The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world and upended all of our lives. Much of what most of us are experiencing— uncertainty about the future, difficulty obtaining basic resources—is what many in Rural Maryland communities were facing every day before this pandemic.
1 in every 6 Americans are food insecure and not sure where their next meal will come from. The Food you help provide local community members in need has an impact that reverberates throughout. Well-fed children learn more, struggling working families get back on their feet, seniors thrive and individuals are able to focus on more productive pursuits than finding food. With your help, we can give more than food. We give hope!
Early Head Start & Head Start Classrooms - Our professionals can do virtually anything. Head Start children are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college and receive post-secondary degree, license or certification. Because of their early positive classroom engagement of being helped by others, they grow into being helpers, themselves.
Eviction Crisis is an urgent need for support. We are able to support families as we are facing the largest housing crisis in the last 100 years. With an estimated 42% of renters facing potential eviction, many families are living in fear of losing their homes. If we don’t act we face a crisis that will threaten educational outcomes, stress our local healthcare, social service providers, and destabilize our local communities.
Adult education has a nervous relationship with economic trends, enrollments have historically tipped upward during recessions, driven by adults seeking to re-skill in the wake of layoffs. Helping adults get the education they need - from learning English to earning their GED all for Free! We will need your support to get adults back into the workplace!
Holiday Charity Auction
Looking for a possible holiday gift? How about getting all dressed up in your comfy clothes and start bidding safely from home! Pick up a unique item for that special somebody in your family and know that you benefited those in need this holiday season! Support Maryland Rural Development in our mission to provide security to small town low income families during Covid-19. Help us reach our goal!
Fundraise to earn great MRDC and Small Town Big Hearts merchandise!
Small Town Fan Water Bottle
Fundraise $50 to support families in need and we will send you a MRDC Small Towns Big Hearts Water Bottle so you can show your support.
Raise $150 to support families in need and we will send you a MRDC Small Towns Big Hearts Coffee Mug and the water bottle. You will be the most hydrate supporter in your town!
Small Town Trucker Cap
Raise $250 to support families in need and we will send you a MRDC Small Towns Big Hearts Trucker Cap, Coffee Mug and the water bottle.
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Raise $500 to support families in need and we will send you a MRDC Small Towns Big Hearts Long Sleeve t-Shirt, Trucker Cap, Coffee Mug and the water bottle.