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VirginiaCORPS: Serve, Strengthen, Unite.
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About Virginia Corps
Governor Mark R. Warner, Founder of VirginiaCORPS

VirginiaCORPS helps Virginians strengthen their neighborhoods, communities, state and nation through volunteerism and service. It offers links to hundreds of volunteer opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.

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Make Jan. 17 a day on, not a day off

martin luther king day"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King spent his life forging a common ground where people from all walks of life could join together to address community issues. Service, he believed, was the great equalizer. He encouraged people of all ages, races and backgrounds to come together and work to solve our problems, and to acknowledge dignity and respect for all human beings.

Keep Dr. King's memory alive by giving back to your community. Find out more about Martin Luther King Day in Virginia, or explore the volunteer opportunities on this site.

Resolve to be ready in 2006

homeland security logoOn December 31, 2005 nearly half of all adults in this country will make at least one New Year’s resolution. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security encourages Americans to make a resolution that is both important and easy to keep: prepare for emergencies. Read the release and visit Ready.gov to find out more.

And add volunteering to your list

Planning to add community volunteering to your list of resolutions? It's not too late and it's a wonderful idea – it helps others and can be a satisfying experience for you. But you’re already working overtime, running the kids to soccer practice, cooking dinner and helping with homework. How can you keep your resolution to volunteer? One way is to fit volunteering into your schedule slowly. One-time and short-term volunteer events are also great ways to keep your volunteering schedule manageable and rewarding. Look for these opportunities in your area now so you can make your New Year’s resolution and stick with it! Find an opportunity now.

Give blood – make lifesaving a habit

national blood donor logoJust one unit of donated blood can help save the lives of up to three people. Yet though 60 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood, only 5 percent does. You can change that statistic! Giving blood is safe, easy and critically important.

January is National Blood Donor Month. What better time to give the gift of life? Find out more, then find a nearby place to donate.

Conference materials now available

virginia public safety outreach logoPresentations and other materials from the Virginia Public Safety Outreach Conference and Training are now available online. The conference was held Nov. 14 - 17, 2005, with the theme "Keeping Everyone Safe: Outreach for a Diverse Community."

New Public Service Announcement Promotes Volunteering

still photo from public service announcementThe latest tool in Virginia Corps' efforts to promote volunteering is coming soon to a screen near you! "You could ..." is a thought-provoking call to the volunteer in all of us. It was funded by the Virginia Commission for National and Community Service and created by the talented minds at Work, Inc., and is being distributed by CitizenCorps volunteers to television stations around the state. Read more and watch the PSA.

Volunteer now.

Quick Links

Be prepared for cold weather. Winter storms can cause power outages and dangerous driving conditions. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. Read more.

Winter also brings opportunities for helping in your community. Dominion Virginia Power's EnergyShare is one example. You can make a difference.

Hurricane-affected areas still need help: Large sections of coast remain closed off, with destruction stretching mile after mile. This hard-hit area continues to rely on the generous spirit of donors and volunteers.

This is a long-term recovery process and if you want to help, there will be many opportunities to do so.  It's important to volunteer through reliable organizations, as much of the area is still restricted and very dangerous.

If you start planning now through organizations such as USA
Freedom Corps
or Habitat for Humanity, which coordinate volunteers in hurricane-affected areas, you may be able to get the training you need in time
to help out during a vacation later this year.  Want to help from home?  You can also volunteer through organizations such as VirginiaCorps' Citizen Emergency Response
(CERTs) in your own neighborhood to free those who have more experience and emergency response training to work in the Gulf.

Finally, don't forget that donations are still badly needed.

Find out how to make donations or volunteer.

Disaster planning for those with disabilities
Do you have a disability? Do you know someone who has a disability? Please see links below to three Web sites from the American Red Cross, Prepare.org and Citizencorps. They hold valuable information for persons with disabilities who want to develop disaster plans or otherwise prepare for emergencies.

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Our partners for a strong Virginia:
CitizenCorpsVirginia Commission for National and Community ServiceVirginia Department of Emergency Management