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

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Cara Fogarty

Michelle Sullivan

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Harriet Yaffe

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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.

March 2017

Starting a Nonproft
Friday, March 3, 2-4 p.m. at Waldorf West Library in Charles County

You are cordially invited to Starting a Nonprofit on Friday, March 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm at Waldorf West. Registration is required and must be done through the presenting organization, SCORE.  To register for this training through SCORE at

Heard about "501(c)(3)" organizations and wonder what they are all about? Is your passion doing something to help the community? Have you been thinking about what it would take to follow through on your passion and start a nonprofit organization?

If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes," then this is the workshop for you. Please join us for this FREE workshop on the basic steps to Start a Nonprofit.

With a brief investment of your contact time you will learn the basic steps to start a nonprofit.  The second half of this workshop will address alternative ways to try and partner with an existing nonprofit and use them as your cover.

Although this workshop is FREE, registration is required >>

Introduction to Finding Grants
Friday, March 24, 2-3:30 p.m. at Waldorf West Library in Charles County

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants. How to find potential funders and more. Afterwards, participate in hands-on training on how to use the Foundation Directory Online, a database of m ore than 140,000 grantmakers. Laptops provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Form more information, call 301-645-1395.

St. Mary's County "Sign Ordinance Focus Group"

St. Mary's County is forming a focus group geared directly towards our newly adopted "Sign Ordinance." As of September 2016, the adopted ordinance has caused some turmoil with our citizens. The St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce has formed a focus group for any "Profit Organization" willing to participate. Concurrently, St. Mary's County Government wants to offer all "Non-Profit" Organizations a spot on our local focus group. If interested in participating, contact Clarence McAdory, Zoning Compliance Supervisor, LUGM, 301-475-4200 Ext. 1582

April 2017

Patuxent Habitat for Humanity “Warrior 5K Fun Run/Walk”
Saturday, April 1 at John Baggett Park, 26929 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Registration on Race day begins at 8AM
Race begins at 9AM
$35 Register by March 15, $40 after March 15
Rain or Shine

Registration and more information >>

Meet the Media
Friday, April 21
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 >>

May 2017

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 >>

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

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