Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: October 19, 2013

Help and serve  the community

Distracted Driving Simulator

The Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary Attic Thrift Store will have a Distracted Driving Simulator on display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the store, 381 Millwood Ave., Winchester.

Customers may get behind the wheel and see if they can avoid an accident in spite of distractions.

Health insurance workshop

United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Enroll Virginia, and Blue Ridge Legal Services have arranged a community workshop to explain the insurance reforms, the possible Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate, and the health insurance marketplace.

Andrew Bolt, a certified navigator with Enroll Virginia, will explain the health insurance marketplace, the tax credits that are available to help people pay premiums, and the process people go through to apply for coverage through the health insurance marketplace.

The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the United Way Our Health Building, 329 N. Cameron St., Winchester. No advance registration is needed for this free workshop.

In addition, Bolt will schedule individual sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and Nov. 8 and 15 at Blue Ridge Legal Services, 303 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Call 540-433-7319.

Bell ringers

The Salvation Army Winchester Corps seeks volunteers for the annual Christmas kettle bell ringing activities.

Ringing takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday mid-November through Dec. 24.

An orientation will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester. Contact wanda_lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 540-662-4777, ext. 13.

Christmas assistance

The Salvation Army Winchester will accept applications for Christmas assistance from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at The Salvation Army offices, 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester. No appointment is necessary. Applicants must reside in Winchester and Frederick or Clarke counties and must bring the following items: current/valid applicant’s photo ID, identification for all household members (driver’s license, birth certificate or other forms of identification), proof of all household income (wages, SSI, Social Security, TANF, food stamps, etc.), proof of non-parental custody, and clothing and shoe sizes for children. Call 540-662-4777.

Tax-Aide volunteers

AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers to help residents with state and federal tax returns.  

Tax-Aide offers free face-to-face help for low- to moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60-plus.

There are different volunteer roles available from greeters to preparers and reviewers. About 93,000 have volunteered nationwide and have prepared 3.3 million returns.

The training will be held Jan. 6-9 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen St., Winchester.

The tax season will run from Feb. 1 to April 15. Volunteers can work as little or as much as they want.

Visit aarp.org/taxvolunteer or contact James Groom at wintaxaide@gmail.com or 540-662-0039.

SPCA Thrift Shop

The SPCA Thrift Shop needs volunteers to help with loading/unloading donations as well as sorting, pricing, and displaying goods. Visit the shop at 2225 Valley Ave. or call 540-450-2710.

The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays through the winter holidays.

AARP Driver Safety

AARP will conduct an eight-hour classroom refresher course designed for those 50 and over from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at Our Health, 329 N. Cameron St., Winchester. This will be the last class until March 21.

Those completing the course will receive a certificate, which should reduce auto insurance costs. There are no exams. Cost is $14 for materials. AARP members will receive a $2 discount with card. Bring driver’s license to class. call Kathy at 540-667-5952.

Voting rights

Anyone seeking assistance in having voting rights restored may contact Ethel Doherty, political action chairman of the Winchester Area Chapter of the NAACP, at 540-662-0885 or etheldoherty@comcast.net, or the Coalition for Racial Unity at coalitionforracialunity@gmail.com.

Diapers needed

The Congregational-Community Action Project needs diapers in sizes 3, 4 and 5 and wipes.

Contact Jody Stephenson with The Red Wagon Ministry at 540-955-0949 to host diaper/wipe drives or diaper coupon-collecting and for donations.

Habitat for Humanity construction leaders

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County is seeking volunteer construction crew leaders who can commit to three build days per week, starting immediately and continuing through this month.

A small stipend is possible.

Retired construction professionals may inquire. Build days start at 7:30 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m. Successful crew leaders will work under the direction of Habitat’s construction site supervisor; have a construction background and working knowledge of construction code; work well in a team atmosphere; enjoy guiding non-skilled volunteers in performing basic construction tasks; and lead by example in maintaining an upbeat, wholesome atmosphere on the construction site.

Interested individuals should call Jan Lower, program director, at 540-662-7066.

Salvation Army volunteers

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to unload merchandise from trucks at the thrift store, cook and serve meals at the shelter, organize groceries in the pantry and perform general maintenance and cleaning, lawn and landscape care, and general office duties at its 300 Fort Collier Road headquarters.

Captain Raquel Lorenzo at 540-662-4777, ext. 22, or raquel_lorenzo@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Red Cross volunteers

The American Red Cross needs volunteers willing to respond to disasters. Visit RedCross.org to sign up.

Patsy Cline Historic House volunteers

The Patsy Cline Historic House seeks volunteers to tell the legendary singer’s story at her childhood home in Winchester.

Call 540-662-5555.

Caregivers vouchers

The Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program provides reimbursement vouchers to home-based caregivers for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to individuals of any age with a disability or special need.

Those eligible are caregivers of children or adults who reside in the same household as the person receiving care.

Voucher funding is limited to $400 per family.

The application information is available at vadars.org/services.htm.

Contact Kristie Chamberlain at 800-552-5019 or Kristie.chamberlain@dars.virginia.gov.

Help with reading, writing, math

Literacy Volunteers-Winchester Area provides tutoring and small-group instruction to adults who need basic education in reading, English, math and General Educational Development preparation.

Volunteers are needed. Call 540-536-1648. Visit lvwa.org.

Blue Ridge Hospice  thrift shop volunteers

Blue Ridge Hospice needs volunteers for its thrift shops in Winchester, Stephens City, Front Royal, Berryville and Purcellville.

The volunteers will sort donations and hang clothing for display and sale.

Contact Kelly Miller or Sue Jarvis at 540-536-5210, or visit blueridgehospice.org.

Our Health

Our Health seeks volunteers for positions at various nonprofit agencies.

Contact Daniel Rose at 540-536-1605 or drose@lumos.net.

Help for veterans

Military veterans living with a hearing or speech loss are automatically eligible for telecommunications equipment through Virginia’s Technology Assistance Program.

Those eligible include veterans with hearing or speech loss and proof of an honorable discharge; veterans with a hearing or speech loss and documentation of a service-related disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs; a surviving spouse or child of a veteran who was killed in the line of duty and has a hearing or speech loss; or an active member of the Virginia National Guard who has completed the required initial active-duty service.

Call 800-552-7917 or visit vddhh.org.

Concern Hotline

Concern Hotline needs volunteers to answer calls from home or on cellphones for four hours a week. Call 540-536-1630.

Shelter volunteers

The Clarke County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help stray or abandoned dogs and cats find homes. Call 540-955-5104.

KBA

The Kernstown Battlefield Association needs volunteers to help on weekends through this month at the site off Valley Avenue in Winchester.

Contact Sue at 540-868-2389 or kbavolunteers@kernstownbattle.org.

Special Olympics

Local Area 13 Special Olympics needs volunteer coaches for bowling, track and field, swimming and tennis.

Contact Diana Treece at the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department, 540-665-5678.

“Save-a-Sole”

Frederick County’s recycling initiative “Save-a-Sole” collects shoes, heels, handbags, belts, hats, luggage, backpacks and bags in any condition for recycling.

The items are shipped to West Africa.

Collection drop-off points are at county citizens’ convenience sites (except Gainesboro and Star Tannery), the Regional Landfill and the Frederick County Animal Shelter.

Visit fcrecycles.net.

Faith in Action

Faith in Action for Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties needs volunteers to visit with local residents or to take residents to medical and other types of appointments. Call 540-536-1006.

Battlefield volunteers

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation needs volunteers to help operate its battlefield visitor center at 8437 Valley Pike near Middletown.

Contact 540-869-2064 or info@ccbf.us.

Adopted Soldiers

Spurmont Chapter 64, Order of the Eastern Star, sends shipments of supplies to adopted soldiers serving in Afghanistan, who distribute the supplies to their units.

Contact Lou Ann Thompson at thompsonlouann@aol.com for a pickup or call 540-974-3071.

Flamingo flocking

Xi Gamma Pi will place 20 pink flamingos in someone’s yard, along with a sign that reads “Congratulations! You’ve been flocked!”

The $30 suggested donation will benefit the local Relay for Life cancer walk.

Contact Donna Bonjo at 540-665-8509.

FISH volunteers

FISH of Clarke County helps neighbors in need with funds, food, clothing, rides and counseling through a volunteer system.

Telephone work and driving help are needed.

Call Marilyn Estep at 540-955-1730.

Barns of Rose Hill

Barns of Rose Hill needs volunteers for its events and for the Berryville-Clarke County Visitor Center.

Contact 540-955-2004 or barnsofrosehill@gmail.com.

Thrift shop donations

These thrift shops, owned by nonprofit organizations, accept donations.

Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop, 115 W. Main St., Berryville, 540-955-2840.

Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop, 116 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, 540-542-0202.

Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop, 760 Warrior Drive, Stephens City, 540-868-0392.

Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop, Apple Valley Square Shopping Center, 822 Berryville Ave. Winchester, 540-722-7183.

Goodwill, 443 Millwood Ave., Winchester, 540-723-6864.

Goodwill, 366 Fairfax Pike (Va. 277), Stephens City, 540-868-8274.

Grace United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, 7882 Main St., Middletown, 540-869-1008.

Habitat ReStore, 1944 Abrams Creek Drive, Winchester, 540-662-9704.

Salvation Army Thrift Store, 320 Weems Lane, Winchester, 540-722-2749.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Thrift Store, 2225 Valley Ave., Winchester, 540-450-2710.

The Treasure Box, Christ Episcopal Church, 114 W. Boscawen St., Winchester, 540-662-2453.

Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary Attic, 381 Millwood Ave., Winchester, 540-536-0000.