Assistance League of the Chesapeake continued to serve the community in most of its programs during this pandemic year. Click on a tab below to learn more. Note that due to the pandemic, two of our programs were put on hiatus. These were our Kids On The Block anti-bullying puppet shows, and our Sing-Alongs for Seniors. These two programs will continue to be on hold until schools and nursing homes/assisted-living facilities open up again.
- We continued our tradition of providing a new book to each student at Georgetown East, Meade Heights and Van Bokkelen elementary schools at the end of the school year. Books were ordered from Scholastic with the help of Georgetown East’s media specialist, Katie Cobb. We pasted a label in each book so readers would know the book came from Assistance League of the Chesapeake. Over 1,200 books were given away.
- Adopt-a-Teacher: When we reached out to our partner schools and asked about any additional help we could provide for them in the fall, a new fourth-grade teacher at Mills-Parole, Susan Kiser, indicated she had no books for her classroom library and no classroom supplies. Through two contacts that our members had, we were able to give her 427 new books and teaching manuals for her classroom. We then went to work gathering school supplies, including staplers, spiral notebooks, three new microscopes, pencils, crayons, highlighters, pencil sharpeners, etc.
- One member, Jane Garbacz, kept the “Little Free Library” stocked with books. This is a little box on the grounds of Georgetown East Elementary School that contains books that students can borrow and return later.
Nest and Nurture Baby Shower
In this program, we provide baby items (clothing, diapers, car seats, strollers, etc.) to the Nest and Nurture program at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Under-served young mothers attend prenatal doctor appointments and education classes. They are then obtain baby necessities from the Nest and Nurture program.
New Community Outreach Project – Greeting Cards for Senior Citizens
We started a new, informal community outreach project where we deliver holiday cards to seniors at the assisted living/nursing home facilities where we usually hold our sing-alongs (plus one facility that is local but not one where we hold sing-alongs). We sign and drop off a number of cards at each facility that the administrators there then give to residents who don’t see any family members. This has been positively received.