Thank you everyone for all your help during our 24th Neighbors helping Neighbors Day activities on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Another 25 homes were repaired this year because of your support, encouragement, and hands-on home repairs.
In the past 24 years, Christmas in April * St. Mary's County, Maryland, Inc. volunteers have repaired over 677 homes; 15community nonprofit facilities have received help with repairs; 38,200 people have shared their time and talents; and have made free home repairs worth more than $6 million to improve the living conditions of the low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in St. Mary's County.
Volunteer registration officially begins on January 1, 2015, however, we are always looking for volunteers to serve on our committees and help with various aspects of our program. Volunteer sign-up is on-going, but we ask prospective volunteers to contact us prior to March 15, 2015, since it takes a lot of logistical planning to prepare for each one of our repair days.
WE HAVE A NEW ADDRESS
Please note that we have a new address: 28231 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, Md 20659.
ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN APRIL
Christmas in April St. Mary's County, Maryland, Inc. in partnership with the community, rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled, so that they may live in warmth, safety, and independence. We also provide help through work on community projects in St. Mary's County.
In Tribute - Mary Ann Chasen
Our relationship with Mary Ann Chasen started in 1990 at Burch Oil's meeting room. John Parlett was starting a program in St. Mary's County called Christmas in April. He guided us for the first few years and saw in Mary Ann someone that would take the organization to the next level. Mary Ann's position with Christmas in April grew immensely over the years. She has been noticed nationally the last few years at the Rebuilding Together conferences as an Execute Director and Board Member that ran their program with success and smoothness. She was sought after at these conferences for her wisdom. Because of Mary Ann, Christmas in April*St. Mary's County, Inc. is a model affiliate. She was a woman who touched, helped, inspired and stood up to a lot of people. She gave great strength to volunteers and fellow board members. Christmas in April*St. Mary's County, Inc. will never be the same without Mary Ann, but we will continue to thrive and we will always honor her.
Saturday, September 27, 2014. The 1st Annual 5K Run/3K Walk Event being held at the Three Notch Trail in Charlotte Hall, MD. Sign-in & Registration is from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM (Cash or check only), and the Run / Walk starts at 9:00 AM.
Download: Run / Walk Flyer
More Info : Event Details Page
Advance Registration: Registration Page
We are already preparing for our 25th year in repairing homes of low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in St. Mary's County.
Our next Neighbors helping Neighbors Day will be on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
How Does it Work
Homes are chosen for Christmas in April repairs from applications received prior October 15th deadline. Volunteers serving on the House Selection Committee visit each applicant (during the months of October, November, and December); they interview each homeowner; inspect the home; ask for written proof of home ownership and income; and complete a report form. Then the entire committee discusses and prioritizes all applications and makes recommendations to the Christmas in April Advisory Board. A vote is taken by the Advisory Board in late December or early January to accept or reject the recommendations of the Committee.
How Can I help?
Christmas in April St. Mary's County, Inc. is seeking volunteers to assist as: Fundraising Chairperson: An individual who can lead the general fundraising committee, whereby we contact the prior year's financial donors to thank them for their financial assist, and request their assistance for the upcoming year. This individual's suggestions would be welcome in strengthening this committee's work and furthering the outreach to the community. Serving on Committees such as Fundraising, Grant Writing, Material, Publicity, and Skilled Trades to give an hour or more a month to helping in promoting the mission and goals of Christmas in April St. Mary's County, Inc. All monetary donations are accepted. Click here to read more about ways to donate. Please see Contact us at 301-884-2905, firstname.lastname@example.org or 28231 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, Md 20659 (please note that this is a new address).
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR...
Planning meetings are held in the evening on the third Wednesday of each month (except July and August), at our office at 28231 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville at 6:30PM.
Volunteers are needed throughout the year. You don't need to be a carpenter or plumber to help with planning activities, offering office support (filing and typing), fundraising activities, or helping to distribute homeowner applications. Come and join us. Your help is welcome. Of course, if you are a plumber or carpenter, sometimes we need your help during the year too-for emergency repairs.
Christmas in April * St. Mary's County is grateful for every financial contribution (from $1 on up). For our major financial donors, we have three levels:
Donating at least $3000 or more before the last Saturday in April. We want to help Christmas in April*St. Mary's County, Inc. purchase materials and supplies for repairing one home, get our group name on the back of the tee shirts, have our name publicized as a “County Builder” and get our group's name on a sponsor sign located outside the home we are financially sponsoring.
Donating at least $2000 before the last Saturday in April. We want to help Christmas in April*St. Mary's County, Inc. purchase materials and supplies for repairing a home, have our group name publicized as a “Community Builder”.
Donating between $1000-$1999 before the last Saturday in April. We want to help Co-sponsor a home and help Christmas in April*St. Mary's County, Inc. purchase materials and supplies for repairing that home. We know as a co-sponsor we will be known as a “Neighborhood Builder”.
All prospective County Builders need to let Christmas in April * St. Mary's County know of their upcoming donation prior to February 28 in time to get on the volunteer tee shirts.
If you would like to make a donation, please choose from one of the two options below:
Thank you in advance for your for your support!
- You can download the Christmas in April Brochure and mail the completed donation section in the brochure and your payment in the form of a check or money order made payable to CIA to Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc., 28231 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, MD 20659.
- Click on the PayPal Donation Button below to make your payment by credit card.
Donations of new building materials are always welcome. Give us a call with your suggestions. We always need paint brushes, buckets, safety masks and gloves, not to mention trash bags, fire extinguishers (to leave with each home owner so that they may be more safe in their homes) and smoke alarms.
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL ST. MARY'S COUNTY INC.
GIVES SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2014 MAJOR SPONSORS
Gold County Builders
ADF Community Foundation , Bank of America, Burch Oil Co., CMI General Contractors, Inc., Combined Federal Campaign, Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship (Paul Hall Center), St. Mary's College of Maryland, Lockheed Martin, Mechanicsville Lions Club and United Way of St. Mary's County.
Silver County Builders
A&B Trucking, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Steve Dyson Hauling, First Saints Community Church, Great Mills Trading Post, Lexington Park Ford, Lexington Park Rotary Club, Maryland State Highway Admin., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Southern Maryland Antique Power Assn., St. Mary's Co. Fair Board ,St. Mary's Co. Public Works Dept., Israel Swarey, United Site Services, & Waste Management of Southern MD.
Steve Arnold, Bill Mattingly, ASEC, Inc., AVIAN, Exelon Generation, Optimist Club of Mechanicsville, Patuxent Presbyterian Church, PNC, SAIC, Southern Maryland Contracting Roofing & Siding, St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners & Wyle.
A & M Glass, Bozick Distributing, Buck Distributing, Chaney Enterprises, Cherry Cove Land Development Co. Inc., Doyle's Carpet, Dunkirk Supply Inc.,Dyson Building Center, Judith Fillius, Guy Distributing, Lettie Dent Elementary School, Mattingly Electric Co., Mechanicsville Building Supply, Optimists of Mechanicsville, PAE, PNC Bank, Thos. Somerville Co., SMECO, St. Maries Builders, The Roofing Center, Delegate John Wood, Jr., all the House Captains, Co-Captains, Area Coordinators, Board of Directors and Officers of Christmas in April St. Mary's County Inc. and all the volunteers that gave their time and talent to help their neighbors!
The BayNet, B&B Publishing (Brandy Blackstone), and The Enterprise
Thank you to everyone who contributed to make our
24 th Annual Neighbors helping Neighbors Day a success.
We live in a wonderful and giving Community!!
2014 Christmas in April * St. Mary's Board of Directors
(as of July 21, 2014)
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