The Towson – Catonsville (MD) Alumni Chapter (TCAC) is dedicated to serving the needs of Baltimore County. We take pride in developing and engaging in meaningful and sustainable projects that benefit from our direct involvement and have a positive impact on the community. We also take pleasure in devoting our time and energy to support the health and welfare of our community.
Since 2014, the TCAC has served the underprivileged in Catonsville, Maryland through the Catonsville men’s shelter. The Chapter donates clothes to the men’s shelter throughout the year. The clothes include but are not limited to winter coats, suits, sportscoats, ties, and socks.
We have also developed relationships with Grace AME Church (Catonsville, MD), Mt Calvary AME Church and the Towson Presbyterian Church both located in Towson, MD. We have supported both Grace AME and Mt Calvary AME with support for their Thanksgiving dinners, food giveaways and Christmas toy drives. This summer we assisted the Towson Presbyterian Church with a backpack drive for Dumbarton Middle School in Towson. Backpacks were packed with essential school supplies for needy students. In addition to the backpack project, we also assisted the Church with the Student Support Network Essentials Bags Poverty Project.
The Student Support Network’s mission is to assist students in poverty and those experiencing homelessness in Baltimore County Public Schools and to advocate on their behalf. As part of this mission, the Network is resolved to improve communication, intentionally create inclusive programs, and work to end disparities in access to resources. TCAC members assisted the Student Support Network in packing approximately 200 bags of weekly essentials for families of students of the Loch Raven Technical Academy located in Towson, MD.
Finally, In May the Social Action Committee hosted its first webinar. The Covid-19 town hall event explored the issues of COV-19 from both clinical and mental health perspectives. It also addressed the concerns and anxiety of the vaccine in minority and underserved communities. Additionally, minority communities are among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic
but have lower rates of vaccination than other groups. As of March 2021, most patients who have received at least one dose of the COVID – 19 vaccines were White (67%), Hispanic (9%), Black (5%) and Asian (2%).
The event began by Eastern Province Polemarch, Charles E. Exum Jr. giving words of encouragement and afterwards health care professionals and men of Kappa, Shedrick McCall, Ed.D. initiated at Fort Lee Alumni and Marius Chukwurah, M.D. initiated at Theta Chi addressed the many issues that Covid – 19 and the vaccine have caused in minority and underserved communities. The webinar lasted well over an hour with both Doctors answering questions from the audience via the TCAC moderator Ian Valines. 96 of the 100 tickets that were available for the event were purchased. and the Chapter’s Eventbrite page was viewed over 800 times.