Charities Supported by Cover Your Chin for Charity


Character Counts – Mid Shore
A 501 organization promoting Character Education organization serving Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline Counties in Maryland. We have been a member of the National Character Counts Coalition since 1996 and fully subscribe to their message that “Character Counts, Everywhere, All the Time”.

Our Most Important Audience is Young People
After decades of “values-neutral” teaching strategies, public and private schools alike are once again reinforcing positive values as a foundation for excellence in academics. CCMS school-based strategies, based in the Six Pillars, have been shown to improve the academic climate of schools, leading to measurable improvements in grades, discipline and test results. Our school based programs were evaluated by the Maryland State Department of Education in 2007. MSDE reported that schools that implement Character Counts programs have increased attendance, an increase in honor roll rates, a decrease in office referrals and a decrease in suspensions.

  • Six Pillars
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

mentalMental Health Association in Talbot County – Emergency Veterans Fund
The Veterans Fund program at the Mental Health Association in Talbot County (MHATC) is a one-time, direct assistance program for veterans who do not qualify for typical assistance programs, or may be waiting for their VA benefits to take effect. Men and Woman who receive a grant from the Veterans Fund are in desperate situations; likely in need of medical care for themselves or their children, or in imminent danger of losing their homes, their utilities, transportation and more.

Since beginning this program, MHATC has helped a great many veterans get the emergency funds they have needed to continue productive lives. Requests made to Veterans Fund for assistance far exceed our ability to help some of these family’s through a most difficult time in their lives. 100% of donations received are used directly to benefit United States Military Veterans and their families. Committed to serving those who have served; MHATC takes no administrative fees to operate this program.

Pet Pantries –Print
The mission of Pet Pantries is to keep Bay Water Animal Rescue (formally Dorchester Humane), Caroline, Queen Anne, and Talbot humane’s pet food pantries filled. These pet food pantries are used like food pantries. They enable their owners to keep their furry friends at home, especially during difficult economic times. Believing that no pet should go hungry, Pet Pantries works to ensure that our local shelters have enough pet food to distribute in their communities as needed. Families who need assistance feeding their pets can receive pet food directly from the shelters’ pet food pantries. The organization’s goal is to keep the pet food pantries stocked so that no one will be turned away.

finalbanCritchlow Adkins –
With age appropriate curriculum and appealing settings of our five education centers, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers teachers engage and nurture children’s learning experience. CACC’s tuition assistance program, assures families from all walks of life can access quality enrichment programs for their children. We offer families with two – four year olds year-round Preschool, and for Kindergarten through sixth graders, we offer Before and After School programs. With a combined 100+ years experience in early childhood education, our site directors lead a staff of 37 early learning professionals, guiding them to create the best possible programs for the hundreds of children and families CACC serves. All five sites of Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers have achieved a Maryland EXCELS check level 5 rating by the Maryland State Department of Education. Two resource centers are located in Easton, with others in Cordova, St. Michaels, and Trappe, Maryland.

The Cover Your Chin for Charity Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) charity.  Contributions to the Fund are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law.  A copy of MSCF’s financial statement is available at or by calling 410-820-8175.  Information about MSCF submitted under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act can be obtained from the office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD  21401.