THUMBS UP: Lynn Davis recently was named the 17th recipient of the Sylvia Canon Humanitarian Award, an annual honor given by the Carroll County Community Services Council that recognizes someone dedicated to going “above and beyond” in the field of human services. They made a great choice. Davis has spent nearly four decades at Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, the past 20 as executive director of the nonprofit that provides more than 6,000 therapy sessions for children and families annually.
Davis has helped shepherd CCYSB through numerous changes, including a more than $4 million capital campaign in 2007 to construct the nonprofit’s current Kate Wagner Road facility. “She rallies so many people to work together for the good of the community,” Andie Luchini, director of marketing, events and community outreach at CCYSB, told us. A big change within the past decade that Davis is proud of is CCYSB’s decision to begin providing substance use disorder treatment. “She sees a need, and she will make sure those needs get met,” Luchini said. The award meant even more to Davis because at one point she worked with Sylvia Canon, who dedicated her life to service in Carroll County, founding Human Services Programs.
THUMBS UP: This is a very busy time for Santa Claus, so we’re glad he was able to get some local helpers to make calls to more than 300 kids in Carroll County last week. The callers ranged from county Department of Recreation and Parks staff to law enforcement to county commissioners. It was the second year the helpers made their calls, talking to children between the ages of 2 and 8 after receiving applications from their parents through the parks and rec website. Santa’s helpers asked the children about whether they were good this year, what they wanted for Christmas and how they got along with their siblings. “We love reaching out to the children, just the magic in the whole belief of Christmas,” said Candy Sample, a volunteer coordinator for parks and rec, who helped make calls with her husband, Matt. The two love Christmas so much they got married last Christmas Eve. Retiring Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said: “It’s special to help Santa every year, but this January I will become a grandfather, so it’s extra special.” County commissioners Richard Weaver, R-District 2, and Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, came out with their wives to help the cause. “It’s so positive, talking to the kids,” Weaver told us. “You leave light-hearted and uplifted. It’s just phenomenal.”
THUMBS UP: Charity knows no age limits and 10-year-old Enya Sliwinski is showing everyone just how it is done. Enya recently dropped off more than 100 coats to the Second Chances free store in Westminster as part of her second annual One Warm Coat drive. One Warm Coat is a national nonprofit organization that has given out more than 5 million coats since its inception in 1992. Enya, a Sykesville Middle School student, donated 287 coats and $500 to Carroll County and Baltimore residents in need last year. “I wanted to do something good last winter, so I did a little bit of research and decided to do One Warm Coat,” Enya told us. “It was such a success I decided to do it again.” Enya’s goals this year are 300 coats and $600. This year her donations will be sent to Turn Around Inc. in Baltimore and Second Chances in Westminster. To donate coats and blankets to Enya’s One Warm Coat drive, the items can be dropped off at any of the Eldersburg locations: A Time 2 Party, 5959 Exchange Drive No. 118 and Store-N-Lock, 6360 Monroe Ave.
THUMBS UP: Last week, Carroll Community College launched the public portion of its major gift campaign, with the hope of reaching $8 million to support the school’s mission. The campaign, “Investing in a Brilliant Future,” was announced at the annual Starry Night Gala and already had hit $6.2 million of its goal through the quiet portion of its fundraising.
The funds raised from the campaign will support new initiatives on campus for high-impact economic development programs, provide funding for technology initiatives, help with scholarships and overall advance student success, Steven Wantz, executive director of the Carroll Community College Foundation, told us. More than 90 percent of students who attend Carroll live and work in the community, President James Balls said, so in turn, the college helps to improve quality of life in the county as more students come out with job skills and education. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.carrollcc.edu/BrilliantFuture.