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Community Foundation awards $80,000 in grants to local organizations

February 10, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Carol Brashears shows her excitement after receiving a check for $3,000 from Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc., grant allocation committee member Mitesh Kothari for Micah's Backpack. Brashears volunteers for the organization which provides healthy weekend meals to children living in poverty.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

While disadvantaged children can get meals at their schools during the week, local authorities said Thursday that some youngsters may not have anything to eat when they are home over the weekend.

But help is now on the way at elementary schools from Micah's Backpack — backpacks filled with food and given to students on Fridays to take home with them, officials said at a grant-awarding ceremony at the Memorial Recreation Center on West North Avenue.

Micah's Backpack was awarded $3,000 from the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc., during a ceremony in which 18 local organizations received grants.

Micah's Backpack representative Carol Brashears showed off one of the backpacks, pulling out a pouch of tuna and other snacks from the pack.

Bradley N. Sell, executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc., talked about the importance of Micah's Backpack.

If children are going hungry over the weekend, they are not going to be ready to learn when school starts Monday morning, Sell said.

"Isn't it neat just hearing about all the programs in Washington County? I think we are so blessed," Sell told a standing-room-only crowd assembled to hear how about $80,000 in grants were being awarded.

The Community Foundation of Washington County, MD, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity that has distributed more than $7 million since 1997.

The other grant recipients included:

  • The Community Free Clinic of Washington County, $7,500 to continue and expand a diabetic-monitoring program.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates, $5,000 to advocate for children involved in abuse cases.
  • Easter Seals, $5,000 to support LINC, a medical day care system.
  • Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, $5,000 to process donated game and livestock into meals for the hungry.
  • Girls, Inc., $5,000 for a bullying awareness program.
  • Hospice of Washington County, $5,000 for a benevolence program for the uninsured and underinsured.
  • Memorial Recreation Center, $3,000 for mentoring programs for the Jonathan Street community.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, $5,000 to expand a school-based mentoring effort.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, $5,500 for a character-building program.
  • Children in Need, $2,000 to host activities for at-risk youth in the Jonathan Street community.
  • Washington County Community Action Council, $7,500 for a community garden project.
  • NORMAL, $3,000 for a self-defense class for girls.
  • Raven House Food Ministries, $3,000 for refrigeration at a food bank.
  • REACH, $4,000 for a a new server.
  • The Salvation Army, $2,500 for a healthy mid-day meal to parents and children in need.
  • The W House, $5,000 for a sexual health and behaviors curriculum for women.
  • Women of Valor, $4,000 for its programs.

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