Glen Burnie Community Connect is designed to connect all small and large businesses, schools, non-profits, county officials, and public servants together using the Help First mentality. Learn how businesses get involved in the community, how we help non-profits succeed, how we can support our public servants, and what the schools really need from the community. It’s about helping one another and being there for support. Where one group is struggling another group is excelling. Let’s connect and succeed together. You are going to hear from people from all walks of life in and around the Glen Burnie area. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, school principals, police, firemen, county officials, mentors, and the list goes on. These are people who are making a difference in the community for the better and we want to share what they are doing.
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.