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Call to Action: Homeless Near Woodbridge Shelter Need Help Getting to Laundromat

By MARY FOLEY
Volunteer Prince William
January 25, 2014 7:30 am

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· Good morning Prince William – I have a very special request for volunteer drivers on Saturday mornings to give a lift to gentlemen living in and around the Winter Shelter in Woodbridge. It’s as simple as picking up 2 or 3 individuals and taking them to the Laundromat for 2 hours and giving them a ride back to the shelter with their clean clothes. This is a super easy, quick volunteer project. Please call Juan at (703) 583-7440 for more info. It’s just a little far and a lot cold for these gentlemen to walk there!

· BEACON Adult Literacy needs volunteer tutors at a couple of their sites. The next tutor training is Saturday February 15th to give you all the info you need to make this a very rewarding experience for you and your student. Please visit their website for more details at: beaconliteracy.org or by calling (703) 368-7491.

· SERVE has an urgent need for adult volunteers to help screen clients for food assistance on weekdays. As you can imagine with this tough winter, this is a very busy time of year for them. You must be able to work with computers, pass a background check, and Spanish speaking skills would be extra helpful. Please Jan at (574) 748-2621 to learn more about this very important community service.

· Birmingham Green Nursing Home would love to have several volunteers to give cultural talks or special cultural performances with song, instruments or dancing throughout the year. They would like to kick off this program with volunteers to speak on topics for Black History Month. Please call Zach at (703) 257-6252 to learn more.

· Reflections for Black History Month at the Center for the Arts invites all to the grand opening of the Reflections Exhibit on Saturday February 8th from 6-8pm. Delta Sigma Theta is hosting this event with wine and cheese to celebrate the works of 20 artists nationally and internationally recognized from the University of Maryland Driskell Arts Center. Please visit their website at: pwcacdst.org to learn more

· Please mark your calendars for Saturday March 8th for the Annual Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-Thon for SERVE. Start gathering your friends and family and form a 5 member team to compete in this fun event at Bowl America in Manassas. This event gets better every year and of course for a great cause. Please email Pam at: pboyle@nvfs.org for sponsorship opportunities and more info.

· Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers beginning this week at the home of a senior veteran. Repairs include installing grab bars, repairing plumbing problems, fixing gutters and siding and other accessibility accommodations. These repairs will allow this very cute couple to continue living in their home. Please call (703) 369-6708 to learn more or visit their website at: habitatpwc.org. Habitat for Humanity also has a great volunteer program for scouts and middle schoolers by distributing door hangers in this neighborhood during the workdays. These door hangers have lots of good info on the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, the Restore and the Cars for Homes Program and give Habitat a special link to this neighborhood.

· Brain Injury Services is looking for several volunteers to visit clients in specific neighborhoods. They have a client in Manassas who would like company to help with her crafting. They also have a gentleman who would love the company of a Columbia University alum as he is very proudly of the class of 1940. Please email Michelle at: mthyen@braininjurysvcs.org to learn more.

· Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William needs you to help an adult learn to read and write. The next Tutor Training Workshop is March 22, 2014. There is a one-time fee of $35 for materials. Imagine the difference you can make in someone’s life! Contact at lvapw@aol.com.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Coleen can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 201, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 202. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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  • Potomac Clubber

    Grown men can’t even wash their own clothes? I guess they shouldn’t off spent all the money they made begging for change on crack cocaine and wine.

  • Disgusted in Dumfries

    Let ACTS do it!

    They were so keen to take over the Hilda Barg Shelter and put people out of jobs and cancel programs they did not feel like continuing, so I say let them do it!

    Here is what will happen anyway. Someone or group will step up and do this for awhile, and maybe even enjoy it. They will build a relationship with the people they are helping and then, when the opportunity is ripe for good PR and donations, Frances Harris and her cronies will swoop in and take it over. All the while, making sure that it is in the media that they are now going to help and sticking out their hand for donations, you know to more do the same work some other volunteers were doing at their own time and expense. And then people can once again applaud ” the great work of ACTS” and fork over money to them. That is, until the spotlight fades, then they will cancel that program too, but without the media coverage and fanfare.

    Go ahead, Frances Harris. I want to see you put homeless men in your nice car that you bought with your $70,000+ annual salary and drive them to the laundromat (if you can find the time between vacations to Europe). And do it quietly, without media coverage for a change. ACTS stands for Action in Community through Service, so serve your community without expecting PR, media coverage, accolades, and donations. Put your acts where your mouth is Frances Harris!

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