Positive aging starts with volunteering in retirement with RSVP on MLK Day 2020

Realizing the Dream : A seminar on the “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Photos and story by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia  RSVP-Northern Virginia is proud to again celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals and vision for public service during a special volunteer orientation titled “Realizing the Dream : Volunteering in

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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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RSVP on the Radio with an NVSO Gold Medalist Listen to it here!

In case you were not up early Sunday morning listening to iHeart’s radio’s great line up of community programming, here is your chance to listen to a replay of the show that features  Nick Garito, a gold medalist with the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics and RSVP’s and the NVSO’s Rob Paine being interviewed by Bernie

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Find Out Why Volunteering and the Senior Games Go Hand in Hand

RSVP-Northern Virginia and The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics are again partnering to offer Northern Virginia seniors an outstanding opportunity to make new friends and stay both mentally and physically active while inspiring others to lead a healthy lifestyle. RSVP volunteer and NVSO gold medal diver Carol Mackela is featured in a new Fairfax County Channel

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Volunteers needed for full-scale emergency exercise in Burke, July 19

Want to see public health emergency response in action and help your community? Want to see public health emergency response in action and help your community? Volunteer to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack. To

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RSVP Podcast : RSVP Volunteer Mike McLaughlin : Making a difference at the NVSO

In our newest RSVP podcast, RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer Mike McLaughlin of Fairfax Station, VA., talks with Rob Paine of RSVP about how RSVP helped him make the transition from the corporate world to volunteering in retirement. Photos and story by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia To listen to short RSVP podcast featuring Mike talking with Rob

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Free RSVP Seminar on Volunteering in Retirement, July 16, at The Red Cross

RSVP-Northern Virginia will hold a seminar on volunteering in retirement, Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m., at the American Red Cross National Capital Region office in Fairfax. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.   To sign up for the July 16 info session, you can sign up online by clicking July 16

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RSVP Volunteers Help Green Spring Shine for its big day in the sun

Seventeen enthusiastic and energetic  RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteers hit the ground digging Thursday morning, June 6, at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Green Spring Gardens Park, located between Annandale and Alexandria in Fairfax County. Story & photos by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia Outreach and Marketing Specialist The volunteers spent  three hours clearing brush and weeds from

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2019 RSVP Volunteer Recognition Picnic

RSVP honored its volunteers on Tuesday at the beautiful Burke Lake Park where RSVP held its annual Volunteer Recognition event. Thirty volunteers who donated a grand total of 4,000 hours of their time and talents over the past 12 months were recognized with The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Congratulations to all of our President’s Volunteer

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OLLI Volunteers : Giving back by taking photos

RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to congratulate the OLLI-Mason photo club for winning the Adult Volunteer Group Award during the 2019 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards breakfast held, Wednesday, April 24, in Springfield. The Photography Club at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University  provides free services to nonprofit  community organizations and events

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Shelley Brosnan : A Champion of Volunteerism

Photos and story by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia  You don’t have to sell Shelley Brosnan on the concept that volunteers make a difference. She’s seen it first-hand. Shortly after becoming a member of RSVP-Northern Virginia three years ago, the retired senior business administrator was staffing an outreach table at the annual 50+ Expo held in

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Please welcome our newest RSVP Partner : The American Red Cross of the National Capital Region

RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to welcome The American Red Cross of the National Capital Region as its newest work station partner! Based in Merrifield, Va., The American Red Cross of the National Capital Region offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to RSVP members including those that support the Red Cross’ disaster response work, its administrative

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RSVP-Northern Virginia at OLLI-Mason

RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to thank all of the members of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University who attended “The Value and Benefits of Volunteering in Retirement” held last Friday at OLLI’s Tallwood campus in Fairfax. This special seminar hosted at OLLI-Mason was a joint project produced by RSVP-Northern Virginia and Fairfax

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Arlington’s Beverly Ritz : Why She RSVP’s

Story and Photos by Rob Paine, staff, RSVP-Northern Virginia When Beverly Ritz retired, she says, “I found I needed something, I need to do something.” Throughout her career, working most recently with Delta Airlines, the Arlington resident  discovered she enjoyed working with seniors, but beyond work and raising a family, “there just did not seem

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Volunteering with Mason Music and Memory

Welcome to our newest RSVP-Northern Virginia podcast featuring an interview with Kristen Suthers Rumrill, PhD, MPH, (shown in photo above)  who is the project coordinator for the Mason Music and Memory  Initiative at George Mason University in Fairfax. You can listen to the entire podcast by clicking here. The goal of the  Mason Music & Memory

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RSVP & Giant teaming up in Arlington, March 26

Photos and story by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia  RSVP-Northern Virginia is partnering with the Giant at Penrose Square in Arlington, to present a free nutrition seminar for seniors, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The store is located at 2501 9th Road South, Arlington, VA, 22204. Free parking is available.   RSVP (Retired and Senior

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Help JA spread financial literacy at Finance Park ; Several volunteer shifts available in January and in February

It’s back to school at JA Finance Park in Fairfax this month. Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, has just released its list of volunteer openings for January and February at Finance Park, conveniently located in Central Fairfax. If you have not been to Finance Park, prepared

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RSVP-Northern Virginia Lunch and Learn features senior living expert Steve Gurney, Jan. 9, at The Mather in Tysons

  Spaces are still available for special RSVP Lunch & Learn, Jan. 9, sponsored by The Mather in Tysons Corner with Steve Gurney, founder of the Positive Aging SourceBook Pre-registration is required for this event. For complete  information on this event and to register, please visit  RSVP Lunch and Learn Have questions about what is trending

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Variety of opportunities in store for RSVP’ers in January

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 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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Happy New Year from RSVP-Northern Virginia

The staff of RSVP-Northern Virginia  would like to wish all of its volunteers, sponsors and partners a very happy and safe 2020! We are very grateful for all our wonderful volunteers who donate their  time and talents every year! Thank you and we look forward to sharing an exciting 2020 with you! More about RSVP-Northern

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