Group collects more than 1,100 pairs of socks, makes sandwiches and assembles literacy kits
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s DL+ team (UM UCH leaders, supervisor-level and above) participated in a community project on September 19 that benefitted Harford County elementary schools and students. The project was completed in partnership with the United Way of Central Maryland and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties.
The DL+ team collected more than 1,100 pairs of black and white crew socks that were given to school nurses for distribution at Hall’s Cross Roads, Magnolia and William Paca/Old Post Road elementary schools.
The team also made 140 healthy bagged lunches that were given to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties.
In addition, 50 literacy kits were made and delivered to Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School. The kits included a Bernstein Bears book about going to the doctor, a doctor’s kit, bookmarks and inspirational notes.
“A big part of our culture at Upper Chesapeake is a focus on our patients, their families and our larger community,” said Vickie Ensor Bands MSN, MSA, RN, director, community outreach and health improvement, for University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. “Healthy lives depend on education and essentials like a good lunch. Not only was it fun for us, but knowing it was helping kids in our community, we were all in.”
About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center on its Bel Air campus. Most recently, it opened The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air offering services for behavioral health. The Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill is an assisted living facility that specializes in hospice. The University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital has been operating in the community for over a century and is located in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit www.umuch.org for more information.