Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: November 2, 2013

Help and serve  the community

Apple Blossom Festival volunteers

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will hold a volunteer fair from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 16 in the OakCrest Cos. at 126 N. Kent St. in Winchester.

Contact 540-662-3863 or

Haircuts for veterans

On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free-haircut card to give to an active, inactive or retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard.

Military members can also visit the salon on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free-haircut card to use, with proof of service, on any day before Dec. 31.

The local salon is in Stonewall Plaza at 170 Rivendell Court north of Winchester.

Call 540-723-8726.

Job, college  preparation course

John Mann United Methodist Church will host a job and college preparation course at 1 p.m. Nov. 24 in the church at 119 E Cork St. in Winchester.

Estelle Sanzenbacher, career coach from the Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Center, will help with job contacts, resume- writing, interview preparation, college enrollment, job training classes and other related items.

For more information, call Melissa Harris at 540-323-1408 or Charles Harris at 540-323-1297.

Free tans for cans

Extreme Tan of Winchester and Stephens City is holding a food drive this month.

Donors may bring in nonperishable items and receive free services or products.

Call 540-723-8556 or 540-869-7878.

Fee eliminated

Handley Regional Library is no longer charging a convenience fee for the use of credit cards.

This policy is in effect at the Bowman Library in Stephens City, Clarke County Library in Berryville and Handley Library in Winchester.

Contact John Huddy, director, at 540-662-9041, ext. 14, or

Emergency funds

The Winchester jurisdiction has been selected to receive an award of $9,671 under the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Congress has appropriated funds to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs.

Local agencies providing emergency food, shelter and/or utility assistance can receive an application form for the funds by contacting United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley at 540-1610 or The deadline for applications is Tuesday.

Clarke library hours

The Clarke County Library is now open later on Saturday afternoons.

The new hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health insurance workshop

United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Enroll Virginia and Blue Ridge Legal Services will hold a community workshop to explain 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 marketplace, the tax credits available to help pay for premiums and the process of applying for coverage.

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

In addition, Bolt will schedule individual sessions from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday and Nov. 15 at Blue Ridge Legal Services at 303 S. Loudoun St. in Winchester.

Call 1-540-433-7319.

Bell ringers

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

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

An orientation will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at 300 Fort Collier Drive north of Winchester.

Contact or 540-662-4777, ext. 13.

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 60 and older.

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

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

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

Visit or contact James Groom at or 540-662-0039.

SPCA Thrift Shop

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Thrift Shop needs volunteers to help with loading/unloading donations and sorting, pricing and displaying goods.

Potential volunteers should 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. on Fridays through the winter holidays.

Voting rights

Anyone seeking assistance in having voting rights restored may contact Ethel Doherty, political action chairman of the Winchester Area Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, at 540-662-0885 or, or the Coalition for Racial Unity at

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.

Red Cross volunteers

The American Red Cross needs volunteers willing to respond to disasters.

Visit to sign up.

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

Contact Kristie Chamberlain at 800-552-5019 or

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 or visit

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

National park volunteers

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park seeks volunteers to assist the park with visitor services and other projects.

Call 540-869-3051.

Our Health

Our Health seeks volunteers for positions at various nonprofit agencies.

Contact Daniel Rose at 540-536-1605 or

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

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.

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.


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.


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 (U.S. 11) near Middletown.

Contact 540-869-2064 or

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 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

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.