On December 21, 2017, MetCom employees participated in an annual holiday pot-luck luncheon marking the completion of fundraising efforts for a selected charity. The charity selected for this year’s fundraising efforts was Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc.

Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), exempt status charity.  This volunteer organization in partnership with the community rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled so that they may live in warmth, safety and independence.  Since 1990, Christmas in April St. Mary’s volunteers have repaired over 724 homes and have made home repairs worth more than $7.5 million to improve the living conditions of the low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in our community.

Joy Potter, MetCom’s Procurement Agent, chaired this year’s fundraising with a team of employee volunteers kicking off efforts in early summer.  Various events were held throughout the year including 50-50 raffles, a pulled pork sandwich sale, a lasagna luncheon, bake sales and an annual Soup Cook Off challenge.  Fundraising efforts concluded at the holiday luncheon with an in-house auction of various handmade and donated items as well as several hand crafted evergreen centerpieces.   Mr. George Erichsen, Executive Director for MetCom advised that this year’s efforts raised $2,726.00. “I am so very proud of the support, generosity and kindness that our employees show every year. It’s pretty amazing.” On behalf of the fundraising committee and Metcom employees, a ceremonial check from the fundraising committee was presented to Darene Kleinsorgen, Executive Director, and Howard Thompson, President, Christmas in April St. Mary’s was presented with Board member Steve Willing also present.

Contributing to a local charity has been a longstanding tradition at the Metropolitan Commission in conjunction with the annual employee potluck luncheon. To learn more, or to volunteer with Christmas in April St. Mary’s, please visit their website at www.christmasinaprilsmc.org or email darenek@christmasinaprilsmc.org