Community bulletin board: help and serve the community
Posted: December 8, 2012
Help and serve the community
The Southside Church of God will host a food, toy, and clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 3136 Papermill Road in Winchester.
Soup will be served.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Congregational-Community Action Project needs donations to help 300 families and more than 950 children during the holiday season.
Donors should bring items to the office at 112 S. Kent St. in Winchester by Friday or to the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Family Life Center at 1309 Opequon Ave. in Winchester by Dec. 15.
The distribution for the families will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 and 18 at Mt. Carmel.
Call 540-336-0415 or 540-662-4318.
Tax-Aide, a volunteer organization co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and AARP, needs volunteers to help prepare tax returns for low- to middle-income taxpayers.
Training will take place in January in Winchester. Other volunteer positions are also needed.
Call Helen Sperry at 540-722-8185.
CCHS Pride Cards
The Clarke County High School softball team is selling discount cards, valid through 2013, for 29 area restaurants and markets.
The cost is $10 and the cards are available from team members; the coach at 540-955-6130, ext. 7422; Charles Grubbs at 540-955-1306 or 540-533-2906; or in the high school office.
Blue Ridge Hospice thrift shop volunteers
Blue Ridge Hospice needs volunteers for its thrift shops in Winchester, Stephens City, Front Royal, Berryville and Purcellville.
Contact Kelly Miller or Sue Jarvis at 540-536-5210, or visit blueridgehospice.org.
Highland Christmas Shop
Registered Highland Food Pantry clients may shop each Tuesday in its Christmas Shop in Winchester.
Volunteers are needed to help with sorting, pricing, organizing donations, and setting up and decorating the shop in Highland Fellowship Hall.
Workers for the shop are also needed.
Donations of gifts are sought for older children and teens, along with small portable heaters, gloves and hats for all ages, small kitchen appliances, washable blankets, towels and sheets (may be gently used), small hand tools, hair dryers or men’s groomers/shavers, or television sets (gently used).
For more information, email Helen Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auxiliary Attic extended hours
The Winchester Medical Center’s Auxiliary Attic thrift shop at 381 Millwood Ave. in Winchester has extended its holiday hours.
The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday through Dec. 22.
First Night volunteers
First Night Winchester is seeking volunteer greeters for entertainment venues on New Year’s Eve.
Christmas tree sale
Boy Scout Troop 159 of Stephens City will sell fresh-cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths and roping through Dec. 22 on Fairfax Pike (Va. 277) in its lot across from the Food Lion Shopping Center near Stephens City.
The proceeds will be used for summer camp expenses.
Our Health is seeking volunteers to help fill positions for nonprofit agencies.
Contact Daniel Rose at 540-536-1605 or email@example.com.
Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps League need volunteers to help with the holiday program.
The duties include distribution and collection.
Call Merrill Hausenfluck at 540-327-0327.
Kotkin Chiropractic Center at 1809 Plaza Drive in Winchester is offering new patients a free examination and any medically necessary X-rays for a donation of a new $10 unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program through Friday.
Ricky Timbrook Food and Toy Drive
The Ricky Timbrook Food and Toy Drive is under way.
The drive has been held for 13 years since Timbrook, a city police officer, was killed in the line of duty in 1999.
Collection boxes have been placed at city fire companies, the Timbrook Public Safety Center, the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park, the Joint Judicial Center, Rouss City Hall, Daniel Morgan Middle School and Handley High School.
Gift wrap volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the gift-wrap fundraiser at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester for Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley.
The fundraiser will take place from Monday through Dec. 24 during mall hours.
Contact 540-536-4113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Salvation Army Winchester Corps seeks gently used or new coats of all sizes for men, women and children, to be given to the needy this Christmas season.
The coats may be donated at 300 Fort Collier Road.
Holiday turkey drive
The Salvation Army Winchester Corps has joined with Sheetz convenience stores to sponsor a holiday turkey drive.
Participants should bring frozen turkeys to The Salvation Army at 300 Fort Collier Road. Donors will receive a $5 Sheetz gift card.
Cash donations are also accepted.
The drive will continue through Friday; 1,100 turkeys are needed.
Contact Cheryl Green at 540-662-4777, ext. 25.
Concern Hotline needs volunteers to answer calls from home or on cell phones for four hours a week.
The Salvation Army Winchester Corps, needs volunteers for the annual Christmas kettle bell-ringing fundraiser.
Ringing will continue through Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Contact Brenda McDonald at 540-662-4777, ext.15.
The Clarke County Animal Shelter needs volunteers for a variety of duties to help stray or abandoned dogs and cats find homes.
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.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County is seeking low-income families who live in Winchester or Frederick County to qualify for the opportunity to own an affordable Habitat home.
Perfect credit is not required. Assistance will be provided to help applicants qualify. Call 540-662-7066 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Volunteers are needed to renovate and/or build affordable houses for qualified low-income families.
No skills are necessary. To sign up, visit habitatwfc.org. Groups should call 540-662-7066.
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.
Call 540-536-1648 or visit lvwa.org.
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 email@example.com for a pickup or call 540-974-3071.
Red Wagon Ministry
The Congregational-Community Action Project is in need of wipes and disposable diapers in 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.
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.
Soup kitchens, free meals
These community organizations and churches offer free meals:
Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe St., Winchester, provides a meal from 5:30 to 6 p.m. each Monday. 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. 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, 318 Millwood Ave., Winchester, 540-536-0000.