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Granting aid to families

Community Foundation awards thousands

Community Foundation awards thousands

May 04, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. awarded about $25,000 Wednesday to programs addressing "the strength, safety and security of families."

The nonprofit foundation annually gives grants to other nonprofit organizations, said Merle S. Elliott, chairman of the foundation's grants and allocations committee.

The foundation - one of hundreds of its kind across the country - also manages charitable endowment funds for groups and individuals.

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Nine years ago, the foundation started with less than $10,000, Elliott said. Now, its funds total about $11 million, according to Executive Director Bradley N. Sell.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild, a volunteer group that supports the orchestra, was one of five organizations sharing the grants Wednesday.

Linda Hood, the guild's education chairwoman, said its $2,500 grant will pay for a program in which a licensed teacher works with teenage mothers and their babies at the Washington County Family Center.

Mothers are taught parenting lessons through music. Guild members participate as models - but with teddy bears instead of babies, Hood said.

Potomac Case Management Services in Hagerstown, which serves senior citizens with psychiatric problems, will use its $5,000 grant for a program called Youth Engaging Services.

Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University students will visit senior citizens who live alone - "just to be able to share time, quality time," said Fay Kilmer Smith, the executive director of Potomac Case Management Services.

She said that being alone contributes to senior citizens' depression.

The Washington County Community Mediation Center's $6,000 grant will help launch a pilot conflict resolution program at Boonsboro High and Northern Middle schools.

Valerie Main, the center's executive director, said school employees will identify children who need to work out problems they're having with other people. Trained adults and teenagers will work with the children in group mediation sessions.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, which builds affordable homes for low-income families, received $7,000 to "coordinate all aspects of the building process for all future projects," according to the foundation's grant list.

The Washington County Family Center received $4,985 to help unemployed and low-income parents enroll in adult education programs and driver's education classes, the grant list says.




The grant recipients



The recipients of Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. grants Wednesday were:

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County: $7,000

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild: $2,500

Potomac Case Management Services: $5,000

Washington County Family Center: $4,985

Washington County Community Mediation Center: $6,000
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