This year, we are excited to announce twelve service projects for St. Mary’s alumni across the country! For those who live outside of the project regions, we encourage all alumni to put on your favorite St. Mary’s apparel and reach out to a neighbor in need, volunteer for a service organization, or host your own project to better your local community.
St. Mary’s City, MD – Historic St. Mary’s City
Where: Historic St. Mary’s City | 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Organization: Historic St. Mary’s City
Project Leader: David Flood ’84 & Lauren Taylor ’14 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic St. Mary’s City, a National Historic Landmark since 1969, is the site of Maryland’s first capital and features a reconstruction of the original colonial settlement, living history area, and museum complex. Volunteers will take on a variety of tasks around the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation, including repair work on the rail fence, weeding in the colonial garden, and general maintenance around the plantation grounds.
St. Mary’s City, MD – Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Where: St. Mary’s College of Maryland | 47645 College Drive, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Organizations: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay & SMCM Office of Sustainability
Project Leader: Bella Lee ’16 | email@example.com
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is focused on restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s rivers and streams through partnerships, collaboration, and individual and community stewardship. Volunteers will serve the Bay and the local community by cleaning up debris on campus and along the College’s shoreline before it makes its way into the St. Mary’s River.
Charlotte Hall, MD – Hooks & Hangers
Where: Hooks & Hangers II Resale Store | 29940 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Organization: Spring Dell Center, Inc.
Project Leader: Holly Gonzalez ’15 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hooks & Hangers is a donation-only resale store that directs its proceeds to support Spring Dell Center, a local nonprofit that has been assisting adults with developmental disabilities in Charles County for over 50 years. Volunteers will help reorganize and transform specific regions of the store to create more functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces, including a new “book nook” to allow customers to sit and look through the books available for purchase.
Washington, D.C. – Rock Creek Conservancy
Where: Rock Creek Park | Meet at Connecticut Avenue NW and Windom Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Organization: Rock Creek Conservancy
Project Leader: Matt Schafle ’10 | email@example.com
Rock Creek Conservancy exists to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect. Volunteers will remove trash and debris from the Soapstone Valley in order to restore the health and beauty of the region.
Annapolis, MD – South River Federation
Where: Church Creek | 820 Bywater Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Organization: South River Federation
Project Leaders: Erin O’Connell ’91 & Kate Fritz ’04 | firstname.lastname@example.org
South River Federation’s mission is to protect, preserve, restore, and celebrate the South River. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs along a stream restoration project near Church Creek which drains into the South River.
Baltimore, MD – Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership
Where: Baltimore Marine Center Lighthouse Point | 2700 Lighthouse Point E, Baltimore, MD 21202
Organization: Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership
Project Leader: Hillary Heckwolf ’08 & Audrey Hamilton ’08 | email@example.com
The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership’s goal is to enhance and preserve the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population and train its volunteers to become “citizen scientists” who can speak to others about the role that oysters play in improving water health. Volunteers will help clean 100 oyster cages currently in the Baltimore Harbor and take an eco-tour led by a Healthy Harbor staff member which includes a visit to the new trash wheel.
Frederick, MD – Color on the Creek
Where: Carroll Creek Linear Park | 121 North Bentz Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Organization: Color on the Creek
Project Leader: Kristi Jacobs Woods ’97 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Color on the Creek is an all volunteer inspired and managed water garden located in the Carroll Creek Linear Park which runs through the heart of downtown Frederick. Volunteers will help clean up the waterway, fertilize plants, relocate/add planters, remove algae, and more – all in preparation to ensure the successful growth of hundreds of lilies, lotus, and bog plants that make this waterway such an incredible landmark of Frederick.
New York, NY – Kids Enjoy Exercise Now
Where: Recreation Center 45 | 348 East 54th Street, New York, NY 10022
Organization: KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) at New York Cares
Project Leader: Christelle Niamke ’05 | email@example.com
KEEN provides free recreational opportunities to hundreds of children and young adults with disabilities, fostering self-esteem, confidence, and the talents within young people facing significant challenges. Volunteers will enjoy an afternoon of fun, non-competitive sports activities with teens with special needs to help them discover how much they can do.
Cape Cod, MA – AmeriCorps
Where: Cape Cod Canal | 60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich, MA 02563
Organizations: AmeriCorps Cape Cod & US Army Corps of Engineers
Project Leader: Dan Schell ’10 | firstname.lastname@example.org
AmeriCorps Cape Cod is a full-time residential service program committed to addressing the environmental and disaster related needs of Cape Cod and its fragile natural resources. Volunteers will work together to clean up the area surrounding the Cape Cod Canal and help install pollinator gardens.
Miami, FL – Coral Reef Elementary Green Team
Where: Deering Estate of the Miami-Dade County Parks | 16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
Organization: Coral Reef Elementary Green Team
Project Leader: Erica Watts ’92 | email@example.com
The Coral Reef Elementary Green Team’s mission is to promote and improve environmental stewardship, teach civic responsibility, and nurture a passion for sustainable living practices in order to strengthen the local community. Volunteers will partner with the Coral Reef Elementary PTA and students for a bay/shoreline pick up at Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay.
Denver, CO – Project C.U.R.E.
Where: Project C.U.R.E.’s Denver Warehouse | 10377 E Geddes Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112
Organization: Project C.U.R.E.
Project Leader: Alisa Ambrose ’85 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment, and services around the world. Volunteers will sort recent donations of medical supplies or package medical supplies for distribution to other countries.
San Francisco, CA – EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park
Where: Heron’s Head Park | 32 Jennings Street, San Francisco, CA 94124
Organization: EcoCenter Coastal Cleanups
Project Leader: Micah Morgan ’09 | email@example.com
The mission of the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. Volunteers will join in the Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup to remove everyday waste that harms the ecosystem.