News Maker Todd Jones on Warren County coming together

Warren County congratulates C-CAP on the conclusion of a successful Camping For Hunger (CFH) campaign.

We spoke to Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones about it in our latest news maker.

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Todd tells us how proud the Warren County Government is at the Community’s effort to support the CFH.

He also tells us of the upcoming Christmas activities on the way.

Todd also teases of all the new things to expect in 2023.

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News Maker Joanne Koszyk on final figures from CFH

The donations collected at the bus itself from the week of Camping For Hunger (CFH) have been calculated.

We spoke with the Executive Director of the Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) Joanne Koszyk in our latest news maker.

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Joanne gives us the final numbers from the week on the CFH bus.

She also expresses her and all of C-CAP’s gratitude for a tremendous community effort.

Joanne also explains that donations are still being accepted here.

The River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 owner staff and management are also very grateful for the Community support of the annual week long CFH campaign again this year.

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C-CAP’s President Thanks the community for their support

Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) President Larry Elliott by email thanked the community for this year’s support of the Camping For Hunger Campaign.

The week long campaign wrapped up Sat. Nov. 19 at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.

Elliott went on to add that this year’s cash to food pounds ratio may be the most value ever taken in.

Monetary donations offer C-CAP the added value of flexibility for their clients.

Elliott called the 14 annual Camping For Hunger campaign a terrific week and will allow C-CAP to get to next November with better ability to serve more clients more often.

All donations go directly to C-CAP of Front Royal Warren County with the monetary donations enabling the organization to provide 40,000 meals and cover six months of supporting local people in need.

The River 953 Fox Sports Radio 1450 owner and President Andrew Shearer by email said he is humbled by the community support of the yearly campaign.

Shearer noted that since 2008 the community has contributed over 190,000 pounds of food and nearly $125,000.

Monetary donations can still be offered at ourccap.org to the 501-c3 nonprofit with a link here.

The final figures for this year’s Camping For Hunger will be available Nov. 23 with C-CAP Executive Director Joanne Koszyk at 8:30 a.m. on the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450.

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Thank You for your support of Camping For Hunger

Thanks to the community’s efforts the Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) of Front Royal Warren County will have enough supplies to last into the spring of 2023.

Through the Camping for Hunger campaign the community raised in unofficial numbers 7 tons of food and almost $14,000 in funds to support C-CAP.

The donations will enable C-CAP to provide much needed food and funds to those in need in the Front Royal Warren County area.

Items and funds are still being counted and a final numbers are expected before Thanksgiving.

We are talking with C-CAP’s Executive Director Joanne Koszyk Wednesday morning with the final figures in the effort.

C-CAP The River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 are grateful for the community’s response to this important campaign.

Safe and secure donations to C-CAP are always welcome and can be made anytime here.

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News Maker Todd Jones on Warren Co.’s Help with Camping for Hunger

Warren County is working with the River 953 Fox Sports Radio 1450 Camping for Hunger (CFH) campaign.

We spoke with Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones in our latest news makers.

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Todd tells us the plan for Government, Fire and Rescue and Sheriff’s Office efforts to collect nonperishable food items for CFH and C-Cap.

He also tells us the efforts go on through Nov. 18 and they have a little contest going.

Todd also tells us of the upcoming festivities for the Christmas season.

Find out about CFH and making a secure donation  here.

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Camping for Hunger: A Conversation About Community Health

community health needs assessments valley health

Today’s conversation on The Valley Today with host, Janet Michael about Valley Health’s Community Health Needs Assessments was pretty eye-opening and insightful. It is part of a community health partnership with Valley Health where Janet talks each month with administrators, physicians, and other Valley Health staff about health topics, events, and the community. Click here to listen to the conversation.

Joining Janet today was Jason Craig, Director of Community Health for Valley Health. He highlighted his professional journey which includes direct experience in social service, education, behavioral health, and healthcare.

They discussed the value of Community Health Needs Assessments to identify and address all the needs surrounding community health. Every three years Valley Health conducts Community Health Needs Assessments for each of their hospitals, identifying priority health needs in the communities they serve. They work with health departments, United Way and other nonprofit agencies, local government officials and other key community stakeholders to learn where gaps in services exist and to identify priorities for action. Each hospital then develops implementation strategies for addressing the identified needs. The draft is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks at which time it will be made public. The results from previous CHNAs can be found by clicking here.

Jason gave examples of the many partnerships they’ve formed with nonprofits, Shenandoah University and other organizations across our communities. He talked of programs focused on workforce development, mental health, substance use, homelessness, and food insecurity. He highlighted a recent $1 million grant awarded to Page Memorial Hospital from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program to remediate the impact of COVID-19 and improve health and access to care in Page County.

The pair also spent some time discussing all the social determinants that play a major role in community health. He spoke of a University of Wisconsin study that highlighted social determinants such as access to healthcare, health behaviors (tobacco use, diet and exercise, alcohol use); physical environment (access to healthy foods, quality of housing, crime and violence); and socioeconomic (education, job status, social support, family support, income, community safety.) He explained that those social determinants can be broken down into five major areas: neighborhood and build environment, health and healthcare, social and community context, education and economic stability.

News Maker Michael McKee of BRAFB on feeding the hungry

Food insecurity is a valley and nationwide problem.

We spoke with Blue Ridge Area Food Bank CEO Michael McKee about fighting the problem in our latest news maker.

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Michael explains the logistics of trying to battle food insecurity across the valley.

He explains how many miles are involved in bringing food to pantries and food banks in the valley.

Michael also tells us how we can help with efforts like our Camping for Hunger campaign.

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News Maker Terry Fritts on WCSO support of CFH

The entire Community helps with the River 953 Fox Sports Radio 1450 Camping for Hunger (CFH) Campaign and we thank you all.

We spoke with Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO)  representative Sergeant Terry Fritts about their support in our latest news maker.

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Terry tells us that WCSO will meet with those wishing to donate this Friday Nov. 18 at the Walmart in Front Royal.

Deputies with, your help will look to stuff a cruiser with nonperishable food items.

He also tells us that the WCSO will look for donations of warm clothing as well.

Terry has a few other activities that the WCSO has in store for the month of November.

We thank you all for the support of CFH.

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Camping for Hunger 2022 opens at the Royal Plaza

Camping for hunger ribbon cutting permission to use it by C-Cap Director Joanne Koszyk

It is official as the ribbon cutting took place at the Camping for Hunger bus which is now open at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center through Nov. 19.

The River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 are currently collecting nonperishable food items, monetary donations, personal hygiene items and food gift cards through the period.

The annual campaign helps Front Royal Warren County C-Cap help those in need through the entire winter thanks to the community.

Individuals, corporations and organizations help to support the effort every year and we and C-Cap are grateful for all and any donations.

A safe secure donation can be made right now either at the River 953 dot com or at the Camping for Hunger bus at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center 24 hours a day.

We thank you all for your donations in helping C-Cap and your friends and neighbors.

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FRWC C-CAP open new facility readies for Camping for Hunger

Picture taken by Scott Bradley Hesson at ribbon cutting of C-Cap used by permission

Front Royal Warren County’s Congregational Community Action Project (FRWC C-Cap) officially opened their new facility at 400 Kendrick Lane Front Royal with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 11.

The new facility offers more room for food from Camping for Hunger and more services for those in need in the community.

Nov. 14 at noon at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon cutting at the River 953 Fox Sports radio 1450 Camping for Hunger bus.

That is when collections of nonperishable food and monetary donations will begin for the week long 14 annual camping for hunger campaign.

The campaign helps C-Cap stock much needed supplies to last through the winter months and is made possible by the generosity of our community members.

The River 953 and Sports Radio 1450 Thanks the community for their continued support of this important effort.

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