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P.O. Box 470
Hanover, VA 23069


August 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…

HYSC 2018 School Supply Drive
The Hanover Youth Service Council [HYSC] is coordinating its county-wide school supply drive. All supplies benefit Hanover’s elementary, middle, and high school students in need. This signature service project has been conducted by HYSC for the past 19 years.
This year, the drive is from July 16 through August 17th. In addition to donations through collection boxes, members will also conduct a live collection at the Kroger on 9351 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville on August 3rd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information and drop-off locations visit https://www.hanovercounty.gov/367/Volunteer

What YOUth Can Do 2018

Check out all the ways to make a difference at any age.  Visit the Youth Page at www.HanoverVolunteers.org and see What YOUth Can Do.

Hanover County Public Schools: Mentors/Allies

Patrick Henry High School, Liberty Middle School and Henry Clay Elementary School are seeking adults interested in lending a willing ear and kind heart in support of a student for the coming year. If you are interested, please call the school for which you would like to volunteer.

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]

Community: OAR -Volunteers
OAR of Richmond is a nonprofit reentry organization that provides services to returning citizens in the greater Richmond area. OAR is in need of volunteers to facilitate various weekly groups at the Pamunkey Regional Jail. No teaching experience is required, all training is provided by OAR of Richmond, and you must be at least 21 years old to apply. If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer application at www.oarric.org/volunteer or contact Hannah Brechlin, Community Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected]  for more information. 

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 Cannery

Beginners, experts, Hanover residents, non-residents, private and commercial are all invited to use the resources at the Hanover County Cannery. Helpful and knowledgeable staff and volunteers can help navigate you through the canning process. The Cannery is located at
12491 Taylor Complex Ln, Ashland, VA with operating hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays
For more information about specific schedule and details contact 804-365-6181.

Hanover Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Appliances, Appliances, Appliances! Consider Hanover Habitat the new scratch and dent of Mechanicsville! Find all your appliances at a fraction of the cost. They have new inventory coming in weekly! Keep up to date with inventory, sales, and more by following their Facebook page!

Nonprofit Offers Help with Used Car Loans   

Many hard-working people are having difficulty buying cars because of their lack of or challenging credit history.  A local nonprofit organization, HumanKind Ways to Work, is trying to change that by offering fair interest character based vehicle loans to working individuals. 
To qualify for this program, applicants must:

  •  Be 18 years of age or older

  • Live in the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, the tri-cities region, and the  counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Charles City, or Goochland
  • Be currently employed for at least six months, working a minimum of  25 hours a week
  • Not be in the process of filing or currently in bankruptcy
  • Have a valid Virginia Driver’s License.
  • Have the ability to repay the loan.

For more information on the HumanKind Ways to Work Program, contact HumanKind at 804- 888-8229. 

Social Services Cooling Assistance

Applications for Cooling Assistance started June 15 and will run through August 15. This program helps with cooling equipment repairs or purchases or for assistance with payment of the electric bill to operate cooling equipment.  Eligibility is based upon income requirements.  Eligible applicants must include and elderly or disabled person, or a child under 6 years of age living in the home.
For more information visit http://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/ea/ .

Free Breakfasts for Public

Moments of Hope Outreach & the Mo Hope Pantry are partnering with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cool Spring Baptist Church, Pole Green Church of Christ, Shalom Baptist Church, and Walnut Grove Baptist Church to prepare & serve a delicious hot breakfast to their neighbors.  Dates begin May 12th and will run on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month,  from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 8050 St. Paul's Church Rd.
After breakfast, attendees are invited to stop in at the Mo Hope Pantry to stock up on free groceries, toiletries, and clothing.  The Pantry is  open on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays 9am-12pm, and Thursdays 7pm-9pm.
 For more information, or to obtain the full schedule of dates, please call the Mo Hope Pantry 804-913-9151.



Every Woman's Life Free Cancer Screenings

Every Woman’s Life (EWL) is a public health program providing services to women in the Chickahominy Health District geographic area which covers Hanover, Goochland, New Kent and Charles City Counties.   The EWL program provides access to FREE breast and cervical cancer screening and/or diagnostic services for low income and uninsured women.  The screening services provide for a mammogram and/or Pap test for women ages 40 to 64 years and diagnostic services to symptomatic women ages 18 to 39 years.   This is a grant funded program through the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  For more information and to schedule your screenings or to refer someone you know, contact Judy Marston, EWL Public Health Outreach Worker with the Chickahominy Health District at 804-365-4350 or [email protected]

 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 Homeowners Sought

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 Schools Offer Youth Mental Health Workshop August 8, 8 am -4:30 pm, 8 hour course @ the School Board Office at 200 Berkeley St in Ashland

Hanover County Public Schools is offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop for adults assisting young people. This session teaches participants to recognize and respond to warning signs of mental health issues and crises in adolescents (ages 12-18). Participants will learn a 5 step action plan for crisis and non-crisis situations . Space is limited to 30 participants
visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org for information on this program. Enroll @ https://goo.gl/viKMsW
For more information contact Terry woody @ 804-365-4557. 




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