I've been thinking about ... reaching out.
Late in 2016, the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Inc. was approached by several members of the Door to Virtue Masonic Lodge with the idea of partnering together to present a new event for the community. The event is called Exposee (to uncover, to show, to reveal, to display, to unmask, to open up, to see clearly) and will happen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22 on the grounds of the Door to Virtue Masonic Lodge on Monroe Street and Dutterer's Park here in Westminster. The rain date is Sunday, April 23. All are invited.
The core of the idea is to enlighten the general public to the wide variety of services and volunteer opportunities that exist here in Carroll County. In doing so the general public will learn what is available to them in services and activities and participating nonprofits will benefit from increased awareness of their services and may see an increase in volunteers, donors and the number of people served. Most nonprofits in Carroll County would benefit from an increase in personal involvement from the community not only from volunteers but potential new committee members and new candidates for their boards of directors.
There will be food vendors and other activities to amuse and entertain you. The Masons will provide their CHIP, child identification program, to interested parents. Other participants include United Way of Central Maryland, 211 Maryland, the American Red Cross of Western Maryland, Crew 1778 Boy Scouts of America, The Sober Truth, Carroll Community College, Adult Education, Caring Carroll, Family and Children's Service of Central Maryland, the Salvation Army, Westminster Police Department, the Literacy Council of Carroll county, Carroll Hospital, Community Mediation Center, Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County, Access Carroll, the Kiwanis Club of Westminster, Dad's Works, the Community Foundation of Carroll County and Carroll District Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to the organizations we think of as providing charitable assistance in the community, there is another group of organizations that will be showcased at the event. As I'm sure that many of you are award, organizations like the Masons, the Kiwanis, the Rotary Club and the Lions Clubs that exist in Carroll County make a huge contribution every year to the good things that happen here. They all sponsor many events during the year and make important donations without which many of our nonprofits could not continue their work.
As examples, the Masons are celebrating their 300 years of service with an international event. The Rotary Club of Westminster is over 90 years old and the Westminster Kiwanis Club just celebrated 85 years of service. Carroll County is blessed with several Lions Clubs, not to mention the Elks, the Eagles, the Shriners and all of the veterans organizations. All of these organizations provide service opportunities for adults and most of them also sponsor youth groups that provide community service hours for our Carroll County school children.
We will be assisted on Saturday by some of the students at Silver Oak Academy and McDaniel College. Anyone who needs community service hours for graduation requirements can go to the website www.expo-see.org for more information or call the Community Foundation at 410-876-5505, ext. 100.
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Audrey Cimino is the executive director of the Community Foundation of Carroll County. She writes from Westminster.