A bi-monthly publication of Volunteer Fairfax

Lead. Connect. Mobilize. | May 2021

LEAD: Are You Ready? A message from Volunteer Fairfax CEO Steve Mutty

This issue of AMPLIFY marks the beginning of our 47th year of mobilizing people and resources to meet community needs in Northern Virginia. As an organization, and as a society, we have come a long way during that span of time and have “evolved” in many respects. In some respects, however, there is much more work ahead of us.

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The Invisibility of Racism: I, We, and Us | May 26th - 10:00 am

As we continue the journey of shifting from a white dominant culture to a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture, you are cordially invited to join us for a panel discussion addressing the Invisibility of Racism as we examine our personal journeys, explore the role that leaders and organizations play in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and realize how racial disparities are tied to our systems and communities. Panel Presenters: Tamara Lucas Copeland, Past President - WRAG; Luisa Boyarski, Georgetown University and Kim Jones, NonProfit Village. (pictured below)

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CONNECT: Meet Darr Jenkins (& Findley)

In this issue of Amplify, we begin a series of Blogspots where VF staffers share conversations with volunteers, supporters, colleagues, and others who are supporting the legacy of volunteerism. Meet Darr Jenkins, a Corporate Responsibility Specialist with Leidos.

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MOBILIZE: No One Right Way: Creating New Systems for Volunteer Engagement | June 16th - 10:00 am

The Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators held a series of listening sessions with BIPOC volunteers to learn more about the barriers put up by the “one right way” mentality, along with brainstorming other ways of engaging volunteers that are more inclusive and equitable. Join us as Lisa Joyslin (pictured right) leads a discussion around the key themes of what interviewed volunteers had to say.

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Volunteers 55+ Impacting Their Communities

The Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) continues its work connecting AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers to non-profit organizations throughout the community. In conjunction with the AmeriCorps Seniors rebrand, which helps create a cohesive brand around public service, RSVP has also rebranded. The new logo features a honeybee which serves as a symbol of the AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer: one who works for the collective and the greater good. The open combs behind the honeybee are symbolic of the community needs the AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer works to fill.

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