Ambassador Robert Godec, teachers and students at the Great Grevy’s Zebra Rally in January 2016
During the 2013-2014 concert season, the DCC partnered with the Mpala Foundation and Research Centre in Kenya and raised $12,000.00 for the George Small Educational Fund. What are they doing now?
School girl in Pakistan
One of the most ambitious service programs ever undertaken by the DCC was the 2008 Central Asian Institute Project—Pennies for Peace which raised and donated $30,000 to build a school in Pakistan and maintain it for five years. How are they doing today?
Mary Sue Shaw and Marty Banghart load boxes for Project C.U.R.E.
During the 2011-2012 season, the DCC partnered with Project C.U.R.E. and collected over 600 boxes for the Kits for Kids program. Kits for Kids provide personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” items that are scarce in the developing world.
Project C.U.R.E is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies to resource-limited communities across the globe, reaching families in over 130 countries. It has now grown to operate 15 collection and distribution centers across the U.S. These centers accept and ship excess supplies and specialized equipment from hundreds of U.S. hospitals and medical manufacturers. In 2015, 20,000 volunteers nationwide worked more than 107,000 hours to help Project C.U.R.E. deliver 145 containers valued at $53.4, million to 47 countries. In addition, Project C.U.R.E. sends volunteer medical teams to underserved facilities abroad to provide free care and train local healthcare staff.
Stephanie Davis, past president of the DCC, has been volunteering as an assessor (evaluating needs) for Project C.U.R.E. since 2011, travelling to five Sub-Saharan African countries. She recently returned from Uganda, where she worked with Restoration Gateway which serves 140 orphans, operates a primary and secondary school, auditorium/gym, employs nine senior Ugandan staff, and more than 108 community workers. A medical and dental clinic have been operational since 2012, and a new 180-bed hospital will be opened to the public in the spring of 2017. The DCC is proud to have been a part of this outstanding humanitarian effort!
During the 2010-2011 concert season, the DCC partnered with Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise to provide camperships for five children with childhood cancer.
Established by the American Cancer Society in 1987, Camp Sunrise started with only seven campers. Today, Camp Sunrise is maintained and sponsored by Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Division of Pediatric Oncology with over 100 patient campers.
Camp Sunrise is a week-long, overnight summer camp held in early August in Maryland, for children who have been diagnosed with or have survived cancer. Campers are given the opportunity to establish strong peer relationships with the other children they can relate to who are going through the same experiences and feelings as they are with their cancer treatment. At Camp Sunrise, campers also gain independence from the regimen of cancer treatment, and enhance their self-confidence by trying new activities offered while attending the camp. The DCC was happy to have been able to help these children. For more information click here.
The DCC presents check for $2500 to Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity, Susquehanna
During our 2014-2015 season, the DCC partnered with a local agency—Habitat for Humanity, Susquehanna. We helped to build a home for the Deriemaeker family, active members of the Harford County community.
Members of the DCC enjoyed the opportunity to meet the family when they attended one of our rehearsals and then again when we hosted them at our “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” concert.
The DCC initiated several efforts to benefit the cause. In March of 2015, an Invitational A Cappella Festival was held and partial proceeds went toward the project. In April, DCC members and friends participated in a Build Day, working on-site on the actual construction of the home itself. Our May concert also offered an opportunity to raise funds for the cause.
At the conclusion of the season, in addition to our labor on the house, the DCC was delighted to be able to donate $2500 to Habitat for Humanity on their behalf. The formal presentation occurred on Friday, June 26th at the 210 Franklin Street, Bel Air home site.