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Maryland State Update

Submitted by: MD ASFAA Committee

Greetings from the MD ASFAA Committee!

We are excited to tell you about some of our activities in the hopes that you will join us as we continue to support the organization's networking, training and volunteering goals.

Volunteering at the Maryland Food Bank is one of our easiest and most fulfilling activities. We usually sign up for a shift from 9am to noon on a Saturday. This time is spent sorting and packing food for delivery to various community partners. It's a great feeling when you see the results of just three hours of work. You also know you're contributing to a genuine need in the community.

Tri-State volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank 2/27 and 3/26

We also support the Ronald McDonald House by participating in The Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Run/Walk. This year, the event was held on April 10th and our team of seven (nine if you count the little FAOs in-training!) had a fun time getting to know each other while we supported a wonderful organization. Together, we raised $225 for the charity. We hope to see you on the team next year!

MD Tri-State Red Shoe Shuffle Team 2016

Our fall workshop, "Dealing with Domestic and Sexual Violence in the Community: Informed, Considerate, and Prepared FAAs," provided information to help us better serve students who may be experiencing these issues. We also collected travel size toiletries at this event for donation to a local shelter.

This spring, we are hosting an entire day of diversity awareness on June 3rd 2016 at the Johns Hopkins Columbia Campus. This event is free to current Tri-State members and lunch will be provided.

The first session focuses on Religion, Culture and Identity. We will learn about different world religions in an effort to promote communication and cooperation. Presenters will represent seven faith groups and field questions from participants. Dr. Raymont Anderson (who presented at our spring 2015 workshop and our fall conference) is returning for this session!

The second session will focus on sensitivity training for racial diversity issues on campus. We will learn how to help students cope with issues of racial intolerance on campus and find meaningful and productive resolution.

More details will be provided on the Listserv throughout April and May, and we will send out an announcement when the registration link is active.

Tri-State members are most welcome to attend our committee meetings and all events throughout the year. Make sure you check the Tri-State website calendar and Listserv messages for more information. We hope to see you soon!

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