FACETS - Opening Doors for People in Need  

VOLUNTEER E-NEWSLETTER

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Betsy Miles
Volunteer Spotlight

Betsy Miles
Front Desk Volunteer and Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director and Director of Operations

After being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years, Betsy was looking for a way to transition back to the workforce and at the same time, serve her community. Betsy came to FACETS in April of 2013 and started as a Front Desk Volunteer at our Fairfax office.  Since then, Betsy has expanded her service and currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director and Director of Operations.



Why Did You Choose to Volunteer for FACETS?
I chose to volunteer for FACETS because I am very aware of the needs of individuals suffering from homelessness. Many are surprised to learn that Fairfax has people living in homelessness and poverty. I want to assist FACETS in helping to meet those needs.

What is the Best Part of Serving as a Front Desk and Administrative Volunteer?
I volunteer at the Front Desk and as an Administrative Assistant in the Fairfax office. Working the Front Desk gives me the opportunity to greet program participants and utilize my people and phone skills. The administrative position involves assisting the Executive Director with her schedule and the Director of Operations with accounting vouchers, check disbursement, and other tasks that help lighten their administrative load.  I also get to do special projects from time to time which I enjoy very much.  I really like the variety of my roles and everyone in the office is very pleasant. That's an added bonus!

How Would You Encourage Others to Become Front Desk Volunteers? 
I would encourage anyone who is thinking of offering their administrative talents to serve the community to consider being a Front Desk volunteer for FACETS. One gets the satisfaction of truly helping those in our community and working with an incredibly compassionate team of professionals working hard to meet the needs of those suffering from homelessness and poverty in Fairfax County.

To Sign Up for FRONT DESK opportunities in Alexandria or Fairfax, please visit our website to learn how to get involved.
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Highlights of the Month
February in Review
 
We were happy to celebrate Black History month across the agency as well as highlight the importance of literacy among the youth of our programs.  The Wedgewood Community Center in Annandale hosted its 2nd Annual Literacy Party with the help of the Fairfax County Police Department and George C. Marshall High School Key Club.  That day, 49 children received 2 books each which will help them to strengthen their literacy skills all while enjoying a great story. We were honored to have the students from the Key Club present as well as the officers from the Bike Patrol. Your service means so much.  

Additionally, many volunteers served at our Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program. With less than 3 weeks remaining, we still have a need for volunteers to serve.  It's not too late to get involved! If you are available, sign up today for shifts during the following weeks:


   

February Stats
Number of Volunteers:  Over 910
Hours Served: Over 985
Volunteers Using VolunteerHub: 373

"Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need."
-Gillian Anderson
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Opening Doors Benefit Breakfast
April 14, 2016

On Thursday, April 14th, FACETS will host its annual Opening Doors Benefit Breakfast at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA. The breakfast is at no-cost and exactly one hour, beginning at 8:00 AM. There is also an optional networking hour from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM. This is a meaningful and engaging way to learn more about FACETS' work in the community.

Event Details
Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:00AM - 8:00AM Networking
8:00AM - 9:00AM Program
3111 Fairview Park Drive, 
Falls Church VA 22042

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Ways to Make a Difference
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities & Supply Drives
 
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.

*Movers Needed*
March 25th 9 am - 3 pm at Knolls on Main Apartments in Fairfax.  Contact D'Ivonne Holman to sign up.
 
Hypothermia Volunteers - Check in program participants as they arrive to the shelter, distribute blankets  and assist with other administrative duties. Additionally volunteers are needed to maintain watch of the facility during the shelter hours. Overnight volunteers from 9 pm - 5 am are in greatest need.

Drivers - On call drivers are needed to provide transportation in FACETS' vans for individuals seeking to stay at one of the hypothermia prevention shelters. Support is needed every day between 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm.

Next Steps Family Program- Our newest program located in the Route 1 Corridor of Alexandria is in GREAT need of Volunteers to serve in various roles.  Click on the links here to find out more about those roles. Front Desk Volunteer. Pantry Volunteer. Childcare Assistant and Driver. To get started, sign up on VolunteerHub or contact D'Ivonne Holman, Volunteer and Events Manager. 

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.

  • April 7th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • May 5th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mentor 101 Training
  • May 21st  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  and Mentor 101 training.  We look forward to meeting you there! 

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