Category Archives: In the community

Students organize drive for Hearts & Homes for Youth!

Hearts & Homes for Youth is grateful to three high school students who rallied support and collected donations for the youth in our care!

Tyrek, DaRae, and Aaron were considering a list of volunteer opportunities for Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day provided by their high schools, but decided to create their own project to directly help others in need.

Tyrek and DaRae attend Wilde Lake High School together, and Tyrek and Aaron have know each other for over ten years; they have played football together since they were six years old, and have become best friends, like brothers. Tyrek’s mother encourages him to seek volunteer opportunities throughout the year and he often encourages his friends to volunteer as well.

The three friends researched shelters and group homes, and came across  Hearts & Homes for Youth. They valued the variety of programs provided and the wide range of counties across Maryland where Hearts & Homes provides services.  The students reached out to learn about our current needs and decided to host a drive for socks and toiletries. The team created their plan, developed roles, and began contacting potential donors.

The entire experience was very fulfilling for the students, in particular, knowing that they were helping children close to their own ages, in need.

Hearts & Homes for Youth and all the youth in our care are grateful for Tyrek, DaRae, and Aaron’s support and all the donations collected!

Share-A-Haircut – Feb. 6th and 7th!

We are excited to announce that Hair Cuttery is conducting its annual Share-A-Haircut program to provide haircuts to youth in the care of Hearts & Homes for Youth! A fresh haircut can help our children and teens shine from within and feel more confident with a new style!

For every haircut purchased on Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut certificate to Hearts and Homes for Youth!

When you share a haircut, the youth in our care appreciate your generosity and compassion. A small thing like a haircut means a lot to the young people in our care!

Thank you Leadership Montgomery 2017 Core Class!

15977211_10154012210867294_8502586346358554220_nThis morning Leadership Montgomery 2017 Core Class came to Hearts & Homes for Youth Avis Birely Group Home to spruce it up with a new coat of paint!

The boys will be surprised and overjoyed when they get home from school and see the beautiful colors! Thank you Leadership Montgomery 2017 Core Class for choosing Hearts & Homes for Youth for your Nonprofit Project!

Hasan Family hosts Holiday Donation Drive for Hearts & Homes

All of us at Hearts & Homes for Youth are grateful to the Hasan family for hosting a Holiday Donation Drive in their neighborhood! The family set up boxes on their porch – one box for new items (including PJ, blankets, socks, underwear, and toys), and another other box for gently used shoes, long sleeve shirts, warm pants, coats. They spread word about the opportunity and neighbors and friends were very supportive!

We are grateful to the Hasan family and all of our supporters for helping make the holiday season very special for all of the youth in our care!

Hearts & Homes for Youth and MOD Pizza join together to Spread MODness in Celebration of MOD’s Eighth Birthday

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MOD to donate $1 for every pizza sold to provide hope for at-risk youth and families

HOUSTON (November 14, 2016) – MOD Pizza, known for its focus on making a positive impact in their communities, is teaming up with Hearts & Homes for Youth to launch its annual Spreading MODness campaign in Columbia, MD.  The MOD Squad will be donating $1.00 for every pizza sold to Hearts & Homes for Youth from November 22 through 27, 2016.

MOD Pizza, 10000 Town Center Ave, Columbia, MD 21044

Hearts & Homes for Youth joins over 175 non-profits across the U.S. that will be the beneficiaries of Spreading MODness 2016 – a week at MOD which is focused on supporting at-risk youth and families across the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Spreading MODness again this year! Last year, the donation went toward general operating expenses, which includes necessities, academic support, recreational experiences, and so much more to support the growth, development, and healing of the youth in our care. Many of our kids have gone without unconditional support, reassurance, and sometimes the basic necessities,” said Chloe Perez, President & CEO. “The holidays are a HARD time of year for the kiddos at Hearts & Homes, but it’s also a special time of year! We wrap as much LOVE and HOPE around them as possible. Thank you to MOD Pizza for supporting local charities!”

Added Ally Svenson, co-founder of MOD Pizza, “Our birthday is always a special week – it is a time when we spotlight the idea that ‘simply doing the right thing’ – taking care of one another and our communities – can have a lasting impact.  Moments of generosity and gratitude happen daily in our stores, and we want to pay that forward to our communities. We are proud to call these inspiring charities our partners and to help draw attention to the important work they do every day.”

This year celebrates the fourth year of Spreading MODness, and through its celebration of “Gratitude with Attitude”, each of MOD’s 182 stores will be supporting their local charity, with a goal to donate over $250,000 in 18 states and the UK. To learn more watch Spreading MODness 2016 or visit our blog http://modpizza.com/spreading-modness/ to see stories on how MOD is using their business as a platform for good.

 

ABOUT MOD:

A pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, MOD Pizza was founded in Seattle in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas and salads are made on demand, letting customers choose whatever they like from over 30 toppings, all for one set price. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that’s committed to being a force for good in the community – creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. MOD was recently ranked as America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic; earned a spot on the Inc. 500 list as one of American’s fastest-growing private companies in 2016, and the Inc. 5000 in 2015; and was recognized by Fortune as one of the 20 best workplaces in retail for its progressive hiring practices and career-growth opportunities. MOD has locations across 18 states and the U.K. To learn more, visit modpizza.com.

ABOUT Hearts & Homes for Youth:

Hearts & Homes for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young survivors to build brighter futures. Youth in our care have experienced abused, neglect, mental health issues, homelessness, and other trauma. We provide them with a stable homelike environment and supportive services to enable them to make positive life choices.

Real Estate Agents host gift card collection drive!

14938323_10155508960132516_6563102661769437233_nReal Estate agents Danielle Mannix of RE/MAX Realty Group, Josh Greene of Eastern Title and Settlement, and Chong Yi of APEX Home Loans are hosting a gift card collection drive for Hearts & Homes for Youth! From November 15-30, the agents will be collecting gift cards to Target, Giant, Walmart, local restaurants, recreational activities (movies, rock climbing, etc.), as well as Visa/Mastercard gift cards in the amounts of $20, $25, $50, and $100! Their goal is to collect 50 gift cards!

Danielle, Josh, and Chong  will be collecting gift cards at Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge on 11/15 and 11/29 from 5-8pm. Please contact them to arrange for other pickup.

Danielle Mannix of RE/MAX Realty Group – agentmannix@gmail.com – 301-370-6505
Josh Greene of Eastern Title and Settlement – josh@easterntitle.net – 240-876-0642
Chong Yi of APEX Home Loans – cyi@apexhomeloans.com – 301-332-1810

The gift cards will directly benefit the youth in the care of Hearts & Homes for Youth, many of whom are foster youth and have, for much of their lives, received donations. While they are grateful for the items, gift cards give them the opportunity to pick something out for themselves, that they want or need. Please help us brighten the day of a child in need! Your donation is tax deductible.

 

Thank you Sheridan School!

img_2929For a number of years, Sheridan School parents and staff have invited the students to donate some of their Halloween candy to Hearts & Homes for Youth! We are grateful again this year to everyone at Sheridan School for selecting Hearts & Homes for Youth again this year to receive the donation of Halloween candy from your students!

img_2930Our agency prioritizes ensuring the youth feel care for and feel welcome the moment they arrive. This welcome is warmly complemented by a bag of candy that we can give to each youth that is theirs. It is a great, small gesture to show each child and teen that we care about each and every one of them.

Some of the candy is kept at our main office and put in a bowl in the kitchen that we invite the youth to help themselves to when they come to the office. Again, it is a small gesture, but the kids respond positively to it and are very appreciative!

 

Celebrate the Holiday Spirit – Adopt a Wish List!

1This holiday season you can make a difference in a child’s life by answering their holiday wish list!

By answering a wish list, you can make a child or teen at Hearts & Homes for Youth feel cared for and supported as they work toward building a brighter future!

To learn more or to sign up to make this holiday season very special for a young person contact Hazel Eguia at 301-679-1283 or heguia@heartsandhomes.org!

Helpful Tips

  • Do not feel obligated to fulfill the entire wish list, anything you can get to help the youth in our care will be greatly appreciated!
  • Please do not wrap the gifts, but gift bags are greatly appreciated! Please label the items with the child’s name and program name
  • If you bundle gifts into boxes or plastic bags, you can use one label for all
  • If you are donating gift cards/certificates, please put them in a sealed envelop
  • We can arrange a pick up of the gift donations if needed. If delivering gifts, please bring them to:

Hearts & Homes for Youth
3919 National Drive, Suite 400
Burtonsville, MD 20866

  • All donations should be received by Thursday, December 15, 2016. If this is not possible, please let us know!

#WednesdayWisdom Success Story!

1Recently the Chairman of our Board of Directors had a very special moment during a working lunch with clients! He said, “Last week I was having lunch in Bethesda and I noticed the biggest smile on the server’s face. It hit me that she came through Hearts & Homes and had received a scholarship at our golf event. She was beaming with joy making all of the customers feel welcome. I told my lunch guests that seeing her succeed in the real world is why I support Hearts & Homes.”

It is amazing to see our youth succeed, and it’s because of dedicated supporters like you that Hearts & Homes for Youth will be here to help the next young person start building a brighter future and transition to become a productive member of the community!

Please consider showing your support and learning more about our work and the young people we serve, at our October Gala! Click here for more information!