RSVP-Northern Virginia Newsletter
December 2017
In This Issue:
The newsletter will now be available on our website at www.rsvpnova.org for easy access!


We need you to invite a friend!
NovemberGSPDecember Group Service Projec t

We are still in need of volunteers for the Reston Train Rides! Volunteers will help manage the line, collect donations, and educate customers about RSVP. Click here to sign up for the various shifts.

When:  Sunday, December 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:  Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190

RSVP Holiday Guide

Check out all of the holiday volunteering opportunities from now until January in the RSVP Holiday Guide !

Annual Holiday Community Toy Drive

Volunteer Alexandria and the Alexandria City Department of Community and Human Services are running the 27th Annual Holiday Community Toy Drive that will serve approximately 350 families and 800 children. Volunteers are needed to unload, sort, and inventory toys. Volunteers are also needed to assist parents in selecting toys for their children. Spanish translators are needed to escort parents. Click here to see all of the shifts and to sign up!

When: Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16
Where: Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria (exact address will be sent to you once you sign up)

Junior Achievement Finance Park

Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, needs more volunteers for a few dates in December at Finance Park.  The total time commitment is 5 hours, including a 1-hour training the morning of your scheduled volunteer day.  You will use your training knowledge to guide students through different phases of the day, which simulate real-world budgeting decisions, spending research, and bill payment.  As you guide students through the digital simulation, you'll share your own life experiences and help them walk a day in your shoes. You bring the program to life.  No financial experience necessary!  Contact RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Carly Hubicki, at chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-403-5360 to sign up!

When:  Monday, December 4 from 8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
            Friday, December 8 from 8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
            Wednesday, December 13 from 8:35 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
            Thursday, December 14 from 8:35 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Where: 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032

Volunteer Fairfax - Give Together

Volunteer Fairfax is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as event leaders on January 15, 2017 for its annual Give Together event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Volunteers will perform an assortment of tasks that include but are not limited to: event set up/take down, registration, project station support, and greeters. If you are interested in participating, please go here to sign up.  
 
When: Monday, January 15, 2017. Shift A: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Shift B: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031

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RSVP Lunch & Learn Close Up


The benefits of being an RSVP Northern Virginia volunteer are numerous.  You are sharing your time, experience, and talents to improve the lives of others. You get to meet other like-minded volunteers and make new friends.
 
What you might not know is that volunteering can help maintain your health!
 
According to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service on the health benefits of volunteering, "t hose who engage in volunteer activities are less likely to suffer from ill health later in life and may be introduced into a positive reinforcing cycle of good health and future volunteering."
 
Thanks to a grant by Inova Health System, RSVP Northern Virginia will hold two free Lunch & Learn programs in December on community service and the health benefits of volunteering for prospective and current RSVP volunteers.
 
They will be held Friday, Dec. 8 at the Fairlington Community Center in Arlington and on Monday, Dec. 11 at the Providence Community Center outside of Fairfax City. Both events start at noon and are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
 
The December 11th event will also have a holiday season theme. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a dozen of their favorite holiday cookies to share  after lunch.
 
Lorie Spears, CTRS, a recreation therapist with the InovaCares for Seniors™ PACE ®  Program, will speak on the health benefits of volunteering and staying active at both Lunch & Learns.  The PACE Program is a comprehensive, coordinated healthcare program and adult day health service provided within the welcoming environment of its community-based center in Fairfax, VA. InovaCares for Seniors is the first comprehensive, coordinated care program in Northern Virginia preserving the independence of participants in the community.
 
At the Dec. 11th program, in addition to our special speaker, Patti Senft, Program Engagement Manager with Junior Achievement, will be on hand to discuss some of the fantastic RSVP volunteer opportunities available at JA in Central Fairfax.
 
Volunteers at both Lunch & Learns will have the opportunity to take part in a special holiday service project.
 
Click here to sign up for the Dec. 8th or Dec. 11th Lunch & Learn. 

podcastRSVP Podcast

RSVP Northern Virginia is proud to present its very first Podcast series! Go to our website to check them out!  Every Tuesday there will be a new RSVP Podcast. Our first three focus on details about the RSVP program and the next three are interviews with RSVP volunteers and workstations. Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Podcast? Do you have a question about volunteering that you would like to hear answered during a Podcast? Please be sure to email all of your Podcast suggestions and questions to RSVP Outreach Assistant, Rob Paine, at rpaine@volunteerfairfax.org .

timesheetsTimesheet Submissions

Please remember to submit your November timesheets!  Tracking volunteer hours is essential to our program; it is the number one way we report our volunteers are active and keeps the program up and running. We have deactivated all access to the Volunteer Information Center page as we are working to be in compliance with our new policies. Please continue to submit your volunteer hours by email. Thank you for understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Carly Hubicki at rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-403-5360.

welcomenewvolunteersWelcome New RSVP Volunteers!
Invite a Friend or Group!
Jackie Karel
David Ackerman
Ghanshyam Gupta
Karen Mantyla
Marie Buck
Cindy Morrow
Debbie Thomas
Eileen Gaffney
Geeta Gupta
Pamela Hill
Roger Hill
Jennifer Hay
Carole Solomon
Veronica Pace
Pauline Terrell
Arlene Dohm
Costella Shackleford


Help us grow our volunteer community. Invite friends and neighbors to get involved with RSVP! 

Did you know?
RSVP has added a service component to our orientations. We'd love for you to come to an orientation and share your experience while participating in a selected quick service project. If you are interested in participating outside of the orientations please contact us at  rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org!

Upcoming Orientations:

Upcoming Lunch & Learns:
Join RSVP Northern Virginia for a Lunch & Learn on how volunteerism benefits the 55+ population and local resources available in our community. The event is free, open to the public, and lunch will be provided.  
Know an organization or club that would like an 
on-site orientation? Contact Carly Hubicki at
chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org or
703-403-5360.

policyupdatesPolicy Update

Thank you again for all that you have done for our community through your dedicated service!
 
As you may already know, RSVP-NV recently completed a federal compliance visit. As a result, we have been asked to implement a couple of new policies in order to comply with federal grant regulations:
 
1)     All RSVP volunteers will need to have their age verified To comply, an RSVP staffer needs to view an official ID. None of your private information will be publicly shared in the process.

2)     All RSVP volunteers will need to provide car insurance and beneficiary information. RSVP is required to provide insurance coverage to volunteers while traveling to/from our workstations and while serving. To comply with this regulation, we will need to see proof of car insurance (if you are a driver) and document the name of your selected primary beneficiary.
 
To accomplish the above, please visit RSVP at 10530 Page Avenue in Fairfax, Monday through Friday,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. OR, attend an upcoming RSVP event and request that the RSVP staff person verify your information on the spot. If you require alternate arrangements, please contact us directly. 
 
Please remember you will need your state issued driver's license/ID or passport, as well as car insurance information.
 
To continue as an RSVP volunteer, please plan to become verified by December 31, 2017. Thank you to all who have already done so! And, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
 
Thank you again for your service and for your help with compliance!
 
Nadia Hoonan

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