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Welcome to Blue Star Families of the Baltimore and the Chesapeake Region!

I am Yolanda T. Rayford, your Chapter Director of the Baltimore and Chesapeake Region. As the spouse of an Air Force Veteran, I have held many roles as a global community volunteer for Girl Scouts USA, Red Cross, and Military Family Centers. The ability to provide the military and Veteran population with support across the board — from relocating to a new area, finding a job, transitioning from the military, engaging as a volunteer, expanding upon life skills, addressing resource needs, and managing financials — has allowed me to educate and empower.

Educating and empowering is what I look forward to continuing to do here in my happy place at Blue Star Families. Given that Maryland is my home state (I returned to the area in 2008), I aim to ensure your family’s success here by delivering meaningful programming and developing rapport and relationships with neighbors and supporters as we work to build upon our efforts to cultivate a welcoming community for all military and Veteran families.

My life’s mission is to help people, and with that, I believe in the saying, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I am excited to have the opportunity to do what I love alongside you — educating, empowering, and inspiring you, your fellow military and Veteran families, and champions for change. It is true when I say I have never met a stranger, so I look forward to meeting and connecting with YOU either in person or virtually at one of our many upcoming events.

Until then, send me an email and let me know what I can do for you.

All the best,

Yolanda T. Rayford | Chapter Director
Blue Star Families Staff
[email protected]
www.bluestarfam.org

 

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Events

Orioles Baseball Game 08.20.22

Join Blue Star Families for an Orioles Baseball Game! August 20th 2022 4 pm Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox We invite you to register for this great opportunity! This is…
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End of Summer Bash!

Join Blue Star Families and the Harford County Library and the Corvias Housing Office for an End-of-Summer Bash We can’t wait to see you for fun, activities, and ice cream!…
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End of Summer Bash!

Join Blue Star Families and the Anne Arundel County Library for an End of-Summer Bash! We can’t wait to see you for fun, activities, and ice cream! There will also…
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Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses

Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses Sponsored by The Walter Reed Society Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET July 14 & 28 August 11 & 25…
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Getting Ready for College: Surviving High School Military Transitions

Getting Ready for College: Surviving High School Military Transitions Aug 25th at 5-6 PM EST / 4-5 PM CT / 3-4 PM MT / 2-3 PM PT. Virtual via Zoom…
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Starbucks Coffee Connection Dover Delaware

Coffee Connect with Blue Star Families Monday 29 August 2022 10.30 AM – 12:00 PM ET Starbucks – US 13 & Rt. 8 – Capital Station Starbucks 30 South Dupont…
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Orioles Baseball Game 09.02.2022

Join Blue Star Families for an Orioles Baseball Game! September 2nd 2022 Orioles vs. Oakland A’s We invite you to register for this great opportunity! This is a limited opportunity…
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Paying for College: What Military Parents Need to Know

Paying for College: What Military Parents Need to Know Thursday, Sep 22nd 5-6 PM EST / 4-5 PM CT / 3-4 PM MT / 2-3 PM PT Online via zoom…
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Mental Health First Aid Training (Virtual)

Identify. Understand. Respond Pre-Welcome Week Kick-Off Event!! 23 September 2022 9 am – 4 pm You need to take care of yourself and your family. This course is geared towards…
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Finding a Welcoming Workplace: BSF & AARP on MilSpouse & Veteran Employment

We know that securing employment is a key concern for you, particularly after a move or transitioning out of active-duty service. During this webinar, we’re excited to explore a solution…
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Signature Programs

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Town Hall series

Our Homefront & Frontlines Town Hall Series features high-profile speakers covering topics of key importance to military members, Veterans, and their families.

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Blue Star Welcome Week

From September 24 to October 2, 2022, communities across the U.S. will welcome military and Veteran families who are new to the neighborhood.

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STARBUCKS: More than a Cup of Coffee

Together with Starbucks, we are committed to strengthening military and Veteran families and connecting Americans to those who serve through opportunities like regular Coffee Connects for military spouses, welcome to the community events, and Yellow Ribbon Trees.

Help build community by sharing your local favorites or signing up to volunteer.

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Campaign for Inclusion

All Blue Star Families programming is informed by our research. For this reason, research and advocacy is a key pillar of our Campaign for Inclusion. While all Blue Star Families research in the future will continue to look at data through a racial equity and inclusion lens, our groundbreaking studyThe Diverse Experiences of Military and Veteran Families of Color provides unparalleled insight into how military families experience military life.

Get Settled and Connected

Help sustain our community building efforts or volunteer!

Check out the following national and local resources to empower your family.

Blue Star Careers

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We are listening and working to ensure you have the chance for a fulfilling career during your military journey.

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