Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland

USGS of MD, PO Box 275, Easton, MD 21601

Founded in 1973, the USGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by volunteers and covers Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.The Upper Shore Genealogical Society goal to discover, collect and disseminate data and records significant to history and family research, much of which reveals links between community and the land, as well as the education of its members and others in the techniques of genealogical research.

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Our goal is to: Encourage all of those interested in researching their ancestral heritage and promote fellowship and cooperation. Educate members and the public on genealogical information from the Maryland counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot through meetings, seminars, workshops, and publications. Provide a forum for sharing knowledge that individual members have acquired in their own research. Collect, preserve, and disseminate genealogical, biographical, and historical knowledge and information. General meetings are held at the USGS Research Center at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of the months of January, March, May, September and November. A speaker or presentation will follow and will be noted on the calendar on our website.The USGS Research Center is open to the public on most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are closed federal holiday weekends and for inclement weather.For information about our upcoming events or to verify when the Research Center is open, please visit our website. For hours by appointment, please contact Jean Kelly at 410-482-8072.

Areas Served

Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot

His Hope Ministries



105 Gay Street, Denton, MD 21629

His Hope Haven is a cold weather homeless shelter program providing a compassionate, energetic life-saving community resource and ministry. It is a faith-based, non-profit organization striving to provide a spiritually and physically safe Winter Haven for people experiencing homelessness. We provide guidance and temporary housing in a safe and dignified environment and strive to help our guests regain productive and independent lives.If you or someone you know needs homeless assistance, contact us from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. We will conduct a phone interview before completing a comprehensive intake.If you are interested in volunteering, please call the shelter or email

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His Hope Haven accepts single men and women, as well as family groups, as guests. The shelter opens at 5:30 PM and guests are provided with dinner, breakfast the next morning, and a packed lunch. Shower facilities are available. Guests leave at 9 AM each morning. Guests without transportation are driven into Denton, and picked up there later. The drop off and pickup area is in the parking lot of the court house across from the Episcopal Church on Gay Street.

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

all ages

Ridgely Lions Club


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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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, you may contact us on Ridgely Lions Club or the 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  If you have additional questions contact Lion Donna DiGiacomo, Membership Chairman at 410-310-6126.


Must be sponsored by a member to join.


Membership is $260/yr

Men for Change


100 Austin Street, Federalsburg, MD 21632


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To redirect young men and women in a new and better life, to give them hope and vision, to break the bounds of poverty, discouragement, low self-esteem, and to avoid some of the pitfalls of life. To assist in any way possible to build strong, dependable, committed loving men and women with strong character and integrity.To seek to augment and strengthen the moral, spiritual, and educational health and betterment of minority youth in our rural community, by exposing our young people to uplifting influences, opportunities, and activities, with a goal to inspire and empower them to become educated, solid citizens as they grow into maturity and assume a role in society.

Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore Branch



28500 Owens Branch Road, Salisbury, MD 21801

The Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore Branch distributes food to eight counties: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester.In December 1980, the Maryland Food Bank opened a branch in Salisbury in order to better serve the rural populations of the Eastern Shore. In its first year, the branch distributed about 33,000 meals. In FY 2015, the branch distributed more than 5.2 million meals to food-insecure Marylanders.

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Find a Maryland Food Bank food pantry: with the Farm to Food Bank program–spend a few hours harvesting produce on a local farm. Opportunities arise throughout the growing season from May to mid-November. Gleanings take place Sunday-Thursday evenings, as well as Monday-Friday mornings 8-12. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and must be able to lift approximately 15 pounds. For more information email or call 443-735-0757.

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Hours of Operation

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M–F

Crisis Care Ministries


Bethlehem Wesleyan Church, 5330 Bethlehem Road, Preston, MD 21655

Blessing box is located outside Bethlehem Wesleyan Church. Please call if there is a food emergency, or you need more than is in the box.

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MCF Maryland Coalition of Families



10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 234 Columbia, MD 21044

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) helps families who care for someone with behavioral health needs. Using personal experience as parents, caregivers, youth and other loved ones, we connect, support and empower Maryland’s families. Our staff provide one-to-one support to parents and caregivers of young people with mental health issues and to any loved one who cares for someone with a substance use or gambling issues.

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Our trained staff, who themselves have cared for a young person with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs, will work one-to-one with you – listening to your concerns, attending meetings, assisting you to complete forms, explaining your rights and connecting you to appropriate services. Family Peer Support Specialists (FPSS) also work in partnership with local agencies and participate on planning and advisory boards to provide a family perspective on policies and programs. Family Peer Support Specialists make every effort to involve many families in leadership roles in their community.


Anyone who needs assistance with obtaining services or support for their family can call a Family Peer Support Specialist. Services are provided free to Maryland families.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore



200 W. Main Street Salisbury, MD 21801

Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored mentoring matches between adult volunteers and children ages 6+. Our mission is to improve the life of children by providing youth enrichment and mentoring programs to children facing adversity.

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Mentoring and Youth Enrichment National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are more confident in their schoolwork performance and able to get along better with their families. What can you do to help? Make a donation. Mentor a child. Start a program. Call us or email us to find out how!

Maryland Health Connection, Maryland Healthcare Exchange Navigators


Provides free in person assistance for navigating the Maryland Healthcare Exchange during the open enrollment dates – November 1 – January 31. They can help you compare plans or review or renew a plan you already have.

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