This past week, we at Volunteer Maryland facilitated a Mid-Year Retreat for AmeriCorps members serving in our program. Themes for the retreat included relaxation, goals setting, and fun. We participated in activities ranging from a service project to singing karaoke. Members had a chance to learn and let their hair down. It was a fun time. There are 32 Volunteer Maryland Coordinators (VMCs) serving this year to address community needs from hunger and homelessness to environmental restoration and beyond. Since September 30, 2010, the VMCs have recruited volunteers who have served 21,228 hours across Maryland.
VMCs are committed to completing 1,700 hours of service over a ten month period, including over 80 hours of training, all on a very modest living stipend of only $13,000. Part of this required training was a Mid-Year Retreat, which we were in the process of planning well before March 10 and 11. However, all of it would not have been possible without the support of local businesses and agencies who donated the prizes that we used to recognize the amazing work of VMCs.
Let’s give a round of applause for the donors that helped make this retreat fantastic!
Ten Passes to Severna Park Lanes at $4.50 each
Eleven Buy One Get One Free Passes to White Oak Lanes at $4.00 each
Four Fifty three-game passes from College Park Lanes plus $2 off X-treme bowling at $65.59 per pass
Two Adult and 2 Child passes to the Maryland Science Center totaling $53.80
Fifty Sonic Community First Value Cards valued at $5.00 each
Eleven CiCi’s Pizza Free Buffet Passes at $5.00 each
Baltimore Ravens shirt and hat valued at $29.96 total
Five Sandy Springs Adventure Park Passes valued at $48.00 each
Three Whole Foods Market Gift Cards valued at $10.00 each
Two Trader Joe’s Merchandise Bags valued at $20.69 and $25.26
Twenty-Five Chick-fil-A free chicken sandwich coupons
Three $20 Target Gift Cards
Seven Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Movie Posters valued at $15.00 each
Thanks to all the donors gave the merchandise that helped recognize our VMCs!