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The Community Foundation of Frederick County welcomes three new members to its board of trustees: Alejandro Cañadas, Ph.D., Taitia L. Elliott, and Nicole Chafitz Orr.
Alejandro Cañadas, Ph.D., of Emmitsburg, Maryland, holds the position of Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at Mount St. Mary’s University, and has been teaching there since 2008 after earning his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Cañadas’ other volunteer activities include serving on the finance committee, and teaching confirmation classes at St. Joseph Church in Emmitsburg, and volunteering at Mother Seton School.
Taitia L. Elliott, of Frederick, Maryland, is Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, for Frederick County Bank (FCB), overseeing business development and ancillary commercial banking services. Her banking career spans 31 years, with 11 years at FCB. Ms. Elliott’s other volunteer activities include the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, where she is a Leadership Frederick County graduate. She has also served on the board for the Izaak Walton League of America.
Nicole Chafitz Orr, of Thurmont, Maryland is Chairperson for Distinguished Young Women of Frederick County, a program that provides mentoring to outstanding young women who are in their junior year of high school, teaching life skills such as interviewing, social media etiquette, phone skills, and more. Ms. Orr’s other volunteer activities include Hospice of Frederick County as a direct patient service volunteer, fundraising for Lewistown Elementary School PTA, a member of Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, and Maryland Scholar Speaker Bureau volunteer for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.
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 dreams by establishing permanent funds that provide grants and scholarships to nonprofits and deserving students. To date, the Community Foundation has more than 690 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. Since its inception, more than $53 million has been given back to the Frederick County community.
Frederick, MD – October 25, 2017: Public sector employees once again have an opportunity to support the community where they live by directing their donations to The Community Foundation of Frederick County through employee giving campaigns. Donations from employee giving campaigns to the Community Foundation will be used toward its work in creating community outreach to promote philanthropy, allowing it to continue its legacy of giving by providing grants to worthy nonprofits and scholarships to deserving students. Since 1986, the Community Foundation has invested more than $53 million in the Frederick County community.
Public sector employees, including federal, state and public school employees are encouraged to direct their charitable giving to the Community Foundation through the following designation numbers. Campaign pledge forms are due by November 17, 2017.
EIN # 52-1488-711 for the 2017 Maryland Charities Campaign.
54565 for employees participating in the 2017 Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign.
1200 for those participating in the 2017 Combined Charity Campaign for Frederick County Government, The City of Frederick, and Frederick County Public Schools.
FREDERICK, MD – January 4, 2018: Grants totaling more than $65,000 have been provided from five funds that were created specifically to benefit Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center, and Montevue Assisted Living. The funds are managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County, and grants from the funds will be used for projects that improve the quality of life for residents at both facilities.
Grants from The Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Fund will provide two new upright pianos, and will support the addition of hand railings in the Memory Garden.
A grant from The Friends of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Fund will support the addition of hand railings in the Memory Garden.
A grant from The Donald L. Lewis Staff Education Fund for Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Fund will assist with the cost of tuition, resource materials, and professional development for staff.
A grant from The Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Special Projects Fund will be used to support staff training and other projects that enhance medical care for residents.
A grant from The Grace Brashear Winpigler Dental Healthcare Fund will help provide dental care and treatment for residents who have financial need.
“The partnership between Frederick County Government and the Community Foundation to support our seniors in these facilities has been excellent,” said Elizabeth Y. Day, president and CEO. “I am especially grateful to the donors who created these funds. They care very much about enhancing the lives of Citizens and Montevue residents.”
“Citizens and Montevue have always represented something good and something special in our community,” County Executive Jan Gardner said. “These grants help ensure that our seniors enjoy the quality of life they deserve.”
As a leader in grant and scholarship funding, The Community Foundation of Frederick County has given back more than $53 million to the community since 1986. To learn more about the Community Foundation, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org.
Pictured, from left: Donors Charles Trunk, Kay Sheiss, Linda Turbyville, president, Montevue/Citizens Auxiliaries, and Donald Linton; County Executive Gardner; Dr. Sonja Sperlich, donor; Pilar Olivo, former Director of Community Impact, Community Foundation, and Elizabeth Y. Day, Community Foundation president and CEO.
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.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s Board of Trustees approved a $25,000 grant at its May 2018 board meeting from unrestricted funds to jumpstart the YMCA of Frederick County’s rebuilding and renovation from recent flood damage.
The YMCA suffered extensive damage from flood waters on May 15, 2018 to its facility. “On behalf of the YMCA volunteers and staff, we would like to express our gratitude to the community’s response during this time of need. Our goal is to continue to assess the damages as quickly as possible and implement a plan to get the facility and services back up and operating,” said Chris Colville, CEO and president, YMCA. “The Community Foundation’s board voted unanimously to provide the grant,” said president and CEO Elizabeth Y. Day. “The YMCA is an integral part of Frederick County, and suffering this damage again so soon after the 2015 flood is devastating. The board acted quickly in an effort to assist in the repair, show community support, and help them reopen as soon as possible.”
FREDERICK, MD – December 14, 2017: The Community Foundation of Frederick County recently presented 22 music and dance scholarships totaling $10,200 from three funds to talented young musicians, in support of vocal, instrumental music, or dance instruction and training.
Fourteen students received scholarships from The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund, founded by Dustin and Courtney’s parents in their memory. Scholars are Abel Barrows, Catherine Derr, Owen Fay, Valerie Fell, Owen Fell, Alexander Hayes, Delaney Heurich, Kristina Kaarid, Emmaline Main, Isabella Marchena, Claire Smith, Chasie Thompson, Isaiah Whitmore, and Lydia Whitmore.
Two students received scholarships from The Guss Family Scholarship Fund for the Arts, founded by Tuvy Guss and Tracey Ellis-Guss. Scholars are Lyra Garrett and Joseph Hill.
Two students received scholarships from The Thomas F. Waters Memorial Dance Scholarship, founded by Karen Waters and Joy Ellis to honor the memory of Tom Waters. Scholars are Anna Arrington and Taylor Wood.
Since 1986, the Community Foundation has provided scholarships to deserving students and grants to worthy nonprofit organizations, contributing more than $53 million throughout Frederick County.
Frederick, MD – February 23, 2018: The Community Foundation of Frederick County is pleased to announce its scholarship application is available for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning Thursday, March 1, 2018. For the third consecutive year, just over $1 million is available to students pursuing post-secondary education or vocational training. By completing one general application, students may qualify for more than 250 scholarships. The completed application with required attachments must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Details about the scholarship program and the application are accessible through the Community Foundation website at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com.
Students about to complete their senior year of high school, students already enrolled in a trade school, college or university, and non-traditional students over the age of 21 are eligible to apply. Scholarship criteria are established by the scholarship funds’ founding donors. Some scholarships do not consider financial need. All students are encouraged to apply.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County is a recognized leader in providing scholarships to area students, made possible by generous donors who establish funds or add to existing funds.
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