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Reston Association's Corporate Volunteer Program offers expertise in community service to corporations and businesses by creating customized, hands-on group volunteer projects that complement team building, leadership development, and philanthropy initiatives. Through this program, RA staff will develop and coordinate all aspects of your company’s community service volunteer project.
Who We Are
Reston Association is one the largest community association in the U.S. RA serves over 60,000 residents in Reston. Even though we’re not a “town” per se, we provide services and programs similar to a town or city government. We own and maintain over 1,300 acres of parkland, 15 outdoor pools and 48 tennis courts, a 72-acre Nature Center, 55 miles of pathways and four man-made lakes.
Your projects will go through the Friends of Reston. The Friends of Reston was established in 1999 to support the Reston Association in bringing valuable projects to the community. With over 1,300 acres of open space and so many great ideas for improvements and new initiatives, the association alone does not have the financial or human resources to make them all happen in a given budget year. Having the 501(c)3 Friends group allows the association to tap into other resources to bring great community projects to fruition on our land, at our facilities and within our programs.
Why Partner With Us?
The Corporate Volunteer Program projects are designed to be enjoyable, fulfilling and to give a sense of ownership in the Reston community. We have individual or group, one-time or ongoing opportunities. Whatever your industry or size, RA can help your company meet its philanthropic, marketing and team building goals. Companies partner with RA because it's good business – your volunteers and financial support strengthen the Reston community.
To get started, complete the Volunteer Application (link on the top right side of this page). Volunteer Reston Manager, Ha Brock, will work with you to design a volunteer experience that will have a major impact on those you serve while also making sure we stay aligned with your corporate philanthropic mission.
Here are some volunteer opportunities to select from. Should you have something specific in mind, we would love to hear your ideas.
Individual Activities – Serve on our boards or committees. Our advisory committees are where you can really immerse yourself in a cause or area that suits you. Advisory committees are comprised of RA members who provide advice on association matters and perform such duties as may be requested by the Board of Directors. Advisory committees exist for a term of one year from the annual or initial meeting of the Board of Directors and may be renewed at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Click here to read more about RA's committees.
Special Project Donations – Some projects involve the opportunity to donate funds towards the purchase of plants and supplies that we would otherwise not have the money to buy.
Habitat Heroes Projects – Every fourth Saturday of each month from March-November or a half or all-day event during the week. Opportunities for up to 50 volunteers to clear invasive exotic species and increase biodiversity in Reston’s natural areas.
Annual Events – Companies can sponsor and engage employees in our one-day special events such as MLK Day of Service (January), Spring Festival (April), Reston Multicultural Festival (September) and the Halloween House & Trick or Treat Trail to benefit the Nature House (October).
Adopt-a-Recycling Bin – Help Reston increase recycling in the community. Attractive recycling bins are needed at Reston’s tennis courts. Select the court of your choice Reston Association will manage the recyclables. Donation amount: $475, the cost includes an engraved plaque.
Reston Association has built long-lasting relationships with various community partners. Below are some of our corporate volunteers who participated in volunteer projects with RA.
Deloitte Impact Day (June 10, 2016)
Imagine over 20,000 people around the U.S. dropping everything on the same day to engage with local nonprofits and make an impact that matters to the communities in which they live, work, play and get involved. Reston was the benefactor of Deloitte Impact Day, a nationwide effort to support nonprofits with a work day. Deloitte provided 85 volunteers, paint, paint supplies, plants and much more to beautify and restore Browns Chapel Park. It now looks clean and inviting to residents and campers. We are grateful to Deloitte for selecting us year after year as a recipient. (View photos on Facebook)
CA Technologies (April 15, 2016)
CA Technologies employees participated in RA’s Garlic Mustard Challenge at Buttermilk Creek Trail and helped remove this invasive plant from our habitat.
Merritt Group (April 22, 2016)
Thank you Merritt Group for participating in our Earth Day project at the Walker Nature Center by helping to plant native species in the area.
Leidos (April 22, 2016)
Thank you Leidos for participating in our Earth Day project at the Walker Nature Center by helping to plant native species in the area.
Bechtel employees participated in a Community Cleanup at Bordeaux Recreation Area, thank you for your service to the Reston community.
TCG (April 16, 2016)
TCG employees came out to participate in the 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean Up – it was a successful Saturday as Reston community members helped to restore our natural areas.
Community Partner of the Year – U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
RA’s Science Summer Camp has been hosted by the United States Geological Survey for over 20 years. The USGS building manager’s team supply the space and volunteered their efforts to make sure RA has a top notch Science Camp. The team goes to bat for RA in requesting space to use during the summer months. There were tighter demands on space this past year, but they were again able to reserve a place for 60 children to attend camp at the USGS campus. The Team’s passion for children and science is why they go to great lengths to find the best space and people to teach the children in the Reston community. In addition to spending many hours preparing materials and the lecture space the team also recruits current and past USGS employees to come to camp weekly to teach and be guest scientists.
The guest scientists share with the campers specific topics relating to their science field. They also have a passion they want to share with tomorrow’s leaders, and the only way to make sure it is passed on is to get involved, volunteer and teach it to them. They demonstrate the exciting ways to learn and have fun in the sciences with hours of curriculum planning, experimental prepping, and gathering supplies during time outside of their daily jobs with USGS.
This year, each speaker had a different skill of getting new ideas and concepts to stick for the campers to learn. The guest scientists are great leaders for the children to emulate as they spoke with such passion and excitement about their topics to hopefully one day lead the next generation into the sciences. All of the people that work with or for USGS gave the children that attended Science Camp an avenue of learning and a platform for new experiences. Some of these children may not have been exposed in school or their daily lives to some of the "ologies" they encountered at summer camp 2016.