Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How I Became an Executive Director of a Nonprofit: Elin Ross

Ever wondered what's happening behind the scenes for Downtown Frederick's most recognizable faces? Take a peek behind the curtain with the Partnership's "tell-all" blog series.

This week we're sitting down with Elin Ross, Executive Director of Federated Charities, an organization that provides a range of strategic support services to nonprofits. Their offices are located at 22 S Market St in Downtown Frederick.

We took five minutes to ask five questions, and have published her answers as they were originally provided. Take it away, Elin!



NAME: Elin Ross

BORN: Indianapolis, IN

RESIDENT OF: Downtown Frederick (17 years)

FAMILY: Husband and a needy dog named Dutch

WORK: Federated Charities (1 1/2 years)

TITLE: Executive Director

FAVORITE PART OF JOB: Working in this beautiful building.

LOVE MOST ABOUT DOWNTOWN FREDERICK: Downtown Frederick is filled with interesting characters, beautiful architecture, and a community that really gives back.



HOW I BECAME AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF A NONPROFIT...

When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 10 I wanted to be a probation officer or a prison guard. I thought that was going to be a really interesting job. I think I watched a 60 Minutes piece on the prison system and I thought, “Oh! I could make that better.”
What would you say now to your 10-year-old self?
That it was going to be a really hard job, but I still work in a business that believes that the world can change.

What path did you take to land in your current position?
Well, oddly enough my undergraduate degree was in Biblical Archeology and my masters was in Applied Anthropology. I started working for an international nonprofit that also had a US-based organization that dealt with child welfare issues. So that’s how I got to be in this particular field of human services, then I eventually used that experience to gain knowledge on the different roles individuals play in a nonprofit.
So I really do credit that organization, and no one would have thought it at the time, but it helped me understand how to become a leader of an organization. I worked there over 25 years ago and I continued to take positions with increasing management and leadership roles in the nonprofit industry in order to know how to make programs run effectively and efficiently.

What advice would you give to a job-seeker interested in your field?
This is the most rewarding job you’ll ever have and it is the most difficult job you’ll ever have. It’s rewarding because you get to give back to a community of people who are sometimes under-served where we live, but the hardest thing is as an Executive Director a lot of the weight of the decision making of an organization falls on your shoulders and it can feel very overwhelming sometimes.
So you have to be an expert in finance, an expert in facilities management, you have to know how to run programs, how to manage relationships with your board of directors and the public, you have to be comfortable asking for money.
There are a lot of responsibilities and I think that people in the for-profit sector don’t always understand how diverse our backgrounds are when we enter the nonprofit sector. They think, “Oh well you just care a lot about other people,” and it’s like yeah, we do, but we also have to learn skills in a wide variety of areas because we have to run businesses as well. In many cases, all aspects of our business.
Also realize in your first Executive Director job, you weren’t actually ready to be an Executive Director... but go get another one.

Name one thing your current job has taught you that you couldn't have learned anywhere else.
That is a hard one. The thing this job has taught me.... well, the one thing this job has taught me is to always look in every closet because you never know what you’re going to find.

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FEDERATED CHARITIES!

22 S Market St, Frederick MD
301.662.1561

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This Weekend in Downtown: July 20th

What a thrilling week in downtown it's been!  This summer has been bursting with activities throughout merchant stores and restaurants.  The midsummer heat has awakened a smorgasbord of outdoor concerts, work outs, markets and more!  It can be easy to lose track of all that's offered or available, so read below, choose your favorite event(s) and we'll see you there.

If you're going to spend your summer days sweating, it might as well be in honor of a rewarding workout! Thursday morning will be back to hosting Yoga on the Creek by the Carroll Creek Amphitheater.  From 7-8am Sol Yoga will guide your through a traditional morning and refreshment and health.  Grab your mat, pick up a friend, and start your day with this free event for all ages.  

After yoga kick started your work day, treat yourself to your favorite drink from Spin the Bottle or Brewer's Alley as you munch on fixings from Crissafulli's Cheese Shop.  You know what that power combination sets the stage for, Alive @ Five! This week we have Tin Can Fish Band providing folk rock for our crowds.  Starting at 5pm for 21+ patrons and continuing on until 8pm.  

We can't wait to see you on the Creek! Alive @ Five 2017 is a summer-long fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership, presented by DARCARS Toyota of Frederick. These events are made possible by a wonderful team of sponsors. All proceeds from Alive @ Five are reinvested into the downtown community. Stay up to date on weather alerts regarding any event by liking Downtown Frederick Partnership on Facebook or visiting our website.


Ready to cultivate your inner peace once again? Friday morning provides another opportunity for Yoga on the Creek, this time with Ananda Shala! Also at 7am at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, come enjoy this free event that welcomes all ages.




Can't make Yoga? Make the most of your lunch hour each third Friday before Movie Night on the Creek! Kick start your weekend with free Boot Camp on the Creek led by Caryn Dayoff and Lauren Scholen.  Meet in the Amphitheater and get ready for a workout! No registration required.

Looking for a place to stretch your wings and share your musical talent? Come to Sky Stage for Open Mic Night hosted by FAME (Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise). Whether you are a pro or a novice, this is a welcoming environment for you collaborate, build your skills, and get to know other local artists. 


Get your best accent ready for Friday evening so you can gather your crew and hoist the sails, because our second Movie Night is here! Join us for a FREE showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Gates open at 8pm and the show starts at 9 in Carroll Creek Amphitheater.

Come thirsty and bring your ID! Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome and closed captioning is provided. Tally ho!

Movie Nights on the Creek are a FREE community event, thanks to a team of wonderful sponsors. Thank you to the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Wantz Distributors, Frederick County Bank, Wegmans, Rotary Club Of Carroll Creek, Rick Jones Electric and Hood College


Saturday morning the MET offers showings of Junie B Jones at 10:30am and 2:30pm. "Laugh yourself silly with this musical version of the bestselling books by Barbara Park. Meet Junie B., the world’s funniest first grader, and her classmates who help her get into all kinds of trouble. Family-friendly show. Tickets: Adult $12 • Children $10"

After Junie B Jones, treat the family to italian ice from Frederick Fudge and Ice Cream as they once again host Trellis Takeout!  



In need of an evening out?  Live music and an assortment of different foods all come alive Saturday evening. 

McClintock Distilling will be hosting Jason & Michelle of One Blue Night from 4-6pm for a live musical performance.  

If you haven't tried them yet, then now is the time to head to Attaboy Beer! They'll be hosting a taco truck from 1-9pm at 400 Sagner Ave.  



Vini Culture provides live music that begins at 8pm and continues until 11pm.


If your refrigerator is starting to look empty, join locals for the Frederick City Market where you can purchase local flowers, meat, vegetables, breads, and much more. Starting at 9am and continuing on until 1pm, there's even options for a delicious, locally produced lunch!  


We trust you will have an enriching weekend here in Downtown Frederick.  As July comes to a close take a breath to enjoy summer by partaking in all downtown merchants have to offer.  While participating downtown, keep your friends and family updated on social media by using the hashtag #getitdowntown throughout the weekend. If you need anymore information on what’s happening, visit our website and traverse from there!

  


Friday, July 14, 2017

This Week in Downtown: July 14th

We've had such lovely weather the past weekend, and it was wonderful to see so many of you for Movie Night on the Creek! This weekend continues to not disappoint, and we hope you'll enjoy all the opportunities at your finger tips.

Thursday morning continues the tradition of Yoga on the Creek! Sol Yoga will be leading participants through various exercises as they seek to find inner peace and physical health. This is a free event open to all ages and skill sets.  See you at 7am on The Creek!



Sky Stage, will turn into a child's oasis by 10am Thursday morning, as they host a children's story book reading until 11am.  Let your little one discover the story of a little cloud who learns a big lesson.  

Thursday evening means it's time to pour the sangria and raise your cup for Downtown's favorite happy hour at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater from 5-8pm. Admission is $5 (paid at the gate) and all events are 21+ only. This week Alive @ Five is headlined by ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) who engage audiences with humor and award-winning narrative songs that use guitar and djembe to highlight an unforgettably soulful and powerful female vocalist, and guitar work that challenges the boundaries of "acoustic."

We can't wait to see you on the Creek!  Alive @ Five 2017 is a summer-long fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership, presented by DARCARS Toyota of Frederick. These events are made possible by a wonderful team of sponsors. All proceeds from Alive @ Five are reinvested into the downtown community. Stay up to date on weather alerts regarding any event by liking Downtown Frederick Partnership on Facebook or visiting our website.



Creme de la Creme will be feeling the festivities of Bastille Day come Friday!  Join them all day for a french inspired photobooth along with specials throughout their store.  


Laugh Station is back at the MET Friday and Saturday evening from 5-9pm.  Join them for an engaging evening! 

Have you had the opportunity to explore the new location for New Spire Arts?  Saturday morning from 9-11am they will be hosting a dance party for children!  Families are encouraged to come and enjoy a high energy but relaxed morning dancing to the beat of the music.  Take a look around while you're there and feel free to sign up for any of their various classes and events. There's something for everyone! 

Sky Stage is back on Saturday to host a vintage market from 11-3pm.  Stop by for one of a kind jewelry, clothing, accessories, and beyond! Then stay around for the evening from 7-10pm, because you can join visitors for a Cloverspell Records featuring Blue Nevada concert!  It is sure to be a lovely evening under the stars.


Don't sleep in too late on Sunday morning, because the Frederick City Market will be in full swing starting at 9am! Come shop for local produce such as vegetables, eggs, baked goods, flowers, fruits, and more.  The market will continue until 1pm so stop on by to support local farmers at Carmack-Jays on 331 N Market Street.  


Once the market wraps up, The Muse will host a craft afternoon from 1-3pm.  Come create your own scarf through fiber reactive dyes for $35 plus a $15 kit fee.  

Happy hour, theater, children's events, markets and more! There is activity for all this weekend in downtown.  Unwind from your mid summer vacation and allow yourself to absorb all that your neighborhood has to offer.  While participating downtown, keep your friends and family updated on social media by using the hashtag #getitdowntown throughout the weekend. If you need anymore information on what’s happening, visit our website and traverse from there!



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This Week in Downtown: July 6th

What a fantastic holiday weekend we had here in Downtown Frederick! Our merchants were booming with opportunities to celebrate the 4th and our streets were packed for First Saturday.  Alive @ Five continues to find success while Yoga on the Creek enriches all who attend.  We can't wait to do it all again this week!

As always, Yoga on the Creek sets off the weekend on Thursday morning at 7am. Sol Yoga will be there to guide your practice, helping you to find your inner peace and utmost health.  Join us under the sky at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater and we'll see you there!


You know what Thursday evenings mean! Come enjoy Downtown Frederick's happy hour at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater from 5-8pm. Admission is $5 (paid at the gate) and all events are 21+ only. This week Alive @ Five is headlines by Vertigo Red, Maryland's premier party rock cover band. We can't wait to see you on the Creek!

Alive @ Five 2017 is a summer-long fundraiser for Downtown Frederick Partnership, presented by DARCARS Toyota of Frederick. These events are made possible by a wonderful team of sponsors. All proceeds from Alive @ Five are reinvested into the downtown community. Stay up to date on weather alerts regarding any event by liking Downtown Frederick Partnership on Facebook or visiting our website.



Friday morning provides another opportunity for Yoga on the Creek, this time with Ananda Shala! Also at 7am at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, come enjoy this free event that welcomes all ages.


Then pull up a lawn chair and get ready for Movie Nights on the Creek! Originally scheduled for June 16, our first showing of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was rained out. So join us for a do-over this Friday, July 7! E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is Steven Spielberg's classic film about a child who summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.  Movies are shown at Carroll Creek Amphitheater. Admission is free and snacks & beverages are available for purchase.  Gates open at 8pm, feature presentation starts at 9pm and Closed Captioning is provided.

Movie Night on the Creek is a free community event, thanks to the support of Wantz Distributors, The Delaplaine Foundation, Wegmans, Frederick County Bank, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, and Rick Jones Electric.

Before enjoying movie night, make your way downtown via The Artists Gallery on N Market Street. Starting at 6pm they will be showcasing Maynard and Wilkin who will present original pieces.  Come hear from the artist and dwell on their creations.  


Ready for a glass of wine to end your Friday evening?  Vini Culture will be providing live music from 7-10pm while you enjoy their charcuterie and a glass of your favorite drink.


Don't forget about the fantastic opportunity for an up close tour of the Weinberg Center on Saturday morning!  Learn how their stage comes alive with this back stage pass that offers exclusive access. While enjoying the tour, absorb all the history this historic landmark has been providing our downtown!    


After your tour, scoot over to Trellis Takeout at the entrance to Carroll Creek on S Market St. The North Market Pop Shop along with Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream will be serving up delectable treats on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend!


On Sunday morning TAG is offering the opportunity for a creative coffee session!  Come brainstorm with like minded individuals while enjoying local coffee.  

We hope Downtown Frederick provided a wonderful kick start to your July! As always, keep your friends and family updated on social media by using the hashtag #getitdowntown throughout the weekend. If you need anymore information on what’s happening, visit our website and explore from there.