News Maker Joanne Kosyk of CCAP wraps up Camping for Hunger

News Maker Joanne Kosyk, Executive Director of Front Royal-Warren County CCAP, speaks with Ryan Rutherford to recap the 15th Annual Camping for Hunger.

She provides the final donation results including over $17,500 in monetary contributions and over 14,300 pounds of food.

Joanne also highlights how many people will benefit from the food drive and how it will support their efforts through the entire year.

Since 2008, Camping for Hunger has helped gather 204,000 pounds of food with monetary donations nearing $152,500.

To hear Joanne’s news maker, click here.

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News Maker Joanne Kosyk of CCAP wraps up Camping for Hunger

News Maker Joanne Kosyk, Executive Director of Front Royal-Warren County CCAP, speaks with Ryan Rutherford to recap the 15th Annual Camping for Hunger.

She provides the final donation results including over $17,500 in monetary contributions and over 14,300 pounds of food.

Joanne also highlights how many people will benefit from the food drive and how it will support their efforts through the entire year.

Since 2008, Camping for Hunger has helped gather 204,000 pounds of food with monetary donations nearing $152,500.

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Camping for Hunger is wrapping up

Camping for Hunger Food Drive is wrapping up this morning, thank you to everyone who contributed this year.

A big thanks to Dominion Ridge Academy whose students packed up all the donations but also donated over 2200 pounds of nonperishable foods and household items this year with their 7-week themed collection.

Final totals will be announced next week.

Without all of you we couldn’t have made this event a success.

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REC awards $101,000 to local nonprofits

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the recipients of their bi-annual Power of Change Awards.

Through the Power of Change, member owners at REC voluntarily support nonprofits for those in need.

Over $101,000 was awarded to 24 nonprofits in the community this fall.

Some of those recipients include:

  • The 2 for 2 Foundation in Winchester which received $5,000 for their Swim Literacy Program
  • BRAWS, or Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters, in Frederick County received over $6,000 to provide undergarments and personal supplies for women and girls in need
  • Literacy Volunteers- Winchester Area was the recipient of $7,500 for their Family Literacy Program
  • Faithworks Winchester accepted $4,000 to supplement out of the ordinary and unexpected financial burdens for low income families and individuals
  • Living by His Grace Ministries in Front Royal received $5,000 to prevent the exploitation of children in the community
  • Front Royal/Warren County CCCAP’s Family Resource Center computer station acquired $1,500 through the program.

Applications for the Spring edition of The Power of Change opens on December 8th with the deadline to apply on February 10th, 2024.

REC members looking to give back to the community can participate by making a one time donation, enrolling in a set monthly amount, or rounding up on their monthly bill.

To learn more about The Power of Change or apply, click here.

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Camping for hunger begins Monday

Frost has started to settle on the cars overnight, so that must mean that it is time for Camping for Hunger to begin.

Kick off will begin on Monday, November 13th for the News at Noon.

The River 95.3 radio station crew will be manning the bus 24/7 until November 17th.

They pull out early Saturday morning to deliver all donations to C-Cap.

Non perishable foods, money and gift cards can be dropped off anytime during the week.

Hope to see you all there!

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Gearing up for the 15th year of Camping for Hunger

For the 15th consecutive year, The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 will be hosting
‘Camping for Hunger,’ from Monday, November 13th through Saturday, November 18th to collection of food & monetary donations as well as raise awareness of hunger in the northern Shenandoah Valley.
Since 2008, donation totals for the Camping for Hunger Project have exceeded 190,000 pounds of food and supplies such as personal hygiene items and over $135,000 in cash and gift cards.
On average, the total amount of food and money collected each year provides approximately six months’ worth of food for C-Cap’s pantry program.
On-air personalities Lonnie Hill, Randy Woodward, Ryan Rutherford and Scott Bradley along with station owner, Andrew Shearer and other staff members will again take to sleeping on the bus, which will be parked at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center.
During the week-long camp-out event, The River 95.3 will broadcast live asking for community support and donations for Front Royal/Warren County C-Cap’s food pantry. In-person collections will take place during Camping Week at the bus and at area businesses and organizations.

A list of drop-off locations can be found by click here, along with an
online donation link, direct to C-CAP.
Royal Broadcasting President, Andrew Shearer commented, “For the 15th year, my staff and our neighbors will sacrifice a little of themselves, with either money, non-perishable food, or their time to help those in need. C-CAP has indicated they have seen a nearly 100% increase in requests for assistance in 2023.”
“Our partners for the past 14 years have included the Front Royal Police Department, Warren
County Fire & Rescue, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Warren County Government,
Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Century Link, Dominion Ridge Academy, and C-CAP. These
organizations help us with the set-up and resources necessary to undertake such a large event. Numerous local companies host in-house food drives, which helps add to the totals and support. All donations stay in our local community,” according to Shearer.
The River 95.3 and WFTR/Fox Sports 1450 are committed to continuing to serve the community through direct-involvement events and activities. For more information, contact the station: 540- 635-4121; email: campingforhunger@theriver953.com or visit

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News Maker Rebecca Layman on a C-CAP food drive

Middletown will host a food drive for the Frederick County C-CAP with an exciting event on Church Street starting at 5 p.m. Fri. Oct. 14.

We spoke to Middletown’s Town Manager Rebecca Layman about the event in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Rebecca tells us that you can bring a nonperishable food item to Church Street by 5 Fri.

She also tells us that there will be the added incentive of a Civil War battle reenactment at the same time.

Rebecca also tells us that the plan for the night of Oct. 15 and of a special announcement to be made Oct. 27.

Click here for Rebecca’s interview.

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C-Cap of Winchester Frederick County opens the Freedege

Used by permission Frederick County Virginia Government

The Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) of Winchester Frederick County announced the opening of the Freedege.

As you might imagine this is a Free Refrigerator that holds fresh produce for those in need.

C-Cap and several other organizations have made the Freedege possible 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

The Freedege is located at the Our Health Campus 419 North Cameron Street in Winchester.

That location was chosen because of the amount of traffic and the 24 7 security.

Anyone in need is able to access the Freedege and take what they need.

The organizers of the Freedege are asking that if you can donate food you are welcome to do that by simply dropping it off.

There is also a need to monitor the Freedege and help to keep it clean and produce fresh.

If you are able to become a part of  the Freedege Clean Crew connect here.

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The first volunteer fair is scheduled for Sat. 5/14

Library Laptop and Hot spot Lending Program

Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) and the Wednesday Group are hosting the first Warren County Volunteer Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

The fair was announced at the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce website to be held at Samuel’s Public Library.

Nonprofits that will be there include Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Warren Coalition and more.

Any nonprofits interested in participating in the fair should contact Samuel’s Public Library in Front Royal.

Contact Michelle Toss at Samuel’s Public Library at (540) 635-3153.

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Middletown Battle of Church St. CCAP collection event is today 10/15

christmas parade canceled

Tonight Oct.15 the Battle of Church Street Foraging event begins in Middletown to benefit CCAP of Winchester.

According to the town’s social media page canned goods will be collected starting at 5:15 p.m..

Participants can bring their donations to the town office on Church St. for a prime seat for the reenactment.

Luminaries are going to be lit along the streets of Middletown tomorrow night Oct. 16 to honor those lost in the battle of Cedar Creek as well.

There will be 964 luminaries lit one for each soldier lost in the 1864 battle.

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