Frederick Community Events

January 28th
Worry and Anxiety Workshop for caregivers to help children and adolescents cope through these difficult times
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Free Tax Preparation

Call 211 or 866-411-6803
for an appointment
 
 
Location-Bernard W. Brown Community Center
629 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD. 21701
 
 
 
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PREPARACIÓN DE IMPUESTOS GRATIS

Llame al 211 O 866-411-6803
Para Hacer Una Cita
 
Local: Centro Comunitario de Bernard W Brown
629 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
 
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Maryland Hunger Solutions has released new school breakfast report cards to highlight how well public-school systems across the state ensured low-income students received healthy school breakfast in the 2018–2019 school year.

The Creating Healthier Students & Better Learners with the School Breakfast Program: Maryland School Breakfast Report finds that 61.8 low-income students ate school breakfast for every 100 who ate school lunch in Maryland in the 2018–2019 school year. Read on to see if your school system is making the grade and for recommendations on how to improve.

Find out your school system’s grade!

The overall grade for each school system reflects the level of success in reaching the national benchmark set by the Food Research & Action Center of reaching 70 low-income children with school breakfast for every 100 receiving school lunch.

We realize that traditional models aren’t compatible in the midst of the meal delivery methods being employed during Covid-19. We also know that COVID-19 has led to dramatically increasing childhood hunger in the state and across the country, causing schools to redouble their efforts now, and when they re-open to reach more low-income children with school breakfast. 

While our state has made strides to increase participation, there’s more work to be done to ensure more students have the nutrition they need in order to learn and thrive, both during the pandemic, as well as after the pandemic has ended.

The report recommends that:

  • all schools implement a breakfast after the bell service model, such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go,” or second chance breakfast;
  • eligible districts and schools provide free meals to all students by adopting community eligibility; and
  • eligible schools apply for Maryland Meals for Achievement funding to implement breakfast in the classroom at no charge.

The economic crisis, driving unemployment and lost wages, will make more school districts and schools eligible to implement community eligibility. The Community Eligibility Provision, also known as CEP, allows schools in high-poverty areas to offer nutritious meals to all students at no charge.

Schools and school districts should use every tool in their toolbox to reexamine community eligibility as a financially viable option to offset childhood hunger that has risen since the COVID-19 crisis.

Help us spread the word about the role school breakfast serves in helping students start their day ready to learn and the importance of CEP!
 

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Combined Charities Campaign 2020

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Thank you and God Bless!!

November 2020 Netcast newsletter from
MERCY JUSTICE NETWORK
Shining light on mercy in criminal justice

 

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” ~ Luke 6:36

DURING THE PANDEMIC, LET US NOT PUT MERCY ON HOLD

Know of other examples and opportunities? Email Milt, info@mercyjustice.net

 
PREVENTION
Serve as an online reading coach for a child. Children who are not reading on level by 3rd grade are statistically likely to be incarcerated when older. The Read to Lead campaign is a being conducted in Maryland by The Clarion Call Inc., a nonprofit. You can make a difference —

  • Volunteers are needed to serve as online reading coaches for children who are not reading at grade level. 

 

INSIDE PRISON
Give thanks
for the release of 1200 prison residents, recently announced, for certain people 60+ years old.


Pray for staff and residents of prisons and detention centers. See the data on people with COVID virus inside Maryland prisons, published weekly. Read how to pray for residents and correctional staff during pandemic, from Prison Fellowship.

Donate books to prison libraries. See information at Maryland prisons website.

REENTRY
Promote Second Chance Month. Now is the time to plan for Second Chance Month, to be held in April 2021. This “toolkit” for you and your congregation includes a bulletin/newsletter item, pastors’ notes, children’s coloring page, and small group discussion guide. Provided free by Prison Fellowship.
 
Set up a backpack ministry for people coming out of the local detention center (i.e., jail) in your county or city. Our example comes from the folks at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellicott City, MD. See how they do it and what they include in backpacks. Then talk with your local detention center.

Resources in Baltimore. Return Home Baltimore is a comprehensive website of up-to-date resources, developed this year. Scroll down to see Reentry Success Stories — videos of Ed and Martine who received a leg up from Turnaround Tuesday and PIVOT.
 
CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
Ways to help children of incarcerated parents see the Maryland Governor’s webpage.  (Note: 6 of the 8 internet links on that webpage worked on 11/15/20).
 
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
Juvenile Restoration Act. Tell the chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, if you support ending life sentences without parole for juveniles. See draft letter you can use.

  • The United States is the only country in the world in which a person under 18 years old may be sentenced to die in prison.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has held in a series of decisions that life in prison without the possibility of parole is unconstitutional in the vast majority of cases involving children.
  • Maryland has not taken this critical step toward upholding the constitutional and human rights of children.
  • The Juvenile Restoration Act is based on the beliefs that no child is born bad, no child is beyond the hope of redemption, and no child should ever be told that they have no future but die in prison. It balances the needs for age-appropriate accountability and public safety with the fundamental truth that people, especially children, are capable of profound positive transformation.

Other legislative proposals. Tell your state legislators why you support one or more legislative proposals that you consider are ways for Maryland to be more merciful to its citizens. The 2021 Maryland legislative session begins Jan.13 and ends 90 days later. 
See recommendations for police reform and accountability. 
See several legislative initiatives of the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform — Prison Ombuds, Model Youthful Offenders prison study, Incentives for educational achievement, Maryland Reentry Council, Parole Incentive for “Lifers”, Second Look Act, Address the Felony Murder Rule
See other proposed legislation.
How to contact your state representatives.