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This is the ultimate get dirty, act out, sacrifice your old clothes event

Good morning Prince William – Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 29th to volunteer with the Boy Scouts for a super fun event at Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket. Volunteers will be asked to pretend they are survivors and victims of an airplane crash and a school bus crash so the scouts can practice their first aid skills. This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury. Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort.

This is the ultimate get dirty, act out and even sacrifice your old clothes if you let the kids cut your pants or shirts to expose the pretend injury. Don’t worry- these kids are well trained! And you’ll be part of a huge volunteer effort. Weather promises to be nice to afford the kids the opportunity for additional skill building. Please register for this event at: www.volunteerprincewilliam.org, click volunteer and look under Boy Scouts of America. Teen volunteers need be age 15+, 14 or less must be accompanied by an adult and must turn 12 yrs. old by October 1st. You don’t want to miss this!

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program needs volunteers age 55+ to drive veterans and their spouses to medical appointments especially in the Woodbridge area. This very special volunteer job also affords the volunteer an additional insurance coverage and a mile stipend. It’s a win-win all the way around. Please call Jan at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1 to learn more.

· SERVE’s annual Empty Bowls event on Thursday, October 13th from 5:30-8pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren. It’s a wonderful meal with a performance by the Greater Manassas Children’s Choir and a hand-made ceramic bowl. Please visit:www.nvfs.org/emptybowls to purchase your tickets.

· Prince William Recycles Day – The Power of Recycling – On October 15 – Volunteers are needed! Come out and see what happens to all those items you put into your recycle bin. Take a tour of the Prince William County Landfill, no REALLY, you will be amazed and might just see some of the resident Bald Eagles flying overhead! There will be fun games and activities. New this year, scarecrow making with a clothing or household goods donation. Visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling for scarecrow domain requirements and other details. Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/IAVusryHc0s

· Project Mend a House has several things coming up: October 15 is Fall Fix-it to help a neighbor in need. There is something for everyone who wants to assist! Contact Mr. Abshire at 571-222-5339. There will be free group fitness classes. POISED is aimed at fall prevention for seniors three times per week for 10 weeks through October 14 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30am at Freedom Fitness & Aquatics Center. Please visit www.pmah.org to catch up on many additional activities!

· Walk to end Alzheimer’s is coming up on October 15 in Manassas at the Harris Pavilion – visit their web site for details on walking and volunteering! Volunteers are especially needed for event set-up, advocacy, finish line brigade and route monitoring. This promises to be a super fun day. www.alzheimersassociationnca.volunteerlocal.com.

· Embrace Treatment Foster Care is holding an informational session at Chinn Park Library on October 18th at 6pm. There is an urgent need for foster families to help children that have been removed from their homes. These kids just need a stable and loving environment. Please call Gretchen at (540) 613-5120 to learn more.

· Come to the Annual Boo Ball to support over 5,500 children in our Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program on Saturday October 22nd, 6:30-12pm. This fun event is a partnership with Volunteer Prince William and the Manassas Moose Lodge. Dinner, dancing and specialty drink for just $35. Please purchase your tickets online at: volunteerprincewilliam.org- it’s about a kid and a toy- Help us make dreams come true!

· Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for stream monitoring volunteers and is holding a FREE NOVA Water Quality Monitoring Certification and Training. Adopt a site of your choosing and monitor 3-4 times per year. Help the Department of Environmental Quality by collecting water quality data – the class is Saturday, October 22 at the Manassas National Battlefield Park HQ, 12521 Lee Hwy., Manassas. For details contact: Veronica at waterquality@pwswcd.org. The District also is in need of a volunteer is also needed to staff a booth at the National Park Service (NPS) Saturday in the Park event on October 22. There are too many great programs to list here! Please visit: www.wpswd.org for much more information.

· Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers for their Fall Festival on Saturday October 22nd from 5-9pm. Fun jobs include games for the kids, actors for the haunted history hike-yikes! And costume contest. Please call (703) 583-6904 to learn more.

· Got Drugs? Take them to a drop off point on October 22 – Drug Take Back Event. Sponsored by NOVANT, SENTARA, and UVA medical systems. Drop off locations include: Novant Health UVA System, PW Medical Center, 8640 Sudley Rd., Manassas; Sentara Lake Ridge, 12825 Minnieville Rd.; Novant Health UVA System, 15225 Heathcoat Blvd., Haymarket.

· Cheers to the Bull Run Street Rods Club for collecting toys at their car show on Saturday October 22nd from 4pm-8pm. Bring a toy and come see cool cars and David from Swirlee’s will give you a small cone for the toy donation! The cars will assemble in the Burger King parking lot on Rt 28 by the Manassas Airport.

· Operation Turkey is right around the corner! This is great opportunity to help those in need with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal. The special basics we all love include green beans, sweet potatoes, boxed pie crust, corn, biscuit mix, stuffing, box muffins, pumpkin pie mix, mashed potatoes, gravy packets or jars and of course cranberry sauce. Donations can be made to both ACTS in Dumfries and SERVE in Manassas.

· Piedmont TOPSoccer needs volunteers to work one on one with children with disabilities at their practice sessions on Saturdays through November 5th. Less experienced athletes go 10am-11am and more experienced athletes practice 11am-12 noon, at the Vint Hill gym. No soccer skills needed just a great attitude and big smile! The greatest need for volunteers is the 10-11am time slot. Please contact Beth at: piedmonttopsoccer@comcast.net to learn more.

· The Manassas Christmas Parade is in need of volunteer marshals! Also, there are several levels of sponsorship available. This year’s theme is Believe. Visit www.gmchristmasparade.org for more information or contact Nora at: nora@greenteaminc.com.

· The Greater Washington Heart Walk takes place on November 5th on the National Mall. Help fight heart disease and stroke. Go to www.greaterwashingtonheartwalk.org for information and to register as a walker or volunteer.

· If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, 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. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

Call to Action is a column written by Volunteer Prince William Director Mary Foley.
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