Congratulations to CrossOver Health Ministry of Richmond – winner of the 2021 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Community Organization! COVID-19 has magnified the dramatic healthcare disparities existing in communities across the country. CrossOver Healthcare Ministry has not only stepped up to provide outstanding medical care, but has gone above and beyond to be there in incredible ways. CrossOver operates two charitable healthcare clinics – one in the City of Richmond and one in Henrico County. Founded in 1983, the clinics provide healthcare to approximately 5,500 uninsured and medically underserved individuals each year. Many of CrossOver’s patients (60%) speak a language other than English as their first language. The clinics also serve a large immigrant population requiring culturally competent healthcare services, delivered in multiple languages.
During the pandemic, CrossOver’s clinical services have stayed open, without even closing for a single day! This is even more remarkable as the clinic has been operating at a 15% reduction in volunteer capacity. Offering COVID testing and vaccinations, the clinics serve as community COVID testing sites for the uninsured. Volunteers have vaccinated more than 1,000 patients to date!
CrossOver relies heavily on its dedicated staff which includes more than 300 active volunteers who serve as clinicians, nurses, interpreters, front office, and administrative support. Last year alone, CrossOver volunteers donated more than 22,000 hours of volunteer service. Throughout the pandemic, volunteers have been enthusiastic about engaging themselves in new ways at CrossOver. This includes providing telehealth appointments from their home while quarantining, providing meals to the staff team, and writing notes of encouragement. In addition to providing care to those who are ill, the staff provides regular COVID-19 wellness calls to high risk patients and education on risk mitigation and vaccinations.
CrossOver volunteers are a compassionate community, serving their neighbors in need of healthcare services. Despite enormous obstacles and challenges this year, they have continued to dedicate their time and talents to providing the care and medical services our communities deserve.
Congratulations to Northwest Federal Credit Union of Herndon - winner of the 2020 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Corporation! Northwest Federal Credit Union has made a strong commitment to their community by implementing a powerful community service initiative called “Transforming Lives Through Acts of We.” By partnering with many local organizations, credit union staff have countless opportunities to serve and receive 24 paid volunteer hours per year. In 2018 employees volunteered more than 7,800 hours, and donated more than $120,000 to their community partners. At NWFCU, everyone, from the CEO down, enthusiastically volunteers, working side-by-side to get...
Frank and Mae Antkievicz
Story of Service: Frank and Mae Antkievicz
For more than 20 years, Frank and Mae Antkievicz have volunteered with the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Hanover County. Of the more than 40,000 people living in Hanover County, approximately 4.5% speak languages other than English. An inability to speak English affects residents’ lives in many ways, especially for work and education. Without ESL programs, many would be unable to truly become connected with the community in which they live. Starting their service as ESL volunteers and assistants, they now run the program serving as both directors and teachers. During their...
Story of Service: Denise Carl
Denise Carl, Richmond Area Healthy Futures Opioid Project AmeriCorps State Member of the Year (Robert E. Wone Award for Exemplary Service) - The Wone Award was established in memory of Robert E. Wone, who served on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism from 2002-2006 and dedicated his life to volunteering for charitable organizations and offering pro bono legal service. The award recognizes an exemplary AmeriCorps member who has exhibited the same dedication to community service and civic engagement as did Mr. Wone. Ms. Carl was practicing law when she changed the trajectory of her life and was inspired to...
Story of Service: Mary Hines
Senior Corps Foster Grandparent of the Year Mary Hines, Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program, Hampton Since 2005, Mary Hines has traveled nearly an hour each day to make made it her mission to be a source of encouragement for children. She regularly shares a poem she wrote for the students which conveys that they too can transform into a butterfly from a cocoon. Ms. Hines has been instrumental to other Foster Grandparents and future volunteers by sharing her experiences. She has been recognized in the past with several awards for service, including the Presidential Award for Service. Ms. Hines is a wonderful...
Story of Service: James Taylor
Making Sure No Child Falls Through the Cracks We are excited to congratulate Virginia native James Taylor, who was recently honored at the AmeriCorps State Symposium for exemplary efforts in disability inclusion. James, who struggled with a learning disability himself, was one of four honorees for the Tom Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Awards. Serving as a Public Allies Chicago AmeriCorps member, James revolutionized how Chicago Public Schools tracked their diverse learners and brought a great level of proficiency and expertise to his work because of his similar life experiences. As a student with special needs, James said he was allowed to...
Story of Service: Kimbra Staten
Kimbra, with the Rappahannock Goodwill - Goodskills Literacy Corps Americorps program in Fredericksburg, says the experience has opened up a whole new world to her. "I've had an exciting service year and as I begin on my second term I am elated on what I will discover about myself and others that I tutor," she says. "The most rewarding experience is meeting and interacting with a diversity of people. This volunteer position has enlightened me in enormous ways. Between the personal development training, conferences, workshops and online studies -- I feel confident that AmeriCorps will propel me into being an...