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Non-profit organizations play an integral part in shaping our local communities. Relying primarily on foundation support, contributions and volunteering from others, the faces of non-profit organizations are passionate individuals who work to support, improve and affect change in the areas in which they work. Join us each Friday to learn more about our community organizations with our Friday Focus spotlight series and help us highlight our local neighbors.

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May 11, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area


The disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area (dRC) specializes in helping individuals with disabilities, their families and community members. The dRC “helps people with disabilities to have a voice and a choice in their life,” giving them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and live how they want to live. It was a pleasure learning from Kim Lett, Program Coordinator and Deputy Director, about their upcoming events and favorite moments at dRC.

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May 4, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Center for Children


Center for Children provides education, therapy and advocacy on mental health services for children and families in Southern Maryland. Through their programs they educate adults on how to not only prevent, but recognize signs if a child is being sexually abused. In this week’s Friday Focus we spoke to Lorin Johnson at Center for Children and learned some great ways to get involved!  
 


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April 27, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS: Charles County Dive Rescue, Inc.


When disaster strikes on the water, Charles County Dive Rescue, Inc. is there to help by dispatching properly trained and equipped divers to assist in emergencies. The organization was founded in 1989, when medical advances in near-drowning resuscitation prompted a need for a specialized rescue team that could respond in those situations. Today, CCDR Company 13 is an independent emergency service agency that operates an in-house training program and maintains a fleet of dive and rescue boats and vehicles. 

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April 18, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Christmas in April, Calvert County

In a true expression of neighbor helping neighbor, Christmas in April volunteers bring assistance to homeowners in need on their annual workday each spring, doing everything from cleaning gutters to roofing to landscaping. This week’s Friday Focus is a conversation with Bill Lloyd, Vice President of Christmas in April, Calvert County, Inc.
 


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April 12, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Charles County Public Library


The Charles County Public Library creates opportunities for the community to engage, discover and learn. Enjoy this week's Friday Focus as Janet Salazar, Executive Director of the Charles County Public Library, shares with us the many ways the Charles County Public Library serves our community, how you can get involved and a little about the La Plata branch relocation project.
 

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March 23, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

The City of Fredericksburg was established in 1728 - that’s 290 years’ worth of history. The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation works to preserve, protect and revitalize the historic environment and culture of the Fredericksburg region, so that our history is not forgotten. Whether you have questions on an historic home renovation, or looking to get involved in your history, the HFFI provides the resources to do so. In this week’s Friday Focus, Sandra Erickson, Director of Operations, shared that one of her favorite things about HFFI are the events they host where the community learns about the historic character of Fredericksburg buildings.


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March 15, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Fairy Godmother Project

The Fairy Godmother Project is unlike most pediatric cancer organizations because they focus on the parents. They believe by alleviating the day-to-day stress through emotional and financial support, they are providing caregivers with more time and less stress, allowing them to better support their families during these difficult times. Fairy Godmother Project provides thoughtful programs that directly assist a family’s needs and helps reduce the stress associated with caring for a sick loved one. In this week’s Friday Focus we enjoyed speaking to Andie McConnell, Executive Director, to learn more about Fairy Godmother Project and the difference it is making in the community. 

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March 9, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Freedom Hill Horse Rescue

Horses are majestic and beautiful animals! The Freedom Hill Horse Rescue is dedicated to rescuing horses from neglect, abuse, abandonment and slaughter. They work to restore respectful horsemanship, the heritage of the horse and educate the community about horses and proper care. If you have a love for horses, make an appointment to visit Freedom Hill Horse Rescue and meet the sassy and sweet horses they have on board. In this week’s Friday Focus we caught up with Lori Harrington, President/Treasurer of Freedom Hill Horse Rescue and learned about their horsetastic events they have coming up!
 


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March 1, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS - Rappahannock United Way

The Rappahannock United Way strives to improve lives by mobilizing the community. Through programs focusing on education, health and financial stability, Rappahannock United Way is able to help adults, children and families achieve success. As Stacy Rounds, Community Impact Coordinator, points out “you don’t have to give an overwhelming amount of money or time” to make a difference. Check out the ways Rappahannock United Way is impacting our community, and how you can contribute, big or small in this week’s Friday Focus!

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February 22, 2018

FRIDAY FOCUS – Bello Machre

Did you know that 8,000 people are on the Developmental Disabilities Waiting List for services in Maryland? Bello Machre provides lifetime care for those with developmental disabilities in Maryland, helping over 100 children, adults and families in their own homes, 200 people in their 60 homes and providing continual support to the community. In this week’s Friday Focus, Bello Machre shares the touching story of Anna Marie’s and her parents journey with Bello Machre. 
 


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