Top Notch Prince George’s People (Demo)

There are some good things going on in Prince George’s County.  Sure I want more but I also need to be doing more than just being your friendly neighborhood blogger.  Reading these two articles on our residents sealed it for me.  I’m volunteering to help somebody somewhere soon.  Don’t you love when good news pushes you to do something good too? Rob Howze is helping as the man behind several nonprofits.  He’s tackling childhood obesity with a 5 pronged method and oh, the good he’s doing.  I watched his Youtube video and saw how he connected with the young ones.  Such a difference.  And what can I say about the Hutchinsons of Upper Marlboro? They are gathering people together and one of the most self-centered times of the year to assist the homeless.  I almost cried.  Seriously.  I have to do more and better.

 

Rob Howze
Rob Howze

Rob Howze is the executive director of Mentoring to Manhood, a Bowie-based nonprofit organization that mentors and tutors young Prince George’s County boys ages 12 to 18. Youth who use the program’s weekly tutoring and mentoring services often come from single-mother homes or parents who don’t know how to communicate with their children, Howze said. Boys can stay in the program until they leave high school, paying a fee of $60 a year for mentoring and $180 a year for tutoring. The fee is waived if families can’t afford it. “I always can see the end result,” Howze, 39, said. “Even if it is far away.”  Howze also runs Camp Fit, (see site HERE) a local TV program that empowers youth to lose weight and awards a $1,000 to the participant with the biggest weight loss.  He’s been featured on Huffington Post, WPGC Radio, and other media outlets.  In 2007, he created the World Wide Community, a nonprofit group that emphasizes youth exercise and education and cutting down on teen pregnancy. Therman Evans, Mentoring to Manhood’s board chairman, said that under Howze’s leadership, the organization has grown into a household name. Howze’s ability to inspire others and his energy makes it possible to motivate volunteers to come out on the weekend to work with the youths in the program, Evans said.
Read the entire article from The Gazette This is a young man doing big things.  LOVE IT!!!

 
Louis and Demetra Hutchinson, photo Wash. Post
Louis and Demetra Hutchinson, photo Wash. Post

There’s a couple, Louis and Demetra Hutchinson, that lives in Upper Marlboro helping the homeless in Washington, DC.  They are just awesome.  The Washington Post featured them and their annual Christmas party where some come expecting the normal sparkling party but end up in a basement sorting clothes and shoes, or in the kitchen assembly line preparing filling meals for the homeless.  The Hutchinsons ROCK!!  See the photo gallery along with the article.  It’s just fantastic. From the Post article, “Every year, about half of the guests don’t know what they’re in for,” said Louis Hutchinson, the dad. He’s also a vice president at Constellation Energy and, with his wife, Demetra Hutchinson, heads a virtual ministry that connects people in need with people who can give. The Hutchinsons call it Restore Together. The cornerstone of the ministry — using technology to unite givers and receivers — is articulated in a book, “Restore Together,” and on a Web site, www.restoretogether.com. The Web site is where they link churches, community groups, activists, givers and the needy. The holiday party is one of the Hutchinsons’ main events. Each year, they invite about 100 people to their home. And somewhere between the arugula salad and the apple-cranberry pie, everyone is assigned tasks.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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