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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 Shenandoah 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.

Provides counseling and supportive services in the community and in-home through various treatment services. The goal is to improve mental health and family stability within the community 649 N. Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-9003
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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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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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Response, Inc.

Dedicated to preventing and helping people overcome the problems of sexual and domestic violence and other forms of abuse through outreach, advocacy and supportive services P.O. Box 287
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-5599
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Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter

Provides temporary shelter and supportive services designed to enable clients to achieve independence. Helps make available interest-free loans towards payment of rent or mortgage for Shenandoah County residents. Provides a transitional housing program and Help-Link services to local churches and local relief program P.O.Box 241
Maurertown, VA 22644
(540) 436-3202
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Shenandoah Community Foundation

Provides easy and affordable ways for individuals and groups to build permanent financial support for the causes and institutions they love and believe in. Every year, the Foundation makes grants to qualified are nonprofits and scholarships to county students. P.O. Box 31
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-7737
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Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office

Provides mian law enforcement services for Shenandoah County. The Crime Prevention and School Resource Officers division serve youth K-12 and are involved in community wide efforts to provide youth outreach. Special programs include D.A.R.E, summer Leadership Camp, and collaborating with the Police Department for Safety Day. 109 W. Court Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-6104
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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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A Small Hand

Provides help to infants (newborn to 36 months) in Shenandoah County in the form of a week's supply of formula, food, disposable diapers and wet-wipes, plus gently used clothing and baby items as donations permit. Open each Thursday from 9-11 and from 5-7. Services for children on WIC or WIC-Eligible. Call or e-mail before first visit. Edinburg Christian Church
 210 Center Street

Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 933-6313
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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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Woodstock Police Department

Provides a safe and enriching environment for all citizens in the town of Woodstock. Proactively works with youth to illustrate the dangers and consequences of their actions; with an emphasisi on reorienting youth's focus on life in order to promote good citizenship. 134 N. Muhlenberg Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-2141
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