This year, when you give the gift of Thanksgiving through United Way of Central Maryland's Harvest of Plenty program, we'll send you a free printable "Tree of Thanks" centerpiece project! It's sure to be a hit with kids (but we won't tell if you do it yourself for fun!) and it's a great way to help them remember what they have to be thankful for.
All you have to do is make a gift of any size to our 2014 Harvest of Plenty program to provide a low-income family with a full Thanksgiving meal. We'll email you within seven business days with a link to print the project. Make sure to have thick card stock paper handy so your tree will stand up once you put it together!
Give and get your centerpiece project
Last Thursday, more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness or poverty were welcomed, guided and served – with dignity and open arms – by a corps of volunteers and service providers at the 3rd Annual Project Homeless Connect, co-led by United Way of Central Maryland and the City of Baltimore.
Project Homeless Connect is a day-long resource fair which convened 100 service providers to help reduce barriers. Services included medical screenings and dental care; mental health services; identification; credit reports and financial services; housing; resumes and employment assistance; clothing; legal help; haircuts and much more. All services were provided free of charge.
2,300 volunteers served as compassionate guides, personalizing the experience so participants could find and secure the help they required.
Leadership and Teamwork Pays Off in Helping Those in Need
Temekia Butler is no stranger to giving back. As an Army family, the Butlers instilled in her the importance of helping others who needed a leg up. “You never knew who your neighbors would be and what their needs were,” said Temekia. “We were raised just to be there to help others in need and be the best person we could be.”
Fast forward to today: Temekia lives that lesson every year at work as Johns Hopkins HealthCare’s Campaign Coordinator for United Way of Central Maryland. And after 16 years in the position, Temekia knows how to get it done.
Each year, Johns Hopkins HealthCare exceeds its fundraising and employee participation goals – last year, along with Johns Hopkins Medicine, they more than doubled their combined goal – and not by accident. Temekia credits their success to two major positive forces at work: leadership support and teamwork.
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