Community bulletin board — help and serve the community
Help and serve the community
Wesley United Methodist Church at 527 Van Fossen St. in Winchester offers free garden spaces to the public. Contact the pastor, Mike Mayton, at 540-667-7577.
Magic Lantern Theater
The Magic Lantern Theater seeks volunteers to help set up equipment for outdoor film screenings this summer.
Volunteers get free admission. Email email@example.com or call 540-678-0963.
Relay For Life Torch of Hope
The Winchester/Frederick Relay For Life will include the Torch of Hope this year.
A tribute torch may be donated in honor or in memory of an individual who has had cancer. For a $50 donation, a torch will be lit during the event; a name plaque and ribbon will be included.
Visit winchesterrelay.org or contact Mike Hummer at 540-577-9016.
Relay For Life will be held June 14 at James Wood High School.
The Winchester Women’s Network is distributing applications for its annual scholarship awards.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded in June.
Applications may be obtained from high school guidance offices, college financial aid offices or by contacting Marsha Gochenour at 540-533-8069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday.
Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia is in need of Wish Volunteers in the Winchester area.
The organization grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
A volunteer training session will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18. Contact Penny Jordan at email@example.com or 804-217-9474.
The FISH Clothing Bank in Clarke County is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays on Old Chapel Road off Lord Fairfax Highway. Call 540-955-4463.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 540-450-2710.
Patsy Cline Historic House volunteers
Patsy Cline Historic House is looking for volunteers to help tell her story at her childhood home in Winchester. Detailed training provided. Call 540-662-5555.
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.
Horizon Goodwill Industries, 443 Millwood Ave., Winchester, needs donations of gently used clothing, shoes, and household item. 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. Visit lvwa.org.
National park volunteers
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park seeks volunteers to assist the park 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 in Winchester, Stephens City, Front Royal, Berryville and Purcellville.
The volunteers will sort donations and hang clothing for display and sale.
Contact Kelly Miller or Sue Jarvis at 540-536-5210, or visit blueridgehospice.org.
Our Health seeks volunteers for positions at various nonprofit agencies.
Contact Daniel Rose at 540-536-1605 or email@example.com.
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 vddhh.org.
Concern Hotline needs volunteers to answer calls from home or on cell phones for four hours a week.
The Clarke County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help stray or abandoned dogs and cats find homes.
The Kernstown Battlefield Association needs volunteers to help on weekends from May through October at the site off Valley Avenue in Winchester.
Contact Sue at 540-868-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Recreation Department, 540-665-5678.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a pickup or call 540-974-3071.
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 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 email@example.com.
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. 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 Mondays.
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. Mondasy, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 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 Fridays. 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 Sundays. 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, 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 (Va. 277), 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.