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FREDERICK, MD – October 3, 2018: To lower barriers to post-secondary education, a coalition of local organizations known as the Frederick County FAFSA Coalition announces seven workshops to assist in completing the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in accessing a variety of scholarships and federal funding. Financial aid experts will be present to answer questions. The workshops are free; registration is strongly recommended. Visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/FAFSAFinish to register for a specific time slot.
FAFSA Finish events are scheduled for October 10, Catoctin High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 17, Walkersville High School, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 23, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Oakdale High School, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; October 24, Brunswick High School, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; November 5, Frederick High School, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and November 10, at Frederick Community College, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Questions may be directed to The Community Foundation of Frederick County, a member of the FAFSA Coalition, at 301.695.7660.
FREDERICK, MD – February 4, 2019: Three women dedicated to helping children who do not have enough to eat have established a new fund to support the Frederick Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB). Hermine Bernstein, BIAB founder, Melissa Sciolino Frank, and Barbara Dillon have created The Blessings in a Backpack Frederick Fund. The fund becomes one of more than 700 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The fund will provide grants supporting the work of BIAB, whose mission is to raise awareness of childhood hunger and improve the lives of local children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition by providing food when school meals are not available. Currently, the all-volunteer organization packs weekend bags for 2,500 at-risk Frederick County Public School students across 17 schools each week, growing from 210 bags in one school since its inception in 2014.
To make a secure, online donation to The Blessings in a Backpack Frederick Fund, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/blessings. Checks made payable to The Community Foundation of Frederick County may be mailed to 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, with the name of the specific fund on the memo line. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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 – November 6, 2018: The Community Foundation of Frederick County welcomes five new members to its board of trustees: Gordon M. Cooley, Market Manager, First United Bank & Trust; Jean M. Joyce, CFP, Vice President, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; R. Sean McAdam, Director of IT Operations, Tessco; Darryn Naylin, Pharm D., Hillcrest Compounding Pharmacy; and Richard A. Pearrell, Vice President, Woodsboro Bank. “Our newest trustees bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise that will benefit the Community Foundation immensely,” said Elizabeth Y. Day, President and CEO. “It is a privilege and an honor to work with these community leaders.”
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 goals by establishing permanent funds that provide grants and scholarships to nonprofits and deserving students. To date, the Community Foundation has more than 700 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.
FREDERICK, MD – September 14, 2018: The arts are alive and well in Frederick County, and a new fund to ensure that art programs remain vibrant has been established by retiring board of directors members affiliated with Easels in Frederick. The Easels in Frederick Fund becomes one of more than 700 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County. Organizations with arts programs will be able to apply for grants to support events and instruction. Preference will be given but not limited to organizations with art programs for youth or those promoting plein air art.
FREDERICK, MD – December 12, 2018: Representatives from the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Inc. presented a $10,000 gift to The Col. William E. Weber Chapter 142 Korean War Veterans Association of Frederick County, Maryland, Fund, one of more than 700 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The fund provides scholarships to students who are direct bloodline descendants of those who served in the United States military and who are eligible for Korean War Veterans Association membership. Since the fund’s inception in 2003, more than $32,000 in scholarships have been provided. Representing the Korean War Veterans Memorial are Frederick L. Becker, Jr., commander (left) and Charles L. Chipley, Jr., treasurer (center). Accepting the gift is Dr. Rachel Mandel, Community Foundation trustee.
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