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Foundation gives $68,171 to nonprofits

May 03, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - The Community Free Clinic would have to end a program to prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in June, if not for a grant of more than $19,000 the organization received Wednesday.

The clinic was one of eight area nonprofit organizations to receive money from the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. Wednesday. The nonprofit foundation annually gives grants to other nonprofit organizations.

This year, $68,171 was distributed through partnerships with the Pauline Anderson Foundation and the Women's Giving Circle, Community Foundation Executive Director Bradley N. Sell said.

That amount is nearly three times what was distributed in each of the past four years. Sell said the Community Foundation was able to give about $33,000, and the Pauline Anderson Foundation contributed another $34,000. The Women's Giving Circle made up the difference, he said.

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The American Red Cross received $3,000 to provide scholarships for baby sitter training. The new program will offset the cost of the training course for those who cannot afford it, Executive Director Julie Barr-Strasburg said. Those who attend will learn about basic childcare, safety and first-aid skills.

Boys & Girls Clubs was granted $5,000 to help with a teen summit to address gang activity, healthy lifestyles, finances and teen pregnancy.

The Commission on Aging received $12,750 to support a diabetes case management program that will ensure preventative health care, allowing seniors to remain in independent living circumstances. Executive Director Susan J. MacDonald said Washington County has the highest death rate from diabetes in Maryland. Nearly half of diabetes cases occur in people older than 55.

The case management program plans to address this "health crisis," she said. This new program, made possible by the Community Foundation grant, will allow nurses to make in-home visits to assist low-income, disabled seniors with regular checks for blood glucose levels, blood pressure, medication monitoring and nutritional compliance.

Robin Roberson, of the Community Free Clinic, said the organization's $19,408 grant will help staff and purchase supplies and medication for its teen pregnancy prevention clinic. She said about 20 teens use the clinic, which is open twice each month, for education, exams, contraception and other needs.

"(The clinic) would have had to stop (without this money)," she said. "It was only funded through June."

Food Resources Inc. will use its $5,000 grant to expand the Meals on Wheels program to include a monthly delivery of 20 pounds of food for those who are homebound, Executive Director Ruth Anne Callaham said.

Girls Inc. received $9,575 to launch PEERsuasion, a program to help girls avoid drugs and alcohol. Executive Director Maureen Grove said the program for 11- to 14-year-olds is a 10-week program.

San Mar Children's Home was given a $6,057 grant to purchase PLATO, a learning tool that will teach life and job-training skills to residents. They will receive academic, life and job management skills.

W House Foundation received a $7,381 grant to support a life skills program for women entering early recovery from drug and alcohol dependency. Women will learn to communicate effectively, problem solve, budget their money and create a résumé.

Sell said he hopes to continue the partnership with the Pauline Anderson Foundation so more money can be distributed to area nonprofit organizations.

"I hope this will be a marriage that will last," he said. "The nonprofits are happy with it because there's more money."




Eight area nonprofits receive grants



· American Red Cross - $3,000 to provide scholarships for baby sitter training.

· Boys & Girls Clubs - $5,000 to assist with a teen summit addressing gang activity, healthy lifestyles, finances and teen pregnancy.

· Commission on Aging - $12,750 to support a diabetes case management program.

· Community Free Clinic - $19,408 for a teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease/HIV clinic.

· Food Resources Inc. - $5,000 to expand the Meals on Wheels program to include a monthly delivery of 20 pounds of food to individuals who are homebound.

· Girls Inc. - $9,575 to launch PEERsuasion, a program designed to help girls avoid drugs and alcohol.

· San Mar Children's Home - $6,057 to purchase PLATO, a learning vehicle that will teach life and job-training skills to residents through a computer-based and e-learning platform of instruction.

· W House Foundation - $7,381 to support a life skills program for women entering early recovery from drug and alcohol dependency.

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