HandsOn Merges into the Community Foundation

Here is the official notice about HandsOn merging into the Community Foundation!  Also job posting for the Civic Engagement Director is linked at the bottom:

Recognizing civic engagement and community participation are an essential part of building a regional culture of philanthropy, The Community Foundation and HandsOn Greater Richmond have joined forces. The integration is a natural next step, after sharing a back office and common goals since HandsOn began in 2007.

The Community Foundation and HandsOn are both deeply invested in supporting community change initiatives that make Richmond a better place. We work collaboratively across sectors and with generous networks to encourage gifts of time, talent and financial resources to shape and advance regional solutions. Together, we can offer customized opportunities that allow individuals, families and teams to learn, engage and connect in ways that are both meaningful and effective.

Vanessa Diamond, Co-founder of HandsOn Greater Richmond, assumes a new role as Senior Vice President of Civic Innovations. Her team will be responsible for developing, testing and scaling new models for learning, service and philanthropy to create on-ramps for greater engagement and participation. This work will be done in close coordination with colleagues across the organization and the region to ensure a seamless experience for all valued partners. Our goal is to build an inclusive and well-informed network through the active input and involvement from donors, volunteers and nonprofit partners, as well as the business community, faith organizations and localities.


Civic Engagement Director

Provides daily oversight to Community Foundation civic engagement programs including HandsOn Greater Richmond’s volunteer center operations This includes the creation and management of volunteer opportunities and civic education and engagement programs. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Duties include but are not limited to:
• Serves on Civic Innovations team with responsibility for strategic planning for and evaluation of volunteer and community service programs and initiatives.
• Oversees program operational budget for fiscal responsibility and grant compliance.
• Oversees volunteer center and program operating procedures, which comply with Community Foundation Board policy, HandsOn Network/ Points of Light Institute Standards, and all legal requirements.
• Oversees strategy, with Community Foundation staff and volunteer leadership, and supports models for learning, service and philanthropy (giving circles, civic learning cohorts etc)
• Develops and supports program advisory committee and other committees and task forces.
• Oversees implementation of regional volunteerism and civic engagement initiatives.
• Supports partnership for program implementation and funding with local corporations and businesses to engage in employee volunteer programs.
• Works with staff team to develop capacity-building trainings and effective practice workshops for nonprofit agencies in volunteer management.
• Works collaboratively with other community volunteer programs and with state and national volunteer program organizations.
• Participate in activities of the civic engagement field to enhance Community Foundation operations and the volunteer center, as well as those of the field.

Full Posting Here: https://www.connectva.org/job/director-of-civic-engagement/

Posted in Professional Development | Leave a comment

GRAVA Workshop February 2018

February Workshop “Engaging Youth & Young Professionals in your Nonprofit”: February 1, 2018

We got snowed out for GRAVA’s first workshop of the year, but we are combining it with February’s Roundtable:

We will meet on Thursday, February 1 at the Science Museum of Virginia located at 2500 W Broad St beginning at 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. 

Whitney Guthrie, Director of Community Engagement for Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will be our speaker.  We will focus on the topic of Engaging Youth & Young Professionals in your Non-Profit.  Come learn from one of our own GRAVA members and winner of the 2017 Volunteer Engagement Professional of the Year Award.

Whitney started her career in volunteer engagement with AmeriCorps, where she worked as their Volunteer Engagement Coordinator and helped to build volunteer programs for local nonprofits funded through United Way.  Two standout programs she worked to develop and grow are coordinating two large-scale Day of Caring volunteer days in York County and developing a weatherization program for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Five years ago, Whitney came to Richmond Habitat.  Since that time she has engaged over 10,000 volunteers, developed youth volunteer programs, started our Global Village volunteer abroad program and worked to engage different segments of the population in the mission of Habitat for Humanity, including faith groups, women, young professionals and more.

Posted in Programs | Leave a comment

CVA Study Group

Pursuing your CVA this year? You may want to consider the support and accountability offered by a CVA study group!

Make It Happen Now is offering a CVA study group from August 9 – October 4 featuring weekly virtual study sessions with colleagues from different types of volunteer settings who are CVA candidates taking the 2017 exam.

Weekly 90-minute sessions will be held from 4-5:30 PM. Learning methods will include conference calls, webinars, case study discussions, practice quizzes, and the opportunity to participate in a private Facebook Group for online discussion.

Download the Study Group flyer for more information on signups, pricing, and testimonials from past study group members.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2017 Annual Conference Materials

Thank you for your time and energy during our 2017 Annual Conference, featuring Beth Steinhorn, President of the JFFixler Group! We hope you found the day both practical and inspirational. As promised, Beth has shared her slides. Click here to access the deck.

Fixler Deck.PNG

As Beth mentioned, additional resources are also available on her website: https://jffixler.com/tools. Please take a few minutes to check out the tools, they will help you transition from theory to practice as you put your pilot into action.

Here are direct links to the printable resources we used in our session:

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

GRAVA conference

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

May 2017 Program Recap

At our May meeting, we learned from our GRAVA member Marcos Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator at Higher Achievement, who wowed us with his innovative presentation discussing his hands on experience to streamline the volunteer data collection process to improve the volunteer program for Higher Achievement.

Marcos began with a brief Introduction and History of their efforts to get feedback from the volunteer mentors about their weekly experience. The challenges included a lengthy feedback form requested to be completed weekly, a lot of incomplete surveys, and too many variables to measure effectively.

He walked us through the Activities he pursued to address the challenges, and how he approached reducing the variables by connecting each question to the organization’s mission and the mentor’s role, to distill 20 questions down to just six.

Finally, Marcos presented the Action undertaken to use Excel to track the now streamlined feedback form, ongoing plans to leverage the data to improve volunteer satisfaction and retention, and future plans to further leverage technology and the survey data.

Marcos relied on these tools which he highly recommends:  Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring and the Youtube series: Excel Is Fun.

Marcos’ excellent presentation can be found here.

(If you are not familiar with viewing a Prezi presentation, click the arrows in the black band near the bottom of your screen to navigate through the presentation, or skip around to sections of interest.)

Many thanks to LaMont Sledge and Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, Creighton Campus, for so graciously hosting us in one of their classrooms on their beautiful campus!

Posted in Programs | Leave a comment

March Program Recap

While college basketball players were gearing up for March Madness, three panelists and our moderator made the panel discussion on Crafting a Winning Strategy for Episodic Volunteers a slam dunk at our March Workshop.

March panel with audience 0302170911.jpgKathy Perun, CVA, from St. Joseph’s Villa, Jamie Seagraves, from Capital One, and Holly Gordon, from HandsOn Greater Richmond, offered many great suggestions on planning an event that will welcome and inspire volunteers as well as actually benefit your organization. Here is a link to their Tip Sheet. A special thank you goes out to the three panelists and our moderator, Ann Easterling, who works with the US Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee and the Prince George County Heritage Center.

We also heard from Sara Beachamp, a recipient of a GRAVA professional development scholarship about a class on Story Telling through the Nonprofit Learning Point which was beneficial to her and which she recommends highly.

Holly Gordon announced some special events coming up for HandsOn like Global Youth Service Day and a collaboration with The Spark Mill to nominate volunteers for recognition in the Power of Good 2017 initiative.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

President’s Message: March 2017

luckyMarch is almost over, already! Seems somewhat hard to believe, but it is a reality. In light of the season, my theme song for this month’s President’s message is “With a Little Luck” by Paul McCartney and Wings. It is a great song and who doesn’t want to feel like they have a little Luck on their side? When we think about our work with volunteers we have to not only feel a little luck, but have definite plans and processes in place to ensure success. As leaders in the field, it is imperative we are equipped and ready to receive, orient, train, engage, coach, recognize and retain our volunteers.

At the March Workshop, we had a great panel to share their experiences and expertise in working with and making the most of episodic volunteers. Doing this successfully is not a bi-product of a little luck, but so much more. We have to make sure we examine everyone’s roles. We need to make it meaningful and connect to your “WHY”. People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it. We were also lucky to learn that people have a limited amount of time to give to your organization and most people work full time. So we must be respectful of the time volunteers can donate to our organizations. We are lucky to have them!

I feel lucky to be on this journey with you!

See you in April!

Melissa M. Gilmore, M Ed., CVA
GRAVA President

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment