Community briefs

May 29, 2009

Donate blood, salute military members

Through Sunday, May 31, when you come in to donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive or donor center, you can salute members of the U.S. armed forces while serving area patients in need of blood transfusions.

Through the end of May, Red Cross blood sites will offer greeting cards to thank U.S. military personnel for their service to the country.

Donors are encouraged to sign a greeting card. At the end of the blood drive the signed cards will be collected and returned to regional headquarters along with cards from other regional blood drives and then packaged for shipment to military units deployed from the 100-county blood region.

To find a Red Cross blood drive, go to, blood donation tab. To schedule a blood donation appointment where available call 800-448-3543.


Funding for projects

The Washington County Community Partnership is announcing the availability of One-Time Only Project Funds, which are available in Washington County in increments of $24,999 or less.

The project must impact one or more of the following areas, child abuse and neglect; juvenile delinquency; out-of-home placements; child poverty; substance abuse or mental health.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed and considered by the local management board. The opportunity will be ongoing as long as funding is available.

Go to for complete information.

Youth work camp

Chambersburg Project, Inc., a non-profit organization that makes free home repairs for the elderly, disabled, and low-income residents of Franklin County is accepting applications from home-owners in need of home repairs.

The repairs will be completed during a one- week, youth work camp from Sunday, July 12 to Friday, July 17. Repairs include roof repair or replacement, porch repairs, construction of wheelchair ramps, or exterior and interior painting.

Chambersburg Project, Inc. is also looking for teens and adults to participate in the annual work camp. Teens spend each night at a local school. No home repair skills are required as all work crews are supervised by skilled adults.

The cost for a teen to participate in the work camp is $175. The registration fee covers all lodging, three meals per day, and building supplies. The deadline for registering is Monday, June 1.

Homeowners who would like information or an application for repairs or for teens or adults who would like to participate can contact the Chambersburg Project Inc. at 717-261-0045 or e-mail

Home school conference set

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference (EPHSC) returns to Jefferson County on Saturday, June 6, at Covenant Church in Shepherdstown.

The one-day event offers workshops for parents of elementary-, middle-, and high-school students. Home educators will hear from nationally known speakers and regional experts during sessions on topics such as fine arts, writing, apprenticeships, entrepreneurial mindsets, time management, testing and portfolio reviews.

The conference will also feature a vendor hall and a used curriculum sale.

To register, go to

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