This year we have a wide range of activities coordinated by faith communities in the Reston/Herndon area. Select from the list below to learn about activities of interest. Click on a link to sign-up.

Activities To Help The Homeless

Game Night At Rucker

Bring out some fun to homeless families and individuals.  On Game Night, Works Sunday volunteers lead bingo, other light-hearted activities to bring joy to those living in the shelter. Join us by leading a game or participating in the fun.  Separate activities for adults and children.

Volunteers must be age 18 and over.  10 people needed.

Time Commitment

2 1/2 hours


Embry Rucker Community Shelter

11975 Bowman Towne Dr
Reston, VA

Aug 19 2012 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Lunch At The Shelter

Share lunch with the residents at Reston's Embry Rucker Shelter on Saturday, August 11. We'll be preparing food, serving it to Rucker residents, and bringing conversation and company to those in need. 

Would you like to help?  Click here to sign up!


Aug 11 2012 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Activities To Help The Hungry

Food Drive

Most food banks run low on supplies during the summer months, and Reston Interfaith's Emergency Food Pantry is no exception.  But with this year's heat wave in early July, and the continuing economic slump, the situation in 2012 is particularly dire.  Donations are down - but the need is greater than ever.

Aug 18 2012 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Registration is not open

Food Pantry Shelf Stockers

With a major Food Drive taking place on the Saturday before Works Sunday, lots of cans, boxes, bottles and bags will be delivered to Reston Interfaith's Emergency Food Pantry.  Help us stock the shelves with goods and goodies for needy families.

Aug 18 2012 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Registration is not open

Activities To Promote Good Health

Blood Drive

Roll up your sleeve and save a life, Works Sunday is having a blood drive.  Whether you are a perennial donor, have a friend or loved one needing blood, or looking for an easy way to give something back to the community, here is a way you can help.


Time Commitment

30 minutes


United Christian Parish Church
11508 North Shore Drive Reston, Virginia 20190


Aug 18 2012 10:00 am - 02:30 pm

Health Fair

Help us bring health care to less fortunate in our community.  We need volunteers to assist health practitioners as they offer BMI measurement, cholesterol screening, health tips and alternative Chinese Medicine treatments.  No experience necessary.

Time Commitment

1-3 hours


Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation

1516 Moorings Drive
Reston, VA

Activity Coordinators

Lee-Jane Chen (BTCF)


Aug 19 2012 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Ronald McDonald House

Need 15-20 people age 14 & up to help spruce up Ronald McDonald House, a residence for families of critically ill children at Fairfax Hospital. Involves light housekeeping. A Continental Breakfast will be provided. Come in work clothes.

Time Commitment

9:30 am - 11:00 am


Ronald McDonald House

Fairfax Hospital, 3312 Gallows Rd., Falls Church

Aug 19 2012 12:30 am - 11:00 am

Activities To Help Senior Citizens

Contemporary Music (Sunrise Assisted Living)

Enjoy the sounds of St. Thomas a' Becket's Contemporary Choir and socialize with the residents of Sunrise Assisted Living in Reston.

Sep 09 2012 01:30 pm - 02:30 pm

Fellowship House Lunch (LA)

Join us as we bring lunch and laughter to the Lake Anne Fellowship House.  Contribute a salad, casserole or desserts, then eat and socialize with the residents. Please use disposable dishes and label low-salt or no-sugar foods.

Aug 19 2012 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Harbor House Lunch

Bring your best conversation along with a salad, casseroles or dessert to share with elderly residents of Herndon's Harbor House.

To minimize cleanup, please use disposable dishes and help those on special diets by labeling low-salt and sugar-free foods.

Aug 19 2012 12:30 pm

Spiritual Concert and Lunch (HW)

Enjoy a performance of uplifting music featuring songs of different faiths.  Bring salads, casseroles, desserts and good company to share with seniors. 
Time Commitment
2 hours
Hunters Woods Fellowship House
2231 Colts Neck Rd. Reston, VA
Activity Coordinators

Aug 19 2012 12:00 pm

Visit Seniors With Alzheimers (Tall Oaks)

Break out your cello, pick up the guitar, and start banging on the piano keys.  Works Sunday is putting on a children's talent show to bring fun and cheer to the residents of Tall Oaks at Reston, an assisted living community. 

If you prefer not to perform, come out and visit with our community's senior citizens and help serve ice cream to all participants. 

Spend some time with the residents of the Rose Garden Activity Center, a Tall Oaks at Reston program for senior citizens with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Aug 19 2012 02:30 pm - 04:00 pm

Worship Service at Fellowship House (LA)

Participate in prayer with residents of the Lake Anne Fellowship House.

Aug 19 2012 11:00 am

Activities To Help The Homeless

Help Lake Anne Students this Winter

At Lake Anne Elementary School, not all students have winter essentials to keep their hands, heads, arms and legs warm. You can help by donating new or gently used clothing and boots.

Suggested Donations:

  • gloves
  • hats
  • scarfs
  • coats
  • boots
  • sweat pants
  • swear shirts
  • Warm socks

Don't have anything to donate? Consider purchasing inexpensive winter items (kid sized) at local stores such as Target or Kohls. Items will start arriving late July.

Other Ways To Help

Donate to Abused Women's Shelter

Help abused women get back on their feet through your donations of gift cards for Target and other local stores.

Time Commitment


Items Needed

gift cards for Target, Kmart & Walmart. 
(NOTE: Cannot accept in-kind donations due to lack of storage space)

How To Make a Donation 

Specified items may be left at participating places of worship in late July and early August or brought to St. Thomas à Becket Church, 1421 Wiehle Avenue, Reston, on Sunday, August 19th between 1 pm & 3 pm.

Donate to Laurel Learning Center

The kids at Laurel Learning Center have good care-givers, a safe place to play and a chance to be with friends.  But they don't have enough juce boxes, soccer balls or Playdough.  The infants need baby wipes, and the older kids need band-aids and bactine to fix their childhood cuts and scrapes. 

You can help by donating supplies to this long-time haven for needy kids -- right in our own backyard.  A complete list of needed items is shown below and you can click on the link below for a printable version.


Gabriel Homes Maintenance

Pick up your tools and bring your work gloves.   We need about 50 volunteers to help cleaning up and fixing things at 3 Gabriel Homes residences for adults with intellectual disabilities.  Join us as we wash windows,  clean kitchens, mulch, plant, repair a deck, and generally fix up homes for those who cannot do it themselves.