Happy 50th Apollo 11- The Spirit Lives On

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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 on the moon before the end of the decade, he also said :

“Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? … We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

More than a half century later President Kennedy’s words ring true especially as they relate to the volunteer movement in our country.

We are so proud and thankful for every one of our RSVP volunteers  who share their time and incredible  talents  to help tackle some of our community’s biggest challenges and help neighbors “climb the highest mountain.”

Whether is it helping someone down on their luck find a home or a new job, whether it is preparing  folks new to this country prepare for citizenship exams or of it is volunteering with the local Senior Olympics to help fellow seniors  live healthy longer,  volunteerism to borrow  Kennedy’s words serves to ” organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.”

Thank you RSVP volunteers for everything you do!

More about RSVP Northern Virginia 

RSVP Northern Virginia, the largest volunteer group for seniors and retirees in the region,  offers more than 300 meaningful opportunities that include helping seniors age in place, assisting local veterans, and helping prepare communities for disasters. RSVP also recruits volunteers for various community events including the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics for which RSVP is currently seeking volunteers.

facebook why do they rsvpRSVP volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage and meal reimbursement and are invited to volunteer group projects and social gatherings.

To sign up for an upcoming free RSVP seminar on senior volunteering please email RSVP Volunteer Specialist Brandi Morris  at bmorris@volunteerfairfax.org or call RSVP at 703-403-5360. To learn more about RSVP, please visit www.rsvpnova.org.  RSVP Northern  Virginia is program of Volunteer Fairfax,   Volunteer Arlington and Volunteer Alexandria.


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