Thursday, May 27, 2010

CVN Monthly Update, June 2010

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Hello and happy Memorial Day!  With the unofficial start of summer upon us, I hope that all of you have fun plans over the next few months. Of course, I also hope that you'll make some time to volunteer with CVN!  Whether you prefer hanging out in the sun (with sunscreen on, of course) or the cool A/C, our calendar is packed with great opportunities.

A few notes before I get to the details:

  • Thank you to everyone for supporting me in my new role as Chairperson.  It's never easy to follow someone like Brendan O'Connor, whose dedication and passion for CVN were clear from the start, but I'm inspired and looking forward to this greater role.  If you are also looking to be more involved, there are currently two openings on the Monthly Volunteering Committee (MVC) that you can read about here: MVC positions.
  • May was a busy month for CVN!  Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who helped with the American Heart Association's Heart's Delight, the AFAC Letter Carriers Food Drive, Taste of Arlington, and Gardening at the Arlington Traditional School.  Click here to see pictures of our volunteers in action.  
  • Our kickball team, CVN Kicks Grass, has a 1-3 record.  Though they might not lead in the standings, they are tops when it comes to fun!  You can support them at their games on Thursday nights or hang out with them afterward.  Their schedule is on the CVN calendar and there's more info below.
  • Last, but not least, be sure to check out The CVN Forum, our awesome blog!  Recent posts include "Being a Flexible Volunteer" and a volunteer profiles of Kellen MacBeth and Kelly Corbally.  If you'd like to blog or to be featured in an upcoming volunteer profile, e-mail us

Upcoming CVN volunteer events
  • Gulf Branch Nature Center Invasive Weed Pull - Saturday, June 12, 9:30 am-12 pm | Help keep Arlington parks beautiful, get exercise, and have fun all at the same time! Join fellow CVN volunteers at Gulf Branch Nature Center and help remove invasive plants and litter from the park land. When we're done, anyone interested in hanging out a while longer can go out for lunch in North Arlington. Find out more, RSVP: Gulf Branch.
  • Arlington Youth Soccer Tournament - Saturday, June 19, 9:45 am-1 pmCVN has been invited to volunteer at the Youth Soccer Tournament sponsored by the Arlington County Gang Task Force. The event is a combination of a soccer tournament and a "dialogue" session with the players where high school aged youth, many of whom are at some level of risk of being involved in a gang, will get to have fun playing soccer and discuss issues important to them. Volunteers who choose to be table facilitators should have some experience facilitating a discussion among youth. The table facilitation will start at 10:00 am while the lunch serving will start at 11:00 am. Find out more, RSVP: Soccer.
  • Recurring Volunteering @ AFAC - Saturday, June 19, 12:30-2:30 pm | Help out Arlington Food Assistance Center bagging rice, beans, produce, etc. This is a recurring volunteer opportunity and the group will be meeting for brunch beforehand.  Contact Marjorie, who is organizing this event, with questions. Find out more, RSVP: AFAC.
  • Recurring Volunteering @ ATS Community Garden - Saturday, June 19, 9:00-11:00 am| This work day at the garden will be focused on low-key weeding and watering.  Find out more, RSVP:  Garden 6/19.
  • Recurring Volunteering @ ATS Community Garden - Sunday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 pm| Join this recurring volunteer team for an afternoon work day at the garden.  Find out more, RSVP: Garden 6/27.

Upcoming CVN social and community events
  • June Monthly Meetup @ Caribbean Breeze - Tuesday, June 8, 7-9 pm | Join CVN to learn more about our upcoming events and mingle with other like-minded individuals. Whether you've never been to an event or are a regular, we'd love to have you.  This time around we will be enjoying the gorgeous spring weather and meeting on the patio of Caribbean Breeze in Ballston. Find out more, RSVP: Event RSVP on Facebook.
  • CVN Kickball Team - June 3, 10, 17, & 18, 8-10 pm l Come join CVN's Kickball Team, "CVN Kicks Grass," as we take on our weekly opponent in the WAKA Kickball League's Arlington Division--we'll be at the Wakefield High School Utility Field (right where S. George Mason, S. Hamilton, and S. Dinwiddie meet). You can also join us and the rest of the Arlington WAKA league after each game for a drink in the basement of Rhodeside Grill in Courthouse. Find out more at or email Kelly Corbally, CVN's Social Chair.
  • Dinner and Discussion @ the Committee of 100 on the 2010 Virginia General Assembly - Wednesday, June 9, 7-8 dinner, 8-9:30 program | Join the Committee of 100 for dinner and a discussion with a focus on the new changes and challenges in the 2010 Virginia General Assembly, including a new governor, 20 new members in the House of Delegates, and a $4 billion deficit. Five members of Arlington’s state delegation will speak and answer questions from the audience. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from our local leaders and to network. Check out recent videos of CVN at the Committee of 100 and contact our Committee of 100 Lead Sara Abramson with questions. Find out more, RSVP: June Committee of 100.

Other local opportunities:

  • Cambell Elementary School's Grounds Day: Saturday, June 5, 9 am - 2 pm l Do you enjoy working in the outdoors? Do you enjoy gardening or building things? Campbell could use your help working in their yard! We need help with light construction (of fences and sheds), planting, weeding, and general clean-up of the school grounds.  Find out more, RSVP:  Campbell Elementary.
  • Arlington Library Focus Group: Saturday June 5, 10 am - noon l Arlington County is hosting a focus group to hear our community’s ideas on the future of the Library system.  Refreshments will be served and all participants will be entered into a raffle for an Apple iPod.  Find out more: Focus Group.
  • Relay for Life of Arlington: Saturday, June 19 - Sunday, June 20 l  Volunteers are needed to help with various tasks at this year's Relay for Life at Wakefield High School, including set-up, registration, luminaria, clean-up, etc.  Find out more: email this year's Event Chair and volunteer coordinator, Layla Bonnot.
  • Pack Vital Goods for People in Afghanistan: Sunday, June 27, 10 am - 1 pm | Volunteers will meet at a local thrift shop to box donated goods -- clothes, shoes, blankets, stuffed animals -- for villagers in Afghanistan. Afterward, those who have cars are needed to transport the boxes to Merrifield Post Office for immediate shipment.  Find out more, RSVP: Vital Goods.
  • Other Volunteering Opportunities: Find some other volunteering opportunities you might be interested in here.

There's a lot of good stuff to take in, so thank you for reading!  Hope to see you at an upcoming event!

All the best,

Tiffany A. Kudravetz
Community Volunteer Network (CVN)
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