About Us

How We're Helping

While our primary focus is Children's literacy, reading, writing skills and a connection to our ancestors. We are a holistic entity which addresses the whole family and community. 

We are a community-based organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place.  

Weather it's reading skills or food sovereignty, with the help of our tireless staff, we organize Book Fairs, exciting community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for our volunteers. 

The Importance of Reading

Through our partnerships we are able to present our children with the tools needed to become and maintain a high level of literacy.

Weather it’s home schools or traditional learning. We must give our children every avenue to become successful, productive citizens.


If you did nothing more to support your child's education than to read aloud to him every single day from birth, that would be enough. 

It would be enough because he would love stories and understand that there is power and magic in the written word.

It would be enough because it would be sparking his imagination at every turn, inspiring him to imagine what might be possible. 

It would be enough because he would be absorbing language - the rhythm of it, the way the words work together to create meaning and, of course, the words themselves. 

It would be enough because all of this would be creating connections in the child's brain which would otherwise not exist. And the result would be that, when he's old enough, your child would seek out books for himself and would continue to learn.


Getting Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team! 

CHANGING LIVES MD future plans include a Memorial Garden, The Oasis. 

The Oasis will be a memorial garden dedicated to Mrs. Vernadene Anderson Mrs. Lillian Jones and Mrs. Rita Church. Three of the most staunch community activist that I've known. 

We seek like minded volunteers who may need community service hours. 


Reading & Literacy Programs

The African Griot Book Fair

Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi

Healthy Eating-Eating - Plant based 



Anti - Bullying 

Mental Health

Book Giveaways

Urban Gardens


Water Purification

Home Schools

Asante Sana

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

Donations can be made through -  Paypal.me/griotbookfair1

The African Griot Book Fair

Jambo! Take a look at our video. We hope that you enjoy what we do.

Asante Sana

Donate Now

We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference. Paypal.me/griotbookfair1

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Contact Us

Get in Touch!

Changing Lives MD

(410) 787-6999


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Sunday: Closed