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P.O. Box 470
Hanover, VA 23069


September 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: 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: 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. Drivers are particularly needed in western Hanover to expand this resource across our county. To volunteer to transport residents of Mechanicsville Area call 804-357-9360; to volunteer to transport in Ashland/Central and Western area call 804-543-6115.

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. 


Nominations Open for Jean Harris Award
Deadline is September 13th

The Hanover County Community Services Board established an annual award in the name of long time board member, community volunteer and advocate, Jean C. Harris. The Jean C. Harris Award for Excellence has been given annually to Hanover-based individuals, families or groups that demonstrate outstanding contribution in the areas of intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health, and/or substance use. Acknowledging that many individuals, families and groups in Hanover are making a difference in these areas, up to three awards will be given this year. Details and nomination form are available at https://www.hanovercounty.gov/675/Jean-C-Harris-Award

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. The worker is bilingual in English and Spanish.  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

Pilot Senior Transportation Program

For a limited time, due to grant funding, a short-term pilot program will be available to provide low cost rides to seniors (age 60 and over) who need transportation to medical appointments.  The pilot program will offer direct, non-stop, door-to-door transportation to medical appointments. this is in addition to the existing Hanover Senior Rides volunteer transportation services. For seniors living in Mechanicsville Area zip codes 23111 and 23116 call Hanover Senior Rides  at 804-357-9360 (Medical & personal business trips).  For seniors living in Ashland/Central Hanover zip codes 23005, 23047, 23059 or 23069 call Hanover Senior Rides at 804-543-6115.  For seniors living in other Hanover zip codes call Senior Connections Ride Connection at 804-672-4495 (medical trips only) which will partner with UZURV on-demand services using screened and specially trained drivers.  The program will offer direct non-stop door to door transportation at a rate of $6.00 one way and $12.00 round trip.  This is a partnership between Hanover Senior Rides, Hanover County, Senior Connections,  and UZURV.
For more information contact Hanover Dept. of Community Resources at 804-365-4300.

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 and continues  operating on Saturdays during September and October.
To make an appointment or 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. 

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.


Training on Youth Mental Health First Aid

Hanover Community Services will be offering a workshop for parents, caregivers and youth workers on risk factors, warning signs and action plans to assist young people who may be experiencing some form of mental illness. The training will be held on September 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Atlee Commons Community Services Office.  Attendees will be provided with concrete strategies and a reference manual to compliment program material.  Registration is required, visit https://bit.ly/2n8cZ4F.  For more information contact Laura Robertson at 804-365-6621/ [email protected]  

Hanover Senior Law Day

For over 5 years Hanover Council on Aging and the Department of Community Resources has partnered with Senior Connections and William Mullens to assist low income seniors and persons with disabilities to obtain free Wills, Durable Power of Attorney and Medical Directives.  The service will be offered again in Hanover on September 18th.  Income eligibility: single person household must have monthly income of $2,792 or less; two person household must have monthly income of $ 3,782 or less.  For details or to register, contact Pat Giesen at 804-343-3059.

Parks & Recreation Offers Diners Club for Ages 50+

Be a part of the new Diners Club for those 50+ years of age.  The club will visit different local restaurants on the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Short presentations from local community contacts will also be offered.  Reservations are required.  The first gathering will be September 5th at the Outback Steakhouse, 7420 Bell Creek Rd. Mechanicsville. The presentation will be "Seniors and Law Enforcement Together".  Presented by Jim Mclaughlin, Crime Prevention Specialist, Hanover County Sheriff's Office.  To reserve your spot visit: www.hanoverparksrec.com

Hanover Human Services Network Meeting
The next meeting of the Hanover Human Services Network will be Thursday, October 4th.  The meeting will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Human Services Complex Meeting Room, 12310 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA. 23005.  In addition to attendee presentations, we will have a presentation from staff of Hanover Social Services regarding general eligibility guidelines for Medicaid Expansion or known as "Health Coverage for Virginia Adults".  All human service organizations, including governmental, faith-based, non-profit and civic clubs which serve the Hanover community are invited to take part 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 develop solutions.  Remember to bring service brochures, program or event flyers and business cards to share.  RSVP to Lisa Adkins at 804-365-4302 or email [email protected] .

12th Annual Step UP for Down Syndrome Event
Join the heart-warming 5K run/advocacy walk thru Bryan Park and family festival showcasing and celebrating the many abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in the Greater Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Central Shenandoah Valley & Central Virginia community. The event will be held on Oct. 6th from 9:00am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy lots of FREE family activities, live music by Premiere, fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch, sponsor & exhibitor displays and more!  Breakfast & lunch items available for purchase.  Register to run, walk, raise funds or volunteer at www.dsagr.org. Dogs on leashes with responsible owners are welcome.  All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.

Job Post

Hanover Youth Services Specialist Position
Hanover Department of Community Resources is recruiting for the position of Youth Services Specialist.  Details available at https://www.hanovercounty.gov/700/Job-Search .


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