Our Mission and Our History

 

MISSION:

Support the most vulnerable in our community by organizing meaningful volunteer opportunities, often in jails and homeless shelters.

 

 

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Preparing and serving meals at homeless shelters;
  • Keeping our roads and sidewalks clean through the Adopt-a-Road program (Sangamore in Bethesda is our designated street);
  • Helping to rid our park areas of invasive weeds and vines that strangle our native trees and plants;
  • working on job-ready and life-ready skills of inmates who are being detained in our county correctional facilities but will soon be released back into the community;
  • preparing and serving Family Dinners at The Children’s Inn @ NIH;
  • celebrating monthly birthdays for folks living at or receiving services from some of the emergency shelters in the county;
  • bringing Healthier Living Programming to various shelters in the County;
  • collecting fresh produce and funds for Manna Foods at various local Farmers Markets in the County;
  • Initiating collection drives, particularly after local, national and international crises, such as the earthquake in Haiti, Virginia Tech tragedy, and floods in Pakistan;
  • Initiating collection drives for local organizations that need specific items, including men’s jeans, coffee mugs, school supplies, and much more;
  • Spreading the word and sharing information about a range of civic engagement/volunteer opportunities, as well as inspiring or educational community events, lectures, exhibits, and films;
  • Educating ourselves about global issues and international cultures through our book club, museum visits, Stirring It Up In The Kitchen, and other gatherings; and
  • Helping out at charity athletic events that raise awareness of and funds for a range of diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, leukemia, diabetes and others.

 

 

HISTORY:

 

Who We Were (MoverMoms):

Started in 2008 by a handful of Bethesda Moms, MoverMoms encouraged busy Moms and their kids to make community service a regular part of their families’ social lives. Averaging 4-5 projects a month, we brought meals to The Children’s Inn at NIH, interacted with shelter residents (Cupcakes and Conversation; Donuts and Discussions); provided mock interviews for inmates at the jail at Clarksburg; made an annual service trip to El Salvador, and famously collected candy after Halloween that was sent to troops overseas (Treats 4 Troops).

 

Who We Are (KindWorks):

Beginning with the hiring of our new Executive Director at the end of 2014, our mission has grown to engage and include ALL community members interested in sharing their time and talents to positively affect the lives of those around us. We actively reach out to local preschools, the County public schools, corporations and governmental agencies with community service interests, religious organizations and retired members of our community. While we still nurture, power and educate the County’s most vulnerable residents while providing meaningful group volunteer projects (many accessible to children), we now have space for any/all interested in helping others, and craft projects that respond to the needs in the community as well as the specific gifts of those volunteering. We currently average about 20 projects a month.   We believe that all lives benefit when kind works and community involvement are easy, engaging and frequent. Our efforts are all about bringing the strength of the community to the needs in the community – empowering both sides of the transaction as we go!

 

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