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Getting Involved

Transportation for seniors or preschool for the needy? Afterschool programs or mental health services?

What do you think is the greatest need in our community?

The Rappahannock United Way wants to know your thoughts. The agency will hold several townhall meetings, asking what goals RUW should be working on in the next 10 years.

Staff will use the results to decide where donations will go.

There are several ways you can participate, including attending and participating in community meetings. Community meetings will be held the following dates and times at these locations:

  • Thursday, Sept. 23, from 7 – 8:30pm at the King George YMCA
  • Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 – 10:30am at the  Marshall Building in Spotsylvania

  • Thursday, Oct. 7, from 7 – 8:30pm at the  Rowser Building in Stafford

  • Friday, Oct. 15, from 3 – 4:30pm at the  Rappahannock United Way Building off State Route 2

  • Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7 – 8:30pm at  Bowling Green Baptist Church

You can also attend a telephone meeting, host a meeting or submit thoughts to the RUW blog.

For details, visit:

And here’s a volunteer opportunity:

An area agency will train people to advocate for abused and neglected children. Rappahannock Area Court Appointed Special Advocates will hold a training session Oct. 2–23.

To learn more about how to make a positive impact in the life of a child, contact Rappahannock Area Court Appointed Special Advocates at 540/710-6199 or visit


  • John Pearce

    The Spotsylvania Vol. Rescue Squad really need members to volunteer. If you want to make a difference, or maybe save a life this is a great way to volunteer in the community. My son just joined and he is 16 years old. He is taking a class to be a Emergency Medical Technician. He said its not that hard, maybe he will save a life one day. Whats a great way to volunteer and serve your community !