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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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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Food Distribution Event on Nov 19-20 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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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, & Committee & Board Members

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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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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