Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: March 9, 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, off Lord Fairfax Highway (U.S. 340) south of Berryville.

A $1 bag sale is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Call 540-955-4463.

Therapeutic Riding

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

Volunteers must be at least 14. Equine experience is required for the position of leader, and is preferred, but not required, for side-walkers.

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

Contact or at 540-533-2777.

C-CAP Easter

The Congregational-Community Action Project is collecting filled Easter baskets to be distributed from 8 a.m. to noon March 23 from the office at 112 S. Kent St. at 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, aged 12-16, for four weeks as part of an exchange program sponsored by 4-H.

The students will stay with host families July 22-Aug.18.

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

SPCA Thrift Shop

Society for the Preventional of Cruelty to Animals Thrift Shop — at 2225 Valley Ave. in Winchester — seeks furniture and housewares.

Its hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Call 540-450-2710.

AARP Driver  Safety Program

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

Those completing the course will receive a certificate which should reduce auto insurance costs. No exams are required. The cost is $14 to cover materials; AARP members will receive a $2 discount.

Participants should bring their driver’s licenses to class.

Call Mike at 540-869-2204.

Lunch lecture series

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

March 21 — A Walgreens pharmacist will answer questions about Medicare Part D.

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

Contact 540-667-5869 or

Mahjong lessons

The Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship offers free mahjong classes from noon to 3 p.m. each Tuesday this month.

Call 540-667-5869.

Patsy Cline  House volunteers

The Patsy Cline Historic House seeks volunteers to help tell the legendary singer’s story at her childhood home in Winchester.

Detailed training is provided. Call 540-662-5555.

Goodwill donations

Horizon Goodwill Industries needs donations of gently used clothing, shoes, household items, towels, linens, blankets and related materials.

The local store is at 443 Millwood Ave. in 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 eateries.

The cost is $10; they 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

AARP Tax Aide

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

The Tax Aide site is open through April 15 at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park in Winchester. The hours are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will also be open today and March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participants should bring their Social Security card, photo identification and pertinent tax documents.

Call 540-662-0039.

Special Olympics

Local Area 13 of the 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.

Blue Ridge Hospice  thrift shop volunteers

Blue Ridge Hospice needs volunteers for its thrift shops in Winchester, Stephens City, Front Royal, Berryville and Purcellville.

They will sort donations and hang clothing for display and sale.

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

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 (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.

Red Wagon Ministry

The Congregational-Community Action Project needs wipes and disposable diapers (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. each Monday. Enter on Braddock Street. Call 540-667-3366.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2732 Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11), Stephenson, offers a community meal, “Sharing His Bounty,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

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

The Knights of Columbus sponsors a soup kitchen from 4 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday 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. each 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. each Thursday. Call 540-662-6709.

The Centenary Reformed United Church of Christ, 202 S. Cameron St., Winchester, serves lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. 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. each Wednesday at Grace Episcopal Church, Church Street, Berryville. Call Steve Mitchell at 540-955-3322.

Jubilee Kitchen is open from 11:30 to noon each Saturday 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. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. 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 (Va. 7), 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.