From Sunday, May 19, through Friday, May 24, Boys Home of Virginia hosted a fantastic group of volunteers on campus. The group consisted of six men from Trinity Episcopal Church, in Portsmouth, VA, led by Paul Radford. They arrived on Sunday in time for a picnic, had a short evening to relax, and then got right to work!
On Monday morning, the group began the restoration of an old fence around the cemetery in the lower field. With the help of Louis Sarratt, who is in charge of special projects at Boys Home, the group cleared the brush away from the site, disposed of the old chain-link fencing, righted the metal fence posts, capped them with wooden posts, and installed a gate and fence rails. Some volunteers even helped mill the fence rails!
The connection with Trinity in Portsmouth began several years ago, when Boys Home executive director Donnie Wheatley visited the church to spread the word about Boys Home. His visit led to a dialogue with the pastor, and later on led to a mission group traveling to Covington to volunteer on campus. Paul Radford was one of the first to attend, and he hasn’t missed a trip since.
“I just fell in love with Boys Home,” he says. In his five years of volunteering, he’s helped with repairing buildings on the farm, fencing, painting, rebuilding bleachers, and various garden and farm projects. This year’s group is primarily made up of retirees, four of whom have attended trips in previous years. Cameron Ballinger rounded out the group as the youngest participant, providing some new energy and earning volunteer hours toward his high school graduation next year. Boys Home is especially grateful for such dedicated help!
Boys Home of Virginia is sad to announce the death of Mr. Carl Blacke. He served at Boys Home for over 15 years in various capacities and was most recently a houseparent. The entire Boys Home community will miss the kindnesses that he extended to both students and staff.
The funeral will be Saturday, March 9 at Glasgow Baptist Church, 805 10th Street Glasgow, VA at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be 12-1 prior to funeral. Reception will take place at Community Center about a mile from the church.
On April 13, 2019, Boys Home of Virginia is hosting a new fundraising event, the Build-A-Better-Birdhouse Competition. The event will take place at Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. With 90 minutes on the clock, teams will race to construct and decorate the best birdhouses! Prizes will be awarded for best construction, best decoration, most original, and more. Teams are invited (but not required) to bring their own tools and decorations; Boys Home will provide safety equipment, materials to build a basic birdhouse, hand tools, a blueprint, and technical help if necessary.
The public is invited to attend. To register, call Colleen at (540) 965-7703, print and send in a registration form, or register online. Cost is $25 per team; a team consists of one or more people who work on the same birdhouse.
All proceeds go toward supporting the students and programs at Boys Home of Virginia. So gather up your team – family, friends, coworkers, etc., and come show off your construction skills and creativity!
Your donation helps provide education, housing, and basic living expenses for young men whose lives have been negatively impacted by poverty or family instability. Together, we can give each boy at Boys Home a second chance at success! Please help us reach our goal of $5,000.
On May 7, 2019, Boys Home will raffle off a beautiful quilt, done in various blue and turquoise pieces in a modified Around the World pattern. The quilt measures 90.5″ x 99,” and it will fit a queen sized bed. Executive Director Donnie Wheatley’s sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt for this year’s raffle.
Tickets are $5 each, or 10 for $45. To purchase, fill out the ticket below and send it in with your donation! To purchase via credit card, please call (540) 965-7703. Or, purchase tickets online here.
Boys Home student, Ben Commue was the first place winner for the VFW Patriot’s Pen Award. He received a certificate and monetary gift. This is Ben’s second consecutive year placing first for this award! Ben also received third place at the district level and will earn an additional monetary gift! Congratulations Ben!
Anita Proffitt is pictured with Alfred Paxton of the VFW. She was one of four finalists for the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. She received a certificate and a monetary gift. Congratulations Mrs. Proffitt! Thank you for all you do for Boys Home!