We remain busy this Summer. On June 12 we had a bowling/pizza party with over 40 children and caregivers attending. What a great time it was. Just read the testimonials that were shared. (Aleta-see that attached!)
What have we been up to this Summer? We have had a weekend caregiver/child bowling party, we have been continuing our inmate, weekly parenting classes, we have been meeting with female inmates recently released, we have been giving out and mailing books and resources to caregivers and children, we have been giving out start up libraries of books for children, and more and more and more. Contact us for additional information.
How do we fund our endeavors? In all ways possible! We are a member of this year's Unity Campaign, we have a fund raiser currently with The Muse, a fabulous Frederick downtown store, and we have grants with United Way, Frederick Women's Giving Circle, Maryland State Current and Retired Workers. We are planning for our next Silent Auction on December 7th at the Delaplaine Arts Center, and we accept donations from individuals, groups, businesses and religious institutions. Today we had a great surprise. A former Montgomery County teacher, Michelle Newton, who we did not know, passed away today, and her obituary listed us as the one to receive all contributions in her name. It is taking a village!
It is never too late to order a necklace. InBloom jewelry, under owner and artist Stacey Krantz, has designed a beautiful silver Gingko necklace. All money received when one is sold, minus the cost of materials, goes to our work. In only a year Stacey has donated almost $4,000. Think about giving this great gift to someone you care about. Website is http://www.inbloomjewelry.com. This particular necklace can be found in InBloom Heroes Fundraisers, and the necklace is called Resilience.
July, 2016- September, 2016- We are looking for businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor us for the annual Unity Campaign, a fund raiser and mission sharing project for 19 Frederick non-profits. We will accept any size donation and make sure you are thanked on social media-not to mention that we will share some gifts for sponsorships of $500 and more.
Saturday, July 9- Be a guest at the Muse, 19 North Market Street, a downtown store filled with original merchandise. Shari Scher, founder and president of Children Of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP), will be at the store talking about our work. Canvases are for sale for $20 each. You are invited to 'make your mark' with an original piece of art-and all money from the sale of the canvases goes directly to COIPP.
Sunday, July 24- Children and caregivers are invited to a special afternoon of art and ice cream at the downtown C Burr Arts library at 1:30. Local artist Courtney Prahl will be on hand to share some interesting ways to use common household items to create original works of art.This is a free afternoon for all children who have an incarcerated loved one.
Saturday, September 10- Bring your original art to The Muse and get ready for it to be displayed as they get ready for their annual auction of art. Once again, all proceeds will benefit COIPP.
End of September- Get ready to donate to the Unity Campaign. From approximately Wednesday, September 14, through Saturday, September 24, donations will be accepted for each of the 19 participating non-profits. On Sunday, September 25, there will be an afternoon Olympiad at the Frederick Indoor Sports Center. Here each non-profit will compete with one another in a number of athletic and fun events. Think about joining in on the fun.
Saturday, October 1- Get ready for the art auction. All original pieces of work created by children, grandchildren, parents, artists and inmates alike, will be auctioned off the afternoon of this date at the Muse, 19 North Market Street.
Wednesday, December 7- Join us for our third annual Silent Auction. We will be collecting items for the auction up until December 1. Please think about what you would like to donate, and plan to buy your ticket. More information will be forthcoming!