MSBR makes donations to help children
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.
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.