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The Reston Community Center honored its volunteers on Nov. 5 at the “We Count on Our Volunteers” dinner at the RCC Lake Anne. The Friends of the RCC announced in the past year volunteers worked for a total of 4,402 hours, saving the Center almost $74,000 in labor costs. Speakers at the event included, Bea Malone, President of The Friends of the RCC, Beverly Cosham, at the time RCC’s Board Chair, Bonnie Freeman, RCC’s Executive Director, and Del. Ken Plum (D-36). To learn about volunteer opportunities at the RCC contact RCC's Volunteer Coordinator, Anna Dowdell at 703-390-6160 or anna.dowdell@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Volunteer Fairfax is preparing for “A Celebration of Giving and Sharing,” an annual program providing backpacks filled with books and toys to students in Fairfax County. The organization will lead the celebration on Dec. 2, providing joy and excitement to 2,000 local children in grades pre-kindergarten through second at seven elementary schools.

The annual celebration relies on hundreds of individuals and corporate supporters to sponsor a child, $25, or a classroom, $1,500. Donations can be given in honor of a loved one, and honorees will receive a special card notifying them of the gift. For more information on sponsorship contact Tonya McCreary at 703-246-3460 or tmccreary@volunteerfairfax.org, or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

Reston Interfaith seeks volunteers to staff the winter coat closet through the month of February. Volunteers make an on-going commitment to assist clients in selecting coats, greet donors and sort out coat donations. Contact Susan Stolpe at 571-323-9569, or volunteer@restoninterfaith.org.