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September 27, 2017: RaeAnn Butler, Daniel Campbell, and Vanessa Fox will be honored in November as 2017 Wertheimer Fellows.
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.
The online applications can be found at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/WertheimerAwards beginning on May 1, 2018. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2018. No paper applications will be accepted.
The Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Awards is now in its 16th 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 seventh 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 2018. 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.
FREDERICK, MD – April 16, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County will be accepting nominations for the 2019 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism and Youth in Action Awards from May 1 through May 31, 2019.
The online applications can be found at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/WertheimerAwards beginning on May 1, 2019. Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2019. No paper applications will be accepted.
The Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Awards is now in its 17th 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 eighth 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 2019. 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.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County was established in 1986 to advance local philanthropy and charitable giving.
Each year, the Community Foundation recognizes several people from Frederick County who are selfless in their contributions of time, energy and talents because they want to make a difference in the lives of others. We are pleased to announce the 2019 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism who will be honored on November 21, 2019, at our 33rd Annual Report to the 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 The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation.
Each Wertheimer Fellow receives $25,000 from The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund. They choose to add this money to an existing Community Foundation fund or use it to create a new fund. The Wertheimer Fund also provides a $2,000 grant to a nonprofit of choice by the Youth in Action honoree.
Dr. Peter Kremers, 2019 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism, is the man behind Color on the Creek and Sailing Into the Winter Solstice. The beautiful blooming water plants that line Carroll Creek and the elaborately decorated and lighted boats in the winter months are becoming legendary.
Frustrated by the unattractive algae growth in the water along Carroll Creek linear park, Dr. Kremers researched ways to limit its growth. A test garden in the Creek was successful, and in 2013, he and 100 volunteers installed more than 1,000 plants. Now, there are more than 4,000 plants and thousands of people, both residents and tourists, enjoy the color and the clean water.
Dr. Kremers started building decorative boats, sponsored by local businesses, to add color in the winter months. Each year, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite boat and raise money for community nonprofits.
With his award, Dr. Kremers has created The Color on the Creek Fund to support the ongoing development of the water garden and boat display.
Ronald “Ron” Layman, Sr., 2019 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism, is passionate about Boy Scouting. After high school and time in the United States Marine Corps, Ron became the Scoutmaster for Troop 274 in 1980 and led this Troop for 34 years. He has mentored no less than 112 young men (including his two sons) in Frederick County to become Eagle Scouts. In addition, he has served on the Catoctin Mountain Boy Scout District Committee for 11 years and the Francis Scott Key District Committee. He is the visionary, administrator and caretaker of the 210-acre Walkersville, Maryland property used to host thousands of Boy and Girl Scouts and their activities. Ron has also served on memorial and design committees for veteran monuments in Memorial Park and is a 50-year member of the Shangri-La Marine Corps League Detachment.
Ron is described as someone who “through visionary leadership, physical labor, collaborative committee ventures, or simply his concern for the welfare of our youth, is a vital force impacting and improving our community.” With his award, Ron has established The Ron Layman Family Fund to provide grants to a variety of local nonprofits.
Leila Ghaffari, 2019 Wertheimer Youth in Action honoree, is a senior at Urbana High School and is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. From 2014 through 2018, she participated in United Way’s Summer Serve program and Leadership Week, an intense program about Frederick County government, history, the business community, educational system, and nonprofits. Through contacts she made during Leadership Week, Leila was accepted as a volunteer intern in the Office of the Mayor, City of Frederick and represented the City at Youth Advisory Council meetings and demonstrated excellent leadership among her peers.
In addition, Leila sings with the Frederick Children’s Chorus and has been a member since the third grade. From summer camp counseling to promoting Chorus events to small administrative tasks, she has earned the respect of her peers and adults by her motivation to help.
Leila is described as dedicated, focused, and kind. With her award, she is providing a grant to United Way of Frederick County, with support to Heartly House, and a grant to Frederick Children’s Chorus.
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 – May 25, 2018: A grant from The Frederick County Business Roundtable for Education Fund, one of more than 690 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County, is providing partial funding to the Youth Apprenticeship Maryland program in Frederick County. The grant was supported with a $15,000 gift to the fund from FirstEnergy Foundation. The fund is one of more than 690 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) was selected as one of two county school systems in Maryland to pilot the Youth Apprenticeship Maryland “Earn and Learn” program. Students work, in the summer following their junior year and during their senior year of high school, with a local employer to learn skills in a state-approved industry, and earn industry credentials and high school credit.
Chad Gerrie, a junior at Catoctin High School, is apprenticing with Alban CAT in Myersville, Maryland, and is gaining heavy equipment set-up, maintenance, and repair skills.
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