The Caroline Mentoring Project provides young people an opportunity to develop a structured, trusting relationship with caring adults who offer guidance, support, and encouragement. The program is designed to develop competence and character in our mentees.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained adult volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. The CASA volunteer works with the child, his/her family, teachers, the social worker, and the attorney to ensure that a safe and permanent home is secured for the child in the shortest time possible.
Character Counts Mid Shore, Inc, is a non-profit (501C3) community-based organization that works to espouse positive character development in every aspect of life. Non-political and non-religious, the organization’s mission is to provide and implement a citizen-driven character enrichment program to all citizens in Talbot Dorchester and Caroline Counties.
Our message is based on the Six Pillars of Character – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. CCMS has partnerships with the public schools in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties.
Our program in the public schools is called Winners Walk Tall. Volunteers are recruited and trained to be Character Coaches that visit classrooms for 15 minutes every week with positive character messages, stories, and activities.
CCMS also holds an annual Laws of Life Essay Contest for middle and high school students to write essays reflecting on their use of one or more of the Six Pillars of Character. Cash prizes are awarded in addition to a $2500 scholarship.
Each year a graduating senior in each county is awarded a $1000 Citizenship scholarship.
CCMS is NOT funded by the school systems or any form of government.
The database catalogs community services, maintains accurate information and links citizens with needed services. In addition, the resource database may be used by community planners to document services, identify gaps in services and assist with related community - needs - assessment activities. The database contains approximately 1000 resources and programs throughout the mid-shore and surrounding areas and the United States. The database has been incorporated into two communications vehicles to assist citizens - a toll-free hotline and website. Information referral specialists are available to assist citizens contacting the hotline within a 72-hour period. Inquiries are also accepted via e-mail, fax and written correspondence.
The Community Club of Preston was founded in 1923, and continues to be active as it nears its 100th anniversary. The Club meets the third Tuesday of the month from September through June, at 12 noon at the Community/Lions' Club building, 114 Williamson Street, Preston, with some exceptions. Funds are raised by the Club through such activities as a Fashion Show/Luncheon and Christmas House Tour. Proceeds from their fundraisers go back in to the community via support of such groups and projects as the Preston Fire Department, Imagination Library for Caroline County, Partners In Care, CASA of Caroline County, local high school culinary departments, Power Purse ER Victims Project, Preston Elementary School, Colonel Richardson Middle School, and Colonel Richardson High School. The Club has purchased Christmas gifts for needy families, conducted a coat drive, and offers scholarships to graduating Colonel Richardson High School Seniors. The Club also installed and maintains the Little Free Library (#37123) at the James T. Wright Memorial Park in Preston. The Club is always looking for new projects to support, as well as for new members to help us accomplish our goal of supporting our local community. For more information regarding possible assistance, or if you are interested in joining the Club, call 410-310-5454.
The Center provide a pleasant environment where older adults can socialize and participate in group activities, including recreation; education; physical fitness; arts and crafts; holiday events, outings, fun and games. Lunch is available daily for a small donation. Denton Senior Center has computers with Internet access and offers Senior specific legal advice thru monthly appointments with Mid Shore Pro Bono. MAP/SHIP/SMP provides information and assistance about Medicare and Medicare Savings programs, Social Security, Housing and Utility assistance information, Senior Care, In Home Care and much more. Please call for more information.