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 Sought for Hanover Youth Engagement Team (YET)
Hanover Department of Community Resources is looking for youth (5th through 12th grade) interested in improving their leadership skills through the Youth Engagement Team (YET) workshops. Workshop dates are January 17; February 21 and March 21.Trainings will focus on strength based leadership concepts, creating opportunities for youth leaders to practice being an agent of change and build confidence in their leadership abilities. Members of YET will work collaboratively with the Hanover community to expand the reach of community service projects. Sign up Here
!Hanover County: CASA program seeking volunteers
The Hanover Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is now accepting applications for the next volunteer training, scheduled to begin on February 26, 2019.The Hanover CASA program trains, recruits, and supervises volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. If you are interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer, contact Melanie Baker at 365-4296 or at [email protected] The application deadline is February 15.
Hanover County: Leaders In Training Volunteers- Parks and Recreation Summer Program
Applications for paid summer positions (recreation aides, therapeutic recreation aides and recreation supervisors) and volunteer positions (Leaders-in-Training for rising 9th - 12th graders available) will be available November to February for the upcoming summer sessions at
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 January 2nd for Hanover's 2019 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards
Share your stories of inspiring individuals, groups, businesses, youth, volunteers with over 20 years of service and older adults who are sharing their time and resources to give back to our community. All nominees receive a certificate of appreciation from the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, as well as public acknowledgement and appreciation gift presented at the 2019 Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration. Award recipients will be announced during the Celebration. Award recipients will receive the items mentioned above along with an engraved plaque and a financial contribution from the award sponsor will be made in the honoree's name to the organization/ volunteer program designated by the honoree. Nomination Deadline is March 8th.
Visit www.HanoverVolunteers.org for details.
Free Children's Books Thru Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
The Hanover Early Childhood Council and the Hanover Rotary Club have partnered to promote the love of reading by coordinating the Dolly Parton Imagination Library within our community. This program sends free, age appropriate books to a child's home once a month from birth to age 5. Currently the program is available to children living in zip code 23005. Additional zip codes in the county are being considered soon, as funding becomes available. The program is also independently coordinated in Doswell for children in zip code 23047. No other forms of eligibility are required. To learn more or to register a child, visit www.imaginationlibrary.com . To help sponsor a child ( $25 covers costs for a child for a year), donations can be made to the Hanover Rotary Club Foundation, PO Box 1858, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. To learn more about the Council and this initiative, call 804-814-8005 or contact Hanover Community Resources at 804-365-4300.
Employment Assistance and Training Opportunities are available through Goodwill Employment Centers
Goodwill offers a variety of resources to assist with your job search, including resume writing, computer training, hiring events, career planning and specialized training. Goodwill's Workforce Development offers credentialing for Certified Medical Assistants; Certified Nursing Assistants; and Customer Service. The Mechanicsville Employment Center is located at 7147 Brandy Run Dr. Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
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
A short-term pilot program is available to provide low cost rides to seniors (age 60 and over) who need transportation to medical appointments. The pilot program offers 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.
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:
For more information on the HumanKind Ways to Work Program, contact HumanKind at 804- 888-8229.
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 Human Services Network Meeting
The next quarterly meeting of the Hanover Human Services Network Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3rd from 3pm to 5pm at the Hanover Human Services Center Large Meeting Room, 12310 Washington Highway, Ashland Va. 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 forum. Meeting goals include: opportunity to network with one another, present information about programs, identify common issues and develop solutions. RSVP to attend: [email protected] or call 804-365-4300
Youth Engagement Team -Leadership Workshops
Hanover Community Resources will be offering 3 monthly workshops on leadership and service for youth in 5th through 12 th grade. See article above. For more information contact Kristina Yager at 804-365-4180 or Sign up Here .