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THANK YOU

Thank you everyone for all your help during our 23rd Annual National Rebuilding Day activities on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Another 21 homes were repaired this year because of your support, encouragement, and hands-on home repairs. 

In the past 23 years, Christmas in April * St. Mary's County, Maryland, Inc. volunteers have repaired over 652 homes; 14 community nonprofit facilities have received help with repairs; 37,100 people have shared their time and talents; and have made free home repairs worth more than $5.6 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, 2014, 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 April 1, 2014, since it takes a lot of logistical planning to prepare for each one of our National Rebuilding 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

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.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 10, 2014. Spirit Night at California Sweet Frog located at 23064 Three Notch Rd (Rte 235), California, MD 20619 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Bring in the Spirit Night Flyer and tell your cashier that you support Christmas in April. 25% of the sales will be given back to Christmas in April.

Download: Spirit Night Flyer

 

Christmas in April St. Mary's County, Inc. is having their Second Annual Lottery Raffle. The raffle is for the month of May. Ticket holders have a chance to win each day on one ticket. The winning number is the MD lottery evening pick three number drawn that night. Each day except the 15th is worth $100. The 15th of May is worth $2500. We are only selling 1,000 tickets for this raffle. The tickets are $20 to benefit Christmas in April St. Mary's County, Inc. If you would like a ticket or more information please call 301-884-2905.

 

 

What's Next

We are already preparing for our 24th year in repairing homes of low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in St. Mary's County. 

Our next National Rebuilding Day will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014. 



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, darenek@christmasinaprilsmc.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.



FINANCIAL NEEDS

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:

  • 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.

    OR

  • Click on the PayPal Donation Button below to make your payment by credit card.

Thank you in advance for your for your support!

 

 

MATERIAL NEEDS

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.

 

 

WE GIVE SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2013 MAJOR SPONSORS

Gold County Builders

ADF Community Foundation , Bank of America, Burch Oil Co., The Mary Ann Chasen Memorial Fund, CMI General Contractors, Inc. & Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship (Paul Hall Center) 

Silver County Builders

A&B Trucking, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, CENG, CSC Applied Technologies, Steve Dyson Hauling, Dyson, Building Center, First Saints Community Church, Great Mills Trading Post, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Lexington Park Ford, Lexington Park Rotary Club, Maryland State Highway Admin., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, SAIC, Southern Maryland Antique Power Assn., Southern Maryland Contracting Roofing & Siding, LLP, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's County Lodge 2092 Benevolent and Protective Oder of Elks, St. Mary's Co. Public Works Dept., St. Mary's Hospital, United Site Services, United Way of St. Mary's, Waste Management of Southern MD, & Wyle.

Community Builders

Steve Arnold, ASEC, Inc., AVIAN, Chaney Enterprises, Charlotte Hall Rotary Foundation, Cherry Cove land Development Co. Inc., Hawes, Inc., Knights of Columbus Council #9968(IHM Church), Lettie Dent Elementary School, Northrop Grumman, Optimist Club of Mechanicsville, Patuxent, Presbyterian Church, PNC Bank, SMECO, & St. Mary's County States Attorneys.

Neighborhood Builders

Albertsens Services & Pest Control, Bay Forrest Tree Service, Bozick Distributing, Buck Distributing, Doyle's Carpet, Senator Roy Dyson, Elevators Union #10, Elite Beatz, Evergreen Elementary School, Bob Green Siding, Guy Distributing, The Hollywood Lions Club, Home Builders Care Fund, Inc., Congressman Steny Hoyer, Lowes, Mattingly Electric Co., Mechanicsville Lions Club, Leonardtown Elementary School, The Optimist Club of St. Maries, Plumbers Union #5,The Rotary Club of St. Mary's County Leonardtown, St. Mary's Co. Commissioners, St. Mary's Council #1470, Knights of Columbus Charities Leonardtown, St. Mary's Co. Fair Board, Lexington Park United Methodist Church, SMO, Sunshine Catering, J.F.Taylor, Town Creek Elementary School, The Town Creek Garden Club, Thos. Somerville Co., USA Power Washing, Watson & Johnson Well Drilling,  Delegate John Wood, Jr., and all the house captains, Co-Captains, Area Coordinators, CIA Board of Directors and volunteers!

Media Sponsors

The BayNet, B&B Publishing (Brandy Blackstone), The County Times, The Enterprise & The Tester.

2012-2013 In-Kind Donations 

Organizations that served food at homes on Christmas in April Day: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Ladies, Mechanicsville Worship Center, Leonardtown High School National Honor Society, Morris Point Restaurant, Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary, #359, Hollywood United Methodist Church, Capers Family(homeowner), Beverly Wood, Wyle, Scumptious Entrees, Vince Williams, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bruce & Rachel Bender, Personal Touch Catering, First Saints Community Church, Avian, Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, Bethesda United Methodist Church, Zion United Methodist Church, IBPOEW Pride of St. Mary's Elk Temple #782, Institute for Home Growth & Development, Inc., CSC, Ridgell Oil, WRA, Tidewater Pharmacy, All Faith Episcopal Church, and Tammy Gladstone State Farm Insurance.

Picnic/Food Providers. In addition to those mentioned elsewhere, we also received donations for the volunteer picnic from the following companies, groups, and individuals: All Saints Episcopal Church, Bear Creek Restaurant, Bozick Distributing, Brass Rail, Buck Distributing, Café Des Artists, Captain Leonards, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Guy Distributing, Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, Hollywood VFD Ladies Auz., J. F. Taylor, Leonard Copsey's Carryout, Lenny's Restaurant, Leonardtown VRS, McKay's Foodland (Hollywood), Mechanicsville Lions Club, Metro Restaurant & Janitorial Supplies, Nicoletti's Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Papa John's (Leonardtown), Pizza Hotline (Charlotte Hall), Ridge VFD, Ridge Knights of Columbus, Ridgell Oil Co., Sandgate's Inn, Seabreeze, 7th District Ladies Aux., St. Mary's Landing Restaurant, St. James Store, Sunshine Catering, Barbara & Mike Thompson, Tidewater Pharmacy and VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Smokey Joe's Restaurant, Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship and Kerry & Howard Thompson provided lunch for the volunteers working at the County Fairgrounds before Christmas in April Day. 

Patrick and Hans Boecher donated HVAC services. 

Burch Oil Co. donated discounted services. 

Calvert County Appeal Transfer Station allowed Christmas in April * St. Mary's County to bring tons of trash to their station during a one-week time period (worked with St. Mary's County Public Works 

Chaney Enterprises donated supplies. 

Alex Clarke and Wyle donated copies of our volunteer forms, youth and adult and the 2014  application.

Norma Clarke of DRS Inc. donated her services with graphic arts in laying out the 2012 Christmas in April St. Mary's County tee shirts. 

Community Bank of Tri-County contributed free banking services. 

CMI General Contractors, Inc., sponsored the annual golf tournament fundraiser in October 2011. Their in-kind donations included: Hole-in-One USA Insurance, prizes and awards, postage for mailings, flyers, copies, and envelopes, and tee sign materials. 

The County Times newspaper printed our press releases. 

Doyle's Carpeting donated services and discounted flooring. 

Dyson Building Center discounted building materials and supplies and delivered roofing shingles and large orders of lumber to numerous homes. 

Steve Dyson Hauling donated rolloffs and provided trash services. 

The Enterprise donated free space for press releases and a complimentary thank you ad and terrific coverage of stories throughout the year. 

Great Mills Trading Post donated trash pick-up services on National Rebuilding Day at numerous locations. 

Bob Green Siding Co. discounted materials at several of the homes we repaired this year. 

The Greenery discounted costs of azaleas and flowers. 

Larry & Debbie Greenwell of Elitz Beatz donated DJ services at this year's volunteer picnic. 

Guy Distributing donated free beer for the picnic. 

Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship sponsored and donated this year's thank you dinner for House Captains, Area Coordinators, and Board Members, and Skilled Trades. 

Harry Lundeberg School (Paul Hall Center) donated their facilities and dinner for the House Selection Committee meetings. 

The House Selection Committee Members donated their time in visiting homeowners and inspecting homes (October-December 2012); Steve Arnold, Jim Bailey, Sandra Guy, Ann Hawes, Tony Iagnemmo, Sergio Jimenez, Darene Kleinsorgen, Patrick Maxwell, Tammy Pilkerton, Ken & Pat Ritter, Harold Siskind, Jerry Slagle, Howard Thompson, John Weiner, Vince Williams and Beverly Wood. 

Lowes discounted all the materials and supplies purchased for our National Rebuilding Day. 

Maryland State Highway Administration donated trash pick-up services, drivers, and trucks for numerous homes and the community project on our National Rebuilding Day.

Bill Mattingly of Mattingly Electric donated time in helping House Captains and Area Coordinators choose materials, ordered, sorted and wrapped all electrical materials and supplies. 

Southern Maryland Antique Power Association members sponsored a Tractor Parade to benefit Christmas in April * St. Mary's in October 2012. 

St. Mary's County Commissioners donated free trash disposal for Christmas in April National Rebuilding weekend. 

St. Mary's County Department of Public Works worked with our program in providing free trash disposal services for our National Rebuilding Day activities. 

St. Mary's County Fair Board donated free use of the county fairgrounds and fair buildings for two weeks in April for Christmas in April St. Mary's County. St. Mary's County Fair Board pays for the monthly electric bill expenses on the warehouse.

St. Mary's County Government Dept. of Public Works & Transportation worked with Christmas in April numerous days in setting up the transfer of up to 100 tons of trash to St. Andrew's Landfill and the Calvert County Appeal Station Landfill. 

The Tester printed press releases and stories about Christmas in April throughout the year. 

Thos. Somerville Co. discounted plumbing materials. 

United Site Services provided discounted porto-potties for each of our 18 sites on Christmas in April day. 

Waste Management donated trash roll-off containers on Christmas in April National Rebuilding Day (2 rolloffs for use at the county fairgrounds' headquarters). 

Wayne's Signs discounted prices for signs. 

William W. Winpisinger IAM Education & Technology Center donated 24 cases of sodas. 

WMDM/WPTX Radio accepted and broadcasted press releases throughout the year. 

Delegate John Wood welcomed Christmas in April at his annual golf tournament fundraiser and allowed us to fundraise for our program in selling “mulligans”. 




Logistical Support

In addition to the volunteers that worked on the 18 different sites for Christmas in April's National Rebuilding Day this year, and the 3 homes we helped repair during the year, were the people providing logistical support for each one of the sites. Work begins several weeks earlier when volunteers from SMECO visit each home and install safety covers on the overhead electrical wires where needed. SMECO volunteers also help on our National Rebuilding Day when the electricity needs to be turned off for safety and repairs and then turned back on after the work is done. Then United Site Services comes and places porto-potties at each one of the sites. Chaney Enterprises follows up with the delivery of the gravel needed at sites. We salute the following individuals, groups and companies for their assistance in providing this logistical support: A&B Trucking (Bonnie Sternack); Harold Berg (Berg & Son); George Erichsen , Richard Tarr, and Bobby Cooper (St. Mary's Co. Public Works Dept.); Barry King (Calvert Co. Public Works); Steve Dyson Hauling; Waste Management of Southern MD; Ray Carter and the other members of the Maryland State Highway Administration; Howard Thompson; Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, Paul Hall Center; and Bubby Knott, Great Mills Trading Post. 

 

2014 Christmas in April * St. Mary's Board of Directors
(as of February 28, 2014)

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