State Employees Will ‘Just Serve’ at Carroll Park and Mount Clare Museum House Beautification Event

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Approximately 60 state employees from several agencies will volunteer side-by-side for heavy-duty gardening, clearing brush, installing gravel walkways, removing graffiti, and picking-up trash at popular Baltimore City park and historic site.

Baltimore, MD - Each year, Marylanders from across the state join our neighbors in Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to participate in Just Serve, a month-long initiative encouraging citizens to choose a day to participate in a volunteer activity in their community. On Wednesday, October 6, between 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., approximately 60 volunteers from Maryland Lottery and Gaming, Maryland Stadium Authority, Maryland Energy Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Commerce, and Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives will ‘Just Serve’ at Carroll Park in Baltimore City.

Carroll Park is a popular 117-acre facility in the Pigtown neighborhood that includes a recreation center, picnic pavilion, skate park and golf course plus the Mount Clare Museum House historic site. Mount Clare, a National Historic Landmark, was built by Charles Carroll, Barrister, a distant cousin of the Declaration of Independence signer, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. The National Society of the Colonial Dames in America in the State of Maryland has been the steward of Mount Clare since 1917. The morning and afternoon Just Serve beautification event will focus on the areas around the Mount Clare Museum House. State employees from several agencies will volunteer side-by-side for heavy-duty gardening, clearing brush, installing gravel walkways, removing graffiti, picking-up trash and making the site more welcoming to visitors.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan encouraged all state employees to participate in Just Serve (formerly Day to Serve). Maryland Lottery and Gaming, Maryland Stadium Authority, Maryland Energy Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Commerce, and Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives are collaborating in this year’s Carroll Park and Mount Clare Museum House Beautification Just Serve Event demonstrating the extraordinary spirit of volunteerism within Maryland state government.

Previous multiple state agencies Just Serve events successfully organized by Maryland Lottery and Gaming with the Maryland Stadium Authority include the 2019 Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Beautification Event in celebration of Maryland’s Year of the Veteran and the 2018 Solo Gibbs Park and Recreation Center Beautification event that included the Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe to kick-off the volunteer activities.  

Quotes:

"It’s a privilege to help rejuvenate a site of such historic importance, especially since it benefits the neighborhood where we work,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin. “Embracing a culture of community service is a guiding principle in our day-to-day work, and the Just Serve event is a reminder that there are many elements to public service. It’s always an enjoyable day that our staff looks forward to.” John Martin, Director, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director

“The Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to ‘Just Serve’ as volunteers side-by-side our sister state agencies to beautify Carroll Park and Mount Clare Museum House to encourage outdoor recreation in our community.” Michael J. Frenz, Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

"Service is at the heart of what we do," said Governor's Office of Community Initiatives Director Steven McAdams. "We can do great things when we join together as a team. I am pleased to join with my colleagues around Maryland state government for such a worthy cause to beautify the Mount Clare Museum and Carroll Park."

“Maryland Department of the Environment employees love opportunities with colleagues and neighbors to beautify our surroundings and amplify the importance of community service. Just Serve is a timely reminder of what we can do for the environment and our cultural heritage when the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well.” Secretary Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment

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Proclamation:
https://goci.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/08/Just_Service_Proclamation.pdf

Just Serve:
https://goci.maryland.gov/dts/
https://www.justserve.org/about

Event Location:
Mount Clare Museum House area of Carroll Park
1500 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230
https://www.mountclare.org/

Contacts:
Bridgette Lundfelt, Outreach Director
Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives
Bridgette.lundfelt@maryland.gov
(410) 697-9279

Rachelina Bonacci, Public Information Officer
Maryland Stadium Authority
Rbonacci@MDStad.com

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