Since 1986, Believe In Tomorrow has supplied overnight lodgings for more than 560,000 families during a child's medical crisis. The organization’s respite-housing program sends families to a beach or mountainside location for a three-day weekend stay at one of five Maryland facilities. These calming retreats offer a vacation-like experience for families who might not otherwise be able to afford a getaway due to overwhelming medical expenses. During their stays, families can re-create the atmosphere of normal family life while taking a break from the stress of hospital visits and medical emergencies.
The University of Maryland administers low-cost legal services to the local community through its JustAdvice program. Since its inception, JustAdvice has served more than 1,300 people in a range of legal areas including family, criminal, employment, tax, and social-security law. It holds 30-minute sessions twice weekly, where clients can speak with experienced attorneys to gain a clearer understanding of their circumstances and options for action. Each session typically draws about 20 clients, and the organization charges $10 per session to cover the costs of office supplies, technological resources, equipment, and refreshments. Though JustAdvice cannot provide ongoing legal services to clients, staff attorneys can recommend alternative routes for people to find counsel.
With more than 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) supports blind people by providing resources to improve their quality of life, combating legal, economic, and social discrimination, and helping them to achieve their goals. The NFB spearheads research on blindness, promotes relevant new technology such as the digital talking newspaper, and sponsors a variety of educational and support programs for adults and children.
The CAC program provides each family it serves with two years of housing in either a three-bedroom, single family residence or a two-bedroom duplex apartment in an established neighborhood. When a family first arrives at a CAC residence, they come home to a place filled with household and kitchen supplies such as utensils, linens, dishes, furniture, and appliances. Upon completing the program, individuals move into permanent housing and bring along the items and furnishings from their CAC homes, which then undergoes general repairs and is re-stocked with the very same items for the next residents. Last year, the CAC program aided 68 individuals, 65% of whom were children under the age of 18.
The Global Pathways Project is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that aims to educate Americans about the benefits of an adventure overseas. Swap stories with other worldly residents, host an Epcot Center buffet in your mouth, or dance away your workweek worries. Complimentary parking is available to guests in the Landmark Parking lot adjacent to the museum, on Thames Street.
In 2009, the Baltimore Bocce League shuffled into existence with a mere 20 players. Since then, its roster of athletes has exploded to more than 3,000 competitors of all ages, genders, and skill levels. The league gathers weekly in groups of 200–300 at four different locations to debunk the myth that bocce ball is a sport for older men and clairvoyants who can predict the ball's path. During games, teams of 5 to 12 players toss four bocce balls toward the palina, earning a point each time their ball is closer to the target than their opponents'. To foster postgame mingling, the league grants its members specials at nearby bars after each game and even rewards its winners a 2-liter German boot of beer.