Community bulletin board — help and serve, volunteer opportunities

Posted: July 8, 2013

Help and serve  the community

AARP Driver Safety Program

AARP will conduct a classroom refresher course designed for those 50 and over from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12 at the Frederick County Public Safety Building, 1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester.

Those completing the course will receive a certificate, which should reduce auto insurance costs. There are no exams. Cost is $14. AARP members will receive a $2 discount if they bring membership cards. Bring driver’s license to class. Call Kathy at 540-667-5952.

Salvation Army volunteers

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist with serving meals during the Summer Feeding Program, unload merchandise from trucks at the thrift store, cook and serve meals at the shelter, organize groceries in the pantry, general maintenance and cleaning, lawn and landscape care, and general office duties at 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester.

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

Duct tape donations

Special Love’s Camp Fantastic, scheduled for Aug. 11 to 17, needs donations of rolls of duct tape for campers to use in craft classes. Special Love is a nonprofit organization that supports children with cancer and their families by providing free, year-round camps in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Donations can be mailed to Special Love, 117 Youth Development Court, Winchester, Va. 22602 or dropped off at the Winchester location. To make a monetary donation, visit or mail a check to the above address, noting it’s designated for duct tape.

Scholarship to honor Damaris Omps Whitacre

The Blue Ridge Democratic Women Committee will award two $500 scholarships in 2013. The scholarship honors longtime Democrat and business woman Damaris Omps Whitacre.

The scholarship may be used for any education related expenses associated with attending a community college or trade school. Applications are available by contacting Suzanne Conrad at or 540-722-8650. The deadline is July 15.

Master gardener greenline/help desk

The Virginia Cooperative Extension, Frederick County Master Gardeners, are manning a help desk for homeowners who have lawn and garden questions Master Gardener on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.

Call 540-665-5699, go to the office at 107 N. Kent St., second floor, Winchester or email

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County is seeking volunteer groups and individuals to help build a home near downtown Winchester. No skills are necessary. Build days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteer groups, such as businesses, faith organizations, corporations, community groups, and special interest groups should email or call 540-662-7066.

Individual volunteers may sign up online by going to the Habitat website at, click on the icon “Volunteer Now,” and follow directions for becoming a user or call 540-662-7066.

Habitat for Humanity owns several properties in the near downtown Winchester area that are vacant while families are being assigned. Habitat is seeking volunteers who have mowers and willing to come out once a week during the summer to mow these properties.

Volunteers must be at least age 16 and be able to transport the lawn mower.

Email or call 540-662-7066.

Red Cross volunteers

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

Visit to sign up to volunteer.

Gardening help

Specialists in sustainable home gardening from The Lord’s Chapel, Greenwood Road in Frederick County, will roto-till and provide advice for home gardens Winchester for $25 a plot. The maximum size is 8 by 8 feet.

Proceeds benefit the chapel. Call Roger Ethier at 304-283-6196.

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 or call 540-678-0963.

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.

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 a total of $400 per family.

Access the application information 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 from May 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, 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.

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. Mondays, 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.

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.