The Catherine Foundation Pregnancy Resource Center has helped more than 36,000 pregnanant womebn and families in the Southern Maryland area since 1983. Last year, the center provided over $65,000 in services and $80,000 in material assistance free of charge to the recipients and at no cost to taxpayers. To donate to the Catherine Foundation, please visit http://catherinefoundation.org/emergency-relief
As a result of the continued public and medical concerns regarding COVID-19, Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic is facing a record number of local wishes waiting to be granted. As a vast majority of local wishes involve travel or large group settings, approximately 30 wish children each month will face the disappointment of now having to wait indefinitely for special wish moments they’d been looking forward to, like spending time with Mickey, luaus on the beach, meeting favorite sports stars and more. Disruptions to these wishes, along with major fundraising event cancellations and an everchanging economic landscape, means our work is quickly changing and multiplying.
Even as a vast majority of wishes are being postponed, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic is still working to grant the wishes it is safe to grant at this time, including wishes to have computers and other electronics, virtual shopping sprees, adaptive equipment, campers and more.
Once these circumstances pass, how quickly Make-A-Wish can grant the wishes that have been postponed, along with the hundreds that were already waiting, will depend on financial support from
the community. To ensure Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic can continue to grant wishes at a time when it is most impactful, supporters can visit midatlantic.wish.org to make a donation and find other ways to support the Make-A-Wish mission. Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic serves children who reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland and northern Virginia.
Founded in 1983, the Mid-Atlantic chapter has granted 10,000 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. Wish kids face any number of critical illnesses such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease. This year alone, 840 local children are expected to be diagnosed with a critical illness. However, for every wish granted, at least one more local child is waiting. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish close the gap between wishes that are granted and those that are still waiting.
For more information, please visit: www.midatlantic.wish.org.
Take a moment today to download the new Calvert County Sheriff’s Office mobile app free of charge from the app stores. Receive timely alerts about COVID-19, see our Most Wanted, and search for an inmate. You can also submit a confidential tip with photos. Please download the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office app today, and share it with family, friends and neighbors. Thank you for helping us make Calvert County a safer place!
The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services is proud to support a program through the Maryland Department of Aging (MDoA) called Maryland Senior Call Check. Maryland is the first state in the country to start a FREE, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents across the state. This program is for seniors living alone to check on them daily. This free service will place an automated daily call to the participant at a regularly scheduled time. If the call is not picked up after three attempts, the service will call an alternate person on your behalf to check on you. If your alternate does not pick up or you do not have an alternate, the local authorities will be contacted to perform a wellness check. MDoA recommends all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday-Saturday.
MDoA will provide messages and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information, call 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) or register online at www.aging.maryland.gov.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Center for Abused Persons' office is closed but we are still open remotely, doing what we do best! Our crisis hotline is still running 24 hours a day and our clinic is still operational. If you need someone to talk to because you are going through domestic violence, sexual assault, or maybe you are stressed out about not working? Any crisis you are going through- please reach out to us. We are here to help. (301)-645-3336 www.centerforabusedpersonscharlescounty.org
Are you a victim of a crime? You do not have to face that tragedy alone. For 37 years, the staff and volunteers at the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc have helped ease the suffering of victims of crime in Maryland with dignity, respect and compassion. Despite the pandemic, we continue to provide assistance navigating the legal system, free legal consultation regarding victim’s rights, and assistance with social service organizations. Our staff of dedicated advocates and attorneys may be reached at 877- VICTIM1, that’s 877-842-8461 or on-line at www.MdCrimeVictims.org. All our services are free! The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center Inc, . Continuing the mission of the Stephanie Roper Foundation. Call 877-VICTIM1.
The Neighborhood Creative Arts Center, a new non-profit community arts center, is now open at 106 St. Mary's Avenue,in La Plata. Take a class in Music, Art, Sewing, Ballroom Dancing, Ballet, and Dance, Kid's Yoga, Musical Theater and more. NCAC;s many talented teachers offer classes in Music, Art, Sewing, Ballroom Dancing, Ballet, and Dance, Kid's Yoga, Musical Theater, Puppetry, Music and Movement for babies and toddlers, Entrepreneur Workshops for Children and more! Neighborhood Creative Arts Center also offers many homeschool events and programs, including Mock Trial, Fun Fridays, Model UN, A Good Old Fashioned Science Fair, and a Homeschool Academy. Please check out neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org for more information about our free classes, free trial music lessons, and upcoming Spring programs and Summer workshops! If you would like to present a class or workshop, please reach out through the NCAC website. For more information, feel free to call Ms Georgia at 301-542-9359.
Project Home is a program that provides housing to adults who need supervision and assistance with daily living because they are unable to live on their own. A Project Home Provider offers care in their own home for 1 to 4 residents. St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking Project Home providers to support the program.
Who (Project Home Provider): Someone 21 years or older with the ability to provide care in their home and a willingness to assist an adult with a disability. Must have income in order to meet their own household expenses without Project Home reimbursement funds.
Who (residents): Adults 18 years or older who have a mental, developmental, or physical disability, or are elderly and are unable to live on their own.
For more information, please contact Lachele Love at 250-895-7077 or Meagan Ricker 240-895-7043
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland is pleased to present a new exhibit in the Nature Nook titled, “Southern Maryland Farming,” on exhibit March 14-June 25. Come and have fun learning about Maryland farming, barns, tobacco, beekeeping and more. Explore the play pretend area, where little ones can pretend to hand-wash cloths, collect chicken eggs and more. Kids can try carding wool with a sampling of sheep’s wool. Adults will also enjoy the display of vintage and antique farming equipment and other tools and test their knowledge about what the artifacts were used for.
Visit the Drayden African American Schoolhouse open houses on the first Saturday of the Month, April through October from 11AM - 2PM. Visit one of the nation's best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses on select days each month. Check out the renovated schoolhouse and learn about its rich history and importance in St. Mary's County. Staff will be available at the school during this time to answer any questions and provide information. The schoolhouse has been closed for several years, but with the completion of the renovations of the building in the spring of 2018, the public is now able to access this significant historic site on the 1st Saturday of each month and during periodic special event weekends. The St. Mary's County Museum Division also offers special programs for school, bus and other tour groups who would like to visit the site. Visitors who would like to see the schoolhouse times outside open house hours can contact Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park to arrange a visit.
The Dr.Samuel Mudd Museum is looking for volunteer Tour Guides, Gift Shop Workers and Admissions staff for our 2020 Season. Training starts March 7. A few hours a month to step into history is really exciting. Contact Donna Peterson at 301-452-2158, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply ASAP for home repair help for the 2020 Christmas in April. April 25, 2020 will be the 30th year for our one day restoration and renovation blitz. The volunteer organization rehabilitates the houses of low income, elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners. Applications may be picked up local libraries and senior centers. Also, on our web site www.christmasinaprilsmc.org. For more information call 301-884-2905.
Attention Chopticon High School Class of 1970, planning is underway for the fifty (50) year class reunion to be held 06 June 2020 at the Old Breton Inn, Leonardtown, MD. Request you provide your email and home address information to the Communication Committee at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. View the Chopticon High School Class of 1970 Facebook Page for further details.
Every day, children across Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties are removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Although Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) continue to serve more of these children each year, the need for CASA volunteers continues to grow as more children enter the child welfare and court systems. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with an abused or neglected child, advocating for his or her best interests. CASA volunteers don’t require any specific education. All they need is compassion, objectivity, and a commitment to children. Anyone interested in becoming a CASA Volunteer should visit https://center-for-children.org/programs/court-appointed-special-advocate-casa/ for more information, or reach out to the CASA of Southern Maryland firstname.lastname@example.org or call NaQuita Coates, Training and Recruitment Specialist, at 410-535-3047.
If drinking is no longer fun for you and separates you from other people. Go to an A.A. meeting – become part of the universe again. A.A. They’ve been there. Visit www.aa.org
The American Legion Post 255 in Ridge is having a Queen of Hearts raffle on Friday nites. Drawings are every Friday at 7pm. Ticket sales start at 4pm for QofH and 50/50 raffles. Dinner is available for purchase also. All profits are used to help veterans and our local community.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the Nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated t building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental Illness. NAMI SoMd provides free education and support groups for those suffering with a mental illness as well as their family members. Family support groups meet the 3rd Tuesday in Charles County at Body of Christ Church, Waldorf; 3rd Thursday in St. Mary's at the Wildewood Community Center, and the 4th Thursday in Calvert at St. John Vianney Church. Please contact 301.399.4148 for more information.
First Wednesday of every month at the Circuit Court for Charles County - Law Library from 10 AM - 1 PM the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service provides FREE brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure. Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will: Answer questions about foreclosure mediation Give legal advice regarding your foreclosure Help you understand court papers and documents you received regarding your foreclosure Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will NOT attend mediation with you, but there are other options for obtaining legal representation for your mediation. Reservations requested – please call 301-932-3322
The Charles County (Maryland) Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Crime Solvers work together to solve crimes and hold criminals accountable for their offenses. Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity. For more information about Crime Solvers, contact Detective Sergeant Tim Miner, Crime Solvers Coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office, at 240-216-2173. PHONE**Call 1-866-411-TIPS to report a tip** * An operator takes information about your tip. * You will receive an identification number. * Your tip is provided to the investigating officer. * You must call back later to check the status of your information, using your identification number. Or call https://www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com/