Community bulletin board: help and serve the community

Posted: December 3, 2012

Help and serve  the community

Blue Ridge Hospice thrift shop volunteers

Blue Ridge Hospice needs volunteers for thrift shops spread throughout the service area.

The shops are located in Winchester, Stephens City, Front Royal, Berryville, and Purcellville.

Volunteers are needed to help sort donations and hang clothing in preparation for display and sale.

Contact Kelly Miller or Sue Jarvis in the Volunteer Department at 540-536-5210, or visit

Auxiliary Attic  extended hours

The Winchester Medical Center’s Auxiliary Attic thrift shop, 381 Millwood Ave., Winchester, will extend its hours for the holidays.

It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday through Dec. 22.

Call 540-536-0000.

Highland Christmas shop

Registered Highland Food Pantry clients may shop on one of the next four Tuesdays.

Volunteers are needed to help with sorting, pricing, organizing donations, and setting up and decorating the Christmas Shop in Highland Fellowship Hall, as well as working in the shop.

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

Donations of gifts are needed for older children and teens, along with small portable heaters, gloves and hats for all ages, small kitchen appliances, washable blankets, towels and sheets (may be gently used), small hand tools, hair dryers or men’s groomers/shavers, or television sets (gently used).

For more information, email Helen Robinson at

First Night volunteers

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

For more information, contact Kitty Redford at 540-662-6142 or or Felicia Hart at 540-533-5561 or firstnight

Christmas tree sale

Boy Scout Troop 159 of Stephens City will sell fresh-cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths and roping through Dec. 22 on Fairfax Pike across from the Food Lion Shopping Center near Stephens City.

The proceeds will be used for summer camp expenses.

Volunteers needed

Our Health is seeking volunteers to help fill positions for various nonprofit agencies. Contact Daniel Rose at 540-536-1605 or

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps League need volunteers to help with the holiday program. Duties include distribution and collection. Call Merrill Hausenfluck at 540-327-0327.

Toy donations

Kotkin Chiropractic Center, 1809 Plaza Drive, Winchester, is offering new patients a free exam and any medically necessary X-rays for a donation of a new $10 unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program until Dec. 14, 2012. Call 540-667-7300.

Ricky Timbrook  Food and Toy Drive

The Ricky Timbrook Food and Toy Drive is under way.

The drive has been held for 13 years since Timbrook, a city police officer, was killed in the line of duty in 1999.

Collection boxes have been placed at city fire companies, the Timbrook Public Safety Center, the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park, the Joint Judicial Center, Rouss City Hall, Daniel Morgan Middle School and Handley High School.

Gift wrap volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the gift-wrap fundraiser at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester for Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The fundraiser will take place from Dec. 10 to 24 during mall hours.

Contact 540-536-4113 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 1-800-552-7917 or visit

Coat drive

The Salvation Army Winchester Corps seeks gently used or new coats of all sizes for men, women and children, to be given to the needy this Christmas season.

The coats may be donated at 300 Fort Collier Road.

Holiday turkey drive

The Salvation Army Winchester Corps has joined with Sheetz convenience stores to sponsor a holiday turkey drive.

Participants should bring frozen turkeys to The Salvation Army at 300 Fort Collier Road. Donors will receive a $5 Sheetz gift card. Cash donations are also accepted.

The drive will continue through Dec. 14; 1,100 turkeys are needed.

Contact Cheryl Green at 540-662-4777, ext. 25.

Concern Hotline

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

Bell ringers

The Salvation Army Winchester Corps, needs volunteers for the annual Christmas kettle bell-ringing fundraiser.

Ringing will continue through Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Contact Brenda McDonald at 540-662-4777, ext.15.

Shelter volunteers

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


The Kernstown Battlefield Association needs volunteers to help on weekends at the museum on the battlefield property. Contact Donna Crawford at

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 Rec, 540-665-5678.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County is seeking low-income families who live in Winchester or Frederick County to qualify for the opportunity to own an affordable Habitat home.

Perfect credit is not required. Assistance will be provided to help applicants qualify. Call 540-662-7066 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Volunteers are needed to renovate and/or build affordable houses for qualified low-income families.

No skills are necessary. To sign up, visit Groups should call 540-662-7066.

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

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.

Holiday packages are being prepared.

Contact Lou Ann Thompson at for a pickup or call 540-974-3071.

Red Wagon Ministry

The Congregational-Community Action Project is in need of wipes and disposable diapers in sizes 3, 4, 5, cloth training pants and potty chairs. Contact Jody Stephenson at 540-955-0949.

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. Call 540-536-1648 or visit

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.

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.


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.


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

Soup kitchens,   free meals

These community organizations and churches offer free meals:

Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe St., Winchester, provides a meal from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays. Enter on Braddock Street. Call 540-667-3366.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2732 Martinsburg Pike, Stephenson, offers a community meal, “Sharing His Bounty,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Monday.

Winchester Rescue Mission, 435 N. Cameron St., offers lunch at noon Tuesdays. Call 540-667-5379.

The Knights of Columbus sponsors a soup kitchen from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 519 S. Cameron St., Winchester. Call 540-662-5545.

Living Faith Church, 419 N. Cameron St., Winchester, sponsors a soup kitchen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Food donations are accepted. Call Jeff Beard at 540-665-2335.

Market Street United Methodist Church, 131 S. Cameron St., Winchester, hosts a Kitchen of Hope from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 540-662-6709.

The Centenary Reformed United Church of Christ, 202 S. Cameron St., Winchester, serves lunch from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Friday. A food giveaway follows from 1 to 2 p.m. Call 540-888-3349.

The Jenny Girl Soup Kitchen is held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, Church Street, Berryville. Call Steve Mitchell at 540-955-3322.

Jubilee Kitchen is open from 11:30 to noon Saturdays at First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Call 540-662-3832.

The Salvation Army, 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, provides meals daily: Monday to Friday — 6:30 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch, and 5 p.m. dinner; Saturday — 10 a.m. brunch and 5 p.m. dinner; Sunday — 9 a.m. breakfast, 1 p.m. lunch and 6 p.m. dinner. Contact Lt. Danitza Porras at 540-662-4777, ext. 22.

Phazz One Ministries, 501 S. Cameron St., Winchester, serves a community meal from 1 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday. Call 540-323-7159.

Thrift shop donations

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

Agape Outreach, 30 S. Braddock St., Winchester, 540-450-8868.

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, east of Stephens City, 540-868-0392.

Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop, 1694-A Berryville Pike, Winchester.

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

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, 114 W. Boscawen St., Winchester, 540-662-2453.

Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary Attic, 318 Millwood Ave., Winchester, 540-536-0000.