Volunteer Sign-Up Form: WATTS at OPC – Dec 26, 2021-Jan 02, 2022

Opequon Presbyterian Church WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter)

Opequon Presbyterian Church
December 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Whether you have volunteered with WATTS in the past or this will be your first time, THANK YOU! This season, we will be located at the Opequon Presbyterian Church again. The address is 217 Opequon Church Ln.

You MUST be 18 or older to volunteer with WATTS.

If you have any questions or problems, please call 540-514-7218 or email me at execdirector@watts-homelessshelter.org.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form: Christmas at WATTS – Dec 18-26, 2021

Market Street United Methodist Church
WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter)

Market Street UMC
December 18-26, 2021

Whether you have volunteered with WATTS in the past or this will be your first time, THANK YOU! This season, we will be located at the old First United Methodist Church again. The address is 308 N. Braddock Street, at the corner of Fairfax and Braddock. We are located in the back of the church.

You MUST be 18 or older to volunteer with WATTS.

If you have any questions or problems, please call 540-514-7218 or email me at execdirector@watts-homelessshelter.org.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form: Mission Week – Nov 12-21, 2021

Market Street United Methodist Church
WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter)

Market Street UMC Host Week November 13-21, 2021

To experienced volunteers and to those volunteering for the first time, we look forward to working with each of you during our mission week. We will be hosting up to 35 adult men and women at the old First United Methodist Church, 308 North Braddock Street, and this requires many, many hands to get the job done. If you have any questions about the mission or volunteering, please email us by visiting our contact page.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER.

Thank you,
Robyn Miller & Sharon Henshaw

The Marion Schottelkorb Volunteer of the Year Award

Celebrating the Heart to Serve

Do you know a volunteer who has given their heart to our homeless?

WATTS is powered by volunteers, and each year we celebrate a volunteer who is making a difference in our organization and the homeless community we support. The Marion Schottelkorb Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has made a significant contribution to WATTS.

In August, the recipient will be honored at the annual WATTS dinner. The winner will receive a trophy, a name plate on a plaque in the WATTS’ office, and their name will be included in press releases and the WATTS website.

If you know a volunteer we need to celebrate, please fill out the nomination.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1puYXasdWxzFGEFLIb3cPMnLXOxCsDk5uQjbSe3UToY8/edit

All applications must be received by June 30, 2019 by 11:59 pm.

Meet Our Amazing Bus Czar – Graham Taylor

So where to begin telling you about this gracious, giving man? Graham has a long history of working with the homeless. He says, “helping with the homeless effort is in his blood”. He was a Homeless Coordinator for the Department of Social Services in Maryland; has been chair of the COC and has helped with a women and children’s shelter in Front Royal, VA.

After 47 years of marriage, Graham’s wife passed away 7 years ago. God’s Amazing Grace lead him to Opequon Presbyterian Church where he joined a grief support group but Graham’s involvement in this group was only a part of God’s plan for him. In the fall of 2010 Pastor David Witt introduced Graham to Opequon Church’s lead volunteer for WATTS. Kendra quickly put a very willing Graham to work. Graham served as an overnight volunteer then teamed with Kendra as co-lead volunteer for WATTS. Upon Kendra’s move to North Carolina several years ago, Graham, of course, stepped up as lead volunteer.

Graham was not quite content to just serve as lead volunteer, his passion for working with the homeless lead him to attend committee meetings and board meetings. In addition to serving on numerous teams at Opequon Presbyterian Church Graham is also a WATTS Board member and Chair of our Operations Committee.

I cannot express my gratitude to Graham for all that he has done to support WATTS and to support me. I do have to say that one of the things I am most grateful for was his willingness to be our “BUS CZAR”!! I am clueless when it comes to bus knowledge other than it is big, yellow and has a go peddle and a stop peddle – REALLY!!!!

Graham helped “vet” the bus, taking an entire day to travel to Lynchburg with a mechanic. He has coordinated bus moves, making sure the bus is where it is supposed to be and that drivers are returned to their vehicles. He makes sure the bus is running, responding to driver concerns and coordinating necessary repairs. He even responded, without complaint, to my early morning call – “What happens when gasoline not diesel is put into a bus”. (I did say I knew nothing about buses). THAT was an OH, OH moment but handled it was! As was the most recent early AM call “Graham you are not going to believe this one”. Our bus was broken into and vandalized. Czar Graham was on the scene, handled all issues, within a week the situation was addressed at very minimal costs. He even got a lock placed on the door and a bike rack installed in the process!

So I am VERY grateful that God’s plan for Graham was to send him to WATTS and I really look forward to continuing to work with him. Thank you – I love you BUS CZAR!