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Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) Fundraiser Walk


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team up + fundraise + walk for WATTS in Winchester, VA!

Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) Fundraiser Walk

FEBRUARY 25, 2023

WATTS is excited to host a new event for Winchester, VA – our first annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) Walk! It’s a FUNdraiser that culminates in a Walk which happens every year in February in cities all over North America. The walk is held in February (a typically snowy and often frigid month) to allow folks to step outside the warmth and comfort of home and experience a little bit of what it might be like to be homeless – the purpose of the walk is to raise awareness and funds for people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. It works similar to Relay for Life or the Out of the Darkness Walk to fight suicide, where you commit to walk and ask family, friends, etc. to sponsor your mileage. Sign up to join us today! We need walkers, teams, volunteers, and donors! ANYONE can participate in this event – the routes (choose the 2k or 5k) are within Winchester city limits, on sidewalks, with easy intersections. Click either image or the button below to go to our CNOY site where you can register. We hope you’ll join us to raise funds for the homeless that we serve!

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorship in the Coldest Night of the Year is a unique opportunity for businesses to reach a wider audience while aligning with a charity dedicated to supporting your community. WATTS relies on businesses like yours to continue our work. Consider a sponsorship today to bring hope to our city. Click here to learn more about sponsorship.

BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser!

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Our 2nd annual ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ walk will occur on Saturday, February 24, 2024 in downtown Winchester!  We’re walking in support of our homeless guests who always have to walk. Click the button to register to walk with us today and start fundraising for WATTS.  Our goal is to get 700+ walkers this year and we need YOU!  Grab some friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors and form your own team, or join our general WATTS team “WALKERS FOR WATTS!”

November 4, 2023 - March 30, 2024

Our Overnight Shelter Season begins Saturday, November 4, 2023.  View the ‘Shelter Schedule’ for details.
**There may be previous versions of our shelter schedule circulating, as well as brochures.  Always refer to the website for the most current information.**

Updated 1/6/24: *Schedule change/switch the first two weeks of February!*

Christ Episcopal is hosting the week of 2/3 – 2/10
First Presbyterian will host the week of 2/10 – 2/17
These are both downtown churches, so there is not a bus run either week – make sure to arrive at the correct church at 6pm.
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November 25, 2023 - March 29, 2024

Our daytime Warming Center is open!
Location is Market Street UMC (131 S. Cameron Street, Winchester.)
Hours are Monday – Saturday 7am-1pm and Sundays 12 noon – 5pm.
Open to anyone age 18 and over experiencing homelessness to come in from the cold.
Ring the bell at the Cork Street side door (pictured) for someone to come let you in.


Donations can be dropped off during operating hours too.


WATTS is on Facebook and Instagram!

In Their Own Words

WATTS is a lifesaver – I feel safe and have met new friends. I really don’t know where I would be without WATTS – lonely and hungry for sure. Just the fact that you remembered my name means a lot. I will get my SSI in August, hope to get my knees fixed and get a job and my own place. It has been 3 years since I lost my job and house – WATTS has helped me get through this time – I have hope.
WATTS gives us a degree of hope and worth – hopelessness and uselessness are predominant feelings when you are in this situation – to see the human generosity and Christian charity among the WATTS volunteers gives a feeling of hope and worth. WATTS has kept me safe – it is really rough out in the woods and not always safe. WATTS is really a good program – I am nourished and kept warm and WATTS gives many of us a feeling of belonging when we are often treated as outcasts.
Without the help of WATTS I may not be living right now – I’m not sure I would have made it this far through the cold. WATTS was there when I was down and out – they helped me through some days when I could not help myself. After the shelter closes I will be stable, I have a job and have been able to save some money. Yes, WATTS has truly been a blessing – it has helped me in so many ways.
If it wasn’t for WATTS I would have froze to death a couple of times. WATTS is really great, for all of these volunteers to give their time up to help us means a LOT to everyone in the program. Thank you for all you do.