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County Seeks Nominations of People Making a Difference 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the Neighborhood Heroes awards program to highlight Baltimore County residents who are making unique and significant contributions in the community. He will host an awards ceremony in October to honor seven individuals, one from each County Council district.

 

“In Baltimore County, we have a tremendous community spirit and I have met and worked with so many people who dedicate countless hours to mentoring young people, serving vulnerable populations, initiating community clean-ups or just making a difference in their neighborhoods. This award is one way to thank these stand-out individuals for what they do with absolutely no expectation of reward or recognition.”  

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 15. The nomination form is available on the County’s website at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/women/neighborhoodheroes.html and may be submitted online or by mail or fax. 


By Lynn McCamie, Baltimore County Department of Aging 

The population in need of long term care services is a growing community and they need your help to protect their rights.

The Ombudsman Program protects the rights and well-being of residents in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehab units and continuing care retirement communities.

Being a Baltimore County Department of Aging Ombudsman offers a tremendous opportunity to meet and advocate for residents. Certified Ombudsmen:

  • Help residents investigate and resolve complaints through the use of advocacy, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Educate residents, family members and nursing home staff about residents' rights.
  • Aid resident and family councils to identify and resolve group concerns.
  • Clarify and communicate concerns to appropriate staff members and help all parties involved find acceptable solutions to problems.
  • Improve the quality of life of long-term care residents.

If you are interested in making a difference, be a superhero. Put on your cape and volunteer. Call the Baltimore County Department of Aging at 410-887-4200 or email ombudsman@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Keywords: aging, ombudsman, volunteer

ophoto of group canoe tripMichael L. Schneider, Community Outreach Liaison, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Park

When someone asks us about the “value” of volunteers over in Recreation and Parks, we have to respond in a couple of ways - about a gazillion dollars-worth and immeasurable! The truth of the matter is, we couldn’t run our department without our incredible and indispensable volunteers.

Now, don’t get us wrong.  Without our incomparable professional/paid staff, there’d be no Baltimore County Recreation and Parks. While professional staff facilitates and provides guidance, it is our volunteers who do most of the programming, staff individual programs, and handle a myriad of details that allow the 46 Recreation and Nature Councils to run so successfully throughout our beautiful county.  It really does take a team to make these programs and sites run – professional staff and volunteers.

Now, here’s a number that will knock your socks off… more than 23,000. That’s approximately how many volunteers we currently have running the councils, coaching athletics, assisting therapeutic programs, keeping time at a game, offering dancers and artists that ever important outlet to hone and share their skills, coordinating leagues, chairing programs, raising funds, overseeing gardens, keeping score, leading hikes and more. The list of volunteer jobs just keeps going and growing. 

So, who are our volunteers?  Your neighbors, your friends, that college kid down the street. Our volunteers are people like Frank “Skip” Hammond, a ten plus year volunteer who is President of the Edgemere-Sparrows Point Recreation Council.  Mr. Hammond sums up the volunteer experience with his comment, “being a recreation council volunteer is well worth the time and effort because you are able to see the positive changes in the community youth from their involvement in the programs your Rec Council provides.  It is not about your Rec achievements, your Rec titles or awards, it always first and foremost about providing the best and most diverse opportunities for the kids.”

What do our volunteers all have in common?  They are there for the program participants and they work to make a difference.  They want to help youngsters develop through recreation, have fun, and they demonstrate the importance of giving back to the community. 

You can’t pay enough to get folks like our volunteers.  It is out of the kindness of their hearts, their willingness to make that difference. They seek out opportunities to build a smile, teach a skill and share the joys of developing community through recreation   – that’s what our volunteers are all about!

So, we ask the question again…Who are our volunteers?  Could it be you?  The following is a link to all the recreation offices throughout the county.  You’re almost certain to find something near your home or office in our county. Just visit our Recreation and Parks Volunteer page. 

Just something to think about – 23,000, plus YOU.  How’s it feel to know you can make a difference?!


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016