Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: May 3, 2014

Help and serve  the community

Belk charity sale

Belk’s Spring Charity Sale will be held from 6 to 10 a.m. today.

It provides an opportunity for customers to support local charities with discounts of 20 to 70 percent off purchases made during the four-hour event.

In return for purchasing a $5 ticket, customers receive discounts on merchandise and other items throughout the store. They also are provided a $5 credit on charity sale purchases, offsetting the cost of the ticket.

ARC volunteer training

The Arc/NSV will have a training for Positive Behavioral Supports (presented by PEATC) from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 13 in the Grace Lutheran Church Outreach Center at 26 W. Boscawen St. in Winchester.

Overuse of Anti-psychotics and Other Psychiatric Medicines to Address Challenging Behavior (an Internet seminar provided by REACH) will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on May 16 at NW Works (3085 Shawnee Drive in Winchester).


Belle Grove Plantation

Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown needs volunteers for its “Of Ale and History Beer Festival” — from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 2 to 6 p.m. on May 10.

Contact Chelsea at 540-869-2028 or

Long Branch Plantation

Long Branch Plantation will hold open houses for potential volunteers — 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 2 to 3 p.m. on May 17.

Light refreshments will be served.

Flea market vendors

Stephens City United Methodist Church will hold its annual flea market on May 17.

Spaces can be rented for $10 each. Vendors must register by May 14.

Contact Kathy Lewis at 540-662-4905 or

Auxiliary Attic

The Winchester Medical Center’s Auxiliary Attic, will have cash-only rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 16-17 at 381 Millwood Ave. in Winchester.

Clothing will cost $1; housewares will be discounted.

Frederick County Recycling

Frederick County Recycling is selling rain barrels in the County Administration Building at 107 N. Kent St. in Winchester.

Each 55-gallon recycled-content plastic barrel has hardware and setup instructions. The cost is $55, payable by check or cash.

Free The Girls

The Uniform Store at 10 Weems Lane in Winchester, is working with Free The Girls and is a drop-off location for gently used bras of all sizes and styles.

FTG works with safe houses around the world that rescue women from sex trafficking and provide rehabilitation services.

Donations may be dropped off during store hours — Mondays and  Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays to  Fridays from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society at 2654 Valley Ave., Suite B, in Winchester needs office volunteers.

Contact Marie Cheshire at 540-667-2315.

Goodwill donations

Horizon Goodwill Industries needs donations of clothing and other items.

The store at 443 Millwood Ave. in Winchester accepts gently used clothing and household items.

Call 540-723-6864.

Patsy Cline Historic House volunteers

The Patsy Cline Historic House needs volunteers to tell the legendary singer’s story at her home (608 S. Kent St.).

Call 540-662-5555.

Concern Hotline

Concern Hotline recruits and trains community members as volunteer listeners so they can respond to callers in need or crisis.

If a caller has a problem that demands resources beyond what the volunteer can offer, contact information is provided for programs and resources.

To volunteer, contact 540-536-1630 or

Star Tannery   Fire and Rescue

The Star Tannery Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company needs volunteers.

Contact 540-722-8358 or visit

Voting rights

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

SPCA Thrift Shop

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Thrift Shop needs volunteers and donations.

Visit the shop at 2225 Valley Ave. in Winchester or call 540-450-2710.

Red Cross volunteers

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


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County needs volunteers to help build a home near downtown Winchester.

No skills are necessary. Build days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Groups should contact or 540-662-7066.

Individual volunteers may sign up at; click the icon “Volunteer Now” and follow the directions, or call 540-662-7066.

National park volunteers

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

Call 540-869-3051.

Blue Ridge Hospice  thrift shop volunteers

Blue Ridge Hospice needs volunteers for its thrift shops.

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

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 (GED) preparation.

Call 540-536-1648 to volunteer. Visit

Our Health

Our Health needs volunteers for positions at various nonprofit agencies.

Contact Daniel Rose at 540-536-1605 or


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.


Special Olympics

Local Area 13 Special Olympics needs volunteer coaches.

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

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 appointments.

Call 540-536-1006.

Diapers needed

Congregational Community Action Project needs diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6) and wipes.

They may be taken to C-CAP at 112 S. Kent St. in Winchester, or call Jody Stephenson with The Red Wagon Ministry at 540-955-0949 to arrange for a pickup of donations.

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

FISH volunteers

FISH of Clarke County volunteers help neighbors in need with funds, food, clothing, rides and counseling.

Telephone work and driving help are needed.

Call Marilyn Estep at 540-955-1730.

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.

Animal shelter volunteers

The Clarke County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help stray or abandoned dogs and cats find homes.

Call 540-955-5104.

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, operated 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, 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.