The Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s association is currently holding a fundraiser and raffling off a fishing trip. 20.00 a ticket the winner an 9 friends go fishing out of Solomon’s Island. If the winner does not want to go fishing they will receive cash value of trip drawing March 31. You go fishing April 28th. Please contact JW King for tickets at 240-427-7593 or Jking2408@gmail.com
During the month of February, Charles County Government, in partnership with the La Plata Police Department, is supporting The Blue Ribbon Project’s Backpacks of Love program with several Charles County drop-off locations. The Backpacks of Love program supports victims of child abuse and neglect by providing children with a backpack of essential necessities to assist them the first 24 to 48 hours when they enter foster care at a moment’s notice. Backpacks are filled with age and gender specific items. If you are interested in building a backpack to donate or donating individual items, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/build-a-backpack-of-love.html for a full list of items.
County drop-off locations:
Charles County Government (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata)
Mattawoman Utilities Office (5310 Hawthorne Road, La Plata)
Department of Public Works/ Department of Emergency Services (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
Department of Community Services (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco)
La Plata Police Department (101 La Grange Avenue, La Plata)
Those who would like to support the Backpacks of Love program with monetary donations, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/donate.html to learn more. If you would like to donate items from the comfort of your home, visit www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2QNS0JI0VESCX. For more information about The Blue Ribbon Project, visit www.blueribbonproject.org.
Calvert Hospice’s Bereavement team is offering a variety of specialized grief support groups starting in February. Groups include Gone But Never Forgotten focusing on substance abuse loss, ‘Til Death Do We Part, focusing on spousal loss, A Journey Through Grief, focusing on each individual’s unique experience with grief, and Bridges, a support group for grieving children and the adults who care for them. For more information, visit our website at calverthospice.org or call 410-535-0892.
The annual “On Watch” memorial brick campaign taking place now through April 28, 2018. For a limited time, the public may purchase memorial bricks to be placed at the Veterans Patio, located at the World War II “On Watch” Memorial Statue in Dowell. The bricks are available to memorialize those who served our country during World War II. The cost of each brick is $100 and all contributions are tax deductible. Purchasers will be notified when the bricks are in place and available for viewing. An “On Watch” application is available at the online to www.co.cal.md.us/onwatch. To learn more, call Melinda Donnelly at 410-535-1600, ext. 2565. The “On Watch” Memorial Statue is an 8-foot-tall bronze statue unveiled in 2007 by Maryland artist Antonio Tobias Mendez. The statue commemorates the people and work at the Solomons Amphibious Training Base, the nation’s first, during World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, around 68,000 sailors, marines, coast guardsmen and soldiers trained to make beach landings; these forces had major roles at landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and the Pacific Solomons Islands.
CASA of Southern Maryland will hold information sessions for interested volunteers to learn about the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties Southern Maryland to providing support to abused and neglected children in foster care, and to be their voice within the Social Services and Court Systems. Not only does a CASA have the opportunity to form a meaningful relationship with a child, but they will also get to know the child’s case and offer valuable input to the court for the best interest of the child. “Advocates don’t need any previous experience or training to volunteer. Our volunteers participate in a 32 hour training program that is a combination of online and classroom learning that will prepare them to carry out their duties as CASA.”, says Tonya Kennerly, CASA of Southern Maryland Program Manager. Interested? Stop by an information session in your county to learn more about the CASA program, how to get involved, and even participate in on-the-spot interviews. Contact Jodie Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-535-3047 for more information. Calvert County-January 9, 2018 from 5-7:30 Calvert County Central Library-Prince Frederick 850 Costley Way Prince Frederick, MD 20678 St. Mary’s County-January 16, 2018 from 5-7:30 Leonardtown Library 23250 Hollywood Rd Leonardtown MD 20650 Charles County-January 23, 2018 from 5-7:30 Waldorf West Library 10405 O’Donnell Pl Waldorf, MD 20603
Do you live in the Tri-County Area of Southern Maryland? If Yes!! Then this message is for you. The Charles County Department of Social Services, Calvert County Department of Social Services and St Mary’s County Department of Social Services are looking for individuals like you to become foster parents to children in the tri-county area. Foster parents offer temporary/short-term care and supportive services to children who are unable to live at home due to abusive and/or neglectful situations. Each Local Department of Social Service (DSS) depends on foster parents to carry out the day-to-day parenting for these children by opening their homes and providing emotional wellness and enrichment activities until they can either return safely to their own homes or until the children are adopted. Each local Department of Social Service will provide the training and resources you need to be a successful foster parent. For more information on how to become a foster parent, please contact the Tri-County Recruiter at 301-392-6727 or via email at email@example.com.
Remember, we are counting on you Southern Maryland to help the children in your county.