Community Organizations & Resources

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Resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Learn to live the 12 steps to eliminating alcohol dependency from your life while giving and receiving support from others who care about your success. Open to all who want to learn about alcoholism. Meets twice a week at the Lake of the Woods Church, 972-9060.


American Red Cross

The local American Red Cross in Fredericksburg holds a monthly blood drive at LOW. Scheduled dates and times are published in Lake Currents. Usually the fourth Tuesday of the month, every other month. Held in the Clubhouse Lower Level. 


Healing Hearts Grief Support 

Weekly support group for anyone grieving the death of someone close. Meets at The Lake of the Woods Church. Call Lynn at 972-7714, before attending.


Driver Safety Program

LOW Lions sponsor AARP's "Driver Safety Program," a refresher and defensive driving course designed for older drivers age 50 and up. Those completing the course are eligible for a discount on their auto liability insurance, which is good for three years. 


Emergency Training Classes

Available through LOW Volunteer Fire and Rescue, an Ambulance Driver Course, EMT training and CPR classes are offered to members who are interested in learning these skills and/or becoming emergency volunteers. Please consult the Fire and Rescue LOW Directory for contacts.


Friends of Lake of the Woods (FLOW)

Friends of Lake of the Woods (FLOW) is an independent 501(c)(3) corporation which was created by a group of like-minded Lake of the Woods property owners who believe it is absolutely essential to add to and improve association infrastructure and amenities to meet the changing needs of the community. FLOW is dedicated to promoting and supporting the LOW community.  FLOW assists in enhancing LOW amenities, facilities and beautification projects by raising funds through tax-deductible charitable donations from property owners like you. To learn more, call (540) 972-0984 or visit www.friendsoflow.org.


Income Tax Preparation Services

Sponsored by the LOW AARP Chapter, this program provides free income tax preparation assistance to eligible seniors from January to April 15. See Lake Currents for additional information.


LOWLINC: Living Independently in Our Community

LOWLINC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) service organization dedicated to enabling seniors and those with special challenges at Lake of the Woods to continue living fully and independently in their homes for as long as possible. LOWLINC members make one phone call to access the following services provided by LOWLINC volunteers: transportation, pet care and dog walking, light home maintenance (such as changing light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries, etc.), friendly visits, social activities, referrals to vetted vendors and service providers (including painters, plumbers, landscapers and electricians), and technology assistance for help with computers, tablets, phones and other devices. Annual membership fee applies. For more information please call 1-855-LOWLINC (1-855-569-5462) or visit www.lowlinc.org.   Newsletter
 


LOW Fire & Rescue

Incorporated under Virginia law on August 23rd 1971 with a simple mission " To aid in the protection and preservation of both life and property by maintaining a high degree of efficiency in both firefighting and first aid." Most of our calls come from within the designated area of the Rapidan River on the north, the Spotsylvania line on the east just over Route 20 on the south, and on the west, Route 611 to Burr Hill and then to Route 692 and up to the Rapidan River.  Some calls are farther away in the town of Orange where others, on a reciprocal basis, and depending on need are in either Spotsylvania or Culpeper Counties.
 104 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA 22508-2025
Fire Department: 540-972-7510 | Rescue Squad:    540-972-7480
www.lowfr29.com
Emergency:        911


Orange County Department of Tourism

The Orange County Department of Tourism stocks the brochure stand located in the vestibule of the Holcomb Building. Volunteers are always needed to meet and greet visitors to Orange County or serve in other ways to promote Orange County Tourism.


Wilderness Food Pantry

The LOW Lions Club sponsors the Wilderness Food Pantry, located at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 611 behind the Market Place shopping center. Significant support is provided by the LOW Lioness Club in holding food drives to solicit donation s of non-perishable food items and cash to keep the pantry stocked with items fo rarea families in need. Donations are welcome at any time. The Food pantry is open several days each month. Eligibility is determined by income.  Info:  Dave Francis, 972-9657.


Woods Cares

This is a group of AARP volunteers who provide free services for shut-ins and their caregivers within LOW. Services include transportation to appointments, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions and other small errands. Volunteers may also be able to help with simple plubming and small appliance repairs, yard work and visits to give caregivers a break please contact AARP.  Info: Ed Bunting, 724-523-5255.


Organizations:

Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group Meets the third Wednesday of the month, 10a.m. The LOW Church, Room 210. 972-9060.
Childhelp LOW Auxiliary President Judy Mayfield, 540-972-1116; Jill HumphriesMembership Chair, 540-972-1179
Our group supports the ongoing efforts at Alice C.Tyler Village, which is an outstanding residential facility (nationally known) for the treatment and healing of severely abused and neglected children between the ages of 4 and 14. The Village is located in Lignum, just a few miles down the road from us and because of close proximity our volunteer efforts are unique in that we provide direct, personal support for the children residing at the Village. National Childhelp Organization.
Four County Players This non-profit volunteer community theatre group provides musical, play and concert experience for amateur and professional thespians alike. The players put on several programs a year at the Barboursville Community Center in Barboursville. Current and upcoming show dates and ticket prices can be found on their website fourcp.org.
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield  Contact Mark Leach, 972-1305. fowb.org.
FoWB is a non-profit volunteer group that assists the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in efforts to preserve the Wilderness Battlefield in Spotsylvania and Orange Counties. The Friends provide advocacy, educational programs and service projects for the battlefield and are in the process of raising capital for the restoration of Ellwood House, a Civil War landmark located on Route 20, one-half mile south of Route 3. 
Habitat for Humanity OCHFH.org 
Orange County Habitat for Humanity helps local low-income working families have a decent, affordable place to live by holding fundraisers, soliciting donation of building materials from local businesses, and finding both skilled and unskilled volunteers to help build homes for area families in need.  
Hospices  Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper VA 22701, 540-825-4840, hotr.org
Hospice Support Care, 1701 Fall Hill Ave Suite 109, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-361-7071, hospicesupportcare.org.
James Madison Museum  jamesmadisonmuseum.org
Located at 129 Caroline Street in the town of Orange, the James Madison Museum features exhibits detailing former President Madison's many contributions to the founding of our country, and a Hall of Agriculture that showcases colonial farming practices.
Members Matter  Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/955727291176026/    Email: Membersmatter2012@comcast.net

Welcome to the discussion group entitled “Members Matter Forum Lake of the Woods”. The purpose of this site is to provide residents of Lake of the Woods a venue to openly discuss issues that affect all of us.


Montpelier the former home of James Madison, fourth president of the United States and his wife, Dolley, is located on Route 20, a few miles south of the town of Orange. The Montpelier Hunt Races held on the grounds every November and summer evening concerts in the garden are popular events. Admission fee; membership available. Open year-round. montpelier.org.  
Orange County Historical Society maintains a research and archival collection of more than 2,000 books, periodicals, maps and nearly 1,000 files on local families, historic buildings and sites. the Society publishes books on local history and sponsors lectures, historic site inventories and archeological digs. orangecovahist.org
Orange County Humane Society  www.orangecountyhumanesocietyva.org
The mission of OCHS is to help homeless animals through financial and volunteer efforts, and educate the community on responsible pet-ownership. Volunteer opportunities available. 
Orange Recreation Soccer  ORA websiteBrenda Cotton, Vice Pres., 540-972-2475.
Orange Recreation Association, a member of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association and USYSA; provides an opportunity for children ages 3 through 18 to learn and compete in playing soccer. The fall season runs from mid-August to November. The spring season runs from mid-March to June.
Project EXCEL Volunteers for Project EXCEL donate one hour a week to work with selected local elementary and middle school children in grades kindergarten through sixth to help improve reading, math or science skills. Interested volunteers should contact the Project EXCEL coordinator Ginny Biggs, 571-259-8951.
The Arts Center in Orange East Main Street, Orange, VA 22960. 540-672-7311. artscenterorange.org
The Arts Center in Orange is a non-profit community arts center with a mission to enhance the quality of life in our community by promoting an appreciation for quality contemporary arts with a diversity of styles and ideologies.