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FREDERICK, MD – February 4, 2019: Three women dedicated to helping children who do not have enough to eat have established a new fund to support the Frederick Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB). Hermine Bernstein, BIAB founder, Melissa Sciolino Frank, and Barbara Dillon have created The Blessings in a Backpack Frederick Fund. The fund becomes one of more than 700 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The fund will provide grants supporting the work of BIAB, whose mission is to raise awareness of childhood hunger and improve the lives of local children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition by providing food when school meals are not available. Currently, the all-volunteer organization packs weekend bags for 2,500 at-risk Frederick County Public School students across 17 schools each week, growing from 210 bags in one school since its inception in 2014.
To make a secure, online donation to The Blessings in a Backpack Frederick Fund, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/blessings. Checks made payable to The Community Foundation of Frederick County may be mailed to 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, with the name of the specific fund on the memo line. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
FREDERICK, MD – December 18, 2018: During its recent FY2019 impact grantsmaking cycle, The Community Foundation of Frederick County provided $402,717.19 to 43 area nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and enhancing Frederick County.
The grants are designed to assist local nonprofits with projects that have meaningful and direct impact on the residents of Frederick County. As a leading source of grant funding in Frederick County, the Community Foundation supports the arts, historic preservation, agriculture, health and human services, education, cultural understanding, animal welfare, scholarships, elder care, youth programs, civic causes, and more.
Impact Grant Funding was provided from the following funds:
The AG-C.I.T.E. Fund:
$1,551.60 to University of Maryland for its Kids Growing with Grains program.
The Animal Care Field of Interest Fund:
$626.24 to TipMe Frederick for veterinary care expenses.
$626.23 to Days End Horse Rescue for abused and neglected horse care.
The Bar Association of Frederick County Justice for All Fund:
$2,918.00 to Frederick Community College Foundation for Maryland Divorce Custody Notebook Training and Assessment Project
$10,000.00 to Mental Health Association of Frederick County for CASA of Frederick County program.
$2,222.50 to Spanish Speaking of Community MD, Inc. for Critical Needs Partnership with Frederick County Public Schools.
The William E. Barnhart Memorial Fund:
$31,885.40 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Brunswick Area Fund:
$1,806.92 to Brunswick High School Drama Boosters for its spring musical.
$590.00 to Frederick County Public Schools for enrichment programs at Brunswick Middle School.
The C&O Canal Endowment Fund for Frederick County:
$980.83 to Brunswick Main Street, Inc. for C&O Canal Trail to History Brunswick brochure.
The Charles V. and Louise D. Main Endowment Fund:
$9,054.61 to Calvary United Methodist Church for Calvary Weekday School student tuition support.
The William E. Cross Special Needs Fund:
$2,000.00 to Frederick County Government for Infants and Toddlers Program to assist children with developmental delays or qualifying diagnosis prior to age 3.
$1,665.00 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Dan Crozier Music Trust Fund:
$950.00 to Frederick County Public Schools for elementary instrumental library project and $700.00 to middle school shared sheet music library expansion.
$925.00 to Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra for sheet music purchases.
$925.00 to Frederick Children’s Chorus for sheet music purchases.
The Dola Burkentine Nonprofit Marketing Fund:
$515.80 to Sophie & Madigan’s Playground to assist with marketing the opening of the playground and promote its mission of helping families play, learn, and create together.
The Educational Enrichment Field of Interest Fund:
$738.86 to Frederick Children’s Chorus for Little Music Makers program.
The Elder/Senior Care Field of Interest Fund:
$666.17 to Thurmont Senior Center, Inc. for partial center coordinator salary.
The England Family Fund:
$650.56 to Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. for TransIT bus passes for Faith House clients.
The Enhancing Agriculture Field of Interest Fund:
$682.50 to YMCA of Frederick County for Camp West Mar teaching garden.
The Environmental Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$674.89 to Envision Frederick County for food waste collecting and sorting at Sugarloaf Elementary, Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School.
The Florence Zahler Memorial Cancer Support Fund:
$3,342.24 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Frederick Jaycees Fund:
$1,300.00 to The Salvation Army for its emergency assistance fund.
The Frederick Keys Care Fund:
$1,000.00 to Advocates for Homeless Families for children’s after-school and summer activities.
$750.00 to Blessings in a Backpack for weekend backpacks of food for students served by Frederick County Public Schools Success Program.
$2,500.00 to Heartly House for child counseling.
$3,000.00 to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground for fully accessible ground cover.
$1,435.37 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County (SHIP) for New Horizons 2019 program.
$1,856.25 to YMCA of Frederick County for Kids Unlimited Musical Therapy program.
The Health Fund for Frederick County Youth:
$55,490.28 to Patty Pollatos Fund for children’s medical assistance and cancer treatment.
The Historic Preservation Field of Interest Fund:
$576.81 to Historic Rocky Springs Chapel, Inc. for emergency stabilization of historic Rocky Springs school house.
The Sharon I. Hooper Fund for Children:
$14,089.62 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. for children’s medical assistance and cancer treatment.
$1,000.00 to Weinberg Center for the Arts for Families Need Fun program providing event tickets to catastrophically ill children and their families.
The Human Services Field of Interest Fund:
$670.59 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to adults with cancer.
The Job Training and Skills Development Field of Interest Fund:
$1,414.54 to Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. for small business workplace literacy classes.
The John L. and Lucille H. Ponton Charitable Fund:
$35,071.22 to Children’s Hospital Foundation to provide patient families resources and lodging assistance.
$35,071.22 to Hospice of Frederick County for Camp Jamie.
$35,071.22 to Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc. for children’s medical assistance and cancer treatment.
The Nonprofit Support Field of Interest Fund:
$544.12 to Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County for intern laptop computer.
The Parks Field of Interest Fund:
$724.02 to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground fully accessible ground cover.
The Performing Arts Field of Interest Fund:
$631.58 to Chords of Courage for STEP UP! Student songwriting contest.
The Persons with Disabilities Field of Interest Fund:
$968.66 to YMCA of Frederick County for Kids Unlimited sensory tools and equipment.
The Philip and Erika Rauh Fund:
$2,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for summer enrichment camp.
$2,020.62 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) for New Horizons 2019 program.
The Pritchett Family Foundation Fund:
$1,250.00 to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground for fully accessible ground cover.
$548.30 to Friends of Baker Park for permanent, public, wheelchair accessible Bocce courts.
$1,061.23 to Mission of Mercy, Inc. for opioid alternative pain relief and safety for Frederick County residents.
$1,050.00 to Wells House @ Gale Recovery for men in recovery to receive music therapy.
The Secret Santa Fund:
$1,166.39 to The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick for rapid response community assistance.
The Paul L. Stine, Jr. Memorial Fund:
$500.00 to TipMe Frederick for veterinary care expenses.
The Paul L. Stine, Sr. Memorial Fund:
$500.00 to Days End Farm Horse Rescue for abused and neglected horse care.
The Transportation Field of Interest Fund:
$936.19 to City Youth Matrix to provide transportation services for children to attend afterschool programs related to music, art, and athletics.
$670.11 to The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center for an interactive art cart for visitors.
Community Foundation unrestricted funds provided the following grants:
$20,000.00 to Blessings in a Backpack for Pre-K student weekend food packages to students in Frederick County Public Schools.
$1,000.00 to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for meat processing costs.
$15,000.00 to The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick for Young Men Rising program.
$3,500.00 to Lions Club of Frederick for eye care assistance to low-income individuals.
$1,000.00 to Frederick Rescue Mission for Bread of Life Kitchen necessities.
$5,000.00 to Maryland Food Bank for senior pantry program.
$3,000.00 to Mission of Mercy for opioid alternative pain relief and safety for Frederick County residents.
$4,847.27 to Second Chances Garage for driving school funding for low-income individuals.
$5,000.00 to Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) New Horizons 2019 program.
$10,000.00 to Thurmont Senior Center for partial center coordinator salary.
$2,000.00 to United Way of Frederick County for The ALICE Report.
FREDERICK, MD – August 7, 2018: Outdoor lighting has long been a way to celebrate the holiday season, and lighting of the trees that line Market and Patrick Streets in Downtown Frederick are no exception. To support improvements and enhancements to downtown holiday lighting, The Downtown Frederick Partnership Holiday Lights Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund becomes one of more than 690 funds under management.
The fund is a collaborative effort between Downtown Frederick Partnership, the City of Frederick, and Tourism Council of Frederick County. Gifts received to the fund will be used for the purchase of new LED lighting, outdoor extension cords, and the cost of installation.
Those wishing to support this project and make a donation to the fund may do so through a secure site at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/HolidayLights. Checks may be mailed to the Community Foundation, 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, with “Holiday Lights Fund” noted in the memo line.
Photo caption: Announcing the new fund for Downtown Frederick holiday lights are, from left: Alderman Kelly Russell, Alderman Roger Wilson, Mayor Michael O’Connor, John Fieseler, Tourism Council of Frederick County, Kara Norman and Danielle Doll, Downtown Frederick Partnership, and Nicole Orr, Community Foundation trustee.
FREDERICK, MD – September 14, 2018: The arts are alive and well in Frederick County, and a new fund to ensure that art programs remain vibrant has been established by retiring board of directors members affiliated with Easels in Frederick. The Easels in Frederick Fund becomes one of more than 700 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County. Organizations with arts programs will be able to apply for grants to support events and instruction. Preference will be given but not limited to organizations with art programs for youth or those promoting plein air art.
FREDERICK, MD – September 27, 2017: The Community Foundation of Frederick County will hold its 31st Annual Report to the Community on Thursday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center. The event will thank donors and highlight prior fiscal year accomplishments. In addition, the 2017 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism will be honored.
Wertheimer honorees are selected for their selfless contributions of time, energy, and talents to the Frederick County community. The awards are made possible by a bequest from the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick businesswoman and prolific volunteer whose legacy of giving continues through her planned gift that created, among three funds, The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation.
The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund has provided each Wertheimer Fellow with $25,000 to add to an existing Community Foundation fund or create a new fund. The fund also provides a $1,000 grant to a nonprofit of choice by the Youth in Action honoree. Through these awards, their legacies of giving will continue to touch lives and help those who are served through area nonprofit organizations.
The following individuals have been chosen to receive the 2017 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Award and the Wertheimer Youth in Action Award.
RaeAnn E. Butler, of Frederick, has made volunteering a lifelong second career. Her passions are helping seniors in Frederick County and historic preservation. She helped launch Daybreak Adult Day Services and, as a 20+ year member of the Elder Services Provider Council, was instrumental in creating the annual Elder Expo and conference. Ms. Butler served on the board of Frederick County Commission on Aging from 2006-2014, and recently served on the Seniors First Committee. She collaborated with Frederick Community College’s Gerontology Advisory Committee to establish its gerontology certificate program and has organized fundraising for numerous organizations serving seniors.
Ms. Butler is a board member of Heritage Frederick and has contributed countless hours to strategic planning, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and more. Through her membership with Carrollton Manor DAR, she helped coordinate the Middletown African American Methodist Episcopal Cemetery project, a book about those buried there, and a symposium about African American history and genealogy.
Ms. Butler’s other volunteer service includes serving currently as president of the Hood College Alumni Association; co-chair of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ’s Building Project Construction Implementation Committee; board member for Western Maryland Alzheimer’s Association; and previously, a board member and first aid instructor with the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
With her Wertheimer Award, Ms. Butler has established The Butler Collins Community Impact Fund to provide grants to Frederick County nonprofits, with a focus on seniors and historic preservation and education.
Daniel W. Campbell, of New Market, is dedicated to helping individuals, families, and veterans who need a hand-up. He volunteers with Mission of Mercy’s medical and dental clinic and helps coordinate services for people through the Frederick Department of Social Services with the involvement of the Frederick Faith Community Partnership.
Mr. Campbell, a retired United States Air Force officer, is the mentor coordinator with the Frederick County Veteran’s Treatment Court (VTC). He provides peer support and helps veterans facing a variety of violations obtain counseling and Veteran Administration benefits. He is active with The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Campbell is also the volunteer director for JustServe Initiative in Frederick County, a non-denominational website that connects people who wish to volunteer with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and government service entities. In addition, he has created a partnership with Seed of Life Nurseries and organized volunteers to plant and harvest an acre-sized garden to supply food pantries and soup kitchens with produce. He has coordinated warm-clothing drives for Frederick Rescue Mission. He also serves as a board member for the Purple Moon Project, and he has assisted many families in need of food, clothing, transportation, and other basic needs.
With his Wertheimer Award, Mr. Campbell has established The Major Dan Campbell Veteran Services Fund to support veteran mentoring and also Mission of Mercy’s medical and dental programs.
Vanessa Fox, of Frederick, already has a long record of volunteer service in Frederick County. A student at Tuscarora High School, Ms. Fox learned about homelessness and socio-economic conditions in Frederick County and, with her English class, attended the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless Forum in 2016. As a result, Ms. Fox and several classmates created Welcome Home Kits for families transitioning from homelessness to semi-permanent housing for The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. Wanting to do more, Ms. Fox approached her teacher with an idea to organize a group to promote philanthropy for youth. Now, The Local Love Project has become a successful youth volunteer group at Tuscarora High School with 80 students involved. The group wanted to dedicate themselves to helping one nonprofit and, after research and meeting with various organizations, they decided to support Frederick Rescue Mission. Ms. Fox, who currently serves as president of The Local Love Project, has been instrumental in cultivating a close working relationship with Frederick Rescue Mission to support its food distribution center, organizing students to serve breakfast and lunch, and also creating fellowship for the residents.
Ms. Fox has also volunteered at Ballenger Creek Elementary as a tutor, the soup kitchen at Frederick Community Action Agency, and is active with her church, Frederick Christian Fellowship.
With her Wertheimer Youth in Action Award, Ms. Fox has selected Frederick Rescue Mission to receive a grant in support of its activities.
Family, faith, friends, violets, poetry and coffee are just a few of the things that were important to Viola Marie Robinson, pictured. As Mrs. Robinson aged, her mobility decreased, and she progressed from using a cane to using a walker and then a wheelchair. She never wanted to be a burden on anyone, and one day received a gift of a scooter, which restored her mobility and independence. “My wheels are my wings,” she told her daughter Jeannie. Mrs. Robinson frequently “drove” to the drugstore not far from where she lived, buying cards that she loved to send.
After Mrs. Robinson’s passing in 2003, her daughter and son-in-law, Jeannie and Jack Brunk, decided to create a fund in her memory to help seniors who need assistance to stay independent and in their homes. To date, The Viola Marie Robinson Give Them Wings Fund has helped local nonprofits and government agencies provide dozens of seniors with lift chairs, stair lifts and lift repairs, wheelchair ramps, portable showers, walk-in tubs, hearing aids, eyeglasses, dentures, utility payments, medical supplies and prescriptions, and even a stove and refrigerator. “Mom would love that we are helping other people maintain their independence,” said Mrs. Brunk. “She found such joy in the little things in life and was able to continue doing those little things because her independence was extended with the help of the scooter.”
Numerous nonprofits and county agencies have worked with the Community Foundation to secure grants from this fund to help seniors. Recently, the Frederick County Department of Human Services (DHS) Senior Care Program made a grant request. This department works with seniors who are 65 years or older and moderately to severely disabled with limited income. The client’s stair glide in their home was not working, resulting in loss of family and socialization time due to their inability to access the second floor. The grant made the repair possible and helped return some of the client’s independence. “The Community Foundation is quick in responding to these needs,” said Leslie Hagerty, senior care case manager, from DHS. “Without their help, Senior Care Program clients would not be able to acquire things like ramps, lift chairs, and stair glides which greatly improve the quality of their lives.”
Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County’s A Brush With Kindness program provides home repairs to local home owners who cannot afford them, with 80 percent of the applications received from seniors. A local couple needed bathroom plumbing and water damage repairs, grab bars, and more. Habitat for Humanity was able to have all the repairs handled, including critical repairs to floor joists and subflooring, and with a recent Viola May Robinson Fund grant, a tub cut was made to their combination tub/shower. The tub cut allows the couple step-in access, reducing the risk of falling.
The “Give Them Wings” Fund, as it’s fondly referred to, will be assisting those who need it for many years to come. With more than $76,000 in grants since 2006, the Brunks are committed to helping seniors maintain their independence and stay in their homes as long as possible. “We want seniors to know there is help for those who need it,” said Mr. and Mrs. Brunk. “We are doing a little bit to pay it forward, in the spirit of Mom’s loving and generous nature.”
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