Service Projects & Special Events
Over the years, ShoreCorps/PALS members have coordinated and participated in a
variety of service projects and special activities to meet needs in the
community. Below you will find a sampling of these activities. Some of these
listings were one-time events; some continue today. See the many ways AmeriCorps
has touched and continues to impact the Eastern Shore of Maryland!
Volunteer Fair -
This event was hosted at Wor-Wic Community College, and is centered
around parents and their children. The AmeriCorps members volunteered their
time to not only talk to others about what they do for AmeriCorps, but they also
entertain children with science projects so that their parents could browse the
other volunteer opportunities at the fair. This event not only has a positive
effect on children but on the parents as well because the children learned about
science while the parents could browse and not worry about their children while
they looked at the different organizations that attended the fair that day.
National Day of Play - This event was hosted
that the Salisbury YMCA. This event was sponsored specifically for children so
that they could come out and play in a safe and healthy environment. There were
refreshments like snow cones, face painting, a live band, a moon bounce,
interactive sports games, and a guest speaker. The guest speaker was Jim
Ireton, the mayor, who came to support the youth in the community for wanting to
have fun in a positive way. This event allowed for fun and clean interactions
between children so that they know that they can still have fun without doing
Breast Cancer Walk -
This event was hosted at the Winterplace Park in Salisbury, MD. This
event is a 5k walk to support Breast Cancer Research.
Hayward Youth Center Cheerleading Coaching - This
event is hosted at the Garland Hayward Youth Center and this
event starts in October and continues all the way until the end
of the school year in May. Practices are every Wednesday, and
since the girls have a supporting and caring coach, who is an
AmeriCorps member, they love coming to practice and enjoy
working with the other girls on the team. They not only learn
how to cheer, but they also have fun doing it. The AmeriCorps
member takes them bowling and to other social events so that
they can all interact in situations where they are not pressured
to do anything they do not want to do. They hope to raise money
so that they can continue to travel to competitions.
Alcohol Awareness – This
event was held at Camp Arrowhead in Lewes, DE where some of the
AmeriCorps members met with high school students to talk about
alcohol and its effects when is experienced at a young age and
the dangers of drunk driving.
Night of the Living Zoo –
This event is located at the Salisbury Zoo in Salisbury, MD and
is held at night. At this event, there is a moon bounce,
walk-around cartoon characters, handing out candies and snacks,
and meet and greet the animals. Meet and greet the animals was
the zookeepers way of demystifying what was so scary about
crocodiles, snakes, cave crickets etc. so that the kids would no
longer be afraid of these animals. This event was also held so
that parents could bring their children to a safe Halloween
party without having to worry about the candy or people being
safe. Finally, in addition to being a benefit for the
community, parents and children, it helped raise money for the
Zoo’s wildlife education program so that it can continue to
educate children about animals throughout the rest of the year.
Seagull Century – This event
was set all over Salisbury University and Salisbury, MD. The
AmeriCorps members were placed in Furnace Town the past year to
pass out Gatorade and water to the bikers who were going through
the pit stop they were running. Seagull Century is not only fun
for the bikers but is raises money for different school programs
Gimme 5 Youth Day – This
event was held at Prince Street Elementary in Salisbury, MD.
This event is a part of the Giraffe Hero Project which is a
program that promotes “sticking your neck out” for your
community. The AmeriCorps members talk to the kids in the
community and they get the kids to understand and respond to the
Giraffe Heroes in their own community. In this particular
project though, the AmeriCorps members supported vendors such as
Wicomico Mentoring Project, Kool Smiles, Wicomico Rec & Parks,
Girl Scouts etc. who tried to represent the 5 aspects that
represent our youth: Good health, safe place, caring adult,
marketable skills and a willingness to serve. This event gives
the community a chance to come together and have good fun like
face painting, pumpkin painting, fall festive games and other
fun crafts. To see the safe places click on
Gimme 5 Youth Day.
Veteran's Day Flag – This
event is held at Delmar Elementary School in Salisbury, MD and
in this event the children created a flag that was 8’ x 10’
which was made of cut out hands signed by every child and staff
member in the school. When the flag was finally completed it
was hung in the school cafeteria. This project was about
commemorating veterans and education on who veterans are and
what they do for our country. It also got the children involved
at the school and excited to do something simple and creative.
AmeriCorps members are planning on holding another Veteran's Day
Flag event in May as well.
Youth Career Tour – This
event is located in a variety of places, such as Salisbury
University, the Fire Station, Wor-Wic Community College, and the
Food Bank which are all located in Salisbury, MD. For this
event, the AmeriCorps members take seventh and eighth graders to
visit local businesses and colleges so that they can try and
find the students interests in a field of study. Specifically,
they were trying to educate students on the kinds of jobs that
will be available to them if they go or do not go to college and
how they can obtain the jobs of choice.
College Tours – these events
are held at colleges where our AmeriCorps members are able to
reserve with. This past year it was with the Naval
Salisbury University and other local colleges in the area. The AmeriCorps members educate young
adults from the Kids of Honor Club about college and the
benefits that it can bring to them in the future.
University of Maryland College Park
Workshop – This event was located at UMD College
Park in College Park, MD and was created for selected seniors in
Somerset County where they could apply to 1 college/university
for free. They could also attend sessions on creating a resume,
individuality, time management, organization, financial aid and
other college related topics, along with learning about the
college life and how to cope with a new environment.
Definitely Real –
This event is held in Crisfield High School in Crisfield, MD and
the AmeriCorps members performed a Financial Literary education
class through the Delmarva Education Foundation. Specifically,
the AmeriCorps members talked to eighth graders about the value
of the dollar and how to spend, save and understand how money
Toys for Tots – This
event was held at St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury, MD.
The AmeriCorps members were wrapping presents for
lower income families with children who could not afford to give
their children presents for the holidays.
Salvation Army Give-a-Way
– This event was located at the Salvation Army and the
AmeriCorps members took toys that were donated and gave them
away to families with children who found themselves in poopr
economical situations and had no gifts for the holidays.
Martin Luther King Day
– was held in the Wicomico Civic Center. What the AmeriCorps
members did though was the Giraffe Project Table promoting
children to “stick their neck out” for what they believe in and
to stand up for themselves. There were also other businesses
who had tables came to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and to
inspire unity and a commitment to a better world as well as a
better local community. At this event, there were activities
such as face painting, educational games/puzzles, food/
beverages, freebees and guest speakers.
College Goal Saturday
– this event was located at Washington High School and the
AmeriCorps members were holding a financial aid workshop for the
high school students. The seniors from Somerset County came and
learned how to complete their FAFSA forms and learned how to
apply for scholarships. Not only did the members connect with
the seniors but with the seniors’ families and siblings which
made the experience even more rewarding.
College Application and Scholarship
Workshops – This event is located at Washington
and Crisfield High School every Wednesday starting in January 26th
and continues throughout the year. For this event, the
AmeriCorps members host 3 hour workshops for high school
students to attend so that the members can help them apply to
college and find scholarship money for future endeavors. These
programs really motivate high school students to go to college
and make something for themselves.
Raking Leaves – This
event was held at the Village of Hope in Salisbury, MD. The
Village of Hope is a program that houses abused or addicted
mothers and their children so that the women can get help and
eventually learn how to re-enter society. What the AmeriCorps
members did for this project was clearing leaves from the
parking lot, sidewalks, nature trails, gardens, and playground.
They also picked up trash in those areas as well, making the
kids of the mothers want to come outside and play more. The
children were also happy that people came to help them in their
time of need.
Career Exposure –
This event is going to be held in the Culinary School, Beauty
School, the Hospital, and or medical center where the AmeriCorps
members will take some of the youth from the Kids of Honor
Program in the local high schools to look at these places to see
if they could possibly express interest in any of these fields.
This gives the young adults more knowledge about possible future
careers and what they can do to achieve them.
Prom Dress Drive –
This event is held throughout February until the beginning of
April. The AmeriCorps members collect prom dresses from
Salisbury University students and from other college students in
the community. Girls in the community donate their old dresses
that they have collected over the years and then in April they
will given away to local high school girls who do not have
enough money to be able to afford a prom dress. By giving these
dresses out, it enables the young women to feel beautiful even
when they do not have adequate finances to buy a prom dress.
May/ June/ July Events
Junior Achievement – The
third week of May at Chipman Elementary, AmeriCorps members
worked with second graders in 45 minute sessions teaching
different subjects. While they teach the members and students do
activities dealing with community in which we live in and jobs
within the community. The main goal in this event is to drive
home the fact that children need a good education to receive a
good job and succeed in life. This event gives children the
ability to take a break out of their day and learn about jobs
and the possibilities that await for them after school.
Eggstraviganza- On May 24th, 2011 the event
“Eggstraviganza” was put on for kids and families to come and
enjoy Easter related activities. These activities would include
Easter Egg Hunts, where members would set up different hunts for
different age groups, set up games for the different age groups,
arts and crafts as well as egg dying for all the children to
take part in. This event enables kids and the parents to have a
safe and enjoyable environment.
Planting- This July
on Delaware Ave in Salisbury Maryland, members planted a big
garden to help clean up the surrounding area. Member’s visit the
site as often as possible to ensure that the gardens presence
will make a “bad” area of town a beautiful and relaxing place
for the community to visit. Our hope is that this garden will
benefit the community that live around there and hopefully, just
by being there, it will change someone’s negative perspective
and turn it into a positive outlook.
Summer Basketball Leagues-
From late Spring to early Fall, the program Summer Basketball
League allows children in the Salisbury area take part in the
Men’s Basketball Leagues. Children that are highly involved in
basketball and those that are just fans of the game come out to
the Men’s Basketball League to keep score and stats for the AAU
(Amateur Athletic Union)Tournaments. The Men’s Basketball league
was held at local playgrounds such as the Lake St Playground and
the Billy Gene Jackson Park, where the community would come out
to support and where the children could have fun and play in a
The show “Hometown Heroes” was created to highlight the youth in
the Salisbury Area and present how they are making a difference
within their community. These youth groups are programs and
mom-profits such as Boy Scouts, Junior Red Cross, ROTC and more.
This event benefits the youth who are being highlighted as it
allows people to see what a difference they are making and
recognizing how important it is to reach out to others.