Ways YOU Can HELP
Programs operate throughout the year in partner schools. Our objective is to provide those faced with emergent crisis, food insecurity, and whom are economically challenged the opportunity to have accessibility to humanitarian service aides.
The Collaborative Team and its partners appreciate your generosity and support of our mission to aide, impact, enrich and empower those of our community through a "Holistic Approach to Education & Community".
1. Sponsor Lunch, or Breakfast for youth and adult volunteers. Each month we ensure all volunteers are provided with breakfast and lunch . We have noted that many of our youth volunteers are challenged with food insecurity this aides them to have a nutritious meal. Many of them are permitted with parental permission to take food home for their families. Help us Help them!
2. Adopt a Student & Their Family provide them with a meal, or three if you like for a day, week or month.
3. Provide Student with a backpack filled with school supplies.
4. Or, Adopt several Students provide backpacks filled with school supplies. Help them start the year off right and obtain academic success through your generous donation
5. Provide a Uniform Voucher, or Gift Cards, or donate new uniforms, or gently used ones (all colors polo shirts, khaki pants/skorts, and jumpers for ES children)
6. Provide Personal care and household goods. Families whom are economically challenged are not always able to provide the necessary needs for their students to attend school with proper hygiene. This can cause students to disengage and interfere with learning, and academic success. Help us Help Them.
Programs & Activities
The Charles Carroll Middle School is the host of the Community Partners Food Pantry/Family Market, is the host site for its Community HUB-Family Market. These programs operates monthly with wrap around services supports provided through community agency partnerships. The market is assembled as an open style market to promote client choice for those it serves. It occurs on an annual and 10-month schedule at each host site on Saturdays. (Click EVENTS to LEARN More)
The Family Markets feature wrap around service by way of providing the following:
“Enrichment Tools” these tools are implemented by community partner agencies in a mini workshop format for 20-30 minute intervals with a Q & A session incorporated on areas such as –
Nutrition Education to promote healthy eating and living. Food Demos utilizing various produce and food distributed from the market that month.
Human Resource Intake and Information sessions for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
Health Care Information and Intake for patrons whom need health care supports.
Youth Service Programs and Department of Social Service Supports.
Healthy Living Training with exercise demonstration through partners like MD Physicians Care.
Variant Information sessions, service intake and agency program collateral is provided by local, state and grass-root agencies whom rotate on a monthly schedule to provide families with access points and information to a diversity of service supports.
This program is inclusive of the “Community Advocacy” leg of the model which is the volunteerism/mentorship program for the school’s student population and its feeder schools.
The Boutique’-features an area for patrons attending the market to peruse the items available which are: gently used or new clothing-uniforms-shoes, personal care items, household goods, reading material and school supplies. This area provides an assortment of resources to aid families. These items are provided through partnership with “World Vision”, and many caring donors.
Community Advocacy/Volunteer Service/Mentorship Program
this program provides students and families of the community are encouraged to volunteer during scheduled service days with the “Family Markets at host sites. The program is structured to provide students the opportunity to earn community service hours while engaging and learning community advocacy during the market setup and distribution of the market. During this time students gather for “RAP” sessions which focus on several areas they are: (1) the promotion of social awareness through discussion to strengthen the participant’s knowledge as it pertains to food insecurity in their community, economic demographics and their effects, cultural variables, current events and their societal impact. (2) Participants then explore solutions to learn how they can impact personally, collectively, and as a community to bring positive active resolutions through service and community engagement. (3) Participates learn constructive legislation through open discussion and activities to garner understanding of the legislative process, participants are provided the opportunity during market distributions engagement with local political leaders, advocates, and community leaders. (4) Participants learn how cohesive community relationships aide in the delivery of community service initiatives (5) Participants explore the causes of hunger and poverty in their community, and what resolutions can be developed to address the identified to impact change in their community.
Volunteers garner a marketable job skill while serving in the “Family Market programs. Students whom volunteer regularly for one year are given letters of recommendation upon request; which highlight their community service and the skills they’ve garnered while serving to aide them in securing employment.
We believe by exposing students to leadership principals, they will become enriched in their life endeavors, and become self-disciplined which will provide them with an edge in meeting their purposed potential, and succeed academically. Previous participants in this program have had many accomplishments, some have become leaders of their peers in diverse activities, and many have become community advocates volunteering using their skills to serve other in grass-root programs. They have decided to take their place amongst great leaders, and become viable citizens of their communities, and in their families.
Senior Brown Bag Program@ Windsor Crossing Senior Complex this program is structured for seniors whom may have moderate to low income, and are the ages of (age 55 and up) whom are challenged with food insecurity. The program operates one (1) time a month on site at the Windsor Crossing Senior Complex participants are provided with supplemental bags of grocery items, fresh produce and nutrition education materials monthly. All items are distributed on site to aide those with limited mobility. In addition, participants are afforded the opportunity to engage in min-workshop from community partners whom present service information of various human services (health information, food demos of fresh produce items, preventive health care modules, and other service deliverables). Those of the community are encouraged to volunteer to aide with distribution and activities.