is a unique opportunity for the brightest, most promising young leaders in the volunteering and service sectors to connect and collaborate for greater community impact. Read More