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Pouches Learns about Service Leadership

Three years ago, Leadership Fredericksburg alumni Matt Mitchell (’11) and Jennifer Mackowski (’11) and Next Generation board member Phil Leonhardt attended a Chamber of Commerce Next Generation meeting as usual. Luckily for area high school students belonging to Key Club, the speaker at that meeting, Kiwanis Club board member Roger Keddie, persuaded all three to step up and revitalize the Fredericksburg Kiwanis Club, the sponsor for area high school Key Clubs.

Key Club is an international student-led organization offering opportunities to teens to provide service, build character and develop leadership. The Fredericksburg chapter was formed in 1923.

Mitchell, Mackowski, and Leonhardt were happy to take on the challenge.

“Our experience with Leadership Fredericksburg and the Chamber NextGen board prepared us to encourage students to step forward to help their communities,” says Kiwanis Treasurer Matt Mitchell. “We were impressed by the Kiwanis mission to help high school students discover their leadership qualities.”

Since 2014, all three Chamber members have served as President of the club. The club now has 20 active adult members and supports 5 local Key Clubs, including one of the largest in the Capital Area at Stafford Senior High School.

These young students work hard to change their communities for the better. Stafford Senior High Key Club has focused on the Relay for Life event to eliminate cancer. James Monroe High School has worked to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus deaths through the international Eliminate Project.

What is Service Leadership?
Service leadership is the powerful force that occurs once people discover their heart to serve, answer their call to lead and exercise the courage to engage.
It's the premier level of social contribution.

At the June meeting, Aiden Gossett, Key Club Lt. Governor for the Capital Area and a rising Senior at Stafford Senior High, announced that Capital Area Key Clubs’ focus for next year will be supporting area Boys and Girls Clubs.
The Kiwanis Club’s impact on the community is impressive:

  • In December 2016, Kiwanis rang the bell for the Salvation Army red kettles. Their one day contribution of $18,569.47 was the highest in the region.
  • In April 2017, over 20 Key Club students from James Monroe High School, Stafford Senior High, Brooke Point High School and Chancellor High School collected over 700 pounds of trash from Old Mill Park to Bragg Hill Road.
  • The annual golf tournament, just completed in May, raised over $10,000 for scholarships for local Key Club graduates.
  • In 2016, the local Club and the Kiwanis Foundation contributed $30,000 to find activities and provide financial support for young men and women in the community.

If you are interested in joining, check out kiwanisoffredericksburg.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Kiwanis Club members clean up the Rappahannock River region

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Pouches Celebrates Surprise $20,000 Grant to Friends of the Rappahannock

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Pouches is ready to kayak on the beautiful Rappahannock River. She’s also ready to learn more about how she can protect the river’s health using the Friends of the Rappahannock new River Report Card, sponsored by a surprise grant from the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region (CFRRR)

The CFRRR voted unanimously to award its first Visionary Grant in the category of Environment to Friends of the Rappahannock to create a River Report Card – an information and awareness tool that will deliver highly accessible local data about the state of the Rappahannock.

The foundation’s review committee selected Friends of the Rappahannock because its River Report Card has the potential to influence the quality of life in our region in the near future and for generations to come. The nonprofit’s staff demonstrates excellent expertise in their field and is equipped to support citizens who wish to take action for clean water.

“If I could sum it up in a few words, it’s a culture of clean water. I want people to recognize we have this incredible resource and we have to take care of it!” said Kathy Harrigan, Friends of the Rappahannock Executive Director.
Going forward, The Community Foundation will award grants to three more nonprofits in the categories of Arts, Human Services and Education.

- See more at: http://www.cfrrr.org/about-us-and-our-initiatives/news-events/breaking-news-the-community-foundation-awards-surprise-20000-grant-to-frien

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Pouches Rides for a Good Cause

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (BACA) exists to create a safer environment for abused children by empowering children to not feel afraid of their world. Imagine how an abused child feels when a group of large bikers rides up to their house, inducts them into their club and then escorts them to court to testify against their abuser.

BACA member Shadow says, “we exist to fill a hole that the therapists and attorneys can’t fill once the child has to go home. We will stay outside that child’s home until the child feels safe.” BACA lends support to their wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. They work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. They send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of their organization, and that they are prepared to lend their physical and emotional support to them by affiliation and by their physical presence. They stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse.

They do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner; however, if circumstances arise such that they are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, they stand ready to be that obstacle.

To contact Bikers Against Child Abuse (NOVA chapter), call their help line at 571-279-8908, or visit bacaworld.org.

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St Baldrick’s Foundation

St Baldrick’s Foundation began in 2000 over a simple idea – shave a colleague’s beautiful hair while also raising money for kids with cancer. And now this Foundation has funded over $200 million worth of research to cure pediatric
cancer. In 2015, the FDA approved a treatment that offers a higher chance of a cure for high-risk neuroblastoma patients because of that research.

Money is raised around the country every March and Paddy’s Steakhouse and Pub on Route 610 in Stafford will host its 15th annual St. Baldrick’s event on Sunday, March 12. The first event was in 2003. Rock Hill Fire Department asked them to partner with them and they took it over a few years later. Now 15 years later, they’ve successfully raised over $415,000!

“We shave our hair now so that one day no child will have to lose theirs,” says Helen.

To learn more about St. Baldrick’s visit www.stbaldricks.com. And to learn more about our event search “Paddy’s Steakhouse and Pub”
or visit: www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/98/2017.

The event is family friendly with a clown, bake sale, a silent auction and door prizes! Hope to see you there!

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Rappahannock Goodwill Industries

Many of us may be familiar with our local Goodwill as a great location to shop or to donate, but have you ever given thought to how your donation or shopping dollars help our local community? Did you know that every square inch of every Goodwill facility supports the mission to link people with barriers to employment, especially those with disabilities, to work? Did you know that Goodwill provides free computer access and job search training to those in our area seeking employment?

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Rappahannock Goodwill Industries wants you to Rethink Goodwill. Be informed about what your donation is doing and find out other ways that you can help beyond a bag of clothing.

• Rappahannock Goodwill Job Help Centers are always in need of individuals with great communication skills and experience using computers to help others navigate today’s job market.
• Goodwill accepts donations of cars, vans and even boats!
• Support Goodwill through a financial contribution or through AmazonSmile.

Each month, Goodwill offers tours so visitors can get a first-hand look at the mission of Rappahannock Goodwill Industries and catch the excitement of all that Goodwill accomplishes. As stated by RGI’s President and CEO, Donnie Tolson “You haven’t seen Goodwill, unless you really see Goodwill.”

For more information on RGI and what you can do to help, read on for more information, or go to www.fredgoodwill.org.

What items does Goodwill accept for donations?
Goodwill can accept just about anything! Goodwill will gladly accept gently used clothing, household items, computers, and even automobiles, boats, RVs, and more! Since we do not have the resources to repair broken objects, please do not donate items which are in need of repair (except for vehicles which are accepted in any condition). There are some items we cannot accept including flammables, weapons, box style TVs, mattresses and box springs, furniture that is torn, broken, or stained, or any item that has been recalled. See the complete list at www.FredGoodwill.org.

What happens to the stuff I donate?
We process most items we receive at our donation centers. The items are sorted, price tagged, and then distributed to our stores for people to buy. If any items are not in good shape, we will attempt to sell them for recycling or they might have to be taken to the landfill.

How do my donations of household items and clothes actually help the community?
What you donate helps in a lot of different ways! We hire people to process all the items donated. We also hire associates to work in our stores. When stuff is sold, we use those revenues for hiring as well as to provide job assistance to people looking for jobs. We operate 4 Goodwill Job Help Centers in our region which provide free service to people looking for employment. These are funded in part through sales of donated items in our stores.

What is your mission?
We create jobs locally, prepare people to succeed at work, and help them overcome barriers to employment.

When you say, “barriers to employment” what do you mean?
A barrier to employment is anything that might be holding someone back from being able to enter the workforce or maintain a job. Someone with a barrier to employment might have a physical or cognitive disability, have a criminal record and be re-entering the world of work, or need assistance with literacy skills so they can complete a job application.

How can I help Goodwill besides donations of stuff?
We appreciate people donating their time to help in our literacy programs and/or our Job Help Centers. We also accept financial contributions which can be targeted to providing services to more people in our region.

How does RGI set pricing in its stores?
Even though items are donated to Goodwill, there are costs involved in the processing and sale of each item. And, as a not-for-profit organization, our mission is to help people with employment services. Therefore, we set our prices to cover our costs and allow us to provide job assistance to people in our region.

Are all Goodwill agencies the same throughout the country?
Each Goodwill agency is operated independently in the community they serve. Rappahannock Goodwill is a member agency of Goodwill Industries International which provides guidance and support and gives us the opportunity to use the Goodwill name.

How do you help someone find a job?
It really depends on the individual and their needs. We operate with a “person-centered” approach which means we assess the individual needing assistance and help them develop a plan for action. In some cases that means we give them advice on their resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills. Others need more intensive support, and in those cases we can provide an employment specialist who helps them find a job and continues to work with them to make sure they are successful in their employment.

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