MD AAHAM-About our Mission to Give Back
The Charitable Committee was formed in 2014 as a way to organize our charitable contributions and further our passion for helping the communities in which we live. The committee’s mission is simple, to offer assistance in the form of resources and financial aid to those in need in areas which Maryland AAHAM members work and live. Our reward is great. Through the few short years we have helped various organizations further their missions of helping Marylanders.
What's New for 2021
Johns Hopkins India Institute COVID Crisis Relief
As the COVID-19 crisis worsens in India, the Johns Hopkins India Institute (JHII) is asking its community to get involved and consider donating.
Based on inputs from our many partners across India, JHII is supporting short term as well as longer-term needs. Our focus areas include Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal where JHU has longstanding collaborations and vetted partnerships. Donations are being used to procure and distribute resources such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, PPE to Indian facilities and organizations most in need, support surveillance efforts, fund antigen and PCR testing, development of layperson and clinical education materials for COVID management, spark communication campaigns to counter vaccine hesitancy, and promote the work of longstanding and trusted partners from across the country.
Would you please help us spread the word? Some of the things you and your constituents can do include:
Forwarding this email to your community
Following us on Twitter @JHU_India and liking/retweeting https://twitter.com/JHU_India
For faculty and staff, learning about the JHII COVID Task Force here: https://indiainstitute.jhu.edu/covid-19-response-relief/
Consider making a contribution—the link to the giving site is here and some of the descriptions of the organizations we are directly supporting are on the JHII COVID Task Force page. We are updating the list regularly based on what our partners on the ground are identifying as critical needs. All funds to the Johns Hopkins India COVID-19 Emergency Fund are 100% supporting the response in India and are tax-deductible. Alternatively, you can contribute directly to the organizations listed below.
If you have any additional ideas for making a greater impact, including around making a sustained impact and strengthening health systems for the future, email JHII@jhu.edu. Lastly, we also know that many of our faculty, staff and students who have families in India have been greatly affected. We are working to set up a list of support services that can be accessed should you need them.
Amita Gupta M.D., M.H.S.
Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins India Institute
Professor of Medicine & International Health
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
David Peters M.D., DrPH
Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins India Institute
Edgar Berman Chair in International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
FOR DONATIONS TO PARTNERS
Each of these partners have provided specific requests for assistance:
Mission Vayu: The Pune Platform for COVID Response (PPCR) is a public-private partnership working with JHU collecting funds for 250 BiPAPs and 4,000 oxygen concentrators for the hotspots in Maharashtra. (Accepts donations from both U.S. and India)
YRG Care (Chennai and Multiple other locations across India): Currently, JHU collaborates with YRG’s 16 Integrated Care Centers (ICCs). YRG Care will leverage this network of centers and ongoing projects to address COVID-19 needs in Southern and Western India, including ramping up high-quality point-of-care antigen testing, providing non-medical support to healthcare workers and below poverty level communities, and providing care support to those with COVID. (Accepts donations from both U.S. and India)
Bal Umang Drishya Sanstha (BUDS) (Delhi, West Bengal): BUDS, a JHU partner, will channel funds towards COVID Relief Health Camps, primary care services, distribution of Ready to Use Food Supplements for malnourished children, and address vaccine hesitation and access. (Accepts donations from both U.S. and India)
Give India: Provide oxygen to help India breathe again: This fundraising platform is supporting critical COVID patients, charitable hospitals and COVID Care Centres. (Accepts donations from both US and India)
JHPIEGO: Contributions to JHPIEGO’s COVID-19 Response Fund for India will prepare health workers with critical skills, supplies an emotional support during this new phase of the pandemic. (Accepts donations from U.S. only)
India Philanthropy Alliance: Several of JHII’s Advisory Board Members have organized 14 key partners that work in India for direct response to COVID. These include Pratham, WISH, Project ECHO, AIF. (Accepts donations from both U.S. and India)
KEM Hospital (Pune, India): JHU partners with King Edward Memorial Hospital, a 550-bed NGO tertiary care facility in Pune, on clinical research. They are channeling funds to ICU beds, monitors for condition and vital signs, ventilators, infusion pumps, and defibrillators. (Accepts donations from India only)
Child In Need Institute (Kolkata, West Bengal): CINI, a JHU partner, will channel funds towards COVID-19 testing, providing families with non-medical resources such as masks, hygiene products, and food assistance, COVID-19 awareness and prevention via public health messaging, and staffing COVID Assistance Centers. (Accepts donations from India only)
AAHAM AMOR Cookbook
The Chapters are pleased to announce the “AAHAM Cooks” Cookbook is ready for Sale!
The members of the Carolina, Georgia, Keystone, Maryland, Philadelphia, Three Rivers and Virginia Chapters of AAHAM along with the Amor Healing created a cookbook to support the Amor Healing Kitchen.
The AMOR Healing Kitchen makes and delivers nutritious, healthy food (using in season organic (when possible) ingredients sourced from local and surrounding area farms) made with love by youth volunteers. On a weekly basis, AMOR’s Teen Chefs and Kitchen Mentors prepare delicious, nutritious meals for people undergoing or recovering from medical treatments such as Cancer, Diabetes, and HIV. These meals are delivered to those in need by AMOR’s Delivery Angels every Friday.
Cookbook (including both hard copy AND e-book versions) - Price $15
AMOR T-shirts - Price $22
AMOR Aprons - Price $32
Items can be purchased at: https://www.amorhealingkitchen.org/aaham-fundraiser.html
To view/download the AAHAM AMOR Cookbook flyer Click Here
The Cookbook and AMOR products would make a wonderful Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Gift!
Items will be shipped starting the week of April 12, 2021.
Please show your support for this worthy cause.
And a big Thank You to all the Maryland Chapter of AAHAM members
that contributed to this fabulous cookbook !!
Charitable Committee Survey
Reach out to Stacie Hamilton with any ideas or information at email@example.com. We are always happy to hear your feedback.
It is our goal to ensure that our communities’ benefit from all your hard work and generosity. We will send out communications as events draw closer so that all who wish to be involved have the chance. Since 2013, we have contributed more than $13,000 to charities around our region, including Calvert Hospice, Back the Blue, Children’s Hospital, Ed Block Foundation, the Soldiers Fund, Angel Park and many more. We know this past few year has been challenging for everyone and we are committed to being a constant resource for hope and development in our community.
Interested In Becoming Involved?
Maryland AAHAM is looking for hands to help our mission! If you are interested in getting involved, we would love to have you. Do not hesitate to reach out with inquiries or information on local charities that could use our support.
We are looking for volunteers that are interested in donating their time or resources.
If you have time, ideas, or both, please contact Stacie Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org.