The Center for Public Service and Scholarship

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Though the semester is winding down, there are still plenty of ways you can be involved this December. As some say, its the Season of Giving and what better way than to serve in your community?

Included below you'll find several opportunities to serve this month, as well as more information about Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service coming up in January. 
Salvation Army Volunteer Opportunities
~ Angel Tree Program
Would you like to help connect children with gifts this Christmas? Consider sponsoring a child by giving toys this Holiday Season. 

For more information contact Tracy Hines at 
~ Red Kettle
Have you ever volunteered to ring the bell at one of these iconic red kettles? The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to spend a few hours of their time taking donations.

Interested? Contact Wanda Lloyd at
~ Toy Distribution 
Help bring some cheer to children this season by helping to organize toys at the Salvation Army's toy distribution center. 
For more information contact Silvia Villanueva at
AIDS Response Effort - Gift Wrapping Event

Are you a great gift wrapper?
The AIDS Response Effort will be fundraising at the Apple Blossom Mall until December 25 by offering gift wrapping services to holiday shoppers. Smiling volunteers are needed to help gift wrap to make this possible. 
Please consider offering a bit of your time to joyfully wrap gifts  in support of a great cause. 
We do ask that each time slot be filled with no more than 4 individuals as there is limited space. 
You may register for a time slot on line: or by calling Janet Tinkham at 540-536-5293  
The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter

Do you have a free Sunday night? We could use your help!

The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) is a community effort of several community organizations, churches, and other faith groups with the goal of providing a warm place to stay and a hot meal to those who would otherwise be out on the streets in the cold winter months. Each week the location of the shelter changes and a different organization hosts in their building.

Shenandoah University student volunteers are some of the few common faces the guests of the shelter see, and your presence makes a world of difference. 
With the students away for Winter Break, WATTS is in need of some hands and caring hearts to serve food and learn the names and the stories of some of the guests.

The following Sundays have openings
6:30-8:30pm for 5-8 people: 

December 20                December 27
January 3                         January 10 
For more information about volunteering to serve meals on Sunday nights, contact the Office of Spiriutal Life  at

If you would like to make a holiday donation you can visit their website:  
The Congregational Community Action Project is a cooperative ministry of 45 area churches and one synagogue serving Winchester and Fredrick County. CCAP maintains a food pantry, a clothing room, and offers assistance for rent, utilities and prescriptions for those in need. 
CCAP is always in need of long and short-term volunteers. If you are interested, contact Lander Manuel at
Kitchen of Hope
Market Street United Methodist Church is looking for volunteers to serve and prepare meals for Kitchen of Hope, a program that provides free hot meals to the community on Thursday nights.
Volunteer commitment is from 4:15- 7:00 every Thursday. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Jean Stewart at or 540-533-7547.

If you are interested in volunteering for a one-evening commitment, stay tuned for more information. 

Are you or someone you know a writer? Are you passionate about service? 

Then write about it...

VA Engage Journal is a yearly publication that provides a forum for students to publish research studies (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods), reflection essays, and reviews of current literature and engagement practice, all with guidance and mentorship from engaged faculty and staff. Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full- or part-time at a two- or four-year college or university in Virginia in the academic year preceding the submission deadline is eligible to submit an article. Submissions with multiple authors are welcome. Submission deadline is June 1, 2015.

To find out more, you can go to
Martin Luther King Jr. 
Day of Service
~ January 18 ~
Classes may not start until January 19th, but that doesn't mean the18th is a day off!

MLK Day is your chance to be involved in service all day long. Shenandoah University and the Center for Public Service and Scholarship are currently organizing several volunteer events so stay tuned. 

If you would like to learn more, please contact Lander Manuel at

The Center for Public Service and Scholarship
Shenandoah University, Gregory Hall 120 
1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 665-4696
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