Maryland Labor Department Volunteers at Health Care for the Homeless in Support of Stronger Together Campaign


BALTIMORE, MD (December 13, 2011) – Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez and Department of Labor (DLLR) staff volunteered this afternoon at Health Care for the Homeless, supporting Governor Martin O’Malley’s Stronger Together campaign.

“During the holidays, it is important that we give back and show our support for the community. I’m excited that my colleagues and I had the opportunity to spend part of our afternoon volunteering in Baltimore as part of Governor O’Malley’s Stronger Together campaign,” said Secretary Sanchez. “Organizations like Health Care for the Homeless touch countless lives and go a long way to provide a safety net for our most vulnerable neighbors. A decision to spend time volunteering is a personal choice and I know DLLR employees will respond enthusiastically to Governor O’Malley’s call to action and give their time to a cause close to their hearts.”

Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) provides health-related services, education, and advocacy to reduce the incidence and burdens of homelessness. In Baltimore, HCH delivers pediatric, adult, and geriatric medical care, mental health services, social work and case management, addiction treatment, dental care, HIV services, outreach, prison re-entry services, supportive housing, and access to education and employment for thousands of City residents. HCH ensures similar services statewide through grants and technical assistance to partner agencies in the City of Frederick and Montgomery, Harford, and Baltimore Counties.

The Maryland: Stronger Together campaign connects Marylanders with various opportunities to serve in their communities. Last month, Governor O’Malley unveiled a new interactive map that allows citizens to enter their home or work address to find service opportunities in their communities. Through social media, Marylanders are able to share their stories about volunteering using Twitter hashtag #MDTogether, display an official Maryland: Stronger Together Basno Digital Badge on their social media accounts, and post photos, videos and stories on the “Maryland: Stronger Together” Facebook page.

Governor O’Malley and his cabinet have urged state employees to volunteer in their communities. Employees are allowed four hours of leave time to participate in a service event during November and December. Employees must complete an “Employee Community Service” leave form. After the service is performed, the volunteer coordinator at the organization must sign the form to confirm the service was completed.

To learn more about the campaign, visit the Maryland: Stronger Together website. To learn about additional opportunities to volunteer, visit the Maryland Volunteer Centers website.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy. Follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR) and Facebook.

L-R: Occupational & Professional Licensing Commissioner Stanley Botts, Barbara Kittrell, 
                  Maria Simms, Summar Goodman, Kym Nelson and Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, Kneeling: Gary Holland

L-R: Occupational & Professional Licensing Commissioner Stanley Botts, Barbara Kittrell, Maria Simms, Summar Goodman, Kym Nelson and Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. Kneeling: Gary Holland