Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
The proprietor of J. Christopher Llinas Attorney-At-Law in Ocean Pines, Maryland, Chris Llinas is an avid endurance athlete who has completed 15 marathons since 2000 and four Ironman triathlons since 2012, in addition to a multitude of shorter runs and triathlons. Recently, Chris Llinas competed in the Ironman Maryland event. One of the things that makes the Ironman Maryland stand out is that the 112-mile bicycling portion of the event goes through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife sanctuary for birds that migrate along the coast of the Atlantic.
The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is important for a number of reasons. For one, it makes up approximately one-third of the total tidal wetlands area in Maryland. Additionally, because it is made up of three different types of habitat (forest, shallow water, and marsh), it is the home of numerous animal species, including some that are endangered. Notably, it contains large populations of rare Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrels and American bald eagles.
The refuge was founded in 1933 and because of its biological diversity and beauty is often compared to the Everglades.
Delmarva Educational Foundation
Attorney Chris Llinas has practiced law for two decades and currently runs his own firm, J. Christopher Llinas, Attorney at Law, in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Chris Llinas also provides legal support to such charitable organizations as the Delmarva Education Foundation, for which he drafts memoranda about its scholarship programs.
The Delmarva Educational Foundation assists high school students wishing to pursue higher education through a number of scholarship programs. Seeking a scholarship can be a challenge, but there a few things students can do to navigate the process more effectively.
The first task is finding scholarship opportunities. Resources such as a high school guidance counselor or an online database can be valuable in finding suitable scholarships, and parents’ workplaces, civic organizations, and extracurricular clubs are also frequent sources of partial scholarships.
The second task is completing and submitting the application. The content and presentation of the actual application is vital for scholarship success, so students should read the instructions and requirements carefully. Choosing a personal, relevant topic for the essay part of a college application will help a student stand out, and asking teachers or parents for their review and construction criticism can help improve the piece. Be sure to proofread the application carefully to avoid overlooking typos or mistakes.
Used to Be Mine Thrift Store
A private practice attorney and member of the Maryland State Bar, Chris Llinas spent several years as corporate counsel for Royal Plus, Inc., a disaster-restoration firm in Snow Hill, Maryland. In his free time, Chris Llinas participates in marathons and Ironman competitions; in 2012, he raised more than $5,000 for the nonprofit organization Diakonia through his participation in Ironman Florida.
A nondenominational humanitarian organization established by the Mennonite church, Diakonia provides housing and emergency food services for homeless individuals and families in Worcester County, Maryland. In addition, Diakonia strives to connect people with counseling and educational resources to help them become self-sufficient and independent.
To fund the operation of two shelters in West Ocean City, Diakonia operates a thrift store that sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, and household items. Located in the Sunset shopping center, the Used to Be Mine Thrift Store is staffed exclusively by Diakonia volunteers, and all donations of merchandise are tax deductible.