July 7, 2020
Office of Communications Contact: Sherrie Johnson
SherrieJohnson@pwcgov.org 703.792.5509 (office) 703.232.6853 (cell)
Prince William County and Sentara Healthcare Provide Free COVID Testing
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – Free COVID-19 Testing will take place at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle, VA 22172 on Wednesday, July 8 from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. for drive-through or walk-up testing. The event is open to anyone who lives or works in Prince William County. The testing event is supported by Sentara Healthcare and Prince William County Government.
Prince William County is the second-largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a population of nearly 467,000. A highly-educated, racially and ethnically diverse population makes the county one of the most globally represented communities in the region. AAA Bond Ratings, awarded annually from all three ratings agencies, confirms a commitment to a thriving and robust economy. Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles and includes independent cities and towns, state and federal park properties, and Quantico Marine Corps Base. Steeped in rich history, surrounded by beautiful parks and open space, Prince William County is a community of choice where individuals, families and businesses choose to live, work and play.
Good Morning Prince William – the Community Feeding Taskforce Food Hotline has an urgent need for Spanish speaking volunteers who can assist staff with answering calls to the Hotline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Duties include answering calls from those in need of food, redirecting callers to a food pantry closest to where they live and arranging home deliveries for shut-ins. Training is provided; however, volunteers will work from home and must have their own computer and Internet access. To register, please create an account on our website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org, then go into the opportunity to Respond to the opportunity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- Medical Reserve Corps has an urgent need for volunteers to help in the fight against COVID-19. Many volunteers are needed across the state and locally to provide support for the expected surge in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Volunteers with healthcare experience are especially needed, but they will accept non-medical volunteers in a variety of other skill sets as well. Please fill out an online application at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/. Questions? Please email email@example.com for more information.
- BEACON is looking for Virtual Instructors for their 3-week Summer Conversation classes, July 6 thru 24. Classes meet every Mon & Wed, 9:30am-11am, and Tue & Thur, 7pm-8:30pm. Volunteers are needed to provide small group instruction to English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL). No second language or teaching experience is required. Free professional-level training is provided. Schedules are flexible. Volunteers are also needed as Virtual Technology Facilitators for their 3-week summer conversation classes. Technology facilitators will provide technical support for the ESOL online classes 2-4 hours a week. If you have basic computer skills, are comfortable with using Zoom, and would like to be a part of a team to help make a difference in your community, please call 571.422.2242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more about these exciting and rewarding opportunities.
- For Children’s Sake is looking for foster parents to provide a loving and stable home for youth in foster care. FCS trains and supports all families ongoing before, during and after foster youth are in your home. FCS is looking for foster parents to take children as both short- and long-term placements. They are planning to hold virtual training in the next couple of weeks. Please call Kelley at 703.817.9890 or email email@example.com for more information.
- Holy Family Food Pantry, one of the partner food pantries in the Community Feeding Taskforce, has need for bilingual volunteers to answer the phone and take appointments for clients to visit the pantry. This is an ongoing opportunity Monday thru Thursday, 10am-2pm each day. To register, please create an account on our website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org, then go into the opportunity to Respond to the opportunity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- You can hold a food drive and help House of Mercy re-stock their bare food pantry shelves! They have seen a big increase in clients seeking food assistance and urgently need donations of nonperishable items such as veggies, soups, mac and cheese, canned meats, etc. to re-stock their shelves. It’s so easy to conduct a food drive, even during this pandemic, and you’ll be helping to feed hungry families! Please call 703.579.0279 or email email@example.com to learn how you can help.
- Calling all artists! Novant Health UVA Health System invites artists and budding artists to submit artwork for an upcoming exhibit at the Prince William Medical Center/Haymarket Medical Center titled COVID 19: How We Became Stronger Together. Paintings, photographs, and drawings will all be considered. Your artwork can be any favorite subject that inspires you at this difficult time. Artwork should be framed using wire hanger. We will accept artwork until June 30, 2020. For more detailed information contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.369.8173.
- Prince William Food Rescue (PWFR) urgently needs volunteers as the program is taking on the responsibility of delivering food to both ACTS and SERVE homebound clients. PWFR is an app-based program enabling volunteers to pick up viable, close to expiration food from supermarkets, restaurants, food pantries, etc., and then deliver it to a program that can immediately use the food. More info on PWFR may be found at https://pwfoodrescue.org/. Please contact Shirley at email@example.com or call 703.441.8606 ext. 212 for more information.
- The Salvation Army is collecting items for seniors and vulnerable populations. You can help by creating care packages from the security of your own home and safely dropping items at their Prince William location in Woodbridge. Food items such as canned soups/other dry or canned foods are requested. Non-food items such as socks, toiletries, diapers/baby wipes and sanitizing supplies are also needed. Donated items can be dropped off at 1483 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge Suite 102, Woodbridge 22192. Please email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.345.2238 to learn more.
- StreetLight Community Ministries has re-opened their Food Pantry, but donations of nonperishable food are desperately needed so they can continue giving aid to our homeless and impoverished neighbors during this pandemic. Donations will be accepted every Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am. Please email email@example.com to learn more.
If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call our wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William at 703.369.5292. You can also visit our website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.
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