Virginia

Governor McAuliffe issues Day to Serve proclamation for 2015

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

2015 DAY TO SERVE

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, 2015, the 2015 DAY TO SERVE in Liu r COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and 1 call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
 

Virginia 2015 Day to Serve Proclamation text

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

VA Results for Day to Serve 2014 are in!

Three hundred and twenty nine service events that brought in over seventeen thousand volunteers happened in Virginia this year! See the full infographic for more information about the exciting successes of Day to Serve 2014! Congratulations to all the event planners and volunteers who have done so much to bless their neighbors and communites.

A Letter from Chief of Staff Paul Reagan to All State Employees

September 8, 2014

Dear Fellow State Employees:

I am pleased to invite you to join in a special initiative this month to serve others from all across the Commonwealth of Virginia. "Day to Serve" is a unique annual event that is intended to foster volunteerism and community service all across Virginia and our Mid-Atlantic region. From September 11th through the 28th, Virginians will join together with our neighbors in Maryland, West Virginia, and D.C. to recognize the connections between the health of our people, the health of our land, and the importance of taking action in something bigger than ourselves. From food drives to stream clean ups, Virginians will work hard to relieve hunger and protect the environment by holding events throughout our state.

State employees in the Richmond area can make a statement on September 11, 2014, and help save the lives of many people by making a priceless donation of blood at Governor McAuliffe’s Blood Drive Challenge. On this special day, the 13th anniversary of 9-11, you can donate on Capitol Square at the Jefferson Building from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Sponsor Code: Jefferson) or at the Patrick Henry Building from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Sponsor Code: Governor). To sign up, please visit www.vadonor.org. I encourage you to bring a friend or co-worker to help meet the urgent need for the priceless gift your donation will make.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is strengthened by organizations and individuals dedicated to addressing community needs. Last year’s "Day to Serve" program was a great success. More than 12,000 Virginians volunteered to serve and completed more than 50,000 hours of service across 339 events throughout the region.

Would you like to get involved in other ways? For a list of volunteer opportunities, go to http://daytoserve.org/map

By volunteering to serve others, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our fellow Virginians. Thank you for your commitment to public service and helping to make the Commonwealth a better place to live and work.

Sincerely,

Paul J. Reagan

Chief of Staff

A Note from Gov. McAuliffe:

Here in Virginia, we have the chance to unite to help improve the lives of our neighbors in by participating in the "Day to Serve" volunteer effort. This year between September 11-28th we join Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington DC to feed the hungry, heal our planet, and help people who are elderly or disabled through a variety of projects across the Commonwealth. Last year over 950,000 pounds of food was collected and over 40,000 individuals participated across the region. We can and we will exceed efforts from last year and continue to support those in need in our communities. I would like to thank all the individuals and organizations for participating in improving the health of our land and the health of our people this year in Day to Serve.

A 2014 Day to Serve Proclamation from Governor Terry McAuliffe

9/11/2014

WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to make an intentional and united effort to be of service to their communities; 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

WHEREAS,  between September 11–28, 2014, 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 Corporation for National and Community Service is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of AmeriCorps through a “Year of Service” that will culminate on September 12, 2014, when all new AmeriCorps members will begin their service; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service will host its annual Volunteerism and Service Conference on September 11–12, 2014; and 

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2014, numerous service projects throughout Richmond will kick-off Virginia’s “Day to Serve” activities; and

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize each day during September 11–28, 2014, as a DAY TO SERVE in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.