Honor Rows Recipients
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is parternining with M&T Bank and the Baltimore Ravens to honor the outstanding service of youth in Maryland communities. At each Baltimore Ravens home game during the 2013 regular season, honorees will receive: up to 100 game tickets for volunteers, "Honor Rows" T-shirts, official in-game recognition of honorees on RavensVision, and a segment on WBAL TV-11. Find out who all the 2013 Honor Rows Recipients are in the Honor Rows Press Release.
Youth Groups or Organizations are listed in order of date honored :
Oakdale High School National Honor Society
At the school, students assisted with school events including Back-to-School Night, Freshmen Orientation, Salute to Seniors, and graduation. Members also provided tutoring for struggling students and staffed the school writing center. They also provided assistance to teachers on staff work days. The members supported the local community by crocheting hats for infants at a local hospital, hosting two blood drives, collecting items for a local animal shelter, raising money for Cancer-related charities, and hosting a very successful book drive.
Towson High School Student Government
The Towson High School Student Government Association is a philanthropic group that supports both the school and feeder communities and raises money to support community initiatives such as canned food drives, the Red Cross, and emergency relief efforts. The Towson SGA is often among the top 3 contributors to the annual BCSC Canned Food drive and supports other organizations such as the Red Cross- through blood and money donations- and the Children's Cancer Center- through fundraising. Students go beyond the required state minimum for service learning hours by volunteering in nursing homes, places of worship, and Habitat for Humanity. They are also active in youth groups that spend their spring breaks in 3rd world countries to help improve conditions for children in Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Boy Scout Troop #335 - Our Lady of Mount CArmel Knights of Columbus Hall
The members of Boy Scout Troop #355 service the Greater Baltimore Community. Currently, one of their Scouts Eagle projects is landscaping a Senior Center. In June, several scouts worked at the Chesapeake District Cub Scout Day Camp, where they taught knife safety, fire safety, and oversaw the younger boys. They have also hosted a community clean-up (Essex/Middle River) and planted trees at Eastern Regional Park. The scouts also participate in annual flag retirement ceremonies on Flag Day and honor veterans at ceremonies at Holly Hills cemetery on Memorial Day.
VA Maryland Health Care System - Summer Youth Volunteers
The youth volunteers, "serve those who have served." As volunteers, the youth assist with meal time, recreational activities, patient escorts and other various duties for local Veterans. They commit to 75 hours of service between June 15 and August 31, 2013.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (BBBS)
BBBS offers three types of mentoring programs; community based, school based and workplace. Through these programs, children ages 6-18 are paired with role-models in one-to-one mentoring relationships that last an average of 29.6 months but often last much longer. BBBS of the Greater Chesapeake has supported 1293 mentoring relationships so far in the state of MD in 2012 and served 1920 youth in 2011.
Friendly Volunteers, Baltimore's Youth Lending a Helping Hand
Friendly Volunteers is a group of at-risk Baltimore City youth that volunteer their time working at the Helping Up Mission, participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. One Saturday a month they can be found serving at local soup kitchens. The volunteers also provide tutorial assistance in reading, mathematics, mentoring and social skills to local elementary school students through a variety of after school programs.
Service Break Connect
Composed of students from four Baltimore city public schools (Balt. School for the Arts, New Era Academy, FAST and Digital Harbor ), Service Break Connect's goal is to help students develop leadership skills by volunteering at Baltimore City soup kitchens, food distribution centers, Habitat for Humanity and other volunteer sites and within their own school communities. Students are currently planning and organizing a 'Love the Skin Your In: Fashion Show' which is a fashion show to promote positive teenage body image.
Frontier Girls 172
The Frontiers Girls 172 is a young troop, girls 4-6 years of age. Their motto as a Frontiers Girl is "If you see a need, take the lead" and have completed over 100 hours of community service. They have gathered school supplies for local schools, prepared after school snacks for different programs (St Vincent's), cleaned local parks of rubbish, planted flowers and completed yard work for local elementary schools, gathered hats/gloves for the homeless and veterans, collected canned food for ARC of Baltimore, and sent packages overseas for our military.
St. John's Episcopal Youth Group
Journey to Adulthood, which encompasses youth in middle and high school, supports the kids in their growth towards adulthood. The leadership and personal/professional skills they learn grow as they age. There are three programs that the youth move through as they grow. The youth are very involved with "The Club at Collington Square, by providing them with Christmas and Easter celebrations, picnics, cookouts and "free" days where they help sort and organize truckloads of donated goods. In addition to their extensive support of the Collington Square, the group also works closely with The Helping Up Mission, The Arc of Howard County, Route 1 Homeless Shelter, Believe in Tomorrow and The Samaritan Women. Within the St. John's Episcopal Church community, they lend support to elderly and home bound parishioners and guidance to middle school youth.
Good Knight Child Empowerment Network, Inc.
Good Knight Child Empowerment Network teaches volunteer youth about bully, crime, and violence prevention through a camp opportunity. Once the volunteers learn the programming, they then begin to practice teaching as co-presenters to visiting campers and community members that visit the Good Knight Castle during the summer. Then they continue to teach throughout the year to youth in their schools and neighboring communities Good Knight volunteers meet once a month during the school year to provide feedback on their programs, hone their skills and develop new ways and ideas to better the program.
Food for Tomorrow
Food for Tomorrow is a student led program designed to raise awareness, food, and money for the Howard County Food Bank. This project is under the supervision of the Community Action Council. Each year the youth of Food for Tomorrow chooses and leads a project that focuses on community food collection. In the past, they have chosen projects such as food drive and concert, weekly community food drives, and canned food sculptures which were displayed in the Columbia Mall. This year, the project began with a food drive during Super Bowl weekend, two food drives during major school events and concluded with two large events in partnership with major grocers which raised 6,476 pounds of food for Howard County families. To date the youth of Food for Tomorrow have collected $34,139 over the past three years and $22,000 worth of food donations.
Students Encouraging Seniors and Others (SESO) Girls Group
SESO volunteers work with a diverse population of people who need support, love and compassion to meet their daily needs. They serve residents living in Baltimore City and surrounding areas- donate gift basket to elderly in need, seniors home implementing intergenerational activities, collect and deliver can and dry goods to people in need, collect and donate books to day care, read to seniors who are visually impaired, collect and donated $600.00 to National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI Maryland).
Brunswick High School - Random Acts of Kindness Club
The R.A.K.(Random Acts of Kindness) Club of Brunswick High provides financial support (through its fund raising activities), volunteers for the various community service groups and in-house programs at Brunswick High School for at risk students and their families. Students have served as tutors for other students in the after school Bell Program and helped create and service the Student Assistance Program which provides emergency food, clothing, housing and financial assistance to at risk students and their families. In addition, the group provides support to food banks, local hospitals and senior citizen centers and assists with the Child Registration Program, Brunswick Revitalize Main Street Organization and Animal Welfare League of Frederick County.
Pocomoke High School Key Club
The mission of the key club is to organize activities that support the physical and spiritual needs of members of the community. The 32 students in the club donated over 2000 pounds of food to the local food bank, collected 46 books for Pre-K students to encourage early reading, and served as mentors to students in feeder schools. Last fall, Hurricane Sandy devastated Crisfield, a community very close to theirs and the key club collected school supplies and clothing those who lost their homes/belongings in the storm. The students also spearheaded a "Pay It Forward" program in the school to promote and recognize 200 random acts of kindness.
The Crossroads School - Leaders Go Places
The Crossroads school is a public middle school operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation and extends academic learning into the natural and human communities of Baltimore through authentic learning experiences, service learning and fieldwork. 150 students participate in the Leaders Go Places (LGP) program, which provides rewards and incentives for scholarship, leadership, and community service. Crossroads students have helped serve Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels, Sarah's Hope, The Baer School and many more.
Youth Volunteer Council of Greater Baltimore
The Youth Volunteer Council of Greater Baltimore has a long history of making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and neighborhoods. One hundred and thirty registered youth and teens giving over five thousand service learning hours have given our youth a great foundation for serving others. Their ability to teach their peers by example keeps the program focused on helping people in need and encourages members to look for opportunities to appreciate all cultures. They are now preparing to work with the deaf community on awareness activities so that they can be inclusive in their neighborhoods.