Our signature projects

The Annapolis Jaycees are involved in numerous activities in the community throughout

the year.

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

crawls.

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