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Call to Action: Free program for family, of adults living with mental illness

Good Morning Prince William – ACTS in Dumfries invites you to the next NAMI Family to Family Education Program beginning June 19th. 

This is a free 12 session education program for family, partners, and friends of adults living with mental illness. This course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. Thousands of families describe this program as life-changing. The class will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-9pm, June 19-July 31st.  Please register by calling (703) 659-9983 or email at: info@nami-pw.org.

·         The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) needs an administrative volunteer age 55 or better to help at the Alternative Service Program one or 2 mornings a week.  Duties include data entry, filing, and creating client folders. This is a busy desk!  Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.

·         Literacy Volunteers Prince William is gearing up for their next tutor training workshop in July. This is the perfect way to give a helping hand to an adult working on the skill set.  Training begins Saturday July 14th, 8:45-4pm and finishes Saturday July 28th, 9-12 noon.  You’ll gain all the skills needed to be extremely effective.  Please call (703) 670-5702 or visit their website: www.lvapw.org to register.

·         Help celebrate National Garbage Man Day during the entire week of 6/17-23 by sharing a cold beverage or snack or high five with these hard-working folks!

·         Keep Prince William Beautiful invites you to their Farm to Table Dinner event at the Winery at La Grange on Friday June 15th, 6:30pm.  Tickets are just $65 for wine tasting and dinner or $50 for your designated driver.  This promises to be great fun.  You can buy tickets online at: kpwb.org or by calling (571) 285-3772.

·         Historic Manassas needs volunteers on Saturday June 16th for the 14th Annual Jazz Festival.  Volunteer shifts are available throughout the day.  The event is noon-8pm. What a great way to spend father’s Day weekend.  Please email Melissa at melissa@historicmanassasinc.org for all the specifics.

·         PW Conservation Alliance has several fun workdays coming up.  Please join them on June 20th 10-12 noon at Buffer Restoration on Minnieville Road or the workdays of June 16, July 7, July 20 and August 4th at Merrimac Farm, 9am-12noon.  It feels good to get your hands dirty.  Please RSVP for these events at (703) 490-5200 or via email at: alliance@pwconserve.org.

·         SERVE in Manassas has an urgent need for volunteers on Friday June 29th for the Annual Inventory of the food warehouse.  Volunteers must be age 16+ and able to do moderate lifting.  The morning shift is 9am-1pm.  Afternoon shift is 1-4pm.  Please register for this opportunity at: http://signup.com/go/TMXRPOP.

·         Care Net PRCs is looking for bilingual volunteers to help in their office in Manassas.  They are also having a movie event on July 14th, 7pm at Manassas Baptist Church. Come see the inspiring movie – I can Only Imagine.  Please email Kirk at crc@carenetprcs.org for more info.

·         K9s Serving Vets in Triangle, Virginia supports the process of partnering the vet with a service dog.  They assist from start to finish that will in the end change the veteran’s life.  Please consider donating to them online at: k9sservingvets.org.

·         The PW Crime Prevention Council is looking for new volunteer members to promote safe communities.  The Council meeting the 2nd. Monday of the month at 7:30pm at 1 County Complex. Please register on the website at: pwcpc.org.

·         Virginia Cooperative Extension needs volunteers to lead financial seminars in Manassas and/or Woodbridge area.  Please email Victoria for more specifics at: smartmoney@pwcgov.org.

·         Mark your calendars for Saturday August 25th for the 3rd Annual Farm to Table event to support the Prince William Environmental Excellence Foundation at Windy Knoll Farm. The event runs from 3-8pm with 2 seating’s for dinner.  Tickets are just $40 for adults, $20 for children 13-18 and free for kids under 12.  There will be local vendors, artisan and farm sponsors and antique equipment.  It promises to fun for the entire family.  You can buy tickets online at: princewilliamfarm2table2018.eventbrite.com.

·         The Manassas Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to teach crafts to the members of the center each week.  Come share your love of knitting, crocheting, painting, ceramics and such with others. Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 for more info.  They also would love a volunteer to teach Sign Language class as well.  It’s a great way to share your skill. Please call Sue at 703-792-7154 to learn more.

·         Youth for Tomorrow is looking for volunteers to share hobbies and interests with the kids on weekends. If you have a little time please bring your interest to share with them such as sewing, gardening, cooking, golf, arts & crafts, jewelry to name just a few.  Please fill out the volunteer application with your resume at: youthfortomorrow.org.

·         The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps needs both medical and non-medical volunteers to join their ranks.  These volunteers are trained to respond to public health emergencies as well as day to day health department activities.  They offer tons of training topics to build your skillset.  Please call Isabella at (703) 792-7341 to learn more.

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 projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 2, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our 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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