Volunteer Auxiliary

 2017 Annual Meeting Recap

The 2017 Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, May 11th. There were 88 Auxiliary Members in attendance from all regions. The conference opened with a welcome from the Auxiliary President, Ms. Julie Wernz followed by the “Hymn of Promise”.

The Keynote Speaker was Ms. Laurie Anne Spagnola, President and CEO of Board of Child Care.

The Children’s Choir of South Korea is an organization of children grades 3rd – 8th travels giving hope and joy to many people throughout their mission tours. The Board of Child Care had the privilege to host these young and talented students at our 2017 Annual Spring Auxiliary Meeting.

There was not a dry eye in the audience after the children sang “Jesus Loves Me” and then proceeded to hug each person in the meeting. Please enjoy photos from the event on our Facebook Page. Click here to see a video.

Give a Tic Program was a success!  The program was designed to help raise money for batteries for donated watches so that they could be used in the Christmas Store. Many thanks to all of our caring and generous donors!

Auxiliary Members that have served Board of Child Care for over 20 years of service were recognized. These dedicated individuals are listed below.

Auxiliary Member

Time of Service



Mrs. Alice L. Chesler


Brook Hill UMC


Ms. Ann L. Herbert


Centenary UMC


Mrs. Carol Linton


Emory UMC


Mrs. Ella Parker


Beechfield UMC


Mrs. Helen Dick


Mt Zion UMC


Ms. Jean H. Simkins


Hope Memorial St. Mark UMC


Ms. Jeanette V. Thomas


Hope Memorial St. Mark UMC


Mrs. Joan L. Clark


Chews Memorial UMC


Ms. Lucille V. Thomas


St. James UMC


Mrs. Margaret Harkins


Providence UMC


Mrs. Mildred J. Trainor


Metropolitan UMC


Mrs. Suzanne Everhart


Emanuel Umc


           Auxiliary Regional Meeting Updates

Baltimore Region is geared up to sponsor several “road trips” for our youngsters over the summer – thank you! Fork UMC, once again received the Attendance Banner!

Annapolis – Southern Region voted to sponsor a trip to the movies for our youth; a luncheon for the middle school graduates as well as bus transportation to camp at West River! Patuxent UMC took home the Attendance Banner!

Cumberland-Hagerstown and Frederick Regions are planning summer trips for our Martinsburg and Hagerstown youth.

Washington Region has voted to donate money in honor of our Board Member, Crystal Barnhouser-Fridy to be used for Alumni Programming.

Graduation – monetary donations welcome as we give each child a handmade quilt/afghan AND a monetary gift.

Help create beautiful afghans / quilts to give to the Strawbridge graduates!

Presenting each graduate with a hand-made afghan/quilt along with a monetary gift. The Auxiliary is seeking volunteers to get the crochet hooks, knitting needles, or sewing machines moving.

The afghans/quilts are typically 70″ x 35″ — a suitable size to top a twin bed.

Please call our office with questions or inquiries about dropping off donations. Auxiliary Office 410-922-2100 x 5473 or Development Office 410-922-2100 x 5430

Summer is Right Around the Corner

Summer Vacation who doesn’t love to “get away” during the summer months.   Our kids do too – monetary donations to help offset transportation and admission costs welcome.  (Checks payable to BCC Auxiliary, note Road Trips in memo.)

In the past we have been able to take trips to:  Sky Zone, Ironbird & Frederick Keys ball games, Cascade Lake, Mt. Pleasant Ice Rink, to name a few.

box-tops-for-education_rydqavWe Collect Box Tops!

Look for the pink Box Top located on the top or bottom of the food boxes already in your home. Clip them and send to Board of Child Care – Auxiliary 3300 Gaither Rd, Baltimore, MD 21244

What child doesn’t love cookies?
Cookies are ALWAYS appreciated, and they’re welcome year-round. You no longer need to coordinate with a calendar to keep a kid sweet any time of the year.

Feel like baking cookies and it’s not your region’s month? Feel free to bring the kids cookies anytime! Just call ahead of time to make sure someone is available to meet you!

Auxiliary Office 410-922-2100 x 5473 or Development Office 410-922-2100 x 5430

Conference Auxiliary Executive Committee Meetings

October 7, 2017 – Martinsburg Campus, Washington Region Devotions

 Who We Are

The Auxiliary is the Board of Child Care’s volunteer corp. Since 1953, the men and women 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 meets on most Wednesdays at 9:30 am (weather permitting) on the Baltimore campus to work on a variety of projects. The Auxiliary office is in the basement of the Welcome Center. If you would like to help please call or email ahead of time so we know to expect you!

If you would like to volunteer at any of the events, donate any requested items, or have questions, please email Julie Wernz, Auxiliary President, at jwernz@gmail.com

Join Us

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 1,000 people are members of the Auxiliary. Opportunities abound for developing new friendships and putting skills to work, including leadership, organizational and fundraising skills.

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 info@boardofchildcare.org with “Auxiliary” in the subject line, or call 800-CARE-734 (800-227-3734) or 410-922-2100  and use extension 5473.

Questions regarding the Auxiliary?  Email your inquiry with the word “Auxiliary” in the Subject field to communications@boardofchildcare.org.