RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer opportunities springs eternal in March

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By Rob Paine, RSVP Marketing and Outreach Specialist 

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RSVP-Northern Virginia has put together list of volunteer opportunities and events for March 2020  available through RSVP,  our partners and friends .  Many are one time events that we hope you will find to be  convenient, fun and provide great opportunities to make new friends. Others are more long term.

Please remember, whether you are volunteering for one of our partners or at one of our RSVP monthly group service projects, please always include the hours you volunteer on your monthly time reports.  It makes a big difference. Thank You!

Not a member of RSVP-Northern Virginia yet? If you are 55 or better, please visit  to find a schedule of our upcoming free volunteer info sessions including  March 12 in Oakton and on first-ever Saturday session, March 21, in Fairfax City and Volunteer Fairfax and RSVP headquarters.  

RSVP March Group Service Project

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Welcome Home Vietnam Vets  RSVP Monthly Group Service Project for March, Monday, March 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Capital Caring Alexandria

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Please join us for our monthly group service where we will be helping Capital Caring Health prepare for their “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Program.” We will be making blankets for Vets, “Welcome Home” posters, and putting together programs for the event. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!

For complete event info and to sign up please click Welcome Home Vets Group Service Project

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RSVP April Group Service Project, JA Finance Park, Fairfax, April 15

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Celebrate the federal income tax filing deadline day with RSVP,  April 15, 2020, by volunteering at  JA Finance Park in Central Fairfax to help eighth graders from across Fairfax County learn financial literacy. For complete details and to register for this fun project visit JA Finance Park Group Service Project.

RSVP seeking volunteers to serve on committees that support special events


Are you a planner or someone who enjoys organizing events?

Would you like to get more involved with RSVP-Northern Virginia?

RSVP is looking for volunteers to join five special committees that will help build our program and better engage our members. If you are interested in helping shape RSVP in 2020, consider joining one or more  of the following committees:

Lunch & learn committee (planning and supporting 2-4  events a year): help plan social events featuring guest speakers who will provide helpful information for seniors and retirees. Committee commitments TBD/no events scheduled. 2-4 Volunteers needed.

Meet & greet committee  (planning and supporting 2 events a year): help  plan and facilitate social events that incorporate activities and/or service elements benefitting our nonprofit partners. Committee commitments TBD/no events scheduled. 2-4 Volunteers needed.

Volunteer fair committee  (planning and supporting 1 event a year): help plan an event for active and prospective volunteers to come and learn more about our nonprofit partners. Committee commitments TBD. 4-6 Volunteers needed.

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (helping mobilize volunteers for two-week event in September ): help recruit and manage volunteers for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Committee will do the majority of its work in July, August and September.  4-6 Volunteers needed.

If you are interested in joining any of these committees Please email RSVP Program Manager, Brandi Morris, at

Screen Shot 2020-02-26 at 2.59.54 PMAll active RSVP volunteers are cordially invited to RSVP’s annual “Thank you Volunteers” luncheon, Thursday, April 16, 2020, 11 am to 1pm King of Kings Lutheran Church, 4025 Kings Way, Fairfax, VA, 22033. Visit RSVP Thank you to sign up or call 703-403-5360


New Hope Housing Seeking Volunteer to support Operation Storm Shield Program

Title: Operation Storm Shield Program Assistant
Program: Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter (EUKS) and Bailey’s Shelter and Supportive Housing (BSSH) Reports to: Workforce Development Manager and Stormwater Cleanup Supervisor

Description of Role: New Hope Housing has partnered with Fairfax County’s Stormwater Planning Division to provide litter clean up at identified sites throughout Fairfax County to help keep our community clean.

 We are in search of a volunteer to assist staff with the daily operations of the program, providing support to the onsite supervisor as the group often needs to split up to complete their clean ups. Please note this is a volunteer, not a paid, position.

Requirements: New volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation and interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. There will also be a training with the Workforce Development Manager. Volunteers must also have signed Confidentiality, Liability, and Photo release forms on file with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Location: EUKS, 9155 Richmond Hwy, Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and BSSH, 5194 Seminary Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041, on Wednesdays and Fridays

For  more information on this volunteer opportunity, please contact Sami Smyth, Manager of Volunteer Programs at New Hope Housing at


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Please share the news with your friends who are not RSVP’ers yet and are seeking a fun  and meaningful way to make a difference that we are holding our first-ever Saturday “Art of Volunteering in Retirement” seminar, March 21, at our home base at Volunteer Fairfax in Fairfax City. Call Shannon at 703-403-5360 to sign up  or ask them to sign up online at


Opportunities with  Fairfax County Volunteer Solutions

imageFairfax County Volunteer Solutions has a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Please see a list of current needs below

  • Medical Appointment Drivers
  • Male respite companion – Saturdays -(Burke) to read to 87-yr-old man from India.
  • A female in Fairfax , near Government Center, in her 70’s would like some one to grocery shop for her. More info to come next week.
  • A female in her 80’s in Fairfax City would like a friendly visitor once a week.

Volunteer Solutions also has a wide array of volunteer opportunities at Fairfax County’s Senior and Adult Day Care Centers including 

Little River Glen Senior Center (4001 Barker Ct, Fairfax)–Flexible schedules

Pimmit Hills Senior Center (7510 Lisle Ave., Falls Church 22043)

 Sully Senior Center (14426 Albemarle Point Pl, Chantilly, VA 20151) and 

 Wakefield Senior Center (8100 Braddock Road, Annandale)

For more information on volunteering with Volunteer Solutions via RSVP, please contact Shannon at 703-403-5360.




The  Fairfax County Department of Family Services – Prevention Program is seeking volunteers for its Body Safety Program.

Volunteers supporting this program will teach children safety rules and deliver the Speak Up Be Safe curriculum to children from pre-school to 6th grade in Fairfax County Schools in their classrooms and in county community centers. To volunteer please contact Francesca Watson at   

Love nature? Volunteer to be a Roving Trail Naturalist at Huntley Meadows

v8thdvW-0sizeoriginalHuntley 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.

To learn more about volunteering at Huntley Meadows from a past RSVP Volunteer of the Year Celia Boertlein  click here

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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 the parks’ volunteer coordinator, at 703-642-5173.

South Run RECenter seeking volunteers


Opportunities include :

Landscaper. – Help prepare flower beds for planting, assist site manager with ordering plants and flowers, mulch flower beds to maintain ground moisture, remove dead plants or flowers, weed flower beds, water and help winterize and clean out flower beds as necessary.  Light to heavy lifting.

Front Desk Associate–  Greet the public and orient them to the facility, inform visitors about site rules and programs, check user passes, answer phone calls and inquiries, assist with programs and projects as needed, help to take care of the front desk equipment and working area, and may handle sales of passes and/or other site specific items.

To learn about other volunteer opportunities at South Run, please contact Kurt Lauer, the volunteer coordinator at South Run at 703 866-0566

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.

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 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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