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Works Sunday 2019

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Looking to make a difference in the Reston community? Explore all the ways you can serve in August and September through Works Sunday.

What is Works Sunday?

Works Sunday is more than just a day. It is an annual interfaith service event that takes place throughout August and September. It includes opportunities to volunteer and donate in the Reston-Herdon area.

Who paricipates?

A variety of local faith-based organizations and non-profits. Anyone can volunteer! All are welcome to serve at any event. No pre-registration required. If you have any questions about any event, contact Debbie Aschenbach, Works Sunday Coordinator. 

When is Works Sunday?

Works Sunday events take place throughout August and September, but the majority of events and all donations are collected on August 18.

What kind of service opportunities does it include?

For a complete list of all the ways you can give back, check out the "This Year's Projects" menu on the right.

The Works Sunday Story

Once again, the faith communities of Reston, Herndon, Oak Hill and Sterling are banding together for Works Sunday - an annual service event in Northern Virginia that takes place around mid-August.

Each year since 1995, people of diverse faith traditions - Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, and others - have worked side-by-side to celebrate the values that unite us, while addressing important social issues in our communities like hunger, homelessness, and the special needs of those less fortunate.  In so doing, we get to know one another as true brothers and sisters, united in our commitment  to building a more just, fair and compassionate society.

For more information about the history and mission of Works Sunday, you can view a segment of "Reston's African American Legacy" program on Reston's cable channel 28 at  The show, which is hosted by Rev. LaVerne Gill - the founder of Works Sunday! - features Steering Committee members Debbie Aschenbach of United Christian Parish, Li-Ping Hwang of the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation, and Chris Wist of St. Thomas à Becket Catholic Church. The Works Sunday segment begins at 3' 46". 

If you or your faith community would like to be part of Works Sunday 2019, we'd LOVE to have you join!  Contact Debbie Aschedbach at to obtain promotional materials and more detailed information about any project(s).  Come see how the fellowship and shared values that inform the Works Sunday "faith in action" experience can inpsire your congregation to new heights of selfless service!

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