Day to Serve 2017 Clergy and Leadership Council Partnership in Fairfax County
Thanks to the partnership between the Fairfax County Clergy and Leadership Council and Day to Serve, houses of worship are joining together in unified service.
This year, you’re invited to join neighborhood churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, and other religious institutions to serve those in need in our community this fall. Assign a service leader to invite the houses of worship around you to join a new service project, one of your annual service activities, or another service event already on your calendar.
Event Dates: Day to Serve events take place any date this fall with most between September 11 to October 10. Please post your project on daytoserve.org and email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-324- 3453 to confirm your participation.
Goals for Interfaith Service:
- Supporting those in need, feeding the hungry, beautifying the environment, helping refugees, and strengthening emergency preparedness in Fairfax County.
- Sharing best practices from each house of worship to increase the effectiveness of our service in the future.
- Building unity among the houses of worship in Fairfax County as youth and adult serve side by side and meet face to face.
- Building our community resilience, the ability to bounce back, in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
Objectives for Each Day to Serve Project:
- Join at least three partnering houses of worship in close proximity to each other (such as on the same street or within a three-mile radius) for a service activity.
- Include a minimum of 50 participants (volunteers) with balanced representation from each house of worship. Past projects have included from 50 to 250 volunteers.
- Provide meaningful service to the community, such as feeding the hungry,increasing emergency preparedness, serving the elderly, assisting refugees here and abroad, or cleaning community parks and nonprofit facilities.
- On the day of the service project, include at least one social activity for the volunteers from all houses of worship to mingle and get to know each other.
Characteristics of service activities that build unity and support community needs:
- They involve work, but they’re also fun and encourage socialization.
- They include planning by volunteers from all partnering houses of worship and meetings take place at partnering houses of worship.
- Service projects generally start, end, or take place at one central location, often inside, to avoid inclement weather.
- Planning and projects encourage opportunities for visiting among groups.
- The projects are not rushed and merely outcome driven.
- They encourage intermingling between groups.
- They involve members of each group who play visible roles.
Day to Serve began in 2012 when the governors of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the DC mayor joined efforts to encourage cooperative community service. Their purpose was to unite people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need while improving community interactions.
Last year Day to Serve 2016 saw over 64,200 volunteers contribute more than 237,900 hours in 1,550 service projects throughout the region. In Virginia alone there were 415 service projects done by 15,100 volunteers who collectively provided over 40,500 hours of volunteer service.
Participating in Day to Serve 2017 requires joining with members of other nearby communities having differing faith beliefs to plan and participate jointly in a meaningful community service activity. Examples of past service activities include feeding the hungry, increasing emergency preparedness, serving the elderly, assisting refugees here and abroad, or cleaning community parks and nonprofit facilities. Day to Serve faith communities not only work to support those in need in their local communities, they also learn from, and build unity among, participating youth and adults of differing faith and differing belief communities serving together to a common cause.
For more information on participating in Day to Serve 2017 call 703-324-3453 or go to the Day to Serve website at daytoserve.org