Jackson, MISS. (October 4, 2018) – The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (Volunteer Mississippi) has just been awarded $349,603 in the Volunteer Generation Fund 2018-2019 award competition of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The Volunteer Generation Fund is a national program to support voluntary organizations and state service commissions in boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs. Through a partnership with the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, Volunteer Mississippi will establish Nonprofit Resource Hubs (Hubs) in locations accessible to outlying rural areas across the state. Volunteer Mississippi will work with its partners to offer volunteer recruitment and engagement services, as well as in-person and virtual nonprofit capacity building trainings, and more in each Hub. Plans for capacity-building and volunteer recruitment also include expanding the statewide online volunteer matching platform and providing more personalized technical assistance for increased community participation.

In addition, Hubs will serve as regional training sites for citizens who want to volunteer in disaster response. Volunteer Mississippi, in partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), currently trains individuals to support the activities associated with activating and managing a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in the event of a disaster. Utilizing Hubs will allow Volunteer Mississippi to organize volunteers regionally, strengthening the disaster-resiliency of each region through the recruitment, training and retention of disaster-trained, skill-based volunteers, and provide response and recovery assistance in the aftermath of a disaster.

 “We are very excited to join forces with the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers,” says Monica Ritchie, Executive Director of Volunteer Mississippi. “This partnership will help us to ensure that all areas of the state receive access to nonprofit resources and support, as well as assistance with organizing a VRC and training volunteers in each region.”

Stay up to date on all of these services and opportunities in your area by visiting volunteermississippi.org. Nonprofits and individuals interested in participating in these events may visit volunteermississippi.org or contact Krista Estes at kestes@ihl.state.ms.us.

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About Volunteer Mississippi
Our story — the story of volunteerism in Mississippi — is about service as a way of life.  It’s about leadership in our communities, our schools and our churches.  And it’s about results — statewide, volunteers and national service members are getting things done, making a difference for our children, our seniors, our veterans and military families.  More information about Volunteer Mississippi and all its programs can be found at www.volunteermississippi.org.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.