Larry Griffin: Longtime Community Activist; Founder of We Care and Friends, Has Died at 73

Larry Griffin, founder of We Care and Friends and a long time citywide advocate, died earlier this week.  He was 73.

According to an online profile, Larry grew up in Eastport and has lived in the City of Annapolis for over 50 years. "He was well known for his community support and accomplishments," the profile said.  "Larry had been honored with multiple awards for his dedication and commitment to building the community through individuals, families, and groups."

Larry founded We Care and Friends after overcoming personal struggles of his own. "By 1987, Larry was so thankful for the change in his life," a We Care and Friends website states. "In 1990, Larry Griffin recognized how deeply Annapolis and Anne Arundel County citizens and families were affected by drugs, poverty, and crime in the area. He saw that change could be brought about by building a strong, continuous family structure. To achieve this, he created positive activities and increased awareness of local resources in order to uplift the community."  

Described as a grass roots 501(c)3 organization, We Care and Friends is known to many as the place to go for those who have no one to turn to for help. Larry established the organization with a much needed mission; creating strong families, and communities impacted by drugs, poverty, and crime.  

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.