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United Way of Central Maryland Announces More Than $425,000 to Support its Fight for Education, Financial Stability and Health in Howard County

BALTIMORE (August 8, 2017) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced more than $425,000 in grants for programming supporting the organization’s goal of improving the lives of Howard County residents. United Way’s grants will support the overall mission to help low-income individuals and families in Howard County obtain the necessities of a better life: education, housing, employment and health.

“A huge ‘thank you’ to our local supporters,” said Kate Schulze, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Howard County partnership board and Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Transamerica. “These grants were awarded to Howard County organizations and will help to create a foundation for struggling individuals throughout Howard County. The programs these grants support are critical to helping many of our neighbors in Howard County get back on their feet.”

The six community operating grants totaling $95,347 include:

  • Bridges to Housing Stability, $20,000 to support the organization’s housing programming.
  • Community Action Council of Howard County, $25,000 to support their workforce development and income programming.
  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, $15,000 to assist with their housing initiatives.
  • MakingChange, $10,347 to help with the organization’s housing programs.
  • Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, $15,000 to support the organization’s health programming.
  • Neighbor Ride, $10,000 to assist with the organization’s health programming.

An additional $332,417 is also being invested in United Way’s family stability programming, which will be operated by United Way and in partnership with Family & Children’s Services of Maryland.

A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, United Way’s family stability programs work to get struggling families back on track by helping them obtain housing and assisting them in gaining access to food, healthcare, employment and education.

Since its launch in May 2012, United Way’s Family Stability programs across central Maryland have ensured that more than 1,200 families stayed in their homes, or were rapidly rehoused if they had already lost their homes. This also means that 99.7 percent of the children in these families avoided having to change schools.

These new grants will help to continue this 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 join our fight to create meaningful, measurable and lasting change for people throughout our region, visit www.uwcm.org.

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About United Way of Central Maryland

United Way fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in every community. 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.

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 104,000 calls for help in fiscal year 2016.

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.

United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. United Way of Central Maryland encourages individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Working 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 Announces More Than $425,000 to Support its Fight for Education, Financial Stability and Health in Howard County