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Hanover, VA 23069


February 2019

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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: 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. 


Nomination DEADLINE MARCH 8th  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.

Metro Cash Tax Preparation Offered at Hanover Social Services

 Hanover Social Services is partnering with United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburgh to offer free tax preparation on Tuesday evenings from February 5th through April 9th from 5pm to 7pm at Ashland Office, 12304 Washington Highway, Ashland, VA. This service is free for those who earned less than $55,000 in 2018.  For details, including what to bring, call the Tax Info Line at Hanover Social Services: 804-365-6646/

Free Community Breakfast Offered on Saturdays

Moments of Hope Outreach and the Mo Hope Pantry have partnered with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Shalom Baptist Church, Pole Green Church of Christ and other groups to offer hot breakfast every Saturday morning. Location is St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 8050 St. Paul's Church Rd. Hanover, VA 23069. Hours are from 8am to 10am. 

 The Mo Hope Pantry 

 The Mo Hope Pantry is located at 13400 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover VA 23069.  The Pantry provides free groceries and toiletries for those in need.  Hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. and in the evenings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm.  For more information about the free breakfasts or the pantry call 804-913-9151.

OpioidSolutionsrva.com Website Launched

Hanover, Richmond City, Chesterfield and Henrico have joined together to launch a regional website to provide education, prevention, treatment and recovery information and resources related to opioid addiction. Regional and locality specific information is available. Visit:

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:

  •  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. 


 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.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop Offered

A two session workshop for parents and adults who work with youth is being offered for community members.  Attendees will learn risk factors and warning signs of mental illness among youth as well as strategies/action plans and resources to help. The sessions will be 4  hours and will be held at New Song United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 24th and March 3, 2019.  Dinner will be provided.  To register visit https://bit.ly/2TyIpzp

Finding Value in Your Prime Active Aging Event 

Hanover’s 4th Annual Finding Value in Your Prime, Hanover’s Active Aging Event will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019  from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at Mechanicsville Baptist Church. 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, health  demonstrations; resources and door prizes.  Although free to attend, pre-registration is required.   To register, visit www.hanoverparksrec.com
Vendor registrations are also available at www.hanoverparksrec.com . For more information contact Hanover County Community Resources at  804-365-4300.

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