Community bulletin board — help and serve the community

Posted: August 31, 2013

Help and serve  the community



AARP Driver  Safety Program

AARP will conduct an eight-hour classroom refresher course, designed for drivers 50 and over, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Our Health at 329 N. Cameron St. in Winchester.

Those completing the course will receive a certificate, which should reduce auto insurance costs. No exams are required. The cost is $14; members will receive a $2 discount if they bring an AARP card. Participants should bring a driver’s license to the class.

Call Kathy at 540-667-5952.


Diapers needed

The Congregational-Community Action Project seeks diapers in sizes 3, 4 and 5 and wipes.

Contact Jody Stephenson with The Red Wagon Ministry at 540-955-0949 to host diaper/wipe drives, diaper coupon-collecting or to make donations.






School clothes sale

Children’s school clothes (all sizes) are on sale from $1 to $3 at Agape Outreach at 30 S. Braddock St. in Winchester through Sept. 30.

Call 540-955-4820 to make an appointment.



Voting rights

Anyone seeking assistance in restoring voting rights may contact Ethel Doherty, political action chairman of the Winchester Chapter of NAACP, at 540-662-0885 or, or the Coalition for Racial Unity at




Volunteer Farms

Volunteer Farms at 277 Crider Lane in Woodstock needs help in harvesting crops.

The farm raises vegetables and fruits to help at-risk children.

Contact or call 540-459-3478. Visit



Teddy Bear Hugs

The Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center in Winchester will host Teddy Bear Hugs at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Participants will make teddy bears for area children. For those who cannot sew, other tasks can be performed. Fabric is needed.

Call Ruth Reier at 540-723-4969 or the center at 540-667-5869.







Singers welcome

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

No audition is required. Rehearsals are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Monday at Front Royal United Methodist Church, beginning Sept. 9.

Contact 540-635-4842 or






Volunteers  for Chelsea’s 5K

Volunteers are needed at Blandy Experimental Farm near Boyce on Sept. 22 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

A Level 1 Beginner Computer Class will begin on Sept. 24 at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center at 28 S. Loudoun St. in 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 the Godfrey Miller Historic Home & Fellowship Center in Winchester.

New foursomes will start in September.

Call 540-667-5869.








Habitat for Humanity construction 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; work well in a team atmosphere; enjoy guiding non-skilled volunteers in basic construction tasks; and lead by example in maintaining an upbeat, wholesome atmosphere on the construction site.

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






Red Cross volunteers

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

Visit to sign up.



























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.








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.
































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.