Voting is open!

Voting is now open for our annual Christmas tree decorating contest.

Vote securely online through the "Donate" button

located below your favorite trees shown below.  Voting closes Dec. 13 at 4pm. 

 

REMEMBER:  $1.00 = 1 vote

Thanks for helping us share in the Lights of Kindness this holiday season! 

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CrossRoads Child Development Center

Children growing in grace...

 

A Person’s A Person, No Matter How Small (Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears A Who).

Dr Seuss stories are not only fun and easy to read, but they also teach important values like acceptance, inclusion, honesty, integrity, and compassion. This is why the children of CrossRoads Child Development Center (CCDC) chose a Dr. Seuss theme for their tree.

The mission of CCDC is to help children thrive in body, mind, and soul. We want children to learn virtues and values along with their ABC’s and 123’s. We are on track to succeed!

Recently a parent expressed her gratitude to the staff for ensuring a safe, loving environment that exuded positivity, even during this Covid-19 season. She noted that staff take time to “learn each little or big personality as they build connections, love, and accept each child. Staff remember their favorite things, learn about their family and their pets, honor their thoughts and their feelings, and find ways to teach which fit each child.”

The pandemic has put financial stress on CCDC, as it has on many other non-profits. Your vote and donation will be a blessing that will continue to foster children growing in grace.

Sponsored by: 

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Society of Military Widows

 

As a grateful nation, we proudly remember our fallen heroes and those currently serving in our Uniformed Services.

 

The Society of Military Widows is dedicated solely to the needs, concerns, and welfare of military surviving spouses and dependent children. 

 

It exists to preserve and enhance the benefits to surviving spouses and their children -- to help survivors and their children face the future with courage and determination, and to honor the memory of our military spouses who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sponsored by: 

AMS Management Services Corp.

          Providing "One Stop" Association Management Services

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Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis
and Anne Arundel County

 

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

There are six unique Club Houses in Anne Arundel County -- in Annapolis, Severn,  Pasadena, and Glen Burnie -- serving more than 2,200 young people every year through membership and community outreach.

Boys & Girls Club programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens --engaging in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

 

Sponsored by: 

           

           

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BOUNTIFUL BACKPACKS
 

HUNGER IN THE WORLD / HUNGER IN AMERICA / HUNGER IN MARYLAND

Unfortunately, this is the grim reality for many children right here in Anne Arundel County. Although many were provided nutritious meals at school, the weekends at home were often much different.

The Bountiful Backpack Program gave families in need, the disadvantaged, a very special gift of life . . . a gift that put food on their table and proper nourishment. 

Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, each Friday afternoon, the neediest children at three South County elementary schools (Edgewater, Lothian and Shadyside) were sent home with backpacks full of non-perishable food items to sustain the children and their families throughout the weekend.  The program fed over 160 children and their families every week. 

We believed that by helping the disadvantaged, particularly the children, they will grow up strong and healthy and can give something back to their communities and make our world a better place.

After this pandemic is eradicated, and children are back in school, Rotary will again feed the children.  But we need your help to rebuild our financial ability to meet the need. 

100% of all donations benefit the Bountiful Backpacks program, providing food and nourishment for disadvantaged children in our community.

Sponsored by:

Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County

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Mission of Love Charities
 

Mission of Love Charities is a nonprofit human services organization whose mission is to help, empower, and educate, as well as serve as an advocate for low-income individuals and families in our community.

Mission of Love Charities partners with the Department of Social Services to help low-income and homeless individuals and families get access to needed resources and services.  Mission of Love Charities provides:

  • A food pantry that is open six days a week and provides free food for homeless and low-income individuals.

  • A Day Center where individuals and families can have access to a shower, laundry machines, charging stations for cell phones, and food.

  • Donated furniture, clothing and household items, utility, housing rental and Security Deposit assistance, as well as employment training and mental health referrals.

  • Backpacks for children going back to school, free coats at the start of winter, food baskets at Thanksgiving, and toys and food baskets at Christmas.

 

We help homeless and low-income individuals build self-esteem and emotional intelligence so they may re-enter the workforce.  We offer basic computer skills training to help individuals find jobs.

Sponsored by: 

 

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES, WORLDWIDE

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St. Paul’s Christian Children’s Center provides a safe and supervised environment that keeps children active through creative learning and fun activities.  Its professionally designed Christian curriculum provides daily theme-related, age appropriate, lesson plans for classrooms. 

 

Learning experiences are centered on literacy, art, music and movement, science, math, and dramatic play.

Sponsored by: 

Bedrock Foundations, Inc.

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Carrie Weedon Early Education Center

 

Carrie Weedon Early Education Center offers a safe and nurturing environment with a focus on developing strong relationships and a love of learning for all students through work and play.

Together, our families, community and staff ensure that every student who enters our doors will leave with the social, emotional and academic foundation for kindergarten success.

At Carrie Weedon Early Education Center, we strive to create a learning community that nurtures the whole child to become resilient, independent, respectful, cooperative and prepared to contribute positively to a global society.

Sponsored by: 

Rick & Betsy Derrick

Jeff & Kathy Smith

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Annapolis Dragon Boat Club

 

 

The Mission of the Annapolis Dragon Boat Club is to promote the development of healthy bodies and spirits, to support recovery from breast cancer and all other cancers — in both men and women — and to grow friendships and teamwork. The Club promotes and develops the sport of dragon boating as a means of building physical strength, endurance, and confidence with an emphasis on recreation, synchrony, and harmony while on the water . . . the beautiful Spa Creek.

The Annapolis Dragon Boat Club is run by the Annapolis Dragon Boat Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Sponsored by: 

 

           Friends of Annapolis Dragon Boat Club

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Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund

 

The Bill Sweeney Perinatal Care Fund provides specialized bereavement care to families who are devastated by perinatal death and promotes healing to those who care for them.

  

There is no mandated training for doctors, nurses, sonographers, etc. for perinatal palliative care, leaving most health care workers feeling uncomfortable and unequipped to provide quality bereavement care.

 

Our charity is designed to allow access to perinatal palliative care, one-on-one, and family counseling as well as support groups, regardless of their ability to pay. 

 

We incorporate community education through conferences and specialized training programs to those who care for these special babies and their parents and encourage certification for this type of specialized care for all healthcare workers that work with this population. 

Sponsored by: 

Scapes, Inc.

     Turning Dreams Into Reality

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Bay Community Health​

No neighbor shall go without needed health care

 

Bay Community Health provides affordable premium health care services to a wide variety of patients in our community.  We offer health services to ALL income ranges whether you are insured or uninsured. Our sliding fee scale allows us to provide health services to underserved members of the community, particularly those who have low income or uninsured.

 

We are a Federally Qualified Community Health Center through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Health System.  Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the HRSA Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients.

Sponsored by:

                     

             FIRST FINANCIAL GROUP ANNAPOLIS

 

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Light House

A Homeless Prevention Support Center

At the Light House, we rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward employment, housing, and self-sufficiency.

 

The Light House is a national model for how a community cares for its neighbors experiencing homelessness.  We strive to break the cycle of homelessness by providing a place of belonging, life-changing programs, and a broad continuum of support to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Light House is a place of belonging and hope for our most vulnerable neighbors.  We specifically tailor our services for each client who comes through our doors. The integrated care provided at The Light House helps clients stabilize their health, maximize income, and secure safe and stable housing. Beyond providing food, clothing, and shelter, we also address the underlying causes of homelessness such as lack of marketable job skills, addiction, and the debilitating effects of both mental and physical health issues.

Become a Friend of the Light House and help prevent homelessness in our community.

Sponsored by: 

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American Military Society

 

It is with deep respect for America’s military men and women whose professions these bears represent that we bring this Bear Forces of America holiday tree to you, in the hope that it will make life a little more "bearable."

Since the introduction of Bear Forces of America at Robinson Barracks PX in 1987, Bear Forces have stepped into the spotlight all around the world.

For example, in the news coverage of Gen. Schwartzkopf at his Desert Storm welcome home victory celebration, he was seen receiving a Bear Forces desert bear. The bears were featured in local news coverage across the land as the troops returned home.

25,000 bears made the airlift to Saudi Arabia to meet a half million of our American Forces. They rode in tanks across the burning desert and flew in cockpits over the Persian Gulf. They slept next to thousands of children waiting for their moms and dads to return home.

The American Military Society is a veteran’s organization that promotes the welfare of the men and women who serve, or have served, in the Uniformed Services of the United States. 

American Military Society outreach programs are committed to military and veteran suicide prevention, ending homelessness among veterans, sustaining wounded warrior programs, and expanding caregiver support.

Sponsored by: 

AMS Management Services Corp.

          Providing "One Stop" Association Management Services

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Polio Plus -- End Polio Now

The goal of the Polio Plus program is the global certification of polio eradication.

 

Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

 

Today, Polio remains endemic in three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Until polio virus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization services and travel or trade links to endemic countries.

 

We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.

 

Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

Sponsored by: 

Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County

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Backpacks of Food for Children

 

Learning begins when hunger ends.

 

One in four children in South Anne Arundel County lives in households that are struggling to put food on the table. Through the Rotary Backpack Program, children receive a food sack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.

 

The Rotary Backpack food program provides nutritious, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays to avoid hunger when they can’t depend on school meals.

By providing kids with the nutrients they need when they’re away from school, they show up on Monday morning healthy and ready to learn.

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18.  Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. 

Sponsored by:

               Southern High School Interact

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A Homeless Prevention Support Center

Chaney Enterprises Foundation proudly sponsors the Light House.

 

The Light House serves our most vulnerable community members. Their programs and services include a residential shelter for homeless individuals and families, employment training services for Light House residents and community members, food programs to fight hunger, and their Safe Harbour Resource Center which focuses on homelessness prevention and outreach support to those who are unsheltered, chronically homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

The Safe Harbour Resource Center provides a warm and welcoming space for those struggling with homelessness to come inside for simple dignities such as a cup of coffee, food, shower and laundry services, and a clean place to rest.  

​Bagged lunches and MREs (meals ready-to-eat) are available daily, as well as items such as toiletries, tents, clothing, and masks to help homeless neighbors cover their basic needs.

Become a Friend of the Light House and help prevent homelessness in our community.

Sponsored by: 

                       CHANEY ENTERPRISES

                        FOUNDATION

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