RSVP Supports 2020 MLK National Day of Service

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RSVP-Northern Virginia  took part in Martin Luther King Jr .National Day of Service events organized by both Volunteer Fairfax and Volunteer Arlington, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020,  making it “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

Photos and story by Rob Paine, RSVP-Northern Virginia (except where noted)

RSVP would like to thank all of our volunteers who supported this special day that celebrates Martin Luther King’ Jr.’s  ideals on and vision for community service.

RSVP-Northern Virginia is a program of Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Arlington and Volunteer Alexandria.

Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together


Hundreds of local children and their families gathered at The Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax,  Monday, to take part in  Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together 2020:  A Family Volunteer Day.

To see an expanded gallery of  photos from Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together, please see below. 

To sign up for an upcoming RSVP “Art of Volunteering in Retirement ” seminar, please visit or call  RSVP Volunteer Specialist Shannon White at RSVP at 703-403-5360.

The family-friendly multi-generational service event featured  projects held in support of several nonprofit and agency partners of Volunteer Fairfax and RSVP-Northern Virginia including  Food For Others, The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Capital Caring and Volunteer Fairfax.

RSVP volunteers helped sign in volunteers and worked in support of several of the project stations during the day.


Young volunteers  and their families attending the event packed emergency food kits to be distributed by Food For Others; made seed pots with Hidden Oak Natures Center; made fleece lap blankets for veterans that will be distributed by Capital Caring;  created cat adoption kits in a project organized by Kids Give Back and made Valentine’s at a project run by JCC.

RSVP members  taking part in Give Together included Fred and Debbie Esposito, Shelley Brosnan, Elizabeth Quinn, Sally Storr, Ken Kozloff, Barbara Small, and Carlee Metcalfe.

Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 12.44.51 PM6VMVLHQ-0SIZEORIGINALOther Volunteer Fairfax members that ran projects at the event held to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s ideals on public service included Kids Give Back, JCC, and the Educational and Charitable Foundation.

RWP_0769RSVP-Northern Virginia Program Manager Brandi Morris and the program’s marketing and outreach specialist Rob Paine also took part, assisting the staff of Volunteer Fairfax that organized and ran the wide-encompassing day of volunteerism.

Volunteer Arlington MLK Day of Service

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Volunteers from REEP (Arlington Education and Employment Program in Arlington)  speak to prospective RSVP recruits during a special RSVP new volunteer seminar and service project, Monday, Jan. 20 , Arlington. (Photo by Shannon White/RSVP)

As part of Volunteer Arlington’s MLK Day of Service : “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” RSVP held a special seminar titled “Realizing the Dream : Volunteering in the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.” for new RSVP’ers in Arlington.

The seminar, run by RSVP-Northern Virginia Program Manager Brandi Morris and RSVP Volunteer Specialist Shannon White  also featured two service projects, clipping coupons for “Coups for Troops” and making Valentine’s Day cards for local seniors.

Volunteers from RSVP partners REEP ( Arlington Education and Employment Program in Arlington) and Julie Booth from RSVP partner  APAH spoke about their group’s volunteer needs.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to Volunteer Arlington for including  RSVP in this popular annual event.

Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation on MLK Day

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RSVP was also represented at Tinner Hill Foundation’s MLK “Opportunity to Serve” showcase in Falls Church, Monday. 

Thank you to Lou Coglianese, one of RSVP’s volunteer leaders, who ran a table at the event, handing out literature and sharing info on RSVP,  the largest volunteer program for seniors in the region.

Thank you Tinner Hill for including RSVP in this annual event.

Images from Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together 2020



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 volunteer 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 Northern Viriginia Senior Olympics.

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. 

To sign up for an upcoming RSVP “Art of Volunteering in Retirement ” seminar, please visit or call Shannon at RSVP at 703-403-5360.

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