RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer Gordon Hay says he was at a loss when he retired, regarding where to find volunteer opportunities. "I will never forget my first phone call to RSVP in 2012," says Gordon, a Falls Church resident who now volunteers for two of RSVP nonprofit partners, Capital Caring in Arlington and The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, based in Falls Church.
By Eileen Conoboy
Acting Director, CNCS, AmeriCorps VISTA
By Natalie Roisman, Co-Leader, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Arlington Area Chapter
How insightful is Sandra Osorio-Rojas in understanding the best way to learn about your new hometown is through volunteering?
When KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) announced it would launch its KEEN Sports program for children with developmental and physical disabilities in Arlington in May 2017, volunteer Michele Doyle said she’d help make it a success. As a busy professional, Michele has been balancing work, family and life demands with volunteering for more than 11 years. Michele began volunteering with KEEN in September 2006, and after her first sessions, she was hooked!
By Emily Bee, ACE Program and Administrative Assistant
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE), a community nonprofit promoting sustainable lifestyles, is engaging students across the county to be more involved in conserving the environment. Students who get involved in ACE are able to learn about the importance of stewardship to the planet starting close to home!
Culpepper Garden celebrates their partnership with E*TRADE, a publicly traded company with one of their corporate offices based in Ballston. What started as one weekly volunteer from E*TRADE has grown into a team of 13 employees volunteering in pairs twice a week to solve residents’ computer and technology problems in either our computer lab or in their apartments. One resident serves as logistics manager, coordinating resident requests with volunteers so that every minute is put to good use.
By Sandy Burkholder
What motivates a person to commit to a long-term, often undefined volunteer opportunity? For Volunteer Guardian Brad Niesen, “my daughter, an elder care attorney, approached me with the concept of becoming a volunteer guardian. She knew that I had been providing full care for an aging neighborhood couple, so she thought I should apply those lessons-learned to Arlington County’s volunteer guardianship program.”
Hurricanes in the Atlantic, wildfires in the west – the destruction left in the wake of these disasters wreaked havoc as they passed, but you can help! In addition to registering for Disaster Volunteer Registry or the Arlington Network for Community Registry (ANChoR ), take a look at some of the ways to contribute to response and recovery efforts: