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FREDERICK, MD – April 22, 2020: The Community Foundation of Frederick County will be accepting nominations for the 2020 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism and Youth in Action Awards from May 1 through May 31, 2020.
The online applications can be found at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/WertheimerAwards beginning on May 1, 2020. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2020. No paper applications will be accepted.
The Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Awards 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 awards program is made possible through The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund. Those nominated must be age 18 or older. Nominations are not accepted for couples, groups, clubs, or organizations.
The Wertheimer Youth in Action Award is now in its ninth year. Youth under the age of 18 who are positively impacting the community by volunteering their talents and energies in extraordinary ways are eligible to be nominated.
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.
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 – 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 –December 17, 2019: During its recent FY2020 strategic grantmaking cycle, The Community Foundation of Frederick County provided $423,335.30 to 29 area nonprofits dedicated to improving lives and enhancing Frederick County. These grants focus on the Community Foundation’s strategic grant areas supporting children and youth, health care, basic human needs, preparing for an aging population, responding to substance use disorder, and supporting families with children.
Strategic grant funding supporting school readiness for children and youth was provided to:
Blessings in a Backpack: $500 for weekend backpacks of supplemental nutrition for pre-K
The Delaplaine Arts Center: $2,270 for its ArtStart program.
Family Partnership of Frederick County: $30,785 for Bright Futures 2020 program.
The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick: $20,000 for Early Learning and Thriving Families: Keys to School Success program.
Mental Health Association of Frederick County: $21,200 for Healthy Families Frederick program.
The Frederick Center: $5,480 for youth programs supporting the behavioral health of LGBTQ+ youth.
Frederick Community Action Agency: $15,000 for primary health care services for low income residents and $15,000 for school-based health care.
Frederick Memorial Hospital: $10,460.70 for medication management program.
Mission of Mercy: $15,000 for patient partnership referrals from Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Partners in Care: $10,000 for partnership with Frederick Memorial Hospital to increase transportation for those age 50+ and reduce emergency department visits.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs: $10,000 for prescription assistance program.
Strategic grant funding supporting basic human needs was provided to:
Advocates for Homeless Families: $20,000 for partial case manager salaries, $5,000 for emergency financial assistance, and $5,000 for transportation and childcare assistance for program participants.
Frederick Rescue Mission: $20,000 for Changed Life Recovery program case manager salaries and $20,000 for Faith House case manager salary.
Second Chances Garage: $10,000 for homeless household car placement and vehicle repairs.
Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP): $12,515.12 for the New Horizons Academy for Homeless Youth.
Strategic grant funding for capacity building supporting preparing for an aging population was provided to:
Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County: $5,682.79 for a service coordination model to help address the needs of low-income seniors.
Centro Hispano de Frederick: $10,000 for new data collection plan to assist limited English proficiency individuals age 60+ age-in-place.
Daybreak Adult Day Services: $9,950 for phone system upgrade.
Frederick Memorial Hospital: $10,000 for medication management program.
Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, MD: $10,000 for A Brush With Kindness program.
Partners in Care: $10,000 for strengthening its Rides and Relationships for a Lifetime program.
Strategic grant funding for capacity building supporting responding to substance use disorder was provided to:
CR Freedom Center: $8,000 for building repairs for the men’s house.
Crossed Bridges, LLC: $5,000 for Frederick County Goes Purple program.
Frederick Rescue Mission: $9,006 for its Changed Life Recovery program.
Mission of Mercy: $10,000 for opioid/controlled substance use safety and patient education.
Strategic grant funding for capacity building supporting families with children was provided to:
Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership: $9,593.89 for capacity building through permanent office space and tracking software.
City Youth Matrix: $8,500 for transportation service expansion.
Family Partnership of Frederick County: $6,916.54 for capacity building strategic planning and $6,398.26 for staff development and training.
Frederick Rescue Mission: $10,000 for Faith House transitional housing program.
Heartly House: $5,500 for increasing counseling capacity to support families.
Housing Authority of The City of Frederick: $2,400 for management tools to support school readiness for children tracking.
Interfaith Housing Alliance: $5,500 for technological capacity building.
Asian American Center: $5,000 for technology support for integrated community services program.
Literacy Council of Frederick County: $6,000 for volunteer capacity building to meet the literacy needs of families with children.
Second Chances Garage: $10,000 for capacity building to support ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed) families.
Seton Center: $10,000 for ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed) families.
Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland: $1,677 for employment assistance for low-income residents of Frederick County.
FREDERICK, MD – October 1, 2019: The Community Foundation recently recognized its FY2020 Strategic Funding Partners. These donors financially support the Community Foundation’s strategic grantmaking areas of supporting families with children, responding to substance use disorder, preparing for an aging population, access to health care, services for the homeless and precariously housed, and school-readiness for children.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Supporting Families with Children Strategic Initiatives Fund are: Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; Jeff Robertson, The Julie Ann Robertson Cashour Memorial Fund; Robert G. DeLauter, The Robert G. DeLauter Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Robert G. Hooper, The Robert G. Hooper Family Fund; Drs. Robert and Jane Ladner, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; The Kiwanis Fund of Suburban Frederick Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Marion D. Carmack, Jr.; Nancy N. Franck; Larry and Deborah Grove; Elizabeth K. Hale; Addie B. Null; Shirley R. Richardson; and Michael and Marlene Young.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Preparing for an Aging Population Strategic Initiatives Fund were received from: Dr. Arthur Anderson and Julane Anderson; Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Drs. Robert and Jane Ladner, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Marion D. Carmack, Jr.; Dorothy L. Etzler; Nancy N. Franck; Elizabeth K. Hale; Donald and Rebecca Linton; Addie B. Null; and Shirley R. Richardson.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Responding to Substance Use Disorder Strategic Initiatives Fund were received from: Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; James and Amy Clapp, The James H. and Amy N. Clapp Family Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Peggy Waxter, The Garrett R. Petronchak Memorial Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Addie B. Null; and Shirley R. Richardson.
A gift to The Children and Youth Strategic Initiatives Fund was received from The PNC Fund and a gift to The Health Care Strategic Initiatives Fund was received from David G. and Karen L. Thomassen.
Gifts to The Strategic Initiatives Pass Through Fund were received from these Strategic Funding Partners: James and Caroline Atkins, The Caroline and Jimmy Atkins Fund; Joan Barrick, The Samuel W. and Joan J. Barrick Fund; Mark and Susan Butt, The Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund; The Frederick Mutual Insurance Company Donor-Advised Fund; Charles and Peggy Hoff, The Charles W. Hoff, III and Margaret O. Hoff Family Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; Robert K. Moler, The Robert and Ardeth Moler Family Fund; Philip and Erika Rauh, The Philip Rauh Family Endowment Fund; Virginia K. Brace and Jana M. Moberly; William H. Browning, Jr.; Bernard J. and Krista A. Davisson; Andrew P. and Anna P. Grossnickle; James and Wanda Hartley; Gabrielle Keller; Karlys Kline and Thomas Lynch; Jeanne R. Lee; Addie B. Null; Shirley R. Richardson; Tod and Barry Salisbury; Alfred and Patricia Shockley; Betty M. Waltz; De Walt Willard, Jr.; and Donald and Beverlie Wissner.
FREDERICK, MD – September 30, 2019: To support youth mentoring programs in Frederick County, The Robert L. De Lauter Youth Mentoring Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund becomes one of more than 720 funds under management.
The fund was created by Robert L. De Lauter to help youth who need guidance, direction, and adults to assist them making good life choices. Grants may support, but are not limited to, youth mentoring programs such as Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1218, which allows local youth to learn about careers in law enforcement through training exercises and classroom sessions.
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.
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