Qlarant gives $385K to non­prof­its

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By BRENDA FISHER [email protected]­pub.com

EAS­TON — Christ­mas came early this year to the grantees hon­ored by the Qlarant Foun­da­tion on Thurs­day, July 12.

The Qlarant Foun­da­tion hon­ored 14 or­ga­ni­za­tions around Mary­land and the Dis­trict of Columbia dur­ing its an­nual grant awards re­cep­tion.

Qlarant Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing Pat Boos said the Qlarant Foun­da­tion awarded $385,000 to 14 de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents this year.

“We have four dif­fer­ent ar­eas of our com­pany and the foun­da­tion is one of them. We have about 500 em­ploy­ees through­out the na­tion in 12 dif­fer­ent of­fices. Each year, the foun­da­tion gives about $385,000 a year to grantees through­out Mary­land and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.,” Boos said. “These are some of the most fan­tas­tic peo­ple that serve un­der­served and un­der priv­i­leged peo­ple through­out our com­mu­nity. The grantees are just fan­tas­tic peo­ple.”

The grantees are cho­sen from a pool of en­tries. Boos said they typ­i­cally re­ceive about 85 en­tries each year. She said the or­ga­ni­za­tions are re­quired to sup­ply quite a bit of in­for­ma­tion about their pro­gram, and there are cer­tain re­quire­ments that must be met. From the ini­tial ap­pli­cants, the top 10 to 15 are awarded the grants.

“We have a fixed amount of money we can give out. We try to give as much money as we can to as many peo­ple as we can,” Boos said. “We have tight cri­te­ria about what you need to present and met­rics that have to be met. We have to have quar­terly up­dates on how the money will be used.”

This year, the Qlarant Foun­da­tion hon­ored Ac­cess Car­roll; Breast Care for Wash­ing­ton; Chan­nel Marker; Com­mu­nity Min­istries of Rockville; East­ern Shore Well­ness So­lu­tions; Girls in the Game; Help and Outreach Point of En­try; La Clin­ica del Pue­blo; Mary­land Foun­da­tion of Den­tistry for the Hand­i­capped; Miriam’s Kitchen; Mis­sion of Mercy; Shirley Grace Preg­nancy Cen­ter; Uni­ver­sity Le­gal Ser­vices; and the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Sys­tem Foun­da­tion — Breath­mo­bile.

Lo­cally, Chan­nel Marker Men­tal Health Sup­port Ser­vices re­ceived $25,000 to as­sist peo­ple in Dorch­ester, Caro­line and Tal­bot coun­ties. Chan­nel Marker Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor Marty Cas­sell said the grant money will be used to help pro­vide ex­ist­ing clients with ac­cess to a nurse and nurse prac­ti­tioner.

“We see clients that aren’t al­ways re­im­bursed through health home be­cause it’s a Med­i­caid-only re­im­burse­ment. Some of our clients have Medi­care or other types of in­sur­ance,” Cas­sell said. “The money goes to help us serv­ing those peo­ple rather than us denying them ser­vices. It also gives us ex­tra time to have our nurse prac­ti­tioner there to pro­vide con­sul­ta­tion on some of our riskier cases.

“We are very hon­ored and grate­ful. There are a lot of peo­ple that do out­stand­ing work here in Mary­land. To be one of the re­cip­i­ents of the grant is a tremen­dous ac­com­plish­ment.”

This isn’t the first time Chan­nel Marker has re­ceived a grant from the Qlarant Foun­da­tion. Chan­nel Marker Sup­port Co­or­di­na­tor Danielle Wil­liams said they try to do as much as they can with the money they have and never count on re­ceiv­ing the grant money.

“We al­ways op­er­ate and do the best we can with the money we have. We’ve got­ten this for sev­eral years, but we don’t take it for granted,” Wil­liams said. “We are very ap­pre­cia­tive that the Qlarant Foun­da­tion thinks of us. We are go­ing to con­tinue do what we’re asked to be­cause we are re­cip­i­ents of this grant.”

Dur­ing the awards re­cep­tion, grantees had the op­por­tu­nity to chat with other grant win­ners to share in­for­ma­tion. They were also in­vited to at­tend work­shops to of­fer ad­vice on fundrais­ing and how to de­velop part­ner­ships with other non­profit agen­cies. The day ended with re­marks from Qlarant Foun­da­tion Board of Di­rec­tors Chair­man Molly Bur­goyne-Brian.

Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37BTal­bot, and Sen. Ad­die Eck­hardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, were on hand to con­grat­u­late grantees and voice their sup­port for the pro­grams that were hon­ored this year.

“The Qlarant Foun­da­tion has been award­ing fund­ing for pro­grams that serve the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” Eck­hardt said. “It’s pretty re­mark­able that over $385,000 goes back into the com­mu­nity. It’s very im­pres­sive, and we’re very ap­pre­cia­tive.”

From left: Brenda Crabbs, Qlarant Foun­da­tion Board mem­ber; Sen. Ad­die Eckardt-R-37-Mid-Shore; Bob Valenti, Qlarant Foun­da­tion Board mem­ber; Dr. Molly Bur­goyne-Brian, chair­man, Qlarant Foun­da­tion Board of Di­rec­tors; Amanda Neal, Qlarant Foun­da­tion Board...

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