The “Season of giving” is over but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to think of those in need all year long. The Charles County Children’s Aid Society, founded in 1934, provides for the basic needs of local families. This week we caught up with Children’s Aid Executive Director, Danielle Ryan, who shared her scoop of what they do and how we as a community can support this inspiring organization!
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
A: Children’s Aid has been serving residents of Charles County for over 80 years. Our goal is to help ease the burdens many families in the county may have when it comes to providing basic life necessities to their families. We are a food pantry and clothing closet; and also offer a variety of items depending on what is donated. These things include baby items, personal hygiene items and household items. Children’s Aid also offers support to families during different holidays. We have a School Supplies Distribution, during which we distribute 1,500 filled book bags to children going to Charles County Public Schools. We have a Christmas program called Christmas Toy Connection in which we partner with Charles County Department of Social Services and help 1,122 families provide Christmas gifts to their children. We also distribute Easter Baskets and Thanksgiving Baskets.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
A: Personally for me working our two major events, School Supplies Distribution and Christmas Toy Connection, have been my favorite moments with the organization. I have been a part of these events for the last four years, this past year being my first as Director. Every year I am amazed at the incredible people I have met. Whether they were clients who were just over come with gratitude for receiving the service or they were volunteers who have donated their time to help us work the events, I have met a lot of very special people that I will not forget.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: The biggest challenge our organization, like other non-profits in the area face is funding.
Whether that funding comes from actual monetary assistance or by the donations of goods.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
A: The next event we have scheduled at this time is our Annual Coach and Michael Kors Bingo on March 6 at the American Legion in LaPlata. You can refer to our website, www.childrens-aid-society.org to find out more information.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
A: People can get involved with Children’s Aid in a couple of ways. We take volunteers in our warehouse and office on a daily basis, we also need volunteers for all of our projects throughout the year. Our organization survives off of donations, whether they are physical items or monetary donations. We accept gently used and new items so that we can distribute them back out into the community.
To find out more information on volunteering, donating or any other questions, people can visit our website, give us a call at 301-645-1561 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org