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Following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement to close all nonessential businesses to combat the spread of COVID-19, The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s office will be closed until further notice. Please feel free to still contact us by phone or email during this time at 301.695.7660 and [email protected] and one of our staff members will be able to assist you. Thank you for your cooperation, and we wish all of our donors, trustees, volunteers, and community members safety and good health during this challenging time.
Each year, The Community Foundation of Frederick County recognizes people who are dedicated to their community and are selfless in their contributions of time, energy, and talents. They are Frederick County residents who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Do you know someone who fits this description? We are pleased to announce that the Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2020 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism and Youth in Action Awards through May 31, 2020.
The Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Awards Program is now in its 18th year and honors the legacy of the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick businesswoman and prolific volunteer. The program is made possible through The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation. The Wertheimer Youth in Action Award is now in its ninth year.
The Community Foundation has recognized outstanding members of our community over the years who are difference makers and are dedicated to the people and causes they serve.
Dr. Peter Kremers received a 2019 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award for his inspirational work in helping to improve his community. Dr. Kremers is the man behind Color on the Creek and Sailing into the Winter Solstice, which has resulted in beautiful blooming water plants that line Carroll Creek and the elaborately decorated and lighted boats in the winter months. Dr. Kremers was frustrated by the unattractive algae growth in the water along Carroll Creek and researched ways to limit its growth. He worked with the City of Frederick to obtain necessary approvals and set up a test garden in 2012. With its success, he established the nonprofit Color on the Creek to raise funds to support the project and in 2013, he worked with a group of volunteers to install hundreds of metal stands holding more than 1,000 perennial and tropical plants. The collection has grown over the years, and now Frederick County residents and thousands of tourists each year can enjoy the spectacular color provided by the plants and the clean water surrounding them.
Turning his attention to the winter months, Dr. Kremers started building decorative boats, sponsored by local businesses, to add color along Carroll Creek. Each year, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite boat and raise money for community nonprofits. With his award, Dr. Kremers established The Color on the Creek Fund with the Community Foundation to support the ongoing development of the water garden and boat display.
Ronald Layman, Sr. received a 2019 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award for his tireless work, commitment, and passion for the Boy Scout program. He joined Cub Scouts at age ten and advanced through the program to become an Eagle Scout. He has served as Scoutmaster for Troop 274 and led this Troop for 34 years. He has mentored more than 100 young men in Frederick County, including his two sons, to become Eagle Scouts and has positively influenced countless others. Mr. Layman has served on several Boy Scout committees and has been the visionary, administrator, and caretaker of the 210-acre Walkersville watershed property which has been used to host thousands of Boy and Girl Scouts and other youth organizations for events and outdoor adventures. Mr. Layman’s other volunteer work has included serving on memorial committees and he has been design chairman for several veteran monuments in Memorial Park in downtown Frederick. He has also been a member of the Shangri-La Marine Corps League Detachment for more than 50 years. With his award, Mr. Layman established The Ron Layman Family Fund to provide grants to a variety of local nonprofits.
Recognized for her extensive volunteer work serving her community, Leila Ghaffari received a 2019 Wertheimer Youth in Action Award. She participated in United Way’s Summer Serve Program and Leadership Week, an intense program about Frederick County government, history, the business community, education system, and nonprofits. Through her experience, she accepted a volunteer intern position with the Office of the Mayor, City of Frederick. In this role, she focused on making a difference in combating sexual harassment, increasing young adult participation in local government, and bringing more art to Frederick. Leila has been recognized for her “intrinsic motivation to help” and has been described as dedicated, focused, kind, and an incredible asset to the Frederick County community. With her award, Leila provided a grant to United Way of Frederick County, with support to Heartly House, and a grant to Frederick Children’s Chorus.
If you know someone like Dr. Peter Kremers, Ronald Layman, or Leila Ghaffari who fits the criteria for this award, the online nomination forms can be found at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/WertheimerAwards. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2020. No paper applications will be accepted.
The honorees will be recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community in November 2020. Wertheimer Fellows are awarded $25,000 to establish or add to a permanent fund with the Community Foundation for the nonprofit or charitable endeavor of their choice. The Wertheimer Youth in Action honoree will receive a $2,000 grant to support a Frederick County nonprofit organization of their choice. We look forward to recognizing our next group of outstanding volunteers this fall.
FREDERICK, MD – February 14, 2020: To support students pursuing their post-secondary educational goals, The Harold Glen and Audrey G. Benson Trumpower Foundation Scholarship Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. It becomes one of more than its 720 component funds.
Founded by the Trumpower Foundation, the fund’s purpose is to provide scholarships to Carroll County, Maryland residents. The scholarships will support students who exceed the maximum income threshold for government financial aid programs but who still have financial need or lack resources to pay for their education. Scholarships will not replace financial aid packages provided by the government or private sources but will add to or compliment other financial aid sources.
The scholarships are intended to include two-and four-year colleges and trade and technical schools, as well as non-credit certificate programs. These programs include but aren’t limited to assisted living manager, cybersecurity, certified clinical medical assistant, dental assistant, and emergency medical technician, among other areas of study. Preference will be given to students who previously received the scholarship after the first year for up to an additional three years of financial support for a maximum total support of four years, pending the student maintains a 2.0 grade point average or higher and continues to meet the scholarship requirements. For more information, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/Trumpower.
The Trumpower Foundation’s primary mission is to provide scholarships and promote other educational and charitable purposes for residents of Carroll County. Mr. and Mrs. Trumpower cared deeply about education, and Mrs. Trumpower lived in Carroll County for most of her life. The scholarship was created to provide ample opportunities to Carroll County students to follow their educational and career aspirations.
FREDERICK, MD – May 7, 2020: To support nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces its fourth round of COVID-19 emergency relief grants totaling $50,600, bringing its combined total of emergency grantmaking to $336,100.
The Community Foundation is partnering with United Way of Frederick County, Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, The Kahlert Foundation, Our Heavenly Cause Foundation, The William Cross Foundation, The Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund, and others as part of the COVID-19 Philanthropic Funders Collaborative (COVID Collaborative) to support nonprofits that directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
With its latest round of funding, the Community Foundation is providing grants to 14 nonprofits to support family sustainability, the arts, food insecurity, information and referral services, animal care, and behavioral health services.
COVID-19 emergency relief grants will be provided to:
Centro Hispano de Frederick: $5,220 to support essential staff and services during the COVID-19 crisis.
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry: $2,500 to support the provision of meat sources of protein to area food banks during the COVID-19 crisis.
February Star Sanctuary: $3,500 to support a cat and horse sanctuary for animals displaced due to housing instability, including homelessness or domestic violence.
Frederick Community College Foundation: $2,000 to assist current FCC students with emergency aid related to loss of employment and remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis.
Frederick County Government/Montevue Assisted Living: $6,578 for the purchase of meal trays and carts to provide timely and safe in-room meals due to the COVID-19 suspension of communal dining.
I Believe in Me, Inc.: $4,400 for providing a selection of quality groceries for food distributions in culturally diverse and heavily impacted populations within Frederick, in coordination with other food distribution providers.
Life & Discovery, Inc.: $6,602 for support of essential staff to address community health needs.
New Spire Arts: $2,000 to support general operating expenses while performance venues are closed due to COVID-19.
Other Voices: $2,000 to support general operating expenses while performance venues are closed due to COVID-19.
Project LIFELINE: $5,800 to support the recovery community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland, Inc.: $3,500 to support essential staff and services during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Delaplaine Arts Center: $2,000 for supporting general operating expenses while fee-for-service programs are closed during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Endangered Species Theatre Project: $2,000 to support the Teen Mentorship Production, rent, and the development of online platforms.
The Frederick Center: $2,500 to support mental health needs of the LGBTQ+ community during the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 has caused significant hardship for so many in Frederick County, but the Community Foundation has been working quickly and decisively with our partners to help bring relief to those who need it most.
Your support has and will help ensure the Community Foundation and COVID Collaborative can continue to respond to Frederick County's greatest needs not only now, but well into the future.
There are several ways to give and support emergency funding for COVID-19. Visit our COVID-19 emergency funding support webpage to learn more.
FREDERICK, MD – April 15, 2020: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces its third round of COVID-19 emergency relief grants totaling $160,500 to local nonprofits, bringing its combined total of emergency grantmaking to $285,500. These new grants were made possible through Our Heavenly Cause Foundation, Truist Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Levine.
COVID-19 emergency relief grant from Our Heavenly Cause Foundation will be provided to:
Blessings in a Backpack: $16,300 for distribution of non-perishable food to Frederick County children in need.
The City of Frederick, Department of Economic Development: $10,000 for emergency financial assistance for small businesses severely impacted by COVID-19, such as rent, mortgage, and utility expenses.
Heartly House: $27,740 for a new phone system that will better serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse by ensuring hotline service access.
Claggett Center: $17,500 to support a non-congregate quarantine and isolation shelter for Frederick County first-responders and healthcare workers.
YMCA of Frederick County: $15,000 to support childcare sites for children of first-responders, healthcare workers, and essential employees.
Other COVID-19 emergency relief grants will be provided to:
Advocates for Homeless Families: $6,300 for utility and maintenance expenses to assist unemployed households in its transitional housing program.
Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County: $15,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.
Brunswick Main Street: $10,000 for its emergency micro-grant program to provide financial assistance to existing downtown businesses.
Frederick Arts Council: $5,210 for essential staff and general operating expenses.
Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley: $3,000 to support its job development and coaching programs for persons with disabilities.
Maryland Ensemble Theatre: $2,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County: $12,450 for continuity of services related to its COVID-19 response.
Second Chances Garage: $10,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County (SHIP): $5,000 for hotel stays for homeless families unable to access other family shelters.
The Arc of Frederick County: $5,000 for essential staff and general operating expenses.
This funding is part of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign to support nonprofits that directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is led by the COVID Collaborative, which consists of the Community Foundation, United Way of Frederick County, Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, The Kahlert Foundation, William E. Cross Foundation, The Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund, and others. These organizations are working together to respond quickly and decisively to local nonprofits' needs.
FREDERICK, MD – March 31, 2020: To support nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, The Community Foundation of Frederick County has announced its first round of COVID-19 emergency relief grants.
The Community Foundation is partnering with United Way of Frederick County, Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, The Kahlert Foundation, and others as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign to support nonprofits that directly help those adversely effected by the COVID-19 crisis.
In support of this campaign, the Community Foundation is partnering with The Kahlert Foundation to provide a total of $50,000 to four area nonprofits in support of essential programs such as food distribution and emergency shelter.
Centro Hispano de Frederick: $10,000 for sustaining essential programs for vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis, including information and referrals for basic human needs, check-ins for behavioral health, and assistance with medical needs.
Frederick Community Action Agency: $10,000 for increasing food bank distribution capacity for households and individuals who are food insecure.
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland, Inc.: $9,000 for sustaining essential programs for vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis, including information and referrals for basic human needs and domestic violence issues, advocacy for children to access school programs, and advocacy for the provision of services.
YMCA of Frederick County: $21,000 to convert Camp West Mar to an emergency shelter for homeless families and individuals who are at risk or test positive for COVID-19 and cannot return to a regular shelter environment. The program is in collaboration with Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.
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