Thursday, September 9, 2010

CVN Monthly Update - September

CVN Chair's Report

Recently, we've seen a lot of new faces at our meet-ups and at volunteer events.  It's always fun to welcome people to the group and very encouraging when they choose to stay involved.  However, coming to the first event can be a little nerve-wracking whether you are alone or with a friend.  To those of you reading our emails, but a little nervous to show up, I encourage you to just do it!  Our meet-ups are very low key, everyone is exceptionally friendly and welcoming, and you already have a few things in common with everyone there -- you live in or near Arlington, you're around the same age, and you're interested in volunteering.

Whether you're a regular volunteer or looking to get a better sense of CVN before you jump in, I encourage you to read our blog, The CVN Forum, and leave comments.  By doing so, you'll hear from other volunteers, learn about local non-profits and events, and develop a connection to the greater volunteering community.  If you're interested in sharing your experience, we'd love to hear from you!  Please send us an email at to add your voice to the conversation.

I hope to see everyone at next week's meet-up or at an event soon!

Find us on the web
Community Calendar
  • Day of Service - Saturday, September 11, all day, more details
  • Northern Virginia Senior Olympics - Saturday 18, 8:30 am- 2:00 pm, more details
  • NOVAM Red Ribbon Gala Thursday, September 23, more details
Check out CVN's calendar or browse other volunteering opportunities in Arlington.
Upcoming CVN Events
  • September Monthly Meetup @ Hard Times Cafe (Clarendon) - Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Join CVN at Hard Times Cafe to learn more about our upcoming events and meet fellow volunteers. Our Chair, Tiffany, also turns 30 on this date.  To help her celebrate, we have set a goal to collect 30 items (or more) for Doorways for Women and Families, a homeless shelter for those affected by domestic violence. We will also have Simone Schonenberger, Doorway's Volunteer Coordinator, speak about this organization and how you can get further involved.  Find out more and RSVP on Facebook: September Meet Up RSVP
  • Committee of 100 -Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (dinner), 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (program) | Join the Committee of 100 for dinner and a discussion.  Check out recent videos of CVN participants and contact our Committee of 100 Lead Sara Abramson with questions. Find out more, RSVP: Committee of 100 RSVP
  • Gleaning with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) - Saturday, September 18, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. l Are you interested in reconnecting with your farming roots?  Gleaning is gathering crops by hand in a field that has already been harvested. It is also one of the ways that AFAC provides fresh fruit and vegetables to their clients AND a great chance for you to get out of Arlington for a fun volunteer event!  Find out more, RSVP: Gleaning Sign Up
  • Arlington County Emergency Exercise - Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. l Arlington County will be participating in a regional exercise to test the County's capacity to manage volunteers during a disaster.  During a simulated exercise, CVN will join other groups to act as spontaneous volunteers who report to the Volunteer Reception Center to help out. If you are interested in helping your community be more prepared for a disaster, you should participate!   Find out more, RSVP: Emergency Simulation Sign Up
  • Recurring Volunteering @ Cherrydale - Saturday, September 25, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | TimeSlips is a creative storytelling method that helps people with dementia reaffirm their humanity and connect with staff, family, and friends. CVN volunteers, along with Creative Community Connections, will lead the TimeSlips sessions at Cherrydale Rehabilitation Center. Find out more, RSVP: Cherrydale Sign Up
  • Recurring Volunteering @ ATS Community Garden - Sunday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Come check out this CVN recurring event—helping maintain and improve the schoolyard garden at Arlington Traditional School. You'll enjoy an active afternoon and a fun, dynamic group interested in small-space gardening, local food, and environmental ed. If you haven't attended before, contact Brynn Slate to get details on this and other related activities—field trips, discussions, shared meals, and more! Find out more, RSVP: Garden Sign Up 
  • Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN) Annual Mini-Walk - Sunday, September 26, 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. l Come support AMEN's mission to provide emergency assistance to homeless Arlingtonians and others in need at their annual mini-walk. Volunteers will be decorating, setting up registration tables, helping with registration, and cleaning up.  The walk will be followed by a celebration of AMEN's 35th anniversary.  Find out more, RSVP: Mini Walk Sign Up 
  • Fall Kickball - CVN Kicks Grass kicks off its fall season on September 16th at 8:00 p.m.  Games will be played Thursday nights at Quincy Park followed by some social time at Rhodeside Bar and Grill in Courthouse.  Come out and cheer us on or meet us after a game.  We'd love to have you join us!  Click here to see the team's full schedule.
Last Month in Pictures

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