Opportunities in Northern Virginia for RSVP’ers in December and beyond

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By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist 

Image 296Happy Holidays!  

RSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities and events for December   provided by our partners and friends for our RSVP members.   Most are one time events that we hope you will find to be  convenient, fun and provide great opportunities to make new friends.

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 including Thursday, Dec. 5, in Fairfax and Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Alexandria.

We need you to help run the Holiday Train at Reston Town Center, Dec. 22

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Come help RSVP and Volunteers for Change (also a program of Volunteer Fairfax) by hosting carriage and train rides at Reston Town Center during the upcoming  holiday season! Help us manage the lines, collect donations, educate people about RSVP & Volunteer Fairfax and have a little holiday fun in the process! Parking is FREE!!  Spaces are filling up quickly so don’t wait to sign up for this fun volunteer event. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Train Rides at Reston Town Center:  Volunteers will manage the lines, collect donations, educate people about RSVP & Volunteer Fairfax and have a little holiday fun!

 Register to volunteer now for this event by visiting  Reston Holiday Event

The American Red Cross, a partner of RSVP, has a great one-day volunteer event this weekend (Dec. 14) in Alexandria!


The American Red Cross of the National Capital Region is looking for volunteers to support the Sound the Alarm rally at the Watergate at Landmark Condominiums on Saturday, December 14th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Volunteers will visit condominiums to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and share home fire safety education materials.

  • Quick registration link below
  • Training provided the day of event
  • Great for groups and families
  • Youth 13-17 years old can participate in home visits but must be accompanied by at least one background-checked adult and their parent/legal guardian or an affiliated adult (such as a Boy/Girl Scout troop leader, faith leader, Red Cross Club Coordinator, teacher, adult sibling, etc.) with permission from the youth’s parent/legal guardian. Parents, legal guardians or the affiliated adult are responsible for their youth

Please ask your family, friends and colleagues to volunteer and register as this event is open to everyone.  You MUST register to volunteer for this event. Please visit home fire safety  event sign up  to complete your volunteer registration and to see location details:

This is an indoor event so dress appropriately.  Please wear comfortable shoes and all coats can be left in our meeting room.  Breakfast, snacks and water will be provided.

A few hours of your time can make a life-saving difference to families facing a home fire emergency.

For additional information, please contact Pikkwan Boston, Volunteer Recruitment Specialist, The American Red Cross, National Capital Region  at Pikkwan.Boston2@redcross.org

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Holiday Caroling at Insight Memory Care in Fairfax

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Help spread holiday cheer with RSVP at Insight Memory Care Center, Dec. 18 : Sing your hearts out for the center’s clients

When: Dec. 18, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where :Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
Sign up online at Holiday Caroling at Insight Memory Care or by calling RSVP at 703-403-5360
Screen Shot 2019-11-25 at 11.38.18 AMSpecial Request : In addition to carolers (no experience needed) we are seeking a pianist and a leader caroler, if you have any background in music and would like to fill these critical roles, please contact Brandi at bmorris@volunteerfairfax.org
Insight is a nonprofit adult day health and resource center providing specialized care, support, and education for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments, their families, caregivers, and the community.
This event is currently filled for volunteers though you can have your name placed on a waiting list. 

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For additional holiday volunteer opportunities, please download our annual RSVP Holiday Volunteering Guide by clicking 2019 RSVP Holiday Volunteering

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact RSVP Volunteer Specialist Shannon White at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org


Love nature? Become a volunteer Roving Trail Naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park


Huntley Meadows Park, part of the Fairfax County Park Authority,  is  beginning to recruit for its new Roving Trail Naturalist volunteer positions. The volunteer Roving Trail Naturalists will be out on the park’s trails and boardwalks for several hours at a time with bio-facts, binoculars or scopes and will be engaging visitors with current events and wildlife sightings in the wetland.

A full description can be found at Huntley Meadows Park Volunteer Opportunities. 

For more information please contact  Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Halley Johnson at 703-768-2525.

Free Focus on Fire Safety session to be held Dec. 9 at Sherwood Regional.

To sign up or to get more info please email Info@MountVernonAtHome.org

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Opportunities through Volunteer Alexandria

It’s getting cold and the stores already remind us that the holidays are just around the corner. For most families, this is a time of cheer; but for some, this is a season of worry and sadness because funds aren’t even available for basic needs such as heating.
There are many opportunities in Alexandria  to get help those in need and we encourage you and your family to find ways that make sense for you. Whether you donate needed food, clothing or toys to a family or individual, contribute funds to a cause, or volunteer your time, your support makes a difference. Current Volunteer Opportunities can be found online.
Make this season a season of giving and contributing to our community
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Volunteer at Fairfax County Park Authority’s  Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens, (Green Spring’s Historic Site is shown in photo at top of post) has many volunteer opportunities available. Those opportunities include:

For more information please contact, Loredana Calin, the parks’ volunteer coordinator, at 703-642-5173 or you can email her at Loredana.Calin@fairfaxcounty.gov

New Hope Housing Urgent Volunteer Need

image.pngThe First Christian Church on Leesburg Pike runs a drop-in program for those in need every Thursday from about 9am-2pm. It’s called Safe Haven and New Hope Housing collaborates with the church to put it on.

Safe Haven has a need for more volunteers to help out in the kitchen and with their clothing closet. It is a good group of people with a very friendly, service-oriented atmosphere. To volunteer with this project, please contact Leo Patrician at lpatrician@newhopehousing.org

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. S

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 Shannon at 703-403-5360.  RSVP-Northern Virginia is a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington.

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