Volunteer

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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Service

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.

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Partners in Care

410-822-1803

Partners In Care is a volunteer time banking organization whose mission is to help older adults remain in their homes. We provide rides for members of 50+ years to medical appointments, phamacies, grocery stores or anywhere our older adults want to go. Our “Repairs with Care” program is a honey do list promoting safety in members homes. At Partners In Care, we pride ourselves in finding needed resources, which can be challenging for an older adults. We are “Neighbors helping Neighbors” to ensure safety and comfort for all of our members everyone must pass a criminal background check. As a volunteer you could help someone in your community. We meet at the Library once a month for information and orientation of volunteers. A notice will be posted announcing the meetings and an RSVP would be very helpful.Visit our Website at www.partnersincare.orgHave questions? Contact Nita Webster or Pam O’Brien at 410-822-1803 and find out how you can help older adults in your community. Partners In Care receives local funding from The Caroline Foundation, The United Way of Caroline County and Choptank Electric.

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Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocate, Eastern Shore Chapter (MHAA)

301-471-1830

We are an organization fighting heroin addiction, consisting of family members with lived experience who advocate, raise awareness and support those suffering with substance use disorder. We complete our mission by collaborating with other advocates, state and local leaders/officials to create policies, initiate prevention practices along with education and promoting quality treatment through a continuum of care, including recovery services.

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Veterans Support Centers of America

VSCOA is a nonprofit organization formed to serve the rural disabled and homeless Veteran community. Their PAWS (Partnering Animals With Soldiers) Program is dedicated to helping both homeless veterans and homeless animals. Visit their website for more information. They also provide advocacy and limited shelter services. If you are a veteran in need of shelter, please call 410-873-2500 or 410-873-2550. For resource questions please call Mike Bargiband at 443-924-0872, or email mike.bargiband@vscoa.org. For general inquiries please email support@vscoa.org or visit the website.

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Christian Shelter, Inc Emergency Shelter

410-749-5673

334 Barclay Street, Salisbury, MD 21801

Christian Shelter is a temporary, emergency shelter providing safe housing and meals and for men, women and children who are homeless.

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Kitty Knight Chapter, Maryland State Society, National Society United States Daughters of 1812

The United States Daughters of 1812, founded in 1892, is a women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to:–Promoting patriotism, preserving and increasing knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics,–Marking of historic spots,–Recording of family histories and traditions,–Celebration of patriotic anniversaries,–Teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812,–To urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military, and naval service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive, and–To maintain at National Headquarters In Washington D.C., a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.

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Areas Served

Eastern Shore

Aaron’s Place #2 Food Pantry

443-243-5906

435 Main Street, Goldsboro, MD 21636

Food pantry open Sunday 10am – 1pm, and Wednesday 10am – 1pm. Please call Cheryl with any questions.

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Area

Goldsboro

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Adkins Arboretum

410-634-2847

410-634-2878

12610 Eveland Rd. Ridgely, MD 21660

Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and preserve, promotes the conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay region’s landscapes. As a model for land management and ecological restoration, the Arboretum fosters community engagement and inspires the adoption of land stewardship practices for a healthier and more beautiful world.

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Services Provided: 
This 400-acre preserve is located on the Tuckahoe Creek and includes portions of the region’s most significant wetlands. Offers five miles of walks, education programs, art exhibits, lectures, special events, wedding rentals, workshops, garden tours, and native plant sales. Public amenities include a visitor’s center with gift shop, library, and meeting room. Many volunteer opportunities available. Nature preschool gives free tuition to families living in Caroline County through a community grant.

Guided Nature Walks 1st Saturday of every month at 10:00am. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve through December 31.

Fees: 
Admission fees are waived in 2021, thanks to the generosity of our members. Donations and memberships are greatly appreciated!

Hours of Operation: 
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Primary Contact:
Ginna Tiernan, Executive Director

Secondary Contact:
Jenny Houghton, Assistant Director

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