Message Wall, May 6, 2020: Neighbors reach out

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Gillnet
Neighbors are posting notes on social media, sending flyers and emails, all trying to spread news of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 situation.

CAMBRIDGE — As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop, local groups are reaching out to spread the word about changes to their events and schedules. It remains a good idea to check on the status of goods and services before leaving home.
The Banner compiled a list of announcements over the previous week, which follows:
C-SD teacher
Mike Dorrenbacher
My kiddos from my first period class wanted to have a discussion on WWI. I allotted an hour for them at the beginning of this pandemic on Thursdays to have chats and discussions on the assignments. They stayed for an hour and 45 minutes today. I know this isn’t the easiest thing in the world for anyone, but it’s moments like these that are going to be memories forever.
The fact these kids could be doing anything else (and some were actually multitasking while in the chat with the class) but they are choosing to be in a chat with their classmates and their teacher means the world to me. Even though there’s a serious pandemic going on, these kids are going above and beyond what is expected of them to have the opportunity to continue learning. Even though it’s not the same as seeing them in person, I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue teaching them!!
I Love Dorchester County
This will be a welcome sight! Cambridge MD Rotary Club plans to move ahead with their annual Flags for Heroes display at the Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park, right next to the Dorchester Visitor Center! They need your help to make it happen. Honor people you consider heroes, past or present, by sponsoring a flag. Includes a plaque with the name of your hero and brief description, plus your name. The funds raised support local veterans programs and other community service projects. The flags will go up during the last week of May.
For details and to download the sponsorship form:
MidShore Meals til Monday
A great big thank you to Karla Sue Wilkins, Heath Kelsey and so many other generous and caring people who are helping with our Mac & cheese drive. St. Paul’s Church, Habitat Choptank are all wonderful friends who are helping feed our kids.
Won’t you donate 10 boxes of store- brand, 7.5 oz Mac & cheese? For under $4.00 you can be the difference whether children eat dinner-/ that box will feed more than one person so those 10 boxes for under $4.00 could be a meal for over 20 people!
That’s powerful! Call us at 443-225-6789 to find out about drop off times and location or if you’d like us to pick it up. Thank you!
Leslie Bishop, Meals til Monday
Each month I have to collect data for the Maryland Food Bank. On Friday I submitted the Meals to Monday report for April.
We had 56 wonderful volunteers help pack and distribute the Meals til Monday bags. These volunteers worked a total of 693 hours; or about 12 1/2 hours each.
We distributed 5,055 weekend bags of food, 400 bags of food at our Food Give-Away at Vienna ES and helped about 1,200 children and their families.
We distributed about 17,000 pounds of food to Dorchester County children and their families. Team Meals til Monday rocks!
Habitat for Humanity Choptank
Thank you to everyone who donated food supplies this week! We are incredibly grateful for all of your donations!
Wednesday, members of our staff were able to drop these items off to MidShore Meals til Monday and CarePacks. Pictured are some of the donated items from this week and Megan Cook and Emily Moody, the founders of CarePacks!
As a reminder, we will continue to collect donations each week until this pandemic is over.
Cambridge Elks Lodge #1272
Haven’t posted in awhile, we hope all our members are doing well. We would like to hear from you all drop us a comment. We are eager to get back open, while we are closed remember to support your local businesses that are able to serve you at this time, but remember us when we are able to re-open.
4-H Dorchester
All 4-H in-person programming is suspended until June 30. We will re-evaluate by that date.
Additionally, we regret to share that 2020 4-H summer camps have been suspended.
Habitat for Humanity Choptank
Now more than ever, we need you.
Two local organizations in our community are running short on food supplies to distribute to families so that they have at least two meals each weekend – Mid Shore Meals Til Monday in Dorchester County and CarePacks in Talbot County.
For those of you who are able to help, we’ve established the following schedule and locations for your convenience.
Drop off Days/Times:
Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Drop off locations: 314 Cambridge Landing in Cambridge
(drop off in garage)
230 South Aurora Street in Easton
(drop off on covered porch)
Our staff will make sure the supplies are delivered to Meals to Monday and CarePacks each week until this pandemic is over.
Thank you for whatever you can contribute to the needs of those in our local communities!
Harvesting Hope Youth and Family Wellness, Inc
Not only are parents finding out their kids can’t read, kids are finding out their parents can’t read.
There is help through different agencies that can help parents and their children. This creates a tough problem with in the household. Let’s get past the shame let’s identify the families so we can get them to help they need.
Dor. Chamber of Commerce
These are trying times for everyone. Below are important numbers found on the Dorchester County Public Schools website. Help is available, for anyone.
Good information to remember and keep:
Mental Health Resources
Community Behavioral Health: 1-844-224-5264
Corsica River Mental Health: 443-225-5780
Dorchester Co Hlth Dept/Wellness Ctr: 410-901-8177
Eastern Shore Psychological Services: 410-822-5007
For All Seasons, Inc: 410-822-1018
Harvesting Hope Youth & Family Wellness: 443-351-4846
Maple Shade 410-726-4910/clinic cell phone -office: 410-677-0202
Peace of Mind: 410-690-8181
24/7 Mobile Crisis Response: 1-888-407-8018
24/7 Maryland Helpline: Call 211 then press 1
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is anonymously accessible 24/7 by phone at 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233), online at, and by downloading the free app via the App Store or Google Play.
City of Cambridge
Dear Neighbor:
The Mayor and City Commissioners of Cambridge along with the County Health Department, Dorchester County Officials, emergency management, and area non-profits and civic groups are organizing an effort to provide over 1,000 care packages to Dorchester County households who currently receive assistance from area food banks. The hope is that each care package will have face coverings, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies.
The Care and Share Fund has contributed $1,000 and almost $2,000 to date has been donated toward the cause. Also, local citizens have already crafted over 140 face coverings that will be distributed.
If you have any questions and would like to participate, feel free to contact City Hall at 410-228-4020.
MAC, Area Agency on Aging
In this time of social distancing and the COVID-19 crisis, staying connected has never been more important. Older adults in particular are at a higher risk of isolation, loneliness and increased frail health. For those seniors living alone confusion, fear and depression can lead to even greater health and fall risks.
Here’s how MAC can help:
Care Watch: A new program which is designed to connect area seniors to the services they need, or to a friendly voice to help them cope with the loneliness and isolation caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Pearls: Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives helps those age 60 and older to better manage unpleasant feelings like sadness, loneliness, and isolation.
Both programs are free and are available via telephone.
To connect with Care Watch or PEARLS, call MAC at 410-742-0505.
Dorchester Public Schools
There have been a few changes to our meal distribution system, effective May 4, involving two new locations and scheduling changes for all sites.
Grab-and-go bags will be available at these locations from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: Board of Education parking lot; Choptank Elementary; Hurlock Elementary; Vienna Elementary; Sandy Hill Elementary; Warwick Elementary; the Empowerment Center on Pine St.; North Dorchester High School; and Gold Rush Ave. in Hurlock. Note the earlier end time.
Grab-and-go bags will be available at these locations from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: St. Paul’s Church on Maryland Ave. in Cambridge; New Beginnings on Greenwood Ave. in Cambridge; and Foxtail Crossing in Cambridge. Note earlier start and end times.
Grab-and-go bags will be available at these locations from 11:35 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: St. Clair on Fairmount Ave. in Cambridge (this is a new location); Cattail Crossing on Canvasback Way in Cambridge (this is a new location); and the parking lot by Goodwill in Cambridge Marketplace. Note new locations and later start and earlier end times.