The inaugural Alumni Board Service Project took place on March 29 at the American Cancer Society Baltimore Hope Lodge. Members of the Alumni Board prepared dinner for a group of cancer patients and their caregivers, temporarily residing at the facility while undergoing treatment locally.

Coordinated by the Engagement Committee, with support from several members of the Board, the event was a great success.

Members of the Alumni Board at the American Cancer Society Baltimore Hope Lodge

The alumni volunteers were grateful to have received a generous donation from Terra’s Kitchen. Thanks to the generosity of two members of the company’s marketing team, Jaime Elwood ’01 and Mike Tyler ’02, the Board received ingredients for a delicious chicken dish to be served to the forty guests dining that evening. Following the meal preparation, volunteers were able to sit down and enjoy dinner (and a few rounds of Bingo) with the guests.

Volunteers and Terra's Kitchen

Guests of the Hope Lodge are normally responsible for their own dinner, in an effort to help maintain a sense of normalcy while they're away from home. However, it was evident that the guests were very pleased to have new friends to socialize with and a meal prepared for them. The night was incredibly meaningful and afforded our outstanding Board Members the opportunity to connect with a truly inspirational group.

Last year, the American Cancer Society Baltimore Hope Lodge served 300 cancer patients traveling away from home to treatment by providing 3,500 nights of free lodging, saving families half a million dollars in lodging costs. Free transportation is also offered to transport the patients to their treatments in Baltimore City.