RSVP welcomes its newest partner : The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna

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RSVP-Northern Virginia is happy to welcome its newest nonprofit partner, The  Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna. For a brief overview of the SCOV, please watch the video above. 

SCOV logo hi int GIFThe Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna is a volunteer-based organization that has been dedicated to providing life-enriching services to mature adults in the community since 1997. Through a wide variety of programs, volunteers and a small staff strive to help our older population seek fulfilling lives and live independently in their homes as long as possible. Similar to the other Shepherd’s Centers RSVP partners with, The SCOV helps seniors “age in place.”

The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna states its vision is “A World Without Loneliness.”

The group has a variety of volunteer opportunities that are listed below,  according to Rema Smith, The SCOV’s volunteer community manager. The group’s service area includes
Oakton, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, Dunn Loring, Merrifield and parts of Fairfax.

For more information on volunteering with The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, please contact Rema Smith  at or you can call Rema at   703-281-0538.

Rema did a wonderful job of introducing our newest volunteers to SCOV during our recent RSVP info session at The American Red Cross in July. She has  been invited to present at our next free info session for new volunteers in Reston scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24.

If you are new to RSVP, are 55 or better and would like to register for an upcoming free RSVP seminar on volunteering in retirement, please visit www. today. 

RSVP volunteers who are medical and companion drivers with the SCOV can be reimbursed for up to $20 in mileage by RSVP each month 

Current Volunteer Opportunities at The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna 

Medical and Companion Driver –To provide older adults with necessary transportation to medical-related appointments, such as to a doctor’s office, physical therapy, chemotherapy, etc.

Sample companion transportation services may include: grocery shopping, hairdresser appointments, rides to the library, the bank, or to select Shepherd’s Center functions.

Drivers provide transportation and/or accompany clients to desired destinations and errands (non-medical).   

RSVP volunteers who are medical and companion drivers with the SCOV can be reimbursed for up to $20 in mileage by RSVP each month when they file a volunteer time sheet with recorded miles to RSVP

Handy Helpers –To provide home assistance in various areas such as: small home repairs and minor installations (basic carpentry, minor painting, installing grab bars, etc.); and basic record-keeping, filing, organizing medical bills and insurance forms.

Friendly Callers –To make regular telephone calls to those older adults who live alone, may have limited contact with others and may need some social interaction.

Veterans Initiative –A new Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna pilot program seeking volunteers who are veterans to contact other veterans via phone.  For more information, contact Tom Portman, Veterans Initiative Chair via email

Friendly Visitors –Provide companionship, conversation, reading (for visually impaired) and contact with the community to minimize the sense of isolation.  Volunteers will also alert the SCOV office to any additional services that may be helpful to the client as well as changes in the elder’s physical or emotional condition, so that professional follow-up can be provided as needed.

Office Volunteers- To answer the office phones and assist clients with service requests and other information; to enter all transportation requests in the Ride Scheduler computer program; to enter; to coordinate client requests for services with appropriate volunteers; to fill out paper work required for client requests; to provide information and referrals as needed; and to assist the Volunteer Coordinator when needed.

Decluttering Assistance- Our goal is to help an individual determine effective and less stressful ways to reach personal decluttering/downsizing goals.

More about RSVP-Northern Virginia 

thank you green spring

RSVP-Northern Virginia, the largest volunteer group for seniors and retirees in the region,  offers more than 300 meaningful, fun and social  opportunities that include helping seniors age in place, assisting local food pantries, supporting local parks and teaching financial literacy.

RSVP also recruits volunteers for various community events including the annual Northern Virginia Senior Olympics taking place Sept. 14-28. Several of RSVP’s nonprofit partners offer opportunities in the Alexandria Area including New Hope Housing, Green Spring Gardens, United Community (Formerly UCM Alexandria) and Huntley Meadow Park.

RSVP volunteers have more than 300 opportunities to choose from including supporting the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics each September.
RSVP volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage and meal reimbursement and are also invited to monthly volunteer group service projects, free training and enrichment classes and social gatherings.

To learn more about RSVP, please visit RSVP-Northern Virginia is a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington.

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