Great things are hap­pen­ing with Com­mis­sion for Women

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Max­ine Somerville, La Plata The writer is the chair­per­son for the Charles County Com­mis­sion for Women.

The Charles County Com­mis­sion for Women has been ac­tive in serv­ing the com­mu­nity the past few months. We part­nered with Charles County Pub­lic Schools on a “Tell Your Story” for March’s Women’s His­tory month. Five Com­mis­sion mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in go­ing to all eight mid­dle schools in the county, speak­ing to more than 500 mid­dle school stu­dents re­gard­ing their per­sonal sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences. Sto­ries shared were about courage, bul­ly­ing, sis­ter­hood, com­pas­sion, and sup­port­ing your com­mu­nity.

On Satur­day, April 22, we spon­sored an Es­ca­la­tion Work­shop at the Wal­dorf West li­brary. This work­shop was geared for youth ages 12 and above and their par­ents that talked about teen dat­ing. The work­shop was led by the One Love Foun­da­tion, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that was cre­ated based upon the story of Yeard­ley Love, who died in 2010 due to be­ing killed by her boyfriend due to dat­ing vi­o­lence. This in­for­ma­tive, yet provoca­tive dis­cus­sion with 15 in­di­vid­u­als gave an op­por­tu­nity for hon­est dis­cus­sion around the is­sues our youth are fac­ing, and par­ent’s tips on how to ad­dress hav­ing th­ese dis­cus­sions at home.

On Satur­day, April 29, the Com­mis­sion for Women part­nered with the Taber­na­cle of Praise Church in Wal­dorf to con­duct a Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy work­shop for chil­dren, youth and adults from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This work­shop gave 70 par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to be hands-on, learn­ing how to bud­get, iden­ti­fy­ing needs vs. wants, and es­tab­lish­ing/main­tain­ing credit and credit score.

Five mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in the March for Ba­bies on Sun­day, May 7. The com­mis­sion raised ap­prox­i­mately $300 to sup­port this cause and vol­un­teered at the Mis­sion tent.

On May 23, the Mary­land Com­mis­sion for Women hosted a lis­ten­ing tour in Charles County to hear concerns re­gard­ing is­sues af­fect­ing women and chil­dren. Held at the Col­lege of Southern Mary­land’s La Plata cam­pus, th­ese lis­ten­ing ses­sions called “Voices of Mary­land Women” were held statewide. Ap­prox­i­mately 30 per­sons par­tic­i­pated in this in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion, and not only shared concerns, but dis­cussed strate­gies for im­prove­ment.

Seven mem­bers par­tic­i­pated as vol­un­teers for the an­nual Project Grad­u­a­tion, an op­por­tu­nity for se­niors to cel­e­brate their grad­u­a­tion achieve­ments. Five mem­bers vol­un­teered over the three­night event of June 1-3 at the Col­lege of Southern Mary­land. Five mem­bers also par­tic­i­pated at Fox 5 DC’s Zip Trip near O’Don­nell Lake in Wal­dorf on July 7, bring­ing at­ten­tion to the com­mis­sion and the needs of women and fam­i­lies.

We are ex­cited about what the com­mis­sion is do­ing in the com­mu­nity. We are happy to part­ner with var­i­ous agen­cies in the county to bet­ter the lives of women and chil­dren in the county.

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