A Look Back on a 1986 Charity Project in Southern Maryland

In June of 1986, a group of community-minded builders and trade partners joined in a ground-breaking ceremony for one of our industry’s largest charitable projects.  On that day thirty years ago, the construction of the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau, Inc. (TCYSB) in Waldorf, Maryland began.

At that time, the construction of the new 10,000 sq. ft. facility, as a charity project, was by far the biggest philanthropic challenge faced by any Maryland home building trade association, The project was adopted by the Operation Tom Sawyer Foundation (OTS), the official charity of former Maryland National-Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) and led by several Southern Maryland-based home building businesses.   Over 40 association member companies contributed land, pre-construction services, labor and materials estimated to be valued at $500,000.  Planning took well over a year,

Today, the TCYSB organization is still going strong and serving the children, youth, and families of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.  Celebrating its 45th year, it’s services are focused on the prevention of delinquency, abuse, violence, substance abuse, suicide, and other devastating outcomes for youth and their families.

OTS is also still going strong. Now it is called the Home Builders Care Foundation and the former MNCBIA is now the Maryland Building Industry Association.