Harford County Department of Community Services

Harford County Department of Community Services Welcome to the Harford County Department of Community Services. We work daily to meet the needs of our seniors, youth, persons with disabilities, and those struggling to overcome addiction.
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Community Services is comprised, Office of Drug Control Policy, Office on Aging, Community Mediation, Volunteer Harford, the Local Management Board, Commission for Women, Commission for Disabilities, Youth Commission, Human Relations Commission, and grants.

06/03/2020

It's easy to feel defeated, especially during these difficult times, but remember, hard work pays off. When 17-year-old Debbie Reynolds landed the role as Kathy Seldon in “Singing in the Rain,” she had never danced before. On a particularly difficult day, Reynolds had just about given up and was crying under a piano when Fred Astaire saw her and asked what was wrong. She said dancing was just too hard. Astaire had Reynolds follow him to his own rehearsal, where she watched as he struggled and pushed himself over and over to get the choreography just right. He looked at her and said, “You see how hard it is? It never gets easier. Now go and learn it.” And she did, with a little help from a pro.

In the midst of these trying times, here's something soothing to think about: Persistence and FaithAfter the first pilot...
06/02/2020

In the midst of these trying times, here's something soothing to think about: Persistence and Faith
After the first pilot of “Star Trek” failed miserably, it was a determined Lucille Ball, known for her comedic ability, who got the show off the ground. Ball was instrumental in the everyday operations of her production company, Desilu Studios, which also produced “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In search of another show, the studio contemplated “Star Trek” and “Mission Impossible.” Ball chose “Star Trek,” despite opposition from her staff. After the first pilot bombed, NBC gave the show another shot and Ball paid for it herself. Her persistence and faith in what she believed resulted in the show’s ultimate success and a staple for science fiction television in the 1960s.

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: The Power of EncouragementActor James Earl Jones su...
06/01/2020

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: The Power of Encouragement
Actor James Earl Jones suffered from a stutter growing up. It was so bad he didn’t speak to anyone except his immediate family for fear of being ostracized. It wasn’t until he entered high school and met his English teacher and poet, Donald Crouch, who encouraged Jones to recite his own poetry, join the debate team and do dramatic readings. Jones, who lent his booming voice to characters such as Darth Vader in “Star Wars” and Mufasa in Disney’s “The Lion King,” refers to Crouch as “the father of my voice” who helped him become the successful man he is.

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: Think on this - One Step at a TimeAuthor Anne Lamot...
05/31/2020

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: Think on this - One Step at a Time
Author Anne Lamott shared a story from her childhood in her how-to book “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.” When her older brother was 10 years old, he was trying to write a report on birds. He’d had three months to write it, but it was due the next day. The family was at their cabin in Bolinas and the boy was close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the huge task ahead. “Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: Everyone Makes Mistakes – You’re Only HumanBilly Jo...
05/30/2020

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: Everyone Makes Mistakes – You’re Only Human
Billy Joel is one of America’s best singer/songwriters, yet he attempted suicide early in his music career. After going on to record multiple hits and receive several awards, Joel was asked to write a song that would help with teenage suicide prevention. He wrote “You’re Only Human (Second Wind).” While recording, Joel made a mistake and laughed. He decided to keep the mistake and laugh in the song to show that he is human and even as successful as he is, still makes mistakes. The song has helped many people through dark times in their lives. If you or anyone you may know is thinking of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: Don’t judge a book by its coverEveryone has a story...
05/29/2020

In the midst of these trying times, here's something to think about: Don’t judge a book by its cover
Everyone has a story, like the 24-year-old boy traveling with his father on a train who suddenly shouted excitedly, “Dad, look the trees are going behind!” His father nodded as the boy shouted again, “Dad, look the clouds are running with us!” A young couple sitting nearby, noticed the 24-year-old’s childish behavior with pity and asked the father, “Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The father smiled and said, “I did. We are just coming from the hospital. My son was blind from birth and he just got his eyes today.” Don’t judge a person for you never their story.

Think on this: Life is what you make of itAre you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? A father posed that question to hi...
05/28/2020

Think on this: Life is what you make of it
Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? A father posed that question to his daughter, who complained to him her life was miserable and she was tired of struggling. He showed her what he meant, putting three pots of water on the stove to boil. He put potatoes in one, eggs in another, and coffee beans in the last and let them boil for 20 minutes. He took each out and turned to his daughter, explaining that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity, the boiling water, yet each reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water became soft and weak. The egg was fragile at first but came out hardened. The coffee beans, however, were unique. Once exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new. When adversity knocks on your door, how will you respond?

05/27/2020
Harford County Government

Harford County Government

Social distancing has us all feeling isolated, so how about a countywide, virtual game of catch? Watch as kids, pets, families, County Executive Barry Glassman and Director of Administration William K Boniface join the fun!

Think on this - Everyone has worthA young boy went into a pet store to look at puppies. When he asked about one puppy th...
05/27/2020

Think on this - Everyone has worth
A young boy went into a pet store to look at puppies. When he asked about one puppy that was limping, the owner smiled and told him the puppy was born without a hip socket. The little boy got very excited and said he wanted to buy him. The owner tried to dissuade him: “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.” Rolling up his pants leg to reveal a big metal brace that supported his leg, the little boy softly said, “I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”

Think on this: Strength comes from withinWilliam Ernest Henley was a 19th century poet who suffered from tuberculosis. A...
05/26/2020

Think on this: Strength comes from within
William Ernest Henley was a 19th century poet who suffered from tuberculosis. After losing his left leg at age 16, the disease continued to ravage his body, requiring multiple surgeries and nearly taking his right leg as well. During his recovery, he wrote the poem “Invictus” – Latin for unconquered – which outlines the inner strength Henley summoned to get him through the disease and painful recovery. The poem inspires many to draw strength from inside them to fight the battle before them.

Think on this: Unclutter your mind.Every day, Queen Elizabeth II eats the same breakfast, Mark Zuckerberg wears a zip-up...
05/21/2020

Think on this: Unclutter your mind.

Every day, Queen Elizabeth II eats the same breakfast, Mark Zuckerberg wears a zip-up hoodie, jeans and T-shirt and Steve Jobs wore a black turtleneck, jeans and white New Balance shoes. Why? Because it’s one less decision to make in a day. It limits “decision fatigue,” what happens when someone makes so many decisions they begin to make bad ones.

05/20/2020
Harford County Government

Harford County Government

Everyone counts in the 2020 Census … even your perfect children.
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Think on this: Walking soothes the soulLudwig van Beethoven, who worked every morning and walked after lunch, wrote his ...
05/19/2020

Think on this: Walking soothes the soul

Ludwig van Beethoven, who worked every morning and walked after lunch, wrote his sixth symphony, the Pastoral Symphony, to reflect his love of nature. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said walking was the best medicine: “If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you’re still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” There are lots of things today to stress you out – get outside, take a walk and breathe in the fresh air to wash away the stress.

05/18/2020
Virtual Youth Celebration & 2020 Youth of the Year Announcement

Watch the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil County’s first ever virtual Youth Celebration Event. It features speeches from 5 amazing Youth of the Year candidates and the event’s keynote speaker, Kerri Lambert, the 2004 Youth of the Year and current mental health worker. The event culminates in the announcement of the 2020 Youth of the Year, who will go on to compete in the Maryland Youth of the Year. Be sure to stay tuned in until the end for the bloopers!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTCveT8awY4

This year's Youth Celebration and the announcement of the 2020 Youth of the Year goes VIRTUAL! Viewers will hear the amazing stories of our youth candidates ...

Think on this: More than a coincidence?A British man long ago credited World War II singer Vera Lynn with saving his lif...
05/14/2020

Think on this: More than a coincidence?

A British man long ago credited World War II singer Vera Lynn with saving his life. During the war, the British government allowed entertainment to continue, even during nighttime bombing raids at the hands of the Nazis. This particular Brit was on his way home, heard the concert and stopped in. Had he not stopped for the music and continued home, he likely would have died that night, when his house was destroyed by one of the bombings.

Think on this: Don’t despair.Walt Disney once said: “Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago ...
05/12/2020

Think on this: Don’t despair.

Walt Disney once said: “Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when the business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb, and disaster seemed right around the corner.” One simple drawing, done at someone’s lowest of lows, brought the highest of highs.

Here’s something to tweet about: The 2020 Census helps secure a fair allocation of federal funding in Harford County for...
05/11/2020

Here’s something to tweet about: The 2020 Census helps secure a fair allocation of federal funding in Harford County for job training, business loans transportation & more. - Fill out the 2020 Census today at www.2020Census.gov.

Think on this: Be humble and kind.Sir Paul McCartney once told an interviewer he carries a small harmonica with him at a...
05/07/2020

Think on this: Be humble and kind.

Sir Paul McCartney once told an interviewer he carries a small harmonica with him at all times. He recalled being in an airport and seeing a mom having a particularly hard time with her child. McCartney sat down next to them and started playing, much to the delight of the child, who stopped crying. McCartney, the famous singer and songwriter, smiled and continued on his way.

Think on this: You are not aloneWhen Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, died, the animators at Walt Disney Company ...
05/05/2020

Think on this: You are not alone

When Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, died, the animators at Walt Disney Company sent a drawing to Henson’s company to share their grief and offer comfort over the sudden loss. It was of Mickey Mouse comforting Kermit the Frog. The gesture is an example of what Author Shannon Alder said: “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

Think on this: Everyone matters. A college professor gave his students a quiz. One student was stumped by the last quest...
05/01/2020

Think on this: Everyone matters.

A college professor gave his students a quiz. One student was stumped by the last question: What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school? The student had seen the woman many times, but didn’t know her name, so he left the question blank. The professor said it would count toward his grade, and that “In your career, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if what you do is just smile and say hello.” The woman’s name was Dorothy, the student learned. He never forgot that lesson.

You count in a crisis like COVID-19. Census data determines how billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated for ...
04/29/2020

You count in a crisis like COVID-19. Census data determines how billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated for hospitals, public safety, schools & more. Take the 2020 Census today.

It’s easy, it’s safe and it’s important. https://2020census.gov/

Watch on Monday, April 20
04/19/2020

Watch on Monday, April 20

COVID-19 update & the FY21 budget in Harford County with County Executive Barry Glassman Monday, April 20 at 7:45 a.m. on WBFF FOX 45

Remaining Calm in a CrisisIn his book, “Mandela’s Way,” Richard Stengel tells a story about traveling with Nelson Mandel...
04/17/2020

Remaining Calm in a Crisis
In his book, “Mandela’s Way,” Richard Stengel tells a story about traveling with Nelson Mandela, the South African president. Stengel, Mandela’s official biographer, Mandela, and other officials were aboard a plane when the engines stalled and the plane started to plummet to earth. Everyone started to panic except Mandela, who continued to calmly read his newspaper. The passengers looked at him and eventually started to calm down. The plane’s engines started up again and the plane leveled out. When they landed, Mandela said he was happy to be off the plane and admitted how scared he had been. Stengel asked why he didn’t panic. Mandela said if he had panicked, everyone would have panicked; but if he stayed calm, everyone would remain calm.

04/13/2020
Harford County Government

Harford County Government

Harford Executive Barry Glassman’s FY2021 Budget Recommends Full Funding for School Operations; Record Funding for Public Safety & Libraries; No Tax Increases. The budget also maintains county reserves for fiscal uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video:

Harford County Public Schools Harford County Sheriff's Office Harford County Public Library Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page The Humane Society of Harford County The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region UM Upper Chesapeake Health The Harford Center

Maryland Department of Health - Substance Use Disorders
04/06/2020

Maryland Department of Health - Substance Use Disorders

Now more than ever we need each other during these uncertain times. If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone supportive, call 211 and press 1, or text 898-211, or visit pressone.211md.org

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🥎 Senior Softball sign-up extended to March 25th. Opening days begin: April 7 & 9! For online registration go to: www.hcseniorsoftball.com 🥎
The Harford County Senior Softball league is now welcoming all new and returning players from ages [45-70+] for the upcoming 2020 season. [Ballplayers from surrounding counties and states are encouraged to join as well.] Additional details about the league and an online registration link can be found on our website: http://www.hcseniorsoftball.com/ New and current players can also contact Mike Laird, League President, who can be reached at [email protected].
The Harford County Senior Softball league is now welcoming players from ages [45-70+] for the upcoming 2019 season. Ballplayers from surrounding counties and states are especially encouraged to join as well. Additional details about the league and an online registration link can be found on our website:
Please join us 🎶 For tickets and more information email [email protected]
The Harford County Senior Softball league is now welcoming players from ages [45-70+] for the upcoming 2018 season. Additional details about the league and an online registration link can be found on our website: http://www.hcseniorsoftball.com/ [And open to non-county residents too.]
Can someone tell me who to contact because we are not getting our mail. I have called the post office 2 days in a row assured we have mail backing up. Someone parks in an authorized spot however the person now delivering the mail will not scoot in to our box row. PO said to call the county and have the sign changed "no parking" in front of the boxes. They are not directly in front of the boxes just in a spot that makes it difficult for their truck to pull up. Thanks