Date: May 12, 2010

Contact: Tracy Lynott – Director, Development
443.702.3016 email:

Over 200 Annapolis Area Christian School Children Volunteer at Bello Machre

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Over 200 Annapolis Area Christian School children, parents, and teachers volunteered their time Thursday, April 29, 2010 as part of their annual spring yard clean-up for Bello Machre. 18 groups of middle school children spent the day raking leaves and mulching flowerbeds at 18 different Bello Machre homes located throughout Anne Arundel County. The Annapolis Areas Christian School continues to be the largest volunteer group in the history of Bello Machre.

In addition, the group raised $300 to support the individuals Bello Machre serves through its volunteer efforts cleaning up yards at homes in the community. “We are very excited the spring yard clean up has become an annual tradition at Bello Machre. We are lucky to have such a great group of young adults give back in such a big way,” Dr. Robert Ireland, Bello Machre’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented.

Annapolis Area Christian School (AACS), founded in 1971, is an independent, Christian day school that concentrates on preparing students for college and for life; that has grown into a robust community of learning that is setting the standard for Christian education in the Baltimore/Washington corridor; whose faculty engages students in a rigorous college preparatory program of learning that is enhanced with electives and extracurricular activities; that stresses basic academic skills and an appreciation of the arts; whose aim is to graduate servant leaders who will represent Jesus Christ faithfully in the world; and whose graduates have been accepted at and have graduated from many of the nation’s leading colleges, universities, and military academies.

Bello Machre means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. We provide homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. More importantly, we enrich the lives of those we serve through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Bello Machre also provides help and support to more than 150 individuals and families in their own homes. The Ray of Hope Program provides assistance to individuals and families needing services such as physical therapy, specialized equipment, summer camp, and recreational programs. Our Respite Care Home provides residential support during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day, seven days a week. Bello Machre employs over 300 skilled people and manages over 50 homes in Anne Arundel County and one in Carroll County. It serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin – is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug free workplace. Bello Machre – creating families heart by heart – will your heart be next?