Did you notice that Sunday was September 11? This used to be one of the busiest days of the year for me ever since the Points of Light Foundation designated 9/11 as a National Day of Service, a way of turning tragedy into a day of remembrance and service. Here in Washington, Serve Washington coordinates these activities. If you participated in a volunteer event this past weekend, Serve Washington invites you to share your project's photos, videos, and stories on your social media platforms by tagging them with #WeServeWA.
Serve Washington receives $21.3 million in federal grants to support 1,490 AmeriCorps members statewide
Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Serve Washington, the state’s commission on national and community service, was awarded $21.3 million in federal AmeriCorps funding, which will place 1,490 AmeriCorps members statewide. For those who may not know, AmeriCorps is a national community service program. AmeriCorps members serve directly with nonprofit organizations to tackle areas including but not limited to economic opportunity, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, disaster services, education, and the needs of veterans and military families. Over the next year, in Washington state, these AmeriCorps members will earn up to a combined $9 million in education awards. Members will receive approximately $6,495 each through an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award after they complete 1,700 hours of service to pay for college or pay off student loans. If you are interested in participating in this program, click here.
Celebrate your favorite nonprofit
South Sound Magazine is working on its upcoming philanthropy issue and is soliciting ideas from favorite Washington-based nonprofits that deserve our time and donations. If you would like to contribute your suggestion, click here.
Volunteers and other needs
While volunteering and monetary contributions are how most of us support our favorite nonprofits, you can also show your support by donating items. Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County (DRC) recently sent its supporters an update on their Capacity-Building Initiative, which recently passed the mid-point of the three-year effort. As part of the report, they identified some tangible needed items. According to the report, “DRC requires more technology and remote/virtual services to provide online services:
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Soliciting your ideas
If you know of a nonprofit that is doing something great, celebrating a success, needs some outstanding volunteers, or hosting an event, let me know! This column (aside from a little education) celebrates nonprofits!
Mary Beth Harrington, CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) lives in Tumwater. She travels the country speaking at conferences and to individual organizations articulating issues facing nonprofits. Send your ideas to her at MaryBeth@theJOLTnews.com
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