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Non-profit organizations play an integral part in shaping our local communities. Relying primarily on foundation support, contributions and volunteering from others, the faces of non-profit organizations are passionate individuals who work to support, improve and affect change in the areas in which they work. Join us each Friday to learn more about our community organizations with our Friday Focus spotlight series and help us highlight our local neighbors.

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June 15, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions

Celebrate African American heritage and culture at the Annual Juneteenth Celebration, June 16 with the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC). The UCAC documents, researches and increases awareness for African American contributions in St. Mary’s County. Through their educational programs, seminars, panels and more they share the history of those before us and create understanding of African American culture. We caught up with Mike Brown, President of UCAC to learn more about their community outreach.  

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June 8, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Greenwell Foundation


Looking for a great place to visit this Summer? Check out Greenwell Foundation! The Greenwell Foundation provides outdoor educational, environmental and therapeutic programs for all ages. Located on the water inside the Greenwell State Park, the foundation offers fun Summer Camps, an Equestrian Program full of horseback rides and lessons, nature trails and so much more. In this week’s Friday Focus, we had the pleasure of hearing from Jolanda Campbell, Executive Director of Greenwell Foundation, about their new Half-Day Discovery Camp for children ages 4-6.


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May 31, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Dawkins Dreams


Insurance is great but it doesn’t cover the daily expenses such as food, parking, gas to and from hospitals, childcare, leave from work and more that occurs when you have an ill child. Dawkins Dreams was created to help raise money for families of ill children with expenses that are not covered by health insurance. Clare Briscoe-Cruppernink founded Dawkins Dreams after experiencing this first-hand when her son was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as a myxoid mesenchymal tumor. After discovering financial assistance is needed by many other families while their child is undergoing treatments for different illnesses, Clare dedicated her time to providing for these families. Help Dawkins Dreams raise money for more families with their upcoming fundraiser Color Blast 5k and Festival on June 2. Learn more about Dawkins Dreams in this week’s Friday Focus!

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May 24, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Southern Maryland Vacation for Vets (V4V)

Veterans who have served our Country sometimes come home wounded or depressed, and integrating back into society can be a challenge. Recovery is a long road and can mean considerable amount of time spent in a hospital or Center. Vacation for Vets (V4V) helps alleviate the challenges by offering Veterans and their families a weekend retreat to enjoy relaxing time with loved ones. Learn more about how Vacation for Vets serves our Veterans in this week’s Friday Focus.


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May 11, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area


The disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area (dRC) specializes in helping individuals with disabilities, their families and community members. The dRC “helps people with disabilities to have a voice and a choice in their life,” giving them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and live how they want to live. It was a pleasure learning from Kim Lett, Program Coordinator and Deputy Director, about their upcoming events and favorite moments at dRC.

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May 4, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Center for Children


Center for Children provides education, therapy and advocacy on mental health services for children and families in Southern Maryland. Through their programs they educate adults on how to not only prevent, but recognize signs if a child is being sexually abused. In this week’s Friday Focus we spoke to Lorin Johnson at Center for Children and learned some great ways to get involved!  
 


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April 27, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS: Charles County Dive Rescue, Inc.


When disaster strikes on the water, Charles County Dive Rescue, Inc. is there to help by dispatching properly trained and equipped divers to assist in emergencies. The organization was founded in 1989, when medical advances in near-drowning resuscitation prompted a need for a specialized rescue team that could respond in those situations. Today, CCDR Company 13 is an independent emergency service agency that operates an in-house training program and maintains a fleet of dive and rescue boats and vehicles. 

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April 18, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Christmas in April, Calvert County

In a true expression of neighbor helping neighbor, Christmas in April volunteers bring assistance to homeowners in need on their annual workday each spring, doing everything from cleaning gutters to roofing to landscaping. This week’s Friday Focus is a conversation with Bill Lloyd, Vice President of Christmas in April, Calvert County, Inc.
 


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April 12, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Charles County Public Library


The Charles County Public Library creates opportunities for the community to engage, discover and learn. Enjoy this week's Friday Focus as Janet Salazar, Executive Director of the Charles County Public Library, shares with us the many ways the Charles County Public Library serves our community, how you can get involved and a little about the La Plata branch relocation project.
 

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March 23, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

The City of Fredericksburg was established in 1728 - that’s 290 years’ worth of history. The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation works to preserve, protect and revitalize the historic environment and culture of the Fredericksburg region, so that our history is not forgotten. Whether you have questions on an historic home renovation, or looking to get involved in your history, the HFFI provides the resources to do so. In this week’s Friday Focus, Sandra Erickson, Director of Operations, shared that one of her favorite things about HFFI are the events they host where the community learns about the historic character of Fredericksburg buildings.


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