From Baltimore to Hampton Roads Virginia, Volunteers of America Chesapeake works to uplift the most vulnerable people among us. A faith-based health and human services nonprofit serving Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, Volunteers of America Chesapeake runs 31 programs and offers services in core areas including homelessness, intellectual disabilities, veterans, mental illness and corrections. Clapp Communications works with Volunteers of America Chesapeake on strategic communication initiatives to increase awareness, development, partnerships and media presence.
On July 31, 2013 Clapp Communications helped client Volunteers of America Chesapeake host a ribbon cutting ceremony for more than 160 guests at its new Residential Re-Entry Center. The new facility is now the largest Re-Entry facility serving Federal Ex-Offenders in the US and the program is the only Federal Residential Re-Entry Center in the state of Maryland. The Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services, Gary Maynard, Maryland Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Edward Chow, Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young and Olivia Farrow, Director of Baltimore City’s Office of Human Services were a few big names to attend and speak.
The playground at Pratt House, a supportive residential environment for homeless families with two or more children run by Volunteers of America Chesapeake, was rebuilt thanks to a grant from KaBOOM! and donations from sponsors. Many media outlets chronicled the build, from kids spending time with the architect drawing their dream playground, to college volunteers visiting Pratt House to lend a hand, to the final big reveal of their brand new playground!
A team of 90 volunteers painted and cleaned the playground at the Pratt House this week to prepare the site for an overhaul next month.
College students, part of Students Today Leaders Forever, joined Volunteers of America Chesapeake to enhance the playground at the 35-unit apartment complex for formerly homeless families with two or more children. The recreational area will be rebuilt in April with new equipment for the children, who helped design their dream playground.
Instead of heading to South Beach for Spring Break, about 100 students from Minnesota and North Dakota boarded a bus and embarked on a six city "Pay it Forward Tour." Baltimore was their last stop. The students decided to volunteer at the Pratt House, a transitional living facility for the homeless. The organization is headed by Volunteers of America Chesapeake.