Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: March 8, 2013

Help and serve the community

Thrift sale

The FISH Clothing Bank in Clarke County is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays on Old Chapel Road, U.S. 340, south of Berryville.A $1 a bag sale is held the second and fourth Saturdays. Call 540-955-4463.

Therapeutic Riding

Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship needs lesson volunteers for an 8-week spring session beginning April 8.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.

Equine experience required for the position of leader, and is preferred, but not required for side-walkers.

Trainees attend Orientation at 6 p.m. March 20, and on-site training at 10 a.m. March 23, 5 p.m. March 25 or March 27 at the farm, 420 Russell Road, Berryville.

Contact or at 540-533-2777.

C-CAP Easter

C-CAP is collecting filled Easter baskets to be given away from 8 a.m. to noon March 23 at the office, 112 S. Kent St., Winchester.

Families must register prior to the event.

Donations should be dropped off by March 22. Call 540-336-0415.

Host families

Local families are needed to host Japanese exchange students, ages 12 to 16, for four weeks this summer as part of an exchange program sponsored by 4-H. The Japanese students will stay with host families from July 22 to Aug.18.

Contact Deb Johnson at, 540-659-2697, or 571-216-5459.

SPCA Thrift Shop

SPCA Thrift Shop, 2225 Valley Ave., Winchester, is looking for furniture and housewares.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 540-450-2710.

AARP Driver Safety Program

AARP will conduct an eight-hour classroom refresher course designed for those 50 and over from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Frederick County Public Safety Building, 1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester.

Those completing the course will receive a certificate, which should reduce auto insurance costs. There are no exams. Cost is $14 to cover materials. AARP members will receive a $2 discount.

Bring drivers license to class. Call Mike at 540-869-2204.

Luncheon lecture series

A free luncheon series of lectures will be held at noon Thursdays at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center in Winchester.

March 21 — A Walgreens pharmacist answers questions concerning Medicare Part D.

March 28 — Ask Landis presents “Turnkey Solutions for Seniors Downsizing.”

Contact 540-667-5869 or

Mahjong lessons

The Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship is offering free mahjong classes from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in March. Wendy Gay is the Instructor. Call 540-667-5869 to register.

Patsy Cline House volunteers

Patsy Cline Historic House is looking for volunteers to help tell her story at her childhood home in Winchester.

To date, thousands of visitors have toured her home.

Detailed training provided. 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 a total of $400 per family.

Access the application information at the Contact Kristie Chamberlain at 1-800-552-5019 or

Sleep study volunteers

Is your preschooler a lark or an owl? Larks are up before the sun, ready to go; owls prefer the nightlife and would rather be up late than early.

Professor of Psychology Laura K. Zimmermann of Shenandoah University is conducting a survey looking at preschoolers’ sleep habits, daily routines, and levels of alertness and tiredness at different times of day.

Parents of children between 36 and 60 months old may participate. The survey can be found at and will take approximately 12 minutes. Contact

Goodwill donations

Horizon Goodwill Industries needs donations of gently used clothing, shoes, household item, towels, linens, blankets, etc. The local store is located at 443 Millwood Ave Winchester.

Call 540-723-6864

Key Club value cards

The James Wood High School Key Club is selling value cards which can be used for discounts at local restaurants and eateries. Cost is $10 and are valid through Feb. 1, 2014.

Contact Barbara Devers at 540-662-6038.

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 536-1648. Visit

Park volunteers

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is seeking volunteers to assist the park with visitor services needs and other special projects.

The park, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last month, will open a new Visitor Contact Station in Middletown this spring and will need assistance staffing that facility.

For more information or questions call 540-869-3051. Park Ranger Shannon Moeck is the park’s volunteer coordinator.

AARP Tax Aide

AARP Tax Aide provides free tax preparation for taxpayers with low- and moderate-income with special attention to those age 60 and older.

The Tax Aide site is open through April 15 at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park, Winchester.

Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

The site will also be open today and March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Bring Social Security card, photo ID and all pertinent tax documents. For more information, call 540-662-0039.

Blue Ridge Hospice thrift shop volunteers

Blue Ridge Hospice needs volunteers for thrift shops 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

Volunteers needed

Our Health is seeking volunteers to help fill positions for 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 1-800-552-7917 or visit

Concern Hotline

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

A free community dinner with soup and sandwiches will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 21 at Middletown Presbyterian Church.

Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe St., Winchester, provides a meal at 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, 381 Millwood Ave., Winchester, 540-536-0000.