Endowment fund to help city's employees

September 06, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

A Community Foundation of Washington County permanent endowment fund has been established to help City of Hagerstown employees further their education and training, foundation Executive Director Bradley N. Sell said Thursday.

The seed money for the fund came from former City of Hagerstown Project Coordinator Austin Abraham.

Abraham donated about $1,450 in accrued vacation time to the foundation in September 2001 when he left the city to take a job with the Frederick County government, Sell said.

Abraham worked for the city from October 1984 to September 2001.

"We are very appreciative of Austin's contribution and his focus on furthering education and training for our employees," City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Thursday. "The city was fortunate to have someone of Austin's abilities and commitment to the community as an employee, and I think both are reflected in his financial gift to the city."


Abraham said he had no comment on his donation and the fund.

The foundation is asking others to contribute to the fund, Sell said.

Once the value of the fund reaches $5,000, income will start being distributed, he said.

A committee will be established, which will include city and foundation officials, to determine which city employees will receive money to help pay for education and training, Sell said.

The foundation serves as a partner and resource for community philanthropy, providing a variety of ways for donors to improve the quality of life in their community, now and in the future.

The foundation was started in 1996 with $9,000. It currently has assets of nearly $6 million in 78 funds.

For further information on how you can help, call 301-745-5210.

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