Visit www.HanoverVolunteers.org to view an array of volunteer opportunities within county departments and throughout the Greater Richmond area. Here are just a few local opportunities…Hanover County: Youth Volunteers for GYSD Youth Planning Coalition- Community Resources
Registration closes Jan 5th to be part of Hanover's GYSD Planning Coalition to plan a countywide Kick Off event engaging your friends and community in service during GYSD weekend in April. Meetings will be conducted monthly from January through March. Open to ages 10 and up. For more information, or to sign up https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GYSD2018 or contact Danielle Sarbo at firstname.lastname@example.org Hanover County: Phone GreeterHanover County seeks volunteers to assist in answering main county phone line and directing citizens to the proper department. Week days and shifts are flexible. For more information contact Lisa Adkins at 804-365-4302 or email email@example.com Hanover County: Lunch Buddy-Parks and Recreation
Volunteers are needed to help adults with disabilities enjoy lunch at Estes Dining Hall on the campus of Randolph Macon College as part of the Community Connection Club which meets monthly. Volunteers can choose the months they wish to help participants navigate through the serving line, help them carry food tray, as well as engage in appropriate conversation. For more information contact Devin Brown at 804-779-3117 or register at https://www.handsonrva.org/opportunity/a0CA000000oicauMAACommunity: Hanover Safe Place-Volunteer Training
An orientation will be held on January 9th for persons interested in volunteering for various roles within Hanover Safe Place. This local nonprofit provides resources and services related to domestic violence and sexual assault. The orientation will be held from 6-7:30 pm. For more information or to register contact Patty Hall, 804-368-8804, or firstname.lastname@example.orgCommunity: Hanover Senior Rides - Volunteer Driver
This program provides limited transportation to residents over 60 or persons with disabilities who do not have the resources to obtain their own transportation to doctors or other daily activities such as grocery shopping. Volunteer drivers are well screened and trained. They may select the schedules (individual rides) that they drive. Volunteers use their own vehicles but insurance coverage is provided. To volunteer to transport residents of Mechanicsville Area call 804-357-9360; to volunteer to transport in Ashland area call 804-543-6115.
Hanover's Spirit of Volunteerism Awards- Nominations NOW OPEN
Help us honor those who have made an impact in our community. Hanover's annual countywide volunteer awards are open to anyone who lives in or serves our county. Nomination categories honor: adults; adult groups; youth/youth groups; families; seniors; businesses; and individual volunteers who have volunteered in their roles for over 20 years. All nominees will be recognized at Hanover's Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration on May 15th. Award recipients will be announced in each category. Up to $250 will be donated to the volunteer program served by the award recipient. Nomination details and forms can be found at www.HanoverVolunteers.org . Deadline is March 16th.
Real Estate Tax Relief For Elderly/Disabled
The application period for Hanover’s tax relief program for homeowners who are 65 and older or for those permanently disabled will begin January 2, 2018. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. Homeowners must have a net worth of $200,000 or less and meet specific income guidelines, with gross income under $50,000. Relief is granted on a sliding scale depending on household income. For more information or to obtain an application, call the Hanover Commissioner of Revenue at 804-365-6128 or visit http://www.hanovercounty.gov/Taxes/Real-Estate-Tax-Relief/
Hanover Master Gardener Classes
Hanover's Winter Home Gardening classes will begin on Saturday mornings beginning January 6th. 15 classes will be offered. No pre-registration required. Attend classes of your interest. Topics include Container Gardening; Composting; Herb Gardening; Landscape Design and much more. For the full schedule of locations, topics and dates visit www.hanovermastergardeners.org or call 804-752-4310.
WIC Program-Provides Food and Health Education
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides food and health education to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers or legal guardians of children under 5. Medicaid or SNAP participants with children under 5 automatically qualify. WIC is available to Virginia residents regardless of citizenship. Foster parents can also register their children. Income eligibility is based upon family size. For more information contact the Hanover Health Department at 804-365-4335.
Hanover Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Application Process Open
Are you or someone you know interested in affordable homeownership? Habitat for Humanity homeowner qualifications include: must live or work in Hanover county for at least one year; have income of $30,375 or more depending on family size; have no judgements, collections or liens; past bankruptcy or foreclosure must be 3 full years from discharge; must be willing to partner with Hanover Habitat including a minimum of 200 of "sweat equity" on home construction or other Habitat projects. Homes offer energy efficiency, open floor plans, carpet and tile floors and other options. visit www.hanoverhfh.org
or call 804-569-6108.
Support Available for Parents of Young Children
In-home parent education and support is available to pregnant woman or new mothers with children up to 5 years old who live in Hanover County. This service is provided in the family's own home at no cost to parents and is designed to offer education related to promoting a healthy pregnancy, positive parenting skills, child development activities and knowledge of child developmental stages. The program also assists families to connect with various community resources in order to address the needs of parents and children during the stages of early childhood. The Parents As Teachers program is a partnership of Hanover County and Family Lifeline. For more information or to make a referral contact Family Lifeline at 804-249-5414
Hanover Human Services Network Meeting
The next Hanover Human Services Network meeting will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm at the Hanover Human Services Meeting Room 12310 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA (in back of the complex). All human service organizations, including governmental, faith-based, non-profit and civic clubs serving the Hanover community are invited to participate in this quarterly collaborative roundtable. Program representatives will have an opportunity to network with one another, present information about their programs, identify common issues and connect to develop solutions. RSVP by January 2nd to email@example.com or call 804-365-4302.
Taylor's Safety Day
Hanover Parks and Recreation's mascot, Taylor and his Paw Patrol friend, Skye invite families with children age 2-5 to join them for a Safety Day adventure on January 27 from 9am to 10:30am! Special guests Batman and Captain America will also be on hand. Preschoolers can meet their favorite superheroes and learn age appropriate, hands on safety practices. Safety Day will include activities on: Animal Awareness; Fire Safety; Police Safety; School Bus Safety; Water Safety; and Traffic Safety. Location: Richmond Times Dispatch, Mechanicsville. Fee: $10. Register at www.hanoverparksrec.com