Giveaway: Aquavation

Not sure how I missed this one, either! I was having some serious blog issues this week- so we'll run this from today (Saturday, March 31st) through Monday (April 2).
I am running jogging somehow finishing the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler tomorrow, and a big part of my training has been drinking more water.  I used to be a huge Diet Coke addict, but I've given it up in lieu of more "high quality H20".  It's not always easy, but I've found if I have it with me all the time, I'm more likely to drink it!

And, let's be honest, I'm more likely to have water with me if I've got something cute to tote it around it.  Enter: Aquavation.  Aquavation not only custom-makes your water bottle, part of the proceeds from each bottle go to the charity of your choice! You can also do fundraisers for your school, sport, or organization through them! What an original idea- it's a nice "spirit wear" item that's different than the typical t-shirt.

When you go to make your bottle, you just go to the website, select the organization, and then your background.  You can select a pre-made background, or customize your background color and border.  I decided to select my own, and I had a little bit of trouble because once you choose your background color it's a little confusing how to choose the border, but if you just click "back" on your browser, it saves your background color and then you can select your border.  

Once you're there, you can opt for text (or not) and add pictures (or not).  When you add pictures, though, be prepared- your low-quality iPhone picture isn't gonna make the cut.  Because they want your finished product to come out well, there's a minimum quality that your picture has to be, and they'll only let you enlarge the picture to a size where the image is optimal quality.

So then, you just have to decide what motivates you.  I selected a full-size picture of my family that I love from Keys Photography.  After that, you just confirm your bottle and they print it!  The pictures turn out well, considering they're screen printed on a bottle.  I was really happy with mine- but they don't look the same as they do on the screen.  This isn't me- but you can get an idea.  I think these are really cute and that they'd be a great gift for a Grammy or Auntie, too!!  I could also see one of these being a fantastic end of season gift for a coach or team mom.  


I also really appreciate that each bottle comes with a carrying strap.  It's really convenient for biking or running since you don't have to keep a tight grip on your bottle!

Want to win your own Aquavation bottle?
1- Leave a comment letting me know what motivates you.

2-Want an extra entry? Tweet "I want to win an @Aquavation Bottle from @PwcMoms"!  

3-Need one more? (Hey, mother's day is coming up- this could be a great gift!) Head over to the Aquavation Facebook Page where they also share lots of great pictures and promotions, and let them know PwcMoms sent you!  As per Facebook rules, you'll need to let me know you did this by leaving a comment here, as your comment on the website and not your Facebook activity is your entry. 

Aquavation will be generously allowing me to pick 4 winners!! Good luck! 
Disclosure: PwcMoms was provided with a promotional water bottle to try the Aquavation.org and four additional promotional bottles to give away to readers in return for this post. No other compensation was provided to PwcMoms.  All opinions expressed here are my own and are true and valid to the best of my knowledge. 

Summer 2012 Free Ideas!

It's Baaaaacccckkk!! Kids can bowl two free games per day all summer long with AMF!! This fun program is a great way to burn some time far, far away from your television!  Shoes are not included.  If you want to bowl, too, you can purchase an AMF Summer Pass for $29.95 for yourself and up to three named guests ages 16 and up! If you've got friends you'll bowl with, you can put all the adults on one pass!

Sign ups for this program begin April 1st!! Click here to go sign up!
Is your child a VA resident? If they are and they're 5 and under, they qualify for free admission to Busch Gardens with their Sesame Forest of Fun plan! Sign up online and your child can play all summer for free at Busch Gardens Williamsburg through October 28th!

Sign ups for this program are now open!! Click here to sign up!


Featured Organization Friday: Autism Speaks

This week's Featured Organization Friday is courtesy of Eryn Cadoff.  More on that at the end of the post!

At this point in time, Autism affects 1 in 88 children, with 1 in 54 boys having a spectrum diagnosis.  Wow.  Those are some scary numbers no matter how you spin them. 

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

In addition to research and advocacy, the group also provides resources for parents with children on the Autism Spectrum.  These include an answer line, resource guide, housing transition for older children, and more.  

You can help this organization by giving time, money, or- this month- by buying a bracelet!  

Our friend Eryn Cadoff is a Stella and Dot Indepdendent Stylist.  This month, her company is helping to support Autism Awareness through bracelet sales to support Autism Speaks.  

More info from Eryn:

In honor of Autism Awareness month in April, Stella & Dot has created the Shine Bracelet - a limited-edition piece, available only from April 1-30. The bracelet is $39, and 20% of the proceeds from the sales will go to Autism Speaks. In October 2011, Stella & Dot partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in creating the Tribute Bracelet - raising $128,000 for the BRCF. We'd like to beat that number in April for Autism Speaks!
You can order your bracelet through Eryn Cadoff, Indepedent Stylist - Eryn can be reached at 703-786-1694 or http://www.stelladot.com/eryn. Eryn will also be holding FUNdraising Trunk Shows throughout April for Autism Speaks - call her to schedule an event, and in addition to the Shine Bracelet raising funds for Autism speaks, 50% of the sales from your Trunk Show will also go directly to the organization.

Also Eryn will be in Woodbridge (Paradise Salon & Day Spa), 3097 Golansky on Friday from 11-3 and will be taking pre-orders for the bracelet!


Cooking with Bloggers at Alice and Louise Cooking School

Being a blogger is not fun when your space bar isn't working.  Being a blogger IS fun when you get to hang out with other bloggers at Alice and Louise, however! 

Last week, I was able to go check out Alice and Louise with a group of Northern Virginia Bloggers for a fun networking event put together by Andrea from Real Housewives of Northern Virginia.  Alice and Louise, in addition to doing catering, also hosts cooking classes for everyone from children through adults, and will do corporate events or private parties.  (Interested in doing one? Email me! If we can get a group of 8 together I'll book it!) They can work around your price range and interests, and, bonus, you can BYOM (bring your own Merlot).  

 Mother Earth Meals was also on hand to share some great cooking inspired by battling cancer and increasing your health using food.  Simply Desserts was also there with some delicious cheesecake tips.  By the way, did you know that it's Lent? Everything smelled delicious and got gobbled up, but I just watched.  Le sigh. (Okay, really I've been trying to pinpoint a few tummy issues and keep giving up different things to try to figure it out, but Lent is a much faster explanation)
 Group shot!  These ladies are a lot of fun! They didn't even make fun of the fact that I brought my own beverage (it was lemonade made with stevia) in a Patriots cup.  Rocking :)
Pictured (In No Particular Order):
Paper Placemats
Mom Machine
Caffeine and a Prayer
Creekside Learning
Real Housewives of Northern Virginia
Beltway Bargain Mom

Freedom High School Booster Club Craft Fair

Freedom High School in Woodbridge will have a Craft Fair on May 5th, and they're looking for Vendors and Shoppers!


The Week In PreView: March 26th-April 1st

Here are some notes from the calendar that we don't want you to miss! A good mix of kid-friendly and parent-important events/reminders for Prince William County! Enjoy and have a great week!!

Monday, March 26
Today is the final day to register for Kids N Motion's egg hunt/lunch with the bunny.  This event is $18 for the first child and $12 per additional sibling, and includes open play, pizza, juice box, cupcake, time with the Bunny, and an egg hunt.  

All week this week, Potomac Mills Mall will have the Dreamland Amusements Carnival taking place.  Prices vary by the number of tickets you purchase, and it's open weeknights beginning at 5pm.  Weekend hours are listed on the calendar.

Tuesday, March 27
From 6-7pm, the Manassas Park Community Center is having a teen etiquette class.  These are so great to have under your child's belt for future interviews, business lunches, and more.  (Or, so that they don't shovel their food when Grammy comes for Easter!)

Today, two of our contests are closing! One for two premium subscriptions to OurLifeMemories.com and another for a week of Spring Break Skate Camp at the Haymarket IcePlex.  Be sure to enter both by 6pm! 

Wednesday, March 28
Classy Kids Consignment Woodbridge is open to the public starting today! Shop early for the best selection! 

From 5pm-8pm, Chick Fil A Sudley Manor Drive will be having Pirate and Princess night.  Children who come in costume as a princess or a pirate will receive a FREE 4-count nugget Kid's Meal. Princesses can climb the castle and Pirates can walk the plank for a surprise! Free temporary tattoos and opportunities for photos with our Princess and Pirate Cows as well as a REAL Princess and Pirate!

Thursday, March 29
Bristow Commons will have a Grand Opening celebration for Walgreens at 11 am. The afternoon will feature door buster deals, family fun and local officials.

From 4-5pm, Central Library in Manassas will have their Shenanigans program, but you must register in advance. This program is for children in grades K-5 and features activities and crafts.

Friday, March 30
Head over to Lake Ridge for their annual Fish Out.  The $7 cost includes 2 fish per person, and local groups can register to clean fish for profit.  Poles are available to rent and the fish will, allegedly, eat anything from marshmallows to cheese.  This event runs through April 7th. 

In the evening, head over to Manassas Park (99 Adams Street) with your 8-11 year old for a flashlight-egg-hunt! It's $5 per child, and starts at 7pm (or soon thereafter when the sun goes down). 

Saturday, March 31
Sign up ahead of time so your child can attend "Party With Your Peeps" at the Gainesville Wegmans at 11am.  Sounds like a great time!

From 1-3pm, Michael's will have a The Knack craft.  

Don't forget our HUGE list of Egg Hunts in Prince William County- they start in full force this weekend both Saturday and Sunday! 

Sunday, April 1
From 12-4 there will be a "Celebration of the Military Child" outdoor event.  You must be military to attend this event.  For more information, contact Sally.McGuire@sierraclub.org | 202-548-6590

Sunday also marks the beginning of the Dale City Farmer's Market's Summer Hours!  If you've enjoyed the winter market, the fruits and veggies should be re-appearing, too! 

Giveaway: Spring Break Skate Camp

You've seen our friends from the Haymarket Iceplex before, and they're generously offering another great giveaway!

The Piedmont Skating School hosts several great options for those who want to learn to skate, including weekly lessons and camps.  Coming up, their Spring Break Series will run from April 2nd through the 5th and is $93.  Lessons include skate rental and a daily punch card (4 sessions) for the learn-to-skate practice session or public session.

                                  Ages             Prerequisites            (Must attend same class each day)
Snow Plow Sam 1 3-6                     None                        1:40 or 6:30
Snow Plow Sam 2   3-6                       SP 1                          2:15 or 7:00
Snow Plow Sam 3 3-6                      SP 2        6:30
Basic 1                         7-16                      None                                  1:40 or 7:00
Basic 2                 7-16                  Basic 1/SP 3        2:15 or 6:30
Basic 3                 7-16                  Basic 2                        1:40
Basic 4                 7-16                  Basic 3                2:15
Free skate 1-2          7-16                  Basic 8          7:00

Want to win a session for your child? 

1- Enter below by leaving a comment with what time/level you'd like to get into, and we'll select one lucky winner at random on Tuesday! 

Want an extra chance to win?

2- "Like" Piedmont Skating School on Facebook and leave a comment that you did.  Per Facebook rules, the "like" is not an entry, but the comment here that you did so.

3- Click "share" from the Facebook status on PwcMoms' Facebook for this post, and leave a comment here that you did.  Again, per Facebook rules, your entry is the comment here. 

(Enter up to 3 times per person! Good luck!)
Disclosure: The Piedmont Skating School provided PwcMoms with a promotional week of Spring Break Skating to give away, which prompted this post.  No other compensation was exchanged or provided. 


Giveaway: Our Life Memories Premium Subscription

My friend DeLise, who is a member of the MamaMafia, is amazing.  The woman has a degree from Standford, for goodness' sake!  She's also a homeschooler, an amazing momma, and the owner of OurLifeMemories.com.

From DeLise:
Our Life Memories gives families the inside scoop on activities in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Through their "real reviews" and customized Kid-Tineraries, families visiting or residing in the DC Metro Area rely on this resource to know what to expect before they embark on an adventure with their loved ones. 

Real Reviews: Help families choose amongst many available activities in the DC Metro area.

Customized itineraries: For busy caregivers who want to create treasured childhood experiences but do not have the time to sift through all of the available options, these "Kid-Tineraries" are customized to the child(s) interests and personality.

DeLise has been running OurLifeMemories.com for 1 year!  In celebration of her blog-aversary, she's very generously offering two of you a Premium Subscription to her website!  

Premium Subscibers receive exclusive reviews with the inside scoop on children's activities in the area.  This includes Weekly reviews directly to your inbox weekly (52/year), exclusive access to ALL password protected reviews on the Our Life Memories Website, and subscriber-only giveaways.  

Click the name to see a sample of one of DeLise's reviews for Splashdown Waterpark in Prince William County.  

If you don't win, subscriptions are a deal at $12/year.  To enter, please leave a comment wishing DeLise a Happy Anniversary, and for a second entry, tell her what you like about her website!  

Thanks, DeLise, for the great giveaway, and for being a rockstar member of the MamaMafia.  


Featured Organization Friday: Sara Lott Memorial 5k/1Mile Fun Run

I'm running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (God Help Me) on April 1st, and after that I know it's important to keep up the momentum by running more races! I especially love a race for a cause- and here's a great local one, the Sara Lott Memorial 5k Run/1 Mile Run/Walk at Saunders Middle School. Check it out and register! 

Sara's memorial fun helps to benefit her middle school's student activities fund because she loved sports, and the PTSO.  


Readers Recommend: Child Therapists/Family Therapists

Looking for a therapist in Prince William County for who's kid-friendly? Here's what our readers recommend!

Dr. Boosalis
Phoenix Family Counseling 
             -Another recommendation for Phoenix.  Very Highly Recommend.
             -Phoenix Child and Family Counseling.  They all specialize in play therapy and are excellent.  They are in
                 Gainesville, Heritage Hunt
             -We go to Phoenix Family Counseling, too. My daughter loves it there and can't wait to go see Ms. Sue.
 Psychological and Life Skills Associates (Minnieville and the Parkway)
              -Dr. Michael Shellsmith
Fran Herron
Sylvia Haydash Manassas.  Super.

PwcMoms has not tried nor do they endorse any of these doctors.  These are re-posted from reader recommendations posted to Facebook.  Please use your best judgement and ensure your insurance participates with the doctor you select for your family.  PwcMoms is not responsible for injury, malpractice, or negative experiences with any counselor you choose.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities!!!!!!!!
New Opportunities have been added.  Please feel free to share with anyone you know that may be interested in Volunteering. 

1.) The Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman program is looking for volunteers to advocate for seniors living in various nursing and assisted living facilities. You will receive all the needed training to make a difference. Please call Lisa at (703) 324-5422 to register for the next training

2.) Come be part of our Disaster stand-by volunteer group so we can call on you to help when needed.  Whether it’s cleaning up after floods and storms or aiding neighbors with supplies, we would love to have you join us. Please email Bonnie at:bnahas@volunteerprincewilliam.org for more information or to join the group.   
3.) The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for more seniors to be tutors in the elementary schools throughout the community. If you’re age 55 and older and would like to help a little person to improve their reading and math skills then this is the perfect job for you. Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 to learn more.
4.) ACTS Food Pantry in Dumfries needs volunteers in the pantry and out picking up donations from the community on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday afternoon. Please call Taylor at (703) 221-3186 ext. 240 or visit their website for an application at: actspwc.org
5.) Birmingham Green has many volunteer opportunities for you to interact with the senior’s one on one including playing games, taking a walk, reading to them or having lunch with them. Please call Zachary at (703) 257-6252 to learn more about all the ways you can brighten the day of a senior.

6.) PALS provide friendly visitors to adult survivors of brain injury. Volunteers are needed here in the community. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to share a little of your time with another.

7.) Prince William SPCA has several ongoing volunteer opportunities including our Petfinder project, monthly Neuter Commuter events, and our upcoming adoption events with the PAW express adoption van.  If you'd like to volunteer, please go to our website at www.pwspca.organd fill out a volunteer application.

8.) The Holiday project is looking for volunteers to visit individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters and long-term care facilities on all the holidays. Please visit their website for more information at: www.holidayproject.org or call Robin at (703) 370-0370 to learn more about their good work throughout the year.

9.) The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers to shuttle cancer patients to and from their treatments throughout Northern Virginia. This wonderful program is called the Road to Recovery program. The training can be done on-line so all you need is a good driving record, insurance and a reliable car to give someone the ride of their life. Please call JoAnn at (703) 938-5550 for more information and to get started with this needed service for our neighbors.

10.) SERVE has the perfect opportunity Sunday March 25th for their spring cleaning day. This wonderful organization is expanding their facility and need 25-35 strong arms from just noon to 4pm to disassemble furniture, remove the furniture, and help with cleaning to prepare for the 4,000 square foot expansion. Please wear casual clothes and close-toed shoes and gloves if you have them. Please call Jan at (571) 748-2621 to learn more.
11.) The House of Mercy needs volunteers to help at the thrift Store in Manassas to sort clothes or help donors unload their car. Great job for teens age 14 and above and fun place to be. The Thrift Store is open Monday-Saturday.  If retail is not your thing what about helping folks with their language skills? House of Mercy is also in need of English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors at their Manassas location. Please call Ann at (703) 659-1636 for more information.
12.) Please take a few moments to prepare your household for power outages. Please visit www.ready.gov for lots of good information.

13.) The RSVP Program is running a store for pregnant teens and is in need of donated baby items, specifically new born to size 5 baby diapers, wipes and baby lotion and wash.  Drop off your donations at the Volunteer Prince William office at 9248 Center Street, Manassas.

14.) The Clock Tower Thrift Shop in Centreville needs help sorting and organizing donations, ensuring the shopping area is organized and assisting customers with their purchases. This is a great group opportunity! Volunteers age 12-15 may volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Thrift Shop is open 7 days a week and is open until 8pm during the week! The Thrift Shop benefits all programs of Northern Virginia Family Service. Please call (703)219-2193 for more information.

15.) Are you age 55 and older and already volunteer in the community? Then we hope you will join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). This program brings together individuals age 55 and older to volunteer anywhere you already volunteer and provides for a small gas mileage stipend to offset these horrible gas prices. It also provides a wonderful supplemental Insurance program, fun activities and recognition events. But most importantly, allows us to capture specifically the value of your service in our community. Please come join us and be counted! Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 to learn more.  
16.) Do you know Thai Chi? The seniors at Birmingham Green would love your help to improve their balance. Please call Zach at (703) 257-6252 to learn more about this and all the other fun volunteer positions helping seniors.

17.) Literacy Volunteers of America would love your help. They have lots of adults wanting a tutor to improve their language skills. They have a super training program to give you all the tools needed to make a significant impact on another’s life. The next training session starts in May. Please call (703) 670-5702 to learn more
18.) Those super kids are doing super stuff with the Joe 15 Team. Bring your energy, spirit and leadership skills to the table and work on that volunteering resume for college at the same time. Please call Debbie at (703) 895-1606 or check out the website:www.thejoe15team.org to learn more.

19.) Would you and your friends, family or club benefit from knowing more about our PRTC bus system? PRTC has developed the On-The-Go travel training program to teach one or a group all there is to know about accessing this wonderful bus system. Please call (703) 730-6664 to learn more and schedule training.

20.) OAR of Fairfax is seeking volunteers as mentors to help inmates at the county jail think through past choices and guide them in making better future choices. Training is provided and each Mentor is assigned one Mentee of the same gender. Please contact Allyson at 703-246-3139 for more information.

21.) Habitat for Humanity needs 10 kids to work after school from 3pm-5pm on Tuesday April 17th to spruce up the outside of the ReStore in Manassas. It’s the perfect time for new flowers in the planters.  Kids age 12 and up with a couple of adults are most welcome. Please email Tiffani at: volunteer@habitatpwc.org to learn more.

22.) The Alzheimer’s Association offer support groups for anyone caring for an elder with this challenging disease. The groups provide a place for you to share information, get tips or to learn more about the journey your loved one is traveling. These groups meet at Westminster at Lake Ridge, Caton Merchant House, Manassas St Thomas, Sudley North Government Building, the Woodbridge Senior Center and the Old Bridge United Methodist Church. To find the exact times for each please call the helpline at (703) 359-4440.

23.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for six volunteers to join them for a Keep America Beautiful Litter Survey. This would be a great job for a retired person. A van is provided to drive the group of volunteers throughout Prince William County while they complete a litter survey form.  The date is to be determined but the hours will be 9am to 12pm and lunch is provided! Call Kayne at 571-285-3772.

24.) Are you willing to volunteer during a public health emergency? The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps is in need of health professionals and community members. After registering and attending orientation, volunteers can register for training in emergency preparedness, disaster behavioral health, CPR/AED, first-aid, and others. Please email Bobbi at bobbi.steneck@vdh.virginia.gov  for more information or you can apply online at their website, www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/princewilliammrc

25.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for volunteers to be part of the recycling speaker’s bureau.  You’ll have all the tools to reach all aspects of the community whether it’s in the schools or at varies organizations and community groups. Call Kayne at 571-285-3772 to learn more.

26.) Project Mend a House is also very busy with new home repair projects for seniors or building ramps for better accessibility. Please call Kristen at (703) 792-7663 to learn more.

27.) The Greater Prince William Community Health Center is growing. Volunteers are needed during traditional business hours to help with administrative tasks. This is a busy place is a real resume builder and the perfect job for volunteers who are bi-lingual and have some health care experience. Volunteers are also needed with special projects and fun events. Please visit their website at: GPWCHC.org or email them at info@GPWhealthcenter.org to learn more. 

28.) The Calvary Counseling Center in Manassas needs volunteers to help with basic office duties. This is a lively office. Please call Dr. Chambers at 703-530-9800 to learn more about this wonderful organization and their volunteer needs.  

29.) Blue Ridge Assistance dogs in Manassas would love your help with general office tasks as well as simple correspondence. Please call Rose at (703) 330-9184 for more information.

30.) The Juvenile Detention Center is looking for licenses barber to come in once or twice a month to cut the boys hair. There are usually 5-8 boys in need of your services each week. Please call Jayne at (703) 791-3559 to help out.

31.) The Manassas Museum is looking for weekend volunteers to greet visitors, serve as docents and sharing our rich history. You’ll receive all the training to make this a wonderful experience. Please call Lisa at (703) 257-8407 to learn more

32.) SERVE needs your help with food donations. It’s been a busy few months and the shelves are bare.  Top needs include canned veggies, dry cereal, canned meats, pasta, sauces, rice, applesauce and canned fruit. Please deliver the food to the pantry during traditional business hours or give Karen a call at (703) 367-6726 for more info.

33.) The Don Bosco Center in Manassas needs your help with the after school program. Volunteers work with kids in grades 5 and up with homework and sports and in the computer lab. Please email Father Ramon at:frramon@gmail.com to learn more.

34.) The Woodbridge Dance Company is looking for volunteers to serve on their Board of directors and committees. Meetings are monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. This is a wonderful way to offer your leadership in forwarding the mission of this lovely arts organization. Please call Catherine at (703) 670-7884 to learn more.

35.) Birthright of Manassas has expanded their office hours to include Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to help in the office most days. This program offers free pregnancy testing and support services to moms and babies. Please call (703) 361-9769 to join the great group of volunteers.

36.) The Manassas Chapter of Families Anonymous is in need of a mature bilingual (English/Spanish) individual or couple who can help them with a 12 Step Program for other Spanish Speakers desperately in need of this program. 12 Step Programs are so important to families experiencing problems with loved ones that have alcohol and drug abuse issues. Strongly prefer an individual that may have their own personal struggles with a loved one. Please call Pat at (703) 928-9385.

37.) The Manassas Elks Lodge needs volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at their Bingo Kitchen from 5:30-9:30pm. This is a wonderful way for teens to complete their volunteer requirements or for adults looking to meet new neighbors. Duties include taking food orders, delivering sandwiches and such to bingo players and light set-up and cleaning. Please call Chetta at (703) 856-7717 to learn more.

38.) Prince William County Division of Historic Preservation is looking for enthusiastic tour guides for the beautiful Ben Lomond house in Manassas. This is a wonderful way to learn more about our local treasures. Tours are offered Thursday-Monday from May-October. Please call Bill at (703) 367-7872 to learn more.

39.) The Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach program teaches all aspects of our community to be prepared for incidents that can affect lives. Volunteers are needed to visit schools, adult living communities, shelters and neighborhoods to share the message. This is the perfect way to learn more about your community and meet new people. Please call Bonnie at (703) 369-5292 ext. 202 to learn more.

40.) The Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge needs volunteers to be docents and tour guides, assisting with special events and as a gardener. This is a wonderful way to learn more about your rich history and have lots of fun. Please email Karen at:kfossum@pwcgov.org to learn more.

41.) The Community health center needs a licensed Pharmacist to check potential drug interactions and label medications for clients of the Medication Access Program. This fabulous facility is in Woodbridge and is perfect for you with a flexible schedule. Please call Navara at (571)748-2536 to learn more.

42.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for volunteers to help with their Storm Drain Labeling Program. Help keep pollution from entering our waterways!  Call Kayne at 571-285-3772.

43.) ACTS Helpline needs new volunteers to man their 24 hr. helpline. You’ll receive 40 hours of training for this very special job. Please call James at (703) 221-1144 to learn more.

44.) ENS Mentoring partnership in Dumfries serves the needs of kids with adult mentors to help guide their way. Volunteers are needed as mentors and also to help around the office with basic admin duties.  Please call Juana at (703) 221-6600 to learn more.

45.) As a result of folks not spaying and neutering their pets either due to lack of resources or a lack of knowledge, there tends to be a very large number of unwanted litters born this time of year. One organization that helps is called Save a Dog, Save a Cat:  SADSACwww.sadsac.org.  They raise funds by collecting your used ink toner cartridges and turning them in for cash! Protect the environment and help animals too by bringing your used ink toner cartridges to Independent Hill Animal Clinic at 13444 Dumfries Rd. 

 46.) Trinity Episcopal Church is pleased to announce their first ever Children’s Consignment Toy and Clothing sale on Saturday March 24thfrom 8am-12:30pm. Volunteers are needed before, during and after this event. They are also registering consignors at this time. You’ll receive 60% and the other 40% will support the Trinity Youth Mission Trips. So it’s the perfect way to clean out your closets and the toy box in the play room. Consignors need to register for a space in advance for just $15 sent to Trinity, 9325 West Street, Manassas 20110, and attn: Dianne.  To volunteer please call Dianne or Jennifer at (703) 368-4231.

47.) The Prince William Area Free Clinic serves the basic medical needs of families in both Manassas and Woodbridge. They need a volunteer to help translate their brochure into Spanish. Please call Linda at (703) 792-6378 to learn more.
48.) Guitars not Guns are expanding and need volunteers to set up and oversee a class in Manassas. You don’t need to know how to play just facilitate the class for 1-2 hours per week. They also are looking for meeting space in Dale City, Dumfries and Lorton for new classes. The space needs to hold 15 people in chairs comfortably. This is the perfect opportunity for your group to help underserved kids in our community with a fun experience. Please visit their website at: gngnca.org to learn more or call Skip at (703) 644-1311.

49.) BEACON Adult Literacy program needs volunteers to tutor ESOL classes in Woodbridge. Free tutor training is provided with established curriculums. You don’t need any experience and you don’t need to speak another language. This is a very rewarding experience. Please call Caroline at (703) 368-7491 to learn more.

50.) The Alzheimer’s Association is gearing up for their next Walk to end Alzheimer’s in Prince William County. Volunteers are needed now in the Gainesville, Haymarket and Stafford with planning activities.  Come join the cause and the fun. Call Sonya at (703) 359-4440 to learn more.

51.) Habitat for Humanity has projects every week throughout the community building or repairing homes for frail citizens. Volunteers are needed every week to bring lunch to the volunteers on the job.  Lunch can be a couple of pizza’s, sandwiches and chips or a deli tray. Please email Tiffanie at volunteer@habitatpwc.org to learn more.

52.) The Prince William SPCA would like to remind you about the pet food pantry at the Manassas City Adoption Center on Dean Drive. Donations of pet food are always welcome. Visit them at www.manassascity.org and under departments; click Police and then Animal Control to see hours of operation.

53.) Care Net in Manassas needs volunteers to do admin work in the office. Please call Karen at (703) 330-4572 to learn more.

54.) The Feinstein Challenge to help the ACTS Food Pantry! Gather your friends, family and colleagues to collect non- perishable food for the pantry and this wonderful program matches everything you donate.  Every can of soup, box of cereal, canned fruit and box of Mac & cheese turns into two. It’s a win-win all the way around for the entire month of March. For more info, please call (703) 221-3186 ext. 240 or check out their website at: actspwc.org

55.) Attention golfers – please mark your calendars for Saturday April 21st for the 9th Annual WestRash Charity Golf Tournament. This super event benefits the American cancer Society, the relay for life and CASA of Prince William. Fees are just $125 per player. It promises to be great fun. Please check out their website for all the specifics at: westrashcharities.org. 

56.) How are you coming with cleaning out your closets this spring? Don’t forget ACTS in Dumfries is having their 5th Annual PurSuits Program this May. Gently used suits, business attire, accessories are needed for folks reentering the workforce. You can drop off the clothes at ACTS in Dumfries or my office in Manassas at 9248 Center Street. Please call Robin at (703) 441-8606 ext. 213 with any questions.

57.) SERVE in Manassas is looking for volunteers to help with admin duties throughout the facility on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Volunteers must have good computer skills and handle a busy phone.  Bilingual skills in Spanish are particularly helpful. Please call Jan at (571) 748-2621 for more information.

58.) Northern Virginia Family Service Foster Care program is looking for individuals or couples willing to provide loving homes for children and youth. There is a 3 session training course this month on Saturday 3/17, 24, 3/31 to give you all the skills needed to help a child. Please call Ginny at (571) 478-2557 to learn more.

59.) April 14th – from 11am-2pm at Leesylvania State Park for the shoreline clean-up. You can call (703) 583-6904 for all the details

60.) April 21st – its Operation Clean up at Prince William Forest park. The main focus is preparing the cabins on the park from 9am-1pm. Please call Ralph at (703) 221-4706 ext. 401

61.) May 5th – the Big Day of Serving sponsored by The City of Manassas Neighborhood Services. This is a huge day full of hard work and fun in Bristoe Station. Please call Christen at (703) 257-8315 to learn about all the activities.

62.) The ARC of Greater Prince William as they expand their facility in Dale City serving thousands of children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This wonderful organization celebrates the achievement of their clients everyday by providing services such as child care, adult support services, vocational training, employment and residential group homes to name just a few. The new facility will offer enhanced health care services so their clients can receive needed health care right here in our community and not have to travel several hours away for the same care. Please join me in pledging just $100 to support this expansion - and the best part of your donation is it is matched 1 for 1 by the Hylton Foundation. Is that cool or what? The goal is to have 2,500 families make this one time investment of $100 and have it doubled on the spot. Please visit their website at: arcgpw.org or call Chris at (703) 670-4800 to learn more about all the neat things happening at the ARC in Dale City. Come be part of this huge solution!

63.) The Boys and Girls Club in Manassas has lots of fun volunteer opportunities for the spring such as art instructor, volleyball coach, flag football coach, soccer instructor, dodge ball referee and basketball coach for the summer league. Please visit their brand new volunteer site at: volunteerlink.bgcgw.org to learn all the specifics and sign up for one of these volunteer jobs right on-line. It promises to be great fun and cheers to Deloitte for their expertise in designing this new site for the Carteret Mortgage Boys and Girls Club in Manassas. (703) 365-club (2582).

64.) ACTS in Dumfries is partnering with 1000 Homes for 1000 Virginians effort to end homelessness and needs volunteers to help create a registry of needy individuals.  This effort is scheduled for the week of March 25-31.  The training for survey takers and data takers is Sunday March 25th from 2-4pm.  This program has been very successful in other communities because the more we know, the better we can serve the needs of each individual.  Please call Teri at (703) 441-8606 ext. 217 to learn more.

65.) The American Red Cross has a wonderful new event to support their work and make you Mother’s Day or spring birthday perfect. You can purchase a wind chime on line and QMT will donate 50% of the proceeds back to Red Cross. Please visit: gmtwindcimes.com to see all the various chimes available and then enter the coupon code of “redcrossnca” at check out. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the breeze on a summer evening.

66.) Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and the world of Special Olympics. Volunteers are needed to be coaches for children age 2 ½ - 7 learn new fun activities, games, that develop motor skills and eye-hand coordination. This is a year round program. Training is provided. Please call Darlin at (703) 582-9969 to learn more.

67.) The Student Ambassadors are having a 1 mile fun walk for little kids and a 5K Run/Walk for bigger kids and adults to support this leadership program that sends kids to Europe to study new cultures. Entry fees are just $8 to $25 depending on the age of the runner. Come out and support this neat program being held at Leesylvania State park. You can register online at:studentambassadorfundraiser.com

If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call our team here at Volunteer Prince William Coleen can help Senior Volunteers with Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext 207, Then myself Shelley (703) 369-5292 ext 201,Bonnie can help you with all the other many opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext 202 or please don’t forget our website’s atwww.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Also feel free to look for opportunities in our Call to Action Column that runs every Sunday Morning in the local News Paper. Come Like Us On Our Facebook Page (Volunteer Prince William) and Follow Us On Twitter @VolunteerPW.

Thank you
Shelley Tibbs
Volunteer Prince William
Recruitment, Outreach & Disaster Services
9248 Center Street
Manassas, VA 20110
703-369-5292 Ext 201
Fax: 703-369-5671