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 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 fall 2012 clinic will take place at Memorial Field at the Y, a recently constructed synthetic-turf field, where instructors will teach youth lessons in leadership, teamwork, and respect with fun baseball and softball drills. Under Armour gear and equipment will be provided, and the children will also receive lunch.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Five different practices feature orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain (up to $350), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
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.
NDMV tutors provide students with assistance on their schoolwork and develop an academic plan for each of them, following up regularly on their report cards and other signposts of academic progress. Volunteers also help facilitate involvement in extracurricular activities by providing transportation to sporting events and encouraging enrollment in school clubs. Furthermore, NDMV strives to engage parents and friends in students' academic life, encouraging them to take an active interest in the young people's progress. Through the program's efforts, students who received assistance from NDMV reported improved attitudes toward school and schoolwork, and 62% of students who received aid for one year showed an improvement in school attendance when compared to the previous year.