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AUXILIARY FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW

updated 6/17/19

The Auxiliary has collected Campbell’s Labels and Box Tops for Education for many years and although the Campbell’s Label program was discontinued by Campbell’s a couple of years ago, the Box Tops 4 Education has been going strong.  The Auxiliary encourages everyone to save the valuable Box Tops.  Each one is worth ten cents to the Board of Child Care and the United Methodist Home for Children and they are located on a variety of products families and individuals use every day.  Collect them as a group or on your own and send them to the Auxiliary Office at the Board of Child Care, 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore, MD 21244.  The Strawbridge School is listed as the accredited school to qualify for the program but the benefits of the program are distributed to all programs of the Board of Child Care and the United Methodist Home for Children.

 

The Auxiliary for many years has collected cookies, both made at home and store-bought, that are distributed to the residential cottages for a special treat.  In the past there was a calendar that designated Districts, Regions or groups a certain month of the year to donate cookies and snacks.  The Auxiliary is still collecting the cookies and snacks but there is no longer a calendar.  We encourage groups to donate when it is convenient for them to do so throughout the year, there is no longer assigned months to donate.   Your generous donations go a long way whenever they are received to make the resident’s day a little brighter.  Thank you.

 

Message from the Auxiliary President, Mrs. Sue Everhart

The Auxiliary is busy all year long with a variety of efforts and I invite you to join us, be it to volunteer your time, treasure, or talent.  Use the website’s navigation menu to click on each event for more information.  Not all events are collecting items all the time so do take a moment to see when the donation deadlines are and which campus locations are participating (the Christmas Store is generally an exception – items are collected all year for it).

Please feel free to start a conversation with me about how you can get involved.  You are important to the success of BCC’s purpose:  “Enriching communities, one family at a time.”

To the hundreds of volunteers I am lucky enough to work with each year – THANK YOU.  I truly appreciate all that you do to support our beloved Auxiliary and the children and families served by BCC.

You can reach me either via the BCC development team at communications@boardofchildcare.org or my personal email everhartsuzanne@gmail.com.

Thank you again,

Sue Everhart
Auxiliary President


Update on the exciting future of our BCC Auxiliary

We have had several meetings with BCC staff and Auxiliary officers as well as interested members.  A number of changes are being implemented in order to help streamline the administrative responsibilities of the Auxiliary so that we can better support BCC programs which are expanding and experiencing transformation.  As we move forward together, BCC staff will help more with these administrative tasks (such as communication and gift thank you letters).  Because of these changes, the Auxiliary volunteers will be able to do what you do best – making life more awesome for BCC youth!  There will be fewer meetings (and less paperwork) and more opportunities to participate in “hands on” tasks to benefit children and youth and their families directly.

At the 2019 Annual Auxiliary meeting we ratified our new, streamlined, constitution and by-laws.  One of our next areas of focus will be the creation of a new policy and procedure manual that captures “how” the Auxiliary operates.  This document can be edited as programs and initiatives change throughout the year, making us more nimble.  Placing this information in the constitution as it was done previously was difficult as changes required a vote at the annual meeting.  The manual will also be a valuable training tool for new area coordinators and volunteers going forward.

In the coming months, we look forward to sharing more about the outcomes of our work and transformation.  All input is welcome.

Volunteers are needed for the Christmas Store.  If you can help with the times listed on the “Get Involved – Christmas Store Volunteer and

Donation Requests” page of the website, please let me know.  We need volunteers in both West Virginia (at the “Falling Waters” campus) and in Baltimore.  Please spread the word to others who might be interested.  This is a great opportunity for any volunteer to experience the joy of the Christmas Season.


Christmas Store Volunteer Opportunities

  • Donate Items to the Christmas Store (click the link for specific needs)
  • Volunteer to work at one of our two Christmas Stores
    • Set up store / inventory
    • Help the children shop
    • Help children wrap gifts / make gift baskets
    • Clean up / put away unsold items

 


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We 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

 


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.


Changes for Auxiliary 2017 Thanksgiving Drive

For many years we have supported our Board of Child Care (BCC) families with Thanksgiving Baskets – collecting canned goods, cake mixes, stuffing etc.    And always our families are appreciative.   This year we are handling Thanksgiving donations a little differently.   We will be providing $25 grocery store gift cards to families in lieu of our usual baskets of canned hams, veggies, cake mixes etc.   SO donations will be much easier – just write a check or give cash!   We will take care of purchasing the grocery store (geographically appropriate) gift cards for the recipients.   Grocery Store Gift cards allow the recipients more choice in tastes and accommodating dietary needs (store policies prohibit gift cards from being used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or lottery/keno tickets).

Send checks payable to the BCC Auxiliary, Attn: BCC Auxiliary Office, 3300 Gaither Road, Baltimore MD  21244,  with a note in memo “Thanksgiving”.  This way, we can record donations in our database, and send an acknowledgment to donors.

We are always so grateful for YOU our supporters – Blessings to all and a bountiful Thanksgiving!

If you have any questions about Changes for Auxiliary 2017 Thanksgiving Drive please call Rev. Dr. Stacey Nickerson, Director of Church and Community Engagement, Board of Child Care (Staff) by phone (410) 496-5610 or email snickerson@boardofchildcare.org


2017 Thanksgiving food drive – THANK YOU!