Friday, May 29, 2009

CVN Monthly Update, June 2009: Volunteer Trainings and Logo Contests

Below is our most recent email--please let us know any feedback. Also, if you aren't getting these in your inbox, sign up on the County site (be sure to check the box that you're interested in CVN and in receiving emails):

Dear CVN volunteer,

We're pretty excited for the line-up of CVN events for June, from CVN's first community education event, to our Volunteer Leadership Training, and an innovative event with the elderly, among others. We hope you'll see common threads throughout these events that represent the core of what CVN is and can be: a community that engages 20 and 30 somethings in not just volunteering, but also in leading volunteer activities and in the all-important act of understanding the local issues behind that volunteering.

As a quick recap, in May, we were glad to have some folks out for the Taste of Arlington--check out some pictures here on our new Flickr account (more details on Flickr below). If you weren't able to join us for the County's May reception honoring Arlington volunteers, it was a helpful reminder of the breadth of volunteering going on in the County (take a look at some of the pictures from that here).

As a last update, in terms of CVN's logo contest, we've got 18 possibilities from 5 people, with some good options; we'll be accepting logos until around mid-June though, so you've still got some time if you want to throw yours in the mix!  Email CVN Membership Chair Jon Bunger with any ideas or questions.

Now, the June line-up...

  • Monthly Meetup - Tuesday, June 2 (7-9 pm): We're rotating to Rosslyn this month and will be at the Continental Modern Pool Lounge, hope you can join us. As always, look for us in green. RSVP here on Facebook or email Meredith Clayton, Social Chair, if you don't use Facebook or have any questions.
  • CVN Volunteer Leadership Training - Wednesday, June 10 (6:30–8 pm): Interested in leading a group of CVN volunteers? Want to be on the Leadership Team next year? Or just want to voice your opinion on ways to improve the CVN volunteer activities? Come to CVN's Activity Leadership Training to learn how. To RSVP or to learn more go to: ( rocks by the way, check it out).
  • TimeSlips training and volunteering at Cherrydale - Training (location TBD): Thursday, June 11 (7 - 8 pm) | Volunteering (@ Cherrydale): Sat., June 13 (2-3 pm): "TimeSlips" is a creative storytelling method that helps people with dementia reaffirm their humanity and connect with staff, family and others. CVN volunteers who are interested in doing the June 13th event and other TimeSlips events must attend the training session on the 11th. To RSVP and learn more go to
  • Helping Those in Crisis - Monday, June 15 (6–8 pm): Come and join us as we help put together hygiene bags and sort clothing to go to homeless shelter and detox clients at the Residential Program Center. Find out more details and RSVP here:
  • DiscussArlington: The Environment - Sunday, June 28 (3-5 pm): What's the state of the environment in Arlington? How does we compare to the nation on a whole? And what might we consider doing to conserve more in our own lives? We're getting 20 and 30 somethings together at Arlington's Central Library to discuss exactly those questions for DiscussArlington, our inaugural community education event. We're aiming for a free-flowing conversation on environmental issues and will be joined by Adam Segel-Moss, from Fresh AIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions); he'll give us a broad overview of environmental issues in Arlington, along with some tips on conserving. RSVP here on Facebook, or directly email Tim Riley, Community Education Chair, if you don't use Facebook or have any questions.
  • Save the Date for CVN's Summer Celebration and Five Year Anniversary  - Thursday, Aug. 6 (7-10 pm (tentative)): We're still deciding on location and agenda, but the date is set (unless it becomes unset!) for CVN's annual celebration and five-year anniversary on August 6th!! We'll unveil a bit more next month as we solidify details, but hope you'll join us.

  • Clean the Bay Day - Saturday, June 6 (9am-12pm): There will be lots of volunteers coming from all over the area to volunteer for Clean the Bay Day. Last year, 7,000 volunteers removed 120 tons of debris from 434 miles of shoreline throughout the state! There will be some trash pick-up out of an Arlington stream at Troy Park, but the primary target is invasive plant removal. Contact Jenn Truong with Remove Invasive Plants (RIP) for more info.
  • Committee of 100 Meeting on Issues for the Elderly - Wednesday, June 10 (7-9:30 pm for dinner and discussion or 7:45-9:30pm for program only): The Committee of 100 is a "forum for citizen education in local and regional public affairs"--interested? Come join the discussion and gain perspective on Arlington issues. Each month, CVN will be carpooling from Ballston to Marymount and setting up Facebook events, with the aim of bringing out a regular CVN contingent. Monthly meetings include drinks, dinner, and a discussion program. RSVP for this month's meeting via Facebook here by June 6, or contact Tim Riley, our Community Education Chair, if you have questions. 
  • SAFE AT HOME! Kickball Tournament (join our CVN team!) - Saturday, Aug. 1 (time TBA): Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH), who some CVN folks volunteered with last month, is having their annual benefit event. What do we need? Someone to head up a CVN team of 15. If you think you'd be interested in leading that up or being on the team, shoot me an email, and we'll get you more details (leading it won't take much extra time). We'll take the first 15 who sign up. The cost is $40 each, which will go directly to support AACH (though it will also get you lunch and a tournament shirt!). Go here for more details on the event. 
  • Various Other Volunteer Opportunities - Find some other volunteering opportunities you might be interested in here.

As a last note, with the Flickr account I mentioned above, we decided to set that up so folks outside of Facebook could more easily see what CVN's up to. We'll be experimenting with it, loading pictures from Flickr into Facebook, and hoping to keep them separated by album so they're a bit easier to browse. So take a look at our Flickr albums here, throw any comments up if you want, and upload some of your own CVN shots to our Flickr group:  (by the way, we do have a photo release policy on every event sign-up sheet, but if you have a real issue with any picture you see, please let us know).

Have a great June, adios!
Brendan O'Connor

Community Volunteer Network

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