Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: August 19, 2013

Help and serve  the community

Volunteer Farms

Volunteer Farms, 277 Crider Lane, Woodstock, needs help harvesting crops.The farm raises vegetables and fruits to help at-risk children.

Contact or call us at 540-459-3478. Visit

Therapeutic riding

Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, 420 Russell Road, Berryville, needs lesson volunteers for an eight-week fall session, beginning the week of Sept. 1.

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 will attend orientation at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, and then one of several hands-on trainings offered the following week.

Contact Esther Forcey at volunteerbrcth@gmail.comor at 301-873-6728 to register.

Teddy Bear Hugs

Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center will host Teddy Bear Hugs at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 to make Teddy bears for area children.

For those who cannot sew, other tasks can be performed. Fabric is also needed. Call Chairman, Ruth Reier at 540-723-4969 or Godfrey Miller at 540-667-5869.

Singers welcome

The Front Royal Oratorio Society is welcoming new singers for the 2013-14 concert season.

No audition required. Rehearsals are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Front Royal Methodist Church beginning Sept. 9. Contact 540-635-4842 and

Volunteers  for Chelsea’s 5K

Volunteers are needed to help Sept. 22 at Blandy Experimental Farm to assist with Chelsea’s 5K Competitive Run and Family Fun Walk to raise awareness for Epilepsy SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy).

Contact Steven at

Computer class

Level 1 Beginner Computer Class begins Sept. 24 at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home & Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.

The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 a.m. to noon for six weeks. There is no fee for the class, but participants must purchase the textbook. Call 540-667-5869 to register.

Bridge players

Bridge players needed Mondays at Godfrey Miller Historic Home & Fellowship Center in Winchester.

New foursomes will start in September. Call 540-667-5869.

Habitat for Humanity construction crew leaders

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County is seeking volunteer construction crew leaders available to commit to three build days per week starting immediately and continuing through September 2013. A small stipend is possible.

Retired construction professionals may inquire. Build days start at 7:30 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m. Successful volunteer construction crew leaders will work under the direction of Habitat’s construction site supervisor; have a construction background and working knowledge of construction code; works well in a team atmosphere; enjoys showing and guiding non-skilled volunteers on how to perform basic construction tasks, and lead by example in maintaining an upbeat, wholesome atmosphere on the construction site.

Interested individuals should call Jan Lower, program director, at 540-662-7066.

Salvation Army volunteers

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to unload merchandise from trucks at the thrift store, cook and serve meals at the shelter, organize groceries in the pantry and perform general maintenance and cleaning, lawn and landscape care, and general office duties at its 300 Fort Collier Road headquarters.

Contact 540-662-4777, ext. 11, or

Master Gardener help

The Virginia Cooperative Extension and Frederick County Master Gardeners offer a help desk for anyone with lawn and garden questions from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.

Call 540-665-5699, visit the office at 107 N. Kent St. (second floor) in Winchester or email

Red Cross volunteers

The American Red Cross needs volunteers willing to respond to disasters.

Visit to sign up.

Magic Lantern Theater

The Magic Lantern Theater seeks volunteers to help set up equipment for outdoor film screenings this summer.

The volunteers receive free admission. Email or call 540-678-0963.

Patsy Cline Historic House volunteers

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

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 $400 per family.

The application information is available at

Contact Kristie Chamberlain at 1-800-552-5019 or

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 540-536-1648. Visit

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

Our Health

Our Health seeks volunteers for positions at 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 to help stray or abandoned dogs and cats find homes.

Call 540-955-5104.


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

Contact Sue at 540-868-2389 or

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 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.

Call 540-536-1006.

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.

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

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.