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 2012 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. Get the full list of recipients for the 2012 season.
Youth Groups or Organizations are listed in order of date honored :
Community Law in Action, Inc.'s CORPS Community Service Program
Founded in 1998, Community Law In Action (CLIA) creates interactive educational and community based initiatives to engage young people as advocates and active citizens. Through these real-world initiatives, CLIA fosters youth and adult collaborations leading to sustainable social change, while promoting youth voice and positive youth development. Each year, CLIA youth complete hundreds of hours of community service and advocacy projects to improve their schools and communities while preparing themselves for personal and professional success.
Project T.O.O.U.R., Inc.
Project T.O.O.U.R.'s mission is to create and increase volunteer opportunities to enrich America's youth, address community needs, and develop a lifetime commitment to service. Some members started working on a Citizens Emergency Response Team Database so that residents could be contacted and checked on to make sure that they had food, water, utilities and other needs. They tend to several gardens on a regular basis which provide food and nutrition information to residents. They also tutor and mentor elementary and middle school students and host a school supply giveaway.
The Stephen Decatur High School National Honor Society and President Service Award Students
The Stephen Decatur High School National Honor Society and President Service Award students have gained an exceptional reputation within the community as the 'go-to' group for service. Through events and fundraisers they have raised over $2,000 and volunteered over 2,000 hours of service to the school and local communities. They participate in many giving and volunteer opportunities including: organizing food drives, adopting families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and contributing to Believe in Tomorrow (an organization that seeks to provide financial and recreational support to families with loved ones battling terminal diseases).
Frostburg State University ECHOSTARS AmeriCorps
The direct service provided by the ECHOSTARS range in scope from helping at food pantries and soup kitchens to service projects involving environmental stewardship. They also assist with mentoring elementary and middle school students. They serve twice a week in after school programing through the YMCA, Salvation Army, Tech Wizards and North East Elementary School. In addition, they help seniors with their lunch, provide assistance with computer skills and technology and assist in the implementation of activities and social events. Each year as a group the ECHOSTARS serve over 18,000 hours of direct community service.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland - Troop 821
This past year, Troop 821 (consisting of 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls) worked on their Bronze Award, the highest service award a Junior Girl Scout can receive. As their project, the girls sought out to collect 10 tons (20,000 lbs) of food to donate to Harford County food banks. Not only did they reach this goal, they ultimately surpassed it. The girls then volunteered at the Bel Air United Methodist Food Bank to organize and arrange the food for distribution. The next day they returned to help distribute the food.
VA Maryland Health Care System- Summer Youth Volunteers
The Summer Youth Volunteers are dedicated to serving those who have served. As volunteers, the youth volunteer within the VA Maryland Health Care System assisting with meal time, recreational activities, patient escorts and other various duties for local Veterans. Between June 15 and August 31, the Summer Youth Volunteers commited roughly 75 hours of service.
Baltimore County Dept. of Social Services - Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
YAB members lead a variety of youth groups focused on transitioning and enhancing life skills. As older youth in foster care, they lead by example and encourage and guide their peers as they navigate through their transition years. Members also assist in the recruitment of foster parents. They play a pivotal role in educating new and existing foster parents about the needs of youth in care.
Ben's Army at Franklin High School
Ben's Army serves the Reisterstown/Owings Mills community by raising awareness, support and funds to help people affected by cancer. They support the Jimmy V Foundation and organize the "Battle of the Bell" event, a faculty basketball game between Franklin Middle School and Franklin High School teachers. On average the students are able to generate about $5,000 a year through ticket sales and donations that are given to the Jimmy V Foundation to assist with cancer research.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children in need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. The scholars dedicate time to giving back to the Baltimore community through a variety of ways including trash clean-ups at the Gwynns Falls Trail; preparing meals and serving the hungry at Our Daily Bread; assisting inner city children with craft making at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum; aiding with a Toys for Tots holiday gift drive; and writing letters to Maryland troops overseas.
Howard County NAACP Youth Council
The Howard County NAACP Youth Council works very closely with local leaders, politicians, the police department, and other organizations to provide information and services to the community. Their Reading it Forward Literacy Program was established to enhance the reading skills of low to moderate income elementary students. As part of the program, at least four times a month during the school year, members of the Youth Council read new, age-appropriate books to students in local elementary schools. The Council also routinely hosts activities and events such as food and clothing drives for the homeless.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County are dedicated to serving the Harford County community through a variety of programs that teach their members leadership and citizenship skills and instill a desire to give back to their communities. One of those programs, the Keystone Club, are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers, plan and implement their own activates, focusing on six areas: services to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation.
Happy Helpers for the Homeless
The Happy Helpers for the Homeless are a group of youth volunteers that give back through community service. Each week, the Happer Helpers bring food, toiletries, and clothing directly to homeless men, women, and children. In total, the Happy Helpers have distributed over $1.2 million in aid.
The Calvert Hall Peer Ministry Group
The Calvert Hall Peer Ministry Group create and execute hundreds of service projects throughout the school year all across the Baltimore region. They organized a school supply distribution for a local elementary school and work weekly with organizations like Beans and Bread, Sarah's Hope, St. Pius X School and Archbishop Borders Elementary School. One Saturday each month they also volunteer to work with Sandtown's Habitat for Humanity. Around the holidays this group of students assist with Stuff-A-Bus events, coat drives, Thanksgiving food drives and adopt over 60 families each Christmas providing them with clothing, food and gifts.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake
Big Brothers Big Sisters 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.