Monday, March 4, 2013
Friendship Hospital for Animals teams up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise money for blood cancer research.
Friendship Heights is a good place for forming friendships. Take, for example, the recent teaming up of the Friendship Hospital for Animals (4105 Brandywine St. NW, Washington, DC) and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Together, they'll form "Team Friendship," which will participate in the Inaugural Nike Women's Marathon Half in DC on April 28, 2013. The 20-person team hopes to raise more than $40,000 for cancer research. "I am so excited that we will have such a large presence at the Nike event," team captain Tanya Boris-Cass said. "When I started the team, I thought I would only have a few people join. The response was overwhelming. It’s amazing how many people are moved by the mission" of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, she added. The …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Help track walkers along the C&O Canal towpath on car or bike, from Angler's Inn in Potomac to Harpers Ferry, WV.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Soley Somma plans to drive a truckload of donations to New York City Tuesday morning to help victims of superstorm Sandy.
Wheaton resident Soley Somma has strong connections to New York City. It's where she met her husband, and it's where her brother now lives. And on Tuesday, Somma and her mother will be driving to the city with a truckload of donations for the people left cold, hungry and powerless in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Somma began collecting food and other emergency items on Friday at her home, and word spread quickly. She and other volunteers worked from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, sorting through items and labeling them. "Every single room in my house is filled," she said. Somma is coordinating with Queens Mama, a neighborhood network for parents in New York, and she will be delivering supplies to Rockaway, Queens, a peninsula particularly hard-…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A Kensington teen who has dedicated his time to volunteering for those with special needs since he was about 10 years old was recently honored with an award for his service.
Like many 16-year-old boys approaching their junior year of high school, Scott Gerson loves to play sports and is focused on researching colleges. However, one thing sets Scott apart from his peers – his love for and dedication to volunteering for groups with developmental disabilities. He dedicates much of his time volunteering with the Special Olympics and was recently honored with a regional volunteer award from Seattle ice cream shop, Lovin’ Scoopful. According to the shop’s website, 25 percent of its profits are donated to the Special Olympics, and they honor one youth in the Mid-Atlantic, New England and West Coast regions with their “Lovin’ Award” each year, in addition to one national recipient. Scott’s father, Jon Gerson, says …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Residents of the Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase donate books to the state prison system.
When residents of the Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase no longer have use for a book, they don't just toss it away, or try to re-sell it on the Internet. Instead, they donate used books to the Maryland Prison System, so that inmates may have access to a well-stocked library. "We have developed a really nice relationship with the [head librarian] for the Maryland State Correctional Library system, Ruth Mewborn. Our community has donated several boxes of books for use in these libraries," Susan Bick, lifestyle director of the Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase, wrote in an email to Patch. Bick and others at the Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase—an independent and assisted living apartment complex at 8100 …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thousands of volunteers are expected to clean debris from the river and its tributaries on Saturday, as part of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s 23rd annual Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration.
Last year, approximately 2,000 volunteers helped remove 335 tires and 2,600 bags of trash and recyclable materials—totaling 42 tons—from the Anacostia River during the Earth Day Cleanup. Among those items: five TVs, three toilets, three sofas, one refrigerator, 18 chairs, three tents, seven bikes, two mattresses and one newspaper vending box for the Washington Star. More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to continue the work this Saturday. Volunteers will be working to remove trash and debris at 40 cleanup sites along the shores of the Anacostia River in Washington and several upstream tributaries in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Additional volunteers will also be planting trees in a wetland restoration project in Bladensburg. …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Participation in the Village of Martin's Additions' food drive has fallen off in the past two months.
While more than 1,300 pounds of nonperishable food have been donated to the Village of Martin's Additions' food drive in 2012, participation has fallen off in the past two months, said Linda and Dick Kirschten, food drive coordinators, in an email to Patch. "Hunger remains a major problem, despite some signs of an economic uptick. And with prices at the pump eating into family budgets for other essentials, food assistance becomes even more important," the Kirschtens added. In fact, Montgomery County is one of the most expensive places to live in the country (as well as one of the richest counties in the country). "Families with young children in Montgomery County must earn at least $64,000 a year just to cover their basic needs without …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Students from around the world gathered at the Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase on March 30 to prepare the trails for spring.
The Audubon Naturalist Society's outdoor trails received a spruce-up last Friday, March 30, thanks to the hard volunteer work of a few international students studying in Washington, DC. The volunteers were some of the 140 Fulbright foreign students from 80 countries who were participating in an enrichment seminar in DC from March 28 to April 1. They spent Friday morning cleaning up the trails, pulling out vines and invasive species, painting fences and getting the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD, ready for spring. The Audubon Naturalist Society is the largest and oldest independent environmental organization in the Washington, DC region.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Nominate your friends and family for senior, youth, organization and corporate service awards.
Do you have a friend or family member who deserves recognition for extraordinary community work and volunteerism? Montgomery County is looking for nominations for the first annual Montgomery Serves Awards, to be presented Monday, April 30 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Through these awards, Montgomery County will recognize the commitment and dedication of individuals, businesses, community organizations and youth who have worked to make a positive difference in the county. The Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award will honor two senior recipients ages 60 and older, whose "accomplishments, enthusiasm and lifelong commitment to volunteer service make them outstanding role models," according to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Bethesda-based MoverMoms will host its fifth-anniversary "Be Inspired" luncheon and auction on Sunday, Feb. 12th, at the River Falls Clubhouse in Potomac.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was submitted by MoverMoms co-founder Rebecca Kahlenberg. Bethesda-based MoverMoms will be hosting its fifth-anniversary "Be Inspired" luncheon and auction on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the River Falls Clubhouse in Potomac. This will not be your typical suburban silent auction—it features many services donated by the nonprofit group's participants, including an hour of dance coaching by a "MoverTeen," a guitar and mandolin lesson by a "MoverDad," handmade glassware, scarves and hats by MoverMoms, handmade pottery by a "MoverGrandfather," cat-sitting services by a "MoverKid" and much more. Special guests include former Congresswoman Connie Morella, State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez and first lady of Montgomery County …