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Community Guide

Community Holiday Coalition. The Community Holiday Coalition serves less fortunate families, children and seniors in the county in a manner that promotes dignity and self respect. The coalition has Thanksgiving and Christmas programs supported by churches, clubs, business and civic organizations. For more information, call 703-771-5718.

<lst>ECHO (Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc.). ECHO supports employment and job training for people with disabilities. It also provides transportation for Medicare clients to doctors appointments and for welfare recipients to work. Call 703-779-2100.

<lst>Good Shepherd Alliance. The Good Shepherd Alliance is a nonprofit Christian organization that has been providing emergency housing and support to the homeless population in the county since 1983. For more information, visit www.loudounhomeless.org.

Humane Society of Loudoun. Call 703-777-2912, e-mail HSLCVA@HumaneSocietyofLoudounCounty.org or visit www.humanesocietyofloudoun.org.

<lst>La Voz of Loudoun. La Voz of Loudoun is a community based organization acting as a conduit between the Hispanic/Latino population, government agencies and other groups in order to promote self-sufficiency through outreach, education, advocacy and programs that strengthen family networks. For more information, visit www.lavozloudoun.org or call 703-777-1417.

League of Women Voters. P.O. Box 822, Leesburg, VA 20178. Phone: 703-777-9425. President: Betsy Mayr. Political yet nonpartisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through advocacy. Registers high-school students and citizens to vote, organizes debates and community forums and puts out voters guide. Members are male and female. Dues: $48/individual, $72/household of two people.

Loudoun County Democratic Committee. P.O. Box 544, Leesburg, VA 20178. Phone: 703-771-3366. Web site: www.lcdems.com. Check Web site for location. Local organization for the Democratic Party of Virginia that helps Democratic candidates get elected and promotes the party principles. There are two types of membership and a $20 application fee. Thom Beres, chair, 703-430-6599 or e-mail beres2@att.net.

Loudoun County Republican Committee. P.O. Box 547, Leesburg, VA 20178. E-mail: info@loudoungop.com. Local organization for the Republican Party of Virginia that helps Republican candidates get elected and promotes the party principles. Meets in the Board of Supervisors room in Leesburg. Visit the Web site at http://www.loudoungop.com. Application Fee: $30 for two years.

Loudoun County Special Olympics. Contact: Pat Macmac at 703-777-0438. Web site: www.specialolympicsva.com. Through the county and state partnerships, athletes are given the chance to participate in sports that are geared more towards their abilities.

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Location: 109 Harrison St., N.E., Leesburg. Mailing address: P.O. Box 28, Leesburg, VA 20178. Phone: 703-777-7884. E-mail: loudounhabitat@earthlink.net. An organization that builds homes for those who otherwise would not be able to afford one. Volunteers help to build the house with aid from the organization.

Loudoun Historical Society. The Loudoun Historical Society is in the process of becoming active again after a slump following its creation in 1954. Currently, there are about 200 members. The board of the Loudoun Historical Society meets at either the Morven Park or Balch Library, both in Leesburg, every other month. With the goal of educating Loudoun County citizens, the Historical Society has several activities in mind, including a lecture series bringing attention to the historical significance of various homes and sites. Another endeavor of the society is the publication of an annual bulletin, which includes historical pamphlets, essays, and books about Loudoun County. For more information on the Loudoun Historical Society, contact Childs Burden at 540-687-4195.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. P.O. Box 2088, Purcellville, VA 20134-2088. The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is a nonprofit group of volunteers that share a common goal of protecting and perpetuating natural habitats. In partnership with the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District and the North Folk Goose Creek Watershed Project, the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is involved in monitoring the streams in Loudoun County. In addition, the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy sponsors several outdoor walks to observe and survey birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. Visit www.loudounwildlife.org or contact Nicole Hamilton at 540-882-4839, or e-mail nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Web site: www.maddloudounva.org. Voice mail: 703-771-8127.

National Genealogical Society. 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204. Phone: 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060. Fax: 703-525-0052, Web site: www.ngsgenealogy.org. Conducts genealogical, historical, biographical and heraldic research for individuals, families, societies, associations, libraries and other related institutions. Membership: $55/year individual, $50/year group/organizational.

Piedmont Environmental Council. Phone: 703-669-2205 or 703-669-2207. President, Christopher G. Miller. Loudoun County field officer, Ed Gorski. Web site: www.pecva.org for more information.

United Way. 10-B South King St., Leesburg, VA 20175. Phone: 703-777-3920. E-mail: loudoun@uwnca.org. Provides information, referral for health and human service needs, donations and volunteer opportunities for the community.

YMCA. 6 Fairfax St., S.E., Leesburg, VA 20175. Phone: 703-777-9622. Web site: www.ymcawashdc.org. Offers summer camps, after-school programs, various sporting activities, and preschool and afternoon care.