RSVP’s November Thanksgiving Food Drive with FACETS: Thankful!

On Monday, November 30th, eight AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers braved the biting wind and chilly day in Fairfax to donate and organize food with FACETS for those in need. FACETS, a non-profit partner, has been helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty – so often unnoticed – in Fairfax County since

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A Cornucopia of Volunteer Opportunities with Cornerstones!

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ➢ Saturdays through November-SNAP at Market Assistants ➢ Saturdays through November-Farmers Market Gleaners ➢ 10th Grade Math Tutor (geometry and algebra) ➢ Local business entrepreneurs who are willing to review presentations, ask challenging but age appropriate questions, provide feedback and judge youth Shark Tank presentations ➢ Paint and spruce up Herndon Neighborhood

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Have you read the November 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 the November Golden Gazette November is National Family Caregivers’ Month and the Department of Family Services provides information about

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Volunteer Alexandria: Emergency Preparedness: Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Leads Needed

Come learn about Volunteer Alexandria’s Emergency Preparedness volunteer opportunities and their Volunteer Reception Center that is activated in a disaster. Volunteer Alexandria will be conducting a virtual orientation session on November 18th. Sign up and learn how to assist in Emergency Preparedness for the city. Volunteer Alexandria works in partnership with nonprofits, government and the

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Holiday Edition with CRi: Help Decorate Residents’ Homes for the Holiday Season, or Create Personalized Gifts

Adopt a Home, Holiday Edition: Volunteers are needed to spice up the daily COVID routine of both residents and staff by decorating the exterior of a CRi home for the holiday of the month: Thanksgiving and Winter Solstice/Christmas.  Holiday Project, Custom Baseball Caps: Do you have baseball caps around your house? Help provide a customized

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Volunteer Alexandria “Snow Buddy” Program: Snow-Shoveling Assistance

Help your senior and disabled neighbors safely leave their homes for medical or other essential appointments this winter. The Snow Buddy Program matches low-income seniors and disabled Alexandria residents with volunteers who can help clear their sidewalks and driveways. Volunteers are matched according to their location and once assigned, will serve their resident(s) for the

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Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) Seeks Food Distribution Volunteers

This November, APAH will be conducting food distribution in conjunction with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) at two locations, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for 2 hour shifts. Masks are required. Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) is a nonprofit affordable housing developer. We are deeply committed to Arlington and, after 30 years, have expanded our

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Britepaths Seeking Network Up and Farmers Market Volunteers

Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, Fairfax County thousands of families struggle to make ends meet. To combat this, since 1984, Britepaths has been empowering families to become self-sufficient. Each year Britepaths helps approximately 7,000 families and individuals across Fairfax County through short-term food and financial assistance and long-term guidance.

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Volunteer with the Adapted Aquatics Program with Fairfax County Park Authority

The Park Authority’s award-winning Adapted Aquatics Program is an individualized swimming and water activity program for adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities. Program offerings include learn-to-swim classes, aquatic exercise classes, and training for Special Olympics and Paralympic Swim team competition. These swim classes are for individuals who have developmental disabilities (such as intellectual

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Upcoming Virtual Orientations for Fairfax CASA: Advocate for Vulnerable Children

Upcoming virtual orientation dates: Tuesday, October 19th: 7:00-8:30 pm Monday, November 1st: 1:00-2:30 pm Tuesday, November 16th: 7:00-8:30 pm Disclaimer: this volunteer opportunity is not for the light-hearted. Exceptional need for males, bilingual (Spanish) speakers, Black, and Latino volunteers. Fairfax CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) works to help children who have entered the court system

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NVSO Winding Down: A Big Thank You To All The Volunteers

September 30th marks the closing date of 2021’s Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO). Hundreds of participants came out to events that help promote health, fitness, and psychological well-being for senior adults. Friendly competition mixed with camaraderie set a jubilant tone for all patrons, spectators, participants, volunteers. As an entirely volunteer-run organization, NVSO had more than

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Sign up early to be a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant this Upcoming Season

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides free tax preparation to qualified individuals and families in Northern Virginia. This program run by the Fairfax County Department of Family Services needs volunteers to help with: Providing tax preparation Online tax coaching Social media outreach IT support Greeters, screeners, and language interpreters, including ASL No experience necessary, as

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Adopt-a-Home: Holiday Edition with CRi

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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NVSO Opening Day: A Successful Kick-Off

After a one year hiatus, the 2021 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) is back in action! Volunteers arrived early, getting a quick “just-in time training” from RSVP Volunteer Leader Ken Kozloff. From there, volunteers kept time, manned tables, and more as participants readied themselves around the track at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. After

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NVSO Calling for Volunteers: High Need for Opening Day

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) is the tradition you and your family haven’t known you’ve wanted to join! This great event occurring September 18-30th promotes health, fitness, and psychological well-being for senior adults by providing opportunities for participation, competition, self-improvement, and fellowship through various athletic and recreational events. Volunteers are the backbone to NVSO. They

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Insight Memory Care Center Searching for Volunteers to Assist at Day Center

Since 1984, Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC) has been striving to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments achieve the highest quality of life. Through a nonprofit adult day health and resource center, individuals, their families, and caregivers are provided with specialized care, support, and education. Currently, IMCC is looking for in-person,

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Volunteer as a Historic Carousel Operator at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon

Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for volunteers to operate a historic carousel at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. If the below description interests you, please contact RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Shannon White, at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org. Time commitment: one four-hour shift per week Shifts: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-4:30 pm Sunday: 11:00-4:30 pm Duties: Assist in operation of historic

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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is Happening September 18-30

While last year the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) was postponed, NVSO is back on this year! NVSO promotes health, fitness, and psychological well-being for senior adults by providing opportunities for participation, competition, self-improvement, and fellowship through various athletic and recreational events. Volunteers are the backbone to NVSO. They help welcome participants, keep time, and

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Grocery-to-Go & Meals-on-Wheels Volunteers Needed with Senior Services of Alexandria

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 join their Meals on Wheels program. Due to the pandemic, volunteers must be under the age

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Recreational Therapy Volunteers Needed at CRi

CRi, Choice. Respect. independence. (formerly known as Community Residences, Inc.), is a community-based organization with a focused effort on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs the resources, supports and services they need to live their lives with purpose, actively engaged in communities of their choosing.  CRi’s mission fully supports a person’s ability

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RSVP’s July Group Service Project with CRi a Success: Hacking Back Invasives and Building a New Raised Garden Bed

On Thursday, July 29th, six AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers gathered on a cloudy day in Arlington at one of CRi’s residential apartment buildings housing several of CRi’s clients. CRi, which stands for Choice. Respect. Independence, formerly known as Community Residences, Inc., is a community-based organization focused on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs

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FACETS Seeking Volunteer Drivers & Front-Desk Helpers

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 Just this past year, the education and community development program reached 1,817 people, including serving over 500 children with youth

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DIY I Spy Bags for CRi: Create Sensory Tools for Residents

If you are interested in the following DIY volunteer opportunity, please reach out to RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Shannon White, at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org. CRi, Choice. Respect. independence. (formerly known as Community Residences, Inc.), is a community-based organization with a focused effort on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs the resources, supports and services they

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Britepaths Seeking Special Events Planning Committee Volunteer for October Fundraiser

Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, Fairfax County thousands of families struggle to make ends meet. To combat this, since 1984, Britepaths has been empowering families to become self-sufficient. Each year Britepaths helps approximately 7,000 families and individuals across Fairfax County through short-term food and financial assistance and long-term guidance.

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Capital Caring Health’s Group Service Project with RSVP: Care Packages for Caregivers of Hospice Patients

On Tuesday, June 15th, Capital Caring Health brought AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serving with RSVP-Northern Virginia into their Alexandria office. Strown across a large conference table were journals, books on compassion, prayer blankets, and sweet and salty treats. One-by-one, gift bags were packed for the caregivers of the hospice patients Capital Caring Health serves. Each bag

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Senior Services of Alexandria Searching for Meals on Wheels and Grocery Shopper Volunteers

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 join their Meals on Wheels program and Grocery Shopper program Meals on Wheels ensures everyone has

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Front Desk Volunteer Opportunity at FACETS’ Alexandria Location

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 Just this past year, the education and community development program reached 1,817 people, including serving over 500 children with youth

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Shepherd’s Center-Northern Virginia Looking for Volunteer Transportation Drivers and Office Admin Help

Shepherd’s Center-Northern Virginia (SCNV) serving the towns of Oakton, Vienna, Reston, Hendon, and Great Falls, is dedicated to ensuing every person, including older adults and people with disabilities, can live and age in place with dignity. In 2020 alone, volunteers with SCNV provided over 800 round-trip rides for clients, with 5323 hours of contributed service,

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Transport Driver’s Needed with Shepherd’s Center-Western Fairfax County

Shepherd’s Centers across the country have one common mission: to provide through volunteer service help to older adults so they can continue to live independently with meaning and purpose in their lives. Shepherd’s Center-Western Fairfax County (SCWFC) serves Western Fairfax County, including but not limited to Chantilly, Centerville, and Clifton. Through a network of partnerships

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Volunteer as an ESL Teacher or ESL Teaching Assistant with REEP in Arlington

*Please register for this opportunity ASAP. Trainings and orientations are on-going, and scheduled for July 12th. The Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) has a simple mission: to provide education and employment related needs to limited English proficient adults who live and work in Arlington. Since 1975, REEP has helped over 90,000 English learners from

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Rebuilding Together-AFF Calling All Handy Volunteers to Help with Repairs & Remodeling

Help make homes safer to those in need. Indoor/Outdoor In-Person with COVID precautions Rebuilding Together- Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church (RT-AFF) is a non-profit organization that uses the talents of handy volunteers to make health and safety repairs at no charge for low-income individuals. RT-AFF seeks volunteers with some remodeling and handyman skills and comfort with tools, but experienced team

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Virginia National Service Awards- 2021 AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Category Winner: Sandra Baron

We’d like to congratulate Sandra Baron, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer serving with RSVP-Northern Virginia, for winning the 2021 Virginia National Service Award in AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Category. Sandra Baron is a dedicated volunteer with Cornerstones helping fight food insecurity. She’s manned the front desk, helped stock and organize the shelves, distributed food at outdoor community events,

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Volunteer Alexandria Above & Beyond Recognition During a Time of COVID Award Winner: Mike Mixon

Volunteer Alexandria presented Mike Mixon with the Above & Beyond Recognition During a Time of COVID Award. Mike has served 20+ hours a month throughout the pandemic. With the American Red Cross of the National Capital & Great Chesapeake Region (ARC), Mike volunteers with the child and youth preparedness program, emergency vehicle inspections, and online

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Insight Memory Care Center Calling for In-Person, Vaccinated Volunteers

Since 1984, Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC) has been striving to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments achieve the highest quality of life. Through a nonprofit adult day health and resource center, individuals, their families, and caregivers are provided with specialized care, support, and education. Currently, IMCC is looking for in-person,

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Become a Volunteer Guardian with the City of Alexandria’s Division of Aging & Adult Services

The City of Alexandria Department of Community & Health Services/Division of Aging & Adult Services is looking for Volunteer Guardians. Volunteer guardians are individuals who can assure the well-being of incapacitated Alexandrians living in assisted living facilities or nursing facilities. Volunteer guardians are appointed by the Court to make decisions for older Alexandria residents who

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Upcoming Virtual Orientations for Fairfax CASA: Advocate for Vulnerable Children

Upcoming virtual orientation dates: Tuesday, August 3rd: 7:00-8:30 pm (for interested Black CASAs) Tuesday, August 10th: 7:00-8:30 pm 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.

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Volunteers Needed at Mass Vaccination Clinic

In effort to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine quickly, heavy volunteer support and coordination is necessary. RSVP is calling on volunteers for the newly-opened Stonebridge Vaccination Center on Eisenhower Ave in Alexandria administering vaccinations to Fairfax County residents. Duties of the volunteer range from parking lot coordination, intake of residents, and further coordination. If you are

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RSVP-VSA Nominee: Sandra Baron

RSVP is excited to announce another nominee for this year’s VSA: Sandra Baron. Sandra has spent the last year volunteering with Cornerstones, Community of Faith UMC, CORE Foundation, and others. Her work at Cornerstones spans multiple programs, including Embry Rucker Community Shelter, the Assistance Services and Pantry Program, Opportunity Neighborhood sites, our main offices, and

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RSVP-VSA Nominee: Mary Beth Cockerham

In the past year, Mary Beth has dedicated over 230 hours of service to Capital Caring Health, an organization dedicated to providing patients and their families with advanced illness care of the highest quality. Mary Beth’s dedication to Capital Caring Health is best summed up in the word of Kathrine Knoble, Manager, Community and Volunteer

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RSVP-VSA Nominee: Kristin Ramkey

We are honored to have Kristin Ramkey as an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer serving with RSVP-Northern Virginia. This past year she has given her time and effort to Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteers For Change (VFC), and PRS, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to providing behavioral health, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. Kristen has supported the Admin Department

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RSVP-VSA Nominee: Anu Mittal

Our next nominee for the RSVP Volunteer Service Award is Anu Mittal. In the short time Anu has been with RSVP, she has truly emulated what an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer is by joining in on Group Service Projects, and offering her time and talents to not just one, but several of our nonprofit partners. Anu

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VSA Nominee: Robbie Mosley

Introducing our next RSVP VSA nominee: Robbie Mosley. Despite the fact that Robbie Mosley couldn’t volunteer at all the organizations he normally does due to the pandemic, he still served over 170 hours with Britepaths and United Community. As a financial tutor at Britepaths, he empowers clients to be more self-sufficient and develop the skills

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RSVP Volunteer Service Award (VSA) Nominees!

Presenting our first nominee for Volunteer Fairfax’s RSVP-VSA: Mike Mixon. Mike has served 20+ hours a month throughout the pandemic. With the American Red Cross of the National Capital & Great Chesapeake Region (ARC), Mike volunteers with the child and youth preparedness program, emergency vehicle inspections, and online trainings. Mike helps with the American Red

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Fun, Interactive Volunteer Opportunities with CRi

If you are interested in the following DIY volunteer opportunity, please reach out to RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Shannon White, at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org. CRi, Choice. Respect. independence. (formerly known as Community Residences, Inc.), is a community-based organization with a focused effort on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs the resources, supports and services they

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Virtual ESL Tutor with United Community

United Community’s English Club helps adult learners improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Volunteers with strong intercultural communication skills are needed to teach adults 1-on-1 tailored lessons to improve conversational skills. A flexible customizable schedule can be determined by tutor and student. Skills: Bilingual (Spanish) Experience teaching/tutoring adult students who are learning English

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A Special Thanks to AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteer Jo Deckert!

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer Jo Deckert designed and handmade 500 handmade Thank You cards for CRi – Choice. Respect. Independence. The cards were given to CRi direct support staff, with personal messages from CRi staff written on the inside. Janet Davison, CVA, CRi’s Volunteer Program Manager, worked with Jo to create this no-contact-during-Covid project. Jo volunteered a total

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Teach Elementary Kids A Body Safety Program with Fairfax County Department of Family Services

Fairfax County Department of Family Services has a special program for Pre-K to sixth grade. The Body Safety Program focuses on building safety skills within the child, preparing them to identify risks such as: Child abuse Bullying Internet safety The curriculum, Childhelp® Speak Up Be Safe, gives children a comfortable, non-alarming way to talk about

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GrandInvolve Volunteer Opportunities

Since its beginnings in 2014, GrandInvolve has had hundreds of senior volunteers working hard with local schools to help teachers and vulnerable students achieve their highest potential. It’s mission is simple: Support the education of our most vulnerable populations through in-person and virtual volunteering Reduce ageism by growing intergenerational relationships between our youngest and oldest

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Emergency Response Volunteer Recruitment with Volunteer Fairfax’s Volunteer Emergency Team

Want to join a task force in times of emergency? Join the Volunteer Emergency Team (VET) of Volunteer Fairfax, and have the opportunity to provide vital assistance to Fairfax County’s Office of Emergency Management! VET Volunteers provide support and assistance to the Emergency Response Program Manager (ER PM) during times of local activation.  There may

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In-Person: Help Cornerstones Distribute Food at Community Sites in Reston on Saturday, March 13th & 27th

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. With the food insecurity on the

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Zoom Event: Information about COVID-19 Vaccine with the Fairfax County Health Department

A Community Conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine will be hosted by Fairfax County Health Department in partnership with the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board and the Department of Family Services Fairfax Area of Aging. ASL Interpretation and CART provided. Pre-registration is required. Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 pm: Click here to register. Friday, Feb. 12

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DIY with CRi: Make Beanbags and Cornhole Boards for CRi’s Residents

Remote If you are interested in the following DIY volunteer opportunity, please reach out to RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Shannon White, at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org. CRi, Choice. Respect. independence. (formerly known as Community Residences, Inc.), is a community-based organization with a focused effort on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs the resources, supports and services

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Volunteer with Britepaths & Help Empower Fairfax County’s Residents to Become Self-Sufficient

Virtual, at-home Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, Fairfax County thousands of families struggle to make ends meet. To combat this, since 1984, Britepaths has been empowering families to become self-sufficient. Each year Britepaths helps approximately 7,000 families and individuals across Fairfax County through short-term food and financial assistance and

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Food For Others In Need of Volunteers for Unloading Food Donations Post-Stuff the Bus Event

In-Person, masks required, social distance practiced. Since 1995, Food For Others (FFO) has acted as a safety net for those in Northern Virginia needing food during emergency, as well as the growing number of working poor needing to supplement inadequate food supplies. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exasperated hardships for thousands of families across what

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NEWS from RSVP-Northern Virginia

Volunteer Fairfax is excited to announce that is has once again been awarded the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP grant from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support RSVP volunteers serving in Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Alexandria City, where RSVP-Northern Virginia has been providing service opportunities in partnership with Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Arlington, and Volunteer Alexandria, for

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Virtual & In-Person Volunteer Opportunities with FACETS: Tutors & Office Help Needed

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 Just this past year, the education and community development program reached 1,817 people, including serving over 500 children with youth

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Virtual and/or In-Person with Precautions: Multiple Volunteer Opportunities with Shepherd’s Center Fairfax & Burke (SCFB)

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 and delivery, and friendly callers and visitors, including to

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Food For Others Offering Multiple Volunteer Opportunities to Help Combat Food Insecurity

In-Person, masks required, social distance practiced. Since 1995, Food For Others has acted as a safety net for those in Northern Virginia needing food during emergency, as well as the growing number of working poor needing to supplement inadequate food supplies. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exasperated hardships for thousands of families across what is

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Farmers Market Volunteers Needed Throughout Fairfax County

Outdoor, in-person with social distancing. Masks required. 10 locations throughout Fairfax County. 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 it’s time to consider volunteering for your local farmers’ market. Requirements: Volunteers

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In-Person: Help Cornerstones Process up to 12,000 lbs of Food Donations Saturday, February 6th in Reston

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. With the food insecurity on the

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Two Virtual Volunteer Opportunities with Insight Memory Care Center

Since 1984, Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC) has been striving to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments achieve the highest quality of life. Through a nonprofit adult day health and resource center, individuals, their families, and caregivers are provided with specialized care, support, and education. While COVID-19 has affected the ability

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Help Fight Food Insecurity in Herndon & Reston with Cornerstones: Multiple Opportunities. Sign up soon. Spots fill fast!

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. With the food insecurity on the rise, Cornerstones has continued its commitment to serving individuals across Northern Virginia. If you are interested

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In-Person or Remote: Volunteer Front Desk Helpers Needed at Sacramento Community Center in Alexandria- a United Community Project

In 1969, several faith-based organizations and a handful of dedicated volunteers banded up together to form United Community. Together, they focused in on providing human services to the people of southeastern Fairfax County. While Fairfax County is the third richest county in the United States (just behind Loudon County, VA and Howard County, MD), 83%

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In-Person: Help Cornerstones Process 10,000 lbs of Food Donations this Saturday, December 5th in Reston

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. With the food insecurity on the

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Guest Speaker, Sami Smyth, from New Hope Housing Talks to RSVP about Food Insecurity and Homelessness

As the Manager of Volunteer Programs at New Hope Housing, a non-profit with a mission to end homelessness, Sami Smyth’s normal Thanksgiving revolves around visiting different homeless shelters, mingling with shelter residents while eating Thanksgiving staples, and talking and thanking volunteers who help feed families during the holiday. This year, she’s not making the rounds

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Help Those Struggling to Cope with DIY Stress Relief Kits: Project of PRS

PRS is dedicated to providing behavioral health, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. Formally known as The Social Center, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, PRS has been working since 1963 to help individuals living with mental illness, substance use disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and anyone who faces life crises to achieve safety, personal wellness,

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Thanksgiving Food Drive Event on Nov 19-21 in Reston through Cornerstones

Outdoor, 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

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World Kindness Day: Friday, November 13th, 2020

Originally launched as an international holiday in 1998, World Kindness Day is here to remind us that compassion is what binds everyone together. Take a moment today to promote good deeds and pledge acts of kindness. Take a picture and/or send a note to RSVP-Northern Virginia’s Marketing and Outreach Specialist, Vida Mikalcius, at vmikalcius@volunteerfairfax.org, showcasing

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Virtual Opportunity: Tutor Kids from Fairfax County Online with GrandInvolve

Online informational/orientation session: Tuesday, November 17, 10:00-11:00 am Do you have a genuine concern for young people? Are you dependable and willing to make a consistent time commitment? Would someone call you a good listener? Is your demeanor friendly, supportive, encouraging? If you answered yes to the above questions, perhaps it’s time to consider becoming

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Virtual & In-Person with Precautions : Shepherd’s Center Serving Annandale/Springfield Seeking Volunteer Transport Drivers & Grant Writers

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 and delivery, and friendly callers and visitors, including to

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Virtual and/or In-Person with Precautions: Multiple Volunteer Opportunities with Shepherd’s Center Fairfax & Burke

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 and delivery, and friendly callers and visitors, including to

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

NOTE: THESE EVENTS ARE FULL. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADDITIONAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENTS OCCURRING ON NOVEMBER 19-20 FOLLOW THIS LINK. 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

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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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