Volunteer Fair and Go Green Social

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 Come to the Ocean Pines Yacht Club located in Ocean Pines, Wednesday, March 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. and learn about area non-profit organizations and the opportunities available to you to help make a difference in our community.

 

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) and the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) collaborate every year to bring non-profit groups together so they can promote their cause and volunteer opportunities.

 

This year’s line up includes MCBP, the Ocean Pines Environment and Natural Assets Advisory Committee (ENACC), Ocean Pines Neighborhood Watch, Worcester County Garden Club, Eastern Shore IMBA, Assateague Coastal Trust, Master’s Gardeners and Berlin Library Garden Project, Lower Shore Land Trust, Ocean Pines Farmers Market, Ocean City Surf Club, Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary, Diakonia, Telamon Corp, Assateague Island Alliance, and Town Cats.

 

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is dedicated to preserving the watershed that include the five bays behind Ocean City and Assateague through restoration projects, outreach, and education. They manage several properties and have volunteer opportunities from tree plantings and evasive removal to seal stewards, and turtle and horseshoe crab counts.

 

The Ocean Pines Association’s Environment and Natural Assets Advisory Committee provides suggestions and recommendations for improving the health and vitality of our natural resources as well as keeping the Ocean Pines Community Board informed on environmental issues impacting Ocean Pines, a year-round residential community with over 9 miles of waterfront property and directly affecting our bays.
The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is a year-round open air market that supports family-based farming, farmers, food producers, artisans and crafters of the Eastern Shore. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am – 1pm in White Horse Park and is seeking volunteers to provide support with tasks that include greeting and helping customers, assisting vendors, and the setup and closing down of the market.

 

Assateague Coastal Trust works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed through advocacy, conservation, and education.

 

The Assateague Island Alliance was created to benefit Assateague Island National Seashore by supporting interpretive, educational, and scientific programs and assuring stewardship, restoration and preservation of our land, water, living resources, and historical sites while balancing high quality resource-compatible recreation.

 

The Berlin Library Garden is a community project to demonstrate sustainable, chemical-free gardening to the public. Produce is donated to Diakonia (shelter in West Ocean City) and Stevenson United Methodist Church, and used in library programming.

 

The Lower Shore Land Trust assists landowners and communities to conserve land for the enjoyment and well-being of present and future generations.

 

The Ocean City Surf Club celebrates our ocean community, its heritage and future, and supports area youth through scholarships and mentoring.

The Eastern Shore IMBA was created to organize residents of the Delmarva Peninsula who seek to promote bicycle riding in all forms for all ages. Activities include mountain bike trail creation and maintenance, promotion of youth/BMX programs in the region, group rides and outings, political advocacy, promoting bike safety and healthy lifestyles, and socializing with people with similar interest

 

For ninety years, members of the Worcester Garden Club have been learning, doing, contributing and advocating for the natural environment. Activities include educational programs, flower shows, garden tours, and community service.

 

Since 1965, Telamon Corporation has provided supportive assistance to untold numbers of recipients. Farmworkers and their families, children born into poverty, low-income and elderly residents of rural America, youth who struggle with societal challenges, the dislocated and disenfranchised comprise this universe of people in need. To our stylized logogram, we add a heart that beats with commitment to those we choose to serve, and a soul that is the collective effort of thousands of employees and volunteers who have given of themselves. In more than three decades, our maturity as a nonprofit organization has grown along with the number of programs we operate and our geographic reach. Today, over 100 projects bring help with childcare, employment, housing, education and community development to people in ten states.

 

Town Cats Town Cats was organized in 1998 in an attempt to deal with the feral cat population of Ocean City, Maryland. When they went home in the fall, many summer visitors would leave behind the cats they had been feeding all summer to face the winter without food or shelter. Those that survived would inevitably breed in the spring, producing litters of feral kittens that would eventually produce more unwanted kittens. Something had to be done to stop the litters and so Town Cats was born to spay/neuter/vaccinate the feral cats of Ocean City.

 

For more than forty years Diakonia has been helping individuals and families in Worcester County and on the Lower Shore by providing shelter, food, clothing and the resources to rebuild their lives.  Diakonia is the only comprehensive provider of emergency and transitional housing for men, women, and families on the Lower Shore.

 

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about these organizations and community service opportunities available to you to make a difference.

 

For more information contact Sandi Smith at sandis@mdcoastalbays.org or call 410-213-2297 ext 106.

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