Bailey has been a teacher at Glendale Elementary School for the last five years and has always gone above and beyond for her students. She is one of the most generous, patient, and positive people I have ever met and shows it day in and day out. Bailey runs her school’s HERO Boys running club for seven weeks every Fall and Spring and does so off the clock. When I asked Bailey about the best part of her after school program she said, “having the guest speakers come in and talk to the boys about life” and when I asked her about her biggest struggles in the program she said “finding guest speakers come in to speak to the boys each week.” This is the case for about 30 other Elementary schools in Anne Arundel County where teachers are doing great things but need help from the community. Let’s help bridge that gap and support them.
Joyce has been working in the healthcare industry for 25 years, but it wasn’t until May of 2017 that she decided to go out on her own and educate everyone on the importance of First Aid and CPR. Never knowing when you will need these tools it is every bit worth taking the course. As Joyce puts it, “If there is one person you really love and care about it is worth it.” No one wants to be in the position of NOT being able to help a loved one when the time comes.
Susan and her co-founders created a program called HERO Boys. It is an after school running club for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders that started out with a pilot school in 2013 and has now grown to 33 school schools in Anne Arundel County as well as other parts of Maryland and many different states across the country. This program is truly incredible for the kids as well as the coaches and guest “HERO” speakers, no wonder it is growing so fast.
Tammy has a team of nine internship coordinators who have just under 1000 students a year who need or want to be placed in a work study program. Tammy makes the process very easy for the businesses to find, help, and keep an intern. The best part of this program is that it is truly a win-win for both parties. The student gets a real-world work experience while the business gets exactly the kind of help they need from a promising, hard-working senior. Tammy is very passionate about this program and has some very ambitious goals, but these goals can only be met if we get more businesses on board.
As an Uber driver back in 2016 Josh started noticing more and more about the homeless population in Baltimore City. From there he started keeping supplies in the trunk of his car and would give them out as he was making his rounds in between passengers. Realizing that wasn’t sustainable Josh took his efforts to the next level and founded Be More Caring, a non-profit that serves the homeless and needy populations in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. Josh is putting in a lot of effort to make sure these people are getting what they need as well as educating the community on the easy and simple ways we can help.
Brandi is a firecracker and knows how to get stuff done. She is the Signature Program Facilitator at Northeast High School with a focus on Human Performance. She works hard to provide a great experience for her signature students by getting out of the office to meet with, learn from, and build relationships with the different businesses and community as a whole. When I say she works hard that is an understatement. Every meeting or conversation with her leaves you with an action item to do and the motivation to go out and help more. Being on a team with Brandi will benefit you in more ways than you know.
Sal is a very sharp guy with an extensive background in menta health and behavior therapy. One thing that he really loves to do is free speaking engagements with adolescents and young adults. The places he visits range from elementary and middle schools to karate dojos to other groups and families that might visit his facility in Millersville.
There isn’t a person Sal cannot help. He brings a lot to the table and if you are a teacher, a parent, or someone who works with kids and you want to learn more about adolescent behavior or big life changes as an adult then Sal is your go to guy. What a great guy and resource to have in our County.
After spending years in the Baltimore Oriole’s organization Andy has found his new calling by giving back to the kids in Anne Arundel County through his non-profit called The Complete Player Charity. With a program that consists of baseball training, education, teamwork, leadership, and mentorship Andy’s program is helping turn our youth into well rounded people. The name of his charity alone tells us this. When asked how we as a community can help his program I heard an all too familiar answer: “We need people who just like being around kids to come and be a leader or a mentor on a consistent basis.”
Andy has a great thing going and to scale this further will help change the lives of more kids than we can imagine.
Carol Ann knows first-hand exactly what we as a community need to do help the students, teachers, and the school as a whole. As the Director of Partnerships and Development & Marketing for AA County Public Schools it is her sole mission to connect the community to the schools. This doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go into the schools a few hours a week, or donate money and items but we can offer students a chance to visit our businesses or offer internship opportunities.
Matt Smith is an Entrepreneur, athlete, husband, and a Father (with another on the way) but still finds time to give back to the community regularly. As a guy who has his hands wrapped up in so many businesses working 70 hours a week he still understands the value of serving others with his time, knowledge, and leadership skills. When I asked Matt what is the one thing we can do next week to start making a difference, his reply was “go offer to help someone”. This couldn’t be more true and this help first mentality is contagious.
Jennifer is the director of business development and community outreach at New Life Addiction Counseling in Pasadena but you can find her EVERYWHERE. She is a part of every business networking group, collaborative group, and just any other group that is here to help support those in recovery. As we are all aware of the epidemic going on in Anne Arundel County Jennifer is confident we as a community can help with minimal effort and at a cost of what she refers to as “Free 99”. Here are three things YOU can do starting tomorrow. 1 – Educate yourself on what is going on. 2 – Help someone in recovery. Whether it is baby sitting for them so they can attend a meeting or giving them a ride to a meeting. 3 – Be judgement free.
Sue has been the Student Internship Facilitator at Northeast and Chesapeake High Schools for the past 6 years. She works hard to give students real world job experience. Between the two schools Sue places up to 100 students a year with a business/mentor to learn as much as they can. The biggest hurdle right now is finding more and more businesses to support this program and offer guidance and opportunities to these students and she needs your help. Any local business, entrepreneur, CEO or non-profit looking to help you should definitely reach out to Sue. She is a fantastic person to collaborate with.
Carly is the owner and lead stylist at Pins-n-Brushes in Pasadena. Carly works hard on her business while being a wife and mother (and CrossFitter) yet still makes time to give back to the community. Her most recent event was free haircuts at a homeless shelter to help some of the men and women regain their confidence and get back into the interview pool. With a passion for helping she sees a need to get into the schools, nursing homes, and hospitals with her staff to make a difference.
Rick has been an entrepreneur for most of his adult life. Not a conversation goes by without him asking me “how can I help?” or “Is everything OK?” Being around him is always so much fun and because he is so approachable, asking him for help or advice is never an issue. He is a leader in the community and will help anyone and everyone he can.
TJ, along with his wife Laura own Atlas Physical Therapy in Glen Burnie. By maintaining an even work, family, life balance he is able to enjoy going to work every day and helping in the community. Atlas is a fantastic place to visit for many reasons, but their customer service is the gold standard.
Butch is the owner of Glen Burnie Fitness and Nutrition which is also the home of Wreck Room CrossFit. Since opening in April of 2014 they have always spent time helping out in the community but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that the gym’s help increased exponentially. Being born and raised in the Pasadena/Glen Burnie area Butch knows all too well that the community has and always will need help from local small and large businesses. With an exceptional staff to help with the day to day tasks at the gym Butch has been able to spend a lot of time volunteering with schools, non-profits, and collaborating with other businesses on how to help one another. It is now time to take these efforts and duplicate them over and over and over.