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The Volunteer Tree: FTLA shines a spotlight on staff volunteersFloura Teeter

FTLA’s dFTLA_Volunteer_Tree1edication to the community in which we live, work, and play extends well beyond our organizational initiatives, such as our Community Grows Here program. Many of our staff members are committed to improving our local community through personal, individual contributions. Every quarter we will acknowledge the work of one of our staff members and highlight the work they are doing in the community. For our second installment of The Volunteer Tree we interviewed Landscape Architect, Megan Maffeo. Megan volunteers for B-More Bags, a program that supports House of Ruth Maryland. B-More Bags is a group of volunteer seamstresses that come together to create, design and sew beautiful, unique, stylish and functional handbags. Each bag is an individual work of art: some are classic, others trendy and a few take a walk on the wild side. The group uses all donated materials including designer fabrics and trims, jewelry, and embellishments. The handbags are sold at an annual “Trunk Show” to raise money with all proceeds benefiting House of Ruth Maryland, which supports and provides services to victims of intimate partner violence.

FTLA: Why did you choose to volunteer your time with B-More Bags?

bmb-1Megan: I started volunteering with B-More Bags in July of 2009. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found B-More Bags; I have a deep appreciation for all things handmade and I love fabric, so it is a perfect fit. I enjoy spending my time and sharing my talents with this group of dedicated women who share my love for sewing; it’s an opportunity to both teach and learn new sewing techniques and to challenge my creativity.

FTLA: What do you find most rewarding about being a volunteer for B-More Bags?

Megan: bmb-2Our sewing workshop has the same feel as sewing circles and quilting bees, a place where people come together to be creative, forge friendships and share in the joy of community service, all in one small room. The environment of collective creativity engages me, and the knowledge that we help to support much needed resources for women in our community keeps me motivated. 

FTLA: What is one thing you want people to know about B-More Bags and House of Ruth Maryland?

Megan: One in four women will experience intimate partner violence during her lifetime. These women are our sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends. The need for support is high, B-More Bags is proud to have raised nearly $50,000 over the past 10 years. Our annual “Trunk Show” is held the first weekend in December at Ruth’s Closet, Valley Village Shopping Center, 9131 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, MD.  B-More Bags continues to grow and we welcome new volunteers, contact the Volunteer Manager at House of Ruth Maryland to get involved. More information can be found on Ruth’s Closet Facebook page or by visiting their website.

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