Virginia

Governor McAuliffe issues Day to Serve proclamation for 2016

By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

DAY TO SERVE 2016

WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to make an intentional and united effort to serve their communities; and

WHEREAS, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, approved by Congress and enacted into law on April 21, 2009, requested September 11 to be observed as an annual "National Day of Service and Remembrance"; and

WHEREAS, "Day to Serve" is an annual event that transcends political and religious differences to unite people of all faiths, races, cultures and backgrounds with a shared goal of helping those in need; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to designate each day from September 11 to October 11 in 2015 and in each succeeding year as a Day to Serve in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, between September 11 and October 11, Virginians are encouraged to make a concerted effort to feed the hungry, clean up neighborhoods, and improve communities by recognizing and participating in "Day to Serve" activities; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service will host its annual Conference on Volunteerism and Service on September 30 and October 1 in Roanoke and has incorporated numerous service projects throughout the Roanoke area; and

WHEREAS, numerous service projects are being planned throughout the Commonwealth between September 11 and October 11; and

WHEREAS, all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations arc invited to support and participate in community efforts to collect food, plant trees, clean up neighborhoods and parks, and address critical needs in their own backyards; and

WHEREAS, Virginians will join with residents of Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia in participating in "Day to Serve" activities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 11, 2016, as DAY TO SERVE 2016 in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

2016 Mini-Grants Available for Day to Serve!

The Virginia Service Foundation is now accepting applications for 2016 Service Project Mini-Grants. Qualifying organizations may be eligible for an award of up to $250 to use towards hosting a service project between September 10-October 11, 2016. These projects must be associated with either Day to Serve or 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. A limited number of grants are available and applications will be scored based on project scope and community benefits.

Day to Serve 2015 results

The results were tremendous this year for Day to Serve in Virginia. Virginians came out in record numbers to improve their communities!

Summary of Day to Serve results in 2015

Virginia General Assembly issues Day to Serve Resolution for 2015

House Resolution -- Day to Serve

Designating each day from September 11 to October 11, in 2015 and in each succeeding year, as a Day to Serve in Virginia.

WHEREAS, volunteer efforts strengthen and enrich communities throughout the Commonwealth, and Virginia’s volunteers are selfless, energetic, creative, passionate, and professional; and

WHEREAS, The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, approved by Congress and enacted into law on April 21, 2009, designated September 11 to be observed as an annual National Day of Service and Remembrance; and

WHEREAS, Day to Serve is an annual event that transcends political and religious differences to unite people of all faiths, races, cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds with a shared goal of helping those in need and improving their communities; and

WHEREAS, Day to Serve is designed to foster volunteerism and community service; on September 11, 2015, numerous service projects will take place throughout the Commonwealth, many of which will last into October; and

WHEREAS, on a Day to Serve, individuals, faith groups, businesses, government agencies, and organizations throughout the Commonwealth are invited to support, participate in, or organize local projects to enhance their communities and help those in need; and

WHEREAS, all Virginians are encouraged to offer their time and talents within their communities and make an ongoing commitment to service throughout the year; and

WHEREAS, the residents of the Commonwealth will join with residents of Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., in participating in Day to Serve; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly designate each day from September 11 to October 11, in 2015 and in each succeeding year, as a Day to Serve in Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates transmit a copy of this resolution to the director of Day to Serve so that members of the organization may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates post the designation of this day on the General Assembly’s website