NV Rides April 2021 Newsletter

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2021 Volunteer Appreciation BLUE

April is National Volunteer Month

We are only able to carry out our mission of serving older adults in Northern Virginia because of our corps of dedicated volunteer drivers who give freely of themselves day in and day out. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a year like no other, and we cannot thank our volunteers enough for their selfless service during the most difficult of circumstances. Thinking back to March of 2020, we had no idea if our network would survive the pandemic. The fact that we are here today, thriving and serving at the same capacity as we did prior to the pandemic, shows the grit, dedication and perseverance of our volunteers.

Thank you seems like it is not a big enough sentiment for the debt of gratitude that we have for you. We look forward to being able to bring everyone together to celebrate our successes once the pandemic has passed and it is safe to once again gather. In the meantime, please know that we hold you all in our thoughts and we send well wishes for good health and much happiness for you all as we enter the spring and summer months.

Please continue to stay safe!

Kicking off the new grant cycle with MWASH-COG

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) awarded a two-year grant to the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) to fund transportation programs that support volunteer driving networks for non-driving seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland. The grant cycle started in March and will continue until 2022.

The grant will be used to train drivers and administrators, pay for licensing fees for ride-scheduling software for all of our partners, cover the cost of background checks for all drivers, provide marketing materials and advise community organizations on how to recruit and retain volunteers.

“We are grateful for this grant. It allows JCA and the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia to continue our support of volunteer driver transportation programs which allow seniors and adults with disabilities in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Northern Virginia to age in place,” said Sara Fought, JCA’s senior director of the Center for Information Services.

Having access to safe and reliable transportation options is a key factor in successful aging in place. Pozez JCC’s NV Rides has 14 community organization partners and is growing, noted Jennifer Kanarek, manager of NV Rides.

“The need for volunteer transportation options for seniors and adults with disabilities is only increasing,” Kanarek said. “We are delighted that Transportation Planning Board and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments understands this critical need in the community and will continue to support our mission to add and enhance volunteer driver programs for seniors who wish to age in place in Northern Virginia.

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at COG approved funding for 24 projects that support mobility for seniors and those with disabilities. The grant will be partially matched Fairfax County and other sources and will allow the programs to be fully funded through 2022.

New tag line for NV Rides logo

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We are pleased to unveil our new tag line for the NV Rides logo, NV Rides: A Network for Volunteer Transportation. Our logo was created when the program was first rolled out in 2014, and as the program has evolved and broadened its scope over the years, we realized that the “Join-Volunteer-Ride" tag line did not fully encompass or explain who we are and what we do. We believe that the new tag better communicates our role in the community to individuals in need of rides and potential volunteer drivers.

Herndon Village Network color logo. The words of the organization with the first letter in each word colored in red.

Save the Date: Saturday May 8th community shredding event

Herndon Village Network is sponsoring a free community shred event on Saturday May 8th from 10am-12:30pm at Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace Street, Herndon, VA. Get a jump start on your spring cleaning! Securely destroy old papers you no longer need.

Limit: Three standard paper boxes per person.
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia color logo
Jewish Council on Aging color logo. Three yellow brush strokes fitted around a circle with the letters JCA in teal in the center
The County of Fairfax, Virginia logo. It is the seal of the county with an orange border with the words of the county.
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