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Community spirit abounds in Frederick County. This is a place where volunteerism and generosity are front and center, and our community benefits greatly from these gifts. The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County has all these components plus one more: a passion for improving self-sufficiency for women and those who depend on them.
Comprised mostly of women, the organization has granted more than $1.6 million since 2007 to local nonprofits in support of programs that help improve the emotional, educational, financial, and physical well-being of women of all ages who are in challenging situations. Some grants assist with emergencies, and other grants help women obtain an education that will allow them to pursue professional employment, have safe and adequate childcare, obtain transportation, get physical and mental health services, and more.
Every story has a beginning, and the story of the Women’s Giving Circle began in 2005 when Karlys Kline, a well-known community volunteer, wanted to help women and their children in Frederick County who were struggling. She convened a group of friends and business associates and partnered with the Community Foundation to create a fund from which grants could be made. “I wanted a way to reach out to women in the community who were experiencing obstacles in life that could be improved by support from women who had the resources to offer,” said Ms. Kline.
Her idea was greeted with great enthusiasm, and the organization began with 45 members who pledged $1,000 a year for three consecutive years. In 2007, the first grants, totaling $70,000, were presented to nine nonprofits. Each year, the total grant amount from The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund and the number of nonprofits benefiting has grown, and recently in June, grants totaled $210,000 – an amount that has tripled since 2007. The number of nonprofits receiving grants annually has nearly tripled, reaching 24.
“It takes courage to ask for help. But bit by bit, those in need asked and our members answered,” said Ms. Kline. “Our generous community has helped the Women’s Giving Circle grow to more than 370 members, and it continues to thrive because we come from a place of respect, encouragement, and value for our fellow women in Frederick County. We are privileged to extend a helping hand and change the direction of many lives, in positive ways.”
It’s impossible to know how many lives have been touched and made better through the Women’s Giving Circle. Its success proves that one idea from one person can grow beyond expectations when the spirit, volunteerism, generosity, and passion of many come together for a common cause.
For more information about the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, or to join, visit www.FrederickWGC.org.
FREDERICK, MD – July 18, 2019: The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County announces that 39 grants totaling $210,000 have been presented to 24 area nonprofits serving women and children. The grants were presented during the 13th annual event held in June. The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund is one of more than 700 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The FY2019 grants bring the Women’s Giving Circle grant total to $1,656,500 since the first grants were provided in 2006 in support of its mission to provide programs and services promoting self-sufficiency for women and those who depend on them. The organization was founded by Karlys Kline, a local resident who wanted to find ways to assist women and their dependents. The idea quickly caught on and through a partnership with the Community Foundation, the organization has grown to include more than 325 members. Kimberly S. Chaney, Women’s Giving Circle chairperson, encourages those interested in membership to visit www.FrederickWGC.org for more information.
The following nonprofits received grants:
Advocates for Homeless Families received a $4,000 grant to provide assistance accessing permanent housing or avoid energy shutoff, a $4,000 grant to provide or maintain reliable transportation and childcare, and a $500 grant for its urban gardens program.
The Birthing Circle received a $6,500 grant to assist women in challenging pregnancy and birth situations to improve birth outcomes.
Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County received a $5,000 grant to provide summer child care scholarships to children of single mothers.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick received a $3,000 grant to provide safe and age appropriate car seats to Frederick County women, and a $3,000 grant for diapers and wipes for mothers with financial need.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership received a $3,000 grant to provide higher education assistance to women who have incarceration in their lives, and a $1,000 grant for respite support of caregivers of children impacted by incarceration.
Daybreak Adult Care Services received an $8,000 grant to provide respite services to women caring for an aging parent or spouse.
Frederick Community College Foundation received a $5,000 grant for its Allied Health Academy to assist unemployed or under-employed women seeking to acquire training in an allied health field, and a $5,000 grant for Project Forward Step to reduce financial barriers for low-income single mothers and displaced women enrolled in classes.
Frederick Memorial Hospital received a $5,500 grant for its Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Support and Outreach Program, including mental health treatment for pregnant and postpartum women in Frederick County.
Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. received an $8,000 grant for its Faith House Program in support of case management services to homeless mothers and children, and a $3,000 grant to support its food distribution center for women in need.
Heartly House received an $8,000 grant to provide medical accompaniment and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick received an $8,000 grant in support of child care costs to help women move forward, and an $8,000 grant to provide transportation to women improving their lives through education and employment.
Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. received a $3,000 grant to support women’s literacy programs and a $2,500 grant for women’s literacy program teaching and learning materials.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County received a $5,000 grant in support of its Parent Coach program that helps promote parent/child relationships and improves child development, and a $7,500 grant in support of its Healthy Families Frederick program to promote child well-being through intensive home visits for first-time mothers.
Mission of Mercy, Inc. received a $3,500 grant to provide medical services to uninsured and underinsured women with hypertension and heart disease, a $3,500 grant to provide medications to uninsured and underinsured for women with diabetes, a $3,500 grant to provide general medications for uninsured and underinsured women, and a $6,000 grant for dental care for uninsured and underinsured women.
Partners In Care received a $3,000 grant to better serve older women by focusing on personal needs such as member advocacy, health, wellness, and safety concerns.
The Phoenix Foundation received an $8,000 grant to provide financial assistance for women who cannot afford substance use disorder treatment fees, sober living fees, transportation for treatment, and/or treatment-related prescription medication.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland received an $8,000 grant to provide reproductive health care screenings, tests and treatments to women living at or below poverty level.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs received an $8,000 grant for eviction and utility interruption prevention for women and their families, and an $8,000 grant to help provide emergency shelter and case management support for homeless women with children.
The Salvation Army received a $5,000 grant to provide individualized services to families with children to assist in breaking generational cycles of crisis and vulnerability.
Second Chances Garage received an $8,000 grant in support of the low-cost vehicle repair program for women, and an $8,000 grant to provide refurbished vehicles for women.
Seton Center, Inc. received a $6,000 grant in support of the DePaul Dental Women’s program to provide dental screenings and services to uninsured, low-income women, and a $7,000 grant to support the cost of dentures or partials for uninsured, low-income women.
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland received an $8,000 grant to educate and support mothers of children who attend Frederick County Public Schools who are victims of abuse and/or are low-income to help build self-sufficiency and invoke their legal rights.
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) received an $8,000 grant to provide emergency shelter in area hotels for women and children experiencing homelessness.
Wells House at Gale Recovery received a $2,000 grant to provide Trauma Informed Yoga to female patients.
The new grants bring the Women’s Giving Circle grant total to just over $1.1 million since the first grants were provided in 2006 in support of its mission to provide programs and services promoting self-sufficiency for women and those who depend on them. The 275+ member organization welcomes new people at any time. To learn more, visit www.womensgivingcircleoffred.org.
Advocates for Homeless Families received a $4,000 grant to provide assistance accessing permanent housing or avoid energy shutoff, a $3,000 grant to provide or maintain reliable transportation and childcare, and a $500 grant for its urban gardens program.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership received a $2,000 grant to provide higher education assistance to caregivers of children whose lives have been affected by an incarcerated parent and a $600 grant to provide women inmates leaving the Detention Center with resources that will lead them toward success.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick received a $2,400 grant to provide safe travel for 100 children in the Frederick community by providing new car seats to families and a $3,900 grant to provide diaper supplies to mothers who need financial assistance.
Daybreak Adult Day Services received a $5,000 grant to provide respite care and support to women caring for older adults.
Frederick Community College Foundation received a $2,500 grant for the Allied Health Academy to provide transportation and childcare assistance to women in the allied health program, and a $7,000 grant for Project Forward Step to provide transportation and childcare assistance to returning single parents who need financial assistance.
Frederick Memorial Hospital received a $3,000 grant for the Survivors Offering Support program to provide hospital integrated peer mentoring to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
Frederick Rescue Mission, Inc. received a $10,000 grant to support the Faith House Program to provide support to homeless mothers and children.
Heartly House received a $10,000 grant to provide medical accompaniment and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Housing Authority of the City of Frederick received a $7,000 grant and a $6,500 grant, both in support of the Women Succeeding in Education program, helping women in public housing meet their education and employment goals.
Interfaith Housing Alliance received a $6,500 grant in support of its Self Sufficiency Counseling initiative that teaches women effective financial management.
Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc. received a $3,000 grant to provide textbooks and curricular materials to women to support their literacy goals and improve their self-sufficiency and employment opportunities.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County received a $7,000 grant in support of its Parent Coach program to support non-custodial mothers and a $7,000 grant in support of its Healthy Families Frederick program to improve parenting skills.
Mission of Mercy, Inc. received a $4,000 grant in support of dental services for women, a $2,300 grant to provide medications for women, a $2,300 grant to provide medical care for women with diabetes and a $2,300 grant to provide medical care for women with hypertension.
Partners In Care received a $6,000 grant to help coordinate volunteers with older women who receive 2,000 free rides yearly for medical appointments and assistance for everyday living tasks.
Planned Parenthood of Maryland received a $7,500 grant to provide reproductive health care screenings, tests and treatments to women living at or below poverty level.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs received a $10,000 grant for eviction and utility interruption prevention for women and their families, and a $7,000 grant to help provide emergency shelter and case management support for homeless women with children.
Second Chances Garage received a $7,500 grant in support of the low-cost vehicle repair program for women, and a $4,000 grant to provide refurbished vehicles for women.
Seton Center, Inc. received a $10,000 grant in support of the DePaul Dental Women’s program to provide dental screenings and services to low income women.
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County (SHIP) received a $10,000 grant to provide expanded emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children.
Wells House at Gale Recovery received an $8,000 grant in support of drug and alcohol recovery and employment services for women and a $1,200 grant to provide a computer station with printer at The Gale House.
Black Philanthropy Month was created in August 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier-Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network. It is a global celebration of African-descent giving and is recognized by the United Nations as part of its Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African descent. Its goal is universal: to promote the power of giving to transform lives.
The Community Foundation holds several funds that are transforming lives through the generosity of local Black philanthropists. The George and Ruth Dredden Scholarship Fund was created in 2007 with their Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award. The Dreddens chose to carry on their legacy of selfless service by helping students attend college and achieve their academic goals. Since 2010, when the first scholarship was presented from their fund, ten students have benefitted. Countless more will benefit in the coming years because of the Dredden family’s commitment to the fund and their belief in higher education.
The Kenneth W. Parker – Class of ’55 Scholarship Fund, is another example. This fund was created in 2006 through a merger of two funds with similar goals of assisting with post-secondary education: The Kenneth W. Parker Meritorious Scholarship Fund and The Lincoln High School Class of ’55 Scholarship Fund. Mr. Parker has been an active donor to the fund as well as a participant in the scholar selection process that recommends scholarships to the Community Foundation’s board. Since 2002, more than 30 students have benefited with scholarships that helped with the expense of college or trade and technical school classes.
In 2012, Dr. Earlene Thornton (the first African-American female to have served on the Frederick County Board of Education) wanted to help students with post-secondary education and established The Earlene H. and Henry J. Sr. Thornton Fund for Educational Professionals. Dr. Thornton was interested in helping people achieve not only college-level education but also certificates and licensures that would advance careers. Also, she knew that grants were needed to support special projects enhancing the regular school curriculum. Four students have received scholarships to date.
The Dr. Ulysses G. Bourne, Sr. Memorial Fund is another example of philanthropy that is impacting Frederick County. Established in 1996 by Dr. Blanche Bourne-Tyree, and added to through husband Chris Tyree’s estate, the fund provides scholarships for students pursuing careers in medicine or health care-related fields. During their lifetime, the Tyree’s generosity has helped dozens of students studying in the medical and health care fields.
These are stories that highlight just some of the funds created by Black philanthropists and how their generosity of giving is transforming lives in Frederick County. We are honored to work with them and others every day.
FREDERICK, MD – July 18, 2019: The Frederick Art Club has established The Claire McCardell Project Fund with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. It becomes one of more than 700 funds under management.
This project honors Frederick, Maryland native and internationally acclaimed fashion designer Claire McCardell (1905-1958) with the creation of a larger-than-life-size bronze statue that will be installed along the Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick. The club has commissioned award-winning Frederick-based sculptor Sarah Hempel Irani to portray the designer at work. Through this project, the Frederick Art Club joins a national trend to “break the bronze ceiling” by putting monumental women on a pedestal.
Ms. McCardell pioneered the American style of sportswear that revolutionized how women dress and made design excellence accessible at ready-to-wear prices. Her innovative design continues to influence the fashion industry to this day, and her work is featured in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Smithsonian Institute.
The Frederick Art Club has undertaken this public art project as a gift to the community. The club has set a fundraising goal of $200,000, with contributions being used to underwrite artist fees and supplies; foundry, pedestal and engraving expenses; and installation costs. The club itself will not benefit financially.
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Sarah Hempel Irani
There’s a story behind every fund created at the Community Foundation. Let’s start with one of the very first: the Smith Sisters, who created The Mary E. M. and Ruth E. Smith Scholarship Fund. They were dedicated schoolteachers and community volunteers who cared deeply about the children they taught and the community they lived in, and they left a legacy that’s benefited nearly 300 students pursuing education as a career.
If you attended Parkway Elementary in the 1940’s, 50’s, or first half of the 60’s, you’re not too old to remember these remarkable women. Mary and Ruth taught school for 42 and 44 years respectively. Mary was also an administrator, serving as principal of Parkway Elementary from 1940 to 1966. Early in her career, she spent 13 years as a “teaching principal” at Urbana Elementary, meaning she taught all seven grades and served as head administrator. Mary was the first teacher and principal in Frederick County to earn a master’s degree, and Ruth was the second elementary teacher to accomplish this.
In a June 1966 article by The Frederick News-Post covering Mary’s retirement, she said the key to a rewarding life is to identify with a cause that is bigger than yourself and then lose yourself in the cause. As devoted teachers, education was the cause to which Mary and Ruth “lost” themselves during their lifetime. After their lifetime, they wanted to help others be successful teachers and administrators. Through their fund, they have continued to support their cause and build their legacy.
Each year, approximately a dozen students receive a college scholarship from this fund that helps them pursue their dream of becoming a teacher and getting “lost in their cause” by positively influencing the lives of young learners. Some have returned to teach in Frederick County, but no matter where they’ve gone, the impact of Mary and Ruth’s scholarship has gone with them.
This fund also holds a significant place in the Community Foundation’s history, as it was the first large endowment fund to be managed by the board of trustees. It was originally established with Fredericktown Bank and Trust Company and then transferred in 1987, just one year after the Community Foundation was incorporated as a public charity. It is still one of the largest endowed scholarship funds under management and contributes significantly to the $1 million total of all scholarships presented annually.
What are the causes in which you can “lose” yourself? How can your efforts make a difference? What kind of legacy do you wish to leave? Only you know the answer to the first question. The Community Foundation can help you answer the others. You don’t have to be wealthy to create a lasting legacy. All you need is the desire to something meaningful with the resources you have.
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