Help Out: May 5, 2013
Violins for painting
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Youth Symphony is collecting old violins to use in a fundraising project.
A dozen local artists have been selected to paint a violin during the summer; the painted instrument will be auctioned at a fall event. To donate a violin, contact painted violin project Chairwoman Helen Lodge at 304-925-8828.
In 2002, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra held a similar fundraiser with artists such as Betty Warner, Emily Roles and Roger Lucas painting violins that others had sponsored. More than $10,000 was raised.
Domestic violence victims
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Legal Aid and the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence are holding a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 9 at the Craik-Patton House on Kanawha Boulevard East.
The happy-hour event will have a gardening theme, with Master Gardeners selling plants. Attendees may also enjoy appetizers, drinks and the Pennington Project Band. The Women's Clubs of West Virginia have prepared baskets for a silent auction.
Proceeds will go to a fund to provide financial assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence who are rebuilding their lives. Money has been given from past events to buy textbooks, nursing scrubs, fix a car, pay for medical bills -- targeted funding in small but critical amounts to help victims overcome obstacles to rebuilding their lives.
Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door. Call 304-965-1448.
Shelter, pantry needs
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Covenant House Food Pantry and Manna Meal are in need of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce and noodles, corn bread mix, eggs, cooking oil, canned tuna, canned beans, pancake mix and syrup and toilet paper.
The Drop-In Center at Covenant House is out of many items, including shampoo (full and travel size), deodorant, body soap, diapers (all sizes), razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
They also need socks, underwear, sewing kits (travel size), Rubik's Cubes, Legos, knitting needles and yarn, crochet hooks and yarn, sewing thread, needles and fabric.
Drop off items at Manna Meal, 1105 Quarrier St., from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. any day, or at the Food Pantry, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, or at Covenant House, 600 Shrewsbury St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Men's shelter needs
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Crossroads Men's Shelter is in need of the following items: Pine-Sol, bleach, laundry detergent, shampoo, coffee, butter, lunchmeat and cereal.
Items may be brought between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily to Crossroads Men's Shelter, 503 Leon Sullivan Way.
Library needs volunteers
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Library needs community volunteers to stage the main library's street fair June 29, during the last weekend of FestivALL.
Tasks include setup, cleanup, overseeing children's activities and selling items in the book sale. Volunteers for setup and cleanup should be capable of lifting heavy items.
Setup for the book sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28; setup for the street fair begins at 8 a.m. June 29. The street fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and cleanup takes place immediately after the event ends.
To volunteer, email email@example.com about when and how long you can help.
WVU baseball for CF
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Children with cystic fibrosis and their families are being treated to the May 5 baseball game between West Virginia University and the University of Oklahoma.
The WVU Charleston Division department of pediatrics is hosting the 1 p.m. game at Appalachian Power Park.
In addition to the ballgame, Paterno's at the Park restaurant is contributing a portion of its proceeds on May 4 and 11 to support the WVU Charleston Division pediatric cystic fibrosis program.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States.
The deadline for submissions to Help Out is noon Wednesday for the following Sunday. If you would like a response from the public, please provide the name and telephone number of a person who can be listed in the newspaper. Send information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 304-348-1233, or by regular mail to Help Out, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.