Christmas 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
With 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
For 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
Each 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
Shoppers 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
The 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
For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time of plenty: our tables overflow with an assortment of holiday dishes, we go back for seconds (and maybe even thirds) before declaring ourselves too full to move. But as the holiday approaches, it’s important to remember that there are people in our community who are not as fortunate. Leading the charge against hunger in the Tri-County area is Brenda DiCarlo, Director of the Southern Maryland Food Bank. We caught up with Brenda for this week’s Friday Focus, where she shared her organization’s story.
We’re proud to announce the start of our Third Annual Food and Toy Drive. Each year it brings us great pleasure to bring back this special seasonal event to help support the organizations and individuals in our communities.
As a fairly recent addition to Southern Maryland’s non-profit scene, the Fairy Godmother Project provides assistance to families of children battling pediatric cancer. This week’s Friday Focus caught up with Vicki Hoffman, the project’s chapter coordinator, who spoke to us about the organization’s work and one particularly special experience with a family it was able to help.
At Community Bank of the Chesapeake, community is more than just our first name! Decked out in their red and white t-shirts, our Community Corps volunteers are dedicated to doing their part to give back, one organization at a time. In giving of their time and resources, the exemplify one of Community Bank’s core values; community-focused.
Among our persevering Community Corps members are employees, customers, family, friends and neighbors. They work hard to enhance the quality of local communities by partnering with organizations to help make a difference.