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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 – March 14, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County will release the findings of its 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at The Delaplaine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend. Registration is requested at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/HNA.
The Needs Assessment report identifies human needs as they have evolved in Frederick County since 2011, when the Community Foundation completed its first Frederick County Human Needs Assessment. The 2018 report, prepared by Devereux Consulting and Social Science Consultants, combined expert and community input through key informant interviews and focus groups, a survey of community-engaged persons from across Frederick County, comparison trends with the State of Maryland and other comparison counties, and data from sources such as U.S. Census/American Community Survey and National Center for Education Statistics. The 2018 report is accompanied by an online, dynamic visualization tool that offers access to data about social and economic conditions in Frederick County.
A brief presentation of the findings will be presented by Eric Devereux, Ph.D., of Devereux Consulting, including an overview of the online interactive visualization tool, followed by a question and answer period. Other speakers include Dr. Rachel Mandel, trustee, and champion of the Needs Assessment Strategic Planning subcommittee, and Gordon Cooley, trustee, regarding the Community Foundation's response to these stated needs.
The full report can be accessed at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/NeedsReport. An executive summary will be available on April 3, at the event and at this same website address.
The Community Foundation gratefully acknowledges the co-sponsors of the 2018 Needs Assessment whose generosity made possible the significant expansion of the effort for this project: Ausherman Family Foundation, The Joseph D. Baker Fund, Delaplaine Foundation, Frederick County Government, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund, Helen J. Serini Foundation, and United Way of Frederick County.
FREDERICK, MD – August 21, 2018: The Community Foundation of Frederick County, in conjunction with Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Frederick County Government, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund, Helen J. Serini Foundation, and United Way of Frederick County, is spearheading a new Frederick County human needs assessment. The public is invited to participate in one of two open forums: Wednesday, September 12th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Anthony M. Natelli Community Room at the Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung Street, Frederick, Maryland, (parking available in front and in back of the library) and Thursday, September 13th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1st Floor Hearing Room at Winchester Hall,12 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, (parking available in the garage directly across the street). Please arrive early for seating; the presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. No advance registration is required.
This project will update the Community Foundation’s 2011 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment. The study is assessing the needs of the community by combining research and data with input from service providers, stakeholders, community leaders, and the public to determine the areas of most pressing needs. The 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment is being conducted by Devereux Consulting in partnership with Social Science Consultants.
The forums are an opportunity for the public to provide input based on the preliminary findings of the assessment to help shape the final report. The human need areas being studied include but are not limited to: basic human needs and financial sustainability, including food and nutrition, clothing and shelter, and physical, economic, and health security; healthcare; and issues related to children and youth from birth to age 24. Time will be reserved for open discussion and interested persons are also invited to bring written statements to submit to the Community Foundation. The results of the assessment will influence the Community Foundation’s strategic grant funding and advocacy priorities over the next decade.
FREDERICK, MD – April 30, 2018: Beginning May 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018, The Community Foundation of Frederick County is accepting online applications for dance instruction scholarships at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. All application requirements and details can be found at this address. No paper applications are accepted.
Students ages 12 through 17 and are Frederick County, Maryland residents, who are currently pursuing dance instruction with a dance school or company located in Frederick County may apply. Scholarships can be used for instruction beginning in the fall of 2018.
The scholarship will be provided from The Thomas F. Waters Memorial Fund, one of more than 690 component funds managed by the Community Foundation. The fund was established in memory of Tom Waters, a well-known Frederick County dance instructor who passed away in 2010, by his wife Karen Waters, and longtime friend, Joy Ellis. Throughout his 50-year career, Tom mentored, inspired and trained countless dancers, some of whom achieved professional careers on Broadway and cruise ships. He believed that everyone could dance, regardless of talent or ability, and his legacy lives on through this scholarship.
FREDERICK, MD – May 24, 2018: 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 – April 13, 2018: From May 1 through May 31, 2018, The Community Foundation of Frederick County is accepting online applications for music instruction scholarships at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. All application requirements and details can be found at this address. No paper applications are accepted.
Students ages 5 through 18 who are currently pursuing instrumental or vocal music instruction may apply for a music scholarship supporting private or group instruction. Students must be enrolled in music instruction at the time of application, and must be a Frederick County, Maryland resident.
The scholarships are being provided through funds created by generous donors who support music study. Scholarships will be provided from The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund, The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship Fund, and The Guss Family Scholarship Fund for the Arts.
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