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OPINION
November 19, 2011
The hallmarks of a thriving community are often measured by things that cannot be seen. In a thriving community, there are fewer numbers of poor, uneducated, homeless, sick, unfit, illiterate and unemployed. History judges societies by how they treated their most defenseless members, and it is this foundation of caring that supports the walls that allow communities to soar. With this in mind, the United Way and Community Foundation of Washington County spearheaded the creation of a Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP)
OPINION
By BRAD SELL and MELISSA REABOLD | March 17, 2013
Editor's note: United Way and the Community Foundation of Washington County are writing monthly columns in The Herald-Mail to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the community's conscience and to report on the progress that is being made toward the SCIP goals. The Community Foundation's annual unrestricted grants were awarded last month and, once again, the grant applications were specifically tied to the SCIP goals and strategies. Distributions from the following funds make up the foundation's unrestricted grants: the Community Endowment Fund, the Waltersdorf Community Fund, the Phoebe Steffey Community Fund, The Washco Community Fund and the Pauline Anderson Pass Thru Fund.
OPINION
By MELISSA REABOLD | February 3, 2013
As you know, United Way of Washington County and the Community Foundation of Washington County have been submitting monthly editorials to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the minds of those in our community.  As the newest member of the SCIP steering committee and executive director of United Way of Washington County, I was asked to give my perspective on the role the assessment plays in our community. In my past experience with nonprofit organizations and community development, SCIP is one of the most progressive tools and is totally comprehensive in its approach.
OPINION
By BRAD SELL and LEAH GAYMAN | May 4, 2012
The United Way and Community Foundation of Washington County are writing monthly columns in The Herald-Mail to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the community's conscience and to report on the progress that is being made toward the SCIP goals. Even though it might not seem like it, the community is engaged.  Many things are happening with regard to education goals: • Under the direction of the United Way, a food program collaborative has been discussing issues, such as distribution of available resources, programs and eligibility, nutrition and gaps that need to be filled moving forward.
NEWS
February 16, 2012
The following is a list of the 2012 unrestricted grants announced Thursday by The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. in partnership with the Pauline Anderson Foundation, to include each grant recipient's Strategic Community Impact Plan, or SCIP, goals: n Habitat for Humanity, $2,000 for its Family Services Program. SCIP goals:  Improve financial literacy and create a housing program. n Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, $5,000 to support the processing of donated deer for area food banks and other food programs.
OPINION
By BRAD SELL and LEAH GAYMAN | January 26, 2012
Did you know that during summer vacation, disadvantaged students lose approximately 23.6 percent of what they learned during the previous school year? Did you know that medical emergency personnel in Maryland cannot refuse transport to a nonemergency patient, even if that means there are no more available vehicles for an emergency? Did you know that Washington County residents would have to pay approximately $1,000 more per year in taxes if it were not for our tourism industry?
NEWS
February 4, 2013
United Way of Washington County is requesting proposals for Community Impact programs for the 2013 program year. Funding is available for programs designed to meet education, income and health needs within Washington County, the United Way said in a news release. Only health and human service 501(C)3 organizations are eligible to apply for funds, the agency said. Beginning Tuesday, applications for funding will be available on United Way's website at www.unitedwaywashcounty.org . Applicants may download the instructions and application and review for compliance to apply for funding, according to the release.
OPINION
February 26, 2012
United Way of Washington County and Community Foundation of Washington County will be writing monthly columns in The Herald-Mail to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the community's conscience, and to report on the progress that is being made toward the SCIP goals. In the last month, the event that had the greatest impact on the process was the awarding of the Community Foundation's annual unrestricted grants. For the first time, in 2012, the grant applications were specifically tied to the SCIP goals and strategies.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | January 12, 2012
With budgets still tight, one Washington County agency has decided not to compete for dwindling nonprofit dollars but to support the area's approximately 500 not-for-profit groups with precious human capital instead. Known as Volunteer Washington County, the nonprofit agency provides volunteer recruitment for organizations by connecting those wanting to serve with those in need of volunteers. “I see us as serving as the volunteer coordinator for all 500 nonprofits in the county,” said Bernadette Wagner co-director of the 501(c)
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OPINION
By BRAD SELL and MELISSA REABOLD | July 28, 2013
Editor's note: This is an update on the Strategic Community Impact Plan coordinated by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County.  The Impact Council determined that SCIP Focus Groups would reconvene to evaluate the status of the work in progress to achieve the goals published in November 2012 and to provide an update to the community. As of this update, all focus groups have met one or more times. Each has determined the relevance of the stated goals and reviewed the current information available for each subject.
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NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2013
The United Way of Washington County awarded grants worth $854,060 to 21 community agencies to fund 27 programs. A total of 29 local nonprofits requested nearly $1.68 million in grant money to fund 48 programs this year. The United Way has changed the way the grants are distributed, part of a plan set in motion in 2009 that will make the disbursement “more targeted and more strategic,” said Melissa Reabold, executive director of the United Way of Washington County. Reabold said that in the past, the United Way raised and gave out the money to its member agencies to fill revenue gaps.
OPINION
By BRAD SELL and MELISSA REABOLD | March 17, 2013
Editor's note: United Way and the Community Foundation of Washington County are writing monthly columns in The Herald-Mail to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the community's conscience and to report on the progress that is being made toward the SCIP goals. The Community Foundation's annual unrestricted grants were awarded last month and, once again, the grant applications were specifically tied to the SCIP goals and strategies. Distributions from the following funds make up the foundation's unrestricted grants: the Community Endowment Fund, the Waltersdorf Community Fund, the Phoebe Steffey Community Fund, The Washco Community Fund and the Pauline Anderson Pass Thru Fund.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2013
Most Washington County residents have not obtained four-year college degrees, an educational gap that could hamper redevelopment efforts, according to an economic development strategic plan. “Washington County is at the lower end of the educational attainment spectrum in terms of percentages of its residents 25 years of age and older having four-year college degrees and graduate and professional degrees,” says the report, compiled by Urbanomics Inc. on behalf of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission and the county Industrial Foundation, or CHIEF.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2013
More than 1,000 children under school age in Washington County will receive one free book a month under the Imagination Library program started by country music singer Dolly Parton. Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, community leaders, and a group of students in Head Start of Washington County were at Elgin Station on Thursday morning for a kickoff celebration for Imagination Library, launched by Parton in 1996. “This program is focused on helping our kids to appreciate literature, read, and become more proficient in reading,” Wilcox said.
NEWS
February 4, 2013
United Way of Washington County is requesting proposals for Community Impact programs for the 2013 program year. Funding is available for programs designed to meet education, income and health needs within Washington County, the United Way said in a news release. Only health and human service 501(C)3 organizations are eligible to apply for funds, the agency said. Beginning Tuesday, applications for funding will be available on United Way's website at www.unitedwaywashcounty.org . Applicants may download the instructions and application and review for compliance to apply for funding, according to the release.
OPINION
By MELISSA REABOLD | February 3, 2013
As you know, United Way of Washington County and the Community Foundation of Washington County have been submitting monthly editorials to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the minds of those in our community.  As the newest member of the SCIP steering committee and executive director of United Way of Washington County, I was asked to give my perspective on the role the assessment plays in our community. In my past experience with nonprofit organizations and community development, SCIP is one of the most progressive tools and is totally comprehensive in its approach.
OPINION
By BRAD SELL and JENNY FLEMING | November 25, 2012
At our last Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) Impact Council meeting, we concentrated on the Arts, Culture and Tourism Focus Group, which came up with four very specific goals for enhancing, educating, and promoting the cultural and arts environment in Washington County. Subsequent to our SCIP document, funds were available from the Arts, Entertainment and Education Task Force to hire the Sage Policy Group to “provide analytical insight and associated recommendations related to the promotion of cultural richness in Washington County MD.” Their key findings are: 1. Hagerstown should be the core of Washington County's arts, education and entertainment cluster.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2012
Bernadette Wagner practices what she preaches. As co-director of Volunteer Washington County, she has volunteered full time in that position since March 2011. Since that time, Wagner, co-director Roxanne Ober and other volunteers have been pairing up local people with volunteer opportunities. “We're the linchpin between people looking to volunteer and volunteer organizations. It's neat that we're in the Hub City, because we're the hub of volunteer life,” said Wagner, 55. Wagner was recognized in September as the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Hagerstown Business and Professional Women's Club.
OPINION
By JENNY FLEMING and BRAD SELL | October 3, 2012
The United Way and Community Foundation of Washington County are submitting monthly editorials to keep the Strategic Community Impact Plan (SCIP) process in the forefront of the minds of those in our community and to report on progress that is being made towards the SCIP goals. We wanted to share with you a situation that has been brought to our attention that could affect a vital resource that has served Washington County's most vulnerable children, youth and families - the Washington County Local Management Board (LMB)
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