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Youth Volunteering

Catching up on a story which ran Wednesday about youth volunteering: I mentioned that many groups want volunteers ages 15 and older. Shelby Beck, volunteer coordinator for the Rappahannock United Way, suggested younger volunteers do projects from home: hold drives, assemble kits or lunches, etc. Here are a few ideas–they come from a list Beck gave me and information I picked up while interviewing area charity directors:

I included links, but here are the phone numbers for agencies listed above:

SERVE: 540/288-9603

Thurman Brisben: 540/899-9853

The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank: 540/371-7666

Micah Ecumenical Ministries: 540/479-4116 

Project Link: 540/891-3132

Downtown Greens:  540/371-7315

Friends of the Rappahannock: 540/373-3448 

American Red Cross, Rappahannock Chapter: 540/735-0500

Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity: 540/891-5009

 Want more ideas? Try the Rappahannock United Way at 540/373-0041.