Story by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), the region’s largest volunteer network for people 55-years-old and better, is the official volunteer partner of the NVSO, the largest annual senior competition in Northern Virginia. The 90-minute event is free and open to the public.
Volunteers are sought to support the 2019 NVSO games in a variety of critical as well as creative roles ranging from running the nonprofit’s website to designing its tee shirts and posters. For a complete list of NVSO board volunteer needs, please visit NVSO volunteer opportunities.
This free session will be held in the Oak Room at Oak Marr RECenter, located at 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton, VA 22124. Oak Marr is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Representatives from RSVP, NVSO and Oak Marr will speak about their various opportunities.
In conjunction with this special event, Oak Marr RECenter is hosting a photo exhibit thru Feb 1, showcasing the work taken by the RSVP Volunteer Photo Corp during the 2018 games. This group, consisting of more than a dozen photographers from the photo club at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, covered dozens of NVSO events. To hear one of our volunteer photographers John Nash talk about being a volunteer photographer at the NVSO check out the video below!
RSVP provides personalized support to seniors who are seeking their ideal service opportunities in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.
The NVSO, held each September since 1982, includes participants and volunteers from Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun and Fauquier counties and from the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. The 2018 games attracted nearly 900 competitors.
In addition to the NVSO, RSVP offers more than 200 other meaningful volunteer opportunities that include helping seniors age in place, assisting local food pantries, and teaching financial literacy. RSVP volunteers also support the work of the Fairfax County Park Authority.
RSVP volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage and meal reimbursement and are invited to volunteer group service projects and social gatherings.
To sign up for the Jan. 29th orientation, email RSVP Volunteer Specialist Carly Hubicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call RSVP at 703-403-5360. To learn more about RSVP, please visit http://www.rsvpnova.org. RSVP-Northern Virginia is a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington.
The staff of RSVP Northern Virginia would like to thank Jane H. Anzilotti, Volunteer Manager at Oak Marr RECenter, for her work which made this exhibit and volunteer info session possible.
More about the RSVP Volunteer Photography Corps from the OLLI GMU photo club
Members of the RSVP Volunteer Photography Corps first met with RSVP marketing and outreach specialist (and professional photographer) Rob Paine and RSVP volunteer specialist Carly Hubicki in early July for an orientation and briefing on sports photography and the photography needs of RSVP and of the NVSO. The group met again in August and then in September to prepare for the start of the NVSO.
“All of these volunteers did amazing work,” Rob says. “I think everyone associated with the NVSO is going to be thrilled with these photos.”
“The poor weather in September had a major impact on our schedule this year but these folks were always flexible and tried to fill in at the events on their new dates,” Rob says.
There was only one major event not covered by a photographer and that was after it had been rescheduled several times due to weather and less than ideal field conditions.
Thanks to our volunteer photographers, several events normally not covered included photographers resulting in a much more inclusive photo report.
Rob says he hopes the RSVP Volunteer Photography Corps will continue to be active covering other RSVP, NVSO and Volunteer Fairfax events, including the upcoming VolunteerFest 2018, presented by AT&T and powered by Volunteer Fairfax. VolunteerFest 2018 includes more than 40 community projects taking place Oct. 20-28. Registration is ongoing at http://www.volunteerfest2018.org thru Oct 19th.
For more information on the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, please visit olli.gmu.edu
There are so many photos of the competitors, volunteers and sponsors, we have divided the photos into two galleries that can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
Please note while these photos can be downloaded and shared, they are for personal use only. None of these images can be sold or used for any commercial purpose without the written consent of the image’s photographer, the subject (s) of the photo and of the NVSO and RSVP Northern Virginia.