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Call to Action: Food Pantries Need Your Help

· Good morning  – The Salvation Army and Old Bridge United Methodist Church need your help on Thursday May 22nd from 10-noon to sort donated food for their Mobile Food Pantry. The food pantry is located at the B-thrifty thrift store on route 1 in Woodbridge. This is quick and easy to get their deliveries out in the neighborhoods. Please call Captain George at (202) 497-0234 to learn more.

· The Salvation Army also needs a Spanish speaker to help with gathering information from needy families seeking assistance at their Woodbridge office. They would love this volunteer 1-2 days a week either in the morning or afternoon. This is a busy office offering great services to the community and a wonderful way for anyone interested in social services to gather great experience. Please call Emily at (202) 756-3906 to learn more.

· SERVE is looking for some motivated cooks who can prepare and serve meals on Memorial Day to the 92 residents of their Family Care Shelter. Groups are needed, and volunteers are expected to provide all ingredients for the meal. Call Jan at

· Merrimac Farm needs volunteers for their next workday on Saturday May 24th at 10am. Gather your shovel, tools and gloves to help plant and mulch the garden. Please call Karen at (703) 490-5200 for more info. Please visit to learn about additional upcoming programs: Birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies and about their First Thursday Speaker Series presentations.

· House of Mercy has started a mobile food pantry in George Town South. Please call Ann at 703-659-1636 to find out about all their activities and how you can help.

· Old Bridge United Methodist Church needs volunteers on Saturday May 31st to bag sweet potatoes for distribution to the needy in the community. Many hands are needed to bag 40,000 pounds of taters! They will be at the church from 8:30-3pm. The church is located at 3966 Old Bridge Road.

· Literacy Volunteers of Prince William are looking for volunteer tutors to work with adults. The next training is in July. Please visit: for more info. Also, please mark your calendars for Wednesday June 4th to join them at the Annual Taste of Prince William at the VFW Hall in Dale City. It promises to be a wonderful evening for a wonderful agency.

· Please join The Alzheimer’s Association’s awareness days every Monday in May at Not your Average Joe’s restaurant in Woodbridge. It’s a great way to enjoy dinner out and 15% of the total meal purchase will go to the association’s great work in the community. Please call Sonya at (703) 766-9025 to learn more.

· Habitat for Humanity will hold three meetings over the next several months in for folks interested in learning about their Home Repair Program. If you live in Prince William County, Manassas or Manassas Park and meet the qualifications, Habitat may be able to help. Please visit: or phone: 703-369-6708 for all the details.

· Brain Injury Services is looking for PALS volunteers to participate in a one to one friendship with a survivor of brain injury in Fairfax. They also have a gentleman in Prince William who would love someone to help with his model trains. Too bad my brother lives in Vermont- he loves trains. Please contact Michelle at for more info.

· Help feed hungry families by volunteering at the SERVE Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed to assemble food packages to needy families on weekdays 9am-noon or 1pm-4pm. This is a fun active job that helps our most vulnerable neighbors. Volunteers must be at least 16yrs old. Please email Jan to learn more.

· Speaking of hungry families – the Haymarket Food Pantry needs your help as they are low on food supplies for needy families. Please consider picking up a few extras items when you shop for groceries this week. Especially needed at this time includes cereal, oatmeal, canned fish, soup, pasta, beans and rice, canned fruit, baby food and canned vegetables. You can drop off your donations on Monday and Friday mornings 10am-noon at the pantry located at: 14740 Washington Street in Haymarket.

· Area Agency on Aging needs volunteers to cover the front desk at their Adult day Healthcare program in Woodbridge. Hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm. Tasks include answering phones and greeting participants. Please call Melodee at (703) 792-4583 to learn more.

· BEACON Adult Literacy needs volunteers to work with ESL adult learners. No prior experience is needed as you will be given all the tools needed to make a successful partnership with your student. Please call Caroline at (703) 368-7491 to learn more.

· Please don’t forget that Hurricane season is right around the corner so mark your calendars for our annual Hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday – May 25th-31st. It’s a great time to stock up on chainsaws, ice packs, batteries, light sources, first aid kits, radios, tarps and fire extinguishers to name just a few. I will have more to come so mark your calendars!

· 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 Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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