ST. MICHAELS — The St. Michaels Community Center is surveying the local community to help shape its future programs and services. St. Michaels and Bay Hundred area residents are encouraged to participate, with the 3-minute survey available online at bit.ly/smccsurvey20.

A paper version of the survey will also be available at the St. Michaels Post Office, Treasure Cove Thrift Shop, Graul’s Market, local churches and other locations.

“Our current programming is emergency-focused and already has a very strong purpose that will continue well into the near future,” said SMCC Advisory Board Member Karen Footner. “The information received in this very short survey will help inform the case for supporting the long term future of SMCC.”

SMCC announced in April that the Maryland General Assembly has appropriated funds that must be matched for an engineering study and architectural design to be completed in order to renovate SMCC’s building at 103 Railroad Ave., St. Michaels.

Built for use as a lumber warehouse in 1940, SMCC’s building has received minimal upgrades since then. State Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, sponsored the bill, with SMCC Advisory Board member Langley Shook testifying at a joint hearing to support it.

“Our community and the SMCC team thank the generous donors who already have matched these state funds as required by the legislation,” Shook said. “The people of St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred area need and deserve a sounder, safer facility to better serve the community — something we all can be proud of. This is made more evident during the current COVID-19 crisis, where SMCC has been designated as the Bay Hundred’s food distribution hub.”

The St. Michaels Community Center promotes and provides quality activities and services contributing to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the community.

SMCC is dedicated to filling the unmet needs of the Bay Hundred and St. Michaels communities by providing supervised program opportunities for the enrichment of children and teens; activities and services for adults and senior citizens; and affordable recreational, social and educational activities to community residents of all ages, regardless of ethnicity, gender or economic status.

Charitable donations to SMCC and sales proceeds from its Treasure Cove thrift shop in St. Michaels support the nonprofit’s year-round programs and services for people who live throughout the Bay Hundred area. A link to the needs assessment survey and more information is at stmichaelscc.org.

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