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Fannie Mae Volunteers Give a Helping Hand Around McNair ES

You may have noticed some new faces this February around McNair Elementary School (2499 Thomas Jefferson Drive).

About 15 volunteers from Fannie Mae’s Reston office have been helping out at the school.

“As a new partner, the firm has offered to provide volunteers on a monthly basis as a way to give back to the Reston and Herndon communities,” according to Fairfax County Public Schools.

The volunteers have been busy supporting read-aloud initiatives and the school’s holiday luncheon, according to FCPS.

The school community can expect the volunteers to help through the end of the year.

Image via Google Maps

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Nominations Open for Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards

Calling all Fairfax County volunteers — nominations recently opened for the 2019 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards.

Established in 1993, the awards honor individuals, groups and organizations that have volunteered through a broad range of activities and programs that primarily benefitted the Fairfax County community.

The nominees are required to have completed their service hours in either Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, the Town of Herndon, the Town of Vienna or the City of Falls Church, unless nominated for the RSVP Competitive Award.

Individuals and groups can be nominated in one of 14 competitive categories and four non-competitive categories. Some of the categories are broken down by “youth,” “adult” and “senior” awards.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m.

All nominees will receive a complimentary invitation to Volunteer Fairfax’s annual county-wide volunteer recognition event, which takes place on April 24 at the Waterford in Springfield.

Photo via Volunteer Fairfax 

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Volunteers Sought for Reston Association Committees

Reston Association is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on two committees.

The covenants committee is looking for one volunteer to fill a vacancy for the North Point district seat for a three-year term.  The panel administers the use and maintenance covenants detailed in the Reston Deed of Dedication by reviewing violations, developing use and maintenance standards, and considering requests for temporary exception permits, among other duties. Meetings are typically held the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in RA’s headquarters. 

The elections committee is also seeking volunteers to serve on the panel, which administers the annual election of RA Board of Directors. It meets periodically before, during and after each election cycle. Every spring, RA members are given the chance to elect three new individuals to the board.

Applications are available online and anyone with questions should email [email protected] for more information.

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Volunteers Needed for Flavors of Fall on Oct. 6

Volunteers are needed to help put on Flavors of Fall, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s annual festival, which is set for Oct. 6.

Although most of the 200 volunteer positions are filled, organizers say there are some opportunities open.

Individual volunteers will receive a volunteer T-shirt and twelve Flavors of Fall tickets. The festival includes a full day of food, entertainment and fun in Reston Town Center. Corporate teams will also receive a featured slot on the festival’s website, selected event signage, and the event guide.

Interested individuals can sign up online. Volunteers serving alcohol or checking identification must attend a mandatory alcohol service training.

Anyone with questions should email Alicia Liddle at [email protected].

Photo via Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

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Holiday Help: Basket Donations For Herndon-Reston FISH

Herndon Reston FISHHerndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) has a record number of requests for food baskets this holiday season. For Thanksgiving, 500 baskets were distributed and the same number will be distributed in December. Although FISH has held several successful food drives, the nonprofit is short of food for the December baskets.

FISH needs donations of food or money to buy food (please mark cash donations for food baskets).

Donations should be left before Friday, Dec. 13 at:

Bargain Loft (Operated by Herndon-Reston FISH),  336 Victory Parkway Drive, Herndon

FISH needs:

For families: Costco sized flats of tuna fish, peanut-butter and soup. They will be spilt up across may food baskets.

For seniors: baskets with the following items listed below, which can be provided separately or as a complete food basket.

2 cans low sodium soup

3 cans 8 oz vegetables or two cans 15oz

1 or 2 cans tuna or protein (salmon, chicken or peanut butter)

1 can low sodium chili ( or main dish)

Beans (1 package dry or 2 small cans)

Rice

1 macaroni and cheese

1 package pasta

1 small spaghetti sauce

1 box cereal

1 small juice (juice boxes)

1 Jello

1 tea/coffee – suggest small individual packs

1 small fruit – canned or set of single serve of apple sauce

Know a group that needs holiday help, either through volunteers or donations, this season? Tell us at [email protected].

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