Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  
- William James
In This Issue
Huong Cao
Event Intern
Intern Spotlight
Huong Cao

Huong is currently a student at George Mason University where she is studying Public Relations. She has had a passion for non-profits since she was in high school. Huong fondly remembers a time when she was 16 and unintentionally came across an article about working for non-profits and immediately her heart was pricked. That passion has guided her path since then and she endeavors to use her skills to serve a non-profit in the community. FACETS is proud to have Huong as the Event Intern working closely with our team on the upcoming Taste of Fall with FACETS.

Why did you choose to be an intern for FACETS?
The diverse programs at FACETS offer me many opportunities to learn and help so many. I love that FACETS doesn't only help families and individuals find a place to live but provides them with the long-term support they need to have a stable and independent life. I also appreciate that FACETS embraces cultural differences, which is reflected in its programs and events such as the Ramadan Dinners last month and the upcoming  A Taste of Fall with FACETS - Carnival of Cultures .

What are you most looking forward to for A Taste of Fall with FACETS?
I know I will very much enjoy the event because I like meeting people from different parts of the world. We are also planning many fun activities for guests such as carnival games, a silent and live auction, and live music. I've never seen a live auction before so I'm really excited to see how it's done!

How can other people get involved with A Taste of Fall with FACETS this year?
There are many ways to get involved such as volunteering, donating items for our silent and live auction, and of course, coming to the event to enjoy all of the fantastic festivities. 
June in Review

Do More 24 Wrap Up
Thank you for your continued support by helping us to raise much needed funds in support of our critical programs through the Do More 24 Campaign. This money enables us to continue serving families and individuals suffering from homelessness and poverty!

Ramadan Dinners
Every Thursday for a month beginning on June 16th, volunteers and community members representing different faiths and cultures, brought food for Ramadan dinners at our Ragan Oaks Community Center. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting.  Starting with about 35 attendees, this event soon increased to over 75 people. Those in attendance included the head Pastor, Keith Edwards and his wife, from neighboring Centrepointe Church, several church members, volunteers, and various residents in the community. 
Dinners were open to anyone who wanted to enjoy a potluck dinner, participate in fun activities, and learn more about the holy month of Ramadan. Great takeaways from the event were the seven benefits of fasting:
  • Discipline
  • Cleanliness and clarity
  • Self-control
  • Spirituality
  • Humility
  • Self-annihilation
  • Empathy

This was such a wonderful opportunity for community members to connect!

November 5, 2016

Join us on  Saturday, November 5, 2016  for our 17th annual A Taste of Fall with FACETS - Carnival of Cultures  . You will enjoy an evening of delicious food, drinks, live music, and fun carnival games. Additionally, amazing items await you at our silent and live auction.  All funds raised that evening will help FACETS continue its work in preventing and ending homelessness and breaking the cycle of poverty for our neighbors in need.

Check out this video with Comcast and FACETS' Volunteer and Events Manager, D'Ivonne Holman, to see how this event will support our work in the community. 

A Taste of Fall with FACETS
Saturday November 5, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Rock the Block Concert Series in Fairfax City

Have fun while giving back! Sign up to serve at the  Rock the Block concert series in Fairfax City on August 26th where your service will directly benefit FACETS.  Enjoy the music of  The Rockets - A 7 Piece High Energy Band from Northeast Philadelphia. We are in need of volunteers to sell tickets, check IDs, serve drinks and take photos.

Help us capture the meaningful memories of our various events by volunteering to photograph the activities and people at the event. Dates needed are listed below:

August 15, 16, and 17 - 5 pm - 7 pm
August 26 - 7 pm - 9 pm
October 28 - 5 pm - 7 pm
October 31 - 5 pm - 7 pm
November 5 - 6 pm - 9 pm

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.

Calling all Corporate Groups, Faith Communities, Civic Organizations, and individuals who want to support the following events:

Back To School
Each community center hosts a  Back To School party from 5 pm to 7 pm. We are in need of a group of at least 7 volunteers on August 15th and 16th. Volunteers can support the event by bringing the following:
  • Snacks for the kids (no nuts or anything with gelatin in it)
  • A craft to do with the residents
Volunteers will be paired with a youth who will then go "shopping" for their school supplies. You can also support this event by making a donation of school supplies in person or online! Please take a look at  our school supplies check list and  our Wishlist on Amazon!

Questions about Back to School donations? Contact Josh D'Antonio at or 703-272-3710. 

Halloween Party
Trick or Treat! Have fun and host a Halloween Party for youth living in poverty on October 28th or 31st. Support is needed with the  following: 
  • Food and candy for trick or treating at the community center
  • Decorations for the community center with a Halloween theme
  • The scare factor. Dress up in costumes if possible (great opportunity to build a haunted house)
  • Engagement for the youth in other activities such as face painting, balloon making, pumpkin carving, etc.
If you would like to secure your spot for an upcoming event or have questions, contact our Volunteer and Events Manager, D'Ivonne Holman, at  for more information. 
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' Fairfax or Alexandria office for our volunteer orientation. You will learn about FACETS' history, the work bei ng done in our community and be provided with the tools necessary to get started as a volunteer. 

Orientation Dates
  • Thursday August 4th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Fairfax)
  • Thursday September 1st 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Alexandria)
Mentors are also needed to make a difference in the life of a youth or adult. To be paired with a mentee, sign up for the upcoming training to get started.

Mentor 101 Training
  • Saturday August 13th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Fairfax)
Follow this link  to sign up for a Volunteer Orientation or Mentor 101 training. We look forward to meeting you there!  
Phone: 703-352-5090
Fax: 703-352-5088