MSBR makes do­na­tions to help chil­dren

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EAS­TON — Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors selected CarePacks in Tal­bot County,Food for Learn­ing in Caro­line County and Meals Til Mon­day in Dorch­ester County as the re­cip­i­ents of the $9,000 CARE award.

Each non­profit will re­ceive $3,000. Each of th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­vides food to chil­dren who do not get enough to eat at home. Dur­ing the school day, most of th­ese stu­dents get free or re­duced meals, but once home, they are not ad­e­quately fed.

“I couldn’t think of a bet­ter cause than to help feed our lo­cal chil­dren and am glad the real­tors chose th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions,” MSBR Pres­i­dent Dor­maim Green said. “Know­ing that th­ese groups pro­vide nu­tri­tious and healthy foods, now th­ese stu­dents can come to school ready to learn and not fo­cused on where their next meal will come from.”

In Septem­ber, MSBR re­ceived the CARE award from Mary­land Real­tors for Mid-Shore’s mem­ber con­tri­bu­tion of time, in kind con­tri­bu­tion, and fundrais­ing on be­half of lo­cal char­i­ties in all three coun­ties. This is the fifth time in the past eight years Mid-Shore has won.

The CARE award was es­tab­lished in 2002 to rec­og­nize the char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions of Mary­land Real­tors in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. In 2015, the award was re­named the Wil­liam J. Neary Jr. Com­mu­nity Ac­tion and Real­tors Ex­cel­lence Award to honor the cham­pion of this award, a MSBR mem­ber and for­mer state REAL­TOR Pres­i­dent Wil­liam “Bill” J. Neary Jr.

Al­most $50,000 from the five CARE awards have been do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties from the Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors. Th­ese char­i­ties in­clude the Pe­di­atric

Ward of Eas­ton Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, the Al­lied Health Cen­ter at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity — Chop­tank and Tuck­a­hoe, the Neigh­bor­hood Ser­vice Cen­ter in Eas­ton, the Del­marva Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Cen­ter in Cam­bridge and St. Martins Min­istries in Rid­g­ley.

Food for Learn­ing co­founder Fred Spence said Food for Learn­ing has be­gun its first year, and this gift from the real­tors will help in its fundrais­ing en­deav­ors to serve the iden­ti­fied 500 chil­dren who are food in­se­cure in Caro­line County.

He said about 25 per­cent of Caro­line County chil­dren do not re­ceive meals over

the week­ends. He said re­search shows chil­dren who are not fed over the week­end aren’t alert enough to learn un­til Wed­nes­day, af­ter they have re­ceived meals at school. Food for Learn­ing greatly ap­pre­ci­ates this do­na­tion, which will pro­vide chil­dren a foun­da­tion to suc­cess­fully pre­pare for their fu­ture en­deav­ors.

MidShore Meals til Mon­day founder and Di­rec­tor Les­lie Bishop said Meals til Mon­day was founded in the spring 2017 and helps more than 330 chil­dren in Dorch­ester County.

“Re­cently, our di­rec­tors de­cided to add Mace’s Lane Mid­dle School to the pro­gram but did not have a way to fund it,” Bishop said

“This $3,000 check was just in time and will make such a dif­fer­ence to th­ese stu­dents. We are a back­pack pro­gram, send­ing home nu­tri­tious food to help food­in­se­cure school chil­dren in Dorch­ester County each week, as well as chil­dren at­tend­ing sum­mer pro­grams, so this is a year-round pro­gram.

“We help bridge the gap from when the child goes home on Fri­day un­til Mon­day when break­fast and lunch is pro­vided at school,” she said. “We serve about one-third of the at-risk school chil­dren in Dorch­ester County.

“Re­cently, the pro­gram added Maces Lane Mid­dle School to the pro­gram but

did not have a way to fun­dit, this $3,000 check was just in time and will make such a dif­fer­ence to th­ese stu­dents,” she said. “We are a back­pack pro­gram, send­ing home nu­tri­tious food to help food-in­se­cure school chil­dren in Dorch­ester County each week, as well as chil­dren at­tend­ing sum­mer pro­grams, so this is a year-round pro­gram. We help bridge the gap from when the child goes home on Fri­day un­til Mon­day when break­fast and lunch is pro­vided at school. We serve about one-third of the at-risk school chil­dren in Dorch­ester County.”

“CarePacks, now in its sixth year; pro­vides over 560 Tal­bot County school

chil­dren with food so they won’t go hun­gry at night,” said CarePacks co-founder Me­gan Cook. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the Real­tors sup­port and gen­eros­ity. “This $3,000 check will go a long way in help­ing many lo­cal chil­dren.”

The Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors has more than 500 real­tors and af­fil­i­ates from Caro­line, Dorch­ester, and Tal­bot Coun­ties. The mis­sion of the Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors is to ad­vo­cate for its mem­bers and the pub­lic to pre­serve the right to own, trans­fer and uti­lize real prop­erty. MSBR pro­vides its mem­bers with re­sources to con­duct busi­ness pro­fes­sion­ally in ac­cor­dance with the Real­tors Code of Ethics.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Mid-Shore Board of Real­tors presents three $3,000 checks to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to help chil­dren. From left: Shelby Roney; Bob Rich; Les­lie Stevens; Emily Moody; Bill Grif­fin; Dor­maim Green, MSBR pres­i­dent; Will Bishop, di­rec­tor of strate­gic plan­ning for Meals Til Mon­day; Fred Spence with Food for Learn­ing; Me­gan Cook with CarePacks; Les­lie Bishop, founder and di­rec­tor of MidShore Meals til Mon­day; Julie Crain, co-di­rec­tor of Meals Til Mon­day; Judy Dinges; Daphne Caw­ley; and Meg Mo­ran, kneel­ing.

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