SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans ~ Wk 3

Yesterday at SaMP Kids ~ Compassionate Kids Club we had a small lesson on equality and fairness. The kids were all given a band aid and then they were given an “injury” some had broken arms, some a black eye, some a scratch. We talked about how sometimes treating everyone equally isn’t what is right. Based on our little activity the kids decided that fairness means that everyone gets what they need vs everyone gets the same treatment… I think the bigs got it… some of the littles just thought it was funny we were giving them band-aids. 😉 Such is life in a largely a mixed age group!

The last time we met the kids choose to work with Building Veterans. They wanted to serve a meal and create a “portable” meditation center for the men. They came up with a list of items they wanted to include If you have any of the items you’re willing to donate please contact Chrissi.

Yoga Mats
CD Player / iPhone speakers
Meditation CDs/ app suggestions
salt lamp
books on mindfulness
books on coping with PTSD
adult coloring books
colored pencils
poems
water colors “canvases”
peaceful art, words of affirmation cards
small water fountain
small “rock garden”
Suggested yoga moves for calming and re centering

The kids started work on some of the meditation art and words of affirmation cards.

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The menu for the meal at Building Veterans has been made but we welcome you to join us. Please consider bringing a covered dish ~ Last names A-L can bring some type of side dish Last names M-Z can bring some type of dessert. The meal will take place October 30th at the Building Veterans house in Brunswick at 4:30pm.

We currently have a T-Shirt fundraiser happening ~ Please consider purchasing a t-shirt the money raised will help us with the expenses related to running SaMP kids each week throughout the school year. PO15546321-front

SaMP Kids is open to kids and families of ages and abilities. We encourage you to join us right where you are. We are a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors.

Pirate & Princess 5k and fun run!

September 30th 2017 Sophie & Madigan’s Playground held our third Pirate and Princess 5k and fun run! Adults, kids and pets dressed in their best pirate and princess attire to run the course at Monocacy Village Park. We had a lot of fun, while we raised some money for the organization!

 

Pictures thanks to the amazing Sarah Burns Photography if you wish to purchase any photos from the event just get in touch with Sarah through her website.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for helping to make this a great event! shirt

SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans ~ Week 2

The SaMP Kids have chosen to make a meal and serve the men at Building Veterans as a part of their service project for this month! If you or your kiddos are interested in helping and haven’t already committed to an item for the meal, please consider bringing a covered dish ~ Last names A-L can bring some type of side dish Last names M-Z can bring some type of dessert.

The kids have also decided to make up a Meditation Center of sorts ~ we are looking for the following items to add

Yoga Mats
CD Player / iPhone speakers
Meditation CDs/ app suggestions
salt lamp
books on mindfulness
books on coping with PTSD
adult coloring books
colored pencils
poems
water colors “canvases”
peaceful art, words of affirmation cards
small water fountain
small “rock garden”
Suggested yoga moves for calming and re centering

The meal will take place October 30th at the Building Veterans house in Brunswick at 4:30

SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans

Yesterday the SaMP Kids had an opportunity to learn about Building Veterans.

Building Veterans is a peer to peer supportive recovery program with a holistic approach.  Program participants live in supportive housing, attend mandatory classes and either work, attend school or volunteer in the community. They support those who struggle with personal issues and addictions.  Each person sets his own pace within the parameters of the program. Participants are encouraged to work together to refocus and reintegrate into the larger community. They partner with other organizations to identify those who would be best served by our peer to peer immersion program. We focus on providing help for those struggling with addictions associated with PTSD, head and brain trauma, and depression.

Their motto is “Building Communities Builds People. Building People Builds Communities”

The kids all listened intently as Adam explained the program and the people they are helping. The topic was pretty heavy for the kids, learning that the men struggle with mental health and addiction issues, who have struggled with staying “out of trouble” but it was so good for the kids to see that even those men who have struggled in the past are worthy of our love and compassion. That they are human and when they need help there is someone there to help them. What a beautiful lesson for all of our kids to learn. The kids asked questions about the men in the program and they worked with Adam to form a plan to help. Over the next few weeks the SaMP Kids will work together to create a menu for the monthly family style meal for the men in the program, visit the men to play games to develop a sense of community, and will try to help the men establish a meditation space in their housing.

After the presentation the kids worked on a small side project to send cards to a little boy named KC who is facing his 17th hospital admission in his 17 month life. The kids worked on cards to send to his mom and hopefully KC will get lots of smiles from the love the kids sent.

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

We are still in need of ASL proficient volunteers to help at our weekly meetings if you are able and willing to assist one of our regular attendees get the most out of our weekly meet ups please consider signing up to help for a week or two throughout the year. http://signup.com/go/HtyNBNC

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the support of our sponsors and donors.

 

 

 

5th Annual PINK Friday is coming!

PINK Friday returns on November 17 for our 5th annual #shoppingforSophieandMadigan event!

You Shop. They Donate! So kick off your holiday shopping before Black Friday, avoid the stampedes, and shop for a great cause! All of our participating businesses donate a portion of their sales for the day. The money raised helps us hold our unique PLAY LEARN CREATE programming, like SaMP Kids, Celebrate PLAY, and Winter Carnival for Grieving Children, and it will also help us with the costs associated with building an inclusive destination memorial park, right here in Frederick.

NEW THIS YEAR! Stop by Colonial Jewelers to browse our vendor fair and pick up some jewelry while you are there! 3:30-6:30 p.m. Warm up and see what the tables are offering in the heart of the Frederick square!
Dublin Roasters will host Origami Owl and a Hennamorphosis so you can adorn yourself with jewelry or a henna design while you get a cup of coffee.
Sophie & Madigan’s Playground Information Table will be located outside of the Velvet Lounge where you can see our most recent park designs, and enter our giveaway for the $50 Amazon gift card!  Just bring your 5(or more) receipts from participating businesses to our Information Table or show us on your phone, or e-mail fundraising@sophieandmadigansplayground.org with your five online receipts for your chance to win. Winners will be notified online and by email on Monday 11/20 by 8pm.
You can get more information and show your support by “going” to Pink Friday on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1816417825292155/ and inviting your friends to the event!
We’re so grateful to the new and returning businesses, shoppers, and volunteers!  Your support has helped us raise $15,000 over the last 4 years! If you’re interested in being a part of PINK Friday be sure to check out the Vendor, and volunteer info on our website.
See you on November 17! pinkfriday

SaMP Kids ~ September Project ~ BIAB

The SaMP Kids worked so hard this month to pull together an “EVERYTHING Sale” for Blessings in a Backpack. They collected items from the community, made posters, and called local business owners to set up the location for the sale. This week they met at Dublin Roasters Coffee to set up. The kids took turns getting traffic from North Market St to come see what we had, and while it was a bit of a challenge to have a yard sale on a Monday right after school/work let out, we were blessed with some generous customers and the kids were able to raise $130 in just an hour and a half! A lot of the items donated for the sale came back with me so stay tuned as we intend to list them online to see if we can drum up any additional business.

On Monday the kids will be “shopping” with the money they raised so they can deliver the food for BIAB at a future meeting. We will also be joined by a new organization to kick off the new month. Building Veterans is a peer to peer supportive recovery program with a holistic approach. “Building Communities Builds People. Building People Builds Communities” We can’t wait to hear ways the kids can get involved!

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

SaMP Kids is a free weekly LEARN Program thanks to the generosity of our supporters, sponsors and donors.

 

Park Concepts

Our team has been hard at work creating the concepts that will become Sophie & Madigan Lillard Memorial Park. We are very proud of what we will be bringing to our area in honor of Sophie and Madigan. While we continue to wait for the land to become available for use we would like to share some concepts with you.

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SaMP Kids ~ Compassionate Kids Club ~ BIAB wk 2

Today at SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club we continued making a plan for our September project to support Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick, MD with our EVERYTHING SALE!

Echo read “How to Build Community” and led a discussion with the kids on various forms of “community” and how we can support them. The kids also did a craft of the communities at the home, local, state, national and global levels and then we related the different communities to the projects that SaMP Kids have done throughout the past year!

The kids worked out details for the EVERYTHING SALE and made a call to local business owner, Serina Roy, of Dublin Roasters Coffee, on Market St, to request space to hold the sale. Serina happily obliged, so mark your calendars now! We will be holding the sale at Dublin Roasters Coffee on September 25th from 4:30pm-6PM! We encourage everyone to bring all items they have collected on 9/25 to Dublins. Please consider bringing a table or a blanket to lay out your merchandise!

The kids chose sell “EVERYTHING” so please feel free to bring clothes, toys, dishes, holiday items, baked goods (for bake sale guidelines, please visit the Health Department website), games, etc! All of the money raised at the sale will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack so they can purchase the supplies that are most needed to feed kids in Frederick County Schools! Please start sharing the details, and asking friends to participate either by donating items or coming out to shop!

We will meet again next Monday September 18th at 4:30pm at the The Common Market Co-op. We will be making fliers and posters to be posted around town to help advertise the sale!

Big thank you again to the Common Market for allowing us to use their space each week and to Dublin Roasters for accommodating the kids request to hold an everything sale!

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is free LEARN program thanks to the support of the Sophie & Madigan’s Playground sponsors and donors. This weekly group is focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community. If your organization is interested in presenting at a SaMP Kids meeting please contact Chrissi Lillard 325 8290 (301) to get on the schedule for the year.

 

 

SaMP Kids ~ Compassionate Kids Club

Last week at SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club, we welcomed Hermine Bernstein to discuss Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick, MD! She read Maddi’s Fridge to the kids and led a discussion on how we can help families in need. We learned that BIAB provides TWO THOUSAND kids in Frederick County with meals on weekends, and holidays from school!

We also welcomed new and old friends back from the break after enjoying our summers! The first session of the month, the kids always choose various projects and we put them on the board for them to vote for the project they will work on for the month/session! There were many great ideas, but after learning that BIAB only fulfills 10% of their backpacks by food donations, the kids decided to hold an “EVERYTHING SALE” to raise money for BIAB to buy the food or supplies necessary to feed the kids in our school system!

This Monday is Labor Day and we will NOT meet! Our next meeting will be Monday September 11th at the The Common Market Co-op Community Room. We will begin to plan out our Everything Sale! 21077721_10155810973911042_8843666390049246055_n21231148_10155810973916042_152408306536794888_n

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer!

Thinking of becoming a volunteer with Sophie & Madigan’s Playground? See our top ten reasons to help you make up your mind.

 

#10: It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards! Volunteering with a group of people can help you feel supported, helps reduce stress, and ups happy moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over your own fate.

 

 #9: It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on continuing our mission. The estimated value of your volunteer time here in Maryland is $22.14 per hour! We are 100% volunteer run and can’t do it without our volunteers!

#8: Volunteers gain professional experience. If you are passionate about something volunteering is a great way to give you professional experience in that industry.

 

#7: It brings people together. As strangers come together to work toward a common goal they can’t help but learn more about each other and their background.

#6: It builds personal growth and self esteem. By understanding what your community needs are and how to fill them you develop empathy and self-efficacy.

#5: Volunteering strengthens your community! Volunteering with us means you are working with families to strengthen bonds by encouraging them to PLAY LEARN and CREATE together.

#4: You learn a lot. Our volunteers have the opportunity learn about their own strengths and work to make positive changes to their self esteem. They gain valuable knowledge of local resources available to meet community needs, and how to effectively work with local agencies and other non profits to fulfill those needs.

#3: You get a chance to give back. What better way to spend your time than by giving your talents to benefit others.

#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. Giving back to our own communities allows us to see first hand how we can make a difference to the people around us, as a volunteer you learn empathy, and compassion for others.

#1: You make a difference. Your time and efforts have a lasting impact on your community. By helping Sophie and Madigan’s Playground create and implement PLAY LEARN and CREATE programs you are allowing kids and their families participate in a bond building program that couldn’t happen without your help!

If we’ve helped make up your mind and you’re ready to make a difference in your life and in your community go check out all of our upcoming volunteer needs or find a local organization that best meets what you are trying to do for your community! We can not do what we do without amazing volunteers just like you!