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In the Community

  • On April 12, MCDD research coordinator Jenny Jones hosted a table representing MCDD at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Employee and Family Assistance Program Work and Family Fair. The annual event connects employees with community resources of all types. Almost 100 employees and other providers stopped by the table to learn about MCDD’s programs and services.
  • On April 22, Jones represented MCDD at the first-ever Harford County Youth and Family Resource Festival, held at Harford Community College. The event included break-out sessions and exhibitor tables for services covering individuals from birth through age 21. Dozens of families and providers visited the MCDD table for information.
  • On April 29, MCDD participated in ROAR for Kids at Kennedy Krieger Institute, an annual 5K run, walk and family festival held at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County. MCDD provided a resource table, and multiple MCDD members volunteered at the event.
  • On May 6, MCDD provided a resource table at the Howard County Family Resource Fair at the Cedar Lane School. The event focused on resources for students up to 21 years old who receive special education and early intervention services, and their families. The fair featured more than 50 vendors and providers, and attracted about 200 attendees.
  • On May 12, Re/Max Preferred hosted a fundraiser to benefit Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law), an MCDD community-based program, at Re/Max’s waterfront offices in Fells Point. More than 200 friends of Project HEAL attended the event, which featured food, beverages, live music and raffle prizes. The event raised $5,360 in unrestricted funds for Project HEAL.
  • On May 22, at Kennedy Krieger’s annual society reception, the Institute honored Re/Max Preferred for its generous support of Project HEAL since December 2013. Kennedy Krieger Institute Board of Directors Chair Howard Miller awarded Re/Max Preferred employees Jim MacLaughlin, Kevin Havens and Ron Howard the Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. community spirit award, which honors those who, like its namesake, have demonstrated service to Kennedy Krieger and the community at large.
  • On June 2, MCDD hosted a table at The Arc Maryland 2017 State Convention and Awards Banquet, held at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel. Tami Goldsmith, project coordinator for People on the Go of Maryland, and Jenny Jones, MCDD research coordinator, staffed tables and shared information on MCDD programs and services. The event included break-out sessions and exhibitor tables for services throughout the lifespan. About 300 people attended the event.
  • On Aug. 24, Mat Rice, a public policy advocate with People on the Go Maryland, was selected to serve on a Maryland workgroup, Emergency and Evacuation Plans for Individuals with Disabilities. Recent legislation requires an update to the state’s emergency evacuation policies and procedures to ensure that the needs of individuals with disabilities in public school buildings are accommodated. The workgroup will focus on the update.  
  • On Sept. 7, Project HEAL celebrated its 12th anniversary as Maryland’s only medical-legal partnership with a celebration at Bertha’s Mussels in Fells Point. Bertha’s generously donated 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds to Project HEAL, and the event raised more than $700.00 through donations and raffle ticket sales.

MCDD Newsletter 2017: Issue Three