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SERVE in Manassas needs teen volunteers for book fair

Good morning Prince William – SERVE in Manassas has a great project for teen volunteers age 16+ on Monday December 19th. They are holding a book fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas and volunteers are needed to read to the children and help with crafts in the store for an hour or 2. Please call Navara at (571) 748-2536 to learn more.

· Serving our Willing Warriors is looking for volunteers to help with projects at their Warrior Retreat at Bull Run. The opportunities include helping prepare the house on Wednesday mornings for new guests, assisting at community events as an ambassador, joining the garden team or working special events such as the Annual Monte Carlo Night in February. Please email them at: volunteer@willingwarriors.org to learn more.

· ACTS in Dumfries is looking for an admin volunteer in their Human Resources office. You must be over 18 yrs. old. Please email Jane at: janderson@actspwc.us to learn more.

· The Aubergine Thrift Shop benefitting the Novant Health UVA Health System has an urgent need for volunteers to help at their shop in Old Town Manassas. Duties include sort donations, hang clothing, arrange displays assist customers and work the cash register. Volunteers must be at least 18 yrs. old and commit to 1-3 hours per week as well as successfully complete a background checks. It’s a fun job in a great location. Please visit their website for more info at: novanthealthuva.org.

· House of Mercy has an urgent need for volunteers in the Donation Center. Duties include sorting, labeling and hanging. It’s a great family project and teens are most welcome. Please complete a volunteer application on their website at:houseofmercyva.org

· Chapel of His Glory Immigration Ministry is looking for a volunteer Paralegal/Legal Assistant to help pro bono lawyers working with immigrant families who entered the US legally and need assistance to renew/retain their legal status. Please email Pastor Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to transport veterans to their doctors’ appointments and perhaps stop by the pharmacy to fill a new prescription. It’s a great way to say thank you for their service. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Come be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at: pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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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Manassas theater owner goes ‘rogue,’ builds a community movie house

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MANASSAS, Va. — The world of Star Wars is about to go “rogue” and branch off into a series of movies never seen before, with a new story that involves few of the original main characters of the 30-year-old sci-fi series.

For Kiran “Bunny” Khorana, owner of the Manassas 4 Cinemas on Mathis Avenue, he’s also going rogue with a departure from the ‘big box” chain movie houses he competes against for first-run showings of movies like “Star Wars: Rogue One” due in theaters December 16.

“It’s easy,” explains Khorana, “I listen to our customers and provide unique services and value that they can’t get by watching a movie at home or a big cinema.”

Manassas 4 Cinemas is a family-friendly cinema, providing first run movies most days for $7.50, or $10 per ticket after 4 p.m. Tickets on Tuesday and Wednesdays are $5 all day, about half the price of the big cinemas.

One of the most popular theater rooms at Manassas 4 Cinemas is the Cafe Cinema. Outfitted with couches, recliners, and other comfortable seats, this theater allows you to enjoy a first run movie while sipping on a beer or glass of wine along with foods like pizza and hamburgers.

It is a great example of the “cinema and draft house” trend that is increasing in popularity around the country. This specific theater is available for private rental and a great place to host holiday events, birthday parties, and corporate events.

Being an independent theater gives Khorana flexibility to have a voice. When most major cinemas were reluctant to show the 2014 comedy, “The Interview,” which poked fun at the reclusive leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un, Khorana was one of a handful of independent moviehouse owners who chose to screen the movie.

Competing against the big cinemas isn’t easy, but Khorana has diligently worked to make his business success. After selling another movie house, Khorana opened Manassas 4 Cinemas in May 2011 with a first-run showing of Pirates of the Caribbean. With a lot of hard work, Khorana grew his small operation to $1.2 million in his first year.

Despite recovering from recent quadruple bypass surgery, you can often find Khorana greeting customers in the lobby. He wants to hear what his customers want, and he wants to be close by to help them get it.

Khorana expanded his customer base in Manassas and Manassas Park by providing big screen showings of international soccer and rugby matches, along with movies from other countries.

Manassas 4 Cinemas is located at 8890 Mathis Avenue in Manassas. The movie house lists showtimes on its website.

The Facts: 

Manassas 4 Cinemas
8890 Mathis Avenue
Manassas, Va. 20110
703-330-3538
Owner: Kiran (Bunny) Khorana
Showtimes: manassas4cinemas.com/location/1262/Manassas-4-Cinemas

*This post is written by Rod Loges and Jenn Mathis, of One Degree Captial in Occoquan, in collaboration with Potomac Local.

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Call to Action: Church needs paralegal/Legal assistant to help immigrant families

Good morning Prince William – Please join the fun at the Dumfries Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10th. The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program is collecting new, unwrapped toys for area children. Please bring a toy to share the joy of the season with a neighbor. The parade begins at 12 noon- see you there!

· The Aubergine Thrift Shop is benefitting the Novant Health UVA Health System has an urgent need for volunteers to help at their shop in Old Town Manassas. Duties include sort donations, hang clothing, arrange displays assist customers and work the cash register. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and commit to one to three hours per week as well as successfully complete a background check. It’s a fun job in a great location. Please visit their website for more info at: novanthealthuva.org.

· Speaking of gifts- Matrix Computer Consulting has a great deal on new PCs for home or office and will donate $35 for every PC purchased to the Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program. It’s a great deal for you and of course more toys for needy kids. Please email Sarah at sarah@matrixcc.net to learn more.

· The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids is in full swing. There are still 800 kids needing a sponsor! Share the joy of the season by sponsoring a child. You will receive the child’s name, age and two gift wishes so you can make their dreams come true. You can download all the info at: volunteerprincewilliam.org.

· House of Mercy has an urgent need for volunteers in the Donation Center. Duties include sorting, labeling, and hanging. It’s a great family project and teens are most welcome. Please complete a volunteer application on their website at:houseofmercyva.org

· Chapel of His Glory Immigration Ministry is looking for a volunteer Paralegal/Legal Assistant to help pro bono lawyers working with immigrant families who entered the US legally and need assistance to renew/retain their legal status. Please email Pastor Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to present the Safe at Home curriculum to 4th-grade students. Be part of the team to teach cute kids critical life skills while they are home alone. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at: pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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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Come and chat with me on Tuesday in Occoquan

Do you have a pothole on your street that has been ignored for some time? How about a dirty playground in your neighborhood that is no longer a safe place for children to play?

Maybe you have some good news, like an amazing friend who organized as successful neighborhood watch program. Or, maybe you have a teacher who went the extra mile to help her students learn.

These are all great stories, and I want to hear about them, and any others you want to share.

I’ll be at the One Degree Room in Occoquan on Tuesday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and chat with me about whatever is going on in your neighborhood.

As your community news publisher, I’ll be sure to listen to your story ideas, compliments, complaints, and constructive criticism.

There’s no charge to meet with me, so come over and grab the publisher’s ear.

The One Degree Room is located at 204 Commerce Street in Occoquan, on the lower level of the One Degree Capital building.

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Founded in Stafford, Ricks Roasters ready for growth

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STAFFORD, Va. — The founders of Ricks Roasters will take the lessons learned in Stafford and use them as the company aims to expand into the Northeast.

“Our strategic vision from the beginning has been the replication of the model we’ve built in Stafford. We are a local coffee roaster providing an outstanding product while being integrated into the community. When opportunities to repeat that model present themselves, we will pursue them aggressively. We are currently pursuing such opportunities in Martinsburg, W. Va., New York City, and Jonestown, Pa,” stated Sean Ricks, a company co-founder, in email.

Their coffee can now be found at various locations in Fredericksburg, Stafford, and at the Virginia Railway Express station in Quantico. Ricks boasts 80 company partners that work with the roster including the Great Harvest Bread Company in Lorton and Agora coffee shop in Downtown Fredericksburg.

While the company roasts its special blend of coffees for smaller shops and restaurants, Ricks says their future lies in roasting large quantities of coffee beans.

“Though we have a coffee shop at the VRE station, our primary path to market is wholesale. We’ve been very successful at customizing coffees for businesses, often paired with their menus. We not only have custom blends for coffee shops and restaurants, but also mortgage brokers, realtors, and gyms. We see all of our customers as partners and do everything we can to help them grow,” stated Ricks.

The business started after a husband and wife couple began searching for something they could do togehter.

“In May 2013, Keely and I were searching for a business we would be passionate about and could work on together. We loved coffee and decided we’d pursue a coffee I used to drink in Indonesia while serving in the Navy. The day after we settled on coffee, my motorcycle broke down on the way to my job at the Pentagon. After making the necessary repairs, we went to Tim’s Rivershore for lunch where Ricks Roasters was sketched out on a napkin. What began as a little “side” business for us has taken off into an exciting small business employing several veterans and veteran dependents.

Growing the business has presented challenges along the way as the coffee couple kept their full-time jobs.

“I am still on active duty in the Navy, and Keely is a social worker by trade. From the beginning, we knew our full-time jobs would preclude our ability to run this business all on our own. We’ve had to hire more people than we would have had to had we been able to work full time.

Bringing on staff and the nature of getting roasted product in the bag have made our labor costs track linearly with our sales numbers. As always, limited cash flow has throttled our growth and made decoupling the sales and labor numbers challenging.”

As the company grew, Ricks says he’s learned a thing or two about shipping and inventory costs. Raw coffee is heavy when shipped, so Ricks Roasters had to find a way to cut down on the weight it shipped to keep costs under control.

“Our raw product is very heavy so early-on we did our best to maximize the amount of product we would bring in per shipment. While this did help keep the cost per pound in freight down, it had a major impact on cash flow. Ultimately, we found the sweet spot in shipment size that saved the most amount of money per pound while not presenting very large inventory purchase bills.”

The Facts
Start Date: May 2013
Owners Names: Sean & Keely Ricks
Roastery: 1304 Interstate Business Park, Fredericksburg, VA 22405 (Stafford County)
Retail Location: 550 Railroad Ave, Quantico, VA 22134
Phone number: 540-318-6850
Website: ricksroasters.com

*This post is written by Rod Loges and Jenn Mathis, of One Degree Captial in Occoquan, in collaboration with Potomac Local.

Celebrate the Holidays here at the Manassas Park Community Center

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The bright red, orange, and yellow leaves are falling off the trees, and the days are growing shorter and shorter. There is a chill in the air as fall decorations are taken down to be replaced by holiday decorations. Most of us have already seen holiday decorations in the stores.

You know, the holiday decorations you pretend you don’t see before Halloween, and well, before we know it, we will be in full holiday mode.

Instead of stressing about the holidays, why not plan to join us here at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) for a variety of holiday events and programs.

The holiday fun begins here at the Community Center on Thursday, December 1, from 7 pm – 8:30 pm for the Dough Ornament Workshop.  Plan to be here to decorate and take home your own dough ornament. The staff at MPCC will supply all the materials; you supply all the creativity! Register for the workshop – it’s only $3 per ornament!

On Thursday, December 8th from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, the MPCC will be hosting our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party. We will have fun building and decorating with lots of sweet treats. Families will need to pre-register at least three days in advance! The cost for this event is just $5 per gingerbread kit.

Then on Saturday, December 10th at 5:45 pm, we will have our annual Light Parade. This amazing display of lights on wheels will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Our annual parade of lights is a crowd favorite among residents living in Manassas Park and surrounding areas.

Residents decorate their cars with festive holiday themes, and as the sun sets, the lights on the cars glow and the parade begins. The cost to participate is only $10 per car. The parade starts at the Carondelet Drive intersection and ends at the Manassas Park Community Center. Participants are still needed; please contact Kaitlyn Collier if you would like to participate.

And, this year, we are announcing something new: It’s our first annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration. It will immediately follow the Light Parade. At the Tree Lighting, there will be pictures with Santa, pictures with snow princesses, kid’s activities, and light refreshments for all who attend.

And the best part of this event is that it is absolutely FREE to attend. The MPCC staff is so excited to present this additional event and are hoping the weather cooperates! No ice or snow, please!

The following Saturday, December 17 from 9am-11am, bring the kids to the Community Center for Breakfast with Santa! There will be pancakes, photos, games, crafts, and lots of fun. Children of all ages are invited, and the cost is just $5 per person. Children under the age of 2 are included in their parent’s registration.

Later that same day (December 17) from 11:30 am-12:30 pm is Santa Paws where you can bring your puppy for pictures with Santa! It only costs $5 per pup!

You will have to enter through the patio located behind the Community Center. Don’t worry; there will be signs up directing you and your furry friends so that you won’t miss the fun.

With all of these fantastic holiday events scheduled here at the Manassas Park Community Center, let us handle the stress while you get into the holiday spirit. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Manassas Park Community Center throughout the month of December.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, Va.

Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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Happy Thanksgiving

By now, I hope you’ve made it where you are going for Thanksgiving.

For my wife and I, we spent the day traveling on Virginia highways making our way over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house. This is the third time we’ve made the annual trip to be with family for this special holiday.

Like many who traveled this holiday weekend, we braved lines, crowds, and delays to make it where we were going. For those who stayed close to home, long lines and delays at shopping malls and roads will also affect holiday travelers and shoppers.

The best gift you can give yourself this Thanksgiving is to be with friends or family. It’s these people who are there for us, who make us laugh, who are there for us to talk, and for the very best of them, give us a shoulder to cry on from time to time.

And, if you’re a good friend who returns the favor, your visit will be a gift well received. 

I am truly thankful for my family who supports me in not only this project of bringing you our local news but in all endeavors. From improving our home, investing in our family, planning for our future, and taking care of our tribe of goats and pack of dogs, my family has been there every step of the way.

I hope that you have friends and relatives like this in your life and that you’ll be able to count your blessings, and for what you are thankful.

We’ll take a break Thanksgiving Day from posting local news. For us, it’s time to be with family and friends, to relax, regroup, and, of course, eat some turkey.

We’ll be back bright and early on Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Introducing corporate and non-profit rental packages at Manassas Park Community Center

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As you begin planning for your corporate holiday party, you ask yourself several questions: Will there be a dress code? What kind of food will be served? Will there be a theme? It seems like the list is endless! After all, most businesses do not have professional party planners, so for the person who actually plans the holiday party, the task can feel daunting.

Luckily there is an easy solution – and it is conveniently located right in Manassas Park. The Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC) is ready to meet all of your special event needs with its spacious banquet hall and numerous meeting rooms available to rent.

Amelia Powell, Customer Service Supervisor at MPCC says she is the concierge for the venue of endless possibilities.

“We really make it easy to rent space here. From our clean facilities, to our knowledge of area vendors, we can help you make your corporate or non-profit holiday party or event the best one yet,” Powell said.

“We hope you notice the extra efforts we put forth to maintain a clean, safe, and professional atmosphere,” she added,In addition, one of my favorite features that sets us apart from other venues in the area, are our knowledgeable instructors who can help you develop teambuilding exercises as part of your event.

There are several banquet hall rental packages designed to complement your company’s specific needs.

“A few years ago, a sorority rented the facility and wanted a dance floor, so we worked with them to provide one, and now a dance floor is part of the packages offered here,” Powell said.

“One of the first things I tell people who are interested in renting space at MPCC is to make a timeline. The details will be the difference between a good event and a great event, and we will work with you to make sure you stay on top of the little details so that you have a great corporate event here,” she added.

There are three separate corporate and non-profit rental banquet hall packages at MPCC to maximize your company’s needs.

The first package is called The Formal Piece where your company would rent the full banquet hall for four hours. It’s the perfect package for holiday parties, training, and large luncheons. The banquet hall seats 230 people and includes the caterer’s kitchen and the pre-function area.

The second package is called Smart Casualand includes half the banquet hall, caterer’s kitchen, and pre-function area for six hours. Half the banquet hall provides seating for 115 people. You also get a wireless mic, projector, and a podium making this package perfect for half-day conferences, lunch-and-learns, or training.

This “Smart Casual” package is perfect for holiday parties and events where you want to announce or call attention to staff who have exceeded your expectations. “This is the package businesses use when they want to take advantage of our instructor’s team building exercises,” Powell further pointed out.

The third package is calledArgyle Style where you would rent the full banquet hall for four hours, and is great for holiday parties, celebrations, or casual events allowing for your company’s fun side.

“This plan includes a dance floor and activity tables and was added after the sorority’s event I mentioned earlier,” Powell stated.

The Argyle Style package is perfect for company parties where the employees’ spouses and families are invited, as it includes a 12’ X 12’ dance floor, seating for 230 people, caterer’s kitchen, and pre-function area.

The caterer’s kitchen, included in all three packages, is 1,082 square feet with a six-burner gas range, convection ovens, warming ovens, ice machines, and stainless steel tables. There are several add-ons available for each of the packages including additional hours, childcare for up to 30 children, alcohol onsite, and audio-visual amenities.

Drum roll please!

This year, MPCC is introducing a new Non-Profit Scholarship.

“There are so many excellent non-profit organizations in the area who do not have the budget for renting a large space, so we thought why not help those who help others by providing the rental space and offer a specific Non-Profit Scholarship to help pay for that space,” Powell said.

If you know of a non-profit looking for space for their annual gala or fundraiser, please let them know about this scholarship,” she added.

Renting banquet space at the Manassas Park Community Center is the best solution for area companies who are looking for that perfect venue for a fun corporate event where all of the people involved will mingle actively during the company’s holiday celebration. In addition to the banquet hall packages, there are also multi-purpose room and conference room options presenting affordable solutions for smaller organizations. If your company is looking for a one- or two-day retreat, there is also a package that takes advantage of the facility’s robust recreational amenities

“We have the perfect space to suit any company or corporate event you are planning,” Powell summarized. Call the Manassas Park Community Center today at 703-335-8872 and ask for Amelia Powell, your concierge for the venue with endless possibilities.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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Un Trim A Tree collecting new toys right before start of Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Good morning Prince William – 71st Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade still needs a few more volunteers to help along the parade route.

This is a super fun day and will definitely put you in spirit! It only takes a couple of hours and you’ll see all your friends and neighbors as well. Please email Nora at nora@greenteaminc.com for more info- just 2 weeks left. Also- The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program is collecting new toys right before the start of the parade at 9:45am. Please come enjoy this wonderful community event and share the joy of the season with donating a toy for either a boy or girl age 0 to 12yrs. old. The toy float will come down the entire parade route and volunteers will collect your donations right on the spot.

· Speaking of gifts- Matrix Computer Consulting has a great deal on new PCs for home or office and will donate $35 for every PC purchased to the Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program. It’s a great deal for you and of course more toys for needy kids. Please email Sarah at sarah@matrixcc.net to learn more.

· Cheers to F.H. Furr and their Keep’emWarm Coat Drive for kids across the community. We are collecting new kids coats age 0 to 12yrs old. There are hundreds of kids that will show up at school with only a sweatshirt on when they should have a warm coat on. You can drop off your donation at any of the 4 United Bank branches in Prince William- Liberia Road, Balls Ford Road, Lake Ridge and Route 1 Dumfries. And the PW Libraries are also collecting coats at the following full service locations: Chinn Park, Potomac, Montclair, Central, Bull Run and Haymarket/Gainesville branches. Huge Cheers to F.H. Furr, PW Libraries and United Bank for this partnership!

· The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids is in full swing. There are still 1300 kids needing a sponsor! Come share the joy of the season by sponsoring a child. You will receive the child’s name, age and 2 gift wishes so you can make their dreams come true. You can download all the info at: volunteerprincewilliam.org.

· Project Mend A House invites all to their Holiday open House on Monday December 5th, 6-9pm. It will be an evening of cheer, shopping, door prizes, friendship and some adult beverages. The vendor line-up includes LulaRoe, Keep Collective, Chloe+Isabelle, Scentsy, Mary Kay and Pampered Chef. Please RSVP to Liz@pwahweb.org

· House of Mercy has an urgent need for volunteers in the Donation Center. Duties include sorting, labeling and hanging. It’s a great family project and teens are most welcome. Please complete a volunteer application on their website at:houseofmercyva.org

· Chapel of His Glory Immigration Ministry is looking for a volunteer Paralegal/Legal Assistant to help pro bono lawyers working with immigrant families who entered the US legally and need assistance to renew/retain their legal status. Please email Pastor Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to present the Safe at Home curriculum to 4th grade students. Come be part of the team to teach cute kids critical life skills while they are home alone. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· The Soroptimist Club of Manassas invites young women age 14-17 to nominate themselves for their Violet Richardson Award Program. This program celebrates volunteer service to better our community. Please email jamilah.dalton@gmail.com to learn more.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Come be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at: pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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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Call to Action: We have thousands of kids needing your help

 Good morning Prince William – mark your calendars for the 71st Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade at 10am. The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift Program is collecting new toys right before the start of the parade. Please come enjoy this wonderful community event and share the joy of the season with donating a toy for either a boy or girl age 0 to 12yrs. old. The toy float will come down the entire parade route and volunteers will collect your donations right on the spot.

· Cheers to F.H. Furr and their Keep’emWarm Coat Drive for kids across the community. We are collecting new kids coats age 0 to 12yrs old. There are hundreds of kids that will show up at school with only a sweatshirt on when they should have a warm coat on. You can drop off your donation at any of the 4 United Bank branches in Prince William- Liberia Road, Balls Ford Road, Lake Ridge and Route 1 Dumfries. And the PW Libraries are also collecting coats at the following full service locations: Chinn Park, Potomac, Montclair, Central, Bull Run and Haymarket/Gainesville branches. Huge Cheers to F.H. Furr, PW Libraries and United Bank for this partnership!

· The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids is in full swing. Come share the joy of the season by sponsoring a child. You will receive the child’s name, age and two gift wishes so you can make their dreams come true. You can download all the info at: volunteerprincewilliam.org.
We have thousands of kids needing your help!

· Chapel of His Glory Immigration Ministry is looking for a volunteer Paralegal/Legal Assistant to help pro bono lawyers working with immigrant families who entered the US legally and need assistance to renew/retain their legal status. Please email Pastor Herbert at: treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to present the Safe at Home curriculum to 4th grade students. Come be part of the team to teach cute kids critical life skills while they are home alone. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· The Soroptimist Club of Manassas invites young women age 14-17 to nominate themselves for their Violet Richardson Award Program. This program celebrates volunteer service to better our community. Please email jamilah.dalton@gmail.com to learn more.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Come be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at: pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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.

Manassas in-home care firm awarded Franchisee of the Year

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Jack and Jacqueline St. Clair have much to celebrate this year. On October 27, the St. Clairs celebrated owning Home Instead Senior Care for a decade. They also celebrated winning Homecare Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association.

The St. Clairs began their franchise when Jacqueline’s grandmother needed care.

“We know what it’s like to need good care and what a difference it makes to the client and family. Service, quality of care, education of caregivers and quality control all are really important to us.”

In the past 10 years, the St. Clairs franchise of Home Instead Senior Care and their 200 caregivers have provided Prince William and Fauquier counties over 1 million hours of quality care to over 5,000 seniors, the disabled and Veterans in their homes, close to friends and family. With purchasing a Home Instead Senior Care office in Herndon in April of 2014, they are looking forward to serving even more.

The services Home Instead Senior Care offers can include companionship, meal preparation, respite for family caregivers and Alzheimer’s care. Jaqueline noted how essential memory care is and how important it is for those memory care clients that want to stay in their own home.

“We’ve always been ambassadors for the Alzheimer’s Association. So many of our clients have Alzheimer’s.”

The St. Clairs are proud of the accomplishments their franchise has achieved. Looked to as one of the top in revenue, Jack is most proud of their franchise also being looked to as an information resource for caregivers.

“We take great pride that we’re a company that cares for the clients we serve and the people who are the caregivers.”

Honorees of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Awards are chosen from among franchisees who have demonstrated excellence within the franchising community. In the St. Claire’s case, the corporate management of Home Instead Senior Care recognized the dedication they show for both their franchises of Home Instead, as well as their community. They were nominated over 700 other Home Instead Senior Care offices.

Home Instead, Inc. was founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska. They provide in-home caregiving and support to help seniors “age in place.”

The International Franchise Association is the oldest organization and represents franchising worldwide. IFA membership includes franchise companies from over 300 different business categories. IFA announced they would be presenting Jack and Jacqueline St. Clair with their award at the Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. This meeting brings together franchise business leaders, policy makers, and other D.C. dignitaries to discuss the economic and community contributions of the franchise sector.

With this award and the quality care they bring to their clients, the St. Clairs do have a lot to celebrate. But Jaqueline said they are celebrating the future as well: “We want to continue,” she said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating 20 years.”

For more information on Home Instead Senior Care in Manassas, visit  www.homeinstead.com/manassas-va.

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Cheers to F.H. Furr and their Keep’em Warm Coat Drive for kids across the community

· Good morning Prince William – Cheers to volunteer managers around the world celebrating International Volunteer Managers Day Saturday, November 5th. Our colleagues have the skills and knowledge to help people meet community needs. They provide the leadership and direction for volunteers of all ages build a good and just society and mend the social fabric of our community. Cheers to all the volunteer managers- our friends and colleagues!

· Cheers to F.H. Furr and their Keep’em Warm Coat Drive for kids across the community. We are collecting new kids coats age 0 to 12yrs old. There are hundreds of kids that will show up at school with only a sweatshirt on when they should have a warm coat on. You can drop off your donation at any of the 4 United Bank branches in Prince William- Liberia Road, Balls Ford Road, Lake Ridge and Route 1 Dumfries. And the Prince William County Libraries are also collecting coats at the following full-service locations: Chinn Park, Potomac, Montclair, Central, Bull Run and Haymarket/Gainesville branches. Huge Cheers to F.H. Furr, PW Libraries and United Bank for this partnership!

· The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids is in full swing. Share the joy of the season by sponsoring a child. You will receive the child’s name, age and two gift wishes so you can make their dreams come true. Please email mfoley@volunteerprincewilliam.org for a donor packet.

· Chapel of His Glory Immigration Ministry is looking for a volunteer Paralegal/Legal Assistant to help pro bono lawyers working with immigrant families who entered the US legally and need assistance to renew/retain their legal status. Please email Pastor Herbert at treasuredglory@gmail.com for more info.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer’s age 55+ to present the Safe at Home curriculum to 4th-grade students. Be part of the team to teach cute kids critical life skills while they are home alone. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· The Potomac River Cleanup at Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers on Saturday, November 12th at 11 am. Be sure to wear bug spray, closed toed shoes, old clothes, and sunscreen for this super fun gets a dirty little job. You’ll know immediately how much impact you have on our precious resources! Please call (703) 583-6904 to register.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· The Soroptimist Club of Manassas invites young women ages 14-17 to nominate themselves for their Violet Richardson Award Program. This program celebrates volunteer service to better our community. Please email jamilah.dalton@gmail.com to learn more.

· The SPCA is teaming up with ACTS to provide healthy and safe food alternatives for pets at Thanksgiving. They are collecting pet food that will be distributed to the Operation Turkey families. Volunteers are needed to fill the bags of pet food by November 15th. This is the perfect job for scouts and youth groups. Go to www.pwspca.org for more info on the Thanksgiving pet food drive.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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.

New scholarship award focuses on youth and small business owners

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OCCOQUAN, Va.  — The John Mathis Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, named after the father of One Degree Capital co-founder Jenn Mathis, is now accepting applications for its inaugural 2016-17 academic year scholarship award.

“Daddy continues to be an enormous inspiration to my growth as a business owner,” explains Jenn. “He constantly inspires, encourages and mentors me on business ownership and leadership. I would not be where I am today without him.”

Jenn and her business partner, Rod Loges, routinely seek ways to give back to the communities in which their business serves, including donating goods, services and time as well as mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages.

“When Rod and I discussed starting a scholarship,” Jenn continues, “we knew we wanted to create something that encouraged today’s entrepreneurial youth. Small business owners employ over half the nation’s workforce. Here at One Degree Capital we do everything we can to encourage growth in this critical segment of our society.”

The application process opens on November 1 – John Mathis’ birthday – and continues through the end of the year. Semi-finalists are notified in February with final selection made on March 13 (the anniversary date of One Degree Capital’s founding). The scholarship award is open to high school seniors who either work for a small business owner or who currently own their own small business. For more details, visit www.onedegreecapital.com/scholarship.

About The John Mathis Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
High school seniors who are either employed by a small business or who own their own small business are eligible to apply. The non-renewable $2,000 scholarship award can be applied toward tuition and fees of a postsecondary school. For full details and to apply for the scholarship award, visit www.onedegreecapital.com/scholarship.

About One Degree Capital
One Degree Capital is a privately funded direct lender to small business owners nationwide. Established in 2010, One Degree Capital has helped thousands of business owners start, sustain and grow their businesses by helping them find the right type of business loan for their unique needs. One Degree Capital offers a full suite of small business financing including business loans, working capital, equipment financing, SBA-backed loans, factoring and more. For more information, contact Jenn Mathis at 1.703-579-6868.

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The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids is in full swing

Good morning Prince William – The Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition needs volunteers on Saturday, November 5th 9am-12 noon for their clean-up event on Neabsco Creek at Eagles Park. All supplies provided for this fun community event. Please email secretary@pwtsc.org to register.

· The Un Trim A Tree Holiday Gift program for needy kids is in full swing. Share the joy of the season by sponsoring a child. You will receive the child’s name, age and two gift wishes so you can make their dreams come true. Please email mfoley@volunteerprincewilliam.org for a donor packet.

· The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers age 55+ to present the Safe at Home curriculum to 4th-grade students. Be part of the team to teach cute kids critical life skills while they are home alone. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· The Potomac River Cleanup at Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers on Saturday, November 12th at 11 am. Be sure to wear bug spray, closed toed shoes, old clothes, and sunscreen for this super fun get a little dirty job. You’ll know immediately how much impact you have on our precious resources! Please call (703) 583-6904 to register.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· The Soroptimist Club of Manassas invites young women age 14-17 to nominate themselves for their Violet Richardson Award Program. This program celebrates volunteer service to better our community. Please email jamilah.dalton@gmail.com to learn more.

· The SPCA is teaming up with ACTS to provide healthy and safe food alternatives for pets at Thanksgiving. They are collecting pet food that will be distributed to the Operation Turkey families. Volunteers are needed to fill the bags of pet food by November 15th. This is the perfect job for scouts and youth groups. Go to www.pwspca.org for more info on the Thanksgiving pet food drive.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at: pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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.

· 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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Potomac River Cleanup at Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers

Good morning Prince William – Happy Halloween! Historic Manassas is looking for volunteers to help with their Haunted Happenings event on Saturday, October 29th from 9am-12noon. Duties include helping with fun games for the children in costume. You don’t want to miss the fun- please email Erin@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

· SERVE is looking for youth groups to distribute flyers in their neighborhood about collecting TP when they trick or treat- yep you got it everybody could use a little extra TP especially families in need. Call Navara at 571-748-2536 to learn more.

· The Retired and senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers age 55+ to present the Safe at Home curriculum to 4th-grade students. Come be part of the team to teach cute kids critical life skills while they are home alone. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

· The Potomac River Cleanup at Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers on Saturday, November 12th at 11 am. Be sure to wear bug spray, closed toed shoes, old clothes, and sunscreen for this super fun get-a-little -dirty job. You’ll know immediately how much impact you have on our precious resources! Please call (703) 583-6904 to register.

· Bright Care Center in Manassas provides social and medical services to adults with disabilities. Volunteers are needed daily to pick up the noon lunch meal from Caton Merchant House for the participants. Volunteers are also needed for activities such as crafts, puzzles, music and jewelry making. This is a great job for teens age 16+. Please call Nyome at (703) 330-5836 to learn more.

· The Soroptimist Club of Manassas invites young women age 14-17 to nominate themselves for their Violet Richardson Award Program. This program celebrates volunteer service to better our community. Please email jamilah.dalton@gmail.com to learn more.

· The SPCA is teaming up with ACTS to provide healthy and safe food alternatives for pets at Thanksgiving. They are collecting pet food that will be distributed to the Operation Turkey families. Volunteers are needed to fill the bags of pet food by November 15th. This is the perfect job for scouts and youth groups. Go to www.pwspca.org for more info on the Thanksgiving pet food drive.

· Saved Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers to teach Microsoft Office to adults either in the evenings or daytime. They are also looking for a grant writer, administrated support and a marketing director. Be part of the team offering skill building to disadvantaged adults. Please email info@savedhandsfoundation.org to learn more.

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at: pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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.

· 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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Come to the Annual Boo Ball to support over 5,500 children

Good morning Prince William – 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!

· The Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center is looking for volunteers to help at the front desk on weekdays. Tasks include welcoming guests, answering the phone or assist residents and staff with admin projects. Volunteers must be 18 yrs. +. Please call Paola at (571) 748-2674 for more info.

· Prince William Health District is giving free flu shots to anyone age three yrs. + on October 20th from 2:30-6:30pm at Manassas Park High School-8200 Euclid Ave.

· Prince William Area Free Clinic is looking for volunteer Pharmacists on Tuesday evenings from 3-7pm at their Woodbridge clinic. Please fill out an application at: pwafc.org/our-team.

· 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 Heathcote 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.

· Project Mend A House invites you to their Annual Taste of the Town event on October 26th at 6:30pm. Its great food from over 30 fine restaurants for just $35. Please call Gina at (703) 792-7663 for tickets.

· 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.

· 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.

Manassas makes getting a food truck permit easier

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Diners in search of fast, novel, and delicious meals may soon have more choices as new rules enable food trucks to open for business in the City of Manassas.

Although food trucks have always been a fixture at Manassas events like the Fall Jubilee, and have always been permitted at private events, recent changes to the zoning ordinance make it possible for food trucks to open on a regular basis. The zoning change responded to a growing nationwide and local demand among consumers for food truck fare and a growing number of local vendors ready to open for business.

Restaurateurs interested in parking their food trucks in Manassas will find a streamlined process for permitting. Food trucks are permitted to open if a property owner with at least one acre of land grants permission, and the truck owner obtains an annual $50 zoning permit, a business license, and all appropriate licenses and inspections from the Virginia Department of Health.

Up to three food trucks can stay open at an approved location for four hours between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., and all trucks must be removed from the property at the end of the day.

 Please visit www.manassascity.org/zoningpermits or call 703-257-8232 for more information.

This promoted post is written and paid for by the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development.

Prince William County provides a true differentiator to IMSolutions

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In electronics, a true differentiator cannot be easily physically quantified, because it allows for infinite gain at an infinite frequency. However, many businesses in Greater Washington are making that physical realization in Prince William County, by finding a ‘true differentiator’ in the unique advantages it offers.

IMSolutions is one such company, which found Prince William County to be the ideal location to create a unique people-centric business in management consulting. Today, Prince William County has helped IMSolutions truly flourish, growing from under $500,000 in revenue the first few years to around $14 million.

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IMSolutions describes themselves as a management consulting firm, providing innovative and cost-competitive business and program management solutions to clients across the public sector.

Primarily, said Sean Wells, Senior Executive Vice President , IMSolutions, “we assist clients in acquiring mission critical capabilities, to include developing holistic program strategies for successfully implementing technologies to increase efficiency.” The company offers strategic planning and communications, quantitative analysis, knowledge management, integrative logistics support, acquisition support, survey support and more.

Wells said, “This [Prince William County] is home for us.” His father, Cornell Wells Sr., once worked at the Pentagon, and the family moved to Montclair, Virginia when Sean was born. Their business was also born in the area and nearby Marine Corps Base Quantico, was their first customer.

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IMSolutions has made its home in several different locations throughout Prince William County since the company’s inception. The government contractor started in a small office on Main Street in Dumfries and has moved several times, all within the county, as their business experienced growth spurts.

Wells recalled that when his father first started the business, they had only three employees. They now have some 85 employees, which is why they have moved several times throughout Woodbridge and Dumfries. “We outgrew every building that we were in,” said Wells.

About half the customers IMSolutions serves are local. Of those customers, about 25 percent are located in Northern Virginia and Prince William County and the rest are dispersed across the country.

Doing business in Prince William County is ideal for IMSolutions, Wells said, because it provides the best of both worlds — we still garner business from Washington, DC but are far enough away not to be caught in the “contractor beltway” where 32+ top contracting companies do business. Wells added, “Our location allows us to differentiate ourselves from the competition.

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In 2011, the Wells family and the business suffered the great loss their founder and father. “It was so devastating to the business…he was a visionary. Fortunately my mother came behind him. She too is a visionary and leader,” Wells said. Belva Wells wanted to make sure she saw her husband’s vision to fruition and continued to support their local business community and customers.

Wells favorite aspect of their business is the people side. They wanted to create a unique people-centric business model, unlike what you generally find in corporate America. It’s important for people to feel that the company values them. When we make decisions, we make them based on our workforce, not just our revenue,” Wells said.

IMSolutions main provision to the government is services — they are not product- or tool-based. Wells’ personal favorite service is strategic planning and executive coaching. “I love the human aspect of things,” said Wells, who has a background in social work and business. He enjoys figuring out why a business does what it does and where it’s going.

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Wells said Prince William County has charm, is business-friendly and is growing. In regard to its approach to development, he said,The County is decidedly progressive and approaches growth wisely through healthy dialogue and active community engagement, unlike many other communities.”

“With a highly-skilled workforce, top-rated schools, plenty of outstanding recreational amenities and great area hospitals,” he said, “there are just a lot of unique advantages to locating in Prince William County. I wouldn’t think of being anywhere else!

For more information on IMSolutions, visit www.imsolutionsllc.com.

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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.

Join in on the Pickleball sensation at the Manassas Park Community Center

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Football may be the sport everyone is talking about on any given Sunday. But, on any given Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning between the hours of 8 and 10 a.m., the sport were talking about (and playing) is Pickleball.

Stop by the Manassas Park Community Center during these times, and you’ll see a group of dedicated Pickleball players tearing it up. This is a sport whose popularity is skyrocketing-not only here at the Community Center, but everywhere.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-size court with a modified tennis net. It is played with a plastic paddle and a plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball), and is played as doubles or singles.

Pickleball was accidentally invented in the mid-1960s by three families who were actually trying to play badminton, but they could not find the shuttlecock or a full set of racquets. So they combined parts of tennis, parts of badminton, and parts of ping pong, and joked the sport was created with the leftovers of these sports.

This reminded them of pickle boats because pickle boats are manned with the leftovers of other boats. Pickle boats became Pickleball.

Now that you have a little history of the game of Pickleball, you need to try it. Consider joining the Pickleball group that plays every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center.

“Our group plays to have fun; we really aren’t very competitive,” explained Bonnie Ballentine, a retired teacher who has become the unofficial spokesperson for the Pickleball group at the Community Center.

Her friend, and Pickleball teammate, Judy Nevitt, also a retired teacher added, “The game of Pickleball can progress very quickly, but initially, you just want the basics, the strategies will come later.”

Pickleball can be played competitively; in fact, almost every state has a state senior game, and here in Northern Virginia, we have the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics,” explained Ms. Ballentine.

Both ladies pointed out that the Community Center provides paddles which the ladies admitted are good for beginners.

“We encourage all new players to try the beginner’s paddles provided by the Community Center. Our group will also offer our own racquets so that new players can see which they prefer, then we introduce the basics of the game,” Ballentine explained.

Really, the best way to play Pickleball is to get out there and learn as you go,” she added, “The rules are kind of quirky and we find it easier for people to understand the rules if they learn the rules as they progress.”

Pickleball isn’t just about the game. As you play week after week, you build bonds and make new friends.

“We play three times a week—it’s a steady thing. Our group is so nice, and we love playing so much that we even have a back-up plan if we can’t play here at the Community Center, Ballentine shared.

We also get together socially at least four times a year for lunches and to celebrate the holidays,” Ms. Nevitt added.

“We really are a dedicated group,” Ms. Nevitt emphasized, “One of our group members was stiff with arthritis and had a hard time moving when he first started playing. But slowly, he began to progress, and now we tease him that the more he plays, the better he moves.”

“Sometimes, when you look in the gym, depending upon which of our Pickleball players is there, we look like we are held together with Velcro,” Ballentine laughed. “I’ve got bad knees, Judy also has bad knees, but it doesn’t matter because we are staying active and having a great time.”

Nothing stops the Manassas Park Community Center Pickleball group from playing their game!

“We have a good time and we laugh a lot,” agreed Ms. Ballentine and Ms. Nevitt.

“We like to introduce people of all ages to our favorite game,” Ms. Ballentine pointed out, “Once, when we were playing outside, a teenager heard us playing and laughing and came over to see what all the fuss was about. He was there watching a baseball tournament, but ended up playing Pickleball with us!”

You will enjoy it too, just stop by the Manassas Park Community Center on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 to 10 a.m.  and join the Pickleball enthusiasts who welcome all who want to play their favorite sport. Also check out the guided instructional programs such as Introduction to Pickleball which is currently on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, Va. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, and wellness areas as well as a variety of special events and programs. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

This post is written and paid for by Manassas Park Community Center.
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