Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: March 23, 2013

Help and serve  the community

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 site is open through April 15 in the War Memorial Building at 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. The site will also be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

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

For more information, call 540-662-0039.

Concern Hotline fundraiser

Ruby Tuesday, a Winchester restaurant, will donate 20 percent of Wednesday’s purchases to the Concern Hotline.

Call 540-662-3236 or

Girl Scout cookies

Girl Scout cookies will be on sale this weekend at Sharp Shopper, Books A Million, CiCi’s Pizza, First Bank, Kmart, Lowe’s, Sleepy’s Mattress Store, Apple Blossom Mall and Walmart stores.

Prom attire needed

Gowns for HIS Glory will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 in the Ferrari Room of Brandt Student Center at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

This is the second year for the giveaway of prom dresses, shoes, accessories and related items to Winchester and Frederick county high school girls. All public and private high school girls may take part.

The donation drop-off locations are: Wilkins ShoeCenter, Congregational-Community Action Project, Bowman Building, SU Pharmacy School, Gossip Salon, LL McKee Salon, Platinum Salon and Lord Fairfax Community College Student Center.


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-per-bag sale is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

Call 540-955-4463.

Therapeutic riding

The Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship needs lesson volunteers for an eight-week spring session that will begin 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.

Openings are available for riders during these sessions.

Contact or at 540-533-2777.

Host families

Local families are needed to host Japanese exchange students, aged 12 to 16, for four weeks in the summer as part of an exchange program sponsored by 4-H.

The 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

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Thrift Shop at 2225 Valley Ave. in Winchester needs furniture and housewares.

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

Call 540-450-2710.

Luncheon lecture

A free luncheon lecture will be offered at noon Thursday in the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center in Winchester.

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.

Wendy Gay is the instructor.

Call 540-667-5869 to register.

Patsy Cline Historic House volunteers

The Patsy Cline Historic House needs volunteers to tell visitors about the legendary singer’s days 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 goods, towels, linens, blankets and related items.

The store is at 443 Millwood Ave. in Winchester.

Call 540-723-6864

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 or visit

National park volunteers

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park needs volunteers to assist with visitors’ needs and other projects.

The park will open a Visitor Contact Station in Middletown soon.

Call 540-869-3051.

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 in preparation for display and sale.

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

Our Health

Our Health seeks volunteers 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.


The Kernstown Battlefield Association needs volunteers to help on weekends May through October at the site off Valley Avenue in Winchester.

Contact Sue at 540-868-2389 or

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.

Habitat for Humanity applications

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

The first step to determine if you pre-qualify for an application is to make a 10-minute phone call from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at 540-662-7066. Perfect credit is not required. If you don’t pre-qualify, guidance will be given on what to do to qualify.

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, 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:

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, 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.