Charitable Trust to put the focus on nonprofits
The Charles County Charitable Trust has launched the Nonprofit Economic and Social Impact Study, which aims to develop a picture of the range and activities of nonprofits and to take measure of their contributions to the local economy and to the community’s quality of life.
The principal tool for the study is an extensive survey, which was mailed out on June 5 to all the county’s nonprofit charitable organizations. The deadline for completing and returning the forms is June 14.
According to Vivian Mills, the trust’s executive director, the survey covers all the relevant areas of nonprofit operations. It asks for information ranging from budget and financial activity to fundraising experience, employment, number of volunteers, use of technology, and marketing efforts. It also invites the respondents to indicate what they see as the major needs in the community and to describe their organization’s particular challenges and accomplishments.
Mills said that, while participation is voluntary, the goal is for a generous response that will assure a realistic picture of the nonprofit sector’s role.
When the results have been compiled and evaluated by the end of summer, the Trust will issue a report for widespread distribution. The data will appear only in aggregate form, omitting identification of the participating organizations.
When asked how the study came about, Mills said that much is known about the two other main sectors — business and government — but all too little is known about the nonprofit realm. It has been growing steadily, here as throughout the country, and at the same time it has been subject to growing demands for services and increasing regulatory oversight and public scrutiny. To find out how it is faring under such pressures, she noted, it is far preferable to collect data from the source itself than to make assumptions.
The Charles County Charitable Trust was incorporated in June 2016 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Its mission is to help improve the effectiveness of the county’s nonprofit sector.
The trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors including Sandra McGraw, Melanie Boston-Holland, Ann Chab, Stephen M. Bunker, Tanisha Sanders, Jessica Talley, and Kurt Wolfgang. Additional information is available at www.charlesnonprofits.org or by contacting the Trust at email@example.com or 301-9343700.
Western Parkway, Holly Tree Lane intersection to close
The Department of Public Works announces that the Western Parkway and Holly Tree Lane intersection will be closed to all through traffic on or about July 13, and will reopen on or about Sept. 11.
Western Parkway will be closed between Hadley Drive and Eden Woods Drive/Jefferson Farm Place. Holly Tree Lane will be closed between Lake Drive and Hollins Lane. Signs will be posted notifying the public of the closure and detour routes.
The closure may be postponed and/or extended if weather or other conditions create construction delays. For more information, please contact Brian Kagarise, Project Manager at 301645-0729. To view the intersection closure map, go to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/pw/cs/capital-services-transportation. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
STRT1UP Road Show coming to Charles County on July 18
Local entrepreneurship advocates and Startup Maryland are bringing the Pitch Across Maryland, STRT1UP Road Show to Charles County. The event will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at the Legends Club at Regency Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. This year marks the sixth annual statewide STRT1UP Road Show tour.
The program is an opportunity for technology businesses, start-ups and anyone interested in innovation to pitch ideas, network, and learn about Southern Maryland organizations that support business growth and development. Charles County will be hosting the first event held for the Southern Maryland region.
During the event, entrepreneurs are invited to climb on the Startup Maryland bus and pitch their idea or business in a mobile video studio. Videos are uploaded to YouTube and then open to public viewing/voting, allowing the entrepreneurs, sponsors, investors, and tour hosts to activate social networks for even broader awareness and celebration. Entrepreneurs are provided coaching, guidance, and support from business mentors and other leaders from academia, incubators/accelerators, economic development agencies, and service providers, as well as active angel investors.
This year’s STRT1UP Road Show stop in Charles County is a collaboration of the Southern Maryland region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem partners, including: Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s County Economic Development Departments; Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO); Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT); and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
For more information about the event and to register to pitch your business idea, contact Kim Mozingo at 301645-6637, ext. 711, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.startupmd.typeform.com/to/cMTP0f. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Buy Local Week celebrates 10th anniversary
This July marks the 10th anniversary of the Buy Local Challenge (BLC), which was launched in 2007 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission as a regional initiative, designed to highlight the health and economic benefits that farms provide and encourage consumers to pledge to eat local farm foods every day during Buy Local Week, and beyond.
Over successive years, the Buy Local Challenge generated intense interest from the community. Fueled by public appreciation for the importance of buying local, it quickly grew in popularity and became adopted as a statewide promotion in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Every year, BLC week kicks-off with the Governor’s Proclamation which is endorsed around the state by county governments and economic development departments.
To mark the BLC’s 10th Anniversary, SMADC is hosting a special evening of farms, food and fun on July 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Brandywine. The BLC Celebration will feature tastings of Maryland farm foods, wines, beer and other locally produced beverages, as well as the opportunity to buy from farm vendors, local artisans and crafters. Other highlights include a Southern Maryland-style buffet dinner, live entertainment with the Hayley Fahey Band, the magnificent Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales, a raffle and lawn games.
“We are excited about the BLC Celebration event, it’s open to the public and it’s a great way for folks to meet the farmers who grow their food,” said SMADC director Shelby Watson-Hampton in a press release. “We hope all Marylanders, individuals, families, businesses and organizations will take the pledge this year to support their local farms. It’s easy to do, as we have so many options to buy local now; at farmers’ markets, restaurants, stores, wineries, breweries and even distilleries. The list is endless.”
For tickets and information about the BLC 10th Anniversary Celebration event, go to the Buy Local Challenge website at www. buylocalchallenge.com.
To further engage the public in the BLC Anniversary Celebration, SMADC is inviting everyone to share their BLC shopping spree experiences for a chance to win prizes, by posting their buy local photos to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #buylocalchallenge. For competition details, information on how to participate in the Buy Local Challenge Week (July 22-30), and find statewide links to farmers’ market directories, downloadable BLC logos, pledge certificates and more, go to the BLC website at www.buylocalchallenge.com.
Tickets now on sale for Indian Head Mini Film Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the Southern Maryland Film Festival MiniFest at the Indian Head Black Box Theatre, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. The Mini-Fest will be held on Saturday, July 15, and includes a family-friendly block of short films from 4-6 p.m. and a second block of movies from 7-9 p.m., some of which contain more mature themes and some mild language.
Tickets for each showing are $3 per person regardless of age; or patrons can buy a $5 ticket that is good for the entire evening.
“Partnering with the Indian Head Black Box Theatre has allowed us to keep ticket prices as low as possible,” said SMFF Steering Committee member Heather Husk in a press release. “While the mini-fest is a fundraiser for the 2018 Fest, the goal of both organizations is to promote the arts — to introduce audiences to something new and different and make locally-made films easily accessible to as many audience members as possible.”
Husk and her fellow committee members encourage adults to attend both blocks of film. The family-friendly movies were well received during last weekend’s Mini-Fest at the North Beach American Film Festival. The theater will also be selling refreshments during the intermission, including a cash bar and various local food trucks on site.
To see the line-up of movies for each time slot and purchase tickets, go to the SMFF website at www.smdff.org and scroll to the “Ticketing Options” link.