Brooks Long: A True Songster

About five years ago, as I left my high school after a long day, I headed to the popular McDonald’s across the street, like many other students who attended Carver Center. I was particularly fatigued and I could hardly wait for my dad to pick me up to take me home.

After sitting down, I must have dozed off when suddenly I heard someone say, “Long day?” I looked up chuckled a bit and groggily responded: “Yeah man.”

After some back and forth small talk, we ended up speaking about my aspirations as a musical artist— I was 15 years old at the time. The man sat pensively for a couple seconds and asked: “Are you familiar with Brooks Long?” “No I am not,” I responded.

He went on to talk to me about how talented this guy was and listed a few of his musical accomplishments, including a “Best Real R&B” award from one of Baltimore’s publications. Later on that day, I did some more research on Long and I have been a fan ever since.

Long is a triple threat musically. His soulful and fervent voice is supplemented by his ability to seamlessly tell a story while strumming away at his guitar. And to add even more fuel to the fire his band, The Mad Dog No Good adds that extra funk to Long’s distinguishable sound. When listening to them get down you even get old school vibes. At times, I even heard an Otis Redding and Sam Cooke influence, especially on songs such as “Got Soul.” In the hook Long sings, “Don’t tell me you ain’t got soul.” The way the piece is instrumentally structured, and the method in which Long conveys his message will make you a believer. The intensity of the piece rises to Gospel levels that you would find at the 9:30 a.m. service in church.

I guess they call it soul because you can feel it in your spirit!

Long is currently working on a project titled, The Songster part 2. Well…. he has been working on it, and will always be working on it. The project is a compilation of his music that he continuously adds to throughout his journey. When I asked when the project would be completed, Long broke it down plainly and simply, “I’ll continue to add on to it until the day I’m gone.” This spring, he expects to add three more songs to the series.

Along with Long’s high energy, he also has a reserved and strategic side. Watching him during his award winning interview/concert series “The Songster Series,” at the Creative Alliance throughout 2018, it was clear to see his intellect and his knowledge of the world of music. During the shows, he explained why he began the series and talked about the importance of highlighting “true songsters.” The artists who participated in the series, ranged in age and style, which gave the show a dynamic and unbiased view of various musical forms.

Long told that he plans to pursue a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology and while in grad school his goal is to “highlight Baltimore Music Culture.”

You can catch Brooks Long on Friday, January 25, 2019, when he will be opening up for Kentavius Jones at Creative Alliance!

For more information, visit https://www.creativealliance.org/events/2018/kentavius-jones-album-release-w-brooks-long-mad-dog-no-good. You can also follow Brooks Long on Facebook @ Brooks Long.

Vernier Software & Technology Now Accepting Applications For 2019 Engineering Contest

— Vernier Software & Technology is accepting applications for its 2019 Engineering Contest. This annual contest recognizes one middle school, high school, or college educator with a prize valued at $5,500 for innovatively using Vernier technology to introduce engineering concepts or practices to their students.

“Using Vernier sensors with Scratch to introduce coding, to integrating sensors with Arduino™, or creating sensor-controlled LEGO® robots are just several ways instructors can incorporate hands-on technology into their engineering instruction,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The Vernier Engineering Contest provides a great way for educators to highlight their best practices while vying for cash and technology prizes.”

Applications for the Vernier Engineering Contest are due by February 15, 2019, and the winner will be announced on the Vernier website and Facebook page in March. To enter, educators must complete an online application and produce a video showcasing the entry, the Vernier technology used, and the engineering concepts addressed. The Vernier sensors may be used in conjunction with any Vernier software titles or with Arduino®, LEGO®, Scratch, LabVIEW™, or other system.

Applications will be judged by a panel of Vernier experts based on innovation, engineering objectives, and the ease by which other instructors can replicate the project. One winner will receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2019 National Science Teachers’

Association (NSTA) STEM conference or the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference.

“Winning the Vernier Engineering Contest in 2015 kick-started our engineering program here at our school,” said Tate Rector, a teacher at Beebe Junior High in Arkansas. “While my 7th and 8th grade students used to think it was just fun or cool to see things explode or fly, evaluation of the data we collect using Vernier technology has helped them see the reason why we do the experiments.”

For complete information on the 2019 Vernier Engineering Contest and to submit an application, visit https://www.vernier.com/grants/engineering/.

Ten Local Civil And Human Rights Activists Honored At 31st Annual MLK Jr. Awards Dinner

— The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Reception and Dinner, the largest celebration of Dr. King’s birthday in Anne Arundel County will be held Friday, January 18, 2019 at 6 p.m. at La Fountaine Bleue in Glen Burnie.

A highlight of the program will be the world premiere of the documentary film, “The Dream Revisited, Civil Rights in Perspective,” directed by award-winning filmmakers and partners in Imagyn, Inc., Charles and May Love based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The documentary pays tribute to Dr. King and discusses the struggle for civil rights that still exists to this day.

“I watched this beautiful film and was deeply moved by it,” said Dr. William Ferris, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. “It is a powerful, timely reminder of how race continues to define our lives.”

Addressing guests at the dinner and reception will be Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman; Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley; Congressman Anthony Brown; and Steven McAdams on behalf of Governor Larry Hogan. Other speakers will include St. John’s College President Panayotis Kanelos and Captain Robert Dews of the United States Naval Academy. The Naval Academy Gospel Choir will also perform.

Designed to pay homage to the memory of Dr. King, the annual dinner honors local civil and human rights activists whose deeds, words and actions have helped keep his legacy alive. Proceeds from the event will be used to underwrite the annual Fannie Lou Hamer Reception and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner to ensure their continued existence in the future, honoring Dr. King.

Midshipman First Class Aaron J. Lewis, Drum Major Award

Midshipman First Class Aaron J. Lewis, Drum Major Award

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Dream Keepers Award

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Dream Keepers Award

M. Eve Hurwitz, Alan Hilliard Legum Civil Rights Award

M. Eve Hurwitz, Alan Hilliard Legum Civil Rights Award

Congressman John Sarbanes, Dream Keepers Award

Congressman John Sarbanes, Dream Keepers Award

George Craig “Lassie” Belt, Peace Maker Award

George Craig “Lassie” Belt, Peace Maker Award

Alderman Marc Rodriguez, Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award

Alderman Marc Rodriguez, Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award

Najiba Hlemi, We Share the Dream Award

Najiba Hlemi, We Share the Dream Award

Patricia Cole, Alan Hilliard Legum Civil Rights Award

Patricia Cole, Alan Hilliard Legum Civil Rights Award

Vivian Gist Spenser, Drum Major Award

Vivian Gist Spenser, Drum Major Award

Wandra Ashley-Williams, Courageous Leadership Award

Wandra Ashley-Williams, Courageous Leadership Award

Remembering Dr. King And ‘The Other America’

Once again on the third Monday in January, much of the nation will mark the anniversary of the death of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countless programs and events will no doubt recall several of his famous speeches from the 1963 March on Washington’s “I Have A Dream” to his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” delivered in Memphis during the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike.

In a life of only 39 years, Dr. King captured global attention in his valiant, nonviolent fight for the values of freedom, justice and equality. Preaching and fighting for long overdue citizenship rights first promised to all in the Declaration of Independence, he championed economic justice— especially for blacks to have safe, decent and affordable housing. He also called for full participation in the economy, and an end to financial exploitation.

Now 51 years since his assassination, his words still strike a resonant chord. His words— written as prose but markedly poetic— remain as timely as they are timeless.

“There are so many problems facing our nation and our world, that one could just take off anywhere,” Dr. King said in a speech delivered on April 14, 1967 at Stanford University.

Entitled, “The Other America” Dr. King began by recapping the nation’s bounty and beauty, noting how “America is overflowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of opportunity,” and how “millions of young people grow up in the sunlight of opportunity.”

For his audience, those comments almost certainly reflected the lifestyles of the students attending one of the nation’s elite educational institutions.

In his inimitable Baptist cadence, Dr. King then went on to speak of the “Other America” that was equally real but far removed from the commonplace privilege associated with Stanford.

“Little children in this other America are forced to grow up with clouds of inferiority forming every day in their little mental skies. As we look at this other America, we see it as an arena of blasted hopes and shattered dreams,” said Dr. King. “It’s more difficult today because we are struggling for genuine equality. It’s much easier to integrate a lunch counter than it is to guarantee a livable income and a good solid job. It’s much easier to guarantee the right to vote than it is to guarantee the right to live in sanitary, decent, housing conditions.”

In 2019 the two Americas Dr. King wrote about still remain. A nation once lauded for its enviable and expanding middle class has evolved into a nation of people who are either growing wealthy or growing poor. In this unfortunate process, the nation’s envied middle class is vanishing.

Historically, homeownership has been a reliable measure of the nation’s middle class. Late last year it stood at 64.4 according to the Census Bureau. Yet when race and ethnicity are added who owns a home today discloses a far different picture. White homeownership was higher than the national average at 73.1 percent.

But blacks still-suffering from the financial losses from the now decade-old foreclosure crisis had a homeownership rate of 41.7 percent, lower than its pre-housing crisis rate of 47.7 percent.

Today’s black homeownership resembles the same levels experienced at the time of the 1968 Fair Housing Act’s passage.

Latino homeownership today is higher than that of blacks at 46.3 percent; but still lower than its earlier pre-crisis rate of 47.7.

Housing also remains troubled for renters as well. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, the nation lacks more than seven million affordable rental homes that affect 43.8 million families. Moreover, 11 million families pay more than half of their income on housing and are considered severely-cost burdened.

As of January 3, over 1,100 HUD contracts with landlords for its Section 8 rental voucher program expired. By February, another 1,000 more contracts are expected to expire. At press time, the stalemated federal government shutdown continued, leaving millions of people uncertain about their lives, or livelihoods or both. While landlords and HUD figure out the paperwork, 1.2 million families relying on this vital rental support program remain at risk.

Also caught in partisan bickering of a federal government shutdown are men and women— the military and civil servants— whose service to the country is deemed so essential that they must continue to work without knowing when another paycheck will arrive. Another 800,000 furloughed federal workers may be at home; but like others affected by the shutdown, they too still need to pay their rent or mortgage, honor their financial obligations and take care of children as best they can.

When times are tough financially, a range of predatory lenders seize opportunities to tempt those who are hard-pressed for cash with interest rates on loans that would make a bookie blush. When a loan of only a few hundred dollars comes with interest payments that double or triple the cash borrowed, predatory lenders are ready to exploit those with few or no financial options.

Those who are unpaid or underemployed; those who are working but failing to earn a salary comparable to their education and training, student loan repayments can take a financial backseat to housing, utilities, or other daily living needs. At press deadline, the federal shutdown was approaching the 1995 shutdown record of 21 days.

In 1967, Dr. King advised his Stanford University audience, “Somewhere we must come to see that social progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals…. And so we must help time, and we must realize that the time is always right to do right.”

This year, may we all honor Dr. King and do our respective efforts to make America live up to its promise of opportunity for all.

Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending’s Communications Deputy Director. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending.org.

Applications Open For Scholarships For Minority Students In Chemical Sciences

— The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 per year for African-American, Hispanic and Native American students entering chemistry-related fields. Qualified students may be studying at community colleges or four-year institutions. Graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply.

Eligible majors include but are not limited to chemistry, materials science, toxicology, biochemistry, chemical engineering and chemical technology.

In addition to providing financial support the ACS Scholars Program pairs students with academic and professional mentors to give them the opportunity to learn from those who have experienced similar challenges related to ethnicity. These relationships can span entire careers.

Scholarship applications will be accepted online at the ACS Scholars Program websitewww.acs.org/scholars through March 1, 2019, for the academic year 2019-20. Additional information is available by calling 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250, or by emailingscholars@acs.org.

The Scholars program, now in its 24th year, aims to build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in chemistry and to help students acquire the skills and credentials needed for success. Nearly 1,700 ACS Scholars have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences, and a substantial number have gone on to graduate school and/or entered the workforce in their field.

Baltimore Resident Maps ‘Small’ But Unique Plan To House Homeless

Smalltimore Homes was more of a manifestation for founder LaQuida Chancey.

“I began researching and investing in the Baltimore Real Estate Market and … it wasn’t long before putting the first house on the market that the realization that most people who attended the open houses weren’t prepared to buy a home,” Chancey said. “At that moment, I knew my focus would probably need to shift. As a developer who focuses on affordability and first time home buyers, it didn’t seem to be enough to make an impact just focusing on those two things.”

Chancey, who regularly worked as volunteer for numerous organizations that focused on the homeless, noted she had a natural desire to end homelessness.

“And, I thought, ‘wow, I think tiny homes could end homelessness,” she said.

In February 2018, Chancey started Smalltimore Homes, an affordable housing and sustainable living solution, which focuses on enhancing community living and improving neighborhoods by creating alternative ownership opportunities.

The mission of the Smalltimore Homes is to provide those living below poverty level and those experiencing homelessness and families with individualized supportive services as well as tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.

Chancey says she felt compelled to act when she noticed that many tent encampments around Baltimore were being cut off from public access and entire communities were being dismantled.

“It was quite sad to see… it really feels more like a war on homelessness and it’s not fair,” said Chancey, who attended Spelman College in Atlanta after growing up in Baltimore.

After researching a number of tiny home communities, Chancey says she figured there was more she could do.

“I think a Smalltimore Homes tiny home/micro shelter community could address Baltimore blight and vacancies by deconstructing/disassembling those properties first, dispose of anything hazardous or debris, then keep what is salvageable and safe, and start the community build with those salvageable materials,” she said. “It really could be a perfect model for transitional tiny home communities with the potential to grow into an entire eco-system that creates a stronger Baltimore.”

Chancey’s idea has caught on as many local organizations have found Smalltimore Homes online or on social media and want to collaborate and help advocate.

“We raised enough funds to construct at least 10 shelters already,” Chancey said. “Team Depot and The Home Depot Foundation gave us a grant to help build prototypes/models to be put on display throughout Baltimore for feedback and get the conversation started around homelessness and provide feedback for design enhancements.”

They’re now working on the logistics to have the models placed at different locations around Baltimore for 30 to 90 days at a time.

“The idea is that having the model there to see and touch, makes it easier to understand the concept and potentially it will trigger some thoughts and be a conversation piece,” Chancey said. “The stigma around homelessness is an issue too, and with time I’d like to address that with our youth specifically. I’ve been speaking with a few educators to brainstorm ways to somehow make this into an extra-curricular program to engage students in the discussion as well as the building process.”

Chancey says she plans to do this work “forever,” and certainly can always use assistance.

“At the moment, we meet monthly with volunteers to construct these simple micro-shelters which is more or less a shed on wheels and cost about $1,2000,” she said. “At the moment there’s no plumbing or electric but it would keep someone safe from the elements. Most anyone of any skill-set can assist.”

The next two build sessions are scheduled for Saturday, January 19 and Saturday, February 9 and will be held at the Baltimore Community Tool Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Ideally, I would like to create a community of members who are vested and involved in homelessness advocacy and affordable housing initiatives to help create the best micro-shelter prototype and the best community,” Chancey said.

For more information about Smalltimore Homes or to find our how you may help, visit: www.smalltimorehomes.org.

CBP Names Program After Minority-Business Advocate And Pioneer

Following the death of Ackneil M. Muldrow, II, the longtime businessman was remembered as “a tireless advocate for uplifting and empowering African Americans.” Muldrow’s long and storied business career included serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Development Credit Fund, Inc. Muldrow served as chief administrator of a $7.5 million loan pool formulated to provide low cost financial assistance to minority-owned businesses operating in the State of Maryland.

Ackneil M. Muldrow, II

Ackneil M. Muldrow, II

To help continue Muldrow’s rich legacy of supporting minority-owned businesses, Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) has established The Neil Muldrow Business Development Fund. The Fund aims to support small businesses who expand or locate in Central Baltimore, particularly those who re-develop long-vacant properties requiring significant new investment.

Muldrow served as a CBP Board Member up until his death. The naming of its business development program after Muldrow was highlighted in December at CBP’s 8th Annual Honor Roll held at Motor House on North Avenue. The Honor Roll is an annual celebration of the unique collaborative effort that is transforming Central Baltimore.

Over 100 people attended the annual event, which recognized Innovative Partnerships and paid tribute to Muldrow. During the event, honorees were highlighted and presented with certificates.

“Mr. Muldrow was such a dynamic man,” said Baltimore Times publisher and CEO Joy Bramble, who attended the event. “We had the honor and privilege of having him on our staff at The Baltimore Times until his passing. We were so blessed to have him, and miss him dearly.

“His contributions to minority-owned businesses in Maryland and beyond is immeasurable. I applaud Central Baltimore Partnership for establishing a living memorial in his honor that will help to continue his mission of assisting black businesses.”

Ellen Janes is executive director of Central Baltimore Partnership.

“Given Neil’s concern about minority businesses, particularly those in the Charles Street corridor, this seemed like the perfect way to keep his memory alive,” said Janes. “He was a doer, and this Fund will have a practical impact. I admired him. He always had relevant, up-to-date information that he was always willing to share. This is our way of saying thank you to him for all the help he gave us. We felt this living memorial would be very appropriate for him.”

CBP is a ten-year-old nonprofit with over 100 partners who together achieve a comprehensive strategy for community revival in 11 Central Baltimore neighborhoods. According to CBP, the Fund was created to foster small business development in Central Baltimore, and is expected to be up and running this year. When finalized, the Fund will offer businesses without the financial capacity to qualify for a traditional commercial loan to support upgrades and tenant build-out plans.

According to CBP, the organization is often approached for financial assistance to help their businesses locate in, expand and/or make interior improvements. On many occasions the extent of deterioration of commercial property is a barrier, or the conditions in a lease make tenant build-out plans prohibitively expensive.

Smaller businesses often cannot obtain a conventional loan to undertake the needed improvements to support improvement or expansion plans. CBP received feedback from property owners that prospective tenants rarely have the finances or expertise to build-out a commercial space— and the property owners do not have the capital to perform the work, nor can they charge a rent that would compensate them over time for their investment.

According to CBP, this creates a vicious cycle of perpetuating the lack of meaningful investment in their commercial districts. In the Fall of 2018, CBP commenced a work group that included their partners from the Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation, Baltimore Community Lending, Jubilee Baltimore, Latino Economic Development Corporation, and The Reinvestment Fund to help identify a financial assistance product that would foster small-scale commercial development in their commercial districts.

After many conversations with business owners, developers, community members, and stakeholders, the group recommended creating a business program that was modeled after the Southeast Community Development Corporation’s Tenant Fit Out Grant Program and the Great Street Initiative’s Retail Small Business Grant & Neighborhood Prosperity Fund in Washington D.C. Thus, The Neil Muldrow Business Development Fund was born.

“Neil was great at identifying barriers for minority-owned businesses, and coming up with strategies to overcome those barriers,” said Janes. “That’s what the Neil Muldrow Business Development Fund is all about. It is not easy to start up a business, and it is very difficult to thrive in an area that has been neglected. Mr. Muldrow understood that.”

Muldrow retired from the Development Credit Fund in 2005, after serving for 22 years. During its existence, the Fund lent nearly $40 million for working capital, equipment and machinery.

In addition to Central Baltimore Partnership, Muldrow served on numerous other boards, which included Bon Secour’s Hospital, and Walters Art Gallery.

“We want to keep Central Baltimore affordable, attractive, and a place where everyone can thrive,” said Janes. “Our mission is unique. We have a great model for other communities. They can learn from what we have done, and are trying to do. We are hopeful that The Neil Muldrow Business Development Fund will also follow this model and be something other communities can replicate.”

For more information about the Fund, email Jack Danna, Director of Commercial Revitalization at jdanna@centralbaltimore.org or call 410-702-5193.

Celebrate The New Year With 10 Free Flowering Trees Or Five Free Crapemyrtles From The Arbor Day Foundation

— Local residents can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2019.

By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive 10 free flowering trees or five crapemyrtles.

The flowering trees include: two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns and three white flowering dogwoods.

“These stunning trees will beautify your home with lovely flowers of pink, yellow and white colors,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces.”

The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign and will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between February 1 and May 31, 2019 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution by January 31, 2019 to:

Ten Flowering Trees

Arbor Day Foundation

100 Arbor Avenue

Nebraska City, NE 68410

Anne Arundel County Nonprofit Assists NC Veterans And Uplifts Local Wounded Warriors

Many people believe that there is no such thing as coincidence. Scott Mallory just may agree. His legacy of service partially began with his late father, a linguist in the Air Force, who later became a disabled veteran. He was also later inspired by another veteran in 2010 to think about getting involved any way that the Mallory family could to support wounded warriors.

When asked by the veteran if he had ever visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Walter Reed) located in Bethesda, Maryland, he responded that his father died there. What started out as a heartwarming mission to hand out iPods to wounded veterans at Walter Reed as a Christmas gesture has grown by leaps and bounds.

Mallory’s Crownsville-based nonprofit, “Truckin 4 Troops” was incorporated in January 2011 and since that time, the nonprofit has been supporting wounded veterans from all branches with numerous needs, such as picking them up from the hospital for the first time with their family members after being discharged— in addition to helping with other requested tasks. Additionally, more feats have been accomplished.

All three of Scott and Lynne Mallory’s children have volunteered with Truckin 4 Troops for the past eight years. When Hurricane Florence left a trail of damage in North Carolina, Truckin 4 Troops hit the road to help military families and veterans. Scott, Lynne, their oldest son, Travis Mallory, and Scott’s twin brother, James Mallory, have all been helping to transport 16 campers to North Carolina.

“Our latest mission that we have been very involved in was providing campers and supplies to Marine families at Camp Lejeune that lost their homes during the Florence hurricane in North Carolina,” Scott said. “We have spent over $100,000 in campers and another $8,000 in fuel cost.”

The proactive nonprofit founder is currently paying off a loan that enabled Truckin4Troops to purchase campers for military families and veterans. Leo’s

Vacation Center and Beckley’s Camping Center were extremely helpful in the process of donating campers, and giving Truckin4Troops used trailers at wholesale costs.

“This is a life passion of mine to give back to those who have given so much,” Scott said. “Our mission is to support our military and serve our wounded veterans, every way we can!”

Truckin 4 Troops has the reputation of going the extra mile. For example, a veteran located a news story on Facebook, which led Gabriel Fernandez to reach out to Truckin 4 Troops. Assistance which was provided to improve his family’s living situation, while their home is being rebuilt, reminded him that there are still good people who care.

“Rental homes, hotels, campers and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) trailers were scarce and impossible to get after Hurricane Florence. Our home is uninhabitable and still undergoing repairs. Scott Mallory from Truckin 4 Troops picked me up in Sneads Ferry, N.C. and drove me to Maryland where the campers were more accessible. He opened up his home and introduced me to his family for a night stay over,” said Fernandez, who mentioned that Truckin 4 Troops escorted him back home to make sure that he

arrived safely in Sneads Ferry, N.C. in his motorhome. “Many people [or] businesses and even nonprofits [that] are supposed to help veterans turned me down. Truckin 4 Troops was there for me and my family, when we needed help.”

Local volunteer, Bridgette Lundfelt began lending a hand with Truckin 4 Troops after looking for a way to give back to our military service men and women. Lundfelt says in addition to addressing a variety of needs, Truckin 4 Troops has given hope, healing and life to our severely wounded veterans who could not see any hope from behind the hospital walls of Walter Reed.

“It doesn’t matter how big or small the ask is, from making sure that every grave at the Crownsville Veteran Cemetery was covered with a [Christmas] wreath, to helping veterans or service members move, to fixing their vehicles to bringing supplies and campers to military families in N.C. devastated by Hurricane Florence, etc., Truckin4Troops is there for our military community,” Lundfelt said.

For more information about Truckin 4 Troops or to make a financial donation, visit: www.truckin4troops.net. To donate gently used living room, bedroom or dining room furniture, email: truckin4troops@gmail.com if you are located in or near Anne Arundel County.