RSVP- Northern Virginia’s Mission

RSVP-Northern Virginia is the region’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and better. Its mission is to mobilize the skills and talents of its volunteers to help meet the community’s needs in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria.

RSVP volunteers bring years of skills and experience to the organizations they serve. Individuals choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours a week. As an added bonus, the program offers monthly group service projects meeting where volunteers get to meet and work alongside like-minded volunteers.

Leading with a Lifetime of Experience

Each RSVP volunteer brings at least 55 years of talent and experience to the table! RSVP volunteers have hundreds of service opportunities from which to choose, some utilizing current skills and others providing an opportunity to learn new things.

  • Supporting local food pantries
  • Providing transportation for seniors
  • Mentoring children and adults in financial literacy
  • Delivering meals to shelters and seniors

Enrich Your Life and the Lives of Others

Studies show that volunteering helps us enjoy healthier, longer, and more fulfilling lives. Most RSVP’ers tell us that they get more out of volunteering than the folks they are helping. Volunteering with RSVP keeps people connected to their community and provides outstanding social opportunities to meet other like-minded volunteers all year long.

Other benefits of joining RSVP include:

  • Personalized volunteer placement
  • Free accident and liability insurance while serving
  • Optional mileage and meal reimbursement
  • Invitations to free social and recognition events
  • Fun and educational training opportunities

Volunteering with RSVP is Healthy, Social and Fun

Volunteers choose where, when, and how often they want to serve. RSVP volunteers, in sharing their wisdom, experience, and talents with the community, are making a difference by expanding the reach of more than 40 nonprofit and government agencies in Northern Virginia. RSVP-Northern Virginia is sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax in partnership with Volunteer Arlington and Volunteer Alexandria. RSVP is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Share your wisdom and experience to make a difference

RSVP-Northern Virginia (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), is the region’s largest volunteer program for those 55 and better. RSVP-Northern Virginia’s personalized volunteer matching service offers more than 300 convenient short- and long-term opportunities to its volunteer base.

Not yet a volunteer with  RSVP-Northern Virginia?

You can register to attend one of our upcoming free seminars by scrolling to our sign up links below or by calling RSVP at 703-403-5360.  Find out why volunteering with RSVP is “Healthy, Social and Fun.”


Art of Volunteering

What is the “Art of Volunteering?”

“The art of successful volunteering in retirement is finding an experience that is fun, social, convenient and meaningful,” says Brandi Morris, RSVP’s program manager. “RSVP specializes in personally  helping folks find their niche so they can fully utilize their interests and talents in retirement.”

“RSVP takes an innovative and creative approach to personally matching its volunteers with their ideal opportunities,” Brandi says. 


Please read carefully as some sessions have been cancelled.

Cancelled: The Art of Volunteering in Retirement, March 12, in Oakton

Cancelled: The Art of Volunteering in Retirement, March 21, in Fairfax City

Cancelled: The Art of Volunteering in Retirement, April 14, 2020 in Springfield

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Why does Shelley RSVP?

Shelley Brosnan of Fairfax says there are many reasons she enjoys being an RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer. “I meet wonderful people and help wonderful organizations,” she says. “It makes you feel good. Volunteering also connects her with the community," she adds. Shelley donates hundreds of hours of her time each year to RSVP partners including Britepaths, Food for Others, and the Shepherd's Center of Annandale-Springfield. Shelley also serves RSVP as a volunteer engagement leader.

Why does Ken RSVP?

"The big thing that I get out of volunteering is the satisfaction of helping others," says RSVP volunteer Ken Kozloff of Springfield. "I love to help others, find out what their goals are and help them achieve them, whether it is teaching an autistic child to swim from one side of the pool to the other, or teaching a stroke patient who would like to learn to swim again," Ken explains. Ken, who is also an RSVP volunteer engagement leader, says he enjoys working with other volunteers and letting them know how important it is to make other people feel good. "RSVP asks each prospective volunteer, 'How can we help you find the volunteer opportunity that is going to mean something to you?'" Ken says.

Why does Sue RSVP?

“Volunteering is a good way to keep social,” says RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer engagement leader Sue Dussinger of Alexandria. “I have never in my life been a real ‘joiner’ but once you get into it (volunteering) you can’t stop. I love interacting with people.” “I get more benefit (from volunteering) than the people I’m helping,” Dussinger says. “If that sounds selfish well…but I know I’m helping people. It really helps you (as a volunteer) grow a little bit.”

Why does Mike RSVP?

Mike McCormick volunteers hundreds of hours of his time with the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, including three evenings a week and a full day on Saturdays during tax season. Mike says he likes volunteering with RSVP because it is a structured program. He says he gets “internal satisfaction” through his volunteer work, and volunteering also makes him feel more part of the community.

Why does Dee RSVP?

"I was retired and I was looking for something to fill that void that was meaningful and right, and for me, it was an opportunity to give back to a community,” says Dee Mackie-Smith of Alexandria. “Now I had a chance to share my talents, my skills, my stories, and it just brought me a network of new friends and family that I'm so happy to be surrounded with.” Thanks to her outstanding contributions to the community, Dee was named Alexandria RSVP Volunteer of the Year in 2017, and on December 26, 2017 she was awarded the Daily Point of Light Award by Points of Light. Dee supports many RSVP partners including Volunteer Fairfax, New Hope Housing, and Senior Services of Alexandria.

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