American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume non-urgent and elective procedures, increasing the demand for blood products. During June, donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.
Front Royal Salvation Army
The Front Royal Salvation Army is in need of donations to help provide food assistance to area families. Cleaning supplies and paper goods are also especially needed. Donations may be left at the Salvation Army Family Store located at 296 South St., Front Royal.
Grant money available
The National Emergency Food and Shelter Program has awarded a grant to the Winchester-Frederick Emergency Food and Shelter Board for $20,327.
Local agencies providing emergency food, shelter and/or utility assistance can apply. Further information or to receive a copy of the application form visit United Way’s website at https://tinyurl.com/y87wc4v2 or contact De’Nae Whittington at email@example.com.
The Laurel Center needs bottled water, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, bleach, laundry detergent, sanitizers, masks, latex gloves and Pine Sol. Donations may be left from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on the front porch at 402 N. Cameron St., Winchester. Information: 540-667-6160.
A Small Hand
A Small Hand is a diaper and infant pantry in need of size 6 diapers, baby wash/shampoo, sippy cups, bottle brushes, baby lotion and pacifiers. Information: www.svlm.org.
Brain Injury Connections
Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley has clients in need of food, shelter, assistance with medications and transportation. Information: www.bicsv.org.
Family Promise of Shenandoah County, which helps families overcome homelessness, is in need of laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, 13-gallon size trash bags, Lysol disinfectant spray and air freshener. Information: www.shenandoahvalleypromise.org.
Furry Friends Rescue
Furry Friends Rescue is in need of kitten, cat and dog food (dry and canned), cat litter, cat blankets, dog houses and crates. Items may be dropped off at the store at 486 N. Main St., Woodstock. Monetary donations should be made payable to Seven Bends Veterinary Clinic. Information: www.facebook.com/FFNH22664.
Good Shepherd, a program for senior citizens, needs dish soap (10 ounces), facial tissues, hand soap, laundry detergent (10 ounces), lotion (8 ounces), Lysol wipes, sandwich bags, shampoo (12 ounces or smaller), kitchen-size trash bags, paper towels and toilet paper. Information: www.svlm.org.
Luke’s Backpack, which provides meals on weekends, is in need of the following items in individual serving sizes: 100% apple juice, orange juice, V-8 juice; oatmeal/cereal (individual boxes or packages); tuna kits/chicken salad kits; prepackaged microwavable meals; macaroni and cheese single servings; peanut butter (18 ounces or smaller); crackers, pretzels, chips, Teddy Grahams, animal crackers, Goldfish crackers (individual bags); soup, canned chili; fruit cups, fruit roll-ups; canned spaghetti or ravioli; canned vegetables (small size), microwave popcorn; pudding cups; granola bars and Pop Tarts. Information: www.svlm.org.
Lydia’s Clothes Closet
Lydia’s Clothes Closet, an award-winning, all-volunteer, nonprofit thrift shop in Strasburg, is in need of financial donations. The shop is dedicated to serving the community by offering good, clean clothes at very reasonable prices. It offers free clothing to anyone who has experienced an emergency, such as a house fire. Income generated is used to cover the costs of running the shop at 137 E. Main St. and share any additional funds with other nonprofits in the area. Donations should be sent to P.O. Box 42, Strasburg, Virginia 22657. Information: www.facebook.com/LydiasClothesCloset.
Response, Shenandoah County’s only agency serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence, needs financial donations. It’s spring fundraiser, the annual fashion show, was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Funds help provide both in-shelter and out-of-shelter services. Its hotline is open and manned 24 hours a day at 540-459-5161. Information: www.responseva.org.
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter needs funds to purchase phone minutes for individuals and families experiencing a housing or financial crisis related to COVID-19.
Families needing assistance with rent, homelessness or eviction should call Centralized Housing Intake at 540-271-1701 and leave a message. Those needing help with paying utility bills should call the SAS office at 540-459-3212. Information: www.facebook.com/ShenandoahAllianceforShelter.
ShenCoCares needs financial donations to purchase food and necessary essentials for community members, especially senior citizens who are fearful to leave their homes. ShenCoCares strives to be the bridge between need and assistance by partnering with other nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses and community leaders to offer help. Information: www.svcc4u.com.
Shenandoah Community Health Clinic
The Shenandoah Community Health Clinic needs donations to invest in additional software to train staff in telehealth, a program that enables the clinic to conduct virtual appointments with patients, as well as outreach and marketing programs. Information: https://shenclinic.org.
Shenandoah County SEARCH
Shenandoah County SEARCH Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides a safe, supportive age-appropriate lifestyle to eight intellectually challenged individuals in its group home, had to cancel its spring fundraiser and close its thrift store. Donations are needed. Information: www.searchthriftshop.com.
Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge
Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge is a residential alcohol and drug support recovery program for men and women. The nonprofit is in the final stages of completing a remodel of its women’s facility and needs help with plumbing, trim work and interior and exterior painting. It also needs material and assistance in adding two toilets and showers to its men’s facility. Information: 540-213-0571 or visit https://svtc.info/donate.
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging
The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging needs toilet paper, paper towels, Clorox wipes and shelf-stable foods. Information: www.shenandoahaaa.com.
Reaching Out Now
The nonprofit organization Reaching Out Now is in need of donations and volunteers for its program to provide meals for local families who have fallen on hard times due to losing their jobs from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reaching Out Now is working with the principals of Warren County Public Schools, Manor Line Ranch and Hazard Mill Farm, in partnership with Deliteful Food Catering and PaveMint Taphouse. With schools closed, families and children have limited access to meals. Warren County Public School Food Services is providing breakfast and lunch to students and Reaching Out Now is extending that support to provide meals for the whole family unit. Warren County Schools has opened the Blue Ridge Technical Building on Luray Avenue in Front Royal for the meal preparations to take place. Reaching Out Now is currently serving 47 families, which includes 80 children. In the past 3 weeks, they have prepared and delivered over 1,600 meals.
Further information is available by calling 540-692-6691 or visit www.reachingoutnow.org.
The Humane Society of Warren County needs donations of dry dog and cat food for its Hand in Paw program, which helps people and pets in crisis by providing food for animals so owners don't have to surrender them to the shelter for lack of money for food. The program also provides funding for emergency medical care on a case-by-case basis.
Donations of food and pet supplies may be shipped or dropped off at the shelter, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal. Information: 540-635-4734 or email Meghan Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Ridge Hospice
Blue Ridge Hospice is in need of latex gloves, gowns, lab coats, or smock-like garments (these can be used as long as they are washable). Donations can be made by sending an email to https://tinyurl.com/ub6v6km.
The United Way of Front Royal-Warren County is seeking donations for its COVID-19 Response Fund to benefit the Thermal Shelter of Front Royal so it may continue to operate for 10 more weeks at the 15th Street Gymnasium. Because of COVID-19, the homeless population has nowhere to go and the United Way has donated $2,600 to help the shelter stay open, however, funds are still needed. Donations may be sent to United Way at 134-B Peyton St., Front Royal, Virginia 22630, by calling 540-635-3636 or email email@example.com for more information.
Volunteers needed to make face masks
Valley Health is seeking people to donate their time and talents to make face masks for its employees. Visit https://tinyurl.com/sf5dbf7 for step-by-step instructions.
Foundation relief funds
The Shenandoah Community Foundation has announced it currently has over $125,000 in gifts and pledges and has designated $49,000 in its first round of funding to local nonprofit organizations to meet demands of those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The largest funding has been designated for Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Other organizations receiving assistance include Family Promise of Shenandoah County, KidzRec, Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, Shen-Paco Industries and the St. John Bosco Outreach Program. In addition, Community Care and Learning Center is providing child care for essential workers and ShenCoCares is helping to distribute food and other necessities to older residents in the county.
Donations to this fund can be made by check to Shenandoah Community Foundation, P.O. Box 31, Woodstock, Virginia 22664 or by credit/debit card at www.shenandoahcommunityfoundation.org. Individuals and families in need of immediate assistance are asked to contact the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services at 540-459-6226.
The United Way of Front Royal-Warren County has donated $2,600 to C-CAP through the COVID-19 Response Fund.
The grant was made possible through a grant made by the Truist Foundation as well as generous donations from people in the community.
C-CAP is currently operating a drive-by food distribution site in partnership with the Department of Social services. The agency has more than 2,700 heads of households signed up as C-CAP certified clients. Within those households, there are more than 7,000 individuals, including about 2,000 children.
On April 1, C-CAP served 31 current clients and two new C-CAP applicants with hundreds of meals and a bag of personal items. The agency is partnership with Feeding America and the local Winchester Food Bank and purchases local fresh foods for families.
To reach the United Way office at 134-B Peyton St., Front Royal, call 540-635-3636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emmanuel Table Food Pantry
Emmanuel Episcopal Church needs volunteers to help with its Table Food Pantry. The pantry distributes food every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon to about 200 people each week. The pantry is based on need, not income. Volunteers prepack bags of food, while practicing social distancing, and hands them out in the parking lot at client's trunks so there is no contact.
The pantry is located at the church at 122 E. Court St., Woodstock. Information: www.shenandoahepiscopalians.org/food-pantry.
United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has received $26,916 in private donations, which is being matched by United Way NSV for the COVID-19 Relief Fund. There is still $23,084 left in matching funds available. Donations are matched dollar for dollar and 100% of funding goes directly to relief.
Funds are going out to benefit the first four grant recipients, Faithworks, Highland Food Pantry, Blue Ridge Housing Network Inc. and the Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic. Further information or to make a donation visit www.unitedwaynsv.org/covidrelieffund.
Shenandoah Community Foundation
The Shenandoah Community Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations to support grants to charitable organizations serving Shenandoah County community members to enable them to meet crisis needs of those affected by the pandemic. This may include assistance for food, housing, health care, transportation, day care, utilities or other life-sustaining expenses.
Charitable organizations include those that are IRS tax exempt and governmental entities. The Fund does not support requests for individual assistance. If you are an individual in need, call 211 for referrals to organizations that can assist or call the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services at 540-459-6226. If you are experiencing homelessness, contact the Alliance for Shelter at 540-459-3212.
In order to move resources quickly and minimize the burden on organizations, the foundation is not following a formal application process. Please submit your organization’s needs using the application form found on the website.
For more information leave a message at 540-459-7737 or email email@example.com.
To support the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, make checks payable to the Shenandoah County Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 31, Woodstock, Virginia 22664. Online donations can be made at www.shenandoahcommunityfoundation.org.
Humane Society of Warren County
The Human Society of Warren County has been faced with many difficult decisions due to COVID-19.
• The shelter will be temporarily closed on Sundays. Business hours are by appointment only.
• Hours for adoption appointments will be extended from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adoption fees will be waived through Saturday.
• The shelter currently has 111 animals in its care and anticipate those numbers rising in the coming months. The shelter desperately needs people to foster and adopt animals. Several staff members have already chosen to self-quarantine and hours for staff members have been cut with layoffs merely days away. Much of the work, cleaning, feeding and walking, is falling on a skeleton crew. Meanwhile, adoption events and fundraisers, the life blood of its organization, have been canceled.
The shelter absolutely does not want to resort to euthanasia as a source of population control. Many shelters are facing this harsh reality as a possibility. If you are not in a position to foster or adopt, please consider making a donation, whether it be companion animal food for our pet food pantry or monetary. We want to keep our pantry stocked and available for members of the community who are financially strapped due to the virus. Before this all started, the shelter was already helping nearly 50 families with pet food.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please fill out an application, which can be found at www.humanesocietywarrencounty.org, or call 540-635-4734.
- Starting Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, repeats every day until Tuesday, September 01, 2020 — all day