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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 […]

Kids On The Block: A Unique Way to Help Kids Recognize and Prevent Bullying

What better way to get children’s rapt attention than with life-size puppets. And there is no more effective way to teach essential life skills, such as how to recognize and prevent bullying. Assistance League of the Chesapeake’s Kids On The Block puppet troupe has been entertaining second graders in Anne Arundel County for 16 years […]

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Nominated for Award

Our chapter has been nominated for the 2019 Excellence in Education Business Partner of the Year. Sixteen local businesses, agencies and organizations have been nominated by schools and offices to be honored for their contributions to Anne Arundel County Public Schools students, programs and schools. The award will be presented, and the two winners announced, […]

Stork’s Nest Baby Shower

The tables were overflowing with donated baby items that ran the gamut from diapers to bottles, from onesies to hand-knitted hats. Members of Assistance League® of the Chesapeake purchased the items, coming together to do their part to help young mothers deliver healthy babies. A healthy baby starts with a healthy pregnancy. But engaging pregnant […]

Win a New York City Vacation — New Third Prize Announced!

A new Third Prize has been announced for our raffle: a $75 gift certificate to Cafe Mezzanotte, a local favorite restaurant in Severna Park. Raffle tickets are now on sale for a New York City Vacation! The package includes accommodations, $500 cash, and other features, valued at $2,250. Second prize is four Nationals baseball tickets […]

Homeless Resource Day

Ten enthusiastic and energetic Assistance League of the Chesapeake members volunteered at Homeless Resource Day on October 27. This marks the eleventh year that we have participated in the event, held by the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. “The experience is an eye-opener and a lesson in humility and gratitude,” said AL Chesapeake […]


Multi-purpose rooms. Stages. Music classrooms. Libraries. These are some of the types of rooms we have recently used at local elementary schools. Our purpose has been to measure Kids In Need for school uniforms. Today’s “room” was a section of the Anne Arundel County Public School warehouse in Millersville, where the school system lets us […]

Communicating with our Community

Assistance League of the Chesapeake has no paid staff, and yet all the volunteers show up at the right places and at the right times. How do we make this happen? We do this through the Monday Minute. While it may actually take more than a minute to read, our weekly Monday Minute keeps everyone […]

Here We Go Again!

It may be summer, but September and the start of the next school year are on Marie Bossie’s mind as she drives to the warehouse where school uniforms and clothing are stored. Anne Arundel County Public Schools very generously allows us at Assistance League of the Chesapeake to share their storage space not far from […]

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Receives Grant from Parole Rotary Club

Thanks to the Parole Rotary Club, Assistance League of the Chesapeake will be able to provide uniform packages to 56 students at Tyler Heights Elementary School and 108 books for students at Georgetown East Elementary School. On June 5, the club presented us with a $2,000 grant in support of our Operation School Bell Kids […]

Assistance League of the Chesapeake Grant Funds Special Performances at Local Schools

On May 2 and 4, Assistance League of the Chesapeake sponsored four performances of “We Got It! A Show About Empathy” for students at Georgetown East Elementary School, Annapolis, Md., and Meade Heights Elementary School, Ft. Meade, Md. The performances were funded by a grant that Assistance League received from the Arts Council of Anne […]

What is Assistance League®?

“How long have you lived here?” asked Darla, the very nice lady at the Annapolis Boat Show. “Just one week,” I replied. “Do you know anyone?” she responded. “Not a soul,” I said. “We’ll change that,” she said, with a twinkle in her eye. And she did. I was invited to the next meeting of […]

Ice Cream Social at Meade Heights Elementary School

Assistance League of the Chesapeake members organized the annual Ice Cream Social at Meade Heights Elementary School on Friday, April 6. Over 425 students, staff and volunteers were served. The event is held to honor children who meet criteria set by the school system regarding absences, behavior and scholarship. The students appreciate that they are […]