Winter 2023
Volunteer Highlight

Transcribe-a-thon! As part of Good Neighbor Day 2022, volunteers at Riversdale House Museum transcribed documents on loan from a descendant of Charles Benedict Calvert, the founder of the University of Maryland. Volunteers took the documents, which were difficult to read due to the format and wording, and transcribed them so that they will be accessible for everyday readers and people with disabilities.

“We were so pleased…we saw 87 documents transcribed by 17 volunteers. The information in those 19th-century documents will help the museum with its overall interpretation as we discover more about the families who lived and worked at Riversdale” shares facility director Maya Davis. The transcription ”helps bring to life the love, loss, tragedy, and triumph associated with a specific time period and uncover the names of individuals whose identities are being rediscovered.” Because of volunteers’ ongoing interest and this project’s success, the facility is planning for two more transcribe-a-thons in 2023. “It’s really helped us answer a lot of questions, correct a lot of incorrect history and it’s opened up a lot more information in regards to the enslaved community that was here,” Jennifer Flood, the collections curator at Riversdale House Museum said.

Photo provided by UMD Office of Community Engagement
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Virtual opportunities are available.
This year, youth volunteers will prepare hygiene care packages for individuals that use the mobile showers hosted by a local church. The packages will include
• Soap/body wash
• Lotion
• Deodorant
• Shampoo, conditioner
• Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, dental floss
• Hand sanitizer
• Feminine hygiene items

You can donate these travel-size items at the following locations through January 13:

Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff's Road, Landover

Southern Area Aquatics & Recreation Complex
13601 Missouri Avenue, Brandywine

Columbia Park Community Center
1901 Kent Village Drive, Landover

Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg

For more information, contact 301-446-3324

Join In: New Library of Congress Exhibition Features History of Voluntary Associations in America
“Volunteering and banding together for a common purpose is baked into our DNA as Americans as we engage with many different types of organizations to confront some of our great challenges,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “‘Join In’ is a unique new exhibition that examines this long tradition of voluntary engagement in our society.”
Teen Vocal Showcase Auditions
Saturday, February 4, 11 am - 5 pm
Kentland Community Center
We're searching for talented vocalists in Prince George's County!🎤 Teens, 10-18, are invited to audition for the Teen Vocal Showcase on Saturday, February 4, 2023. Selected participants will have a chance to perform and compete in the showcase at the historic Publick Playhouse on April 8.

Space is limited to the first 50 participants to register.
Register here.
Prince George's County Youth@Work / Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP)
The Prince George’s County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) is an award-winning, nationally recognized program. This six-week program offers Prince George’s County’s youth and young adults ages 14 through 22 opportunities to explore career options by providing them with work experiences with government agencies, local businesses, and community organizations.
The SYEP is part of County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ commitment to youth development, which prepares and empowers the County’s youth to achieve their full potential into adulthood.

 The 2023 SYEP will provide eligible youth with the following opportunities:

  • Exposure to a diverse range of careers via our Signature Programs and strategic business partnerships in various areas.
  • The ability to earn money and gain meaningful work experiences.
  • Offer job readiness training that will help develop the basic work skills to prepare youth to be more successful in the workforce.

The 2023 application will be open March 1-31, 2023. :
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