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St. Mary's County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

"Serving Those Who Served"

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home logoCharlotte Hall Veterans Home opened our doors in 1985. Our vision is to continually develop a safe, dignified and compassionate health care system; and to provide a nurturing and engaging home environment for Maryland’s veterans and eligible spouses. We offer a 168-bed assisted living program and a 286-bed skilled nursing programs As a part of our skilled nursing program, we have also have two secure memory care units.

We pride ourselves in the high quality of life we maintain for our residents. There are so many opportunities for residents to enjoy a variety of programs throughout each day. Our activity departments work very hard to provide meaningful programming to our residents. When you walk through the doors on any given day, you will find our activity staff executing programs such as; exercise, arts and crafts, games, serving homemade goodies with fresh coffee, hosting special holiday events, going on outings, taking residents on walks, or to feed the fish in the fish pond. We are always moving and going here!

Volunteers play a critical role in the quality of life for our residents. Without the ongoing commitment of these individuals and groups, our home would simply not be the same. CHVH offers volunteer positions to individuals 14 years of age or older or groups who have the desire to give back. There are different volunteer positions within the facility. We have individuals who work in our Commander’s Closet. This is a clothing room for our residents to pick out items that they need at no cost to them. We have our friendly visitors who spend time with residents individually. These volunteers make a deeper connection with our residents and provide a friendship. Individual volunteers also can assist with our activities, act as tech support, or even work with or oral history program. A group of volunteers may come in to work outside on the landscaping, or help out at special events.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home volunteersOur volunteers are special individuals with kind and giving hearts. Commander’s Closet volunteer, Diann Fretwell, reflects, “volunteering here is so rewarding because the residents show so much appreciation. When I leave each day, I have such a great sense of satisfaction and pride in giving back to our veterans.”

The Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is always looking for individuals and groups to volunteer. Last year, the volunteer program exceeded 21,000 service hours. So far in 2017, our groups and individuals have provided our residents with fishing trips, musical performances, lunch and dinner outings, our senior prom, baseball games, football games, refreshments, laughter, conversation, and thousands of hours working on-to-one with them. If you are an individual or a member of a group who is interested in volunteering here with us, please contact Ashley Radano: or 301.884.8171 ext. 664.

Charles County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Phenomenol Young Women

Phenomenol Young Women logoPhenomenal Young Women, Inc. (PYW) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that inspires young women to be their best while learning the necessary skills to build a blueprint for success. The skills learned through the organization will equip young women to overcome adversity, build upon their strengths, and fortify their weaknesses. PYW provides resources for self-motivation and support through sisterhood.

Each year they have a focused theme.  In their first year in service, the theme was “Revealing Possibilities” with a movie preview and an after party to highlight the movie “Hidden Figures,” exposing the young women to the S.T.E.A.M Experience. They hosted workshops and attended conferences, both in and out of the region, so the young women could see what others are doing and meet other young women who are striving for the same goals.  PYW meets once a month at the local libraries in Charles County, Maryland, and wants to create an ongoing year-round experience to support relationship-building among the young women.

Some of the highlights from the first year in service were:

•    Attend the "Girls Can Do" conference in Washington, D.C. where the highlight was a video message to the girls from former First Lady Michelle Obama and the opportunity meet one of Beyoncé’s backup singers;
•    Attend the "Girls 2 Women Summit" in North Carolina to foster great connections with other young women;
•    Participate in a seminar with Mom’s Organic about healthy eating; and
•    Host a college tour at Howard University.

Phenomenol Young Women participantsAs they enter the second year in service, this year’s theme is “Understanding the Value of Her Wings.”  This is extremely important for the young women as most are entering middle school. They want to educate them about the value of being and becoming a whole woman.  They began the year with a Back-to-School workshop lead by Carolyn Engleson, R.N., of the Charles County Health Department on what to expect and to be prepared for when womanhood arises.  Shelley Hardy, a local business owner in Charles County, donated items for the young ladies at the workshop as well.  

They will continue the year hosting educational workshops for the young women. This effort will ensure the young women have every academic, social skill, entrepreneurial, and health advantage necessary to excel as productive member of the business community and in the complex society at large.  

They have terrific program partners that we are working with, including CirkledIn where youth can track academic achievements to help support success in college entry; Safe Hearts to create ongoing dialogue about body boundaries; and Cherish Products to promote the utilization of health conscious products as part of their fundraising effort.

At the end of the school year, they will host The Butterfly Ball to highlight the young women’s successes throughout the year.  The goal of the ball is to raise awareness and funds from ticket sales to establish a scholarship fund for the young women as they grow with the organization and transition into college, career, military, etc. with the support of the local region.

If you know of young women ages 8-to-18 years old that need or are looking for support, please send them to PYW!