Members of THRIVE! Business Communities believe that business networking is about more than just business development. It's supporting your local community in ways that have meaningful impact. Each quarter, our group selects an organization within our local community to assist.
When you tally up the hours donated and funds raised, we have contributed over $200,000 to local community initiatives since 2015. Our small groups have been able to accomplish big things by giving back and making a difference in our community!
Thrive! Arundel members did not let Covid-19 (or the rainy weather) deter our efforts to support the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Central Maryland!
We raised over $7000 for the 2020 initiative and enjoyed celebrating two of our own members who have been impacted by this disease.
In 2018 & 2019 Thrive! members partnered with Team MaxSent, a local Annapolis company, to raise over $25,000 to support the AAMC Decesaris Cancer Institute and finish in the Top 10 out of 80 boats raising funds for this worthy cause!
The group has volunteered and donated to The Lighthouse on numerous occasions. In addition to providing a shelter for homeless individuals and families, last year, the Lighthouse distributed over 45,000 bagged lunches, 19,000 articles of clothing and 4,800 bags of groceries. www.annapolislighthouse.org
Members of Thrive! Arundel volunteered time at the Senior Dog Sanctuary in Millersville, MD. This non-profit provides a permanent safe haven for senior dogs who are unable to be cared for by their owners, who are abandoned or abused, or face euthanasia.
Thrive! Baltimore members volunteered and helped provide nutritious meals to over 2,000 people who are home bound due to age or disability, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland supports independent living and quality of life for individuals who wish to remain in their own homes.
Members of Thrive volunteered on career day at Old Mill High School. Students were offered the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about career opportunities in a variety of industries including accounting, auto mechanics, insurance, real estate and more!
Thrive! Arundel members threw a prom for the seniors at FutureCare of the Chesapeake. Two members recently had family members at the facility and thought this would be a great idea! Generational music, "wheelchair dancing," make-up application for the ladies, corsages, food and more were provided. "I've never seen them so happy," commented a staff member.
Thrive! Arundel members were responsible for running the VIP Filmmakers Lounge during all four days of the festival. This was a huge time commitment, but the members stepped up! The festival brings millions of dollars in revenue to the City of Annapolis along with some well-known film makers, producers and actors.
Members of Thrive! Arundel assisted the staff at the South River Health & Rehab Center in throwing a "Senior Prom" for the residents. The residents dressed up to enjoy music from the 40s & 50s. Thrive! Members served the guests refreshments, danced, posed for photos, and even provided each resident with a corsage to commemorate the event!
Thrive! held a Dog Food Drive and delivered over 700 lbs of dog food, blankets, and crates to the AASPCA.
Thrive! Arundel hosted a fundraiser for The Red Devils at The Greene Turtle in Annapolis, MD. 10% of the day's proceeds were donated to the organization.
Thrive! Members donated their time to washing the entrance fence to prepare for the fairy garden, being constructed by one of the children associated with The Wellness House. Several members also helped set up and decorate for the annual picnic. The Wellness House of Annapolis provides free services and programs to those who have been touched by cancer.
Each year, Thrive! Arundel members support the local Fish For A Cure Tournament which provides transformational support of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Every dollar raised will directly impact cancer patients and their families through a comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Program at AAMC. Here are some photos from this year's fundraiser - a Texas Hold Em Style poker tournament where we raised over $3000 for the cause!