201 International Circle
At MWA, we are committed to volunteering, contributing, and collaborating. We have supported over 100 charities, locally, nationally, and internationally, including aiding the research for epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, animal rescue, cancer research, and feeding and providing services for the homeless.
We believe charity should be a “hands on” experience. Our plan is to work with a different charity every six months!
April 23, 2021
One thing we enjoy at MWA, as a team, is giving back to the community. Our team member, Tim Prenger, selected the Believe in Tomorrow Children's House for us to donate our time and to get our hands a little dirty. With COVID restrictions, we're finding that volunteering is somewhat difficult, but we were able to work in their garden to clean up and plant flowers for the families who reside there to enjoy, while their children are being treated for serious illnesses. The Children's House provides these families with all the comforts of home and we were happy to spread a little sunshine.
As we all continue to live with the effects of the pandemic, MWA was proud once again to donate our time and muscle to another organization that is helping to feed those who are in need. On Friday, October 23, we volunteered at First Fruits Farm in Freeland, Maryland (http://firstfruitsfarm.org).
First Fruits Farm is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to providing fresh, nutritious produce to those experiencing hunger in the mid-Atlantic region. We helped to bag a large harvest of potatoes which are sent to local food banks, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other food providers.
We hope that by giving our time to this effort that it does offer help and hope to less fortunate than we are.
MWA was proud and humbled to do our part for the on-going COVID-19 pandemic by donating our time and muscle at the Maryland Food Bank on Friday, August 14.
Some of the team members worked in the kitchen cutting and bagging vegetables and fruits and preparing “box” lunches, while other team members worked in the warehouse filling boxes with non-perishable food. The lunches and food boxes are shipped to many locations throughout the State of Maryland to feed children and seniors, and those who are in need of food.
We considered ourselves fortunate to be able to help, especially as there are many people currently struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
The Team had a wonderful day supporting Olivia’s House Grief & Loss Center for Children (www.oliviashouse.org) in York, PA, an organization of caregiving professionals and volunteers committed to supporting grieving children. Its purpose is to facilitate healing through grief and loss education. Our day centered around cleaning up their Healing Garden of Hope, which is designed to allow children a space for their “grief energy” as well as rituals to remember their loved ones. Memorial bricks, a fishpond and rock garden all help to bring a sense of peace intended for each family.
Our sweat equity for the day primarily included weeding and planting colorful flowers. It was a fantastic way to support a wonderful cause and spend time together as a team outside of the office!
We were pleased to spend the day with the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins, which accommodates up to 15 families each night and provides an average of 2000 overnight stays each month to families from every state in the U.S. and over 82 countries worldwide. It serves as the national model for pediatric hospital housing and provides families with a network of support while they face conditions surrounding their child’s life=threatening illness.
We had a great time touring the facility and spent the day cleaning and baking cookies for incoming/outgoing guests. We cleaned guest rooms and sanitized top-to-bottom so that they were ready for new guests. As well as baking cookies, we cleaned the shared kitchen. The Believe in Tomorrow House relies largely upon volunteers, and it was a privilege to be of service!
The MWA Team was thrilled to spend the day with the Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center, an organization which uses the healing and therapeutic power of horses to improve the balance, strength, muscle tone, self-image, self-confidence, and quality of life for individuals with special needs. Their equine programs help people to heal physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges.
We enjoyed a tour of the facilities, and spent the day cleaning and setting up for MTR’s annual Derby Day event. From unloading and setting up tables, cleaning barns, and grooming the fields and arenas, we were happy to pitch in anywhere we could be of service!
Our Team was privileged to spend the day with Helping Up Mission, an organization which works to provide hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction. Helping Up Mission’s Overnight Guest Services provides a night of shelter for men experiencing homelessness. Overnight guests receive a bed for the night, two full hot meals, toiletries for showering, and clean clothes. The organization also provides their Spiritual Recovery Program, which is a one-year residential program for men fighting addiction and homelessness.
The MWA Team enjoyed a tour of the facilities, which was hosted by current members of the program. We were fortunate to spend time getting to know some of these men, and learning about their individual journeys and goals. We enjoyed preparing and serving meals to those who are benefiting from their services. We are also working as a Team to provide crucially needed clothing and toiletry items to the shelter.
MWA is proud to have been a presenting sponsor for the 2017 Addielicious Walk to Help! This walk benefits the Stroup Kids For Kids Epilepsy Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to helping individuals affected by epilepsy/seizure disorders. We enjoyed a wonderful morning participating with our families and friends!
Our team was so impressed with Sarah’s Hope that we were excited for an opportunity to go back! This is a phenomenal organization that serves homeless families in Baltimore County by providing meals, youth activities and tutoring, adult education classes, case management, housing placement and referrals.
We didn’t let the cold weather keep us down, and spent a wonderful afternoon serving meals to and playing with the children and their families who are benefiting from their services.
Last holiday season we volunteered at Our Daily Bread in Baltimore. Our Daily Bread is Maryland’s hot meal program, serving more than a quarter million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year.
Our team enjoyed the day preparing and distributing meals to those in need of a helping hand.
Our team was so privileged to work with Sarah’s Hope, an organization that serves homeless families in Baltimore County by providing meals, youth activities and tutoring, adult education classes, case management, housing placement and referrals.
We enjoyed the day preparing meals and playing outdoor games with the children of the families who are benefiting from their services.