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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]




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Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses

Creative Writing Workshop for Military, Veterans, Caregivers & Spouses Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM EST – Upcoming Dates April 6th & 20th May 4th & 18th June 1st & 15th Back by popular demand!…

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Beach Clean Up at Fort Smallwood Park

Come join Blue Star Families, Starbucks, and the local U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association as we begin a monthly cleaning of the beach at Fort Smallwood Park. This scenic park in Maryland needs…

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Aberdeen (Aberdeen Proving) Coffee Connect (Monthly)

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 Starbucks – Aberdeen (Military Friendly Store) 999 Middleton Rd Aberdeen, MD21001 11 AM – 12.30 PM EST Join Blue Star Families and Starbucks for our monthly Coffee Connection at the Aberdeen…

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Coffee Connection – (Monthly) Aberdeen, MD

Join Blue Star Families and Starbucks for a monthly Coffee Connection at the Aberdeen Starbucks. Whether you’re a remote worker looking for a change of scenery, a stay-at-home parent wanting to get out with the…

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California (NAS Patuxent River) Coffee Connection (Monthly April 2023)

Join Blue Star Families and Starbucks for monthly Coffee Connection at the California Starbucks  (NAS Patuxent River, Maryland). Whether you’re a remote worker looking for a change of scenery, a stay-at-home parent wanting to get…

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Coffee Connection California, MD (NAS Patuxent River) (Monthly)

Join Blue Star Families and Starbucks for a monthly Coffee Connection at the California, MD (NAS Patuxent River) location. Whether you’re a remote worker looking for a change of scenery, a stay-at-home parent wanting to…

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Signature Programs


Join us in the Blue Star Neighborhood

Blue Star Neighborhood is our new online community exclusively for Blue Star Families members and the newest way to connect with other military spouses and families. You'll find all the latest information about your chapter there as well as access to signing up for events, perks, and exciting exclusive content.

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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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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.


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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