‘Tis the season to give
Christmas may have passed, but the season of giving still remains. Your charitable donation is a chance to make a difference as well as a good way to reduce your tax burden. Contributions are deductible in the year made. To make a donation count for 2018, gifts must be made by Dec. 31 to a certified nonprofit organization.
Here are a few of our favorites: The United Way of Queen Anne’s County, P.O. Box 399, Chester, MD 21619
The United Way is all about neighbors helping neighbors. The organization allocates funds to 20 worthwhile member agencies that ser ve community needs in Queen Anne’s County from children to seniors covering areas from health and human services to the arts and the environment.
A donation to the United Way of Queen Anne’s County gets you a big bang for your buck. A single donation will help fund the Bethel Summer Enrichment Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Boy Scouts of America Delmarva Council, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. Chester wye, Compass Regional Hospice, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, Echo Hill Outdoor School, For All Seasons Inc., Haven Ministries, Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, Kennard Alumni Association, Kent Island Federation of Arts, Mcardle School for Early Autism, Mid-shore Community Foundation, Mid-shore Council on Family Violence, Partnering for Youth After School Program, Rebuilding Together, Talisman Therapeutic Riding and United Needs and Abilities Inc.
Your local fire department is another great place to give. Did you know that all the fire companies in Queen Anne’s County are volunteers?
Your friends and neighbors are putting themselves on the line to protect your life and property. We have nine fire departments in the county, and any of them would welcome your donation. Some, like Grasonville and Church Hill, are in the midst of capital campaigns to expand or rebuild their stations. Others are seeking funds to upgrade equipment. All can use donations toward regular upkeep of the station and equipment to fight fires.
Here are the addresses for a few of the closest to the Record Observer office:
Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company, 212 Broadway, Centreville, MD 21617
Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 118, Queenstown, MD 21658
Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company, 316 Main St., Church Hill, MD 21623
Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company, 203 N. Church St., Sudlersville, MD 21668
Queen Anne-hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company, 13512 1st St, Queen Anne, MD 21657
Then, of course, there’s our very own Brighter Christmas Fund, helping families on the Mid-shore. In 2017, the Brighter Christmas Fund raised more than $120,000, thanks to the generosity of Midshore readers. Those donations helped more than 800 families and 1,900 children have a brighter holiday.
The Brighter Christmas Fund, c/o The Star Democrat, P.O. Box 600, Easton, MD 21601 (Donations also may be made online at www.brighterchristmasfund.org; click the “Donate” button.)
In the interest of full disclosure, you should know the editor served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Queen Anne’s County and was a member of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department Advisory Council, raising funds for the capital campaign, so she has firsthand experience as to the good works done by these agencies.