MedStar Montgomery team members build cribs for Hearts & Homes for Youth

Members of MedStar Montgomery’s MedStar Ambassadors came together today to give back to the communities we serve. In a Workforce for Good project coordinated by Leadership Montgomery’s Corporate Volunteer Council program, six MedStar employees built two cribs to be donated to a family in need through Hearts & Homes for Youth over the lunch hour. The cribs will be donated through Hearts & Homes’ Damamli Program to a Maryland teen in foster care expecting twins.

“The timing of this gift couldn’t be more perfect [with twins on the way,]” said Hearts & Homes Foster Care Programs Administrator, Jessica McKinnie.

Tonja Paylor, Director of Marketing & Communications said, “At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, it’s always a privilege to put our SPIRIT values of service and teamwork into action. We are grateful to our partners at Leadership Montgomery and the Corporate Volunteer Program for connecting us to Hearts & Homes for Youth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing and helping teen mothers.”

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, a member of MedStar Health, is dedicated to enhancing the community’s health and well-being by offering high quality, compassionate and personalized care. MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital dedicated to serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas from their location in Olney, Maryland, in the north-eastern corner of Montgomery County. They are proud to be a cornerstone of the community, with a long and rich history dedicated to serving the citizens of Montgomery and surrounding counties.

Hearts & Homes for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, mental health issues, homelessness, and other trauma, to make positive life choices and build brighter futures. They offer programs throughout the state including group homes, therapeutic group homes, foster care, independent living, a program for pregnant and parenting teen mothers, and a workforce readiness program. Their devoted staff of child welfare professionals provides the youth with therapy, academic support, vocational training, case management, advocacy, and life skills training in a nurturing, homelike environment.