October 2015: Check out the newly updated Archives and Membership Listing!

Hello, DOVIA Friends!

Hope we’ve seen you at recent DOVIA meetings, but just in case you weren’t able to make it, be sure to check out the meeting notes – and supplementary materials – from select 2015 meetings in the Archives.

Also check out out newly updated Membership Listing.  Please join me in a very special welcome to new members who joined since the summer: Stacy Crain (Jackson Zoo), Kelli Nicholson (Hospice Advantage – Jackson) and Tara Lindsey (Stewpot Community Services).

The final meeting of 2015 will be November 19 at 8:15 AM at Manship House Museum.  We haven’t updated DOVIA’s strategic plan since 2013, so join us to see what we said we wanted to do (see the 2013 Strategic Plan here), and help us choose what we will do in 2016.  DOVIA will also hold elections for 2016 officers that day – watch your emails for a chance to nominate an officer – and enjoy some delicious holiday snacks. Be sure to attend!

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!

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 judy@mcvs.org.

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 info@mcvs.org. 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 www.volunteermississippi.org, Facebook www.facebook.com/volunteeryall and Twitter @volunteeryall.