The Ridgely Lions serve the Ridgely community in many ways to include, but not limited to: assistance with eye exams and eyeglasses for those in need (applications are available at Ridgely Elementary School, St. Martins Ministries, the Health Department and Department of Social Services); the Strawberry Festival; the Christmas Parade (the first Saturday in December); placement of decorative/seasonal banners throughout town; sponsorship of baseball and soccer teams; and three $1000 scholarships to Ridgely area college-bound students. We also make donations to many charitable organizations and youth groups throughout the community. As part of Lions International we make yearly donations to the Low Vision Research Center (The Wilmer Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD) and the Lions Leader Dog Program.
Meeting Dates, Location and Time:
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (September through June) at the Ridgely United Methodist Church Hall (on Central Avenue in Ridgely). Our meetings start at 6:30 PM and run approximately 90 minutes.
Operates a thrift shop and a food pantry. Proceeds from the thrift shop fund the food pantry. If you are in need of food or clothing, please contact the Samaritan House directly and have ready the following 4 pieces of information: photo id; social security card for everyone in the household; proof of income (tax return, paystubs); and proof of Caroline County residency (utility bill, bank account).
Accepts donation of used clothing, books, toys, and household items in good condition. Recommended food list: tuna, beef stew, pork & beans, corned beef, soup, cereal, jello/pudding, canned milk, rice/beans, canned fruit & vegetables, applesauce, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, dry spaghetti, peanut butter, jelly, juices, and box mixes of macaroni & cheese and tuna helper. The Samaritan House is a project of the interfaith group United Concerned Christians, and is run completely by volunteers. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Crisis interventions, assessments & referrals; emergency petitions; anyone in crisis, i.e. situational crises; individuals with suicidal thoughts and/or plans; individuals with psychosis and/or delusions; family and marital conflicts; child/teen/elder issues; domestic violence; substance abuse; intellectual disabilities; links to mental health and substance abuse services; family education.
Can't provide service for transportation in MCT vehicles, shelter assistance for homeless persons without a mental illness.
Provides clothing, emergency food, eviction prevention assistance, and utility assistance to those in need. Please have the following for assistance: photo ID, social security numbers for everyone in the household, proof of income, proof of address, and your lease. Administers the Rental Assistance Program for Caroline County.
Thrift Store open to the public. The Thrift Shop is open from 8:00am - 12:00pm every 1st Saturday of the month. The furniture barn with re-open in the spring. Donations of clothing and small household items accepted M-Fri. 8:30-4:30. Bins available for donations 24 hours a day. Accept donations of clothing, toys, household items, and books. Items must be in good condition.
Two Senior Centers in Caroline County provide a pleasant environment where older adults can socialize and participate in group activities, including recreation; education; physical fitness; arts and crafts; holiday events and fun and games. Both Senior Centers have computers with Internet access.
Provides subsidized home loans to very low and low income people for new and existing homes. Provides grants to very low income people age 62 or older and one percent interest loans for any very low income person who owns and occupies their home to complete home repairs that are needed to fix hazardous conditions for safety reasons. Applications available by mail, email or in the office.