Multiple Outdoor Food and Coat Distribution Events with Cornerstones: Pick the date that best suits you!

Limited Contact, social distance, masks required. Cornerstones has been a pillar in the DMV for nearly 50 years. Families living in this region, with its notoriously high cost of living, can struggle to overcome tough economic times. Through services like Housing Food Financial assistance Child and youth services Community and family strengthening Community resource centers.

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Fairfax County Farmers Market Volunteers Needed at 10 different Locations

Outdoor, in-person with social distancing. Masks required. 10 locations throughout Fairfax County. Volunteers especially in need at the Annandale and Mason District Park locations. Are you a local food enthusiast? Do you prefer the outdoors? Want the chance to bring fresh, healthy, local produce to your community? Interested in supporting local farmers and producers. Maybe

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In-Person with Precautions: Volunteer Medical Transport & Companion Drivers with Shepherd’s Center

Location: Shepherd’s Center serving Oakton, Vienna, Reston, and Herndon The Shepherd’s Center has a vision: A World Without Loneliness. To achieve that vision, they work hard to ensure that as members of the community age, they do so with dignity and experience a high quality of life. Services include health advocacy, decluttering advice, food pick-up

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Various Virtual Volunteer Opportunities: From Crafting to Bringing Emotional Support to Veterans & the Terminally Ill

Capital Caring Health provides hospice, palliative care, and counseling services to veterans, the chronically and terminally ill, as well as their families. Through compassionate care, their clients can live lives with dignity while receiving additional support through difficult times. This year has knocked a lot of people of their feet. People who may find themselves

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URGENT NEED FOR BLOOD: American Red Cross

By Vida Mikalcius Due to fewer community-sponsored blood drives, we are at risk of experiencing a local blood shortage. Blood transfusions save lives: from traumatic accidents, to people with cancer, to children fighting leukemia. Like many of us, I have had family members who have received blood transfusions. Once, when someone I loved was involved

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DIY For CRi: Help Combat Loneliness Through Craft

The non-profit organization CRi (Choice. Respect. Independence) has provided resources for people: With developmental disabilities and mental health needs At-risk youth who are homeless, precariously-housed, and/or aging out of foster care Five hundred direct-support staff help 350 residents, many of whom are high-risk. Their daily social activities like going to the store, meeting with their

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Adopt-a-Home: Limited Contact Outdoor In-Person Service Project with Social Distancing

Volunteer to serve people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs with CRi Help Decorate Residents’ homes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, & the Holiday Season! For the past 45 years, CRi (Choice. Respect. Independence) has provided resources to people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs, as well as services for at-risk youth who are homeless,

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Long-term Volunteers Needed to Help Vulnerable Children on a 1-on-1 Basis with CASA

Current Virtual opportunity: Disclaimer: this volunteer opportunity is not for the light-hearted. Exceptional need for males and bilingual (Spanish) speakers Fairfax CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) works to help children who have entered the court system find permanent, safe homes. CASA volunteers are average citizens. They are not (but may have once been) social workers

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Limited Contact Volunteer Opportunity: COVID-19 Emergency Warehouse Associate with Volunteer Fairfax

Location: 10700 Page Ave, Fairfax Social Distance Encouraged and Practiced Donations are key in times when resources are limited to those most vulnerable. VET (Volunteer Emergency Team) of Volunteer Fairfax works to mobilize, manage, and disperse donations to the community and partner organization. Sometimes these may be food-based. At other times, coats and blankets are

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Technology Support For Seniors

Free to low-cost internet service for Seniors and low-income individuals Free to low-cost classes for Seniors to develop technological skills It’s no secret that COVID-19 has brought many in-person volunteering experiences to a standstill, especially among RSVP’s 55 and over community. While many older adults have found ways to adapt to the new virtual reality,

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Meals on Wheels in Alexandria on the Lookout for Volunteers

Meals on Wheels in Alexandria Wednesday shift needed On-call volunteers for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) is working to foster independence and self-sufficiency, enabling seniors within the City of Alexandria to age with dignity. While they provide programs dealing with companionship to education, they are currently looking for volunteers to

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Office Admin Volunteer Needed for Weekday Shifts (afternoon most needed)

Limited Contact No Shared Office Fairfax City Since 1988, the non-profit organization, FACETS has been fighting to alleviate issues coinciding with poverty in Fairfax County. Programs include: Preventing and Ending Homelessness Hot Meals Food Distribution Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program Housing Services Community development FACETS is currently looking for office admin volunteers for weekday shifts

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Multiple Volunteer Opportunities From No Contact, Limited Contact, and In-Person

NVFS- Northern Virginia Family Services In 2019, NVFS served 42,000 residents in the Northern Virginia area by helping individuals attain self-sufficiency through the following programs: Early childhood development Foster care and adoption Health and well-being Homelessness and housing Immigration legal services Mental health Workforce/career development Youth initiatives Of those 42,000 plus people: Approximately 50% were

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Have you read the September 11 RSVP-Northern Virginia Update?

Catch up on what is going on with RSVP-Northern Virginia by reading our September 11 2020 newsletter! Click here: Sept 11, 2020 Newsletter This issue includes: Upcoming Zoom Volunteer Roundtable-“Update on Volunteer Opportunities through RSVP,” September 11th Remembrance, Grandparents Day Celebration, Current Volunteer Opportunities, and MORE! For more on RSVP, please visit http://www.rsvpnova.org RSVP is

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Masks in Summer’s Heat

Well, we’re hitting the dog days of summer – and wearing a mask in this heat and humidity remains the most important way we can keep ourselves safe in public as COVID-19 continues. There are many different kinds of masks, from the KN95 masks hopefully reserved for frontline workers, to homemade cloth masks, and colorful

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Check out the 2020 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award Winners in the July 1 Edition of the RSVP Newsletter!

Volunteer Fairfax has announced the winners for the 2020 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards! RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to highlight the awesome RSVP volunteer nominees and winners for this year’s event in this special VSA Edition of our newsletter! Click here: July 1, 2020 RSVP Newsletter This issue includes: RSVP Volunteer Service Award Winner, Family

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Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

  We are sure many of you have been following the news about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and have been thinking about how it might affect you as a volunteer. It’s impossible to predict if or how our community will be affected in the coming weeks but please know we want to be prepared and proactive. Volunteer

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RSVP-Northern Virginia seeking volunteer photographers for upcoming events

RSVP-Northern Virginia is seeking several volunteers who would like to share their photography skills  by covering upcoming community events being produced by RSVP and Volunteer Fairfax.  When and Where RSVP’s annual “Thank you Volunteers” luncheon, April 16, in Fairfax When and Where : Thursday, April 16, 2020, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King of Kings

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*EVENT CANCELLED* RSVP “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” seminar to be held April 14 at South Run

Now that you have graduated from the work force,  do you know how you are going  to spend your time? RSVP-Northern Virginia can help. Register for RSVP-Northern Virginia’s   free “Art of Volunteering in Retirement,”  seminar,  Tuesday, April 14, 2020,  at 11:30  a.m., at  South Run RECenter in Springfield.  The one-hour event is free and open to

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RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer opportunities springs eternal in March

By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist  Welcome To March 2020 RSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities and events for March 2020  available through RSVP,  our partners and friends .  Many are one time events that we hope you will find to be  convenient, fun and provide great opportunities to make new

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**EVENT CANCELLED** Help support Vietnam Vets, Volunteer at RSVP’s March Group Service Project

Register for the “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets”  RSVP March Monthly Group Service Project, Monday, March 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Capital Caring Alexandria For complete event info and to sign up please click Welcome Home Vets Group Service Project. Please join us for our monthly group service where we will be helping Capital Caring Health prepare for

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*EVENT CANCELLED* Celebrate Tax Day by helping local students learn financial literacy at JA Finance Park, April 15

Celebrate the federal income tax filing deadline day with RSVP,  April 15, 2020, by volunteering at  JA Finance Park in Central Fairfax to help eighth graders from across Fairfax County learn financial literacy. To register for this fun project visit JA Finance Park Group Service Project.  Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Time: 8:30 am – 1:45 pm Location: 4099

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Have you read the March Golden Gazette?

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services  Adult and Aging Division produces a variety of publications, podcasts and video programs that include helpful and entertaining pieces about positive aging, including the monthly Golden Gazette. What’s in  March 2020 Golden Gazette Find out how Genealogist Paul McFarland searched for his Irish ancestors and found “boundless appreciation”

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Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam visits Volunteer Fairfax, Tuesday, Feb. 25

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam visited the headquarters of Volunteer Fairfax in the City of Fairfax, Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2020. The governor was in Fairfax to speak with the staff of Legal Services of Northern Virginia which is also housed in the Burkholder Building. LSNV, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, is  the largest legal

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Thank You Volunteers for Spreading the Love with RSVP on February 13.

Thank you to  more than 20 RSVP  volunteers who created close to 300 Valentine’s Day Cards today, Feb. 13,  for local seniors at the  annual  RSVP-Northern Virginia Valentine’s Meet & Greet and Spread the Love  service project, Feb. 13, 2020,  at the South County Government Center.  Happy Valentine’s Day from RSVP-Northern Virginia Look below for a gallery of photos

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Alexandria RSVP member Tom Sachs talks about helping others with Rebuilding Together

Alexandria, Va., resident Tom Sachs joined RSVP-Northern Virginia, the region’s largest volunteer group for retirees, a year ago. The 72-year-old currently volunteers with RSVP partner Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church. To listen to RSVP’s Rob Paine interview Tom please click RSVP Volunteer Podcast.  In this podcast, Tom talks about why he enjoys volunteering with Rebuilding Together

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“I get more benefit (from volunteering) than the people I’m helping,” says RSVP senior volunteer

RSVP to hold next “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” seminar near Alexandria, Feb. 27 Story and Photos by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia marketing and outreach specialist “Volunteering is a good way to keep social,” says RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer and engagement leader Sue Dussinger of Alexandria. “I have never in my life been a real ‘joiner’ but

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Will you help spread the love with RSVP-Northern Virginia on Feb. 13?

  Join us for our third annual Valentine’s Meet & Greet and Spread the Love  service project at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the South County Government Center, to make cards for local seniors. Sign up now  by visiting Spread the Love with RSVP View last year’s fun at RSVP Spreads the Love We will

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A variety of opportunities available to RSVP’ers in February 2020

By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist  Welcome to February! RSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities and events for February 2020  provided RSVP,  our partners and friends .  Most are one time events that we hope you will find to be  convenient, fun and provide great opportunities to make new friends. Not

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The February 2020 Golden Gazette is out!

The newest Golden Gazette is here! The Golden Gazette is published each month by the Fairfax County Adult and Aging Services. It is one of the most comprehensive publications in the area that covers events and topics seniors care about.  You can view and download the newest edition here! This month’s edition includes a feature on how to

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Why do they RSVP?

  Are you 55 or better, living in Northern Virginia and  looking for volunteer experiences that are healthy, social, fun and convenient? Take a look at this 60 second video and find out why so many seniors and retirees in Northern Virginia are joining RSVP. For more info or to sign up for one of

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RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteers cut fleece to make blankets for veterans during group service project supporting Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together

Photos by Rob Paine,  RSVP-Northern Virginia Volunteer Outreach and Marketing Specialist  Thank you to our  RSVP volunteers who participated in an RSVP group service project, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,   in support of Volunteer Fairfax‘s upcoming Give Together event taking place Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

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