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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First RSVP-Northern Virginia Lunch & Learn of 2020 features positive aging expert Steve Gurney

RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to thank  Steve Gurney, founder of the Positive Aging SourceBook, for speaking at our first RSVP Lunch and Learn of 2020, Thursday,  Jan. 9, sponsored by The Mather in Tysons, Va. Gurney is regarded as one of the  leading experts in the region on positive aging and senior living choices. Gurney’s

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RSVP-Northern Virginia to hold “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” seminar in McLean, Feb. 3

RSVP-Northern Virginia is offering a free seminar titled “The Art of Volunteering in Retirement,”  Monday, Feb. 3, 2020,  at 10:30  a.m., at the Arleigh Burke Pavilion at the  Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.   RSVP, the region’s largest volunteer network for those 55-years-old or

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MLK National Day of Service & RSVP Lunch & Learn Spotlighted in January

Click here to sign up now to volunteer with RSVP Volunteers at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2020 By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist  Happy New Year! RSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities and events for January 2020  provided by our partners and friends

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RSVP 2019 in Volunteer Images

Thank you sharing your time and talents! Today we would like to take a look back (with photos) of some of  great work you our volunteers did in 2019. These images do not represent the entire scope of your impact, just some of the amazing things you accomplished.    More about RSVP-Northern Virginia  RSVP-Northern Virginia,

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RSVP’s Hawaiian Holiday Sing-Along at Insight Memory Care

RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteers lead by Carol Leonlani Takafuji and the The Hawai‘i State Society of Washington, D.C. ʻUkulele Hui spread holiday cheer at the Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. The  event was one of RSVP’s December group service projects. The band and RSVP volunteers sang holiday carols with participants at

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Thank you RSVP volunteers for making a difference!

Photos by RSVP-Northern Virginia Volunteer Specialist Shannon White and RSVP Program Manager Brandi Morris. Thank you to our RSVP volunteers who took part in one of our December group service projects , Wednesday,  Dec. 11, 2019, at Volunteer Fairfax headquarters in the City of Fairfax. Six volunteers assembled more than 150 food power packs that

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RSVP supports Holiday Carriage rides at Reston Town Center

Photos by RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer Christine Gill RSVP would like to send a big thank you to all the RSVP’ers who volunteered at the Reston Town Center’s carriage ride event November 29.  You will have one more opportunity to help spread the holiday cheer in Reston with RSVP on the weekend of Dec. 21 and

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Senior Volunteer Jim Waller makes a difference

We are pleased to tell you that the  RSVP-Northern Virginia  podcast has returned after a short hiatus.  Our newest podcast features an interview with RSVP volunteer Jim Waller of Fairfax. To listen to RSVP’s Rob Paine interview Jim please click RSVP Volunteer Podcast.  Also featured in this podcast is Amy Tristan, volunteer and outreach coordinator

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RSVP Volunteer Opportunities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2020, in Fairfax, Arlington and in Alexandria

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Click here to sign up now to volunteer with RSVP Volunteers at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2020 RSVP-Northern Virginia, a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Arlington and Volunteer Alexandria,

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Opportunities in Northern Virginia for RSVP’ers in December and beyond

By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist  Happy Holidays!   RSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities and events for December   provided by our partners and friends for our RSVP members.   Most are one time events that we hope you will find to be  convenient, fun and provide great opportunities to

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RSVP-Northern Virginia to hold Art of Volunteering in Retirement Seminar in Alexandria, Dec. 17

RSVP-Northern Virginia is offering a free seminar titled “The Art of Volunteering in Retirement,”  Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 10:30  a.m., at the South County Government Center in the Alexandria Area of Fairfax. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.   You can register for this free event online by clicking  RSVP Dec.

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RSVP-Northern Virginia to hold Art of Volunteering Seminar in Fairfax, Dec. 5

RSVP-Northern Virginia is offering a free seminar titled “The Art of Volunteering in Retirement,”  Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2:00  p.m.,at the American Red Cross National Capital Region Building in Fairfax. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.   You can register for this free event online by clicking  RSVP Dec. 5 Art

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Have you read the November RSVP Update?

The new RSVP e-news is out! You can read it by clicking November 2019 RSVP Update This monthly newsletter will keep you up to date on everything RSVP.  It includes a Quick-Click section where you can easily sign up for an upcoming group service project or event. If you are not currently on our email

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RSVP volunteer says she gets more from volunteering than those she helps

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 once you get into it (volunteering) you can’t stop. I love interacting with

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Opportunities in Northern Virginia for RSVP’ers in November and beyond

By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist    Welcome to November! November is a  month during which we express gratitude for our veterans (Veterans Day  is Nov. 11) and then of give thanks on Thanksgiving. RSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities for November and into holiday season provided by our partners and

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Meet RSVP’s new Volunteer Specialist

RSVP-Northern Virginia is proud to introduce its new volunteer specialist, Shannon White of Alexandria. “We are excited to have Shannon on our team,” said RSVP Program Manager Brandi Morris. “She not only has a wealth of experience in volunteer recruitment and management, she also has a deep understanding of the community’s needs and the critical

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RSVP-Northern Virginia to hold Art of Volunteering Seminar in Arlington, Oct. 23

RSVP-Northern Virginia is offering a free seminar titled “The Art of Volunteering in Retirement,”  Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m., at the Capital Caring Halquist Center in Arlington. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.  You can register online now at https://conta.cc/2lYw7VG RSVP, the region’s largest volunteer network for those 55-years-old or

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Thank you volunteers for helping make the opening of the 2019 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics a success!

The 2019 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics kicked off in grand style,  Saturday, Sept. 14, in Arlington . RSVP-Northern Virginia and The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics would like to thank all of the volunteers who started arriving a little after dawn Saturday to make the NVSO’s   opening day a great success. To see more of

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RSVP volunteer innovates to help special needs students

By Rob Paine, RSVP Northern Virginia Outreach and Marketing Specialist  Lead photo by Bob Baker RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer Ken Kozloff doesn’t just enjoy leaving his comfort zone, he thrives on it. Ken Kozloff began his volunteer career before retirement. The Springfield, Va., resident who turned 72 in August, says he had no experience working with

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Volunteer opportunities still available for NVSO Opening Day and Swim meet

There is still time to register to support the largest annual senior event in the area, the 2019 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. There are about a dozen opportunities available for the NVSO’s opening day on Sept. 14 and several spots open for  its swimming event the following Friday. All volunteers will receive a free event

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Riverbend Park seeking volunteers for Virginia Native American Festival

Volunteers are needed for the annual Virginia Native American Festival held at RSVP-Northern Virginia partner Riverbend Park in Great Falls,Saturday, September 7th. It is Riverbend’s biggest event of the year and volunteer support will be essential. To volunteer, register here! https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/custom/1380/#/opp_details/179833 The park will again be providing a shuttle from Colvin Run Mill to the

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Volunteers needed at Green Spring Gardens’ Annual Fall Garden Day, Sept. 21

RSVP-Northern Virginia partner Green Spring Gardens is seeking volunteers to support the park’s annual Fall Garden Day, taking place Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. 

109-year-old NVSO medalist’s competitive spark still burns brightly

Last year Doris Woodring was the NVSO’s oldest competitor and oldest gold medal winner at 108.  She turned 109 in June and is currently honing her game to repeat her gold medal performance in Mexican Train Dominoes, September 19th, in Falls Church. Click photo for full story.

RSVP Volunteers Pack Backpacks for Local Students with RSVP Partner FACETS

  Photos by RSVP-Northern Virginia Volunteer Engagement Leader Lou Coglianese Thank you to the  two dozen RSVP volunteers who filled the halls and conference room of Volunteer Fairfax in Fairfax City Saturday morning,  packing backpacks for local school children during RSVP’s monthly group service project performed in support of RSVP partner FACETS’ Back to School

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No matter if you compete or volunteer, the NVSO has something for you

Story by Rob Paine This story originally appeared in the Senior section of the Fairfax County Times, July 26, 2019 A bocce bug leads a former Capitol policeman to six gold medals Retired U.S. Capitol policeman Nick Garito of Fairfax first caught the bocce bug at a festival in Rockville twelve years ago. Upon his

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RSVP to hold free seminar on volunteering in retirement, Aug. 14 in Alexandria

Have you just  retired or about to retire and wondering, what am I going to do with the rest of my life?  RSVP-Northern Virginia can help you find the answer.  RSVP-Northern Virginia will hold a free  seminar on volunteering in retirement at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Charles E. Beatley Library in Alexandria.The

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Remembering a Champion of the NVSO and a Gold Medal Volunteer, James Murdock MacKenzie, Jr.

RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of James MacKenzie,Jr., who passed away July 5, 2019, at the age of 65. Several staff members from RSVP as well as many of our volunteers  had the incredible good fortune and pleasure to work with Jim who was chair of

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Happy 50th Apollo 11- The Spirit Lives On

Where were you on July 20, 1969? This weekend (along with everyone)  RSVP-Northern Virginia celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the crowning achievements in history, putting a human on the moon.  During President John F. Kennedy’s famous speech at at Rice University,  September 12, 1962, when he said the U.S. would put a man

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Still a lot left to do in July with RSVP

July may be almost half over, but RSVP-Northern Virginia still has a  variety of opportunities  available for you before August begins.  In case you may have missed it,  here is a link to our July RSVP e-news . This month’s edition not only has features on the great work our volunteers have done but includes a

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Remembering Gene Campbell, 1949-2019

With heavy hearts, the staff and volunteers at RSVP-Northern Virginia, Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Arlington and Volunteer Alexandria and its partners,  sends its deepest condolences to RSVP volunteer Carol Campbell and her family and friends. Carol’s husband Gene Campbell of Alexandria,  also an RSVP volunteer,  passed away July 1, 2019, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington,

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

*EVENT CANCELLED* The RSVP “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” scheduled on Tuesday, April 14 has been cancelled. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org *EVENT CANCELLED* *EVENT CANCELLED* Contact RSVP@volunteerfairfax.org for information about future seminars or the option to receive a email video presentation. What is the “Art of Volunteering in

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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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*EVENT CANCELLED* *EVENT CANCELLED* Contact RSVP@volunteerfairfax.org for information about future seminars or the option to receive a email video presentation. *EVENT CANCELLED* RSVP has added an ADDITIONAL “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” seminar to be held THE AFTERNOON of Saturday, March 21 at Volunteer Fairfax

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 Special Saturday “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” Seminar,  on March 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Volunteer Fairfax Headquarters. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.

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Volunteers needed to help those 50+ “Living Healthy Longer” with the NVSO

RSVP-Northern Virginia  partner The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is seeking volunteers to help promote the 2020 games. For more information on the NVSO’s public relations volunteer positions and its need for an advertising coordinator, please visit http://www.rsvpnova.org or contact Shannon White at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org   The 2020 NVSO has been scheduled for September 12 through September 27,

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*EVENT CANCELLED* Contact RSVP@volunteerfairfax.org for information about future seminars or the option to receive a email video presentation *EVENT CANCELLED* Still time to sign up for “Art of Volunteering in Retirement’s first ever Saturday seminar, March 21, in Fairfax

Now that you have graduated from full time work,  do you know how you are going  to spend your time? RSVP-Northern Virginia can help. There are still open spaces for RSVP-Northern Virginia’s “The Art of Volunteering in Retirement,”  seminar,  Saturday, March 21,  at 10:00  a.m., at the headquarters of Volunteer Fairfax in Fairfax City. The one-hour

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