Donna’s Place is where young clients of Maryland Legal Aid’s Child Advocacy Unit in Baltimore City come when they visit their attorneys. Located in the lobby on the third floor of Maryland Legal Aid’s Baltimore City office, Donna’s Place stocks toys, books, puzzles, craft materials and other items to engage the young visitors and help them de-stress. Specialty items are distributed based on donations. Donna’s Place also sponsors an annual Holiday Giving program to benefit child clients in the foster care system.
Financial donations to Donna’s Place are greatly appreciated and can be handled online or by check or money order:
- Make your check or money order payable to: Maryland Legal Aid
- Complete the Donation Pledge Card.
- Mail your pledge card and check or money order to:
Maryland Legal Aid
Attn: Joan Little
500 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
About Donna’s Place
As a children’s advocate at Maryland Legal Aid for 10 years, Donna Burton devoted herself to improving the lives of children. She had the unique ability to turn the most difficult challenges into triumphs. Her devotion to her work was surpassed only by the friendships she gave to all who worked with her. Donna’s Place is named in her memory.
Donna’s Place Activities
- Holiday Giving – In 2002, the Holiday Giving Program was developed to provide food baskets for needy families. Since then it has grown into a carefully orchestrated effort to provide individualized gifts to abused and neglected children in need. Each year, attorneys and paralegals identify children for the program and with the support of the Child Advocacy Unit staff, hundreds of children are able to enjoy meaningful and memorable holidays.
- Summer Literacy – This program started in 2000 to promote literacy in children, kindergarten through third grade. Special days are also set aside for teenagers. Each summer more than 100 children are served. For six to eight weeks, staff volunteer to read to children three mornings each week and create craft projects.
- Teen Success – Established in 2000, Teen Success Day is a group enrichment activity for teens in out-of-home care. This program is held annually at Donna’s Place during spring break and serves approximately 70 children. The goal of this program is to prepare young people for independence through knowledge of careers, educational options, and finances.
- Halloween – In 2001, the Child Advocacy Unit began offering trick-or-treating in its offices in downtown Baltimore. Child clients dress up in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat from door to door in a safe place. The staff decorate the hallways and dress up to greet the children. After trick-or-treating, the children are given goodie bags containing books and other small gifts.
- Client Emergency Fund – Donna’s Place also provides a small emergency fund for abused and neglected child clients when all other resources have been exhausted. One example is a young man who needed to purchase school supplies for summer school before he could attend college. On another occasion, the funds were used to provide a special gift for a client–an attorney created a photo album chronicling the client’s adoption.