Materials for “Finding Your Why”

Special thanks to everyone who came out on a cold Thursday to Good Samaritan Center in the Millsaps Arts district!  More special thanks to DOVIA President Joanna Puddister King for hosting and for the delicious breakfast (and tour of Good Sam!).

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Imagine a world where people wake up each morning inspired to go to work…

Imagine a world in which trust and loyalty are the rule, rather than the exception…

This is possible!  It all starts with speaking and acting from your “Why.”  Michele Baker presented “Finding Your Why” from the books and works of Simon Sinek.  Below are resources from that meeting:

  • START HERE!!  “Start With Why” Ted Talk (18 minutes)
  • Start With Why (Simon Sinek’s website) – be sure to sign up for the “notes to inspire” – daily inspirational email
  • Golden Circle Power Point Presentation
  • Golden_Circle_PDF (slides_with_notes) (handout from meeting)
  • Friends Exercise PDF (handout from meeting)
  • Learn Your Why (“Why Discovery Course”) – a comprehensive, multi-discipline approach to finding your personal why ($129 for the course, or free for active/retired military personnel).  NOTE:  if you purchase the course, you get a free copy of “Start With Why”
  • Get Simon’s first book “Start With Why:  How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” (Amazon, about $10)
  • Get Simon’s second book “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Some Don’t” (Amazon, about $16)

Good luck finding your own personal WHY!

Grants Available to Small Nonprofits

The Massage Therapy Foundation’s Community Service Program promotes working partnerships between the massage therapy profession and community-based organizations. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for organizations or affiliates of organizations that have been in existence for at least one year in the respective state or province, currently provide some therapeutic or other service programs to the community; and have designated a qualified staff member to oversee the program. Community Service grants are awarded to charitable organizations that provide massage therapy to people who currently have little or no access to such services.  Avg. Grant: $5,000.  Deadline:  April 1, 2014.

The EWOMENNETWORK Foundation exists to help small organizations make a big difference. In the spirit of “lifting as we climb,” the Foundation supports small nonprofits whose mission includes improving the emotional and financial well-being of women and children.  Grantmaking aims to encourage an environment of caring, healing, and growth for women and children by helping them achieve optimum potential in all spheres of their lives.   The Foundation awards individual grants of $6,000 to small, entrepreneurial organizations that address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children.  Besides the cash grant, the Foundation will sponsor a representative of each recipient organization to attend a special grants program at the eWomenNetwork International Conference and Business Expo in Dallas.  Eligible applicants must have been in existence for over three years and have an annual budget over $25,000 and under $1 million. Applicants affiliated with a national organization are not eligible.  Avg. Grant: $6,000 .  Deadline:  March 31, 2014.

Grant Writing Made Easy on Feb. 13-14 in Jackson

Grant Writing Made Easy: Financing Your Vision

February 13-14, 2014 (Baker Donelson law offices, Jackson)

Next Valentine’s Day, share the love and the wealth!  Seasoned professional Ann Willett teaches you how to finance your amazing vision. The “hot topic” is up to you!  Reserve your spot today!

In this intensive two-day workshop, you will learn

  • How to sharpen and clarify your vision
  • How to make your mission sing
  • Best places to search for grant funds
  • How to select the opportunities that best fit your mission and vision
  • How to write an irresistible needs statement
  • Sure-fire ways to write sizzling copy – and get your proposal noticed
  • Plenty of time for actual, hands-on practice; bring an idea or a proposal-in-progress and leave with real progress towards a completed proposal!

DOVIA Mississippi is hosting this sizzling two-day intensive on Thursday and Friday, February 13-14, 2014 (hosted by the law offices of Baker Donelson, Jackson).  Special Valentine’s Day prices for current DOVIA members:  just $109* includes materials, expert instruction, refreshments, and special Valentine’s Day goodies!  Limited to the first lucky 15 people to sign up!  Reserve your spot today!

About Ann Willett  — A leader in the nonprofit world since 1985, Ann began her work in Oklahoma in the 70s. After moving to Mississippi, she worked with the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, the Girl Scouts of Middle Miss, the Salvation Army, and numerous state agencies. She has taught hundreds of classes on grant writing, fundraising, marketing and PR, board development, strategic planning and organizational assessment. Since moving to Florida, she has continued her career in marketing and organizational development. In her own words, her claim to fame is that she was on the creative team that developed the famous slogan “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions on a sesame seed bun.”

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*$109 for current DOVIA members; $139 non-members. Membership is $25 per year. DOVIA accepts cash, checks, and credit cards via Square (convenience fee may apply).  Reserve your spot today!

Congratulations to the 2014 Officers!

The incoming officers for 2014 are:

  • President: Ann Taylor, MS Museum of Natural Science
  • Vice President for Marketing:  Michele Baker, Crossroads Film Festival
  • Vice President for Membership:  Elizabeth Coleman, MS Department of Archives & History
  • Vice President of Programs:  Claire Hawk, MS Children’s Museum
  • Co-Secretaries:  Barbara Beavers & Jay-Tea Leggett, Center for Pregnancy Choices
  • Treasurer:  Fran Baker, Born Free of Mississippi

Congratulations to all the new officers!

Meditation Walk set for 11/21/13

Join your DOVIA family for a leisurely walk through the trails of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013.  Volunteer managers will appreciate the time to relax and decompress while sharing with other volunteer managers.

We will also hold elections for officers for 2014 – nominations taken on-site.  See you there!

Next meeting – 8/29/13 @ Winter Building

Join us for our next DOVIA meeting – a partnership with the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (“Volunteer Mississippi”)

*August 29, 2013 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Winter Building downtown*


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 Together, Let’s Get Things Done in Your Community
Learn how national service programs can strengthen your organization and community

The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) will hold information sessions to discuss the availability of federal funds to support local national service programs and opportunities to access national service resources, including AmeriCorps State, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and Senior Service Corps programs. Educational institutions, volunteer centers, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for national service funding.

All sessions will be an hour and a half long.  Those interested in submitting an application for an AmeriCorps State program to operate in 2014 will meet for an additional hour after the presentation, for Nuts & Bolts of AmeriCorps State.

                                JACKSON             Thursday, August 29, 9 – 11:30 am

                                                                William F Winter Building, 200 North St., Jackson                               

AmeriCorps is a grant-funded national service network providing resources to Mississippi communities. Service program members pair with nonprofit and faith-based and community organizations and public agencies to build volunteer capacity and meet locally-identified needs. AmeriCorps members also recruit area volunteers to directly address core issues—education, disaster, health, veterans, and the environment—forging self-sustaining communities. To learn more or register for an information session, contact AmeriCorps Mississippi Program Officer Judy Stein at 601.842.6700 or

During the public information sessions, the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service is inviting informal comment from the public concerning the use of service and volunteerism as strategies to meet critical community needs. This input will be considered in the development and implementation of a national service plan for the State of Mississippi. Comments will be accepted during each public information session or may be submitted in writing by email to Comments should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time, September 30, 2013.

The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service engages and supports Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. As your state office of volunteerism, the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service administers AmeriCorps programs, supports a network of Volunteer Centers, and coordinates other initiatives fostering community engagement and building volunteer capacity throughout the state. Contact MCVS at 888.353.1793, our website, Facebook and Twitter @volunteeryall.

Volunteer Hattiesburg Seeking Ops Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunity Details:

Last updated on February 14, 2013

A Volunteer Response Center is being opened tomorrow, February 15th at 12:00 p.m. until further notice. Approximately 20 volunteers are needed to operate the center. Training will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15th and end at noon. Immediately following the training session transition to the VRC will begin. Volunteers will handle agency requests for volunteers, volunteer matching and new volunteer registration.

The Volunteer Response Center will be located at 308 Newman Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 in the Community Room of the Hattiesburg Train Depot. Follow signage.