Service Projects

TRAIL CLEAN_UPS

NOVA RPCV conducts quarterly trail cleanups, rain or shine, along our adopted trail in Reston.

We partner with a local nonprofit, Reston Association, which provides grabbers and trash and recycling bags to collect what we see along the trail and nearby area.

We recommend you bring your own gloves for extra comfort and protect from the possible handling of trash difficult to reach with grabbers.

This is a fun outside Third Goal activity for the whole family! We usually finish within an hour or so; it depends on the number of volunteers participating.

Please mark your calendars: our next trail cleanup will be on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 10a to 12 noon.

 

 

 

 

RESTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 

NOVA RPCV provides information to festival participants about the U.S. Peace Corps and about NOVA RPCV 

 

 

For our annual booth at the Reston Multicultural Festival in late September, we typically host our popular map activity, where attendees place colored push pins in a large map, according to predetermined categories. This provides an engaging way to become familiar with our diverse local community.

We also host an around the world photo booth activity that showcases traditional dress, fabrics, and artifacts representing a diverse range of cultures.

Finally, we give away Peace Corps swag and information to those interested, including for the kids.

This Festival has always been a meaningful and fun event for the whole family. 

If you arrive early enough, volunteers and Festival attendees have the opportunity to watch as new US Citizens are naturalized live on stage. 

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Due to COVID-19 Reston has canceled the 2020 Multi-Cultural Festival

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MAP ACTIVITY

 

 

PHOTO BOOTH

Support for Refugees in the Northern Virginia Area

As we help welcome new refugees to our community, we pack together 25 Toiletry Kits, 25 Cleaning Kits, and five Linen Kits.  All kits directly benefit refugees being resettled in our area.  Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area's Refugee and Immigrant Services program works in partnership with the U.S. State Department to welcome and resettle refugees from around the world, including Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and West Africa.

We have completed four successful and fun packing party events! To date, we've packed and donated about 215 total Welcome Kits. We have light refreshments available and music for your listening pleasure. 

Let's get packing - save the date for February 2021!

(We'll send out more information in November/December 2020)

This is an official Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership peace project (MOU signed in 2014 and renewed in 2017) between the Falls Church Rotary Club and Northern Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. For Rotarians and anyone who is interested, Rotary Peace Day is on February 23, and marks the anniversary (115th in 2020) of Rotary’s beginning in 1905. For those affiliated with the Peace Corps and anyone who is interested, the date of March 1 marks the anniversary (59th in 2020) of the Peace Corps’ beginning in 1961. Both Rotary and Peace Corps have embarked on similar missions to help others through projects that benefit communities in need and together, we have a greater impact.