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.
The Auxiliary just celebrated its 60th Anniversary of service to BCC in May of 2013.
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 collects new and like new merchandise to stock the Christmas store. The store sells these items at a very low price so the children can afford to guy them with money from their allowance.
We ask that you donate items that you would give to your children or grandchildren. We especially need items for babies, boys of all ages and men. We need donations by November 25, 2013. Items can be dropped off at the Board of Child Care campuses, or given to the Key Person at your church.
Thanksgiving Baskets - THANK YOU!
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