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United Way of Central Maryland Announces “Philanthropic Five” Award Winners

United Way of Central Maryland Announces “Philanthropic Five” Award Winners

Winners to be recognized at organization’s annual Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference

BALTIMORE (April 19, 2017) – United Way of Central Maryland will recognize this year’s “Philanthropic Five” award winners at its sixth annual Emerging Leaders United (ELU) Young Professionals Conference on Friday, May 5. These five young professional leaders are creating positive change in central Maryland through their leadership in the communities in which they live and work. This year’s winners include Jenna Laube, Sonny Tannan, Matthew Riggin, Dr. Stanley Andrisse and Andrea Jones.

United Way’s ELU is a network of more than 1,500 young professionals, and provides unique opportunities to give back to the local community while networking with other committed and philanthropic young professionals.

More than 400 local young professionals are expected to attend the conference, which convenes from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on May 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. The theme for this year’s conference is “Leading the Way for Social Impact.” Topics and activities include building social ingenuity, leveraging technology, engaging in volunteerism and social responsibility, crowdsourcing and leadership.

Leadership development sessions and panel discussions will feature presenters including Johns Hopkins Hospital President Redonda Miller, Plank Industries CEO Tom Geddes, Innovation Village CEO Richard May, Emerging Technology Centers President and Executive Director, Deborah Tillett and Senior Advisor to the President and Head of Johns Hopkins Technology, Ventures Christy Wyskiel.

“United Way of Central Maryland encourages young professionals to take a stand in their local community and make an impact by giving back,” said ELU Director Jeremy Rosendale.  “These young leaders have made a huge impact in central Maryland through volunteerism, networking and social events throughout the year, and they continue to help families and individuals move toward a brighter, more stable future. Each of this year’s Philanthropic Five awardees embodies our mission to improve people’s lives.”

2017 United Way Emerging Leaders United Philanthropic Five Award Winners:

A project engineer at Groundwater & Environmental Services, Jenna Laube studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University while participating in Johns Hopkins University Tutorial, Host-A-Student, Model United Nation and Engineers Without Borders. In her limited free time, Jenna volunteers as a trained crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line, serves as fund development chair of the Junior League of Baltimore, and is actively involved with House of Ruth, Blue Water Baltimore, Volunteering Untapped, and Safe House of Hope

“Receiving United Way of Central Maryland’s Philanthropic Five award was a wonderful surprise,” said Jenna. “They say ‘if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.’ Being a part of Maryland’s philanthropic community is an honor, and I am proud to be in the company of other community members dedicated to effecting positive change”.

Sonny Tannan has worked in industries that give back, having been chair of board development of the Y of Central Maryland, co-chair for the UPS Veterans Business Resource Group and social media coordinator for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. He believes that connecting with others and maintaining flexibility for changing priorities have been key strengths in his philanthropic work. He has demonstrated a commitment and willingness to step forward when volunteers are asked for, in order to help develop opportunities for others.

“I’m humbled that the Emerging Leaders United nominating board selected me along with four other young leaders in the community for the Philanthropic Five award this year,” said Sonny. “But I’m more honored that others in the community felt strongly enough to put forth my name based on the commitment that we have all made to make positive change. Based on the support of leaders and volunteers alike, I urge all to find your voice and passion, and stay committed to changing the odds for families and communities.”

As a wealth advisor for Morgan Stanley, Matthew Riggin has a keen understanding of the need for increased financial literacy in the Baltimore community and beyond. Matthew has co-instructed financial literacy to a variety of nonprofits for the past two years including Sarah’s Hope, Paul’s Place and South Baltimore Learning Center. Outside of his focus on financial literacy, Matthew serves on the GIVE Advisory Committee for Business Volunteers of Maryland, volunteers as a WingMan for Athletes Serving Athletes, is an advocate for the Baltimore Community ToolBank and serves on the associate leadership council of Junior Achievement.

“It’s an honor to be recognized with so many talented folks who are doing great work to support the community.”

 

Dr. Stanley Andrisse is an early career biomedical research scientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology studying type 2 diabetes and metabolic dysfunction. Dr. Andrisse serves as the president of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association and co-chair of the Diversity Postdoctoral Alliance. He is also an active member on several national committees aimed at community outreach and leadership development. He is a mentor and community activist through Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Baltimore Young Professionals.

“I have been an active youth enthusiast and community organizer for close to a decade,” said Dr. Andrisse. “I am involved in several programs that promote pursuing excellence to under-served communities. I do over 750 hours of community service per year. I am truly committed to giving back and helping others. This award really means a lot to me.”

Born in Baltimore City, Andrea Jones is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), where she spent her free moments working at hospitals and volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club as well as other mentoring programs in the surrounding areas. As a junior at UMES, she enlisted into the Maryland Army National Guard and currently still serves. Her passion for servicing her community eventually blossomed into the development of her organization Live to Inspire. As a registered 501(c) 3, her organization focuses on reuniting and restoring the community through volunteer programs that directly target the city’s youth and less fortunate.

“Being a 2017 recipient of the ELU Philanthropic Five Award means that I have and will continue to do right by my community,” said Andrea. “To me, [this award] means that on days when we feel that no one cares and that support for our efforts is minimal, someone is proud and always watching. With our efforts combined, we can truly make a difference.”

To learn more about the Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference and register, visit www.uwcm.org/elu.

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About United Way of Central Maryland

For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been improving lives in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties, and Baltimore City. In January 2017, United Ways in Maryland released the ALICE® Report, revealing that more than a third of Maryland households – nearly 750,000 – either live in poverty, or qualify at or below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold. United Way of Central Maryland works to stabilize ALICE residents – individuals and families who work hard but still cannot afford basic necessities because of Maryland’s high cost of living – and those that fall below the Federal Poverty Level, by focusing on the building blocks of a better life to become self-sufficient: education, employment, housing and health. All of United Way’s work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the program has provided answers for more than 100,000 calls for help in fiscal year 2016.

United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves. To learn more about the United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org. To find out more about the ALICE Report, visit www.uwcm.org/ALICE.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Second Annual Project Homeless Connect Helps More Than 450 Harford County Residents

United Way of Central Maryland’s Second Annual Project Homeless Connect Helps More Than 450 Harford County Residents

Families and individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness received vital services at the event

Edgewood, MD (January 25, 2017) – Yesterday, United Way of Central Maryland hosted its second annual Project Homeless Connect in Harford County. United Way gathered more than 50 local organizations and more than 200 community volunteers to aid more than 450 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Harford County. United Way’s Project Homeless Connect is a national best practice event replicated in over 300 cities across the nation.

Project Homeless Connect Harford County Participant
Dr. John Farrugia of White Marsh Family Dentistry explains the latest results of a cleaning with dental clinic patients at United Way of Central Maryland’s second annual Project Homeless Connect event in Harford County.

United Ways throughout the state of Maryland recently released the ALICE® Report, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The report found that 34 percent of households in Harford County either live at or below the ALICE threshold. Harford County’s “survival budget” of $68,880 for a family of four is more than twice that of the Federal Poverty Level ($23,344), which does not take into account local costs of living. Unfortunately, ALICE households are living paycheck to paycheck — most often with nothing left over for an unexpected emergency such as an illness, car repair or job loss that could cause them to lose their housing.

“The report indicated that our work to help families and individuals at risk of homelessness is vital to Harford County and all of the communities we serve,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “It brought to light the many challenges that nearly 24,000 households in Harford County face on a daily basis, and underscores the importance of events like Project Homeless Connect to provide much-needed support to those who are struggling.”

Each of the 200 volunteers at Tuesday’s Harford County Project Homeless Connect event was matched one-on-one with an adult or family and helped guide them to critical services they needed the most. This year’s event featured an onsite dental clinic, which offered cleanings, fillings and extractions to 64 patients over the course of the day — twice the number served last year. In addition to the dental clinic, on-the-spot critical services were available ranging from housing information and employment programs to haircuts, legal services and identification cards. There were also 111 vision screenings completed and 81 eyeglasses prescribed to individuals during the event.

“Our dental clinic at the event was designed to serve the population of Harford County individuals that are in grave need of dentistry. We served a lot of patients for extractions and fillings, and people that haven’t had an opportunity to have dental care in years,” said Dr. John Farrugia of White Marsh Family Dentistry, who managed the dental clinic at the event. “The best part of Project Homeless Connect is that everybody who’s volunteering is excited to be here and the patients could not be any nicer. We’re hopeful that next year we can make our dental clinic even bigger.”

This year’s event would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors, including Harford Mutual, Harford County Government, The Dresher Foundation, Jones Junction, VMG, Healthy Harford and Toyota.

Last year, 400 individuals and families received services that were critical putting them back on the path to self-sufficiency.

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About United Way of Central Maryland

For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Family Stability is at the heart of this work, which includes helping children be successful in school so they graduate with a bright future; ensuring individuals, children and families have a safe, affordable place to call home; helping people find stable employment that brings in enough income to cover the basics and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. The organization also concentrates on helping the area’s ALICE® community, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and describes individuals and families who work hard but still cannot afford basic necessities because of the state’s high cost of living. United Ways in Maryland released an ALICE report which revealed that more than a third of Maryland households — nearly 750,000 — either live in poverty, or qualify at or below the ALICE threshold. All this work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues to individuals. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the program has provided answers for more than 100,000 calls for help in the last fiscal year. United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. 

Groundbreaking United Way Study Reveals that 35 Percent of Maryland Households Struggle to Afford Basics

Groundbreaking United Way Study Reveals that 35 Percent of Maryland Households Struggle to Afford Basics

Maryland ALICE® report uncovers challenges facing struggling residents

BALTIMORE (January 9, 2017) – The ALICE® report, released today by United Ways throughout the state of Maryland, reveals that more than a third of Maryland households—nearly 750,000—can’t afford the state’s high cost of living and don’t earn enough to afford basic necessities.

ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The earnings of Maryland ALICE individuals and families are not enough to support a “survival budget” that is more than twice the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The report explains what it costs for those struggling to meet the most basic level in the local economy, and was commissioned to provide a framework, language and tools for policymakers and stakeholders to understand and address the economic challenges of Maryland’s growing ALICE population.

Who is ALICE?

  • ALICE represents our hardworking neighbors in need. ALICE holds positions such as cashiers, administrative and nursing assistants, waiters/waitresses, laborers and security guards and jobs in the retail and food industries. Vital to our state’s future economic well-being, they face barriers beyond their control that limit their ability to become financially stable and self-sufficient.
  • ALICE earns above the FPL, but struggles to afford the basic necessities. A four-person ALICE family in Maryland requires a Household Survival Budget of $61,224, far above the FPL of $23,850 (2014). First published in 1965, the FPL does not accurately reflect the current, local costs of living. The ALICE Household Survival Budget covers only the most basic, necessary expenses: food, housing, healthcare, transportation, childcare and taxes. For a single adult, the FPL is $11,670; for a single ALICE adult, an annual budget of $23,568 is required to meet basic needs.

In contrast, the ALICE Household Stability Budget—the amount needed to support and sustain a household over time—is $39,030 for an individual, and $121,656 for a family of four

  • The ALICE Survival Budgets do not leave any room for unexpected expenses. For ALICE, a major car repair, medical emergency or unexpected financial hardship often means they are forced to make difficult choices such as forgoing healthcare, healthy food or car insurance. These choices are costly not only to personal health and safety, but to the wider community in terms of increased taxes and insurance premiums and reduced workplace productivity.

The in-depth report on the state of our struggling neighbors indicates that 25 percent—534,801 households—in Maryland qualify as ALICE, up significantly from 18 percent in 2007, the start of the Great Recession. Adding ALICE households to those living below the poverty level (10 percent) more than triples the state’s vulnerable population to 35 percent.

The report also reveals that low wage jobs dominate the state economy. More than 53 percent of jobs pay less than $20 per hour, with most paying between $10 and $15 per hour (or $30,000 per year at $15 per hour). The basic cost of living in Maryland is more than most of the state’s jobs can support.

“In central Maryland alone, 36 percent of households are at or below the ALICE Threshold,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “This report brings to light the many challenges ALICE faces, gives a face to our neighbors in need and underscores the need for the development and expansion of health and human services and the policies that support them.”

According to the report, households either living in poverty or qualifying at or below the ALICE threshold exist in every county in central Maryland: 45 percent in Baltimore City, 28 percent in Anne Arundel County, 40 percent in Baltimore County, 28 percent in Carroll County, 34 percent in Harford County, and 22 percent in Howard County.

“This report strongly supports United Way of Central Maryland’s vision to provide the building blocks for long-term self-sufficiency—housing, employment, health and education—for those in need throughout our region,” said Baker. “But we can’t do it alone. We need the help of our supporters and volunteers to help us put more Maryland families on the path to stability.”

Funding for the Maryland ALICE report was made possible by OneMain® Financial. “Many of our customers are ALICE—working hard to remain stable, and yet they are one major home repair or healthcare expense away from having a serious financial challenge,” said Trish Weaver, Director of Community Engagement at OneMain. “We are proud to work with the ALICE Project and our partnership fits perfectly with OneMain’s commitment to our customers and communities.”

For more information about the ALICE report and United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org/ALICE.

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On Giving Tuesday, United Way of Central Maryland Celebrates Distribution of 4,500 Thanksgiving Dinners to Central Maryland Families

On Giving Tuesday, United Way of Central Maryland Celebrates Distribution of 4,500 Thanksgiving Dinners to Central Maryland Families

During 24th annual Harvest of Plenty initiative local organizations and community members came together to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need across the region

BALTIMORE (November 29, 2016) – As part of this global day of giving, United Way of Central Maryland is celebrating the recent success of its Harvest of Plenty program. Through the initiative, the nonprofit distributed 4,500 Thanksgiving dinners to low-income central Maryland families in advance of Thanksgiving – more than ever before – and raised more than $150,000 to cover the total cost of the program. Local volunteers, along with Baltimore Ravens safety Lardarius Webb, linebacker Zach Orr, defensive back Anthony Levine, and former safety Ed Reed, packed and distributed meals to local families at two of the 23 Harvest of Plenty distribution centers.

Twenty-four years ago, United Way of Central Maryland started Harvest of Plenty by making Thanksgiving meals available to 600 Baltimore City families in need. The outpouring of community support spurred the expansion of the program to reach families across central Maryland, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

This year, Thanksgiving meals were distributed to pre-registered families from November 14–22 at 23 locations including social service agencies, faith-based providers, food banks, community action agencies and partner outreach programs. The dinner packages included enough food to feed a family of six with traditional Thanksgiving meal items including a 10 – 12 pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potato mix, macaroni and cheese, and other holiday meal staples, including gravy mix and cinnamon donated by McCormick as part of their Flavor for Life program.

“Across central Maryland, there are more than 345,000 residents who are food insecure, meaning that they lack consistent access to healthy, affordable food,” said Sandy Monck, chief impact officer for United Way of Central Maryland. “Twenty-four years ago, we started Harvest of Plenty as a way to spread hope to struggling families. What started as a Baltimore City initiative has grown to serve all the counties throughout central Maryland, which is only possible because of the support of our volunteers and donors. Thanks to these dedicated individuals and organizations, including McCormick and Wegmans, our 24th-annual Harvest of Plenty exceeded our greatest expectations. We couldn’t have had this success without them.”

To register for Harvest of Plenty, families called the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, seven day a week confidential informational and referral service that assists callers with issues related to food, housing, healthcare, utility bills and financial assistance, among other issues. The helpline, which has served central Maryland for 10 years, referred eligible callers to participating sites to pick up their meals.

United Way of Central Maryland continues to work toward empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. For more information about United Way of Central Maryland, please visit http://www.uwcm.org.

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United Way of Central Maryland Appoints Franklyn Baker as President and Chief Executive Officer

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MARYLAND APPOINTS FRANKLYN BAKER AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BALTIMORE (November 10, 2016) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced Franklyn Baker as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 28, 2016.

Baker comes to United Way of Central Maryland after having served as Principal Deputy and Chief Operating Officer for Greenpeace USA—a $45 million non-profit with 600 staff.

“I am thrilled to join United Way of Central Maryland and to support their incredible work,” said Baker. “I look forward to working alongside their board, staff, volunteers, community partners and advocates to build upon the gains that have been made to stabilize and improve access to quality education, employment, health and housing throughout the region. Together, we will strengthen our social impact—one person, one household and one community at a time.”

A cross-functional leader with diverse expertise in non-profit organizations, Baker has also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff and External Affairs Officer with Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

Before Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Baker worked as Director and Executive Administrator of Public Sector Partnerships within Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. and has served on multiple boards, including as board chair of Unity Healthcare, which yielded $95 million under his watch.

“These are exciting times for United Way of Central Maryland,” said Jim Wheeler, Chair of the Board for United Way of Central Maryland. “Franklyn Baker is an exceptional leader whose strategic planning, operations and financial expertise, coupled with a career steeped in health and human services, will be a tremendous asset to United Way of Central Maryland’s work. I believe he will drive our organization to reach our new strategic goals, focused on creating stability for struggling families, while strengthening and creating new initiatives and opportunities for donors and volunteers across central Maryland who support our efforts to provide the building blocks for a self-sufficient life.”

United Way has transitioned from being primarily a conduit for philanthropic dollars into a human services delivery organization, directly involved with providing  services aimed at strengthening families and communities across the region. The organization focuses its efforts on areas that lead to stability: education, employment, housing and health. United Way of Central Maryland is an agent for change in Baltimore City and  the five surrounding counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard. Last year, United Way was able to serve more children and families than any other year in its 92-year history.

Its robust portfolio of new and expanded programs for 2017 includes continuing to support the growth and success of its family stability work throughout central Maryland; celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline; and launching a pilot Early Warning and Response education program to identify struggling students and respond with urgency, connecting them and their families with the resources they need to get them back on track for graduation.

The organization also plans to move to new headquarters in Baltimore’s Montgomery Park next spring, which will allow the nonprofit to put more resources into its programs, help more people and lift up more neighborhoods.

Baker—who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Howard University and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame—will succeed long-time United Way President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Furst, who stepped down in October. Baker  lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Michell, and teenage daughter, Gabriell.

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United Way of Central Maryland Launches 24th Annual Harvest of Plenty Campaign

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MARYLAND LAUNCHES 24TH ANNUAL HARVEST OF PLENTY CAMPAIGN

Aims to deliver 4,200 Thanksgiving meals to underserved communities with the help of area families and donors

BALTIMORE (October 11, 2016) – United Way of Central Maryland launches its 24th annual Harvest of Plenty campaign today, and invites the whole family to give back to the community this holiday season. The organization aims to distribute 4,200 Thanksgiving dinners to low-income central Maryland families this year. Part of United Way’s mission to ensure our neighbors in need have access to nutritious foods and healthcare, a central component to broader community health issues, Harvest of Plenty has served all of central Maryland since 2011.

“Across central Maryland, there are more than 345,000 residents who are food insecure, meaning that they lack consistent access to healthy, affordable food,” said Sandy Monck, chief impact officer, United Way of Central Maryland. “Through our goal of providing families with access to nutritious foods to support the building blocks of a better life, United Way has provided 14.9 million meals to low-income families. Making sure these families have a holiday meal is a huge part of this program, and we need the help of our donors and volunteers to continue its success.”

This year’s Harvest of Plenty campaign is in need of both monetary donations, and volunteers to help pack and distribute the Thanksgiving meals. A donation of just $25 provides a full meal for a family in need, and includes traditional Thanksgiving meal items like a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese and other staple items that will be distributed to families across the region this holiday season.

“Harvest of Plenty is an incredible program,” said one 2015 Harvest of Plenty participant. A senior citizen, she was in need of assistance to provide a Thanksgiving meal to her family, and was grateful for the Harvest of Plenty program.

“I was amazed at how kind and accommodating the staff was when I picked up my Thanksgiving basket. It included all I could have ever imagined and was enough to not only feed myself, my son and my two grandchildren — but also my two disabled neighbors. Bringing family together and helping neighbors made the holiday even more meaningful, and Harvest of Plenty made that happen. All I had to do was call the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline to register.”

Beginning November 1, families can call the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to register for a Thanksgiving meal. The helpline will screen callers for eligibility and will refer eligible callers to participating sites to pick up their meal. The 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline is a 24-hour, seven days a week confidential informational and referral service that connects Marylanders with resources for food, housing, health care, and other human service needs. 2-1-1 Maryland celebrates its 10th anniversary state-wide and this year, the United Way of Central Maryland helpline fielded over 104,000 calls in fiscal year 2016 alone.

The meals will be distributed to pre-registered families from November 14-22 at over 20 locations throughout central Maryland including To donate a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need this season, visit www.uwcm.org/givethanks.

 

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United Way of Central Maryland’s Fifth Annual Project Homeless Connect Assisted 2,100 Baltimore Area Families and Individuals Experiencing or At Risk of Homelessness

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MARYLAND’S FIFTH ANNUAL PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT ASSISTED 2,100 BALTIMORE AREA FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING OR AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS

This year’s event featured addition of second full day of dental services to one of the largest resource fairs in the country for those facing homelessness

BALTIMORE (October 3, 2016) – United Way of Central Maryland grew its fifth annual Project Homeless Connect this year, creating a two-day event that featured one full day dedicated to dental services provided through a partnership with The University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s Mission of Mercy dental clinic. Held Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 30, United Way gathered more than 130 local organizations and more than 2,000 community volunteers over the two-day event to aid those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Baltimore City and the surrounding area. United Way’s Project Homeless Connect is one of the largest homeless resource fairs in the country.

Each of the 2,000 volunteers was matched one-on-one with an adult or family experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and guided them to the services they needed the most. This year’s 65-chair Mission of Mercy dental clinic offered cleanings, fillings and extractions to 701 patients over the course of the event. In addition to the dental clinic, more than 130 services were available the second day of the event, ranging from housing information and employment programs to haircuts, legal services, and identification cards. Vision screenings and eyeglass fittings were also provided to 450 individuals during the event. And, new to the event this year, an expungement clinic guided individuals through the complicated legal process to clear their criminal records of minor offenses that make it difficult to gain employment or housing.

“The dental service was great, as was the overall event! I really appreciated the free dental services, as I needed it at the time. The combination of many services and resources at Project Homeless Connect made it easy to get a hold of numerous resources all at once. My three children and I are currently doing well, and I have stable employment,” said Angel, a participant in United Way’s 2016 Project Homeless Connect event.

United Way of Central Maryland’s event is one of the largest in the country. Replicated in more than 300 cities, Project Homeless Connect is a citywide resource fair that provides those experiencing or at-risk for homelessness the opportunity to receive on-the-spot services all in one place. The event supports United Way’s work to empower area families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health.

“Project Homeless Connect is a direct result of the work that can be done when individuals and communities come together,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “The outpouring of support we received from organizations and volunteers who wanted to help those experiencing homelessness get the services they need to become successful is nothing short of inspirational. What began as just another event has become a movement in Baltimore – and throughout central Maryland – because of the remarkable people who have been involved in this process.”

At last year’s Project Homeless Connect, 2,000 people experiencing homelessness or poverty received services. In 2013, United Way Worldwide declared Baltimore’s Project Homeless Connect the national best practice model for direct homeless service events. United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services brought the Project Homeless Connect model to Baltimore in August of 2012.

This year’s event was made possible thanks to the generous support of Exelon, City of Baltimore, and The Journey Home.

To learn more about this year’s Project Homeless Connect, please visit www.uwcm.org/phc.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces Baltimore Gas and Electric’s CEO Calvin Butler as the 2016 Campaign Chair

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MARYLAND ANNOUNCES BALTIMORE GAS AND ELECTRIC’S CEO CALVIN BUTLER AS THE 2016 CAMPAIGN CHAIR 

As BGE celebrates its 200th anniversary, Butler will advocate greater commitment to central Maryland families and communities

BALTIMORE (September 13, 2016) – At a time when all eyes are focused on the city of Baltimore and the surrounding region, Calvin G. Butler Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) will lead the 2016 United Way of Central Maryland fundraising campaign as Campaign Chair. In this role, Butler aims to bring central Marylanders together to make a positive impact on more families’ lives.

To celebrate the utility company’s 200 years of smart energy and innovation, the company will channel its energy into lifting area communities. In addition to setting a goal to increase the amount raised for United Way’s family stability programs, Butler is encouraging all United Way volunteers and donors to bring colleagues, friends and family to events and programs to help create change in central Maryland.

“I am chairing this year’s United Way campaign because I believe this is a pivotal time for our city and region,” said Butler. “We have an opportunity to make a powerful statement to the nation. We can find solutions to challenges facing thousands of citizens, right here in our own community. We need to join forces and commit to this critical cause. Throughout United Way’s 92-year history, the organization has developed solutions by providing critical services to area families in need. That mission continues and takes on even greater urgency today.”

The fundraising campaign will support United Way’s work to empower area families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Butler’s leadership will empower each member of the community to make positive change. United Way of Central Maryland has created a steering committee that will provide insight into each county the organization represents to see how United Way can connect with community members to identify needs and make sure those needs are met.

“We need to work together to make sure that United Way of Central Maryland has the resources needed to extend and expand their reach so that local families have healthy food on the table; a roof over their heads; stable employment and access to educational opportunities,” Butler continued. “I am proud to lead this effort and am dedicated to overseeing a campaign that spells success for United Way, its families and the greater community.”

With the additional funds, United Way will be able to help at-risk children by expanding United Way’s new pilot education program to encompass all of central Maryland; increase the number of families the non-profit can impact and stabilize; and the number of children who will avoid a disruptive school transfer. Since the inception of United Way’s family stability programs in 2012, 856 families have overcome or avoided homelessness; and 99.3 percent remain safely housed today. The program has also helped 1,096 at-risk children successfully avoid a disruptive school transfer.

Butler is an active member of the local community, currently serving on the board of directors for the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore), the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He is also on the board of governors for The Center Club, and the board of trustees for the Baltimore Community Foundation.

In 2014, Butler served as the chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Baltimore Heart Walk, which was the most successful walk in the organization’s history in terms of dollars raised. This year, Butler was instrumental in bringing two prominent events to the city, the Light City festival and the National Urban League convention.

“Calvin is one of Maryland’s most prominent and influential leaders,” said Mark Furst, president and chief executive officer, United Way of Central Maryland. “He has shown his commitment to central Maryland through his very personal community involvement. With Calvin at the helm, and the support of central Maryland neighbors, businesses and friends, I have no doubt that we’ll be able to make an impact on even more families in central Maryland this year. We cannot make our vision of healthier, more stable communities a reality alone. We need the support of the community.”

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland, or to learn how you can contribute to the 2016 campaign, visit www.uwcm.org.

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About United Way of Central Maryland For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Family Stability is at the heart of this work, which includes helping children be successful in school so they graduate with a bright future; ensuring individuals, children and families have a safe, affordable place to call home; helping people find stable employment that brings in enough income to cover the basics and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. All of this work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues to individuals. Program volunteers answered more than 100,000 calls for help in the last fiscal year. United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To learn more about the United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org.

 

United Way of Central Maryland Partners with KPMG LLC, KPMG Foundation and Beta Alpha Psi for an International Day of Literacy

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MARYLAND PARTNERS WITH KPMG LLP, KPMG FOUNDATION AND BETA ALPHA PSI TO PROVIDE BALTIMORE WITH MORE THAN 900 COLLEGE VOLUNTEERS TO PROMOTE CHILDHOOD LITERACY

More than 1,300 local children benefit from day-long literacy-focused program 

Baltimore (August 8, 2016BADIPL) – On August 4, United Way of Central Maryland, KPMG LLP, KPMG Foundation, and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), came together for a one-day effort to support early education literacy throughout Baltimore City. With the help of more than 900 BAP student and faculty volunteers from across the world, more than 1,300 elementary school students were able to participate in the Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy event.

Volunteers kicked off their day at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, where they were greeted by former Treasury Under Secretary of Domestic Finance, Mary Miller; United Way of Central Maryland President and CEO, Mark Furst; Beta Alpha Psi President, Shawn Harter; KPMG Baltimore Office Managing Partner, Christine Aspell; and KPMG Executive Director of University Relations and Recruiting.

Blane Ruschak, before being dispatched to 10 summer program locations provided by Baltimore City Schools partner BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), including:

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Barclay
  • Callaway
  • Calvin R. Rodwell
  • Garrett Heights
  • Highlandtown No. 237
  • John Ruhrah
  • Maree G. Farring
  • Samuel F. B. Morse
  • Westport Academy

“Thank you to our friends from KPMG and Beta Alpha Psi who joined us to help more young Baltimore students succeed in school,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “It takes all of us working together to create a brighter future for our children.”

The literacy-focused programming gave K-5th grade students the opportunity to explore the earth’s seven continents by visiting interactive stations staffed by the college student and faculty volunteers. The children participated in educational games and activities and had their ‘passports’ stamped at each station. Following a book reading, each child was given a brand new book.

“The Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy event was a heartwarming and unforgettable experience for our members and faculty advisors to serve the local community of Baltimore. We enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to spend the day with elementary school students. For many of our members, this was the highlight of their summer,” says Shawn Harter, President of Beta Alpha Psi.

Visiting volunteers donated enough school supplies to fill 200 backpacks provided by the American Institute of CPAs, which will be given to students at three neighborhood schools supported by United Way of Central Maryland.  The American Institute of CPAs also donated 2,000 piggy banks for the backpacks and children who participated in today’s Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy.

 

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About United Way of Central Maryland 

For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Family Stability is at the heart of this work, which includes helping children be successful in school so they graduate with a bright future; ensuring individuals, children and families have a safe, affordable place to call home; helping people find stable employment that brings in enough income to cover the basics and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. All of this work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues to individuals. Program volunteers answered more than 100,000 calls for help in the last fiscal year. United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To learn more about the United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org

About KPMG LLP 

KPMG LLP is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 174,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 155 countries.

About the KPMG Foundation 

The KPMG Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, operates on donations from KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm.  For fiscal year 2016, KPMG donated $8 million to the Foundation. Through the KPMG Foundation, the firm has spent nearly 50 years supporting and developing programs to enhance business education.

About Beta Alpha Psi 

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation.

 

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United Way of Central Maryland Raises $110k+ to Provide Relief for those in Ellicott City

United Way of Central Maryland Raises $110k+ to Provide Humanitarian Relief for Those Affected by Flash Floods in Ellicott City

Organization working closely with Howard County Government to determine where and how funds will be distributed quickly and effectively

BALTIMORE (August 4, 2016) – Since the launch of United Way of Central Maryland’s ECStrong Fund for humanitarian relief in Ellicott City on Monday afternoon, more than $110,000 has been raised from local corporations and more than 700 individual donors. United Way of Central Maryland established the ECStrong Fund at the request of Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman.

“Thank you to Howard County Executive Kittleman and Governor Larry Hogan and their staffs for their responsiveness and leadership in dealing with this disaster,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastating flash floods this weekend in Ellicott City,” said Sandy Monck, chief impact officer, United Way of Central Maryland. “As a resident of Ellicott City, I’m personally and professionally humbled to be a part of this. The strong sense of community I have felt and witnessed since the flooding is heartwarming. Everyone is coming together to help one another — and United Way is here to help wherever we can. We will continue this fund as long as it is needed.”

One-hundred percent of all donations received through the ECStrong Fund will go to humanitarian relief for Ellicott City and those affected by the flooding. United Way will work with Howard County Government and others to determine where and how these funds will be distributed quickly and efficiently.

“I am thankful for the support we’ve received from United Way of Central Maryland and the rest of the volunteer community following the devastating flood that ravaged Main Street in Ellicott City,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “The offers of money and volunteer hours came quickly, and we are humbled by everyone’s quick and generous offers of help. We’re working around the clock to secure, recover and rebuild our beloved historic community. We will rebound from this tragedy but right now we need to provide our residents and businesses the support they need with temporary housing, financial assistance, clothing, food and other basic essentials. The work of United Way, the Ellicott City Partnership and the Community Action Council will help those in need while we continue toward what is expected to be a long recovery as a result of this devastating flooding. We are very appreciative of the kind thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness many of you have shown our community. We are forever thankful.  And we are #ECSTRONG.”

To date, corporate commitments have been made by BB&T, the Transamerica Foundation, the Ravens Foundation, First National Bank, W.R. Grace Foundation, Inc., Grimm and Parker Architects, GIVING MOORE Foundation, Holly Poultry, Griffith Energy Services, Inc., the Jewish Federation of Howard County, Honey’s Bar and Grille and United Way with more coming in daily. WJLA Washington, DC’s ABC news affiliate, will be hosting a live telethon tomorrow to raise funds for ECStrong, and UPS employees are volunteering to staff the telethon phone bank. iHeartMedia Baltimore is donating $1 from every ticket sold to 93.1 WPOC’s Weekend in the Country at Merriweather Post Pavilion to benefit the ECStrong Fund

“What is most incredible about all this is not just the generous companies who have stepped up to help but also the nearly 700 individuals who have made contributions, both large and small, to stand with Ellicott City,” said Furst.

To assist those affected by this disaster, text the keyword “ECStrong” to 51555 or visit www.uwcm.org/ECStrong.

Together, we can help Ellicott City stand strong and recover.

 

About United Way of Central Maryland 

For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Family Stability is at the heart of this work, which includes helping children be successful in school so they graduate with a bright future; ensuring individuals, children and families have a safe, affordable place to call home; helping people find stable employment that brings in enough income to cover the basics and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. All of this work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues to individuals. Program volunteers answered more than 100,000 calls for help in the last fiscal year. United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To learn more about the United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org

 

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United Way of Central Maryland Launches Search for Leader of the Future

United Way of Central Maryland Launches Search for Leader of the Future

Mark Furst, long-time executive, joins Kennedy Krieger; 

United Way embraces opportunity for change.

BALTIMORE (July 29, 2016) – Jim Wheeler, Chair of the board for United Way of Central Maryland, announced today that the organization will immediately embark on a search for an executive to lead the 91-year-old local nonprofit into the future. This coincides with the departure announcement of long-time United Way executive, Mark S. Furst, who will be take on a senior position at The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore this fall.

Wheeler said, “Mark has been with us for 12 years.  He has helped redefine United Way’s role and value; we have moved from being primarily a conduit for philanthropic dollars into a bona fide human service organization with a focus on strengthening families and communities across the region. His shoes will be hard to fill. But if there is a right time to embrace the future, to embrace change, to take a fresh look, this is that time.”

Wheeler added, “United Way has a strong reputation; we are in a solid financial position with a newly-adopted strategic plan focused on creating stability for families who are struggling.  We lead a number of nationally recognized programs, and are planning to move our headquarters in the spring to space more aligned with our mission.”

Mark Furst said, “I made a decision in 2004 to move from the world of banking to the realm of nonprofit, community service. While I originally envisioned being at United Way until my last working day, an opportunity arose that I could not pass up.  United Way and Kennedy Krieger are both highly respected organizations with important missions.  It was a difficult personal decision, however, I am excited about continuing to help families and individuals in my new role.”

Furst will remain president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland through October, assisting with the transition to a new leader, prior to moving to his new role at Kennedy Krieger where he will become Senior Vice President of External Relations working with Lainy Lebow-Sachs, Executive Vice President of External Relations to expand their national reach.

United Way board member Marianne Mattran will spearhead the search committee, which intends to have a successor named well in advance of Furst’s expected departure to ensure a smooth transition.  Mattran said, “Ours is one of the premier nonprofits in our region.  The challenge won’t be finding good candidates, it will be successfully identifying the candidate who best meets the qualifications needed to move the organization forward.”

Wheeler summed up, “We love Mark Furst.  We thank him for all he has done.  Our new CEO will lead the strongest United Way ever.  We have experienced promising early results with our family stability portfolio, supported by our 24-hour 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline.  United Way’s focus going forward will be to expand fundraising, innovation and collaboration so we can change the odds for more local families and their children.”

Media:  Please direct all inquiries to Jim Wheeler – 410-347-8500, email:  jwheeler@asg-architects.com

About United Way of Central Maryland

For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been empowering families to become self-sufficient by focusing on the building blocks of a better life: education, employment, housing and health. Family Stability is at the heart of this work, which includes helping children be successful in school so they graduate with a bright future; ensuring individuals, children and families have a safe, affordable place to call home; helping people find stable employment that brings in enough income to cover the basics and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare. All of this work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues to individuals. Program volunteers answered more than 100,000 calls for help in the last fiscal year. United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. That’s why United Way of Central Maryland is encouraging individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To learn more about the United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org

More than 300 Young Leaders Gathered at United Way of Central Maryland’s Fifth Annual Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference

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More than 300 Young Leaders Gathered at United Way of Central Maryland’s Fifth Annual Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference

 “Philanthropic Five” Award Winners Announced

BALTIMORE, MD (May 10, 2016) – On Friday, more than 300 local young professionals convened in Baltimore to discuss issues affecting central Maryland, foster leadership in the community, and recognize the exceptional work of their peers at United Way of Central Maryland’s fifth annual Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference. The superhero-themed event, focused on “The Power of You” — as a young professional in the community. Attendees participated in leadership development and panel discussions that included a lineup of top local executives and CEOs who shared their greatest mistakes and lessons learned. The panel included BGE’s Stephen J. Woerner, P.E., Baltimore County Public Schools’ Dr. Dallas Dance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Dr. Bernard Ferrari, Ayers Saint Gross’ Luanne Greene and Generosity’s Jamie McDonald.

United Way of Central Maryland also announced the “Philanthropic Five” award winners five young professional community leaders who are creating positive change in central Maryland through their leadership. This year’s winners are Jillian Ruskey, Nicholas Culbertson, Oana Brooks, Shawnice Jackson and Kip Hollar.

“As a group, Emerging Leaders United encourages members to take a stand and make a difference in the local community,” said Jeremy Rosendale, United Way of Central Maryland Emerging Leaders United Director. “These young professionals, in particular, have made a significant and positive impact in central Maryland and they continue to change the odds for individuals and families throughout our region. Each of the young leaders recognized has brought something special and important to their community.”

An Assurance Manager at Ernst & Young, Jillian Ruskey was the founding chair of the Ernst & Young Professionals Board and served as a board member for the American Heart Association. She has worked tirelessly to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness as the local chapter chair of Back on My Feet — an organization that combats homelessness through the power of running — by recruiting, coordinating, leading and serving.

President and COO of Protenus, Inc. Nicholas Culbertson is the co-chairman of The Sixth Branch (T6B), a veteran-led nonprofit organization that works to build, grow and inspire local communities through citizen-led initiatives and utilizes the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans to execute transformative initiatives in Baltimore City.

Oana Brooks, equity compliance investigator at Johns Hopkins University, is passionate about public service and working toward a better Baltimore. She serves on several nonprofit boards and has led projects for organizations throughout the community including House of Ruth, Moveable Feast and My Girlfriend’s House. Oana is also the president-elect of the Junior League of Baltimore.

Working as a Post-High School Individualized Services Manager at Thread, Shawnice Jackson has been actively involved in the Baltimore nonprofit and social entrepreneurship scene over the past six years. She now serves and advocates on the national level for a variety of youth organizations including Baltimore Corps, Public Allies, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake and Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents.

A Community Relations Supervisor at UPS, Kip Hollar serves on the executive committee of United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United and is on the advisory board of Empty Bowls of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore and Project Lead the Way (Pre-Engineering Pathway) Baltimore City Public School System. He is also a member of the Paul’s Place Rising Leaders Young Professional Group as well as a founding member of the E-Council with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Emerging Leaders United provides unique opportunities for young professionals to give back to the local community at events while meeting other committed young professionals. Click here to learn more about United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United and how it continues to help change the odds for families across central Maryland. A video about the Philanthropic 5 award winners can be found here.

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About United Way of Central Maryland 

For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: quality education, safe and affordable housing, and access to healthy food and health care. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and health care. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

400 of Baltimore’s Women Leaders Convene and Call for Change at the 2016 Women’s Forum Hosted by United Way of Central Maryland

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400 of Baltimore’s Women Leaders Convene and Call for Change at the 2016 Women’s Forum Hosted by United Way of Central Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD (April 15, 2016) – Nearly 400 of Baltimore’s most influential women joined United Way of Central Maryland’s “Women United” leadership group on Wednesday at the 2016 Women’s Forum. Dynamic business and community leaders joined together to improve the stability of children, individuals and families through education, housing and income and health. The thought-provoking and interactive afternoon included a panel discussion with trailblazers speaking about stabilizing families through education, housing and income, and health and a breakout session exploring the most pressing issues facing our nation and local community. The program concluded with keynote speaker and local New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman.

Hosted at the American Visionary Art Museum, the Forum also served as a platform for the announcement that United Way of Central Maryland’s “Women’s Leadership Council” will now be known as “Women United” to celebrate 16 years of the group’s success.

“Women United represents a stronger, more unified name that better describes who we are,” said Women United Chair and Shareholder at Jackson Lewis, Laura Pierson-Scheinberg. “Our group is a force for good, poised to change the world, one child and one family at a time. We give, advocate, and volunteer — and we work side by side to improve education for kids and to help communities throughout central Maryland.”

A panel including Barbara Siemer of The Siemer Family Foundation and The Siemer Institute for Family Stability; Dr. Michelle A. Gourdine, primary care physician, health policy specialist and expert in preventative health and wellness; and Robert Balfanz, Ph.D., research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University School of Education and co-founder of Diplomas Now, spoke about the trends in homelessness, education and health and what we can and are doing to make progress in these areas.

The Siemer Foundation has seen great success with their approach of involving whole families in their programs, with United Way of Central Maryland as one of their best case studies. Siemer believes that stabilizing families in their home is the first step to success.

In the U.S., 25 percent of children live below the poverty line. Siemer believes that to effect change, collaboration across industries must occur, and she thinks United Way is the perfect umbrella organization to make that happen.

Since the inception of United Way’s family stability programs in 2012, 753 families have overcome or avoided homelessness; and 99 percent remain safely housed today. The stability of families also has an impact on school performance in children – it can affect attendance, the biggest contributor to dropout rates.

In Baltimore, 9,000 high school students, ranging from elementary to high school, miss a month or more of school each year, Dr. Balfanz added. That’s why United Way’s Family Stability work is so essential; as the organization’s programming has helped 995 at-risk children successfully avoid a disruptive school transfer.

Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, announced a new education pilot program that will help struggling students succeed in school beginning this fall. Through a grant from Exelon, and United Way’s fundraising efforts, the nonprofit will establish the region’s first Early Warning Response System that will leverage data to identify local children in middle and elementary schools who are falling behind or at risk of dropping out of school and help them and their families before it’s too late.

“Although our country’s graduation rate is improving, about one in four students still do not graduate on time,” said Furst. “Since we began working to keep children and families in their homes, the number of students missing a month or more of school has decreased. Our new education pilot program will help us continue to help children and families and keep these kids in school. We need to help our children and be their advocates, and we can only do that together.”

Omarina Cabrera, a high school senior at the prestigious Brooks School in Massachusetts, shared her story as a participant in a New York City school that uses Dr. Balfanz’s model, which Baltimore’s new Early Warning Response System is based on. Ms. Cabrera’s chronic absenteeism at Middle School 244 in the Bronx was flagged by the program, and a team of educators and social workers mentored her through middle school. Expected to attend George Washington University in the fall, Omarina is a tremendous success story. Cabrera credits the people that made her mentor program possible for that success. She views education as her mentor and hasn’t let the trials she’s faced shape her.

Dominique Moore, United Way board member, founding chair of United Way’s Baltimore City Partnership Board Chair and attorney at the Law Office of Dominique S. Moore, LLC, shared her Baltimore success story. The beneficiary of a scholarship to The McDonogh School, she knows personally what it takes to change the trajectory of a child’s life. “It’s knowing that someone cares for you; it’s that human touch,” said Moore, as she introduced United Way’s text to give campaign to support the launch of the organization’s new education program – which raised more than $18,000 during the forum.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Women United is part of a global powerhouse of 70,000 women leaders in 160 communities across six countries who have raised and invested more than $1 billion since 2002 to create lasting change that lifts up entire communities. The group includes more than 1,400 local women committed to helping central Maryland residents in need and stabilizing families facing poverty.

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: quality education, safe and affordable housing, and access to healthy food and health care. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and health care. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

SECU partners with United Way of Central Maryland as a sponsor of its interactive 'Walk a Mile' Experience

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SECU partners with United Way of Central Maryland as a sponsor of its interactive ‘Walk a Mile’ Experience

LINTHICUM, MD (March 16, 2016) – SECU, Maryland’s largest credit union, is pleased to announce a new partnership with United Way of Central Maryland as a sponsor for the nonprofit’s groundbreaking Walk a Mile Experience – an interactive activity that illustrates the struggles of living in poverty in an impactful and personal way.

During the Walk a Mile Experience, participants assume the roles of family members living at or near the poverty level and are then challenged with making life decisions while overcoming a lack of resources and navigating a confusing support system. United Way offers this volunteer program to corporations, nonprofit partners, and members of the community as an education tool that builds awareness and understanding of the poverty-related issues facing our region.

“Walk a Mile is designed to illustrate the struggles that thousands of families in our region deal with every day. Participants foster self-awareness, empathy, and a greater sense of caring and concern for the community,” says Mark Furst, President and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “We are so grateful to partners like SECU, which not only support the program, but help us demonstrate that resources like financial education are critical to leading a self-sufficient life.”

“Walk a Mile provides a symbolic experience that really drives home what it means to constantly struggle to make ends meet,” explains Rod Flowers, Vice President of Human Resources Development at SECU and board member at United Way of Central Maryland.

“It is our mission to help our members achieve their financial goals and dreams, and we understand that this begins with educational and social factors,” Flowers adds. “If our employees better understand the issues Marylanders face on a daily basis, we will be in a better position to improve Maryland communities as a whole.”

In celebration of the partnership, SECU is also making the Walk a Mile Experience available to its senior leadership and management team, with the plan to make the experience available to all employees this year.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Walk a Mile Experience is open to corporations and organizations throughout central Maryland. For additional information about this awareness-building activity, contact Elizabeth Devereux at United Way, elizabeth.devereux@uwcm.org or visit www.uwcm.org.

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About SECU
Founded in Baltimore in 1951, SECU is Maryland’s largest credit union. SECU is ranked among the top 50 credit unions for total assets in the U.S, which total $2.8 billion, as of December 2015. Headquartered in Linthicum, MD, SECU has 23 branches and 100+ ATMs throughout Maryland. SECU also provides access to thousands of free ATMs through the CO-OP and Allpoint networks. For more information about SECU, visit www.secumd.org.

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: quality education, safe and affordable housing, and access to healthy food and health care. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and health care. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Day at Area Schools

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United Way of Central Maryland Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Day at Area Schools
Baltimore City Police Officers join celebration, delivering book donations and reading to students


BALTIMORE, MD (March 2, 2016) – Today, United Way of Central Maryland volunteers celebrated Read Across America Day, an annual, nationwide reading celebration that takes place on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2. To recognize Dr. Seuss — and his impact on early reading — United Way staff and nearly 130 volunteers representing at least 25 companies and organizations read The Cat in the Hat to students at 16 schools and community centers located in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

In addition to reading, volunteers staged fun activities for the students, fueling their excitement for reading. The “Cat in the Hat,” “Thing One” and “Thing Two” also made appearances, interacting with the students and posing for photos.

At Baltimore’s Arlington Elementary/Middle School, several Baltimore City Police Officers joined in on the festivities, reading to students and delivering book donations collected earlier in the morning during Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis’ United Way “In Their Own Words” event.

“Today, we celebrate Dr. Seuss and the incredible influence he’s had on early reading,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “Dr. Seuss Day gave our volunteers a wonderful opportunity to instill the fun and importance of reading in young scholars. The participation of the Baltimore City Police Department was especially meaningful in making today a huge success.”

United Way of Central Maryland works toward changing the odds for families and communities across our region every day by focusing on stabilizing families with safe and affordable housing, a quality education and access to healthy food and healthcare. For more information about United Way of Central Maryland, visit www.uwcm.org. 

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: quality education, safe and affordable housing, and access to healthy food and health care. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and health care. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland and The Superstar Foundation Announce Winners of the 2015 Superstar Award

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United Way of Central Maryland and The Superstar Foundation Announce Winners of the 2015 Superstar Award
–First place winner Ashley Dilonno and runner up Janice Lauterback recognized as exceptional performers in human services–

BALTIMORE (December 21, 2015) – This fall, United Way of Central Maryland partnered with the Superstar Foundation to recognize, thank and reward exceptional performers in human services who not only help carry out the work and mission of United Way, but who are truly making a positive impact across our region.

Today, the Superstar Foundation and United Way are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Superstar Award as exceptional performers in human services that have positively impacted the lives of those they serve.

Ashley DiIonno of the Tahirih Justice Center has been announced as this year’s first place winner of the Superstar Award. Ashley’s work focuses on helping to improve the lives of women and families struggling to escape the cycle and perils of domestic violence.

“It’s nice to be recognized for doing what I love and to have the opportunity to bring attention to work that is really important,” said Dilonno.

She will be awarded $5,000 for her exceptional work and dedication.

Janice Lauterbach of CASA Maryland has been announced as the runner up and will be awarded $500. Ms. Lauterbach’s work as a tireless advocate and supporter of foster children is as inspirational as it is impactful.

“Advocating for a child can change the course of a life,” said Lauterbach. “Providing guidance and direction, giving some security that there is someone who can be trusted to speak for them when they are not being heard, and will stand with them when they are in need.”

The compassion and determination of these two women who used data to inform and improve the quality and impact of their services, was critical to the success of their nomination.

Click here to learn more about their work and see the lengths they go and the data they use to deliver life-changing results for the individuals and families they serve.

“The work of United Way would not be possible without the expertise, talent and dedication of social workers who carry out our mission every day. We are grateful to the Superstar Foundation for giving us the opportunity to partner with them and recognize this year’s Superstars,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO at United Way of Central Maryland. “Congratulations to both Ashley and Janice – unsung heroes who are helping to change the odds for the individuals and families they serve.”

“We are proud of our partnership with United Way of Central Maryland and are excited to make the Superstar Award available to exceptional direct service workers in and around Baltimore,” stated Superstar Foundation Founder, Steve Butz. “Ashley and Janice’s work is inspirational and represents a remarkable commitment to using data to achieve superior outcomes. We hope our recognition of this work helps other Superstars step forward and drive the transformative change that Baltimore’s families in need deserve.”

The Baltimore-based Superstar Foundation works to recognize human services professionals who keep the transformational relationship with participants at the core of their work and who demonstrate the effectiveness of that approach through measurable outcomes. Superstar Award recipients receive a cash award from the Superstar Foundation.

About Superstar Foundation
The Superstar Foundation is an organization committed to recognizing and rewarding great social service professionals for the invaluable work that they do. Dedicated to expanding the use of data and highly intentional, transformative relationships as the core of impactful human services, the Superstar Foundation has offered annual awards since 2008. To learn more, visit www.superstarfoundation.org.

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Aims to Distribute 4,000 Thanksgiving Dinners to Central Maryland Families

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United Way of Central Maryland Aims to Distribute 4,000 Thanksgiving Dinners to Central Maryland Families
Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb and former Raven Ed Reed to participate in nonprofit’s 23rd annual Harvest of Plenty program

BALTIMORE, MD (November 2, 2015) – This holiday season, United Way of Central Maryland is aiming to distribute 4,000 Thanksgiving dinners to low-income central Maryland families as part of the organization’s 23rd annual Harvest of Plenty. Harvest of Plenty is a component of United Way’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative – a multi-year program working to improve access to healthy food for families facing poverty. Across Maryland, there are more than 345,000 residents who are food insecure, meaning that they lack consistent access to healthy, affordable food. Through the initiative, United Way of Central Maryland has surpassed its goal of increasing access to healthy food by at least 1.5 million pounds, providing 8.3 million pounds across central Maryland in just the first 33 months of the program.

“A singular American tradition is having Thanksgiving dinner with family,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “Twenty-three years ago, we started Harvest of Plenty by making thanksgiving meals available to 600 families in need in Baltimore City. Thanks to the outpouring of support from the community, we’ve grown to distribute Thanksgiving meals in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. During this season of giving thanks, I’d like to express my gratitude to our donors, partners and volunteers who have made the last 23 years possible, and who are working so hard to ensure 4,000 families can enjoy a holiday meal together this year.”

With help from United Way ambassador and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, and Baltimore Ravens legend Ed Reed, the Thanksgiving meals will be distributed to pre-registered families from November 17-24 at 22 locations throughout central Maryland including social service agencies, faith-based providers, food banks, community action agencies and partner outreach programs. Dinner packages will feed a family of six and include traditional Thanksgiving meal items like a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collard greens, cranberry sauce and biscuit mix.

United Way expanded its service area to include all of central Maryland in 2011. Fundraising has already started on the United Way of Central Maryland website. Individuals interested in providing a Thanksgiving dinner for a family can do so at www.uwcm.org/givethanks.

“Just this year, the helpline has received more than 103,000 calls,” said Saundra Bond, executive director of the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline. “Calls for food assistance have steadily increased, particularly over the holidays in the past several years. Harvest of Plenty is an important program that allows United Way of Central Maryland to directly address the immediate needs of the community during this special time of year.”

United Way of Central Maryland continues to work toward changing the odds for families and communities across central Maryland through programs like Harvest of Plenty and many others, focusing on stabilizing families with safe and affordable housing, quality education and access to healthy food and healthcare.

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and health care. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way “Day of Action” Unites Local Organizations with 31 Community Service Projects

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United Way “Day of Action” Unites Local Organizations with 31 Community Service Projects
Annual event provides opportunity for involvement beyond financial contributions
Baltimore, MD (October 13, 2015) – Volunteer teams from regional organizations will participate in United Way of Central Maryland’s “Day of Action,” a community service effort centered around education, health programs and housing and income. Opportunities requested by partner nonprofits across the region are still available for individuals to sign up and join United Way of Central Maryland’s effort to connect volunteers and community service projects committed to improving lives.
Included in this year’s 31 volunteer projects are:

•   Preparing and serving meals at Lighthouse Inc. (Anne Arundel County)
•   Renovations to the Franciscan Center (Baltimore City)
•   Reading to students at Community Action Council’s Story Time and Art at Dasher Green Head Start Center (Howard County)
•   Helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna (Harford County)
•   Winterizing the garden at Human Services Program of Carroll County (Carroll County)

Projects will take place in the areas United Way of Central Maryland serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties and Baltimore City.

“United Way and its volunteers are out in the community all year long reading to kids, making meals for our neighbors in need, and serving those experiencing homelessness,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland. “Day of Action is one day we all can come together to shine a spotlight on all the great opportunities people can get involved in to help children and families have a brighter future.”

In addition to the volunteer teams from regional organizations, United Way is looking for volunteers to participate on October 15. Those interested can find out more information by visiting the event page.

Businesses, governments and organizations participating in Day of Action include UPS, Cobham Advance Electronic Solutions, Transamerica, SECU, Delta, Baltimore County Government, Connections Education, Rosemore Inc, TDAmeritrade, and all of United Way’s local partnership boards.

“I am proud to participate in United Way’s Day of Action. UPS and United Way have a long-standing partnership, working together to change the odds for those less fortunate in our community,” said Kip Hollar, Community Relations Supervisor for UPS Chesapeake District. “We are thrilled to support the work of United Way and its partner agencies, and we are reminded that the needs of our community extend far beyond what can be accomplished in a single day or even a month.”

United Way of Central Maryland provides up to date volunteer opportunities on its website. To find out how you can go beyond Day of Action and volunteer with United Way, visit the volunteer calendar.

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For nearly 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region’s human service leader, encouraging all central Marylanders to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the community to improve people’s lives. UWCM is dedicated to helping individuals and families facing poverty meet their basic needs, stabilize and achieve self-sufficient lives. By drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community’s needs, UWCM is able to identify where gaps exist and concentrate on what works in addressing them – serving as a powerful advocate on critical health and human issues. UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland’s Fourth Annual Project Homeless Connect Aims to Assist 2,000 of the Baltimore Area’s Homeless Population

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United Way of Central Maryland’s Fourth Annual Project Homeless Connect
Aims to Assist 2,000 of the Baltimore Area’s Homeless Population

More than 2,000 volunteers to be matched one-on-one with individuals and families in need at one of the largest homeless one-day resource fairs in the country

Baltimore, MD (September 23, 2015) – On Thursday, September 24, United Way of Central Maryland will once again bring together more than 90 partners and 2,000 volunteers to aid those experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City and the surrounding area at their fourth annual Project Homeless Connect.

Each volunteer guide will be matched one-on-one with a homeless adult or family to help them access more than 150 services available at the event, ranging from dental care, medical screenings, housing information, employment programs to haircuts, legal services, identification cards and more.

“I was so grateful to have this opportunity and that these resources have been made available all in one setting. Everybody was so helpful in a nonjudgmental way. I hope this continues every year because overall it was a great day…productive and pleasurable,” said one participant from last year’s Project Homeless Connect.

United Way’s Baltimore event is one of the largest in the country. Replicated in over 300 cities, Project Homeless Connect is a city-wide resource fair that provides those experiencing or at-risk for homelessness to receive on-the-spot services all in one place.

“Project Homeless Connect has become a movement. It’s about changing the odds for families and communities right here in Baltimore and all central Maryland,” said Mark Furst, president of United Way of Central Maryland. “It’s incredible to see the outpouring of support from organizations, companies and volunteers who want to help those experiencing homelessness get the services they need and to let these individuals and families know that someone cares about them.”

At the 2014 Project Homeless Connect, 1,450 people experiencing homelessness or poverty received services. In 2013, United Way Worldwide declared Baltimore’s Project Homeless Connect to be the national best practice model for direct homeless service events. United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services brought the Project Homeless Connect model to Baltimore in August of 2012.

“We go out into the community on a regular basis to meet people where they are and get them the help that they need,” said Kevin Lindamood, president and CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless. “Project Homeless Connect is one more way for our team to reach more people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness all at one time, in one place.”

Project Homeless Connect is made possible by United Way of Central Maryland, The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services – Homeless Services Program, and Baltimore-area service providers. Exelon and The Journey Home also provide generous support.

To learn more about United Way of Central Maryland and how to help change the odds, please visit www.uwcm.org.

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Honors Local Philanthropists at Tocqueville Society Event

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United Way of Central Maryland Honors Local Philanthropists at Tocqueville Society Event
Andy and Sana Brooks, T. Rowe Price, Gertrude B. Hopkins and the Harford Family House Inc. Recognized at Annual Event

Baltimore, MD (September 17, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland celebrated the recipients of the Philanthropists of the Year, Outstanding Tocqueville Organization of the Year, and Volunteers of a Lifetime award at this year’s Tocqueville Society event, recognizing the impact of 530 members of its Tocqueville Society. Members of the Dix Années Société, society members for ten or more consecutive years, were also recognized.

The 28th Annual Tocqueville Society Event on September 16 was hosted by Monica and Hugh Warns at the Penguin Coast exhibit at The Maryland Zoo and kicked off with a performance by the Pathway Church of God youth choir, a recipient of United Way’s Maryland Unites funding to restore Baltimore following the unrest. United Way of Central Maryland recognized the commitment and influence of Tocqueville Society members and their contributions over the last year to the organization’s efforts to improve education, financial stability and health in central Maryland. Members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society each contribute $10,000 or more annually, and last year contributed a total of close to $8 million collectively.

This year’s honorees include:

Philanthropists of the Year – Andy and Sana Brooks
For their leadership and outstanding financial commitment to changing the odds for families and communities, husband and wife Andy and Sana Brooks were recognized as Philanthropists of the Year. Andy Brooks is head of U.S. Equity Training and vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Sana is a first grade schoolteacher at Calvert School.

Outstanding Tocqueville Organization of the Year – T. Rowe Price
T. Rowe Price’s support for the Tocqueville Society has gone beyond donations. Their associates have donated their time through ongoing volunteer opportunities in the community. In addition, T. Rowe Price helped grow Tocqueville Society by 83 total members, thanks to Andy’s leadership and passion for sharing the work of United Way.

Volunteer of a Lifetime – Gertrude B. Hopkins and Harford Family House, Inc.
Gertrude B. Hopkins has devoted the past 26 years to helping families in crisis regain their independence at the Harford Family House, Inc. As one of the founding Board Members, B. has served as an apartment sponsor, setting up apartments for new families, helping them get settled and establish connections in the community, and everything in-between.  She has also brought on additional volunteers through her efforts to promote the organization.
“The individuals recognized last evening, along with all of our Tocqueville Society members have made an extraordinary impact through their generosity, volunteering and advocacy,” said Holly Hoey, Vice President, Major Gifts of United Way of Central Maryland. “This annual celebration allows United Way to say thank you and show our appreciation for all of their efforts.”

Tocqueville Society members have given a cumulative total of $102.7 million to United Way’s work since its founding in 1987, uplifting poverty-stricken residents of central Maryland. Today, gifts given by 530 Tocqueville Society members account for thirty-three percent of United Way’s annual private sector funding.

To learn more about United Way’s Tocqueville Society, please visit www.uwcm.org/tocqueville.
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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces Jim Wheeler of Ayers Saint Gross as Chairman of the Board

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United Way of Central Maryland Announces Jim Wheeler of Ayers Saint Gross as Chairman of the Board

BALTIMORE (September 8, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced the appointment of Jim Wheeler as Chairman of the Board.

In his position, Jim Wheeler will lead United Way’s board of directors, which is responsible for United Way’s strategic direction and results. The board also helps to raise and invest funds in support of United Way’s work to provide families throughout central Maryland the tools, resources and support they need to build financial stability, obtain access to healthy food and quality health care, and keep kids in school.

“Over the next year, as part of an $8.27 million investment in Baltimore and its surrounding counties, United Way of Central Maryland will continue its important efforts to change the odds for families and communities facing poverty,” said Jim Wheeler, Chairman of the Board, United Way of Central Maryland. “After 24 years as a volunteer with United Way of Central Maryland, I am eager to take on this new leadership position.”

Mr. Wheeler became involved with the United Way in 1991 as a volunteer. He also serves as a Board member of the World Trade Center Institute. Mr. Wheeler is President of Ayers Saint Gross, an internationally recognized architecture and planning firm headquartered in Baltimore. He has written and lectured extensively on trends in higher education planning and co-authored the chapter on campus planning for the APPA/NACUBO publication Planning and Managing the Campus Facilities Portfolio. He has presented multiple papers to the Confederation of India Industry’s National Committee on Education and is responsible for the development of Ayers Saint Gross’ nationally recognized Comparing Campuses analysis, a statistical database of more than 250 college and university campuses now in its 17th year of publication.

“Jim Wheeler has been a superb volunteer and board member for United Way,” said Mark Furst, president & CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “Jim cares deeply about the wellbeing of families facing poverty and wants United Way to expand and deepen our work to bring stability and self-sufficiency to their lives.”

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland, or to learn how you can contribute to the 2015 campaign, visit www.uwcm.org.

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces Greater Baltimore Committee’s Donald C. Fry as 2015 Campaign Chair

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United Way of Central Maryland Announces Greater Baltimore Committee’s Donald C. Fry as 2015 Campaign Chair

BALTIMORE (September 1, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland has named Donald C. Fry, the President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, as the 2015 Campaign Chair.

In his position, Fry will lead the 2015 United Way of Central Maryland fundraising campaign. The campaign aims to raise more than $24 million to support United Way’s work to provide families throughout central Maryland the tools, resources and support they need to build financial stability, obtain access to healthy food and quality health care, and keep kids in school.

“We have a big task this year,” said Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, and campaign chair, United Way of Central Maryland. “Recent events in Baltimore have demonstrated that we need to come together as a community now more than ever.

“Whether as a public servant, President and CEO of the GBC or volunteering with United Way, I’ve been actively engaged in creating opportunities and long-term solutions that improve lives and our communities,” Fry added. “It’s important to invest in work that has real impact and scale, and that is what we are poised to do with United Way of Central Maryland this year.”

Out of college, Fry joined the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees), a nonprofit organization of young active citizens who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. The Jaycee creed, “Service to humanity is the best work of life,” is a mantra that Fry has followed in his career, both in his current role as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Baltimore Committee, and in his continued service to the Baltimore community, even serving as chair for United Way of Central Maryland’s Journey Home in 2012.

Fry has been president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the region’s most prominent organization of business and civic leaders, since November 1, 2002. Since that time, he has crafted a vision for the GBC that is taking shape in the form of bold initiatives designed to strengthen the Baltimore area’s business climate. He has made advocacy for viable regional transportation a top GBC priority and led the 10-month study in 2010 that produced the GBC’s Competitive Edge Report. He also created the “Bridging the Gap” initiative to grow and expand minority and women-owned businesses in a multi-dimensional effort that includes seminars, networking and mentoring programs.

Fry is one of only a handful of legislators, past and present, to have served on each of the major budget committees of the Maryland General Assembly.

“As one of our region’s most influential leaders, Don is the perfect person to lead this year’s fundraising campaign,” said Mark Furst, president & chief executive officer, United Way of Central Maryland. “My team and I look forward to working closely with him as we mobilize the community this year.”

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland, or to learn how you can contribute to the 2015 campaign, visit www.uwcm.org.

About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $873,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Baltimore County

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United Way of Central Maryland Announces $873,000 in Grants
Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Baltimore County

BALTIMORE (July 30, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced $873,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Baltimore County. United Way’s grants will support the organization’s overall mission to stabilize families and provide all central Marylanders the opportunity to attain a quality education, financial stability and good health through programs that provide homelessness prevention, greater access to care, financial education, legal services and more.

“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Ken Westary, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Baltimore County partnership board and vice president for Institutional Advancement with the Community College of Baltimore County. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Baltimore County communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”

The 15 community operating grants totaling $330,000 include:

  • Baltimore County Department of Health, $20,000 for the Access to Care Program
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore County, $25,000 to support the needs of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings
  • Comprehensive Housing Assistance, $20,000 to support the After-School Academic Enrichment Program
  • Dundalk Youth Services Center, $20,000 to support its early childhood programming
  • House of Ruth Maryland, $30,000 to support services to victims of intimate partner violence and their children
  • Jewish Community Services, $15,000 to support homelessness preventions programs
  • Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, $15,000 to support their home-delivered meals program
  • Mosaic Community Services, $20,000 to help provide access to dental care and oral hygiene education
  • Northwest Hospital Center, $21,000 to support their Domestic Violence (DOVE) program
  • PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, $25,000 to support their World of Care program
  • Prologue, $30,000 to support their homeless outreach program
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, $25,000 to support their Front Door Program
  • TurnAround, $25,000 to support TurnAround-Baltimore County financial stability programs
  • University of Maryland Baltimore, $15,000 for their Care Clinic
  • YWCA of the Greater Baltimore Area, $24,000 for the Arbutus Permanent Supportive Housing Program

An additional $490,000 has been invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention and financial stability programs, which will be operated by the following organizations:

  • Episcopal Housing Corporation, $100,000 for Homelessness Prevention in Cockeysville
  • Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, $120,000 for Workforce Development Services Supporting Family Stability Families in Baltimore County
  • Job Opportunities Task Force, $20,000 for the Baltimore CASH Campaign: Financial Education Training for Family Stability Partners
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, $150,000 for Shelter Diversion in Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work, $100,000 for Homelessness Prevention in Dundalk

United Way has invested an additional $53,000 for programmatic work in Essex.

Each of these nonprofits facilitates some aspect of United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability programs. A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, Family Stability programs at United Way are aimed at lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through prevention(helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to temporary housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management) and financial education (working with these families on financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment).

“Our continued work with United Way of Central Maryland as a community partner allows us to further our mission to ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential,” said John Schiavone, president and CEO, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. “This marks our 150th year serving our community, and we hope to continue our proven results, like the 47 families we placed in housing in 2014 through our Front Door program, the 935 clients that received workforce training, and the 486,441 meals we served.”

Since the family stability program’s launch in May 2012, through March of this year, these programs have helped 387 families, including the diversion of 139 families from homeless shelters into housing, and kept 570 children in their school of origin. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May. These new grants will help to continue this great and important work to provide families the support and resources they need and strengthen communities across central Maryland.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.
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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $132,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Carroll County

For media inquiries:
Danielle Hogan, 410-895-1573
Danielle.Hogan@uwcm.org

Lauren Walbert, 443-683-0294
lwalbert@hillmanpr.com

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $132,000 in Grants
Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Carroll County

BALTIMORE (July 29, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced $132,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Carroll  County. United Way’s grants will support the organization’s overall mission to stabilize families and provide all central Marylanders the opportunity to attain a quality education, financial stability and good health through programs that provide emergency housing, food, dental health and child care support.

“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Ralph Arnold, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Carroll County partnership board and chief risk officer life & protection group with Transamerica. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Carroll County communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”

The four community operating grants totaling $62,000 include:

·       Access Carroll, $24,000 to support the Dental Program

·       Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, $10,000 to support Project Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

·       Carroll County Child Care Centers, $12,500 to support the Sliding Scale Tuition Relief Program

·       Westminster Rescue Mission, $15,500 to support the Food Distribution Program

An additional $70,000 has been invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention program, which will be operated by Human Services Programs of Carroll County.

Each of these nonprofits facilitates some aspect of United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability programs. A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, Family Stability programs at United Way are aimed at lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through prevention(helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to temporary housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management) and financial education (working with these families on financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment).

“Our continued work with United Way of Central Maryland as a Community Partner allows us to further our work addressing the needs of low-income, at-risk citizens in Carroll County,” said Rick Schoenfeld, Family Links Program Specialist with Human Services Programs of Carroll County. “With the help of United Way and other supporters, we serve more than 12,200 citizens through emergency assistance, workforce development, shelter programs, and more.”

Since their launch in May 2012, through March of this year, these programs have helped 387 families, including the diversion of 139 families from homeless shelters into housing, and kept

570 children in their school of origin. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May. These new grants will help to continue this great and important work to provide families the support and resources they need and strengthen communities across central Maryland.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.

 

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $215,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Harford County

For media inquiries:
Danielle Hogan, 410-895-1573
Danielle.Hogan@uwcm.org

Harry Hammel, 443-880-8877
hhammel@hillmanpr.com

 

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $215,000 in Grants
Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Harford County

BALTIMORE (July 28, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced $215,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Harford County. United Way’s grants will support the organization’s overall mission to stabilize families and provide all central Marylanders the opportunity to attain a quality education, financial stability and good health through programs that provide emergency housing, child abuse victim advocacy, legal services and more.

“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Paige Boyle Kornke, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Harford County partnership board and director of marketing and customer relations, Boyle Buick GMC Truck. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Harford County communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”

The seven community operating grants totaling $140,000 include:

·       Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, $25,000 for quality out of school time programming for Harford County children and youth

·       Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, $20,000 to support their Trauma Based Treatment Center

·       Harford Community Action Agency, $25,000 for the Food Pantry and Food Bank

·       Harford Family House, $25,000 to support financial stability programs

·       Linking All So Others Succeed (LASOS), $10,000 to support Foundations in Learning at Aberdeen and Edgewood

·       Mason-Dixon Community Services, $15,000 for its emergency food program

·       The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC), $20,000 to support financial stability programs

An additional $75,000 has been invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention program for Harford County.

Each of these nonprofits facilitates some aspect of United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability programs. A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, Family Stability programs at United Way are aimed at lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through prevention(helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to temporary housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management) and financial education (working with these families on financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment).

“Our continued work with United Way of Central Maryland as a Community Partner allows us to further our work addressing the needs of low-income individuals, families and communities in Harford County,” said Pamela Overbay, executive director, Harford Community Action Agency. “As one of more than 1,100 Community Action Agencies nationwide, our efforts have helped many families facing the conditions of poverty in Harford County, like the 20,000 people our Food Bank was able to feed last year alone.”

Since their launch in May 2012, through March of this year, these programs have helped 387 families, including the diversion of 139 families from homeless shelters into housing, and kept 570 children in their school of origin. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May. These new grants will help to continue this great and important work to provide families the support and resources they need and strengthen communities across central Maryland.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.
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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visitwww.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $450,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Howard County

For media inquiries:
Danielle Hogan, 410-895-1573
Danielle.Hogan@uwcm.org

Harry Hammel, 443-880-8877
hhammel@hillmanpr.com

 

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $450,000 in Grants
Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Howard County

BALTIMORE (July 23, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced $450,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Howard County. United Way’s grants will support the organization’s overall mission to stabilize families and provide all central Marylanders the opportunity to attain a quality education, financial stability and good health through programs that provide emergency housing, child abuse victim advocacy, legal services and more.

“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Duane St. Clair, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Howard County partnership board and president, St. Clair Consulting. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Howard County communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”

The seven community operating grants totaling $104,000 include:

·       Bridges to Housing Stability, $20,000 to support their financial stability programs

·       Community Action Council of Howard County, $20,000 to support their health programs

·       Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, $18,000 for their Child Abuse Treatment Program

·       Foundation for Human Development, doing business as MakingChange, $10,000 to support their financial coaching programs

·       Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, $20,000 for their Family Shelter

·       Neighbor Ride, $10,000 to provide services to the county’s senior population

·       St. John Baptists Church Mentoring Program, $6,000 to continue the mentoring program of African Americans ages 9 – 17

More than $340,000 additional has been invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention and shelter diversion programs, which will be implemented by Bridges to Housing Stability and Family & Children Services.

Each of these nonprofits facilitates some aspect of United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability programs. A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, Family Stability programs at United Way are aimed at lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through prevention(helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to temporary housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management) and financial education (working with these families on financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment).

“Our continued work with United Way of Central Maryland as an Community Partner allows us to further our goal of transforming the lives of children and adults by providing opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience and hope,” said Cheryl Ladota, Acting CEO and chief operating officer of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. “In the last 10 years, Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland has helped 48,522 children, adults and seniors in our community.”

Since their launch in May 2012, through March of this year, these programs have helped 387 families, including the diversion of 139 families from homeless shelters into housing, and kept 570 children in their school of origin. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May. These new grants will help to continue this great and important work to provide families the support and resources they need and strengthen communities across central Maryland.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.

 

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $500,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Anne Arundel County

For media inquiries:
Danielle Hogan, 410-895-1573
Danielle.Hogan@uwcm.org

Lauren Walbert, 443-683-0294
lwalbert@hillmanpr.com

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $500,000 in Grants
Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Anne Arundel County

BALTIMORE (July 22, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland yesterday announced $500,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Anne Arundel County. United Way’s grants will support the organization’s overall mission to stabilize families and provide all central Marylanders the opportunity to attain a quality education, financial stability and good health through programs that provide emergency housing, afterschool youth programming, legal services and more.

“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Tonya Hill, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Anne Arundel County partnership board and senior vice president, BB&T bank. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Anne Arundel county communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”

The nine community operating grants totaling $240,000 include:

·       Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), $25,000 to support their work advocating for abused and neglected children

·       Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth & Families, $30,000 to support their Family Navigator program

·       Arundel House of Hope, $30,000 to support the Homeless Day and Resource Center

·       Associated Catholic Charities, $30,000 to support Sarah’s House, a supportive housing program, offering emergency and transitional housing for homeless families in Anne Arundel County.

·       Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, $29,154 to fund the educational program: Power Hour: Making Minutes Count

·       Food Link, $20,423 to support efforts in alleviating hunger in communities by linking vital resources to families and individuals in need

·       Partners in Care, $15,423 to foster safety and well-being among senior citizens through transportation and care management programs

·       The Light House, $30,000 to support shelter operations

·       YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, $30,000 to provide legal services and  support to victims of domestic violence

An additional $260,000 is also being invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention and shelter diversion programs, which will be implemented by the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth & Families.

Each of these nonprofits facilitates some aspect of United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability programs. A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, Family Stability programs at United Way are aimed at lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through prevention(helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to temporary housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management) and financial education (working with these families on financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment).

“We are looking forward to continuing our work with United Way of Central Maryland as an Impact Partner,” said Pam Brown, executive director, Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. “Since 1993, we have worked to improve the quality of life for all children in Anne Arundel County. To-date, we have helped 178 families with programs like our Family Navigator, and United Way’s homelessness prevention and shelter diversion programs.”

Since its launch in May 2012, through March of this year, Family Stability programs at United Way have helped to provide stability to 387 families, kept 570 children in their school of origin, and diverted 138 families from homeless shelters into housing. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May. These new grants will help to continue this great and important work to provide families the support and resources they need and strengthen communities across central Maryland.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.

d out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.
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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $8.27 Million in Funding to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net

For media inquiries:
Danielle Hogan, 410-895-1573
Danielle.Hogan@uwcm.org

Lauren Walbert, 443-683-0294
lwalbert@hillmanpr.com

 

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $8.27 Million in Funding to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net
Organization’s fiscal year 2016 investments to support Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties and Baltimore City
BALTIMORE (July 22, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland’s Board of Directors has approved community investments totaling $8.27 million for the fiscal year starting July 2015.

“Thanks to the generosity of local companies, foundations and individuals, we are able to continue our important efforts to change the odds for families and communities facing poverty,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland.

With the announcement of $8.27 million in grants and other community investments for fiscal year 2016, United Way of Central Maryland will support both the local safety net as well as help more families become stable and successful. United Way’s service territory encompasses Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties and Baltimore City.

Connecting People to Basic Human Services
Through its six Community Partnership Boards, United Way of Central Maryland has awarded 59 operating grants, totaling approximately $1.36 million, to organizations delivering critical basic needs services throughout central Maryland, including emergency housing, quality afterschool programming, health care services and more. An additional pool of $179,000 has been reserved to support nonprofit organizations that experience unanticipated surges in demand for services or experience emergencies during the fiscal year.

Another $1.29 million has been allocated to the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline and the 2-1-1 Maryland system statewide. 2-1-1 is a confidential information and referral service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 150 languages. In FY 2015, the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline answered more than 100,000 calls related to critical assistance with everything from food, shelter and health care to utility bills and tax preparation assistance.

United Way also has committed $600,000 to its longstanding partner, American Red Cross – Greater Chesapeake, specifically to underwrite its year-round local disaster response efforts. Another $150,000 has been allocated to this year’s Project Homeless Connect being held on September 24, where more than 1,500 clients experiencing homelessness are expected to receive services onsite from 150 providers.

Putting Families on the Path to Stability
United Way is supporting various Family Stability initiatives with investments totaling $4.69 million. United Way of Central Maryland believes that safe, affordable housing, quality education and access to healthy food and healthcare are essential to keeping families intact and making them self-sufficient.

United Way programs specifically targeting homeless and nearly homeless families include prevention (helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to permanent housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management), andfinancial education/workforce development (financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment). Since their launch in May 2012, through March of this year, these programs have helped 387 families, kept 570 children in their school of origin and diverted 138 families from homeless shelters into housing.

The organization’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative aims to increase access to healthy food, especially in poor neighborhoods with limited access to full-service grocery stores. Over nearly four years, the program has sourced and distributed 8.3 million pounds of healthy food, equivalent to 6.9 million meals.

United Way also plans to expand its work in education and will soon launch an Early Warning and Response System, an innovative intervention program for students who exhibit early signs of not being on the trajectory for high school graduation. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center at Ben Franklin High School last fall, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All this is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Awards Over $500,000 in Neighborhood-Targeted Grants Through Maryland Unites Fund

For media inquiries:
Danielle Hogan, 410-895-1573
Danielle.Hogan@uwcm.org

Lauren Walbert, 443-683-0294
lwalbert@hillmanpr.com

 

 

United Way of Central Maryland Awards Over $500,000 in Neighborhood-Targeted Grants Through Maryland Unites Fund

Organization focuses on programs targeted to youth

BALTIMORE (June 2, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced initial grants to 23 organizations through its Maryland Unites fund at an event hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library branch on Pennsylvania and North avenues, one of the recipients of funding to expand summer programming for children.

United Way of Central Maryland President, Mark Furst made the announcement together with Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden, Center for Urban Families Founder, Joe Jones, and other community leaders.

United Way of Central Maryland established the Maryland Unites Fund last month as a vehicle to provide humanitarian relief and stabilize the neighborhoods affected by recent events in Baltimore. To date, the emergency fund has raised over $500,000 through both corporate donations and gifts from more than 750 individuals via its mobile and digital giving platforms.

The Maryland Unites grants mark the continuation of United Way of Central Maryland’s presence in the affected communities, where it currently facilitates family stability and workforce programming through partnerships with frontline human service organizations.

“Through Maryland Unites, we are providing humanitarian relief and attending to basic needs.  We have allocated a majority of funding for youth employment, tutoring, mentoring and enrichment,” said Furst.  “We believe that engaging young people in meaningful programs—especially this summer and after school in the fall—is an urgent need.” Furst added, “While we have made strides across our region to lift up families and improve community conditions, there is still much more work to be done to address deep-rooted problems.  Together with our partners, we’re committed to continuing this important work now and well into the future.”

In making its decisions, United Way convened a special steering committee comprising knowledgeable community leaders from the faith, education, nonprofit and business communities as well as the school system, state and city governments. Priority was given to organizations based in or serving the affected neighborhoods.

“We are humbled and very grateful by this generous gift from United Way of Central Maryland,” said Carla D. Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free library.  “The Pennsylvania Avenue Branch was at the epicenter of the unrest at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenues. The library, along with all other Pratt Branches, stayed open for patrons including children at a time when they needed a safe place. This donation will fund much needed library upgrades and program enhancements for children and teens that will provide a step forward in rebuilding the Penn North community.”

“Before the events leading up to the unfortunate death of Freddie Gray United Way of Central Maryland has had a longstanding and strategic investment commitment to strengthening families,” said Joe Jones, founder, Center for Urban Families. “In the aftermath of recent events United Way of Central Maryland has continued to be responsive to community need. CFUF is honored to be an investment partner with United Way of Central Maryland in our mutual efforts to empower individuals and families achieve stability and economic success.”

United Way of Central Maryland received nearly 100 applications from nonprofit and religious groups requesting funding from the Maryland Unites fund. Today, the group announced these awardees:

  • Beloved Community Services Corporation, $25,000 to support and expand their Male Mentoring Program at Union Baptist Church
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Chesapeake, $25,000 to support mentoring matches for youth in at-risk communities in Baltimore City
  • Bon Secours Community Works, $25,000 to expand services for youth and young adults, including summer employment, parent trainings, and re-entry programming for young ex-offenders
  • Camp Farthest Out, $25,000 to support Camp Empowerment 2015 summer programming for youth ages 6-12
  • Camp Farthest Out, $23,000 to support the Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts’ summer arts and literacy programming for middle school students
  • Center for Urban Families, $25,000 to support their Workforce Development, Baltimore Community Healing & Civic Engagement Pilot program
  • Child First Authority, $21,000 to support summer academic and cultural enrichment programming for students at John E. Howard Elementary School
  • Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., $6,000 to support emergency transportation needs of residents living in the affected neighborhoods
  • Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, $20,000 to support youth empowerment programming at the Druid Heights Community Center
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library, $25,000 to expand summer programming for children at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
  • Flight 1 Carriers, $25,000 to support their weekly distributions of fresh produce and meats, personal care products, and housing supplies to seniors in zip codes 21215, 21216 and 21217
  • Fusion Partnerships’ Power Inside Community Trauma Initiative, $20,000 to expand their existing trauma interventions in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood
  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, $25,000 to support summer enrichment programming for middle school girls from communities impacted by the recent civil unrest in Baltimore City
  • Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, $25,000 to support job and resource fair events in West Baltimore designed to connect with the residents of zip codes 21215, 21216 and 21217
  • Job Opportunities Task Force, $25,000 to support their Project JumpStart Program, a job-training program for Baltimore residents with a high school diploma or GED
  • Maryland Food Bank, $10,000 to support their food relief efforts in zip codes 21215, 21216 and 21217
  • Maryland New Directions, $25,000 to support their Youth Job Readiness Program for individuals under 25 years of age
  • Middle Grades Partnership, $23,000 to support summer programming for middle school students from Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School
  • Parks & People Foundation, $25,000 to support youth programming
  • Reading Partners, $23,000 to support their one-on-one literacy tutoring program expansion into Matthew A. Henson Elementary School
  • The Salvation Army of Central Maryland, $10,000 to support their FeedMore Mobile Feeding Program that provides hot, healthy meals, as well as toiletries, to the affected areas of Baltimore City
  • Y of Central Maryland, $25,000 to support the Druid Hill Summer Enrichment Program for children and youth ages 5-13
  • YouthWorks, $30,000 to support the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development youth summer jobs program

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About United Way of Central Maryland
For nearly 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region’s human service leader, encouraging all central Marylanders to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the community to improve people’s lives. UWCM is dedicated to helping individuals and families facing poverty meet their basic needs, stabilize and achieve self-sufficient lives. By drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community’s needs, UWCM is able to identify where gaps exist and concentrate on what works in addressing them – serving as a powerful advocate on critical health and human issues. UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Raises $300k+ to Provide Humanitarian Relief, Partners with UPS for Delivering Hope Community Engagement Campaign

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Danielle Hogan, 410-895-1573
Danielle.Hogan@uwcm.org

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United Way of Central Maryland Raises $300k+ to Provide Humanitarian Relief, Partners with UPS for Delivering Hope Community Engagement Campaign

Organization working closely with community leaders to assess neighborhood needs and distribute funds quickly and effectively

BALTIMORE  (May 4, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland’s fund, Maryland Unites, has raised more than $300,000 to date through both corporate donations and more than 600 individuals via its mobile and digital giving platforms. Partners CareFirst, Comcast, CVS Health Foundation, University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine are among those generous United Way donors committed to restoring the neighborhoods affected in last week’s unrest.

“The outpouring of concern and commitment to our city has been overwhelming and we are so grateful for the support we have witnessed in such a short period of time,” said Mark Furst, president & chief executive officer, United Way of Central Maryland. “Every day, we are on the ground working with our partners to ensure everyone has access to a quality education, financial stability and good health. We have made tremendous progress, but it is evident that there is still much work to be done. And we can’t do it without the support of our donors.”

United Way of Central Maryland has established the emergency fund as a vehicle to get resources quickly to neighborhoods in need. Working closely with volunteer leaders from United Way’s Baltimore City partnership board and influential community members, the organization has convened a steering committee to assess both short- and long-term needs in the communities and develop a formal process for nonprofits and churches to apply for funds in an expedited manner. No fees are being taken from the funds raised.

Due to the destruction of local convenience stores as a result of last week’s unrest, United Way of Central Maryland also has partnered with UPS in a campaign named Delivering Hope, to collect needed items from companies across central Maryland for delivery to community centers and faith-based organizations throughout the city. Items needed include non-perishable foods, baby formula, Ensure, toiletries, laundry soap and cleaning supplies. A full list of items can be found here. Interested companies can sign up to contribute by registering here. UPS has arranged for two pick up days to collect and deliver items, including this Friday, May 8 and a second pick up on Monday, May 18.

“United Way of Central Maryland was a logical partner for us as we look to help the communities we serve every day,” said Joy Howard, UPS Chesapeake District South Package Operations Manager. “We know Baltimore’s neighborhoods inside and out, and are happy that we are able to serve them in their time of need and always.”

“We recognize that the issues that exist in our communities cannot be solely defined by what occurred last week. United Way of Central Maryland is committed, now more than ever, to changing the odds for families and communities,” said Furst. “We continue to press forward with our work to improve community conditions together with our many partners – ensuring that everyone has access to healthy food and healthcare, a safe affordable home and a quality education that leads to a good job and self-sufficiency.”

Visit www.uwcm.org/MDUnites, or text keyword MDUnites to 71777 to contribute to United Way of Central Maryland’s Maryland Unites Fund.

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About UWCM
For nearly 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region’s human service leader, encouraging all central Marylanders to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the community to improve people’s lives. UWCM is dedicated to helping individuals and families facing poverty meet their basic needs, stabilize and achieve self-sufficient lives. By drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community’s needs, UWCM is able to identify where gaps exist and concentrate on what works in addressing them – serving as a powerful advocate on critical health and human issues. UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information, visit www.uwcm.org.