About CVN

Community Volunteer Network (CVN) is an active social network of young adults (20s & 30s) dedicated to making a positive difference in Arlington through volunteering, building networks, socializing, and developing leaders.

El programa Community Volunteer Network (CVN, siglas en español) es una red activa social de adultos jóvenes (en sus 20’s y 30’s) dedicados a hacer una diferencia positiva en Arlington a través del voluntarismo, construyendo nuevas redes, socializando y desarrollando liderazgo.

Everyone is encouraged to attend our monthly meetups and attend and lead volunteer activities and events. There are currently 3 voting officers that serve as a volunteer leadership team to guide, plan, and make decisions for CVN along with the County Liaison:

-- Chair: Provides overall leadership
Garry Knobler, CVN.chair@gmail.com

-- Volunteer Chair: Coordinates monthly and recurring volunteer opportunities.
Vacant, CVN.m.volunteering@gmail.com

-- Communications Chair: Coordinates publicity and communication.
Vacant, CVN.communications@gmail.com

-- County Liaison (Volunteer Arlington Staff) – non-voting; provides support to the leadership team
Vacant, CVN.admin@gmail.com

-- Social Committee: Organizes all social gatherings
Vacant, CVN.social@gmail.com

-- Launched in 2003, Community Role Models (CRM) is the brainchild of County Board Member Walter Tejada.
-- In April 2004 a steering committee assembled to guide the direction of the program. The program got started with a kick off event at Whitlows on Wilson in May 2004. There were 65 CRM volunteers in attendance.
-- In 2004 and 2005 CRM volunteers organized learning forums and volunteer activities. The steering committee also developed a 4 year strategic plan.
-- In 2006 CRM held a speaker series and partnered with Eric Legg of PRCR to launch the What’s Up Arlington newsletter and blog.
-- In 2007, the leadership team was formed and the first chairman was selected. It was then that the monthly meetups started. CRM’s leadership team was recognized by Arlington County as an Outstanding Volunteer Team.
-- In 2008, CRM was recognized with an Acts of Caring Award by the National Association of Counties.
-- In 2008, CRM changed its name to Community Volunteer Network (CVN).
-- In July 2008, Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom took over as County Liaison to the program.
-- In January 2009, Brendan O’Connor took over as Chair of the newly named CVN.
--In July 2009, CVN celebrated five years of success at the Arlington Arts Center with Board Member Walter Tejada, nationally recognized nonprofit leader Robert Egger, and WJLA reporter, Scott Thurman.
--In Fall 2009, CVN conducted online surveys and held a meeting for stakeholders of CVN to analyze the survey results and discuss the future of CVN.
--In 2010, CVN expanded into a committee structure that enabled more volunteers to have leadership roles.
--In March 2010, CVN launched a new blog, the CVN Forum to encourage dialogue within the CVN network.
--In April 2010, Brendan O’Connor was recognized as an Arlington County Outstanding Volunteer.
--In May 2010, Tiffany Kudravetz took over as the third Chair of CVN.
--In April 2011, the CVN Recurring Volunteering Committee was recognized as an Arlington County Outstanding Volunteer Team.
--In April 2011, Meredith Meade took over as the fourth Chair of CVN.
--In April 2011, Tiffany Kudravetz took over as the County Liaison to the program.
--In May 2011, CVN received a Deutsche Post DHL Living Responsibility Fund Grant to support the group’s recurring gardening projects.
--In June 2011, CVN was recognized with the Innovative Program Award from the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government.
--In Fall 2011, CVN conducted another online survey and held a meeting for stakeholders of CVN to analyze the survey results and discuss the future of CVN.
--In January 2012, Garry Knobler took over as the fifth Chair of CVN.