Volunteer

Our biggest need is for families to become foster-to-adopt families.  Some other options for donations / volunteer opportunities are listed here.  Communicate with our community partners to connect with groups of people with a common interest in supporting fostering / adoption – Faces of Virginia website or  New Found Families facebook and  Foster Love Ministry.

Please contact us if you have other ideas of how you can help support the children in care.

Foster Children Fund

This is the easiest way for you to support the children in care, and it gives us the flexibility to meet each child’s specific / unique needs. Music, sports, tutors, camps and other experiences are needed to enrich young lives. This fund does just that (and only that!). And it has one basic means of support – donations from business, civic organizations, churches and individuals.

 

Make checks payable to Shenandoah Valley Social Services, memo line Foster Children Fund, and mail to Shenandoah Valley Social Services, Foster Children Fund, P.O. Box 7, Verona, VA 24482

 

SVSS operates the fund solely for public purposes as defined in IRS publication 526. Donations to this fund are tax deductible. Contact Heather Hudnall at 540-245-5869 or heather.hudnall@dss.virginia.gov for more information.

Christmas Project

Each year as autumn begins, we match Christmas gift donors (church, civic organization, business or individual) with children in care. Each child submits a wish list and donors buy and wrap several items from the list (within limits of affordability and availability)

 

Contact Heather Hudnall at 540-245-5869 or heather.hudnall@dss.virginia.gov for more information.

School Project

Each year in August we gather school supplies for the children in care. Recently, outreach programs from local churches have organized this project, so let us know if you want to participate or make donations intended only for school supplies.

 

Contact Heather Hudnall at 540-245-5869 or heather.hudnall@dss.virginia.gov for more information.

Adoption Ceremony

We hold events to celebrate each adoption. Sponsoring one of these ceremonies is another easy way to show support. A typical adoption ceremony would include the adoptive parents and children and others that were instrumental in the case. (case worker, CASA volunteer, judge, guardian ad litem, etc. ) Cake and juice would be provided and perhaps a memento of the occasion.

 

Contact Heather Hudnall at 540-245-5869 or heather.hudnall@dss.virginia.gov for more information.