The VAC promoted the opportunity to participate to all of its nonprofit partners and was energized by the response. The following agencies are ‘stops’ on the Progressive Volunteer Tour:
Arc of NSV
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Blue Ridge Hospice
CFW Foster Care-DSS
Child Advocacy Center
Child Advocacy Network
Faith In Action
Free Medical Clinic
Habitat for Humanity
Lord Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging/RSVP
United Way of NSV
Volunteer Action Center
Winchester Medical Auxiliary
Winchester Rescue Mission
Youth Development Center
AARP and the VAC have partnered successfully in the past. In 2009, the VAC was awarded the Community Partner of the Year by AARP as a result of the “Community Conversation on Aging and Diversity” event.
This initiative was meant to connect area professionals, including healthcare and human service providers,
social workers, nurses, educators, police, fire and rescue personnel, lawyers and financial advisors, decision-makers, opinion leader and community activists, for the non-profit, private, public and community sectors, to gain a broader understanding of aging issues and their impact on the diverse population of Winchester and surrounding areas.
When Stacey Iden, VAC coordinator, contacted Dick Crane, AARP Virginia, state volunteer representative, about the Progressive Volunteer Tour, they chimed with excitement that the mission of the VAC event aligned with AARP’s ‘create the good’ campaign. Crane shares, “I knew the purpose of the event would inspire our members. The ‘Create the Good’ campaign is about coming together in your community and doing something positive, specifically promoting volunteerism and charitable giving. If our community knows about the needs of these nonprofits, they might find a way to give-either their time or money to make a difference.”
The VAC supports it partner agencies by connecting area volunteers to their needs. Their new interactive website www.ohvolunteeractioncenter.org encourages individuals to explore nonprofit partners and fill out a volunteer application online to link directly to these agencies. Exciting matches are made from time to time. Missy Jackson, an interested volunteer, came to Iden in late 2010 sharing a personal goal. Jackson wanted to honor her 50th birthday by volunteering for 50 hours. Iden met with Jackson to qualify her goal and time available to volunteer. Faith In Action, a nonprofit which provides door-to-door transportation service for persons unable to access medical appointments or care, was a perfect fit. Jackson has kept in touch with Iden and has agreed to complete her ‘50th hour’ of volunteering as an active volunteer at the Progressive Volunteer Tour. “Missy has been fun to work with. From the first time we spoke, I knew she was serious about this goal. She has pursued an opportunity that she claims has touched her life, and I am certain her generous giving will touch many others,” says Iden.
There will be an informational newspaper insert about the Progressive Volunteer Tour on Saturday, April 9, 2011 in both the Winchester Star and the Northern Virginia Daily. Profiles on VAC nonprofit partners and National Volunteer Week celebration schedule are included. The site locations are mapped out and participants are encouraged to visit the nonprofits at any time during the event. Downtown registration is encouraged, but not required to visit a nonprofit, however event volunteers will remain on the Old Town Mall throughout the event. Visit www.ohvolunteeractioncenter.org and visit the Progressive Volunteer Tour page under ‘community, national volunteer week’.
Our Health, a non-profit community resource, affiliated with Valley Health, which supports agencies in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Incorporated in 1999, an idea became a reality when a collaborative location became home for several area agencies in downtown Winchester. The campus was further expanded in 2010 when key public service agencies moved into the historically renovated Silver LEED certified Snapp Foundry Building. Our Health continues to create opportunities which elevate community involvement and commitments to the region. Its Volunteer Action Center provides viable services to connect agencies with area volunteers and enhance programs. Please visit their websites at www.ourhealthva.org and www.ohvolunteeractioncenter.org to learn more. Our Health – Connecting Partners. Serving Community.
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Our Health is a non-profit community resource, affiliated with Valley Health, which supports agencies in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Its Volunteer Action Center provides viable services to connect agencies with area volunteers and enhance programs.