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Young people benefit from getting involved in their communities
(source: www.examiner.com)

• Donate your gently used toys and clothes to a local shelter. You can also contact local literacy programs, who are likely to accept book donations.

• Volunteer at any number of places; food pantries, soup kitchens, libraries, teen pregnancy centers, the local pound, etc.

• Pick up Trash. Find a local park or playground as a safe alternative to roadside trash pick-ups.

• Visit a Nursing Home. Senior citizens love visitors. Simple activities such as reading a book, playing a game or working on puzzles with the residents can make a big impact.

• Shovel a sidewalk or rake a yard for a neighbor who is having trouble doing so on their own.

• Raise money for a local charity. Have a lemonade stand, an art show, a bake sale or grow a garden for the local charity of your choice.

• Plant a tree. Many outdoor organizations put together annual tree-planting events; all you have to do is show up on the day of the event and provide the planting power

• Collect goods for a shelter. Many shelters need basic goods such as food, personal hygiene items, diapers, formula, basic toys, towels and other necessities. Collect from family and neighbors and donate your local one.

• Cook a meal for a family in need – Most kids love to cook! Assist your mom or dad in cooking a meal for a family in your area that’s having a rough time.

Support Services in Warren County

American Red Cross

The Top of Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross is a volunteer-led, humanitarian organization, supported by committed staff members, that provides relief to disaster victims and helps people to prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. Provides aid to military families, blood services, disaster relief, and health and safety instruction.  561 Fortress Drive 
Winchester, VA 22603
(540) 662-5412
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Blue Ridge Hospice Bereavement Department

Offers a number of programs to support bereaved children and youth, including grief counseling in individual and group settings and an annual camp for bereaved children ages 7-16. Services are available both to children who had loved ones in hospice as well as children in the community. 333 West Cork Street
Suite 405
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 596-5210
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Brain Injury Association of Virginia

Offers a variety services on brain injury related topics including linkage to state and local resources, public awareness outreach, educational programs to community groups and professionals, linkage to brain injury support groups, and public policy leadership. Also offers Camp Bruce McCoy for adults with brain injury. 1506 Willow Lawn Dr. Suite 212
Richmond, VA 23230
(800) 444-6443
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Charterhouse School

An affiliate program of United Methodist Family Services that offers services to middle and high school students between the ages of 11 and 22 with autism, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and other health impairments 508 Piccadilly Street
Edinburg, VA 22824
(855) 669-5326
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Crossroads Counseling Center, Inc.

Through qualified clinical staff, and an effective counseling program, helps client's challenge emotional, social and behavioral needs successfully. Teaches adaptive behaviors, strengthens family ties and successfully reunites children with families with the aim of helping clients experience a more succissful and fulfilled life 174 Costello Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
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Essential Pieces 

A free educational group for parents of children with autism and professionals who serve the autism community. Helps gain the knowledge and support needed to work through common issues faced by families with children on the autism spectrum. Offers weekly parent groups and social groups for children on the spectrum and their siblings. Part of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. Grace Ministries Outreach Center
26 W. Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 450-2782
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Great Expectations at LFCC

A program to help youth in foster care, previously in foster care, or adopted to graduate high school and transition to Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). A Coach helps students succeed at LFCC, academically and personally. Eligible students are 16-24 years of age. Middletown Campus
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645
(540) 869-0745
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Harmony Place

Residential and supportive services to domestic and sexual violence, child abuse, and homeless victims. Assesses children accessing our services for health, educational, safety and other needs and helps connect them with resources to address those needs. Special attentions to keeping youth connected and actively involved in school. P.O. Box 1831
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 635-9194
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Healthy Families, Northern Shenandoah Valley

Provides education and support for all families to promote healthy births and ensure children can reach school age emotionally and physically healthy. 301 N. Cameron Street
Suite 101
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 536-4113
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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

Offers a variety of programs including therapeutic day treatment, behavioral therapy services (ABA), intensive in-home services, home-based counseling, Essential Pieces Autism Program, adoption services, therapeutic foster care services and parenting groups. (Medicaid, FAPT and private pay is accepted.) 225 E. Pall Mall Street
Winchester, VA 22601

(540) 450-2782
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Matthew's Center

Dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and families affected by autism through the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Offers the following services including ABA with Family, Parent and Caregiver Training, Specialized Student Support, Consult Services, and Social Group Training. 312 Neff Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

(540) 433-43773
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Mended Little Hearts of the Shenandoah Valley

A nationwide volunteer run organization for parents, caregivers, and families of children with heart defects/heart disease. Provides resources and a caring support network to help families work through overwhelming emotions involved with having a child with a heart defect/heart disease. Helps families moe forward to finding laughter, healing and hope.

(540) 908-2214
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Newport News Behaviorial Health Center

A secure residential treatment facility for males and females ages 11-18. Provides evidence-based treatment modalities to serve clinical, behavioral and educational needs. Trauma, substance abuse, sexually offending/aggressive behaviors and comprehensive assessment  and diagnostic services provided. 17579 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23603
(757) 888-0400
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Northern Shen. Valley Autism Resource

Provides information, advice and resources to newly diagnosed families on the Autism Spectrum. 11 Virginia Avenue
Boyce, VA 22620
(540) 692-6136
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People Incorporated of VA

Provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to reach their goals in order to enhance their lives, their families, and their communities. Provides Project Discovery (college preparation and site visits), low-income multi-family housing, financial literacy classes, and consumer  loans to area residents. 118 S. Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-9096
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Skyline Cap Inc. Head Start

Provides comprehensive preschool services to at-risk children. Serves children on an income basis and accepts children with disabilities.  532 S. Main Street
Madison, VA 22727
(540) 727-3916
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Touch of Grace Home Care   

A Leading in-home care provider serving clients of all ages in the comfort of their own homes. Licenced, bonded, and insured and only hire the very best caregivers. We are now accepting Medicaid Waivers 9 N. 3rd Street,
Suite 103
Warrenton, VA 20186
(540) 359-6422
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Warren Coalition

A drug, alcohol and violence prevention agency that provides substance abuse and bullying prevention education, anger management services for youth and adults, tobacco cessation classes, assistance to low income students in applying for post secondary education and obesity prevention at Warren County Middle School. 511 S. Royal Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 636-6385
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Warren Co. Public Schools: Special Services

Helps students with disabilities (ages 2-22) find services 209 W. Criser Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 635-2725
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Warren County Sheriff's Office

Provides an enhanced level of public safety including patrol, animal control, investigations and crime prevention. Services also include D.A.R.E program, school resource officers and various positive youth development programs.  200 Skyline Vista Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 635-4128
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