Friday Focus: LifeStyles of Maryland

LifeStyles of MarylandFounded in 1998, LifeStyles of Maryland works to increase the quality of life for individuals and their families struggling with poverty and homelessness. Guided by the idea of “service through service”, the organization works to increase the quality of life for so many through the programs and resources they provide. We caught up with the organization’s Executive Director, Sandy Washington, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Project ECHO

Friday Focus - Project EchoFor members of the Calvert County community who have fallen on hard times, Project ECHO is there to lend a helping hand. The homeless shelter provides rooms and meals to thousands of people in need each year, giving them an opportunity to get back on their feet and change their lives for the better. The organization is currently preparing to host its annual fundraiser dinner, the Empty Bowl Supper. We caught up with Executive Director, Trisha Gipson, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Zonta Club of Charles County

CBTC - Zonta of Charles CountyTaking its name from a Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy”, the Zonta Club of Charles County works to empower the lives of women, both in the local community and around the world. Zonta is entering the final days of preparation for their 29th Annual Fashion Show, and member Kelley Rollins took some time out of planning to share her organization’s story with us. Continue reading

Friday Focus: United Way of Calvert County

United Way of Calvert CountyThis week’s Friday Focus takes us to Calvert County, where the United Way is nearing the final days of preparation for its annual Mardi Gras event. As the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, proceeds from Mardi Gras will go toward the United Way’s mission of helping to end poverty and provide relief to struggling families and individuals in the community. United Way President and CEO Kelly Chambers took some time this week to share her organization’s story with us and gave us a sneak peek of what Mardi Gras revelers can expect next weekend at Annmarie Garden. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Calvert Hospice

CBTC - Calvert Hospice2The passing of a loved one can be an incredibly difficult time. Providing compassionate care for those in the final stages of life and their families, Calvert Hospice works to bring comfort and closure. The non-profit organization has been at work in the community since 1984, and has touched countless lives since then. For this week’s interview, Media and Marketing Coordinator Anne Stavely spoke with us about her organization’s mission, and a very touching story about the impact Hospice made on a veteran in its care. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Charles Regional Medical Center

Charles Regional Medical Center FoundationIn 1939, the Charles Regional Medical Center (CRMC) had its beginnings as the Physician’s Memorial Hospital in Charles County. Its mission was to provide excellent medical care to each patient in a safe, caring and family-centered environment. Today, the medical center’s fundraising contingent, the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation, works to support this mission by raising funds from individual and corporate donors, hosting events and conducting an annual campaign. This week, we caught up with the Foundation’s Executive Director, Susan Mudd Vogel, who shared the Foundation’s story and gave us a special sneak peek into what guests can look forward to at this year’s “C” Ball! Continue reading

Friday Focus: Calvert Library Foundation

Calvert LibraryFor thousands of years, libraries have been a staple community institution where people could gather and seek out information. Today, the Calvert County Library system continues the tradition, providing central hubs that provide not only books, but an endless list of programs and services as well. This week’s Friday Focus organization, the Calvert Library Foundation, plays a vital role in supporting the Library’s mission by providing additional funding. We spoke with Scott Deacon, Vice President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, who shared his thoughts on the many ways the Library benefits the local community. Continue reading

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