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United Way of Central Maryland Announces Nearly $830,000 to Support its Fight for Education, Financial Stability and Health in Baltimore County

BALTIMORE (August 8, 2017) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced more than $815,000 in grants for programming supporting the organization’s goal of improving the lives of Baltimore County residents. United Way’s grants will support the overall mission to help low-income individuals and families in Baltimore County obtain the necessities of a better life: education, housing, employment and health.

Our regional supporters have allowed us to invest in organizations that will help Baltimore County’s struggling residents live a self-sufficient life,” said Regina Aris, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Baltimore County partnership board (PB) and deputy director transportation planning for Baltimore Metropolitan Council. “We, the volunteer members of the Baltimore County PB are thrilled to be able to offer our continued support to long-standing partners such as CASA of Baltimore County and House of Ruth Maryland, as well as several others. United Way’s goal is to ensure these investments go directly toward helping struggling county residents get back on their feet.”

The 12 community operating grants totaling $293,086 include:

  • Abilities Network, $25,000 to support their education programming.
  • Baltimore County Department of Health, $20,000 to assist with their health programs.
  • CASA of Baltimore County, $30,000 to support the organization’s health programming.
  • Community Assistance Network, $23,086 to help their housing efforts.
  • Episcopal Housing Corporation, $25,000 to support their housing programs.
  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, $20,000 supporting their education initiatives.
  • House of Ruth Maryland, $25,000 to help with their health programming.
  • Jewish Community Services, $25,000 to assist with their housing efforts.
  • Lighthouse, $25,000 to support their health initiatives.
  • Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, $30,000 to help their health programming.
  • PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, $15,000 to support their education initiatives.
  • Prologue, $30,000 to support their housing programming.

An additional $536,415 is also being invested in United Way’s family stability programming, which will be implemented by United Way in partnership with the following organizations:

  • Episcopal Housing Corporation
  • Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake
  • Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
  • Job Opportunities Task Force (Baltimore CASH)
  • Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

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 Nearly $830,000 to Support its Fight for Education, Financial Stability and Health in Baltimore County