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ALC President is Interviewed on WNAV

Our chapter president, Elaine Atkinson, was interviewed on September 20 on 1430 WNAV’s show, “Talk With.” Listen to the entire interview here. WNAV is a local station serving Annapolis: https://1430wnav.com  

15th Anniversary Luncheon

What started as an idea to bring Assistance League to the Annapolis area has grown into an organization that each year: gives thousands of school uniforms to students performs anti-bullying puppet shows for area second graders provides books, tutoring and classroom assistance to two area elementary schools leads seniors in sing-alongs at local assisted living […]

Members Remember: The Birth of the Stork’s Nest Baby Shower

Over 14 years ago, our board members were researching ways our chapter could support a local hospital. Grier Smokovich, our Philanthropic chair at the time, met with the women at Baltimore Washington Medical Center who ran their Stork’s Nest program to see if it was what we were looking for. What is the Stork’s Nest? […]

Stork’s Nest Baby Shower and Luncheon

  Stork’s Nest Baby Shower to benefit Baltimore Washington Medical Center’s Stork’s Nest. Thursday, October 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Quiet Waters Park, Red Maple Pavilion, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD Park entry fee has been paid for all attendees. Tell gatehouse attendant you are attending the meeting of Assistance League of the Chesapeake. […]

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Helps Kids In Need

Sharon Lee Tegler featured Assistance League of the Chesapeake’s work helping local students in her “Around the Park Again” website. Read the full story here.    

Providing Uniforms for School Students in our County

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Partnering with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to Provide Uniforms for Students Remember the feeling you had when you got new school clothes and the pride you felt wearing them the first day of school? The Assistance League of the Chesapeake®  (ALC) wants more students to have that feeling when […]

ALC Installs Officers for 2021-22

Shown above are Teresa Tudor, Nell Till, Elaine Atkinson, Gilda Sebold, Cindy Culp, Jodee Hechler and Ellen Kalas. Assistance League of the Chesapeake held its first in-person meeting outdoors at local Quiet Waters Park and installed the officers and appointive chairs who will serve the chapter in 2021-22. Officers include: President: Elaine Atkinson V.P. Membership: […]

Anne Banning Leadership Award Given to Marie Bossie

The Anne Banning Leadership Award is named after the founder of Assistance League, who promoted the growth of effective volunteerism through leadership and education. This award demonstrates the importance and value of leadership to Assistance League chapters, while also honoring the accomplishments and dedication of the recipient. This year, the recipient of this special award  […]

2020-21 Accomplishments

Kids In Need We served 7 schools, who had a combined total of 3,600 students this school year. Of that number, approximately 924 students returned to the classroom for hybrid learning. We provided 863 of those students with uniforms. The rest were provided from the emergency closets at the schools, as students continued to trickle […]

Hats and Gloves (and Socks)

Thanks to Assistance League of the Chesapeake, 650 students will receive a hat and gloves this winter! An additional 125 pairs of gloves were also collected and will be distributed to in-need local children. As part of its Kids In Need (KIN) program, our members set up collection boxes at members’ homes and at John […]

Kids In Need

What is Kids In Need? Through Kids In Need (KIN), we provide a new uniform to students at seven local Title I schools. The uniform package includes a pair of khaki pants, a sweatshirt, a polo shirt, socks, underwear and a bag of toiletries. The toiletries include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap. Assistance […]

540 Students Receive Pajamas, Undies and Socks Thanks to Assistance League of the Chesapeake

As many things do, it started with a simple phone call. From there, Assistance League of the Chesapeake members rallied to provide pajamas, undies and socks to all 540 students at Tyler Heights Elementary School (THE) in Annapolis. Back in September, Sarah Daniels, a counselor at THE, contacted one of our members, Pam Meehan. Sarah […]

Stork’s Nest Baby Shower 2020

The piles of boxes of diapers, umbrella strollers, clothing, bottles and other baby paraphernalia grew as members of Assistance League of the Chesapeake dropped of their donations at their annual Stork’s Nest Baby Shower. Soon it was taking eight ALC members and representatives of the Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) to take the donations from […]

Our Chapter’s Accomplishments in 2019-20

Our chapter of Assistance League was really busy in the past fiscal year. Though the coronavirus put most of our programs on hold, we worked creatively to serve our community. In response to the pandemic, our chapter donated 30 Chromebook computers and headsets to two local elementary schools to lend to families that have more […]

Assistance League Members Donate 30 Chromebook Computers to Families at Local Elementary Schools

Assistance League members Yolanda Perry and Marty Sippel along with Tiffany Foster (center), Meade Heights principal. New computers give underserved students the resources they need at Meade Heights and Georgetown East elementary schools. With its usual programs on hiatus due to the pandemic, Assistance League of the Chesapeake members wanted to continue to make contributions […]

Helping Kids In Need

Our terrific grants chair, Kim Taft, asked me to take a look at a grant application she was working on. She very neatly spelled out our work with Kids In Need. That’s the program where we provide new school clothing (in the form of uniforms) to students at seven area schools. I was struck by […]

“Going the Distance”

To honor Black History Month, Assistance League of the Chesapeake sponsored a performance of “Going the Distance” by the Smithsonian Discovery Theater. The performance was held on February 14, 2020, at Georgetown East Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland. We received the funds for the performance through a grant award from the Arts Council of Anne […]

2019 Stork’s Nest Baby Shower

Assistance League of the Chesapeake members gathered December 12 at a very special baby shower to support and celebrate the Stork’s Nest program of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The event was held in Annapolis at the Moorings Bistro restaurant. Sixty Assistance League members and guests donated over $5,800 worth of baby […]

Constellation Community Champions Grant

Thanks to Constellation Energy’s Community Champions grant, Assistance League of the Chesapeake purchased 390 hat and glove sets for the children at Tyler Heights Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland. The grant was used as part of our Operation School Bell program.

The Price is Right! Or, the Value of an Assistance League Volunteer Hour

We had a terrific regular meeting last week. Michele led us in a special “sparkler” to illustrate the value of our volunteer hours. That number, $112,434.31, was revealed in our own special version of “The Price is Right” with Caroline and Vicki “coming on down” to put numbers in the correct dollar order. Thanks to […]

Time, Talent, Treasure

Assistance League of the Chesapeake thrives on the support of its members, who give their time and talent, while also supporting us through financial contributions – their treasure. Thus the alliterative title of this blog post, “Time, Talent, Treasure.” Time: Our members donate upwards of 7,000 hours each year to running our programs and doing […]

AL Chesapeake Awarded $25,000 Grant

Assistance League of the Chesapeake has been awarded a $25,000 grant to support Kids In Need and Project Literacy. The grant comes from the Local Development Council of Maryland. The funds will go to support our work at Van Bokkelen and Meade Heights elementary schools and MacArthur Middle School. It will also help pay for […]

Coming to You From a Sound-Proof Booth in Annapolis!

Kids In Need chair Marie Bossie and I spent a half-hour together late last month in a sound-proof booth! We were at the WNAV radio station being interviewed by Donna Cole for her program, “1430 Connection with Donna Cole.” The program aired on July 7. Though I was nervous in the beginning, talking about one […]

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Receives Grant from Parole Rotary

Assistance League of the Chesapeake is the proud recipient of a Parole Rotary Foundation grant of $3,000. The grant was awarded on June 11, 2019. The Parole Rotary Foundation was established by the Rotary Club of Parole (Annapolis) to support programs that focus on the needs of the local community. The award was presented by […]

New Year, New Leadership

Assistance League of the Chesapeake announced its new board for 2019-20 at its May regular meeting. We look forward to a wonderful year continuing our work in Anne Arundel County under their leadership. They include: President: Maryann Gosnell V.P. Membership: Elaine Atkinson V.P. Philanthropic: Yolanda Perry V.P. Resource Development: Cindy Culp Education: Kim Hudyma Treasurer: […]

Legacy of Literature

When Assistance League of the Chesapeake member Kim Hudyma heard that the Severna Park, Maryland, library had books to give away, a lightbulb went off. She knew this donation would fit in perfectly with our Legacy of Literacy Project. Every year, we collect gently used books and distribute them to local Title I schools, and […]

Parent Connection Features Assistance League of the Chesapeake

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Parent Connection show featured our chapter president, Lyn Hopkins, and Kids In Need chair, Marie Bossie. View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIXEM1Bt1bc&feature=youtu.be In the video, Lyn and Marie talk about our programs in the community with host Teresa Tudor.

Saluting ALC Member Marie Bossie

What’s Up? Annapolis magazine’s Towne Salute recently featured Marie Bossie, Assistance League of the Chesapeake member who chairs our Kids In Need program. Marie has held almost every position and chair in our chapter. In addition to Kids In Need, she has assisted with grant writing and fund raising, participated in sing-alongs at nursing homes […]

A Partnership “Impossible to Quantify”

Under the headline, “A Partnership Impossible to Quantify,” Lauren Grey-Hawkins nominated Assistance League of the Chesapeake for a 2019 Anne Arundel County Public School Business Partner of the Year award. “It is a privilege to be able to share the incredible partnership your organization has with AACPS,” says Ms. Grey-Hawkins, who works for the Office […]

A Musical Journey Through Latin America from Cantaré and Assistance League

Local elementary school students took a musical journey through Latin America thanks to Assistance League of the Chesapeake. Students at Meade Heights Elementary and Georgetown East Elementary schools were treated to performances by Cantare on February 7 and  8, which were hosted by our chapter through an Art-in-Education Program grant from the Arts Council of […]