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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.  

May 2012 


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Nick and Peg Brown, Jean Pacelli, Kerrie Wilson, Marilyn Silvey representing United Christian Parish, and Susan Alger
Inspiring Volunteers 

Volunteer Fairfax recently recognized outstanding volunteers through their Service Awards program. This year Reston Interfaith is honored to have four award winners, a few of the shining stars of our volunteer program.

Jean Pacelli has volunteered at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter since the fall of 2009. 
She has provided a peaceful and comforting presence at the front desk in the midst of various crises. Click here to read more about our inspiring volunteers. 



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 Reston Smile Partners


Hats off to Reston Smile Partners, a dedicated group of volunteer dental professionals, who provided free dental care for 45 Reston Interfaith clients since March 2011. Special thanks to Dr. Fred Dibbs and his wife, Cindy for hosting a reception that raised almost $5,000 for essential dental lab services. Click here to learn more about Reston Smile Partners. 


"Adopt-a-Day" Bagged Lunch Program

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Every single day the Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS) distributes 60 bagged meals to those who drop in seeking a nutritious meal. We are looking for individuals or groups who are willing to make a once-a-month or the "fifth day of the month" donation of lunches. For more information about bagged lunch preparation and delivery, please click here.


If you would like to participate in this program, please contact Nate King, Community Resource Associate, 571-323-9569.   


Upcoming Events Benefiting Reston Interfaith


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.


Saturday, May 19 -

Connections for Hope 2nd Annual Footprints for Hope Walk. 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 - Perkowitz + Ruth Architects Food Drive, Reston Town Center.


Food Pantry Shelves Critically Low


Food for distribution has reached critically low levels and donations are needed! Please consider doing a food drive to benefit the food pantry or take the food pantry list with you when you grocery shop. 


Click here to see the ESSP Food Pantry wish list or contact Alacia Earley, Volunteer and Drives Manager to organize a food drive. 


hthwalk11Help the Homelessness Walk and More

Reston Interfaith has been a partner in and beneficiary of Fannie Mae's Help the Homeless Walk for several years. This effort raises funds and public awareness of homelessness in Northern Fairfax County. Plans are being made now to engage more participants than ever before. The options for a physical activity have expanded to be more than walks this year. 


Save the date for Reston Interfaith's 9th Annual Community Walk to End Homelessness on Sunday, October 14. Click here to learn more. 


Be looking for ways you can learn, raise more funds, and build a better community. For more information, please contact Ali Robbins, Special Events Manager, 571-323-9572.


golfGolf and Give Back at the Annual Rucker Memorial Tournament


Mark your calendar for the 18th Annual Rucker Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, July 16 at River Creek Club in Leesburg, VA. Enjoy an outstanding day of golf, networking, delicious food and drinks, and silent and live auctions. 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.


Help the Environment and Our Shelter!


Here's a unique way you can help the Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS) and improve the habitat!  ERCS is experiencing erosion and ground flooding. Wetland Studies and Solutions volunteered a plan to alleviate these problems. To fully implement the plan we need volunteer gardeners to plant seeds and seedlings and to foster their growth this summer. These plants will be transplanted to the ERCS this fall. Click here for a list of the plants that are on our planting plan. 


Please contact Susan Alger to discuss ways you can help. This would be a great group project for families, scouts, garden clubs and others!


Best of Reston Thank You


Thank you to event co-chairs Mike Clarke of Access National Bank and Valerie Romano Novak of Adventures in Paradise who led the effort to raise $405,000 for the programs and services of Reston Interfaith. We are grateful to all our business and community partners who took part in this annual event that celebrates individuals, businesses and community organizations for outstanding community service.


Click here to see the inspiring videos about the 2012 honorees and a special tribute to the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce on its 30th Anniversary.



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A Heartfelt Thank You...


To the Potomac School-for providing students to assist in the classrooms at Laurel Learning Center and complete clean-up tasks around the Embry Rucker Community Shelter during their semi-annual day of service.


To Whole Foods at Plaza America, Harris Teeter, and Moe's Southwest Grill in Woodland Park for providing delicious food for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception.


To Comcast for providing materials and 56 wonderful volunteers to clean and landscape the Laurel Learning Center playground during their Comcast Cares Day of Service.


To the Levinson Family for donating fruits and vegetables, which were part of the centerpieces at Noah's Bar Mitzvah.  


The Embry Rucker Community Shelter sends a special thanks for help on the Shelter Erosion Control Project to...


- Navy Federal Credit Union for providing materials and a large group of amazing volunteers.


- WellPointe for providing volunteers


- Aaron Gilman for sharing his expertise and energy



Reston Interfaith

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


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