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RSVP-Northern Virginia
December 2018
Thanks to everyone that helped us at our Fall Meet & Greet last month! Click here to check out the blog post highlighting the wonderful work that was done!
December Group Service Project
We will be partnering with Cornerstones for our December group service project. We will be assisting the "elves" with sorting and cataloging gifts that have been donated for their "Gifts for Kids" holiday drive. Click here to sign up!

When: Thursday, December 13 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Cornerstones Main Office, 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston, VA 20190
RSVP Nutrition Training
As a benefit of being an RSVP volunteer, you are invited to attend a free training on nutrition! Come j oin Giant in-store nutritionist, Marissa, as she takes you through the aisles explaining how to build a balanced plate. Marissa will cover strategies for making better choices at the store while keeping both nutrition and budget in mind. She will also cover tips for shopping and cooking for 1 or 2 people, and strategies to take care of your overall health. Click here to sign up!

When: Tuesday, January 15 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: University Mall Giant, 10653 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032
RSVP Holiday Guide
Check out all of the holiday volunteering opportunities from now until January in the RSVP Holiday Guide! Click here to go to our blog and get all the details.
Hold a Holiday Gift Drive for Kids
Each year APAH (Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing) collects new toys and gifts for children ages newborn-18 who call one of their 16 Arlington rental communities home. These gifts make up a holiday gift shop where parents can choose a gift for each of their children. If you wish to learn more, to hold a gift drive to support their annual holiday shop, or to make an individual gift donation, please contact Julie Booth at jbooth@apah.org or 571-800-6462. Click here to learn more about the gift drive.

Collection Dates:  Now through December 12
Drop Off Location: The Springs Apartments, 555 N Thomas Street, Arlington, VA 22205
Burke Lake Winter Wonderland
Burke Lake Park is seeking volunteers to assist in welcoming the holiday season by transforming the park into a Winter Wonderland! Volunteers are needed to assist with arts and crafts, help with registration, dress up in a holiday themed costume, assist with hospitality, be a Santa's helper and assist with wagon rides. Click here to sign up.

When: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 from 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Holiday Toy Distribution
Join Volunteer Alexandria for their holiday toy distribution. On December 14 th , volunteers will sort donated toys to ready them for distribution the next day. The morning of December 15 th , volunteers will continue to ready the toys for distribution, then in the afternoon, parents will choose toys that best fit their children. Volunteers will help guide parents through that process, restock tables with toys, help wrap presents and engage children in activities. Please email mail@volunteeralexandria.org for more information.

When: Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15
Where: Leonard "Chick" Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 W Reed Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305
Junior Achievement Finance Park
Our friends at Junior Achievement Finance Park need more volunteers for a couple dates in November. Click here to get all the details!
Holiday Train Rides
We are in need of volunteers for the train rides in December. Volunteers will help manage the line, collect donations, and educate the customers about RSVP and Volunteer Fairfax. If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Volunteer Specialist, Carly Hubicki, at 703-403-5360 or chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org. Click here to sign up for a shift.

When: Sunday, December 16 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 Volunteer Close Up
Martin Jordan
Story and photo by communications intern Morgan Fitzpatrick
When Martin Jordan decided to retire a year ago, he wanted to find a way to give back to the community, so he joined RSVP-Northern Virginia. Martin said he tried several volunteer opportunities but “they just didn’t fit.” Then, thanks to his friend Olive and RSVP’s volunteer specialist Carly Hubicki, he found an ideal opportunity. It would be a package deal; Olive would volunteer alongside Martin during his weekly trips to bring cheer to residents in local nursing homes.

The duo works well together. When a reporter pulled up to the Burke Health and Rehabilitation Center on Burke Lake Road on a recent brisk fall morning to interview the two, Martin was sporting a red and blue Washington Capitals shirt while Olive, wearing a bright bushy pink collar around her neck, is waving enthusiastically. Waving her tail that is.

Did we mention Olive is a two-year-old golden retriever? Click here to read the full story!
Timesheet 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. If you have any questions, please contact RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Carly Hubicki, at  rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org  or 703-403-5360.
Welcome New RSVP Volunteers!
Simona Cipra
Raquel Zamora
Robert Fountain
Fred Esposito
Darla Anderson
Nancy Ashmore
Janet Avenia
Peggy Blanchard
Karen Derrico
Cathy Healy
Margie Hinton
Harry Jones
Sally Kline
Sheldon Kline
Elise Loach
Leslie Manning
Lee Manning
Louis Neville
Klara Podgorska-Reid
James Reid
Cheri Williams
Invite a Friend or Group!
Help us grow our volunteer community.  Invite family, friends and neighbors to get involved with RSVP! 

Upcoming Information Sessions:

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