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Reston Interfaith helps people build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, childcare, food or financial assistance.  

April 2012 



Volunteers - They Make An Impact Every Day 

Each April brings two unique events which allow Reston Interfaith the opportunity to celebrate individuals and organizations creating meaningful change in our community. On April 12, Reston Interfaith partners with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce to present the 21st Annual Best of Reston Awards Gala celebrating the outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations of our community who have shown tremendous commitment to improving the lives of others. The proceeds of the Best of Reston event are donated to Reston Interfaith's programs and services. 


During National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, Reston Interfaith will also celebrate our 2,700 volunteers who work beside our staff to help address our clients' challenges and encourage them to accomplish their goals. Volunteers see the side panel below for more information on the April 19 reception. 


Please join us this April and get involved.  Discover the benefits of volunteering and be part of the collective power to foster a positive transformation in our community. You can start by clicking here to begin volunteering with Reston Interfaith and read more about the Best of Reston below.



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Partnering to Improve Lives


The YMCA of Reston recently made a generous contribution of 35 annual family memberships.  For many of our families, this is the first time they have had access to high-quality recreation facilities and programs. It is especially important for children to have access to the tools that can enhance their wellness. Our clients are now able to develop new life skills, learn how to swim and start an exercise routine.


We applaud the Reston YMCA for helping people make positive changes in their lives. 



 Volunteer Reception April 19


Reston Interfaith's success in helping our neighbors move towards self-sufficiency is due in large part each year to the individuals who serve as volunteers. As part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we would like to invite all our volunteers to a special thank you celebration on Thursday, April 19 at the Walker Nature Center from 5:30-7pm.  For more information about volunteering, or to RSVP for the reception please click here.


Reston Interfaith Named a Finalist for the 2012 Helios Apollo Awards


This premier awards program recognizes 
employers in the Washington metropolitan region that invest in employee development initiatives that make an impact. Reston Interfaith is one of six finalists in the Tria award category, which is for companies with 101-175 employees. "This year's finalists stand out as the D.C. region's best in executing impactful human capital management

 programs," said Kathy Albarado, president and CEO, Helios. "We congratulate Reston Interfaith on being named a finalist and look forward to coming together in May to celebrate all the finalists."  


Upcoming Events Benefiting Reston Interfaith


Friday, April 6 - Tropical Smoothie Cafe from 5-7pm. Plaza America, donates up to 25% of sales. Click here for more information. 


Tuesday, May 1 - Reston Smile Partners Fundraiser, Old Brogue Irish Pub, Great Falls. Click here for more information.


Friday, May 11 - Night at the Races! 7-11pm

Hosted by Keller Williams at the Hidden Creek Country Club. Contact Mike Coffey for information and tickets.


Saturday, May 12 - Maude Cut-A-Thon - Maude's Hair Salon, Herndon. Click here for more information.


May 26 - 28, ViVa! Vienna!

Click here for more information.   


Sunday, June 10 - Love Your Body Day, Reston Town Center. Click here for more information. 


Thursday, June 28 - P&R Architects Food Drive, Reston Town Center.

bestof restoncircleMake Plans to be Part of the Best of Reston Awards - April 12


Make reservations to attend today! According to Karen Cleveland, "The room is full, it's fun, and everyone is dressed up! But it's not the glam;

What is Best of Reston
the Best of Reston is about celebrating the people of greater Reston."  Proceeds from the event support the programs and services of Reston Interfaith. Click here for more information and to read the honoree biographies. Take a few minutes and enjoy the What is Best of Reston video.  


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Reston Interfaith's website is redesigned but you can still find us at www.restoninterfaith.org. Our new site incorporates many new and improved features and is designed to help visitors quickly locate the information and services they need. This project was made possible through a generous anonymous donor. The design firm Red Thinking LLC guided the creation of the new look. Click here to view the site and take time to review a variety of new client success stories videos and testimonials. We would like to hear what you think of the new website, click here to email your comments. 


hthcommunitywalkTaking Giant Steps in 2011
to End Homelessness

With a record 1,945 walkers stepping out in the Community Walk, multiple mini-walks, and the National Walk on the Mall, Reston Interfaith received $102,741 in proceeds from the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region as a partner in the 2011 Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk Program. 
Reston Interfaith will invest these funds to help families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes. Thank you everyone for your generous support.
There are many more neighbors who could use our help. Watch for announcements about the 2012 Help the Homeless Walks coming up this summer and fall. Click here for more information.


golfGolf and Give Back at the Annual Rucker Memorial Tournament


Mark your calendar for the 18th Annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament to take place Monday, July 16 at River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA. Enjoy an outstanding day of golf, networking, delicious food and drinks, and a silent and live auction. Golf and specialty sponsorship opportunities are available now. Click here to learn how to support Reston Interfaith by spending a day on the golf course.


A Heartfelt Thank You...


- To the Wine Cabinet for hosting and making a generous donation from their March 10 wine tasting event.    


- To Reston Center for Dentistry & Blossom Kids' General Dentistry for organizing an ice skating fundraiser.


- To Marymount University Reston Campus for coordinating a food drive. 


- To Lakeport Cluster for organizing a food drive and making a generous donation.


- To Floris United Methodist Church for donating Easter baskets for our younger clients.


- To RealNetworks Foundation for awarding Reston Interfaith a grant to support our Foreclosure Prevention program.


- To Freddie Mac employees for prepping nearly 2,000 Best of Reston invitations for mailing.


- To Reston Bible Church for providing dinner and decorations to celebrate 12 new moms at the Healthy Families Spring Baby Shower.


-To Sharon Coviak for providing wonderful gift bags for each of the new moms at the Healthy Families Spring Baby Shower.


- To fantastic Hunter Mill District Coat Closet Volunteers who distributed over 4,500 coats and nearly 2,000 accessories at the Hunter Mill District Coat Closet between November 2011 and March 2012.


-To all groups and individuals who brought warm, delicious meals to those served by the North County Hypothermia Prevention Program each night from December 2011 through March 2012.


- To Sandy Amato, Greg McKinney and Fanny Laske for providing cooking classes at the Emergency and Self-Sufficiency Services Program and the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center.


- To MOM's Organic Market in Herndon for donating weekly to our food pantry.


The Embry Rucker Community Shelter sends a special thanks....


- To Booz Allen Hamilton employees for providing a St. Patrick's Day party and helping hands to store donations.


- To President Scott Wheatley and members of the Oakton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the blankets and hygiene kits.


- To St. Timothy's Episcopal Church for their donation to replace a kitchen appliance.


 - To Thompson Hospitality and recruiter Tina Clements for hosting a job fair.


- To Arlinda Hanna and family, Rashmi Sharma, and Maneet Asthana for catering meals.


- To Noah Epstein for volunteering at the front desk in the evenings. 


- To ACUMC-Almost Angels group for donating Easter baskets.


- To Keller Williams Realty for donating the proceeds of their Texas Hold'em Fundraiser. 


- To Fox Mill Elementary School students for coordinating a sock drive.


- To American Press Institute for their in-kind donation.



Reston Interfaith

11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston, VA 20190 


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