Volunteer Opportunities in Northern Virginia for RSVP’ers in October 2019 and beyond

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By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist Welcome to September (a few days early)!
We hope you had a great summer!

2DE71C65-0E61-481C-9EB4-80F55141FF95.jpegRSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities for  September and a little beyond  provided by our partners and friends. Most are one time events that we hope you will find convenient, fun and great opportunities to meet great people. 

Not a member of RSVP-Northern Virginia yet? If you are 55 or better, please visit www.rsvpnova.org  to find a schedule of our upcoming free volunteer info sessions. Click on the date here that  you like and you will be redirected  to a sign up page. We have scheduled two info sessions for September  : Thursday, Sept. 5, in Burke, Va. and Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Reston. 

We still have some volunteer spots open for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

Image 218 copyRSVP-Northern Virginia is proud to again be the official volunteer provider of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

This year’s NVSO held at more than two-dozen venues across Northern Virginia will depend on more than 125 volunteers to be a success. The games kick off Saturday, Sept. 14 and wrap up two weeks later, Sept. 28.

There are still volunteers spots that need to be filled at various events. For complete information on NVSO2019  and the easy to follow sign up link please visit our special NVSO page on the RSVP website at RSVP NVSO2019  Please remember, volunteering with the NVSO is a family affair. Volunteers as young as 16 can sign up to help at the games. You can also contact Brandi Morris at 703-403-5360 to learn more and sign up.

All volunteers 50 or better can also compete in the games. Registration for competitors ends on Aug. 31. To sign up to compete please visit http://www.nvso.us

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. 

Green Spring is seeking help with parking, greeting and counting visitors.

RWP_2312To sign up for any of these  volunteer opportunities at Green Spring, please email  Susan Eggerton, Visitor Services Manager, Green Spring Gardens, at Susan.Eggerton@fairfaxcounty.gov or email the park’s volunteer coordinator  Ralph Weitz  at Ralph.Weitz@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The park is located at 4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia

Below is a full list of the volunteers openings at the event Sept. 21 : 

Parking 7:30am-9:00am (7 volunteers needed).  Direct visitors to parking spaces. You must be over 18

Parking 9:00am-11:00am (7 volunteers needed). Direct visitors to parking spaces. You must be over 18.

Parking 11:00am-1:00pm (5 volunteers needed)  Direct visitors to parking spaces. You must be over 18.

Parking 1:00pm-3:00pm (4 volunteers needed).  Direct visitors to parking spaces. You must be over 18.

About Green Spring Gardens


(Taken from the Green Spring website) Green Spring Gardens, a Fairfax County Park Authority park,  is  a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener.

It’s an outdoor classroom, a museum, and a national historic site.  The park has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, a plant shop, two gift shops, a historic house, and a horticultural reference library.

The gardens and educational programs focus on practical landscaping techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metro area.  Park grounds are open from dawn to dusk.

For more on Green Spring please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring

Volunteers needed for to support Cornerstones’s Financial Literacy initiative


Volunteers in this program must commit to meeting with their mentee family twice a month from August to June. One of those dates per month is during the night classes that happen at our main office (11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston, VA 20190) from 6:00 to 8:30pm. The other date is a coordinated meeting with the volunteer and the mentee outside of the class and this can be done based on their personal schedule.

Here are the dates for the class: August 19th 2019, September 9th 2019, October 7th 2019, November 4th 2019, December 2nd 2019, January 6th 2020, January 13th 2020, February 3rd 2020, March 2nd 2020, April 6th 2020, May 4th 2020, June 1st 2020. For more information contact Joan Wise (Self-Sufficiency Manager)  at Cornerstones at 571-323-9555.

United Community seeking volunteer intern at its main office

imageUnited Community is seeking a volunteer to support its main office front desk. The front desk is responsible for handling incoming calls, greeting clients, and managing their movement through the appropriate process, greeting visitors/volunteers/donors, and maintaining the reception area.

Duration: 16-24 hours a week, flexible start date

Must be able to work nights until 7:30pm twice a weekPosition: Reporting directly Front Desk Administrative Associate,

To apply, please submit your resume to United Community’s Volunteer Coordinator, Shannon White, via email at shannon.white@ucmagency.org
For more information  please contact Shannon White, Volunteer & Development Administrative Coordinator at United Community 
at 571.255.8993 or email Shannon at  shannon.white@ucmagency.or

APAH seeking volunteers for Admin help

apah-logoArlington Partnership for Affordable Housing is seeking a volunteer for  weekly assistance-admin and office Help:

One of APAH’s resident services coordinators is looking for 2-4 hours of weekly assistance with tasks related to resident services programming.

Tasks include flyer distribution (involves walking in and out of buildings in all weather, climbing stairs), data entry, and other support services as needed. Service would be at Columbia Hills Apartments, 1000 S Frederick Street, 22204.

Preferred days: Tues, Wed or Thursday. Days and shift time will be coordinated by the volunteer and the APAH staff manager

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Julie Booth at jbooth@apah.org

Capital Caring seeks volunteers for Tuck-In Call 

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Capital Caring is in need of volunteers who would like to call patients or caregivers as part of our Tuck-In Call program. This is calling and asking if they have enough supplies, answering questions and lending some verbal support.

It is every Wednesday and Thursday, they can choose one day if they wish from about 10:00 to 2:00, depending on when the calls are completed.

If interested please contact   Ilene Thorman, Volunteer Services Coordinator at703-712-4870 or email ithorman@capitalcaring.org

Celebrate VolunteerFest with RSVP, Oct. 26

Come join us for a VolunteerFest project at United Community! We will be helping with their monthly Mobile Market Fresh Produce Distribution. Volunteer tasks include stocking, organizing, and distributing fruit and vegetables, as well as help clients “shop”.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

Where : United Community, 7511 Fordson Road, Alexandria, VA 22306

Sign up now by visiting RSVP and VolunteerFest sign up


More about RSVP-Northern Virginia 


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 http://www.rsvpnova.org or call Brandi at 703-403-5360.  RSVP-Northern Virginia is a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington.

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