VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads 60 Years of Service
1957- In 1957, the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach funded a pilot project to establish a Volunteer Service Bureau
1962- Once the need for volunteer services was confirmed, the Bureau came under the management of the Planning Council. The purpose of the bureau was to offer recruitment, evaluation and referral of volunteers to the nonprofit community.
1973- The Volunteer Service Bureau becomes affiliated with the National Center for Voluntary Action and the name changes to the Voluntary Action Center. With the change of name came a comprehensive change of concept encompassing all facets of volunteerism--services we expanded to include consultation to nonprofits, trainings for volunteer coordinators, and publication of volunteer opportunities.
1977- In order to meet an increased request for services, the Planning Council recommends the Voluntary Action Council becomes its own independent organization under the United Way.
1996- Formally changes name to VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads and becomes a member of the Points of Light and HandsOn Network, a national network of volunteer action centers.
2007- VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads is the recipient of the prestigious George W. Romney Excellence Award as the nation's top volunteer center from a field of more than 350 centers.
2017- VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads celebrates its 60th anniversary providing volunteer services to nonprofits, individuals and corporation with the launch of its innovative volunteer leadership model, VolunTier Vision. VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads has evolved from a traditional clearing house into a full-service management support organization for the nonprofit sector.
The Lenora Mathews Service Legacy Fund
“To volunteer is our greatest privilege…”
Lenora Mathews, Executive Director, VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, 1970- 1991
VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads’ first paid position was filled by Lenora Mathews, its founding member and first executive director.
Lenora Mathews Service Legacy Fund hopes to honor her spirit of service by supporting a framework of programs that enable individuals to carve out their own unique service legacies. Funding will support the general community efforts initiated by Ms. Mathews more than 60 years ago, as well as VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads' new cornerstone program, VolunTier Vision, the goal of which is to engage every citizen of the Hampton Roads community into one or more of its tiers of service.
- VolunTier Vision program and software development
- The facilitation of service mentorship
- Board Service training and placement
- Ongoing recognition of the region's most outstanding service leaders
- Place every individual within the VolunTier Vision model of service
- Increased placement of unique individuals onto community and nonprofit boards
- Increased diversity of applications for the Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards