Grants avail­able for or­ga­ni­za­tions ad­dress­ing so­cial needs

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Or­ga­ni­za­tions that ad­dress press­ing so­cial needs in Charles County are el­i­gi­ble for grants of up to $5,000 from the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land thanks to the gen­eros­ity of an anony­mous bene­fac­tor. The to­tal fund­ing avail­able is ap­prox­i­mately $45,000, and the foun­da­tion an­tic­i­pates fund­ing nine ap­pli­cants with awards av­er­ag­ing about $5,000 each.

Grants from the Op­por­tu­nity Fund are avail­able to 501(c)(3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, reli­gious char­i­ties and gov­ern­ment agen­cies that pro­vide drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, emo­tional re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and youth well­ness ser­vices to Charles County res­i­dents.

“Through this pro­gram, the foun­da­tion iden­ti­fies high-pri­or­ity needs and seeks op­por­tu­ni­ties where a rel­a­tively mod­est amount of grant money can make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in Charles County,” Gretchen Hard­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the com­mu­nity foun­da­tion, said in a re­lease.

Ap­pli­cants are eval­u­ated ac­cord­ing to a set of cri­te­ria that in­cludes:

• The ev­i­dence of need for the pro­posed project;

• The po­ten­tial im­pact of the pro­posed so­lu­tion;

• The de­gree to which the project is con­sis­tent with or en­hances the orga- niza­tion’s mis­sion;

• The ca­pac­ity of the or­ga­ni­za­tion to im­ple­ment and sus­tain the project;

• The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, gov­er­nance and man­age­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tions;

• The pos­si­ble use of the grant as seed money to lever­age fund­ing from other sources;

• The abil­ity of the or­ga­ni­za­tion to ob­tain ad­di­tional fund­ing to im­ple­ment and sus­tain the pro­gram;

• The de­gree to which the project com­ple­ments other pro­grams or ser­vices of­fered in the com­mu­nity;

• The num­ber of peo­ple that will ben­e­fit from the project; and

• The ex­tent of vol­un­teer in­volve­ment for the project.

Awardees of Op­por­tu­nity Grants are re­quired to com­plete a de­tailed ap­pli­ca­tion iden­ti­fy­ing the num­ber and pri­mary age group to be served, de­scrib­ing the pro­posed project or need, and iden­ti­fy­ing the pro­posed project’s man­age­ment and bud­get. Awardees are also re­quired to sub­mit eval­u­a­tion re­ports at the end of the grant award cy­cle.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are due on Fri­day, March 17, by 4 p.m. and must be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally. Awards are an­nounced in May, and the grant pe­riod runs through May 2018. Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able for down­load from the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land web­site at www.cf­somd.org.

Health de­part­ment to host smok­ing ces­sa­tion pro­gram

A free, eight-week Quit Smok­ing pro­gram will start in early May at the Charles County De­part­ment of Health in White Plains. This pro­gram of­fers quit­ting sup­port, help with mak­ing a plan to quit and quit­ting aids. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. Call Mary Beth Klick at 301609-6932 to reg­is­ter.

Hu­mane so­ci­ety re­ceives award from Sny­der Foun­da­tion

The Sny­der Foun­da­tion for An­i­mals has awarded the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County $174,200 to fund free and low-cost spay/neuter surg­eries over the next five years.

The Sny­der Foun­da­tion for An­i­mals Inc., whose mis­sion is to pro­mote the wel­fare of an­i­mals through phil­an­thropic sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion, will be clos­ing as of March 31. Dur­ing the fi­nal months, the foun­da­tion will be dis­tribut­ing its re­main­ing as­sets to be used pri­mar­ily for spay/ neuter surg­eries.

For more than 20 years, the Sny­der Foun­da­tion has awarded the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County (HSCC) grant fund­ing to pro­vide free and low-cost spay/neuter surg­eries for low-in­come fam­i­lies in South­ern Mary­land. The Sny­der Foun­da­tion chose the HSCC to re­ceive a fi­nal award of $174,200 to be used in ac­cor­dance with pre­vi­ous years’ awards, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

This gen­er­ous award will be used to fund the HSCC For­ever Friends Com­mu­nity Outreach Pro­gram for the next five years. This vol­un­teer-driven pro­gram ad­dresses the needs of as­set-lim­ited, in­come-con­strained mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who own pets or care for large num­bers of out­door cats, but can­not af­ford to get them fixed. Pro­vid­ing free and low­cost spay/neuter surg­eries and ra­bies vac­ci­na­tions is a crit­i­cal part of re­duc­ing the eu­thana­sia of un­adopt­able feral cats in Charles County and in pre­vent­ing the end­less in­take of un­wanted an­i­mals into area shel­ters.

“This is ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar,” Ginny Crane, HSCC board pres­i­dent, said in the re­lease. “Our re­la­tion­ship with the Sny­der Foun­da­tion has been a god­send.”

Fam­i­lies need­ing spay/ neuter as­sis­tance for owned pets or com­mu­nity cats in an es­tab­lished colony may con­tact the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County shel­ter di­rectly at 301-645-8181 or ap­ply on­line at hu­mane­so­ci­etycc.org.

Li­brary in­vites the pub­lic to meet ALICE

The Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary will host the first of a se­ries of Com­mu­nity Con­ver­sa­tions at 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, March 29, at the Wal­dorf West Branch. The con­ver­sa­tions are open to the pub­lic and suit­able for all ages.

“As the United Way’s re­cent ALICE Re­port high­lighted, 25 per­cent of Charles County house­holds are strug­gling to make ends meet,” said Janet Salazar of Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary. “We be­lieve there is work ahead to make Charles County a bet­ter place to live and work. Open­ing up the di­a­logue at our Com­mu­nity Con­ver­sa­tions: Come Meet ALICE event is a step to a stronger com­mu­nity.”

United Way or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try re­leased a re­port in 2016 that pro­vided a com­pre­hen­sive look at the ex­tent of fi­nan­cial need of com­mu­ni­ties in 15 states. The re­sult is that ALICE is rapidly be­com­ing part of the com­mon ver­nac­u­lar, ap­pear­ing in grant ap­pli­ca­tions, in the me­dia, and in pub­lic fo­rums dis­cussing fi­nan­cial hard­ship in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.

“The ALICE study sheds light on seg­ments of our pop­u­la­tion that have been suf­fer­ing in si­lence. ALICE is one car re­pair or den­tal emer­gency away from home­less­ness. Over 50,000 peo­ple in our com­mu­nity are ALICE and th­ese fam­i­lies live in all our towns and neigh­bor­hoods. At United Way of Charles County, our hope is to start a con­ver­sa­tion with the com­mu­nity about the un­der­ly­ing is­sues af­fect­ing the suc­cess of ALICE fam­i­lies and launch, fund and ad­vo­cate for ac­tion­able so­lu­tions,” said Mike Bel­lis, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the United Way of Charles County. “To­gether, we have the op­por­tuni- ty to eval­u­ate the cur­rent so­lu­tions and dis­cover in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to give ALICE a voice, and to cre­ate changes that im­prove life in Charles County.”

Like all states, Mary­land was hit hard dur­ing the re­ces­sion and has re­bounded to some de­gree dur­ing the re­cov­ery. The 2-1-1 Mary­land Sys­tem, which serves the en­tire state, han­dled a record num­ber of calls for as­sis­tance in the last year — more than 278,000 in to­tal — of­ten from ALICE in­di­vid­u­als need­ing help to nav­i­gate fi­nan­cial strug­gles such as rent, health care, util­ity as­sis­tance and food.

The Com­mu­nity Con- ver­sa­tion will con­clude with a panel fea­tur­ing busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers com­mit­ted to pulling to­gether in ways that would help en­cour­age a com­pre­hen­sive look at the ex­tent of fi­nan­cial need in South­ern Mary­land. There will be time for ques­tions. Light re­fresh­ments will be served.

Curb­side yard waste col­lec­tion to re­sume

The Charles County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works an­nounced that curb­side col­lec­tion of yard waste will re­sume on Mon­day, April 3.

Weekly col­lec­tion of yard waste is avail­able to ar­eas that re­ceive re­cy­cling col­lec­tion and occurs April through De­cem­ber on the same day of the week as the “Ev­ery-Other-Week” re­cy­cling col­lec­tion.

Ac­cept­able items for curb­side yard waste col­lec­tion in­clude grass, leaves, gar­den clip­pings, and brush. Items must be placed in brown pa­per bags, a re­us­able con­tainer, or bun­dled for col­lec­tion. Yard waste in plas­tic bags or con­tain­ers weigh­ing over 50 pounds will not be col­lected. Branches must be bun­dled and not greater than 4 feet in length and no in­di­vid­ual branch more than 6 inches in di­am­e­ter. All re­us­able con­tain­ers must have han­dles and be clearly marked with an “X” or “Yard Waste”. Yard Waste will not be ac­cepted if placed in­side of a Re­cy­cling Cart.

Un­ac­cept­able items in­clude loose branches and brush, plas­tic bags, dirt, rocks, sod, trash, and ma­te­rial ex­ceed­ing the weight and size re­stric­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Di­vi­sion, 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 866269-9006.

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