Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: November 23, 2013

Help and serve  the community

C-CAP Thanksgiving

The Congregational-Community Action Project Thanksgiving give-away will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon today at 112 S. Kent St. in Winchester.

Free Thanksgiving meal

The family of Hunter T. Crane is providing a Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Thursday in the Church of the Good Shepherd at 645 Berryville Ave. in Winchester.

The meal is free and open to the public to honor the memory of Hunter, who died in a car accident this year.

For home delivery, call 540-858-3208.

Star Tannery   Fire and Rescue

The Star Tannery Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company needs volunteers.

Contact Christine at 540-722-8358 or visit

Sweats for Vets

The Father Robert O. Hickman Assembly 1883 of the Knights of Columbus has begun its Sweats for Vets program to support the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service program at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

The effort has a particular need for sizes XL, 2XL and 3XL.

Items may be dropped off at Bank of Clarke County branches in Winchester and Clarke and Frederick counties. Monetary donations may be made payable to VA Medical Center and sent to 519 S. Cameron St. in Winchester.

Contact Ed Nauer at 540-539-5227.

Toys for Tots

Long & Foster/Webber & Associates is an official drop-off spot for Toys For Tots.

New, unwrapped toys can be taken to 1001 Berryville Ave. in Winchester until Dec. 20.

Call 540-662-3484.

Community  Thanksgiving Dinner

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church at 116 S. Loudoun St. in Winchester.

Meal delivery is available for the elderly and home-bound. Call Sherry Banks at the Salvation Army, 540-662-4777, by Wednesday.

For information regarding donations, contact Bob Cleaver at 540-336-4786 or Bill Stewart at 540-336-4755.

First Night volunteers

First Night Winchester is seeking volunteer greeters for entertainment venues on New Year’s Eve in downtown Winchester.

Contact Kitty Redford at 540-662-6142 or or Felicia Hart at 540-533-5561 or

Highland Presbyterian Church Christmas Shop

Highland Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Shop for its food pantry clients on Tuesday and Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

Volunteers are needed to help with sorting, pricing, organizing donations, and setting up and decorating the shop.

Volunteers are also needed to prepare, serve and clean up a light brunch for more than 35 people.

Donations and gifts are needed. Contact Helen Robinson at or 540-533-3913.

Free tans for cans

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

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

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

Gift wrapping volunteers

Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts from Dec. 12 to 24 for the annual Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley fundraiser at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester.

Visit and click on the “Volunteer Now!” button to reach the community calendar and sign up for open time slots.

Call Jasmine Midkiff at 540-536-4113 or

Our Place

Our Place, a service provided by the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, offers respite services to relieve the stress of caregiving by providing a structured program for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia two days per week.

The program has openings in Berryville, Edinburg and Front Royal.

Call 540-635-7141.

Faith in Action

Faith in Action, a non-profit organization that provides transportation to medical appointments for patients in need, is selling raffle tickets to raise funds.

Prizes include $500 in gas cards, $100 in cash, an $80 wheel alignment and free state inspection, along with a $50 gift card for auto detailing.

Tickets cost $5; winners will be drawn on Dec. 20.

Call 540-667-7677.

Bell ringers

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

Ringing is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Dec. 24.

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

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.

Tax-Aide volunteers

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

Tax-Aide offers free 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 on Jan. 6-9 in Wesley United Methodist Church at 527 Van Fossen St. in Winchester.

The tax season is Feb. 1 to April 15. Volunteers can work as little or as much as they wish.

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

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

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.


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.

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.


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.

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 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.