WHY I GIVE: MARIANNE HARMS
“There are so many ways to contribute,” said Marianne Harms of Huntingtown, “from giving a few hours of your time to an organization that needs volunteers to donating canned goods to the local food pantry. Even the smallest things make a big difference.”
“Every time you do something nice,” she added, “it inspires someone else to do something nice, too.” Since moving to Calvert in 1987, the grandmother of five has given her time, energy and expertise to numerous local charities including Asbury Solomons, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Calvert Marine Museum and Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.
Her views on philanthropy were shaped at a very early age. The oldest of five children whose father was a military pilot, she lived in 21 different places. Marianne vividly recalls the poverty she saw firsthand as a young girl living on a primitive base in Libya. “As I look back, it makes me value the life I’m privileged to have as an American and the opportunities we have. I think we have to give back and help those in need because we’re so lucky.”
Her advice for getting started: “Just join in something that interests you and give them a few hours of your time.” A longtime supporter of Calvert Memorial, Marianne along with her husband, John Harms, Sr. has made many contributions to the hospital, including serving on the Woman’s Wellness committee and volunteering for the ball committee as well as offering financial support. In 2007, they donated the funds to create a healing garden at CMH.
“The hospital has been such a source of comfort to us over the years,” she said. “I’ve always appreciated the excellent care we’ve received and remember well the kindness and compassion of the staff.”
“It’s very reassuring to know that CMH is there to take care of you when you need help,” she added. “We’re really very fortunate that the hospital has grown as our needs have increased.”
If you’re looking for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference, please visit www.calverthospital.org to learn more about how the CMH Foundation is supporting the hospital’s mission to improve the lives of your family, friends and neighbors in our community.
An avid gardener and pet lover, Marianne Harms shares the family farm with German Shepherd, Juma, and two cats, who have adopted her.