The Annapolis Jaycees are involved in numerous activities in the community throughout
Light House Shelter: Approximately 6 times per year, the Annapolis Jaycees prepare
dinner for the residents of the Lighthouse Shelter, a homeless shelter on Hudson St. in
Annapolis. Volunteers prepare and serve the meal to residents, then clean up afterwards.
Eight volunteers can participate each time.
Special Olympics at the Naval Academy (April): Each year, the Jaycees partner with the
Anne Arundel County Special Olympics to host a State Qualifier at the Naval Academy.
Athletes from various counties in MD participate in swimming and track and field
events throughout the course of this two-day event. Midshipmen from the Naval
Academy work one-on-one with athletes, helping them get to their events and cheering
them on. Volunteers from the Jaycees and the community help run the events, including
timing/scoring and handing out awards.
Angel Tree (November/December): Each year, the Annapolis Jaycees “adopts” 15-20
families from the Department of Social Services for the holidays. Then, volunteers from
the group buy and wrap gifts for the children in the families. In addition, we collect food
donations from local grocery stores so that each family has food for a holiday meal.
Before the holidays, Jaycees members deliver the food and gifts to the families.
Grand Illumination (November/December): Each year, the Annapolis Jaycees sponsors
the lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Annapolis. Community members gather
to watch local groups perform holiday songs and dances, while Jaycees members serve
hot chocolate. The evening culminates with a visit from Santa Claus and the
illumination of the tree!
Hanging of the Greens (December): Every year, the Annapolis Jaycees decorate 60-70
businesses in downtown Annapolis with fresh greens, lights, and bows for the holiday
season. Many volunteers are needed to make this event a success!
Downing of the Browns (January): After the holidays are over, volunteers are needed to
take down the greens (which are most likely now brown) from the businesses on which
they were hung. Again, many volunteers are needed for this event!
*In addition to the events listed above, the Annapolis Jaycees may also volunteer at
festivals or other community events and host social events, such as happy hours and bar