Local Charities We Support

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These local organizations are working to make our community a better home for everyone.

Thanks to our clients, we are blessed to be in a position where we have the time and resources to help others.

Since WE LIVE HERE – WE GIVE HERE. Small charities in our own backyard tend to have low administrative cost, but high impact services for our community friends in need. We see the benefits first hand.

We encourage you to follow our lead and provide support of money, time or talent to these organizations – or a charity of your own choosing.  In whatever capacity you might be able to help, someone else’s life is being touched when they need it the most.
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Dakota’s Dream

 

The mission is to rehabilitate, educate, assess, and match pets to people. We hope to work within the community to encourage adoption, spaying, and neutering, and be advocates for the animals!

Dakota’s Story:
We received information that there was a dog breeder who had decided to move out of state. The information stated that they had left behind several cats, two dogs, and a rabbit. A group of volunteers went up to assess the situation and discovered that there were indeed animals in need. That evening we set out humane traps for the cats and captured some immediately. We also took the rabbit and one of the dogs.

Returning the next morning, we took the rest of the cats that were in the traps. One of the cats appeared to be injured. Her mouth was unable to close properly and she was clearly drooling and having difficulty eating. She was taken immediately to the vet where an x-ray showed that she had been shot in the jaw by a bb gun. Surgery was scheduled and fundraising began to save her life.

During the surgery the bb was removed, however, repairing her jaw was going to be difficult. The vet indicated that the surgery may not hold and she might need to be fed. He also indicated that he was unclear about her quality of life but would do the surgery. One individual was notified and decided to have the cat put down.

The reason that Dakota’s Dream began was to ensure that every cat received the best chance at life. That no one person would determine the future of a cat. An animal’s health would be reviewed with the vets by at least two volunteers and, if necessary, a second vet opinion would be obtained.

The person who had been fostering Dakota felt that she had a strong will to live and could have survived after surgery. Before surgery, she had been able to get her to eat and she was extremely friendly in spite of the pain she was in.

The other five cats, the rabbit, and the one dog all found great homes. Sadly when we went to go back for the second dog he had passed away.

Dakota’s memory will live on in every animal we rescue and give them the opportunity for a better life.  Learn more

 

 

 

Henry & William Evans Home for Children, Inc.

 

 

Since 1977, more than 500 children have called the Henry and Williams Evans Home for Children home. 

The fortunate children who come to the Evans Home are provided with everything necessary to do more than survive the suffering of their pasts. Here they live with children like themselves, attending to the same painful process of recovery, and together they begin to trust, to embrace their lives, and to have faith in the future. Everyone who assists the Evans Home touches their lives and contributes to this magical transformation. When Evans Home children witness the efforts of volunteers to ensure the well-being of others, they begin to believe in the kindness of those who believe in them. Daily life at the Evans Home allows children to manage their own time and activities within a structured, but not strictly regimented, atmosphere. Expectations are clear and routines are predictable, but as with all families, collective obligations come down to individual responsibilities.

It is through the day to day life of the Home that Evans Home children develop the mutual respect and sense of belonging that allows them to grow and progress in all areas of their lives.  They are now scattered throughout society, in trade schools and colleges, working in various professions, raising families, and contributing to their communities. They are creating their own histories, thanks to the history that became the Henry and William Evans Home for Children. Learn more

 

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Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter

 

Providing Shelter During Cold-Weather

WATTS is a non-profit, charitable organization (501c3) that provides a safe, temporary, overnight, cold-weather shelter for homeless guests at host sites in Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties, Virginia. Established in 2009 WATTS has grown from hosting homeless guests for 10 weeks to hosting our guests for a 20 week period during the months of November through March.

Area faith communities and service organizations host up to 35 adult homeless guests from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM for seven nights, beginning on a Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. and concluding on the following Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. A healthy, nutritious dinner and a light breakfast are provided each day. Support: Area Faith communities, businesses, and service organizations, along with many benevolent individuals, provide the necessary funding, along with offerings of time, talent, and gifts-in-kind. WATTS lodges and provides meals for about $17 per person, per night. Learn more

 

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Congregational Community Action Project

 

 

Providing Financial, Material and Supportive Assistance to People in Need

CCAP is a non-profit, faith-based, charitable organization that is funded by area churches, a synagogue, businesses, civic groups, bequests, and private individuals. We receive no funding from local, state, or federal government agencies nor are we funded by the United Way. A cooperative ministry of 45 area churches and one synagogue serving Winchester and Frederick County that have joined together to provide financial, material, and supportive assistance to people in need.

CCAP’s motivation is a strong desire to do God’s work in a world filled with very human needs. As an all-volunteer organization with absolutely no paid staff, we are able to put 97% of every dollar donated right back into the community. The remaining 3% is used for postage, insurance, office administration, and telephone expenses.

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