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Volunteer Prince William has put the call out. Can you help one of these organizations serve our community?
Good Morning Prince William – The Haymarket Regional Food Pantry invites you to their 40 days of Giving Campaign-2018 Lenten Challenge.  Gather your friends and family to pledge either a can a day or a dollar a day to support the many families in need.  This campaign started February 14thand goes through April 1st– Easter Sunday.  Suggested items are all the usual’s you know!  A full list and additional info can be found on their website at: haymarketfoodpantry.org

·         Youth for Tomorrow is looking for male mentors for kids in their programs. It just takes a 2 hour per week commitment to make a huge difference in a young man’s life.  Please call Vernell at (571) 432-8312 to learn more.

·         Pattie Elementary School has just kicked off their Reading Mentor Program to give kids consistent, valuable reading time with a volunteer.  In order to establish the relationship with this child, they are asking volunteers to sign up for a specific 30 minute time slot once a week for the rest of the school year. This promises to be super fun.  You can sign up on line at: signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2109338/false#/invitation or via email to Mr. Lucciotti at: lucciorj@pwcs.edu

·         Volunteer Prince William is pleased to present our Volunteer Management Training Program to all volunteer coordinators  This 5 week program is held every Tuesday mornings from 9am-noon beginning March 13th at 9248 Center Street in Manassas.  It’s a great way to freshen your skills and gain new insight. This series is free but you must register in advance at: volunteerprincewilliam.org.  Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to learn more.

·         Brain Injury Services has two volunteer needs to give their clients special activities.  One client needs a male volunteer to accompany him to swim laps at Cub Run Rec Center 2 times a month on Mondays or Thursdays late morning or early evenings. The other client needs a male volunteer to help him go through his baseball collection.  This client lives in Herndon.  Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.

·         The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps needs 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.  The offer tons of training topics to build your skillset.  Please call Isabella at (703) 792-7341 to learn more.

·         The Lutheran Church of the Covenantin Dale City wants to pack 30,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on March 10th.  Super fun, family friendly event to help those less fortunate.  You can choose either morning or afternoon shift.  Please visit: www.whatsupwoodbridge.com for the link to register. They also need donations to buy the meal components.  Please call Patti at (703) 200-3077 to learn more.

·         CASA Children’s Intervention Servicesis looking for volunteer advocates to represent a child suffering from abuse or neglect right here in our community. This is a very special volunteer job! Come to their next volunteer information session on Wednesday February 28th from 6-7pm at the offices of Imagine in Old Town Manassas- 9415 West Street to learn about this job and the extensive training afforded to you.  Please call Suzanne at (703) 330-8145 or via email:smitchell@casacis.orgto learn more.

·         Serve our Willing Warriors is having their next volunteer orientation on February 28th 6-7pm. come learn about all the wonderful opportunities and tour the retreat at 16013 Waterfall Road Haymarket.  Please email them at: volunteer@willingwarriors.org if you can attend.

·         Project Mend-A-House is now registering participants for their Live Well Workshops. This chronic disease self-management program meets at the Manassas Senior Center on Thursday mornings. They are also gearing up for their next volunteer training series for Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management program.  Training begins March 7th from 9am-4pm as well as mandatory attendance on March 9, 14 and 16th.   Please call Martha at (571) 264-8559 to learn more.

·         The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach 4th grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home.  Volunteers must be available during school hours.  This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun.  Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team. 

·         Occoquan Watershed Clean-up is hosted by Rebekah a 13 yr. old Girl Scout on March 10th 10am-12;30 at Lake Ridge Park.  Come support her litter prevention project!  Please email Rebekah to volunteer or for more info at: sue.davejohnson@gmail.com

·         The ARC Greater Prince Williaminvites you and your family to their 5K Run/Walk/Roll on Saturday April 28th, 8am at Potomac Nationals Stadium. $25 for the first 100 participants, $30 early-bird registration before April 1st and then $40 regular price.  Please visit arcgpw.orgfor more info and to register today!

·         Mark your calendars for April 18th atChick-Fil-A in Lake Ridge to find more volunteer opportunities from area agencies.  The event is 9am-10:30am.  Bring your friends for free coffee.

·         The Bull Run Rotary Club invites you to their annual Manassas Runway 10K, 5Kor 1 mile run on the Manassas Airport Runway on Sunday April 29th at 8am. Please register online at: bishopseventregistrations.com


CENTERFUSE launches LaB: Insight on everything from bookkeeping to pitching a new business to prospective customers and investors

CENTERFUSE, the unique, shared coworking space located in the heart of Historic Downtown Manassas at Center and Main Streets, has announced the first sessions in its Launch-A-Business (LAB) education and incubator seminar series for emerging small businesses. The LAB Program – a core tenet of CENTERFUSE’s business plan to empower entrepreneurs and startup small business ventures, will begin sessions on April 18, with two-hour seminars every other weekend for 8 weeks.

The first in an on-going series of LAB seminar sessions – will teach participating new business owners practical knowledge, best practice insights, and legal and logistical fundamentals for launching and operating a startup company.

Seminar topics will include subjects like funding and venture capital generation, human resources and financial management, tax and bookkeeping best practices, business plan preparation, marketing and pitching a new business to prospective customers and investors. Separate Special Topic Presentations on alternate days from the formal LAB sessions will also be available. The cost for participating in the eight core LAB Program sessions is $200 per person (which is tax-deductible as a new business startup expense).

“The CENTERFUSE LAB Program will give emerging new businesses a leg up as they enter the local and regional marketplace” said Debbie Haight, Executive Director of Historic Manassas, Inc., which is the Program Director of the conjoined effort.”

The LAB Program is open to any startup businesses, whether or not they are cowork spaceholders at CENTERFUSE. Registration is open now.

Interested entrepreneurs can learn more by phoning 844-324-WORK (9675).

Prince William Senators succeed while Delegates largely strikeout

RICHMOND – As the General Assembly enters the second half of its 2018 session, state legislators representing Prince William County can see light at the end of the tunnel: 29 percent of the bills they filed are still alive.

But that average masks a disparity: The county’s senators have fared far better this session than the state delegates.

That became clear after Tuesday’s “crossover day” – the deadline for bills to clear their chamber of origin. Beginning Wednesday, the House could consider only bills that have “crossed over” from the Senate, and vice versa.

The five senators who represent parts of Prince William County introduced 145 bills this session, and 58 (or 40 percent) survived crossover.

In contrast, the eight delegates who represent parts of Prince William County filed 130 bills at the start of the legislative session, and just 22 (17 percent) are moving forward.

The House member with the most successful track record so far is Del. Timothy Hugo, a Fairfax Republican who represents the 40th House District. Hugo proposed 27 bills, eight of which (30 percent) passed the House.

On his website, Hugo said he is especially proud of HB 1469, which would allow localities to charge drug dealers with felony homicide if the drugs they sold caused someone’s death. The bill passed the House 84-16 on Tuesday, just beating the crossover deadline, and has been referred to the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice.

“HB 1469 will provide law enforcement officials the tools they need to prosecute the drug dealers that are destroying lives, families and our communities,” Hugo said.

This session was particularly hard for two of the county’s first-term legislators – Democratic Dels. Danica Roem (D-13 Gainesville, Manassas Park) and Lee Carter (D-50, Manassas).

  • Roem presented 11 bills on issues including campaign finance, school lunches and creation of a database for unsolved homicides. None of them made it out of committee.
  • Carter, who unseated Republican House Whip Jackson Miller in November, proposed 10 bills this session to address workers’ compensation, state-mandated meal breaks for employees and broadband service. All of them were killed, tabled or continued to 2019.

Another freshman, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Stafford, Woodbridge), enjoyed more success: Four of her 18 bills made it past crossover, including a measure that would allow students to take computer coding as a foreign language requirement, and a measure that would make it possible to file for adoption of foster children after six months instead of 18.

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36, Fairfax, Stafford, Woodbridge). Surovell proposed more bills (58) and had more of them clear the first hurdle (16) than any other local legislator. In addition, several bills offered by Surovell were incorporated into other legislation that is moving forward.

For example, under Surovell’s SB 786, school districts in Planning District 8, which includes Prince William County, Manassas and other localities in Northern Virginia, would have to allow their low-income students to take online classes for free and provide such pupils with a computer.

Despite such successes, Surovell saw a key bill regulating coal ash legislation die on TuesdaySB 765, co-sponsored by Carroll Foy, sought to require the owners of a coal ash pond to test water in drinking water wells within a mile of the pond.

Last week, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee postponed consideration of the bill until 2019. Surovell said a lot is at stake because Dominion Energy has coal ash ponds at its Possum Point Power Station in Prince William County. Dominion and state environmental officials say the ash is being safely stored. But environmentalists say contaminated water from the ponds has leaked into nearby creeks and groundwater.

“I am hopeful that the information generated last year and over the coming months coupled with other legislators focused on the resolution will help generate a consensus,” Surovell said.

Two House bills seeking to address the issue of coal ash died in the House Commerce and Labor Committee: HB 182, sponsored by Carroll Foy, and HB 467, by Carter.

There was more talk of the Bi-County Parkway at a Prince William Committee of 100 meeting Thursday night

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