About Our Community Partners
A vibrant business sector depends on a healthy, active, and engaged community of families, individuals, and groups committed to working, playing, and investing in their local neighborhoods. When businesses and non-profits work together toward common goals, they create a synergy that promotes a shared vision, fosters unity, and promotes paths to prosperity.
The MAHCC views its community partners as being instrumental to helping grow a skilled and capable local workforce and to enriching residents and visitors alike. The contributions our community partners make by means of their expertise in areas such as technical assistance, neighborhood revitalization, safety, health, and housing and educational programs and services not only help support the business community, but also, often provide much needed supplemental resources to local governmental and educational institutions.
Recognizing the important role that our community partners play in helping build sustainable, attractive and safe communitiescannot be overemphasized. The MAHCC is extremely proud that since its inception, it has made it a priority to partner with entities that promote the intellectual, physical and character development of children and youth; the assimilation of immigrants; the learning of English as the lingua franca of the U.S. as well as learning other languages as tools for success throughout the world; to help advance the right of communities to elect their representatives whether is in Eashington, DC or in foreign countries longing for a democratic form of government; to help enrich the human spirit through music, art and literature; and to lend a hand to those who cannot help themselves.
The Delaware Art Museum was founded in 1912 as the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts in honor of the artist Howard Pyle. It holds a collection of more than 12,000 objects. The collection focuses on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st century, and on the English Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century. The rapid expansion of educational programs after World War II required an expansion by 1956. A further renovation was completed in 1970, adding air conditioning and humidity control to the building, and again in 1987, the latter effectively doubled the size of the museum. However, the rapid growth of attendance, programming and outreach required an additional expansion in 2005 that resulted in a 9-acre Sculpture Park, the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, studio art classes, a children's learning area, and a cafe and museum store. The basis of the museum's collections are the works of Howard Pyle and his pupils, N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and Stanley Arthurs. Starting in 1961 Helen Farr Sloan, the wife of artist John French Sloan, began donations that eventually totalled 5,000 objects. Other significant collections are predominantly drawn from late 19th- and early 20th-century American illustration, as well as works from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The mission of Leadership Delaware, Inc. is to recruit and mentor outstanding young Delawareans who have the capacity, desire, and the courage to seek and excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional, and corporate leadership within the "First State." These young leaders, aged 28 to 38, are recruited from throughout Delaware, without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or political persuasion. Leaders with integrity, vision, knowledge, and the ability to make a positive impact within their communities are desperately needed in Delaware and throughout the United States. In fact, the need for principled leaders has rarely been greater.
Since 1982, LVSA has served functionally illiterate adults in Northern Delaware. Originally called Literacy Volunteers of America, we became Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults/Northern Delaware, Inc. in 2003 and now operate as an independent nonprofit organization. We are a recognized accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy Worldwide (Syracuse, NY), which provides us with the resources and connections available through this national and international literacy program. For over 30 years Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults (LVSA) has provided free tutoring services for all Delawareans who want to learn how to read and write, or learn basic English language skills. Hundreds of people from all walks of life volunteer as tutors to ensure that everyone, regardless of his or her financial situation, can learn.
District of Columbia
American Jewish Committee, 1156 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 • 202-785-4200.
For more than a century, AJC has been the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. With offices across the United States and around the globe, and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all. Through establishing important local and global alliances among diverse ethnic and religious groups, AJC builds coalitions to advance issues of common concern.
DC Vote, 1100 H Street, Suite M-100, Washington, D.C. 20009 • 202-462-6000
Founded in 1998, DC Vote is a national citizen engagement and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening democracy and securing equality for all in the District of Columbia. DC Vote envisions a fairer America where residents of the nation’s capital are first class citizens. This will be evidenced by the District of Columbia gaining the freedom to control its own budget, pass its own laws without congressional interference, and having its citizens enjoy equal representation in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. DC Vote was formed to develop and coordinate solution-oriented proposals that aim to achieve full democratic equality for residents of the District of Columbia. Under DC Vote’s umbrella, creative proposals are incubated and vetted to determine possibilities for consensus and advancement into the policy arena. DC Vote welcomes citizens, advocates, thought leaders, scholars and policy-makers seeking to advance our cause.
The mission of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. The LAYC was incorporated in 1974 as a multicultural youth and family development center. It grew from a small effort supported solely by volunteers to a year-round multi-service center serving Latin youth and the wider community that now includes Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland. Under the leadership of President and CEO Lauri Kaplan, innovation has become a hallmark of the organization. The LAYC has reached national prominence as an award-winning network of youth programs. It was selected as one of the 100 most impactful organizations by the S&I 100. It was selected by President Obama's Social Innovation Fund from agencies across the country, and it was pre-selected by Venture Philanthropy Partners for its portfolio of four from hundreds of nonprofits.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 501 Sixth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403 • 443-949-0575
Founded in 1971, the Alliance brings together individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to find collaborative solutions, to build a strong commitment to stewardship, and to deliver innovative, broadly-supported programs that benefit the land, waters, and residents of the Chesapeake Bay. The Alliance's mission is to lead, support and inspire local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. With staff in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., we work in urban, suburban and rural settings across the Chesapeake watershed.
The Alliance engages local communities through education, training and consultation to those with an interest in the health of the Bay. It connects residents residents of the Bay watershed and their local stream or river to engage them into a proactive and fruitful collaboration to protect the Bay, and heals the land and water by coordinating a broad range of on-the-ground restoration program that include healthy forest, functional landscapes, rain gardens, stormwater reduction methods and pollution prevention.
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is a state-of-the-art, moving-image exhibition, education and cultural center. Anchored by the restoration of noted architect John Eberson's historic 1938 Silver Theatre, it also features 32,000 square feet of new construction housing two stadium theatres, office and meeting space, and reception and exhibit areas.
Created by the citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland, the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is dedicated to artists, educators and audiences of the world. The AFI Silver presents the richness of American and world cinema, exploring all forms of the moving image in the digital era and seeing the screen itself as a source of literacy, learning and vision for the future. The exceptional technical facilities of the AFI Silver include film formats from 16 to 70mm, high-definition digital cinema video projection, broadcast quality video recording and distance learning capabilities via satellite, fiber and the Internet.
Whether it's silent film at the proper frame rate with live musical accompaniment, 70mm wide screen spectaculars or digital cinema, the AFI Silver offers state-of-the-art technology in each of its three theatres — with seating for 400, 200 and 75, respectively — as well as in its world-class conference room, all available to rent. Its parent company, the American Fil Institute, is a national organization providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.
Founded in 1977, the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council (AACLC) is a volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of adults in Anne Arundel County who are not yet functionally literate, or who are not yet functionally literate in the English language (English Language Learners-ELL). It provides personalized, one-on-one coaching in reading, writing and spelling to adults. Many of our students read at a 5th grade level or lower. Many past students have been successful at raising their reading levels significantly; some have gone on to further formal education (including GED classes), and some have become successful college students. It is hard to believe, but over 70,000 adults in Anne Arundel County lack the literacy skills needed to obtain a GED. With the help of volunteers and the support of individuals and community and business organizations, the AACLC transforming lives through free, convenient, individualized literacy and ESL instruction for adults and out-of-school youth.
Founded over a century ago, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has become one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. Throughout the years, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.
Its National Capital Area Council (NCAC), based in Bethesda, MD, delivers the promise of Scouting to youth in the Washington, DC, metro area, including 16 counties in Maryland and Virginia, and in the US Virgin Islands. NCAC serves more than 56,500 youth members and 22,000 adult leaders, making the Council one of BSA's largest. It provides a program for children and young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. The MAHCC salutes the Boy Scouts for their century-long investment on or children and youth and America's future.
The Literacy Council of Frederick County (LCFC) is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3), nonsectarian organization founded in October 1963. It assist adults in Frederick County in attaining the reading, writing and English-speaking skills needed to achieve personal goals and integrate more fully into the community. The LCFC was organized when some women of Church Women United, while assisting the area's migratory farm workers, discovered that many of them could not read. After the migratory workers moved on, the tutors soon discovered that many native-born Frederick residents, over 10% of the population, also needed their help, and tutoring continued year round. By promoting literacy, LCFC empowers people to live more fulfilling lives. By training volunteer tutors, LCFC is able to provide free, individualized instruction to adults in need of essential reading, writing, and English language skills. Please view a poignant LCFC video of what illiteracy does to a person's spirit and lifelong acomplishments:
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1963. The LCMC transforms the lives of approximately 1,500 adults each year by providing educational programs that strengthen language proficiency, build life skills, and foster community involvement.
The programs include one-on-one tutoring; intensive, standards-based ESL classes; iPathways online learning program for GED® test preparation; English for Daily Living classes; health literacy; workplace literacy; and computer-based instruction. Adult learners are equiped with skills for life! LCMC students improve their employment opportunities, become better citizens, acquire consumer skills, and increase their involvement in their children’s education. Watch a video providing personal stories from teachers and students:
In 1996, Mrs. Barbara Creager attended a Tutor Training Workshop given by the Frederick County Literacy Council. At that workshop she was trained by Carolyn Gaver, Betty Seligman and Joyce Routzahn. Barb, Carolyn, Betty and Joyce discussed restarting the Literacy Council in Washington County. There had previously been an agency in Hagerstown called the NorthWest Central Literacy Council of Maryland but it had closed in 1991; funds and materials were being held in trust by the Frederick Literacy Council. Our purpose in Washington County is to promote literacy by providing free individualized reading and writing instruction to non-readers and low-level readers, and promoting conversational skills to the non-English speaking community. The LCWC mission is to promote literacy by providing free individualized reading and writing instruction to non-readers and low-level readers, and promoting conversational skills to the non-English speaking community.
Maryland Non-profit Association (Maryland Nonprofits), 1500 Union Avenue, #2500, Baltimore, MD 21211 • 410-727-6367
Maryland Nonprofits is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, formed in 1992. Its mission is to strengthen, educate and engage nonprofits so they can achieve their missions. It aims to improve the Quality of Life in Maryland and beyond by connecting the important mission work of nonprofit organizations, and by providing nonprofits access to capacity-building resources to enable them to operate effectively, efficiently, and ethically. Our goal is to promote a highly effective, ethical and accountable nonprofit sector that inspires public trust and involvement, enhances the fabric of all communities, and drives change through collective action and advocacy. Maryland Nonprofits created and operates the national Standards for Excellence program that provides resource materials, educational programs and credible, third-party review for accreditation of nonprofit organizations that meet the highest standards of ethics and accountability. Organizations from Maryland and from across the nation participate in the Standards for Excellence program and Standards for Excellence Institute.
Since 1994, Mission of Mercy has been dedicated to restoring dignity and "healing through love" by providing free healthcare, free dental care and free prescription medications to the uninsured, underinsured and those who "fall through the cracks" of our healthcare system. An independent nonprofit 501 (c)(3), faith-based community organization, Mission of Mercy receives no government funding. Because of this, it can provide healthcare without any pre-qualifications. None of the patients must prove their poverty or residency. Mission of Mercy was founded in 1991 and launched in 1994 by clinical pharmacist, Gianna Talone Sullivan, Pharm D. It is headquartered in Pennsylvania and now has 17 clinics in Arizona, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas, providing a total of more than 25,000 free patient visits each year.
The mission of the MCCF is to preserve and improve the quality of life for all current and future residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1925, the MCCF is a not-for-profit, county-wide umbrella group designed to promote cooperation, education, and effectiveness of civic and community associations in Montgomery County. It addresses a wide range of concerns in transportation, land use, environment, education, budget and finance, health and human services, public safety, and ethics. With its strength of numbers and thoroughness of its deliberations, the Federation influences county policy and balances the activities of vested county pressure groups.The MCCF monitors county and state policies and legislation affecting our communities and quality of life. It also conducts in-depth studies of critical issues, and often adopts Resolutions or positions on them which are communicated to government. Recognized as the primary voice of residents, the Federation is given representation on several county boards, commissions, advisory committees, and working groups. For nearly a half century MAHCC leaders and friends have helped the MCCF to accomplish its mission, a chamber investment that continues to this day.
OHLA was created in 1998 to promote and facilitate the socio-economic and educational well-being of the Hispanic/Latino community and their full assimilation into the fabric of the county and the state. OHLA's mission is to Identify the needs of the community in the areas of employment, education, health and housing, among others. These assessments are undertaken in collaboration with county and state policymakers and agencies, nonprofit organizations and the business sector. Many in the Hispanic/Latino community are naturalized citizens and a high percentage of their offspring have been born in the U.S. and have the same dreams and aspirations as those whose families have lived in Anne Arundel County for generations.
Central Pennsylvania Literacy Council provides free individualized instruction for adults who have busy schedules and think they don’t have the time to learn because they work nights, weekends, doubles or shifts. We also support adults who may learn better in small groups or with a tutor. At the CPLC, your indivualized instruction will be scheeduled when you yu have made the decision that you are ready to learn. Call 717-763-7522 for an appointment. We know that people learn in different ways and have different interests. At the Literacy Council, we develop individualized instruction by finding out how you learn best and what you want to learn. We schedule your learning time when you are available. Individualized Instruction is open to adults who are eligible to receive adult education services; are seeking employment or are already working; and, are able to set long-term goals and work them one step at a time.
Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is the only statewide nonprofit dedicated solely to the revitalization of the commonwealth's core communities. Since 1987, PDC has provided affordable services and benefits to communities across the commonwealth in order to help them address their unique economic and social conditions. Through utilization of the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach®, PDC provides outreach, technical assistance, and educational services in order to assist communities in revitalizing their central business districts and surrounding residential neighborhoods. PDC staff includes four experienced urban and regional planners, as well as communications and marketing experts and event planners. PDC's centralized Harrisburg location allows its staff to interact regularly with members of the Pennsylvania Legislature in order to advocate on behalf of downtown and neighborhood initiatives in the commonwealth.
YCLC’S Adult Reading Program assists native-born, English speaking adults to improve their reading, writing, spelling, math, computer and study skills. After homelessness, abuse, drug abuse and other challenges, Farrah found inner strength and then received help at YCLC to obtain her GED and pass her driver’s license test! She is just one example of how students are able to improve their skills and meet important life goals. Students may request a trained tutor for weekly one-to-one tutoring. A student may be placed in a small group tutoring session. Adult Learner’s Class is based on Phonics Reading Horizon’s Discovering Intensive Phonics; a remedial reading program that incorporates the multisensory approach in its curriculum. Students attend weekly classes and have the opportunity to also participate in the online program. The GED Preparation Classes are offered weekly. Instructors prepare students to succeed on four GED sub tests: Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Mathematical Reasoning.
The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region seeks to fulfill on a regional level the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We are guided by seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. We are led by volunteers and financially supported by generous residents, businesses, and foundations.
The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia's mission is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English in order to empower them to participate more fully and confidently in their communities. LCNV serves low-literacy and limited English language proficient adults with a selection of low-cost, moderately intensive courses to help them transition into the workforce or other educational opportunities. LCNV provides the crucial first steps of language and literacy learning for workplace, citizenship, and community integration to help adults make measurable improvements in their lives. Learn more about our programs. LCNV strives to be Northern Virginia’s preeminent provider of literacy education programs for adults at the lowest literacy level with the goal of making measurable improvements in their lives and their communities. LCNV endeavors to serve as a model for other literacy organizations and no n-profits by achieving excellence in all of its programs; effectively supporting the volunteers who make the programs possible; maintaining professional standards for its work; and operating in a financially sustainable manner.
LEAD Hampton Roads is a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. LEAD is one of Virginia's premier leadership organizations, with a 28-year history of identifying, educating and supporting strong leaders for our region. Through varied programs and events, we connect and inspire a wide range of leaders who work together to build a better Hampton Roads. LHR was created in 1988 by the newly merged Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce to facilitate the creation of a truly regional organization and to create regional leaders. In the late '90s LHR broadened its scope to reflect the broad demographics of the Southside Hampton Roads region and by 2000 LHR expanded its recruiting throughout the entire 17 communities.The first class of graduated in 1989 and today LHR has more than 1,300 graduates serving the region. In 2004, LHR won the Community Leadership Association's national Preceptor Award.
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments, and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.
For too many families around the world, safe surgery is not an option. At Operation Smile we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. We believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own. That's what drives each and every one of us: our global network of medical professionals, who donate hundreds of thousands of hours toward the care of children around the world each year, and our supporters who are moved every day to make a difference in the lives of children they've never met. At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care. As long as there are children in the world who need our help, we'll do whatever it takes to give them the quality care they deserve.
Based in Martinsburg at the Martinsburg Berkeley County Public Library and serving three counties in the Eatern Panhadle. LVEP helps adults improve their basic literacy skills in reading, writing, and numeracy, and, for community members whose first language is not English, provides access to English language instruction. For more than 30 years, LVEP has offered tutoring in basic literacy and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in both one-on-one and small-group environments, based on availability. Services are provided free of charge by volunteer tutors, who are trained to Literacy West Virginia and ProLiteracy America standards. LVEP’s tri-county literacy project serves Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan County adults who need to develop or improve basic literacy skills, including those individuals for whom English is not their first language. Tutoring outcomes focus on basic skills, knowledge, and attitudes that empower students, often low-income, to function well in their families, communities, and workplaces.
Outside the Mid-Atlantic Region
CHARACTER COUNTS! (CC!) is a comprehensive and immersive youth development strategy tailored to specific needs of a school, business, government, etc. It is not a one-size-fits-all program nor a scope & sequence curriculum. When properly implemented, its framework of values, known as The Six Pillars of Character, permeates all levels of the organization such as teachers/administrators/students/parents or customers/employees/managers/C-level staff/board of directors. This framework for teaching good character is composed of six ethical values (characteristics) everyone can agree upon: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship. In schools, for example, they help instill a positive learning environment for students and a “culture of kindness” making schools a safe environment for them to learn. These values are not political, religious, or culturally biased. In fact, every year since 1995 the CC! program has been officially recognized and endorsed by the U.S. Senate and The President of the United States. Moreover, every year, the U.S. President, U.S. Senate, state governors, and officials around the world proclaim the third week in October CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. And every year millions of kids in dozens of countries participate. No matter what one's political or religious affiliation might be, this event is about the universal values we share.