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Hanover, VA 23069


February/March 2018

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Lisa Adkins
Department Administrator
[email protected]



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 Volunteer Projects
Seeking service project proposals that engage youth in volunteering on or around Global Youth Service Day weekend, April 20-28th.  County programs, agencies, youth groups, faith and civic clubs are encouraged to design a community service project that helps demonstrate the impact that young people can make in service to others. We can help with your project designs and help you recruit youth volunteers. submit your project information by March 5th to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GYSDPJ18 . Have Questions? Contact Danielle Sarbo, Youth Services Specialist at 804-365-4180 / [email protected] .

Hanover County: LIT- Parks and Recreation
Apply now for Summer Youth Leader in Training (LIT) for Summer Camp programs. LIT applicants must have completed the 8th grade and be less than 17 years old. Experience working with children preferred. Duties include assisting with the planning and implementation of a 6-week summer recreation program for up to 125 children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Summer program begins mid-June.  Required training provided. Application deadline is Sunday, March 25. Use link above for details and application.

Hanover County: Phone Greeter-County Administration
Hanover 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 protected]

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/a0CA000000oicauMAA

Community: Patrick Henry YMCA-Swim Lesson Aides
Volunteers are needed to help Swim instructor for lessons to be offered to John Gandy Elementary students. No experience required, roles for in the pool and out. Program runs every Tuesday and Thursday during the school day from February 27 to May 3.  Help support the life saving skills of learning to swim. Contact the Y at 804-798-0057 or visit www.ymcarichmond.org 

Community: 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.orgDeadline is March 16th.  

Nominate a Young Change Maker

Hanover's 2018 GYSD Kick-Off Party will be held on March 17th at the Patrick Henry YMCA, 12:30-2:30pm. As part of this year’s Kick-Off Party we want to acknowledge young people in our community who are volunteering to make a difference. In addition to promoting all the GYSD projects available to young people, the event will include food, music and recognition of all nominated Young Change Makers!  Enter your Young Change Maker nominee at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/GYSDKickoffparty2018 .
Consider nominating your outstanding youth volunteer for Hanover County's Spirit of Youth Award, for even broader recognition. See related post above.

Social Services Offers FreeTax Prep Assistance

Hanover Department of Social Services is part of the metroCASH program of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.  metroCASH is an IRS-sponsored, locally implemented Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that helps families and individuals prepare their income tax returns free of charge.  The service will be offered at the Hanover Human Services Office (12300 Washington Highway) in Ashland, on Tuesday evenings from 5pm-7pm between February 6, 2018 and April 10, 2018. Sign-in begins at 4:00pm, no earlier.  The service is for households with total incomes during the last year of $54,000 or less.    For details, Hanover Social Services has a “hotline” recording with specifics on what to bring and what to expect, 804-365-6646.

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 continue through 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/

 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 Senior Law Day

The Hanover Council on Aging is partnering with Senior Connections and Williams Mullen to provide free preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives for persons over 55 or those with a disability.   Individuals or couples must meet low income guidelines. Appointments are limited to 16 persons. All participants must complete and submit preliminary documents to Senior Connections in order for paperwork to be prepared prior to the event date on March 13th. Participants will be notified of the exact appointment time and location in Mechanicsville area. (1 hour appointments will be scheduled from 1-3pm). Interested parties must contact Pat Giesen with Senior Connections at 804-343-3059 or email [email protected]  for registration forms or details.

Global Youth Service Day Kick-Off Party

Youth Groups, families and youth of all ages are invited to attend Hanover's GYSD Kick Off Party and Service Fair.  Join us on Saturday, March 17th from 12:30 to 2:30 at the Patrick Henry YMCA, 217 Ashcake Rd., Ashland, VA 23005. Free food, music, door prizes, opportunity to meet organizations and clubs hosting service projects and learn more about projects you can volunteer for.  You can also participate in games and mini services projects at the event. For more info contact Danielle Sarbo at 804-365-4180 or email [email protected]

Special Performance for Hanover Older Adults

Atlee High School Show Choir is giving back to the community with a free concert for local senior citizens.  The special performance will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 2:15pm at the Atlee High School. auditorium.  The auditorium is wheelchair accessible and buses are welcome. For details or to RSVP contact Nancy Hundley at [email protected] or 804-306-9102.

Finding Value in Your Prime Active Aging Event

Hanover’s Third Annual Finding Value in Your Prime, Hanover’s Active Aging Event will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Brock Center at Randolph Macon College in Ashland.  Register now to attend Hanover County's largest resource collaboration for seniors brought to you by Hanover Council on Aging, Hanover County Sheriff's Office, AARP, Ashland Police Department, Hanover Triad and Hanover County Parks and Recreation.  Participants will enjoy: breakfast; lunch; presentations on active lifestyles, health and travel; fitness and art demonstrations and activities; resources and door prizes.  Although free to attend, pre-registration is required.  Deadline to register is April 13th.  To register, visit www.hanoverparksrec.com
Vendor registrations are also being accepted through April 2nd at www.hanoverparksrec.com . For more information contact Hanover County Community Resources at  804-365-4300.



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