November 12, 2021
Thank you to all of my friends, colleagues, neighbors, and supporters from the bottom of my heart who came out to my fall reception last week. It was an honor to stand alongside three incredible women members of House Leadership as we quickly approach the 2022 Legislative Session and election. I am so proud to have all of your support. I am excited to run this people-powered campaign with so many folks from across this district. I look forward to seeing you all as I continue to knock on doors, attend community events and host outdoor house parties with my Team 30 seatmates throughout the district. If you would like to find out more ways you can work with our campaign, please go to my website and sign up. If you were not able to join us but would like to support the campaign you can still do that here! Looking forward to having you on the trail with me!
A Day Of Service
Last Saturday, the D30 team spent a gorgeous morning at our annual Veterans Day WWII Memorial Cleanup! Dozens of volunteers came out and with their help, we filled OVER 90 lawn bags. Thank you: St. Mary's Parish & School, Annapolis Cub Scouts Pack 422, Anne Arundel Community College Student Veterans Association, TSHICC SJM, Eastport Annapolis Legacy of Honor, Anthony Brown office & scores of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) students from across our district! Lastly, I want to extend a huge thank you to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs who has helped make this event such a success over the past two years.
Honoring Our Veterans
Veterans Day day is a day to honor the men and women who have served our country and to remember those who we have lost. I had the honor of starting the day with a beautiful and moving ceremony hosted by the local American Legion Unit 141, at the (recently cleaned) WWII Memorial. As the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, I was so thankful for the service.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to personally thank not only the members of our armed forces but also their families for everything they have sacrificed.
Student Vaccine Update!
With the FDA approval of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11-year-olds I, like many of you, was so relieved that after 23 months of prayers, worry, and endless stress, our son was finally able to get some protection from this deadly virus.
I am so happy to say that Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health are teaming up to offer COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 at elementary schools across the county. Appointments for all school-based clinics can be made here!
AACPS clinics will be held on:
Weekdays from 5 to 7:30pm
Saturdays from 9 to 11:30am
In addition to AACPS’s clinics, over 30 pharmacies and over 10 pediatricians’ offices have received vaccine doses. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician to determine whether they can get vaccinated through the pediatrician’s office.
Bringing Capital to the Capital
One of my favorite parts of being a state representative is fighting for Capital funding for projects that support a healthy & happy community. My fellow D30a seatmates and I recently got to visit (and try out) one of these projects- the newly installed playground at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. I encourage all of you to go check it out!
In response to the storm and coastal flooding that impacted Anne Arundel County on Oct. 29-30, County Executive Steuart Pittman announced that grants of up to $50,000 are available to help businesses recover from the damage and pause in operations.
One million dollars in funding is available through AAEDC’s Maryland’s video lottery terminal (VLT) loan program. Applications can be found here!
A completed application and accompanying documentation should be sent to Steve Primosch either by email at email@example.com or by through postal mail to:
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
2060 Riva Road, suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401.
The deadline to apply is Friday, November 19, 2021.
Supporting Our Veterans
The Anne Arundel Community College Student Veterans Association and Military Veterans Resource Center are collecting items to donate to Patriot House, a housing program in Anne Arundel County to help homeless veterans transition to independent living. Charles Robinson, an army veteran, is the case manager who works at Arundel House of Hope. His contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 863-4888.
The items we are asking for are:
- XXL Robe
- Bedroom slippers; 10W or 11R
- Blue jeans: 36x30 and 38x32
- Winter coat: medium
- Electric shaving razor
- XL shirt
- Electric heating pad
These items can be dropped off at the AACC Arnold Campus or at the Military/Veteran Resource Center located at the Truxal Library, Room 112. Office hours are Tuesday from 10am-6pm and Wednesday 9am-4:30pm. Donations will be connected through November 24th. Please contact Chris Kim, SVA President at email@example.com with any questions.
Get Connected with Resources
Next Saturday, November 20th, the City of Annapolis and the Community Action Agency of Anne Arundel County will be hosting a Resource day at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. This event will take place from 10 - 2 and will be an opportunity for residents to get connected with a wide variety of resources; anything from Early Head Start Pre-K enrollment to rental assistance applications.
The Season of Giving
Join Leadership Anne Arundel for their 2nd Annual Food (& Blood & Sweater) event Saturday, November 20th to support families in need throughout our community. Volunteers will meet at Chambers Park - 14 Dorsey Ave, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 from 9:30am until 2:30pm. You can participate by making a donation of food, blood or sweaters. Cash donations to feed families through Feed Anne Arundel will also be accepted through a text app on the day of the event. If you would like to donate your blood, you can sign up in advance with this link or the QR code at right or just show up between 10:00am and 2:00pm.
Love Our Libraries
2021 is the Anne Arundel County Public Library's 100th anniversary! Our library system offers a wide variety of programming and resources. In honor of their centennial celebration, each week, I will be highlighting one program, resource, or event that our libraries have to offer.
November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and ACCPL has a wide variety of programming to help us celebrate. On Saturday, November 20, from 10:30am - 11:30am join AACPL to learn about traditional grams played by many native communities. Learn more about this event and sign up to participate here!
I would encourage everyone to follow the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Facebook page to get updates on programs and new resources. You can check out their calendar to find the perfect event for you and your family to enjoy!
Be a Part of History
As I am sure you are all aware of by now, this year, Anne Arundel County Public Library is celebrating 100 years of service to the community. To celebrate this milestone they will be putting together a time capsule filled with important memorabilia and messages for future library staff and patrons. They are inviting members of the community to be “Capsule Keepers,” who in addition to having their names going in the time capsule, keepers will also be invited back in 25 years to witness the reopening.
I encourage you and your family to participate in this historic event by signing up to be Capsule Keepers here!
You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit my new website to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, COVID-19 updates, and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at Dana.Jones@house.state.md.us or by phone at 410-841-3211.
Stay safe and healthy,
Delegate Dana Jones