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A Day in the Life of COIPP

Ever wonder what our actual day to day work is about? Since the beginning of June, we have:

  • Given out gift cards to caregivers who needed basic supplies;                                                     
  • Sent resources to women who contacted us from across the nation who needed to know more about child development and the effect of parent incarceration;                                                   
  • Met with a woman who was just released from the Detention Center, attended our parenting classes while an inmate, and wants to now volunteer with us;                                                      
  • Held a resource fair, one of three for the year, at the Frederick County Detention Center;
  • Completed an old group and started a new one on Parenting for female inmates at the jail;  
  • Began to plan for the purchases of books for children with an incarcerated parent who have caregivers attending our workshops, thanks in part to the receipt of a grant from the United Way; 
  • Accepted a check from the Frederick Women's Giving Circle and met with FCC scholarship and community service division who put together the scholarship applications we offer to caregivers;
  • Had female inmates create water color paintings for the Lend A Hand fundraiser we are having at The Muse in downtown Frederick;                                                                                                
  • Began looking for and speaking with sponsors for the Unity Campaign fundraiser that is just beginning and will take off in mid September;                                                                              
  • Asked for and received stuffed animals and handmade blankets for children;                            
  • Held a Bowling/Pizza party for children and caregivers. 

 

This is only a partial list and the month is barely half over. The work never stops, we are a completely volunteer organization--but we are empowered by our mission and our passion.

May Update!

Our first Resource Fair held during Women's Visitation at the Frederick County Detention Center took place on Saturday, May 7, and it was a great success. The visitors were so grateful for everything we shared- Resource Bags and handmade blankets for children, hygiene supplies for families, stuffed animals for little ones, and books, books, books. Many recipients wanted to talk, share their stories, and tell us how they hoped to pay forward our kindness. We were touched- and now know we are going to add a yearly resource fair during women visitations to our present list of fairs.

When we started over 14 years ago, we never thought we would grow as we have. Recently we decided to rent a storage unit to hold all of the resources we have for families.  Interestingly, we have almost outgrown our new large space.  We now have enough books, blankets, stuffed animals and resource bags to serve many children and caregivers. 

We get more and more interest in our work.  Recently, Shari Scher was asked by two Boston College Professors to write an essay for their book, Parental Incarceration: Personal Accounts and Developmental Impact.  Hot off the press, it has 30 essays and will be used in classrooms across the nation that are dealing with issues of justice.  Who ever thought COIPP would be part of a publication!

This year's Cupcake Run was a huge success.  Held in April, we had donors and supporters from all over.  We raised $1250 front he run- and a great time was had by all. Sadly, this was the last year the Cupcake Run will take place, but we are forever grateful for the money raised. We received a check for $1250 and we had $1600 in sponsorships. We exist thanks to grants, donations and the kindness of others; thank you to everyone who helped make this a beneficial fundraiser

A Great Start To Our Year!

We have had a great start to the year here at COIPP, but we could use more volunteers! Volunteers are needed!  We need people to assist on for the Cupcake Run on August 17 in the morning at Monocacy Village Park near East Street  . We need help with registration, cheering on the course, welcoming runners back and more.  Please let us know immediately if you can help.  Remember, it is the sweetest race in town!!!

The 8th Annual Cupcake Run is almost here. Make sure to register early.  All proceeds will go to COIPP and our dear friends at Blessings In a Backpack. This is a wonderful opportunity to support us, support them-and support your own physical fitness. Remember, this is the sweetest race in town!!!

We challenge all schools to put together a team of walkers and runners for the 8th annual Cupcake Run.  This year it will be held onSunday, April 17th, in the morning at Monocacy Village Park near East Street. Registration on site will begin at 6:30; the race begins at8:30. It could not be better-you get to exercise, raise money for us, and enjoy a cupcake when done. What a way to begin the day. This is the sweetest race in town!!!

Do we have a deal for you.  Join us on Sunday, April 17, in the morning at Monocacy Village Park.  You can participate as a walker or a runner in the 8th annual Cupcake Run. This year City Loaf Baked Goods will be selling egg and biscuit or egg, bacon and biscuit  breakfast sandwiches-with all proceeds benefitting COIPP and Blessings In A Backpack. What a way to start the day- a walk/run, a cupcake and a homemade biscuit sandwich. That is what I call a great morning!!!

All Great Things Happening With COIPP!

Thank goodness for the blizzard  It allowed COIPP the time necessary to review and order 500 books from 'Reading is Fundamental'. In the Fall we were the local Macy' and RIF's chosen non-profit; their support led to today's order. Thank you everyone who participated; our looking/taking library at the Detention center is soon to be filled with terrific new books for the boys and girls.

Save the date!  This year's Cupcake Run will be on Sunday April, 17th, in the morning at Monocacy Village Park in Frederick. Once again, we will be sharing the money raised with our friends at Blessings in A Backpack. We are going to need volunteers, volunteers, and more volunteers on the day of the race. If you can help  out, please let us know!

Great news keeps coming our way!  Just got an email from Love and Company Marketing Agency. Each year at their anniversary they choose a non-profit for their 'Love Fest'.  Two years ago they chose Heartley House, last year they chose Blessings In A Backpack, and this year US!  They are going to be collecting items for the kids and filling bags so that they will be ready well before our next Resource Fair. We will be presenting a COIPP overview to the employees late next week.  What a great community service they are offering.

So many wonderful things keep happening and we can't thank our supporters enough! Thank you! 

 

We are ready to head into the holiday season!

What a day we had at the library!  Thanks to Sprouting Melodies, we had a wonderful time making music and creating ice cream sundaes.  Here is to more weekend activities.  Thank you to Darcy for leading us in exploring the musical instruments.


Thank you Delaplaine Visual Arts Center for partnering with us and offering a free printmaking class for children and caregivers. Cannot wait until January 25 from 6-7:30 to join in the fun. Hope interested caregivers and children will get in touch and join in.

We were honored to present before the Frederick County Commission For Women. This is a great group that showed lots of interest in COIPP. Proud to be in a county that has such leadership!