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RSVP-Northern Virginia
July 2018
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July Group Service Project
RSVP will be partnering with Ms. Virginia Senior America to help with their 2018 pageant! Volunteers are needed to help usher and assist with the reception. We will need 4 volunteers, click here to sign up!

When: Saturday, July 7 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22040
RSVP Staff Openings
RSVP is in need of a Communications Intern. The RSVP Communications Intern will be tasked with researching and creating effective and relevant marketing tools for the targeted population and creating corresponding communication and marketing tools to use to assist in volunteer recruitment and program recognition. If you or anyone you know is interested in applying, click here for more details.

RSVP and Volunteer Fairfax is also in need of part-time Grant Writer and Administrator. The Grant Writer and Administrator supports Volunteer Fairfax grants by preparing applications, monitoring grants and ensuring contractual obligations are met, providing financial management and preparing reports. This position also supports the RSVP program through management of the grant awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). If you or anyone you know is interested in applying, click here for more details.
Bocce Lunc h & Learn
Join RSVP for a free lunch & learn and bocce demonstration! We will be meeting at the bocce courts outside at the Green Acres Senior Center (next to the picnic tables). Current and prospective volunteers are invited to attend! Click here to sign up.

When: Thursday, August 2 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Green Acres Senior Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
NVFS Back-to-School Drive
Each year, Northern Virginia Family Service seeks to help low-income kids start their school year off strong!  NVFS’ Back-to-School drive provides kids and teens across Northern Virginia with backpacks filled with the school supplies that their grade-level and county require. They plan to pack and distribute over 2,000 backpacks this year! Volunteers will help receive donations, sort donations, count inventory, pack backpacks and assist with distribution. Click here to sign up for a shift!

When: August 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, each day has an AM and PM shift (times vary by day)
Where: 13868 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151 (Donated storefront in Sully Place Shopping Center, next to Petsmart)
Arlington Cares
This free event seeks to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism through a recognition ceremony as well as a Volunteer Fair. Volunteers are needed to help with set up for the event, helping people to their seats, and clean up. For more information and to sign up, contact Lisa Fikes at lfikes@leadercenter.org or 703-528-2522 x19. 

When: Tuesday, July 24 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
Northern Virginia Senior Olympics
Registration for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) is open until August 24. If you are interested in participating in an event, go to www.nvso.us . NVSO is also seeking volunteers, both athletes and nonparticipants, to support the games. Various volunteer shifts are available throughout the games.   Click here to sign up! We are also in need of volunteer photographers for the games. If you are interested, email Rob Paine at rpaine@volunteerfairfax.org.

When:  September 15 - 26
Where:  Various locations throughout Northern VA
OFWDSVS Volunteers
Fairfax County’s Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, OFWDSVS, is recruiting volunteers! OFWDSVS volunteers are an integral part of the mission of preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking by fostering a community based on equality and mutual respect through prevention and intervention, community engagement and awareness, policy and advocacy. Volunteers receive extensive training and ongoing support while serving our community. Our volunteers assist with crisis intervention to callers of our 24-hour hotline, provide hospital accompaniment services, court advocacy, and more. Sign up for an upcoming orientations to learn more about how to get involved. If you have any questions, please contact Nadia Hoonan at nadia.hoonan@fairfaxcounty.gov
RSVP Volunteer Close Up
Pat Dubois
Photo and story by RSVP outreach and marketing specialist Rob Paine
“When I retired, I knew I wanted to volunteer," says RSVP Northern Virginia volunteer Pat Dubois. “I wasn’t sure what opportunities really suited me,” the Falls Church resident says.

Pat was seeking an opportunity that offered flexibility, would afford her the chance to meet other retirees and one that would allow her to serve the community. Two years ago she found all three thanks to RSVP Northern Virginia. Pat says now, “I cannot imagine not volunteering.” 

After attending an RSVP information session, the RSVP volunteer specialist gave Pat a list of possible opportunities based on her interests and background. One that caught her eye was Meals on Wheels of Arlington.

Volunteering with Meals on Wheels of Arlington

Meals on Wheels provides its clients with necessary meals five days a week, according to Pat. The meals are provided to those who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. There are multiple routes designed to serve 6-12 clients a day. Pat volunteers one day a week in Arlington. Volunteers pick up the prepared meals at a church at the same time every day (11 a.m.) before making their rounds, which Pat says typically takes her about 90 minutes.

“Some of the clients have been on their own for some time,” Pat says. “They look forward to seeing you (the volunteer), sharing some of the events in their lives and they talk about their family." Often times, the Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only human contact the client will have on any given day, according to Pat. “Developing a relationship with those clients is very important to them, and it is very rewarding for the volunteer.”

In Fairfax County, RSVP can match its volunteers with food delivery opportunities through Fairfax County’s Volunteer Solutions and in Alexandria, through Senior Services of Alexandria. “Supporting these food delivery programs is a crucial part of RSVP’s ongoing commitment to helping area seniors age in place,” says RSVP volunteer specialist Carly Hubicki.

According to the 2012 United States of Aging survey, “Approximately 90 percent of seniors intend to continue living in their current homes for the next five to 10 years.” Carly says Pat delivers meals to around 40 clients every month and makes a major difference in the lives of seniors who want to age in place. “Pat is a wonderful, reliable volunteer,” Carly says.

Pat also volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at one of its locations in Falls Church. With the help of dedicated and trained volunteers like Pat, low-income families throughout Northern Virginia received over $10.7 million in refunds last tax season.

Why does Pat think senior volunteerism is important?

“For so many different reasons,” she says. “Part of it is for our own well- being.” National studies have found that seniors who volunteer for at least one year show signs of improved physical health and even improved mental health in many cases. “Volunteering, giving back to the community, to me, is so rewarding," Pat says. She says volunteering has been “absolutely wonderful, just in meeting others who also volunteer and helping clients."

The Benefits of Volunteering with RSVP

Pat says RSVP is particularly helpful because it gives one an opportunity to see what fits with your personality, do you want an activity you can do on your own or with a larger group. “As a volunteer, you are able to determine what type of activities suits your schedule, that is what is really nice about RSVP,” Pat says.

Pat fits in RSVP “one-offers” (one time volunteer projects) whenever she can. She says they are fun and also gives her a chance to meet other volunteers in addition to the ones she works with at VITA and with Meals on Wheels. “I highly recommend RSVP to anyone who is thinking of volunteering or who really loves to help other people," she says. “You meet people who are like-minded and enjoy volunteering. It’s extremely rewarding.”

Timesheet Submissions
Please remember to submit your June 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. If you have any questions, please contact RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Carly Hubicki, at  rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org  or 703-403-5360.
Welcome New RSVP Volunteers!
Kathleen O'Hara
Terrie Hulbert
Robin Bello
Linda Yates
Debbie Combs
Michelle Rendelman
Mike Brown
Invite a Friend or Group!
Help us grow our volunteer community.  Invite family, friends and neighbors to get involved with RSVP! 

Upcoming Orientations:

Know an organization or club that would like an  on-site orientation? Contact Carly Hubicki at chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org  or 703-403-5360.