Second Annual Nonprofits to Love this February

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It the time of year for hearts and cupids, roses and poems, romantic dinners, Galentine’s Days and… my Second Annual Nonprofits to Love List!

I realized that this is the best time to remember our local nonprofits, and so I listed some great nonprofits last year. All of the past nonprofits were ones dear to my heart, but I wanted to switch it up this year and let you nominate the honorees. The following are the nonprofits chosen to be featured this year.

So what can you do now?

  • Send that check you didn’t get around to sending during the holiday to one of the honorees or your favorite charity. The season of giving may be over, but the season of love just started! Now’s the time to send that donation.
  • Start that New Year’s resolution to volunteer more—many organizations are starting to feel the New Year’s rush drop off, so now is your chance to swoop in and lend that much-needed hand.
  • Donate those items you have packed in a box and ready to go. Trust me they are still needed.

So this Valentine’s Day season (which I’ve decided is the entire month of February), I challenge you to show some love to your favorite local nonprofit or charity.

The point is, now is the time to remember the others that don’t always get remembered beyond Thanksgiving and the typical charity holiday season. So this season of love, let’s look to those that might be overlooked this time of year. Share your faves in the comments section to spread the Valentine’s Day vibes!

What could just ‘B’ more loving?

Art with a Heart

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Little artists sharing their creations. (PC: Art with a Heart)

Founded in 2000, Art with a Heart’s mission is to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art. Art with a Heart works to harness the benefits of arts education to cultivate positive, long-lasting changes in the lives and communities of its students. It provides engaging, educational and interactive visual arts classes to underserved Baltimore-area children, youth and adults in schools, group homes, shelters, community centers, recreation centers, permanent housing facilities, foster care agencies, senior facilities and hospitals.

Sound like something you want to get involved with? Volunteer tasks range from assisting art teachers in classrooms to making sample projects and more! Want to get involved? Email Jenny Hyle! jenny@artwithaheart.net and visit their open house on April 8, 2018. While you’re there, be sure to drop off a gift card to Michael’s or Home Depot to help the artists!

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The Buddy Foundation of Maryland

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The Buddy Foundation of Maryland was started by Jay Dackman and his basset hound, Buddy, with the belief that no dog should be euthanized simply because their owner cannot afford their medical expenses. By helping families in financial need, TBFMD makes sure that our companion animals are taken care of when surgical care is needed.

The Parker family is one great example of community, family and TBFMD coming together to help a dog get back on her paws. The Parkers’ dog, Colleen, had been unable to run and play for quite some time because of an injury to her back left leg. Tanya Parker was told that Colleen would need a cranial cruciate ligament repair in order to get better and have some quality of life. As a single mother, Tanya could not figure out how she would afford the surgery and worried about not being able to get Colleen the help she needed. Working closely with the Parker family, their friends and family, and Northwind Animal Hospital, TBFMD helped piece together a plan of care and provide the funds necessary to make it happen. Colleen received her surgery at Northwind Animal Hospital on 12/26/17 and has healed beautifully!

If you wish to help dog-loving families you can sponsor a family, send in general monetary donations or refer a family in need to the program. For more information go to: www.tbfmd.org

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Colleen and her family. (PC: The Buddy Foundation of Maryland)

 

 

  The League for People with Disabilities, Inc. 

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PC: The League for People with Disabilities Inc.

The League for People with Disabilities, Inc. is committed to offering individuals the opportunity to gain independence, increase self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. Within that is the awesome CLUB1111, The League’s newest program! A nightclub/social club in Baltimore designed especially for our friends with disabilities, CLUB111 opened in January of 2015 and it has been going strong ever since! On the 2nd Saturday of every month, the club opens to anyone with a disability and their family/caregivers. Held in The League’s 50,000 sq ft headquarters, visitors get to dance the night away in an authentic urban nightclub with over 500 people from all across the state! This is available due to a very dedicated community of volunteers and donors—and you can be one of them!

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Dancing at CLUB111 (PC: The League for People with Disabilities, Inc.)

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