FY 2020 Annual Report
We are pleased to release our Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report which represents the scope and impact of our services and documents our progress and accomplishments.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Exclusive Virtual Wine Tasting 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Main Event (Virtual) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tickets are $85 each and include:
  • Party Pack with two bottles of premium wine from The Bottle Shop
  • Wine must be picked up between 5/6 - 5/13
  • Exclusive virtual wine tasting at 6:00 pm
  • Main program and entertainment at 7:00 pm
  • Celebrate the connections of the CaringMatters community
  • Enjoy a musical performance by award-winning jazz pianist, singer-songwriter, music director, and educator, Mark G. Meadows

There is no charge to attend the main program only.
Click HERE to request the link.

Sponsorships still available. Learn more.
All proceeds benefit CaringMatters' programs for people
facing serious illness, caregiving challenges and grief.
Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Z. Slavin & Theresa Testoni
2021 Early Sponsors

Premier Sponsors
Sandy Spring Bank / Ken & Julie Cook
Refined Sponsors
Lisa & Sean Creamer
Bill Hard
Select Sponsors
Debra Berner
2021 Host Committee

Lawrence Center
Sue DeGraba
Dominique Duong
Lawrence Eldridge
Al Johnson
Lynne Lewis
Mark Mann
Cara Marks
Steve Ornstein
Audrey Rothstein
Jacquie Tennant
Tori Tomlinson
Melissa Urofsky
Katy Vilardo
Bereaved Caregivers Workshop
Friday, April 30 - Sunday, May 2, 2021

CaringMatters' new Bereaved Caregivers Workshop is a special, no cost, virtual weekend workshop for former full-time caregivers whose loved one died within the past 18 months.

Participant requirements/information:
  • At least 21 years old
  • Resident of Montgomery County, MD
  • Able to use Zoom
  • No charge to participants
  • Workshop schedule:
Friday, April 30: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 1: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 2: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Participants will:
  • Connect with other former caregivers to share experiences and grief
  • Practice self-care and relaxation
  • Commemorate their loved one with gratitude
  • Refocus their life now that the caregiving role has ended

For more information, contact:
Jim Rossi, Director of Adult Bereavement Services, jimr@caringmatters.org
Volunteer Helping Hands Update
We're happy to announce that we are now accepting referrals for in-person companionship/respite visits with staff and volunteers who have been fully vaccinated. For information about the program, visit our website.

Information and referrals, contact:
Penny Gladhill at pennyg@caringmatters.org or 301-990-0852
Healthcare Decisions Day
Honoring the Medical Wishes of Those We Love:
A Latino Community Perspective
Friday, April 16, 2021 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Healthcare Decisions Day is a national campaign to raise awareness about the needs of those with serious illness. Join us for a free Spanish language webinar with members of the Latino community to discuss:

  • Unique considerations for honoring the healthcare wishes of loved ones
  • Successful strategies for these important conversations
  • Community resources
  • Program will be in Spanish with English translation
  • Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Care for Your Health (moderator)
  • Maria Alvarez (caregiver) Office Manager, CaringMatters
  • Lissa Berroa-Garcia, MD, Hospice and Palliative Care Physician, Montgomery Hospice
  • Rosa Guzman, Community Health Promotora, Montgomery County Latino Health Initiative
  • Rev. David Wells, Pastor, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
Who should attend?
Anyone concerned about, serving or touched by serious illness in the Latino community, including healthcare providers, hospice and palliative care staff, payers, patients and caregivers.

Other details:
  • Online registration required to receive CEUs; Register HERE
  • CEU registration will close 24 hours prior to event.


For more information, contact: 
Jackie Ogg, jackieo@rcn.com, 301-537-5627
Cecilia Alava, calava2643@comcast.net, 301-273-9263 (Spanish)

Download flyers below and please share widely!
Camp Erin
Drive-In Kick-off / Interactive Virtual Activities

Friday, May 21, 2021 (afternoon) -
Sunday, May 23, 2021 (afternoon)

This dynamic program is a free, weekend-long camp experience for children and teens, ages 6-17, grieving the death of someone close to them that combines interactive activities with grief education and emotional support.

  • Hybrid format:
  • Friday night: In-person drive-in kickoff at Bar-T, Laytonsville, MD
  • Saturday & Sunday: interactive, virtual events on Zoom
  • Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers
  • Program and "Camp in a Box" materials provided free of charge
  • Space is limited
  • Application deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021, 3:00 pm

Registration, contact:
Penny Gladhill at pennyg@caringmatters.org or 301-990-0852
The Whole You
Eva Cowen, CaringMatters' Community Resource Specialist with The Whole You Program, was the guest on a recent episode of Engage@Home, the YouTube Channel of the Montgomery County Caregiver Support Program. Lylie Fisher, the host, talked with Eva about this new program - a partnership between CaringMatters and The Shady Grove Adventist Aquilino Cancer Center, funded by a grant from the Healthcare Initiative Foundation. The program utilizes CaringMatters' trained volunteers to work with adults being treated for cancer or other blood disorders and their families, providing assistance, free of charge, accessing social support services and other community resources.

Read more about The Whole You HERE.
Welcome New Team Members
Board of Directors

Al Johnson is a Founding Partner and Financial Advisor at Reveal Wealth, a Maryland-based wealth management and financial planning firm.  Al is a Licensed Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities, as well as being an Investment Advisor Representative for Eagle Strategies, LLC. Al's passion for making a difference in the lives of others and empowering them with knowledge will help further CaringMatters' mission throughout Montgomery County, and help the community access critical support services. Read more.
Board of Trustees

Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD, PhD, is the co-founder and Executive Director of Care for Your Health. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, focusing on serving multicultural communities, with special emphasis on delivering high quality, patient-centered care to vulnerable, underinsured and elderly patients. Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera's expertise and connections with the diverse communities of Montgomery County will help CaringMatters reach more more people in need of compassionate support. Read more.
Graduate Counseling Intern

Dr. Aditi Menon-Broker is a counselor-in-training, dedicated to working across the human lifespan, building stronger families, closer relationships and happier individuals. She brings a unique multi-cultural perspective to her counseling practice, driven by a lifetime of living and working internationally in 15 countries, as well as across the United States. Aditi will be working closely with both our Adult and Children's Bereavement Support programs, as well as Volunteer Helping Hands. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Please note that all of the upcoming events listed below will be virtual.
518 S. Frederick Avenue,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301-869-HOPE (4673)