Friday Focus: Humane Society of Charles County

Humane Society of Charles CountySince 1978, the Humane Society of Charles County has worked to make a difference in the lives of our furry friends and their families. From providing vaccines and training classes to adoption services, the Society has helped countless animals live happier, better lives and even find their “forever homes”. This week, the Society’s Fundraising and Volunteer Manager, Leigha Messick, shared her thoughts on the organization’s work, the challenges they face and those special moments that make all of their hard work worth it. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Vacations for Vets

Friday Focus - Southern Maryland Vacation for VetsWhen a service member returns from combat wounded, their life and the lives of their family are forever changed. For many veterans, recovery is a long road and can mean a considerable amount of time spent in a hospital or VA center. This week’s Friday Focus organization, Vacations for Vets, plays a special role in the recovery process by providing service members with experiences that both lift their spirits and allow them to spend time with their loved ones. Board president Connie Pennington spoke to us on behalf of her organization for this week’s interview. Continue reading

Friday Focus: The Center for Children

Center for ChildrenThis week’s Friday Focus is an organization that makes a difference in the lives of over 4,000 individuals each year from Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s counties. Currently the largest provider of children’s mental health services in Southern Maryland, the Center for Children offers a wide variety of resources for children of all ages and their parents. We spoke with several members of the Center’s team for this week’s interview. Continue reading

Friday Focus: A Community That Shares (ACTS)

A Community That SharesSince the early 1990s, A Community That Shares (ACTS) has brought relief to those in need by providing free home convalescent equipment to residents of St. Mary’s County. Lending out much-needed items like wheel chairs, walkers and hospital beds for as long as each person requires, the all-volunteer organization has positively impacted the lives of thousands of elderly and ailing community members. We spoke to Chip Burton, a volunteer with the organization, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Christmas in April St. Mary’s County®

Christmas in April St. Mary's CountyChristmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled, so that they may live in warmth, safety, and independence. We caught up with Howard Thompson, the President of Christmas in April St. Mary’s County. Inc for this week’s Friday Focus, where he shared his organization’s story. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Toys for Tots Calvert County

Calvert County Toys for TotsWith just a short time left until Christmas, Toys for Tots programs across the country are collecting donations and preparing to distribute gifts to thousands of families. Running entirely on volunteer support, the local organizations work tirelessly each year to bring the spirit of the holidays to families in need each year. We chatted with Krista Brezina, coordinator of the Toys for Tots campaign in Calvert County, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Friday Focus: The Children’s Aid Society

Charles County Children's Aid SocietyFor the Charles County Children’s Aid Society, December marks the culmination of a large effort to make the holiday season brighter for needy children in the community. This week, Friday Focus caught up with the Society’s Janet Brett, who took time out of her busy schedule to share some information about her organization’s work, and how you can support their holiday toy drive, Christmas Connection. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Toys for Tots

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for TotsEach year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program works to brighten the lives of less fortunate children throughout the United States with its annual toy drive. From October to December, the organization works with local communities to accept donations of new toys to be distributed at Christmas time. Their mission is simple: to deliver a message of hope to one of the nation’s most valuable resources—its children. This week, Friday Focus talked with Staff Sergeant Brett Wagner, a coordinator from King George County, VA, who shared some information about the organization and one particularly special instance of how Toys for Tots was able to touch a family in need. Continue reading

Small Business Saturday is November 30

Small Business Saturday is November 30Shoppers all over will spend time scooting from store to store on Black Friday and scouring the internet on Cyber Monday hunting for the best holiday deals. However, sandwiched between the two deal-buster days is Small Business Saturday. Now entering its fourth year, Small Business Saturday has become a boon for both our local brick and mortar business and our communities alike. Continue reading

Friday Focus: The Charles County Holiday Trail

Charles County Holiday TrailThe holiday season is in the air in Charles County as several historic and contemporary sites come together to form the 2013 Holiday Trail! Working behind the scenes to coordinate the effort is Kate Zabriskie, who came up with the idea last Christmas as a creative way to promote tourism in Charles County. Her vision was quickly embraced by local organizations, with 10 groups agreeing to participate in the trail’s first season. As part of this week’s Friday Focus, Kate spoke with us about the trail and provided details about how and when to go. Continue reading