On Thursdays and Fridays at The Glebe, you will find resident volunteers working in The Glebe’s Thrift Shop. The items in the shop are donated by residents, employees and friends and families of both. Sales from the shop provide funds for the Residents’ Council. The shop volunteers recommended that a portion of the funds raised go to charities in local communities.
For several years, the Botetourt Food Pantry, an outreach ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Fincastle, has received gifts from the shop’s proceeds. The Residents’ Council voted to support the Botetourt Food Pantry with a gift of $500 this year and $500 in February 2013.
In addition, the Wounded Warriors Project was selected in 2012 to receive support of $1,000 and this amount was also given in 2013. An eight-year recipient of support is the Botetourt Fuel Assistance Fund with a gift $500 in December 2013 and again in February 2014. Since the majority of the items in the shop are purchased by employees, last year the Residents’ Council established an Employee Scholarship of $1,000 to be given annually.
Though many of the residents of The Glebe move from out of the area, they quickly adopt Daleville and the surrounding communities as their home, joining local churches and volunteering and providing financial support for numerous charitable organizations. As exemplified by many people of the generations residing at The Glebe, supporting ones’ neighbors and friends comes very naturally to these residents. They are pleased to provide funds personally as well as through the Residents’ Council for the benefit of their neighbors in Botetourt County and the surrounding area.
For others who would like to support these projects, donations of canned food for the Botetourt Food Pantry are accepted at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and checks may be sent to the church at P. O. Box 277 (111 Roanoke Road), Fincastle, VA 24090, and Chairman Martha Rodgers may be contacted at 540-597-0025.
Gifts to the Wounded Warriors Project may be made through woundedwarriorsproject.org or checks may be mailed to Wounded Warriors Program, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Checks to the Botetourt Fuel Assistance Program may be made payable to the Botetourt Department of Social Services and mailed to Marianne Baldwin, Botetourt Department of Social Services, P. O. Box 99, Daleville, VA 24083. Mrs. Baldwin may be contacted at 540-591-5960, Ext. 302.
Support for these worthy causes is always appreciated, and at this time of the year, the needs are great and support is especially meaningful.
The Glebe is a ministry of Virginia Baptist Homes, a not-for-profit organization operating continuing care retirement communities in Virginia located in Daleville, Culpeper, Richmond and Newport News.
Submitted by Monica Hillery