FACETS - Opening Doors for People in Need  

VOLUNTEER E-NEWSLETTER

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Evan Reyle
Intern Spotlight

Evan Reyle
Resource Development & Education and Community Development Intern
Evan graduated from Grove City College in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical and Religious Studies and a minor in Psychology.  After graduating, he worked in home improvement  for over a year. This past Fall, Evan decided to do an internship with FACETS in partnership with his church.  Evan has a deep passion for helping people suffering from homelessness and a strong desire to learn more about the non-profit sector.

Why did you choose to be an intern for FACETS?
 
A FACETS representative visited my church and gave a presentation about FACETS that really impressed me. I love the way that FACETS works with faith-communities and non-faith communities to help open doors for people in need. FACETS has a great relationship with my church and I love FACETS' Vision, Mission and the different programs that they coordinate. 

What is the best part of serving as an intern?
 
 The people. The best part of interning has definitely been the people. I had a unique experience because I was serving in the office and at a community center. Building relationships with the kids and their parents was challenging at times but always rewarding in the end. I loved the office experience and working with the staff. Everyone was so helpful and passionate. It was great being in an environment where everyone had the same mission and enthusiasm for helping people in need.

 

How would you encourage other people to become an intern?


It is great being able to have an opportunity that is more structured and requires a greater investment than simply volunteering 1 or 2 hours a week. Reflecting on my experience, I see how it equipped me to not only be more effective in helping people in need, but also helped me learn new skills, grow as an individual and get to know myself better.
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Highlights of the Month
December in Review
 
The holidays are a great time to exercise generosity and kindness to others.  Giving and receiving gifts elicits great feelings of love and excitement for so many.  This holiday season, you sparked that feeling of warmth and joy through your kind and generous support.  With your help, we were able to serve 389 youth and adults this year.  Thank you to all of the donors who donated toys and gift cards during our drive.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who sorted and organized all of the toys to be distributed.  Thank you to all of the volunteers from Bank of America, Metaphase Consulting, and e-Motion Dance and Fitness Studio who participated in Sibling Shop. Each and every one of you made an indelible imprint on the hearts of our program participants.

   

December Stats
Number of Volunteers:  Over 275
Hours Served: Over 633
Volunteers Using VolunteerHub: 245

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" 
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Martin Luther King, Jr Day
January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr Day marks a time when millions of people across our country will be participating in meaningful service in their community.  Each year, we are fortunate to have many members of our community who are eager to be involved in any way they can.  This year, we would like to thank Accenture for joining us on on MLK Day for various projects to improve our space and enable us to to provide even better services to individuals and families in need.  We look forward to this upcoming event!

While many people will be serving on MLK Day, think about how you can make a difference all year long.  Consider engaging your office in meaningful ongoing service at a non-profit in the area.  Additionally, supply drives are a great way to give back to people in need throughout the year.

If you would like to get your office involved in service this month, contact us to find out how you can participate in our 1st annual Diaper Drive.  Between January 11th - February 19th, we will be collecting Diapers of all sizes and baby wipes.  Help us stock our pantry and provide much needed supplies to mothers and families living in poverty in Fairfax.  
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Ways to Make a Difference
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
 
Looking for service opportunities, an ongoing volunteer commitment, or a way to make a difference in your community? Join FACETS' dynamic corps of volunteers for various opportunities to do just that. 
 
There are many needs coming up this month and we are hoping you are available to help. Details of each opportunity are listed below.
 
Hypothermia Volunteers - Check in and track individuals as they arrive to the shelter as well as distribute blankets to patrons staying in the shelter. Other administrative duties as assigned. This role is active between 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Drivers - On call drivers needed to provide transportation in FACETS' vans for individuals seeking to stay at one of the hypothermia prevention shelters. This role is active between 4 pm - 10:30 pm.
Kendra Scott Gives Back Event - Enjoy Sips and Sweets with fellow FACETS supporters at the Mosaic District Kendra Scott store.  20% of sales that day benefit FACETS' programs. Mark your Calendar for January 19, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. We'll see you there!
Volunteer Services Intern - Support our Dynamic Volunteer Program by becoming an intern with Volunteer Services.  Sharpen your people skills and engage the community in meaningful service.
Communications Intern - If you are interested in Marketing or Communications, this position is ideal for you.  Assist with creating printed materials, graphics, and electronic communication.
Youth Program Intern - Ideal for anyone interested in a career in education, youth development, child mental health, and/or social work.  Gain comprehensive experience in program and lesson development, group and individual behavior modification, and volunteer management.  
 
Sign up online today to fill a spot.
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Be a part of our Community
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations and Trainings

Looking to be and feel a part of our generous community of volunteers working to end homelessness and poverty in Fairfax County?  Join us at FACETS' main office for our volunteer orientation.  You will learn about FACETS' history, the work being done in our community and be provided with the tools necessary to get started as a volunteer.  See below for upcoming orientation dates and times.

  • February 4th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • March 3rd 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mentor 101 Training
  • January 23rd  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

All orientations and trainings are held at 10640 Page Ave, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22030. 

 

Follow this link to sign up for a volunteer orientation or Mentor 101 training.  We look forward to meeting you there! 

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