Donation

Ridgely Lions Club

443-786-2547

P.O. Box 143, Ridgely, MD 21660

Our mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

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Service

The Ridgely Lions serve the Ridgely community in many ways to include, but not limited to: assistance with eye exams and eyeglasses for those in need (applications are available upon request); the Ridgely Strawberry Festival; the Christmas Parade (the first Saturday in December); placement of decorative/seasonal banners throughout town; sponsorship of youth baseball, football and soccer teams; durable medical equipment loan closet;  monetary and volunteer support of the Ridgely UMC food bank and scholarships to Ridgely area college-bound students. We also make donations to many charitable organizations and youth groups throughout the community.

One service project that the Ridgely Lions do in cooperation with the Greensboro Lions Club is a Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet.  Lions re-purpose good used medical equipment and provide it free of charge to people in need.  If you know of someone in need or you have some good used durable medical equipment to donate, then contact the us on www.facebook.com/ Ridgely Lions Club or Greensboro MD Lions Club. We will even pick it up.

As part of Lions Clubs International we make yearly donations to the Lions Multiple District-22 Low Vision Research Center (The Wilmer Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD), the Lions Leader Dog Program and the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).

The Lions Clubs International motto is “We Serve”. If you’re interested in helping your community and meeting like-minded folks, then we invite you to find out more about Lions and contact us at ridgelylions@verizon.net.   If you have additional questions contact Lion Dave Davis, Membership Chairman at 443-786-2547.

Eligibility

Must be sponsored by a member to join.

Fees

Membership is $260/yr

Food for Learning

Food for Learning is a group of Caroline County volunteers who are passionate about raising funds to end childhood hunger in Caroline County. We see the CCPS backpack program as an important investment in our community. We are excited about the long-term results the program will achieve, including a more productive workforce, better health outcomes, and breaking the cycle of poverty.

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Imagine sitting in a classroom, struggling to pay attention and learn, because you haven’t eaten in three days. Unfortunately, this is a reality for 25% of students in Caroline County. These children rarely get a meal except when they’re at school. Studies show that children who don’t eat over the weekend are not alert enough to learn until Wednesday after they begin receiving meals in school. This means these children are losing half of their time in school to hunger.​ The consequences of childhood hunger are significant:Approximately 2/3 of these children are at risk for developmental delays.By the time they are teenagers, these children are twice as likely to have seen a psychiatrist or have been suspended from school.Children who come to school hungry have lower standardized test scores than low-income children who arrive at school well-fed.Nationally, less than 5% of children living in poverty are likely to graduate high school.about the backpack programIn 2015, Caroline County Public Schools launched an initiative to provide children in need with food for the weekend. On Fridays, these children are provided with backpacks filled with food. This puts the food directly into the kids’ hands, ensuring they are able to eat over the weekend regardless of their circumstances at home.​CCPS also coordinates a summer food program, distributing free meals to kids 18 and younger throughout the County.​These efforts ensure children arrive at school prepared to learn. Results include improved academic performance and decreased behavioral issues.

Mid-Shore Restoring Hope in Women

410-829-7020

12400 River Road, Ridgely, MD 21660

Our purpose is to make sure all women on the Eastern shore of Maryland have a chance at a new start. To begin over in a safe sober environment. We are a board of 5 women who have all been affected by the opiate epidemic and thought we needed to do something to help the women in our communities.

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Service

We pay fees and rent for women going into recovery houses (Sober living). We are a local resource so women looking for help can come to us and we will point them in the right direction for recovery. We give rides to rehab facilities, doctor appointments, work, court, etc.

Wheels for Wishes

Wheels For Wishes is a vehicle donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. When you donate your vehicle you receive fast and free towing, anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region which is the surrounding areas of Washington D.C, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. You will receive a great tax deduction for your donation. Best of all your vehicle donation can help a local child’s dreams come true!

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