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 and email 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 adults 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.