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College of Southern Maryland
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Fax: 301-934-7704

Charles County
Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

St. Mary's County
Harriet Yaffe

Community Events


April 2017

Meet the Media
Friday, April 21  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Waldorf West / Charles County Public Library, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf

An opportunity for representatives of local nonprofits to engage with a panel of area media representatives to discuss how to submit ideas or information regarding their programs and events. Free. Co-sponsored by Nonprofit Institute at CSM, Community Foundation of Southern Maryland and Charles County Public Library.

Panelists include:
  • Rob Perry, editor, Maryland Independent (representing Maryland Independent, St. Mary's Enterprise and Calvert Recorder)
  • Vickie Kite Milburn, publisher, Southern Maryland This is Living magazine
  • Michelle Gordon, sales representative, Somar Communication/Southern Maryland Radio Network
  • Patricia Christofaro, television station manager / executive producer, CSM-TV
  • Marty Madden, news editor, TheBayNet
  • Jessica Jennings, publisher, Macaroni Kid

Heroes for Hospice 5K Fun Run & Walk
Saturday, April 22 at Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St Linus Dr, Waldorf, MD 20602

Hospice of Charles County is proud to partner with the Charles County Sheriff's Office for our Annual Heroes for Hospice 5K Run/Walk

Registration on Race day begins at 8AM
Race begins at 9AM

Registration and more information >>

Charles County 3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Post 82, 9330 Crain Hwy, La Plata, MD 20646

More Information: (301) 934-8221 or

May 2017

FREE Fishing Event for Active Duty and Retired Wounded Warriors
May 3, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., with lunch at 2 p.m. at Greenwell State Park Pier

Project Healing Waters with support from the Greenwell Foundation, Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Assoc, and Parran’s Flooring Center is hosting this special event for veterans.

To register send an email to with Subj Line: Trophy Rockfish event, including:

Your name
Telephone number
Accessibility/accommodation needs

Introduction to Fundraiser Planning
May 5, 2-4 p.m. at the Waldorf West Library Charles County

Planning focuses our organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

No registration is required; Ages 18+ requested

For more information go to: or call 301-645-1395

3rd Annual Crab Pot Pitch Contest Call for Participants
May 11, 6-8 p.m, Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

PaxSpace and SMIT are teaming up once again to host the 3rd Annual Crab Pot Pitch Contest! If you have an innovative idea for a new product of business venture, this is for you. Current, potential, and future entrepreneurs and innovators can hone their idea, learn about resources and networks, and compete for cash prizes and, of course, a bushel of crabs.

Key dates and information:

  • Crab Pot will take place from 6-8PM on Thursday, May 11th at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
  • The preliminary Speed Round will take place from 6-8PM on Thursday, April 13th at Elements Mixology in Lexington Park.
  • The deadline to register is April 6th.

1st Place Prize: $3,000 & a bushel of crabs!

2nd Place Prize: $1,000

More information >>

SAVE the DATE:  Veteran Stand Down Day
Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in St. Mary’s County, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD

This event is open to ALL Southern Maryland Veterans and their Families. 

Three Oaks Center is hosting this event. The Mission of Three Oaks Center’s Southern MD Veterans Initiative is to raise awareness of and solve problems facing veterans and their families by providing necessary services and follow-on support through local community agencies so that no one has to be homeless.

Our vision is a vital community support system that facilitates the success of, paves the way to self-sufficiency for, or improves the lives of veterans and their families.

Some of the benefits at the Stand Down will include:

  • VA benefits eye care by the Lions Club
  • Dental Screening by Mission on Mercy (MOM)
  • Basic healthcare screening by Medstar
  • General benefits counseling Human Services
  • Veteran Support Group Information
  • Spiritual Services
  • Law services

To participate or for more information call 301-863-9535 x116 or email

More information >>

June 2017

Saturday, June 10 at Leonardtown Wharf on Breton Bay and McIntosh Run

The Rotary Club of Leonardtown invites you to become a sponsor for our annual PADDLE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS event to raise funds for scholarship programs to benefit our St. Mary’s County First Responders, their families and our Club’s endeavors.

This exciting event will be held at the Leonardtown Wharf on Breton Bay and McIntosh Run on Saturday, June 10, 2017 (Rain Date of Saturday, June 17, 2017).  Event registration is available online or at the event between 8:00-9:30 AM. The races will start at 10:00 AM. 

The event consists of timed kayak race(s) on Breton Bay and a paddle for fun race commencing on McIntosh Run with food and entertainment at the Leonardtown Wharf at the conclusion of the races. 

Sixty percent of the profits from this event will go to scholarships at CSM for first responders and their families with the remaining forty percent going to the Leonardtown Rotary for the non-profit projects that they support.

More Information >>

More Opportunities:

FREE Web-based Training:  Introduction to Proposal Writing and Introduction to Finding Grants

Completely online and self-directed, these courses put you in charge of your own learning — perfect if you can’t get to one of our in-person sessions or live webinars. 

All you need to take one of these courses is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Courses feature rich multimedia content, interactive quiz questions, and useful tips to help you succeed. Upon finishing a course you have the option to print a certificate of completion.

FREE Blue Crab Tickets for Nonprofits

The Charles County Commissioners are allotted 25 regular field box seats to Blue Crab home games for non-profit agencies. If your agency would like to have all/part of this allotment and for which home game. You can also check out the time of the game specifics (time, contenders) at their website The tickets are as a first come, first serve basis.

Tickets are available for:

  1. April 20 - 23
  2. April 25-27
  3. May 1-4
  4. May 11-14
  5. May 16-18
  6. May 22-25
  7. June 2-4
  8. June 6-8
  9. June 16-18
  10. June 23-25
  11. July 3-9
  12. July 17-19
  13. July 28-31
  14. August 1-2
  15. August 10-13
  16. August 18-20
  17. August 25-31
  18. September 5-7
  19. September 15-17
Please share this information amongst the different departments of your organization.  Contact Julie Bryson at for more information or to reserve your tickets