Men for Change Outreach recognizes outstanding community service

The Men for Change Outreach of Federalsburg recently honored, from left, Kenneth Briggs, Pastor Wanda Lake, John Briggs, Joe Adams, Savannah Winston, Pastor Marci Bryant and Kenny Johnson Sr.

FEDERALSBURG — Men for Change Outreach recently honored six neighbors and leaders who unselfishly give back to the Federalsburg community.

The organization hosted its ninth annual Community Appreciation Award Event on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Civic League Community Center in Federalsburg. Nearly 150 people packed the Civic Center to celebrate and honor the recipients.

During the event, Men For Change Outreach shone a spotlight on some well-deserving community leaders who work behind the scenes. President David Ricks said the event serves as an opportunity to acknowledge the community leaders’ presence and bring their notable contributions to the forefront.

This year’s honorees included Joseph Adams; Kenneth and John Briggs of Briggs Bros. Plumbing, Inc.; Pastor Wanda Lake; Kenny Johnson Sr.; and Savannah Winston of Van Tech Business Solutions. They were selected based on the criteria of demonstrating moral integrity and strong leadership in the family, church, community and on the job.

Pastor Stanford Ricks, vice-president of the non-profit organization, recognized the importance of volunteerism and community service. “ Without the efforts of these civic-minded, caring individuals, many needs would go unmet,” he said. “They reach out and touch lives by sharing their time, talent and resources to meet the needs and make a difference.”

Officials presented each honoree with a beautiful plaque in recognition of their service and dedication.

They also presented a plaque to Brenda Richards on behalf of her late husband, Bishop Lewis Richards Sr., in remembrance and appreciation for his support.

Certificates of appreciation were awarded to three Men For Change interns for their participation in the youth program: Ja’mier Bivens, Olivia Nicole Thompson and Romar Jones.

The event featured the Gospel Souls of Federalsburg who ministered a stirring performance of gospel music that inspired the audience to hand clapping and foot stomping.

Dr. Marci Bryant, founder of Building the Virtuous Temple Ministries, was the keynote speaker. The text of her message was Matthew 14:22-28. She encouraged the audience to stay faithful to the work that God had called them to do. Her challenge to them was “to step up and step out to Jesus.”

A plaque also was awarded to Bryant for her dedicated community service and pastoral work in the community.

A moment of silence was held in memory of deceased Men For Change members Charles Batson, Blakey Pinckens and Henry Wilson.

The organization thanked the community, sponsors and donors for their ongoing support, involvement and prayers. “We appreciate your support and contributions,” Ricks said. “Without your help we would not be able to fulfill our mission to serve our youth and local families.”

For more information, to volunteer or to donate, contact Ricks at 443-786-5182.

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