Links & Resources

We invite you to explore the related links offered below and resources listed on the left.

Links: Virginia Sites
The Virginia Commission for National and Community Service
The Virginia Commission for National and Community Service supports service, volunteering, and civic engagement in the Commonwealth. In addition to funding state-level AmeriCorps programs, the Commission offers a variety of training, resources, and information to organizations that rely on community service and volunteering. Through the Unified State Plan for Service the Commission invites the ideas and support of all Virginians committed to strengthening the Commonwealth’s service and civic sectors.

VDSS Programs and Services for Communities
The Virginia Department of Social Services works to develop, strengthen and protect Virginia’s communities. One key path is collaboration.

Virginia Campus Compact
Works with all 4-year and 2-year public and private colleges and universities to improve quality of life and foster civic responsibility on campuses statewide.

PASS: Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools
Governor Warner’s initiative that pairs SOL-challenged schools across Virginia with leading business and community partners. The goal is to boost student performance AND build lasting partnerships that keep local communities strong.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
This is Virginia’s emergency information and communications Web site. VDEM protects the lives and property of Virginia’s citizens from emergencies and disasters by coordinating the state’s emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts.

Links: National sites
Citizen Corps
Public education, training, and volunteer opportunities to support community and family safety.

CERT Resource Center
A resource center for those interested in starting and maintaining a Community Emergency Response Team.

The Points of Light Foundation (POLF) and Volunteer Center National Network support volunteering nationwide. Among its many endeavors, the POLF manages the Daily Points of Light Award, sponsors the annual National Service Conference, and provides a bookstore of materials on volunteer resource management, fundraising, and nonprofit management.

INDEPENDENT SECTOR (IS) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of more than 700 national organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs. Its mission is to promote, strengthen, and advance the nonprofit and philanthropic communities to foster private initiatives for the public good. The IS commissions periodic studies related to giving and volunteering in the United States, publishes the national annual dollar value of volunteer time, and holds an annual conference in sites across the country.

USA Freedom Corps
A comprehensive public service network, where individuals can find service opportunities that match their interests and talents in their hometowns, across the country or around the world.

Volunteers in Police Service
VIPS assists citizens in supporting the efforts of their state and local law enforcement agencies to protect communities from crime and terrorism.

Corporation for National Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help strengthen communities through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America.

USA on Watch
The official Neighborhood Watch site created by the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Neighborhood Watch
Part of the National Crime Prevention Council, this Neighborhood Watch site offers guidelines and tips on crime prevention and starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your area.

Medical Reserve Corps
Medical Reserve Corps units are community-based and comprised of health care professionals who desire to serve as volunteers in their communities during emergencies, as well as with ongoing public health needs.
The federal site devoted to fighting terrorism and promoting preparedness.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA is the premier emergency management site.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The umbrella agency responsible for oversight of all homeland security and emergency preparedness.