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RSVP-Northern Virginia
March 2019
We had a great time at the February group service project at the Lewinsville Adult Day Health Center and identified some ongoing volunteer needs. They are in need of regular volunteers to assist with bingo on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and volunteers that can play an instrument for the participants around 3:30 p.m. any day during the week. Lastly, if you are looking to get rid of jewelry, purses, wallets, scarves, hats, etc., the Lewinsville Center will take your donations for bingo prizes. Email Carly at chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org if you are interested in any of these needs.
March G roup Serv ice Project
We will be partnering with Food for Others for our March group service project. We are in need of volunteers to help with organizing their food warehouse and packing food boxes. Click here to sign up.

When:  Wednesday, March 27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where:  Food for Others, 2938 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031
Upcoming Events
RSVP/Giant Nutrition Training
Current and prospective RSVP volunteers are invited to attend a free nutrition training! Giant in-store registered nutritionist Min Krishnamurthy, MS, RD, will lead a 90-minute class and tour of the store that highlights healthy food choices for seniors. Krishnamurthy will share tips on eating healthy with a budget in mind and how to create a balanced healthy plate. Click here to sign up!

When: Tuesday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Penrose Square Giant 2501 9th Road South, Arlington, VA 22204
Landscape Clean-Up
The Historic Sites Volunteer Corps is looking for volunteers to join them for a landscape clean-up where they will be clearing overgrowth and invasive plants. This project will help the Park Authority and the Resident Curator of the site maintain the grounds of this 1930s resource associated with the Lorton Prison.

When: Saturday, March 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Stempson House, 9503 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA 22079
New Hope Housing's 80s Casino Night
New Hope Housing is in need of volunteers to help with their largest fundraiser of the year, 80s Casino Night! Volunteers will assist with the live auction, checking in guests, selling raffle tickets, and more. Click here for more information about the event. Interested volunteers should contact Sami Smyth at ssmyth@newhopehousing.org or 703-799-2293 x 11.

When: Saturday, March 16 from 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Where: Waterford Receptions, 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA 22150
Junior Achievement Finan ce Park
Our friends at Junior Achievement Finance Park need more volunteers for a couple dates in March. Click here to get all the details!
IHOP Free Pancake Day
IHOP and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) have teamed up again to find a delicious way to beat cancer. IHOP will be giving away a free short stack of pancakes to all of its customers for IHOP FREE Pancake Day. In lieu of payment for the pancakes, IHOP asks customers to make a donation to LLS. LLS staff and the volunteers will be at the IHOP locations, assisting servers in asking for donations and making sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Click here to sign up for a shift!

When: Tuesday, March 12 from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: IHOPs across the D.C. Metro area
Volunteer Ushers
The GMU Center for the Arts is in need of volunteer ushers for two upcoming shows. Volunteers will greet guests, hand out programs, seat patrons in the theater and sit inside the theater during the performance to be of assistance when needed. This is a great volunteer perk, as you will be able to view the show for free! Contact Dawn McCants at 703-993-1549 or dmccant@gmu.edu for more information or to sign up.

When: Thursday, March 14 from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday, March 15 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
New on the Blog
Don't forget to check out the latest posts on the RSVP blog, The Invite! Also, feel free to add comments and questions to the posts you read. We love to hear from our volunteers!

Also, be sure to listen to the latest podcast with RSVP-Northern Virginia  marketing and outreach specialist Rob Paine chatting with Amy Tristan, volunteer & outreach coordinator for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia about the variety of volunteer opportunities available with LCNV via RSVP. Click here to listen!
RSVP Volunteer Close Up
Yvonne Evans
Story and photo by marketing and outreach specialist Rob Paine
Yvonne Evans always knew she would do something after retiring from her career as a civil servant. “Something that matters,” she says. She did not want to start working again right away, so she searched the Internet for volunteer opportunities.

“Something about RSVP resonated with me,” the Springfield resident says.“It was the 55 or better, and I like that term ‘or better,’ so I thought it was perfect.” So she signed up for one of RSVP’s free info sessions. 
Yvonne then worked with RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer specialist Carly Hubicki who personally matched Yvonne with some ideal volunteer opportunities. Yvonne says that if it had not been for Carly, she is not sure she would have stuck with it (volunteering). “Carly really helped me find something that I was interested in,” Yvonne says. 

Yvonne has now been an RSVP volunteer for about a year. In February, she became the program’s newest volunteer engagement leader, a role that includes taking part in RSVP outreach activities and helping coordinate volunteers at larger events, such as the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics each September. “We are thrilled to add Yvonne to our leadership group,” Carly says. “She is a terrific spokesperson for RSVP and for senior volunteerism.”

Timesheet Submissions
Please remember to submit your February 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!
Donna Brazier
Beth Drabant
Tom Sachs
Teresa Scott
Steve Springer
Tami Stukey
Ravinder Sidhu
Hilda Alvarez
Gloria Benton
Lucretia Brown
Bill Dwyer
Liz Dwyer
Kima Norflet
Mark Epstein
Karen Gurian
Nancy Landis
Walter Landis
Edward O'Brien
Florence Webb
Madeline Caporiccio
Bev Fuller
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.