Tag Archive: Voices for Virginia’s Children

  1. Update on Census Data

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    The 2016-2020 5-Year Estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) will be released by the Census Bureau on March 17, 2022. While these types of data are typically released in December, the delays in data were necessary due to concerns of non-response bias for the data collected during 2020. After revising its methodology, the Census Bureau has determined that the data is fit for release and use.

    The American Community Survey is a continuous nationwide survey that samples 3.5 million residences each year. It is used to provide reliable and timely demographic, socioeconomic and housing data.

    Several geographies are available for the results including national, state, counties, subdivisions, tracts, block groups, cities, zip codes, metropolitan areas, American Indian reservations, congressional districts, state legislative districts, school districts, urbanized areas, and rural areas.

    Topics covered by the results include age, race and Hispanic origin, family structure, citizenship, disability educational attainment/enrollment, employment status of parents, health insurance, group quarters population, income and poverty, language, and housing characteristics.

    Data is collected in both 1-year and 5-year estimates. While 1-year estimates provide the most up-to-date picture of how people are doing in the commonwealth, 5-year estimates are the most reliable and are typically used when analyzing smaller geographies.

    Voices for Virginia’s Children Data and Research program rely on Census data to analyze several determinants of health that we then share with decision makers and the public including:

    • Total child populations
    • Childhood poverty cutoffs (50%, 100%, 200%)
    • Children with parents in labor force
    • Median income of families
    • Children in single parent households

    Several of these indicators are also available by race.


    Keep a look out for updated information from Voices for Virginia’s Children Research and Data program in April, and if you have any questions about this or any other data, please don’t hesitate to contact Research Director, Lauren Snellings at lauren@vakids.org.

  2. Voices is hiring!

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    We are hiring a full-time Office Administrator! Please see the information below for details. No phone calls, please. All resumes and cover letters should go to michael@vakids.org.

    Office Administrator


    The role of the Office Administrator is to support the Executive Director, Annual Fund Director, and other staff members as needed to fulfill the mission of the organization. The individual will serve as staff support to the Board of Directors, preparing logistics and materials for quarterly meetings, taking minutes, and handling inquiries from Board members. Individual will assist Annual Fund Director and all other staff with event planning and logistics. The individual will also provide support to the Annual Fund Director, maintaining and updating donor software, generating gift acknowledgements, and assisting with development correspondence and newsletter mailings. Duties also include independent handling of general office functions (answering the phone, handling mail, ordering supplies), scheduling for Executive Director, processing deposits. This position could include updating websites and social media if individual is qualified. The position reports to the Executive Director.

    Required qualifications:

    Bachelors degree and at least 2 years’ experience in similar work preferred; accuracy and organizational skills essential; highly motivated and able to anticipate and initiate needed tasks; proficiency in Microsoft Office products and office procedures; familiarity with donor software, DonorPerfect specifically, is highly desirable; excellent interpersonal skills; strong writing and editing skills; knowledge of and ease with social media, WordPress and other online communications preferred. EOE. Minorities encouraged to apply.

    Part/Full Time: Full time

    Salary: Commensurate with experience

    Benefits: medical and dental insurance, free parking, long-term disability and life insurance, retirement, and generous PTO.

    How to apply: Email resume and letter of interest to michael@vakids.org. No phone calls please.



  3. New Executive Director for Voices for Virginia’s Children

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    Dear Friends of Voices,

    On behalf of the Voices for Virginia’s Children Board of Directors, I am delighted to inform you that the Board has selected Margaret Nimmo Crowe to serve as the organization’s Executive Director, effective October 15.

    Our Board is confident that Margaret’s insightful leadership, keen understanding of policy issues and politics, and passion for improving the lives of Virginia’s children will shepherd Voices for Virginia’s Children to new levels of effectiveness and impact.

    Margaret brings more than 16 years of nonprofit experience to this new role, including an overall 10-year tenure at Voices, with progressively increasing levels of responsibility. Her most recent service to Voices includes an impressive four-month stint as Acting Executive Director and leadership of the organization’s Campaign for Children’s Mental Health, which has yielded significant positive change for Virginia’s children and strong coalitions with partners and advocates throughout the state.

    In addition her experience at Voices, Margaret served as the chairperson of the volunteer Board of Directors of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority and as a member of the Child and Adolescent Task Force of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.

    She has earned numerous accolades, including a Gartlan Award from the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards for outstanding children’s mental health advocacy, and the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership from The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond for demonstrating the potential for transformative leadership.

    Please join us in welcoming Margaret to this new role. We remain grateful for your support of Voices for Virginia’s Children and look forward to partnering with you during this exciting season of transition.

    Sincere Regards,

    Stacy Hawkins Adams, Chair, Voices for Virginia’s Children Board of Directors


    Dear Voices’ Supporters,

    I am truly honored to have been selected as Voices’ Executive Director. I am passionate about our mission of championing public policies that improve the lives of Virginia’s children, especially the most vulnerable. Too many of the Commonwealth’s children face significant economic, educational, social and health challenges, and we will continue to find strategic and effective ways to make their voices heard.

    We could not do our work without the support and partnership of many other organizations and individual child advocates. I look forward to working with all of you as we move into our 20th year as an organization.

    I want to thank my outstanding co-workers at Voices for their teamwork during our time of transition and for continuing to fight for the needs of Virginia’s children. I know you will join me in thanking Amy Woolard, Cathy McCallister, Emily Griffey, Kimberly Gutzler and Ted Groves for their commitment to Virginia’s kids.

    With gratitude,

    Margaret Nimmo Crowe