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FREDERICK, MD – September 12, 2019: To lower barriers to post-secondary education, a coalition of local organizations known as the Frederick County FAFSA Coalition announces eight workshops to assist students in completing the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in accessing a variety of scholarships and federal funding. Financial aid experts will be present to answer questions. The workshops are free; registration is strongly recommended. Visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/FAFSAFinish to register for a specific time slot.
FAFSA Finish events for 2019 are scheduled for October 7, Catoctin High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 12, Frederick Community College, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; October 15, Hood College, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; October 16, Brunswick High School, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 17, Frederick High School, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; October 21, Oakdale High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 24, Walkersville High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and October 29, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The FAFSA Coalition includes Frederick Community College, Frederick County Public Schools, Hood College, Mount St. Mary's University, The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick, United Way of Frederick County, and The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
Questions may be directed to the Community Impact Department at The Community Foundation of Frederick County by calling 301.695.7660.
FREDERICK, MD – October 3, 2018: To lower barriers to post-secondary education, a coalition of local organizations known as the Frederick County FAFSA Coalition announces seven workshops to assist in completing the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in accessing a variety of scholarships and federal funding. Financial aid experts will be present to answer questions. The workshops are free; registration is strongly recommended. Visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/FAFSAFinish to register for a specific time slot.
FAFSA Finish events are scheduled for October 10, Catoctin High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 17, Walkersville High School, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 23, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Oakdale High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 24, Brunswick High School, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; November 5, Frederick High School, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and November 10, at Frederick Community College, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Questions may be directed to The Community Foundation of Frederick County, a member of the FAFSA Coalition, at 301.695.7660.
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 – 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.
FREDERICK, MD – September 9, 2019: Concerned about environmental issues, carbon footprints, and public education on the issues, Isaac Shapiro has founded The Net Zero Nation Fund with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. It becomes one of more than 720 funds under management.
Grants from the fund will support the start-up and ongoing operations of Net Zero’s nonprofit activities as it strives to educate the public about environmental issues and stimulate individual action to protect the environment, with an emphasis on reducing the causes of climate change.
The Community Foundation is Frederick County’s premier organization for promoting local philanthropy and charitable giving by working with donors to establish funds that create impact in the community. To date, the Community Foundation has given back more than $64 million throughout Frederick County.
FREDERICK, MD – November 6, 2018: The Community Foundation of Frederick County welcomes five new members to its board of trustees: Gordon M. Cooley, Market Manager, First United Bank & Trust; Jean M. Joyce, CFP, Vice President, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; R. Sean McAdam, Director of IT Operations, Tessco; Darryn Naylin, Pharm D., Hillcrest Compounding Pharmacy; and Richard A. Pearrell, Vice President, Woodsboro Bank. “Our newest trustees bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise that will benefit the Community Foundation immensely,” said Elizabeth Y. Day, President and CEO. “It is a privilege and an honor to work with these community leaders.”
The Community Foundation of Frederick County, a public charity, was founded in 1986 by a group of community citizens as a conduit for donors to fulfill their charitable goals by establishing permanent funds that provide grants and scholarships to nonprofits and deserving students. To date, the Community Foundation has more than 700 funds that support health care, the arts, human service agencies, animal welfare groups, environmental organizations, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, scholarship programs, and other civic causes.
In 1998, the Community Foundation announced the creation of The Charles Thomas and Mary Ellen Main Scholarship Fund. The fund was made possible through bequests from Mr. and Mrs. Main; their wills instructed us to provide financial assistance for educational purposes to deserving children and young adults with financial need.
Since 1998, the fund has provided more than $117,000 in scholarship support to nearly 100 Frederick County residents. Part of this money supported Frederick County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Character Counts! program, from approximately 2002 to 2007. This program encouraged FCPS students “to become caring, respectful and responsible citizens and family members” by teaching trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Each high school in Frederick County chose one graduating senior to receive a $500 scholarship to reward their exemplary character.
Supporting scholarships and the Character Counts! program is a fitting legacy for the Mains. They were both lifelong and well-respected residents of Frederick County. Charles was a farm manager, and Mary Ellen a homemaker. Mary Ellen served her community in numerous volunteer capacities, including the Red Cross as a nurse’s aide at Frederick Memorial Hospital during World War II, and various homemaker clubs. They did not have children but wanted to provide opportunities for students to obtain an education, and according to Joseph D. Baker, a close friend, “were excited to learn they could provide a scholarship through their wills with the Community Foundation.” Mr. Baker continued, saying, “They were very excited and glad to do so.” All who knew them would agree they both exemplified all the components of the Character Counts! program.
This is a wonderful example of giving back to the community and helping people succeed. The Mains passed away in the early 1990s but created a legacy that continues 21 years later. As you read this, two students are benefiting from scholarships for their 2019-2020 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology and Frederick Community College.
How would you like to impact your community? The Community Foundation can suggest many ways to create your legacy. You don’t have to be wealthy; you just need the desire to help. Learn more by visiting www.FrederickCountyGives.org or call our office at 301.695.7660.
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