Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CVN Volunteer Profile: Heather Rabinowitz

This post is one in a series on CVN volunteers. We've asked volunteers questions about volunteering to give you a sense of why people choose to volunteer with CVN, and to get to know some of our AWESOME volunteers. If you'd like to be highlighted, e-mail us at cvn.bloggers@gmail.com.

Name of volunteer: Heather Rabinowitz

Position with CVN: Monthly Meet-Up Lead

Hometown: Herndon, VA

What first drew you to CVN? CVN provided flexible and local volunteer opportunities that I could do with other individuals my age.

Why do you think it's important to volunteer? It is important to give back to the community you live in. I like the following verse from the bible and it is one of the many reasons I enjoy volunteering. " As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10

How do you balance volunteering with work, etc.? I schedule volunteer events and then schedule everything else around those commitments. I make volunteering a priority and do the proper time management to make sure it happens.

Though a community is made up of MANY needs, what three causes are you most drawn to volunteer with? I enjoy volunteer activities where I get the opportunity to interact with people (e.g. serving food at a kitchen for the homeless), perform physical tasks (e.g. house painting), and help the environment (e.g. stream clean up).

What's the name and website of an organization or non-profit you'd like others to know about, and in a sentence, what do they do? The National Osteoporosis Foundation is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, the promotion of strong bones for life and the reduction of human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research. Their website is www.nof.org.

Throughout your life, what was the most memorable time you volunteered and why? I really enjoyed participating in Relay for Life at James Madison University (JMU). I fundraised and participated in the event three different years at JMU. It felt good supporting such an important cause (fighting cancer) while staying up all night walking and hanging out with friends.


  1. Many thanks to Heather for joining our Social Committee as the new Monthly Meet-Up Lead. It's nice to have you as part of CVN's leadership!

  2. Heather, you are going to be awesome as the Monthly Meet-up Lead, looking forward to seeing you at a meet-up soon!

  3. Surprised we never overlapped with JMU Relay for Life! I was on the Luminaria committee one year and a Team Captain another year.

  4. Thanks Tiffany and Lisa!

    @servicedriven - I did Relay for Life w/some friends sophmore year and with my business frat (AKPsi) junior and senior year. It was always a good time... just very cold!