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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 – 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 – 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 – July 12, 2017: The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund, one of more than 679 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County, recently provided a $15,404 grant to Operation Second Chance for an all-terrain power chair to help Sgt. Ryan Major, an Army veteran. Sgt. Major suffered severe head trauma and lost both legs and several fingers in 2006 while with the 3rd Armored Division in Ramadi, Iraq from an IED explosion. His positive attitude helped him recover from his injuries, and he competed in the 2016 DoD Warrior Games and the Invictus Games, both competitive sporting events for wounded and injured service members and veterans. To make a gift to The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/davidjsmith. Pictured, from left: John Jones, fund representative, Sgt. Major, and Mary Jane McWilliams, fund representative.
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.
Our Scholarship Committee volunteers are one of the largest sets of non-compensated worker bees that we have. The Board of Trustees includes 24 volunteers who are Frederick County residents engaged in diverse professions and come from all over the county. The Grants Committee is another group of worker bees who put in countless hours vetting grant requests and recommending to the Board where the grant dollars will create the most impact. There are 12 additional committees that fall under Board leadership, and dozens of additional volunteers fill these roles. We are grateful for their selfless service and humbled by their commitment to making Frederick County the best it can be.
These are examples of how the Community Foundation utilizes volunteers. Opportunities abound in Frederick County, from serving as a volunteer fire fighter to serving meals at Community Action Agency or Frederick Rescue Mission. Volunteering doesn’t have to be “big” – simply helping with spring clean-up at a local park makes a difference.
Just for fun, here are few more Maryland annual volunteer stats*:
· The 27.9 percent of residents who volunteer equates to nearly 1.4 million people
· More than 153 million hours of service are given
· The 153 million hours of service equates to more than $3.9 billion of service contributed. That’s right – “billion” with a “b”
· Nearly 54 percent of residents donate $25 or more to a charitable cause
If you’re a volunteer, thank you! If you know someone who volunteers, offer them a big “thank you.” Together, we’re all making a positive difference for everyone in Frederick County.
*Statistics gathered from www.nationalservice.gov/vcla/state/maryland
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