Day to Serve mini-grants available to nonprofits

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Charleston, W.Va. –Volunteer West Virginia is now accepting applications for Day to Serve Mini-Grants. Non-profit organizations that wish to host a Day to Serve service project may be eligible for up to $500.

Day to Serve gives all West Virginian’s an opportunity to take simple steps to help others. The event began in 2012 as a collaboration between the Governors of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and the Mayor of Washington DC. The initiative invites all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations to join the cause. Community members and local organizations are encouraged to meet the needs of people in their own backyards.

“Participating in a project during Day to Serve is a great way for families, young professionals, students and business leaders to make a difference,” said Heather Foster, Executive Director of Volunteer West Virginia. “While Day to Serve volunteers clean up neighborhoods and collect food, more importantly, they build bridges in neighborhoods, among strangers, and between groups who had no previous association with each other. Day to Serve connects and mobilizes communities.”

In 2014 more than 6,000 West Virginians served over 25,000 volunteer hours for Day to Serve. Projects varied from community garden clean-ups to gathering volunteers to assemble little free libraries in local communities.

Qualified mini-grant service projects must be held during the Day to Serve time period, September 11th-October 10th, and must include an element of volunteer recruitment as well as outreach and community awareness. If you already have a project planned during this time, register your project on the Day to Serve website to help raise awareness and recruit new volunteers for your cause, http://www.daytoserve.org/.

Grant applications will be accepted until September 28th. Mini grant applications for project costs will be reviewed to determine eligibility and approved for funding. Up to fifteen grants are available for eligible non-profit organizations. Apply on the Volunteer West Virginia website at www.volunteerwv.org. Please contact Waylon Bryant with any questions 304-558- 01111 or [email protected]

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