February is a mix of things to celebrate.
In February, we’re raising awareness about heart health, low vision, teen dating violence, and girls and women in sports.
American Heart Month
The American Heart Association sponsors American Heart Month in February to raise awareness about heart health. Check out and share these social media resources from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to raise awareness about heart disease and how to prevent it. It’s also a great time to explore the Healthy People 2030 objectives related to heart disease and stroke aimed at improving cardiovascular health and reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke. And be sure to share our consumer-friendly MyHealthfinder resources on heart health to help people build heart-healthy habits.
Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
Low Vision Awareness Month
The National Eye Institute (NEI) recognizes February as Low Vision Awareness Month, a time to spread the word about low vision and vision rehab services. Use NEI’s Low Vision Social Media Library to share important information with your networks about low vision, vision rehabilitation, and how people can live independently with vision loss. Be sure to read up on the Healthy People 2030 objectives related to sensory or communication disorders. And get involved by sharing our MyHealthfinder resource for easy-to-understand information on the importance of getting your child’s vision checked.
National Cancer Prevention Month
National Cancer Prevention Month marked every February is upon us, ushering in yet another opportunity to spread the word and take action in order to live better, healthier, and happier lives. Cancer, said to be the world’s leading cause of death, caused nearly 10 million deaths in 2020. Throughout the history of mankind, cancer has been in existence. Although not much was known about the human body, the earliest evidence was recorded via papyri that can be traced back to ancient Egypt in 1500 B.C. when tumors were found on the breast. Over the years, although no cure has been found, with landmark achievements recorded, we are closer than ever.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February is an opportunity to help people learn how to build healthy relationships. Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) evidence-based teen dating violence prevention model and teen dating violence resources to help spread the word on your platforms. You can also share our MyHealthfinder resources for tips on spotting signs of relationship violence and talking to your kids about healthy relationships. Finally, use Healthy People 2030 to track progress toward objectives related to reducing violence.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
This year, National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is observed on February 2 to acknowledge the accomplishments of women in sports and inspire girls and women to play sports.
National School Counseling Week (Feb. 6-10)
Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 12-19)
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 27-Mar. 5)
World Cancer Day (Feb. 4)
Safer Internet Day (Feb. 7)
National Make a Friend Day (Feb. 11)
National Random Act of Kindness Day (Feb. 17)
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If you need immediate help finding shelter or a place to eat, call 211.
Baltimore- Our Daily Bread Employment Center
725 Fallsway, Baltimore City
PG CO- Bethel House 301-372-1700 & Salvation Army of Prince George’s County Food Pantry 301-277-6103
AA CO- Anne Arundel County Food Access WARM Line 410- 222- 3663 &
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
120 Marbury Drive Crownsville, MD 21032
Harford CO- Breathe 379, 2124 Nuttal Ave. Edgewood. Groceries, prepared food, clothes.
& EPICENTER, EPICENTER at Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood. 443.981.3742.
Mental Health Assistance
National Alliance for Mental Illness
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 24/7: 1-800-273-8255
Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.
Call 24/7: 410-433-5175 if you or someone you know needs help with a mental health crisis
Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)
201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104, Baltimore City
410-685-6589 / 800-773-4340
Provides free legal aid to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Maryland Legal Aid
500 E. Lexington St., Baltimore City
Provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals, with a focus on legal issues concerning elder rights, employment, family, public benefits, health care and housing
Assists prisoners, ex-prisoners and others in need become independent, responsible citizens through civil legal assistance and re-entry services
Baltimore- Alternative Directions
2505 N. Charles St., Baltimore City
PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172
AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677
Beans and Bread
402 South Bond St., Baltimore City
ID cards and birth certificates available on the first business day of the month to the first 5 to 10 people who arrive
435 East 25th St., Baltimore
Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications
ONE STOP CAREER CENTERS
Downtown One Stop Career Center
1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City
Eastside One-Stop Career Center
3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City
Provides assistance with job search strategies, employment referrals and placement and other workforce services; offers access to copiers, faxes and phones
Northwest American Job Center (Re-entry Center)
Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302
2401 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City
101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City
2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City
Provides clothing, communication, laundry, food, recreation and showers
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