Thursday, April 2, 2009

CVN Monthly Update, April 2009: 500 Potatoes

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,
I hope this finds you well and enjoying some occasionally decent weather as the Spring rolls around. We've got some interesting opportunities as we get into April, but before listing those off, we wanted to thank everyone who took part in our March events--CVN volunteers definitely packed 430 bikes up to be sent around the world for our Bikes for the World event, and we bagged 500 or so potatoes as a part of our food and clothing drive last weekend. It's encouraging to see how much we can do--thanks!
As we plan ahead for the upcoming months, we want to make sure CVN reflects your interests as much as possible. So, we'd appreciate your input on what type of events you would like to participate and what direction we should take. Please take a quick minute to fill out our survey.

As for April, we're particularly aiming for an environmental focus this month--here's what we're looking at:

  • Monthly Meetup - Tues, April 7 (7-9 PM): We're rotating South this month to Sine in Pentagon Row, right off the Pentagon City Metro stop. Come, join us for a drink and see who else is interested in volunteering in Arlington. Look for CVN folks in green as usual (as a sidenote, we're looking at replacing not just the old name on our shirts, but also the logo, so if you or anyone you know has an idea, sketch it up and send it to our Membership Chair, Jon Bunger).  RSVP here.
  • Hike Along the Potomac Heritage Trail - Sat, April 11 (10 AM - 1 PM): With some of the nice weather we've been having, we thought it would be a good time for a local hike.  We'll be meeting up at 10 am, April 11th in the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot. The walk will be between 3 and 6 miles, and should take around 3 hours. After, we can head to Rosslyn for some lunch.  RSVP or email Jon Bunger with questions.
  • Food Pantry Assistance for AACH - Sunday, April 19th (1:30 - 4:00 PM): Join us as we help the Arlington Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless clean out and organize their food pantry and storage sheds. Click here for more details or to RSVP. 
  • Plants and Pitchers? - Saturday, April 25th (2:30 - 5:00 PM): That's right, plants and pitchers--help the environment and join us for some drinks after. Spend the afternoon keeping CVN's recently-adopted area free of invasive plants and trash at the Gulf Branch Nature Center. Click here for more details or to RSVP.
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception - Sunday, April 26th (3:00 – 5:00 PM): Did you volunteer with CVN in 2008? If so, please join us for the annual reception for County volunteers--it's a neat time to see the breadth of volunteering and community engagement in Arlington. View the invitation and, if interested, be sure you RSVP here!
  • Committee of 100 meeting, on the Arlington Career Center - Wed, April 15 (6:45 PM tour, followed by dinner and 8:15 speaker and discussion): The Committee of 100 is a non-partisan forum for public education on local and regional public affairs; their meetings consist of a social mixer, a meal, and then presentations from community leaders and speakers. This month's meeting begins with a tour of Arlington's Career Center, which offers vocational, technical and specialty classes to high school kids. Whether you're interested in the Arlington Career Center, the Committee of 100, or in connecting to civic-minded Arlingtonians, you're welcome to attend. Find out more here and contact Tim Riley, our Community Education Chair, if you're interested in attending.
  • Greening Your Apt/Condo with Fresh AIRE - Wed, April 22 (7-8:30 PM): The County initiative Fresh AIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions) is organizing this Earth Day workshop to highlight ways of encouraging your apartment or condo building to go green. Come and hear directly from residents who have convinced their building management to change something in order to green up their buildings. Find out more about this and other Fresh AIRE events for April and May here, or contact Aileen Winquist to register.
  • Phoenix Bikes' Birthday Bash & Spring Fundraising Event  - Thurs, Apirl 30 (7-9 PM): Phoenix Bikes is a unique Arlington non-profit aimed at developing youth leaders by teaching bike-mechanics skills and serving the local cycling community. This bike show will be M.C.'d by County Board Member Walter Tejada and will include: "Bike-blended smoothies, food, guest speakers, great auction items, an incredible raffle bike, and the amazing company of friends and fellow cyclists" (and drinks from Capitol City Brewing Company). You can find out more and purchase a ticket here.
  • Various Other Volunteer Opportunities - We definitely can't sum up all the volunteer opportunities out there, so here's a list of some that are a good match for 20 and 30 somethings in Arlington. 
Let us know if you try any of those other volunteer opportunities or if you have any other ideas for CVN--if you're sending us an idea, direct it to one of our Chairs based on their area of focus and put "suggestion" in the subject: Meredith Clayton,; Jon Bunger,; Lisa Dorsey,; Tim Riley, (so we love Gmail, what can we say?).

All the best,

Chair, Community Volunteer Network

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