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.
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).
RSVP Helps Seniors to Live Healthy Longer with the NVSO
Registration to be a volunteer at the 2019 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics has begun. Look below for sign up button. The games run Sept. 14-Sept. 28, 2019.
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
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. He told a recent group of new RSVP recruits, “What you get back (from volunteering) is like 20 times more than what you are giving.” For Ken, that would be quite a return as he shares hundreds of hours of his time and talents each year with RSVP partners including Junior Achievement, The Fairfax County Park Authority's Adapted Aquatics Program, and Britepaths.
Thanks to his outstanding contributions to the community, Ken was named Fairfax County RSVP Volunteer of the Year in April 2018.
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.
Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Volunteer Registration
RSVP-Northern Virginia is again the official volunteer provider of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO), the largest annual competition for those 50 or better in the region. Each year RSVP recruits more than 100 volunteers, (aged 16 and up) to support the senior games which this year take place Sept. 14-28 at 25 venues located across Northern Virginia. To choose your NVSO volunteer opportunity now, please click the button below. For more information call Brandi at RSVP at 703-403-5360.
RSVP to hold free seminar on volunteering in retirement Aug. 14 in Alexandria.
Join RSVP Wednesday, Aug. 14, , from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at the Charles E. Beatley Central Library located at 5005 Duke Street in Alexandria, VA 22304, for an introduction to volunteering in retirement lead by RSVP volunteer specialist Brandi Morris. For more info please call Brandi at RSVP at 703-403-5360. To register for this free event, please click on the link below.
RSVP-Northern Virginia will hold a seminar on volunteering in retirement, Aug. 20, in Fairfax.
Join RSVP Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Junior Achievement Finance Park in Fairfax, for an introduction to volunteering in retirement lead by RSVP volunteer specialist Brandi Morris. Finance Park is located at 4099 Pickett Road in Fairfax, Va., 22032. For more info please call Brandi at RSVP at 703-403-5360. To register for this free event, please click on the link below.
Register for our free RSVP info session, Sept. 5 in Burke
Join us, Thursday, Sept. 5, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30p.m., at the Burke Centre Library
located at 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke, VA 22015, for an introduction to volunteering in retirement. For more info please call Brandi at RSVP at 703-403-5360.