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Needs at the  Center of Help 2018

Thank you!

White board markers

Dell Chromes (around $200)

Vacuum cleaner 

Snacks with no added sugar for our children


ACTIVE _ Chess Club (Ages 6-12) Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 PM (Program running) - Need of Volunteers

GCA Children’s Chess - Teacher: U.S. Chess Federation Certified Coach and National Chess Master - Greg Acholonu


NEED - Volunteers  - No need to know how to play Chess - Cost: Looking for sponsors to continue paying the teacher

ACTIVE Learning and Leadership Club

The Center of Help, in partnership with MOTIVATION EDUCATION division and instructional design staff of Educators Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom, LLC (ECRC), identifies educational activities that support children’s learning. Emphasis is on hands-on participatory activities connecting the S.T.R.E.A.M. Education Model (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Math) and the ten Themes outlined in the National Social Studies standards.  Full application of the materials and pedagogy emphasizing the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Self-Determination Theory will encourage students who have different learning styles to learn, develop critical thinking and be able to get the most out of the lesson. The instruments designed by ECRC will gather and analyze data to write final reports documenting improvement with respect to academic resilience theory. In addition, Maryland Hall provides an Art integration teacher to join our ESOL teacher and volunteers.

ACTIVE - Summer camp  Volunteers to drive van to transport children

ACTIVE  - VOLUNTEERS FOR María de la Paz Youth Outreach Center a Safe Space  Monday-Friday 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM year round at the Annapolis Walk Community Center

A collaboration involving the Center of Help, Annapolis Police Department (Annapolis Police Hispanic Liaison Joe Hudson), Arundel Lodge, Conflict Resolution, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Motivation Education and other organizations will provide daily after school therapeutic and informative activities. Such activities will help keep youth between the ages of 13-17 safe, emotionally stable, and engaged. This program will address migration stressors (i.e. traumatic events, migration experiences, discrimination, gang pressures, acculturation and documentation status), possible emotional concerns (i.e. depression, anxiety, mood instability), and other behavioral concerns.  According to Cleary, Dietz-Chavez, et al., (2017) it is highly recommended that “access to culturally sensitive assessment and treatment services be available to ensure transition to a healthy adulthood.” Annapolis and other communities in Anne Arundel County suffer from a scarcity of bilingual mental health practitioners and safe space(s) for young people. This lack of resources may contribute to the increasing levels of Latino and African American youth gangs and associated negative emotional and behavioral consequences.

NEED - Volunteers - Sponsors for salaries and materials - We need chrome books for this program too.

ACTIVE Adult Education - Literacy (Learning to write in Spanish for Spanish natives) (We hope to start this Fall) Adult population

The Center of Help seeks to empower immigrants to become independent and capable of understanding how to navigate their new community.  Many immigrant adults struggle with filling out forms in English and Spanish, because they did not have the opportunity to learn how to read proficiently as children. For this group, learning to speak English is even more difficult. According to research by Tarone & Begelow (2005) on the implications for second language acquisition, they concluded that “Illiterate adults significantly differ from literate adults in their performance of oral processing tasks that require an awareness of linguistic segments.” The Center of Help has the ability to fill this gap by providing Spanish lessons to Hispanic adults.  Learning to read and write in their own language will facilitate the transition to being successful in English classes later.  Many of these adults have children and the schools provide the information in Spanish,.  They also have to deal with many other forms (e.g. health insurance applications, car insurance).  They need to come to the Center of Help to get assistance because they can’t read or write in Spanish and feel disempowered and even embarrassed. The Center of Help can alleviate these situations by providing skillful educators specialized in adult Spanish education.

NEED - Sponsors for salaries and materials

ACTIVE Library program: Adult Conversational Spanish for English natives

NEED - Join us if you want to improve your Spanish. WEDNESDAY LUNCH (CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR EXACT DATES


Empowering women creates a pathway to stronger families. We have seen how women who are educated and engaged in their community become excellent examples and models to other women in their community and the younger generation. Hispanic women are active and eager to improve their social capital. This program will assist them on how to navigate a new culture and environment. The Latino Women Forum is an initiative that will bring a connection between cultures, providing training on how to manage, lead, fundraise, organize, network, and more. The goal of The Latino Women Forum is to increase their participation in and contribution to the Hispanic community.

NEED – Coordinator and volunteers to present EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS


Marketing/ Social Media

What makes a powerful Newsletter

What are Foundation Maps?


ACTIVE (GRANT RECEIVED) Child Care Providers Training (Start time: September )

In partnership with Arundel Child Care Connections, the Center will train Latino young women to become certified child care providers.  Many Latino women leave their babies and children with friends and family in order to work, but many lack  basic child-care skills. This training will improve parental skills among Hispanic families and will open the doors to Hispanic women participating in the child care center marketplace as bilingual child care providers.

NEED - bilingual facilitator  - Position paid


ONGOING - ADMINISTRATION - OFFICE NEEDS? Love Editing? - ANYTIME, even from your home.

Having outstanding operational office help will ensure our programs run efficiently and, therefore, can serve families more effectively.

NEED - Editors: improve our website’s articles, edit grant drafts, letters to the community, CREATE FLYERS, MARKETING, etc.


Talented about organizing furniture and spaces?

The Center could use some help!

NEED - Library – Art supplies – Materials -


Lego Drive (Loose pieces to use for robotics and imagination)

Waiting for 5 violins – Donation approved

Violin Program (We hope to start this Fall)

Violin lessons for children (Ages 4-7) Saturday afternoons

This program will develop fine motor skills, attention span, grit, listening, musical talent, English language, and more.  Students will meet once a week with their instructor. This program will be a feeder for the Annapolis Symphony program and their concertmaster, Netanel Draiblate, who will be the program director for older children in the Fall. By partnering with them, our children and families will be able to attend concerts for free, and eventually they will receive lessons and participate in future ASO Youth Orchestra.

NEED - Sponsors for the program (to pay for the teacher)

Coming soon - Guitar Program

Have the 5 guitars and the two teachers – September 29 will be the benefit concert to raise money for their salaries (100 tickets at $25

NEED - Sell tickets (we have a flyer already)

“Toddlers in the Library”

NEED find the programs and create a flyer to give parents – survey best times for these programs and recommend to the Library. (Angela)

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Your Donation makes a Big Impact and enables the Center of Help to provide educational programs such as:

$2,000.00 cost of Guitar lessons

$3,000.00 cost of Chess classes

$4,100.00 cost of Summer Camp

$2,000.00 cost of violin lessons



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  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


1906 Forest Drive, Suite 2A- 2B
Annapolis, MD 21401



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