The Auxiliary is the Board of Child Care’s volunteer corp. Since 1953, the women and men of the Auxiliary have enhanced the lives of the children served by the Board of Child Care, and helped educate the church community and others about BCC’s services.
General Help Needed - Closet organization and clothing inventory
It's time to tackle the closet! If you can help sort and fold please call and leave a message at the Auxiliary office 410-922-2100 x5473. We meet on most Wednesdays at 9:30 am (weather permitting). Please call ahead to let us know you're coming.
Useful Forms for Key Persons
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- Overview of the Auxiliary
- Key Person Duties Overview
- Forms Order List (ABCC-11)
- Memorial and honor gifts (ABCC-16)
- Remittance Form (ABCC-01)
- Volunteer Hour Log (ABCC-13)
2013 Auxiliary Impact
Below you'll find pictures and summaries of some of the major accomplisments of the 2013 Auxiliary. Thank you to everyone who made these events possible, and we hope you'll renew your Auxiliary commitment in 2014!
Treatment Foster Care Christmas Party
Smiles were in ample supply at the 2013 Treatment Foster Care Christmas Party. A fantastic food spread, a performance by the Church of St. Cecilia Mass Choir, a live magician and a visit from Santa were all made possible by members of the Auxiliary. Thank you to everyone who came and made this event so memorable for the kids and their siblings.
Outpatient Mental Health Christmas Store
To the Board of Child Care Auxiliary,
I wanted to thank you for all your consideration and help with making sure our clients down in Pasadena had a merry Christmas this year.
We received so many gifts that we were able to open the store to all families serviced by our clinic, which covers just over 100 clients plus all of their siblings.
Some parents “shopped” for gifts to give their children, some families let the children choose their own gifts. Some children even took the opportunity to select gifts for those they care about. They were all so appreciative!
Here are a couple heartwarming stories I wanted to share…
- A single mom of three became choked up and gave one of our staff members a big hug after she chose gifts for her children because she didn’t have money to buy gifts on her own.
- The grandmother (and newly appointed guardian) of two of our clients called us in tears after taking her gifts home – she was so grateful not only for the gifts to give her grandchildren but also for an ankle brace she picked out for herself as she was already feeling relief from her pain.
The whole event was a huge success and we’re all thankful down here to have been a part of it. Our heartfelt grattitude for the auxiliary's efforts in collecting gifts for our clients.
Thanks again and happy holidays!
Andrea Galatis Carroll, MS, LCPC
Director, Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
Board of Child Care
Baltimore Campus Christmas Store
The Christmas Store is for the children served by the Board of Child Care. The store gives each child an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their family members. Even though the children may not live with their parents and siblings during the holiday, giving them gifts is very important to them.
The Auxiliary collected new and like new merchandise to stock the Christmas store and sold these items at a very low price (typically between five and fifty cents). BCC youth use money from their allowance to purchase the items.
Thank you so much to all the churches and individuals who made the store possible this year. Special thanks to Julie Wernz and Sue Everhart, who were first time chairs of this event.
Auxiliary members pictured above from left: Rev. Diane Summerhill, retired United Methodist Pastor, Lynn Newlon, and Sue Everhart.
Thanksgiving Basket Assembly
This year the Auxiliary assembled over 180 Thanksgiving baskets for families served by BCC including those in the Treatment Foster Care Program, Strawbridge School, Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the shelter program. Each basket contained canned fruits and vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, juice, a 5 lb. ham, cake mix and icing. A sincere thank you to all the districts that donated food items as well as money for purchasing the hams! A very special thank you also to our auxiliary members (pictured above) who assembled the boxes!
For just $2 a year, you can become an Auxiliary member. The experiences you gain in return will be priceless, including:
- Impacting a Child’s Life
For BCC's children, Auxiliary members serve as extended family, providing extras at the holidays, on birthdays and during summer breaks.
Children have received birthday cards and gifts, cookies at the holidays, Easter baskets, afghans and graduation gifts from the Auxiliary. In the summer they attend Auxiliary-sponsored trips to parks, museums, dinner theaters and other local attractions. At Christmas, they shop for loved ones at the Auxiliary’s bargain Christmas store.
The Auxiliary assembles Thanksgiving baskets for children's families and sponsors Christmas parties for the foster care programs. The Strawbridge School and DC Early Childhood Education Center also benefit from additional resources purchased through Auxiliary fundraising.
- Advocating for a Good Cause
As an outreach ministry of the United Methodist Church, BCC must continually educate the church community about our services. The Auxiliary takes on much of this responsibility, allowing BCC staff to devote more time to serving children. Auxiliary members speak to congregations, attend fairs, handout fliers and recruit additional Auxiliary members.
- Gaining Personal Fulfillment
More than 3,000 people are members of the Auxiliary. Opportunities abound for developing new friendships and putting skills to work, including leadership, organizational and fundraising skills.
THE AUXILIARY STRUCTURE
Auxiliary members represent churches throughout the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences of the United Methodist Church, although volunteers from all faiths are welcome to join.
The Auxiliary membership is divided into geographic districts within the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Within each church, Auxiliary “Key” persons serve as liaisons with BCC. An Auxiliary Executive Committee oversees the entire Auxiliary. Each Auxiliary district meets several times a year within its district, and the entire Auxiliary meets once a year at BCC’s Baltimore campus.
The Auxiliary is giving the community an opportunity to purchase brass plaques to honor people, groups or events. The plaques form the Tree of Life, permanently on display in the Board of Child Care’s Archive and Welcome Center.
All proceeds from the Tree of Life directly enrich the lives of BCC’s children by funding spiritual program items (such as choir robes), camping trips, college visits, prom costs and other needs.
For more information, read the Tree of Life brochure. To purchase a plaque, follow the order instructions on the brochure. You may also email email@example.com with "Auxiliary" in the subject line, or call 410-922-2100 x5473
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AUXILIARY?
Questions regarding the Auxiliary? Email your inquiry with the word “Auxiliary” in the Subject field to firstname.lastname@example.org