The Dundalk Eagle : 2020-07-23

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Page 14 The Dundalk Eagle July 23, 2020 Grants totaling $400,000 awarded to community organizati­ons in COVID-19 fight Baltimore County and the Baltimore Community Foundation today announced that 50 local community-based organizati­ons have received grants totaling $400,000 from the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in a collaborat­ive effort to promote public health and support the County’s efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “County government is working around the clock to respond to this crisis, but we know even more needs to be done. We’re so thankful for partners like BGE, Tradepoint Atlantic, the Weinberg Foundation and all our generous donors for recognizin­g that we are in this together,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “Baltimore County is home to so many dedicated community organizati­ons and we’re proud to support the invaluable services they provide to our neighbors during this trying time.” Since its establishm­ent on March 31, the Emergency Response Fund, which is managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, has raised more than $500,000 from more than 150 individual, private sector, and philanthro­pic donors, including Tradepoint Atlantic, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation, the Henr y and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation and Chesapeake Realty Partners. “BCF partners with many concerned donors and communityb­ased organizati­ons in Baltimore County as part of our regional focus,” said Shanaysha M. Sauls, President and CEO of Baltimore Community Foundation. “We are honored to work with County Executive Olszewski’s administra­tion to steward generous individual, corporate and philanthro­pic dollars and ensure they reach high-impact organizati­ons in hard-hit communitie­s.” Baltimore County today also announced that BGE has made a $285,000 contributi­on to the Emergency Response Fund to support existing and future efforts. $185,000 in BGE funds will support grantees announced today while $100,000 in future funding has been reserved to enhance the County’s response to supporting reopening of County small businesses. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, BGE has endeavored to balance two important commitment­s to our residentia­l and business customers and the communitie­s we serve: provide relief from COVID19-related economic hardship and continue to invest in the critical electric and natural gas infrastruc­ture to ensure safe and reliable access to energy,” said Rodney Oddoye, BGE’s senior vice president of government­al and external affairs. “It is our hope that BGE’s contributi­on to the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will reach organizati­ons that are vulnerable during a crisis and help them navigate this challengin­g period.” Fifty County-Based Organizati­ons Awarded Grants In May, Baltimore County made grants available to organizati­ons assisting those affected by COVID-19 in Baltimore County communitie­s. Today the County announced that grant awards ranging from $3,000 to $11,300 were granted to 50 County-based organizati­ons. Funding will be used to support a diverse range of community efforts, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID safeguards for reopening, support for food distributi­on, virtual counseling services, rental assistance, educationa­l supplies for youth, technology to address the digital divide, and assistance for veterans, first responders and their families. A full list of the Baltimore County Emergency Response Fund awardees announced today is below: AfriThrive Inc Agape Christian Church Arc Baltimore Aspen Day Treatment Baltimore Associatio­n of Nepalese in America INC Baltimore Job Hunters Support Group (BJHSG) Bas Melech Performing Arts Center Inc Board of Child Care CASA of Baltimore County, Inc. Cavanaugh House CHANA — A Program of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc. Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities Inc. Children’s Home, Inc. Community Crisis Center, Inc. Congregati­on Ariel Russian Community Synagogue, Inc. Covenant Guild, Inc. Diversifie­d Housing Inc. FreeState Justice Friendship Circle of Baltimore From One Fan To Another Inc. HACSI Hindu American Community Service Inc. Hall at North Point Edgemere Heaven on Earth NOW Holistical­ly Empowered Youth, Inc. Humane Society County Improving Education Inc. Islamic Society of Baltimore Jacksonvil­le Senior Center Council Jewish Uniformed Service Associatio­n of Maryland KEYS Empowers, Inc. Lake Roland Nature Council Life Builders Church Linwood Center MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Morning Star Baptist Church of Baltimore County NAMI Metropolit­an Baltimore No More Stolen Childhoods One Love Foundation in Honor of Yeardley Love Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council Penn-Mar Human Services Randallsto­wn Mount Olive United Methodist Church Research and Counsellin­g Foundation for African Migrants (RECFAM) Set The Captives Free Outreach Center Inc. Spectrum Support, Inc. St Matthew United Methodist Church St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center Towson University Foundation Trinity Temple, Inc. TWS Community Outreach County Engaging Community Partners to Expand Food Distributi­on Network Through the grant applicatio­n process, the County noted that multiple organizati­ons requested support to enhance food assistance. As a result, over 30 community organizati­ons will be invited to partner with the County’s ongoing efforts to address food insecurity and the challenges of providing food and nutrition assistance safely during the pandemic. To date, Baltimore County’s successful food distributi­on effort has provided over four million meals for County residents. Through this expanded food distributi­on collaborat­ion, Baltimore County will directly engage nonprofit networks to ensure resources are reaching residents most in need of assistance. Developmen­t, of Baltimore

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