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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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February 7, 2019

FRIDAY FOCUS: The ARC Central Chesapeake Region (CCR)

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (CCR) serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families within the Chesapeake Region. The Arc CCR provides programs and services for all ages, at any stage of life – helping individuals become fully included in the community where they live. This week, we caught up with Jonathon Rondeau, CEO of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, to learn about their upcoming events and appreciate one of their favorite moments.

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January 31, 2019

FRIDAY FOCUS – Loisann’s Hope House

During the winter months, we are especially grateful for amazing organizations such as Loisann’s Hope House that help provide shelter for those in need. Loisann’s Hope House doesn’t just provide shelter though - they work tirelessly to quickly move children and their families from homelessness to permanent housing. Their program offers educational support, services, training, placement and so much more to give people the boost they need for a better quality of life. In this week’s Friday Focus we spoke to Lisa Crittenden, Chief Executive Director of Loisann’s Hope House and learned about her favorite moment and great ways to get involved.


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January 24, 2019

FRIDAY FOCUS - Calvert Hospice

​Calvert Hospice provides for the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of patients who are facing terminal illnesses. Hospice care is there for you through it all – to help make sure the patient and family can enjoy lasting “moments” together in comfort versus stress. The Burnett Calvert Hospice house, also known as “the house that love built” supports residents who require more skilled care then those in-home can provide. This week, we met with Amanda Peterson, Communications and Volunteer Coordinator, to learn more about Calvert Hospice.

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January 11, 2019

Friday Focus - 1st Responder Canine

Dogs have always been known as “mans” best friend, they care, support and provide a comfort to us, as we do for them. 1st Responder Canine is dedicating their time to train puppies to become specialized service dogs to help first responders facing mobility and trauma related injuries regain independence. 1st Responders Canine will train the dogs for approximately 2 years before being placed with their first responder owner. We enjoyed meeting Roger E. Giese, Founder and CEO of 1st Responder Canine, with Grace, Chief, Moose (current training dogs) to learn more about this inspiring organization in this week’s Friday Focus.
 


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November 23, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Despite a lifetime of hard work, the golden years can turn out to be a challenge. Inflation, low-wage jobs, accidents, costly health issues and other complications have left many seniors struggling to survive on social security alone. Cedar Lane Senior Living Community is committed to being part of the solution by offering these seniors a great place to live, priced within their means. This week, we caught up with Beverly Stickles, President and CEO of Cedar Lane, to learn more about the wonderful community Cedar Lane has created for those in need.

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November 15, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Calvert Library Foundation

The Library provides a hub for members of the community to connect and interact with each other through engaging activities, programs and resources. The Calvert Library Foundation works hard to maintain and improve the resources available at the Library through the help of community members and local businesses. Scott Deacon, President of the Calvert Library Foundation, shares with us some touching moments and upcoming events the community can look forward to in this week’s Friday Focus.


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October 18, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - The Lobby Coffee Bar & Café

Have you ever stopped by The Lobby Coffee Bar & Café in Calvert County? This unique Coffee Bar operates as a non-profit enterprise, supporting the missions of End Hunger in Calvert County, Honduras Compassion Partners and Chesapeake Church. Help support local organizations by stopping by for your next cup of coffee or join them for one of their many events! In this week’s Friday Focus, we had the pleasure of hearing from Nicholas Cartron, Lead Barista & Coffee Culture Manager at The Lobby, to learn more about the great ways they are contributing to our community.

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October 4, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Dream Queen Association

I’m going to share an exert from the Dream Queen Association's website because I think it is so inspiring…“Imagine a place that embraced the true essence of who you are and celebrated your uniqueness. Imagine a community that encouraged you to be fulfilled in the present while inspiring your goals and dreams for the future. Imagine a culture that accepted differences and embraced messages of unity, love, truth and forgiveness. Imagine a world that celebrated the impactful treasures of being feminine, heart-centered, powerful and independent. Welcome to the Dream Queen Association!” Erin Lewis, Founder and Chairman, shared the many ways you can be a part of this motivating organization in this week’s Friday Focus.


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September 27, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Girls on the Run Southern Maryland

Confidence. Joyful. Meaningful. These are just some of the words used to describe the focus of Girls on the Run Southern Maryland. Girls on the Run provides young girls a positive development program designed to enhance their social, psychological and physical skills. The girls work hard all year to prepare for their main event - a 5k, including music, dancing, activities and of course running. Support Girls on the Run Southern Maryland by learning more about them from Jill Tennyson, Executive Director, in this week’s Friday Focus.

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September 13, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - 301 Derby Dames

The 301 Derby Dames provides women a chance to be a part of a team, developing friendships, leadership skills and building self-esteem. The skaters get involved in the community to help fellow non-profit organizations as well as offer an environment that believes and supports one another. In this week’s Friday Focus we spoke to Kelsey Pearson and learned about some of their upcoming events. Stop by their table at the Charles County Fair!


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