It Takes A Village...
As the days grow longer and just a little bit warmer, most kids thoughts turn to Spring Break. Spring Break brings exciting plans for a family vacation, or a special camp experience. For the children at our four Education and Community Development Centers (ECD), each located in a subsidized neighborhood, Spring Break can be an anxious time; the free school breakfast and lunch programs are halted for the week and their parents worry about how to care for their children during the day as they work 2 or 3 low-paying jobs to provide for their families.

That’s where our ECD Community Advocates come to their rescue with Spring Break programs that engage and educate the children we serve, complete with a healthy lunch and nutritious snacks. 

Your gift to FACETS helps to provide those special Spring Break memories for our children and we are deeply grateful for your compassionate generosity.

Right now our community advocates are planning an event that all the children look forward to each year – the FACETS Field Day! The highlight of Spring Break week at our four community centers, where we bring all of the children together at a local park for a day of fun games and activities. The smiles and laughter are contagious as the children form teams for the annual tug of war competition, each one pulling together, just like they do each day at their centers.

Your gift to FACETS is the gift of mentorship to children living in the four subsidized housing neighborhoods where the FACETS-run center is the beating heart of the community. You make the smiles and the laughter possible every day for these children and, while they might never meet you, they are grateful for the place of hope, inclusion, education, and inspiration that are FACETS community centers. Donate today by clicking HERE and your gift will go to work changing little lives.
"One of my friends asked me that question, and I had to pause to consider my answer. I taught kindergarten & first grade for 44 years, so my first volunteer work after retirement was at my former school. It was fun to stay in contact with my teaching colleagues and to see my former students. However, I missed the personal relationships with individual children that only come from seeing children grow in understanding, knowing that I had been a catalyst for that change.

At church, Jane Wilson suggested that I join her at FACETS Wedgewood Community Center to do some art projects with the children, and I found a new calling. At Wedgewood, I can share my knowledge and expertise with the dedicated FACETS staff, the enthusiastic George Mason interns, and other volunteers who share my commitment to children. Maria Montessori said, 'The ordinary teacher looks at children with eyes that see what is, but the extraordinary teacher looks at children with eyes that see what could be .'

At Wedgewood, I am surrounded with extraordinary people who look at children with eyes that can not only see what could be – but also feet that walk beside the children along their journey. I am glad that FACETS supports these community centers, and I am fortunate to have found such a meaningful place to spend my time as a volunteer."

-Dee Austin
If you would like to join Dee and help change the world for the children of our Education and Community by volunteering at our Community Development Centers, please contact Lauren Kessler, Volunteer Manager, at
Join FACETS Board Member, Mani Qazi of Lion Federal, for a Happy Hour event at Matchbox in Merrifield. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about FACETS as you mingle with business colleagues and FACETS staff, enjoy lovely libations and awesome appetizers in the trendy Mosaic District. There is no cost to attend this Happy Hour, generously sponsored by Lion Federal.

Thursday, March 21st, 3:30 pm to 7 pm
Matchbox Merrifield
2911 District Ave, Suite 120
Fairfax, VA 22031

We hope you’ll join us on April 25 th at our 8 th Annual FACETS Benefit Breakfast where you’ll meet some of the everyday heroes who run our Education and Community Development Centers. You’ll hear from folks whose lives were changed for the better because of these centers and we’ll renew our commitment to a Fairfax County where EVERYONE has everything they need to succeed!

There is no cost to attend, simply RSVP by clicking HERE . For information about hosting a table or sponsorship opportunities, email Tessa Robinette at We promise to have you uplifted and inspired by 9 am!