Miss Rappahannock, and more
Jordyn Faith Woodward, Tiny Miss Rappahannock 2010, is crowned last weekend by Carrington Wayland, last year’s Tiny Miss winner. Saturday’s Miss Rappahannock pageant was attended by more than 300 parents and friends, and is a fund-raiser for the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Squad members and people from the community put on this event this year under the chairmanship of Deanna Wayland, EMT and board member. Funds raised by the event are used to purchase equipment and medical supplies. See the full story, photos and winners here.
Farm-to-Table students will show you how
Would you like to grow vegetables but don’t know how? Farm-to-Table students will install a small (two-by-eight-foot) demonstration garden at the Rappahannock Food Pantry on Sunday, May 2, starting at 3 p.m. Put it in your calendar.
“Small” doesn’t mean small yield. A two-by-eight garden can yield several hundred pounds of food.
You can build the garden in your own backyard. Watch the installation, ask questions, take the handouts home, and build the same garden at your place. Volunteer gardeners will help along the way.
Write it down: Sunday, May 2, 3 p.m. at the pantry, 603 Mount Salem Ave: 540-675-1177.— Hal Hunter
Sperryville’s Schiffman wins state volunteer award
Sperryville resident Doug Schiffman was among the seven statewide recipients of a 2010 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award, which were handed out last Thursday, April 15, in Richmond by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The awards highlight the efforts of outstanding citizens who seek to enhance the lives of others in their communities. They are presented to groups, individuals and families whose efforts exemplify extraordinary volunteer service.
Two years ago, Schiffman approached the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board and Area Agency on Aging (RRCSB/AAA) with a proposal for five rural counties. He would donate his own time to establish and run a Protective Money Management Program to assist low-income seniors and disabled persons with handling their routine finances.
The program is now designated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as an organizational Representative Payee and is sponsored at a national level by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
Schiffman donated start-up funds from his family foundation, and worked with SSA, AARP and the RRCSB’s case managers to establish the entire program structure. It is staffed entirely by well-trained volunteers and sponsored locally by the RRCSB/AAA.
Schiffman now puts in an average of 20 hours a week as the program coordinator. In the past year, he has recruited and trained 40 volunteers who serve as Representative Payees for 29 older and disabled clients.
The service has helped at-risk individuals make sure their bills are paid, helped with budgeting to assure that clients’ limited funds are spent appropriately and prevented fraud and abuse from those who prey on the elderly. The program received a Best Practice award in 2009 from Virginia’s Commonwealth Council on Aging.
“I got an email from Sallie Morgan (RRCSB/AAA’s director of community support services),” said Schiffman this week. “She said, ‘We nominated you for this award, and you won.
“It’s nice to be recognized,” said Schiffman, who’s been spending regular time in Rappahannock County since 1985, retiring and moving here almost full-time three years ago. “I don’t do it for that reason, but I’m appreciative. And it’s nice publicity for RRCSB.”
Schiffman also said he can always use more volunteers; if you’re interested, go to www.rrcsb.org and click on Services, then Protective Money Management.