United Way of Central Maryland yesterday announced $500,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Anne Arundel County. United Way’s grants will support the organization’s overall mission to stabilize families and provide all central Marylanders the opportunity to attain a quality education, financial stability and good health through programs that provide emergency housing, afterschool youth programming, legal services and more.
“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Tonya Hill, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Anne Arundel County partnership board and senior vice president, BB&T bank. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Anne Arundel county communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”
The nine community operating grants totaling $240,000 include:
- Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), $25,000 to support their work advocating for abused and neglected children
- Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth & Families, $30,000 to support their Family Navigator program
- Arundel House of Hope, $30,000 to support the Homeless Day and Resource Center
- Associated Catholic Charities, $30,000 to support Sarah’s House, a supportive housing program, offering emergency and transitional housing for homeless families in Anne Arundel County.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, $29,154 to fund the educational program: Power Hour: Making Minutes Count
- Food Link, $20,423 to support efforts in alleviating hunger in communities by linking vital resources to families and individuals in need
- Partners in Care, $15,423 to foster safety and well-being among senior citizens through transportation and care management programs
- The Light House, $30,000 to support shelter operations
- YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, $30,000 to provide legal services and support to victims of domestic violence
An additional $260,000 is also being invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention and shelter diversion programs, which will be implemented by the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth & Families.
Each of these nonprofits facilitates some aspect of United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability programs. A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, Family Stability programs at United Way are aimed at lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through prevention (helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to temporary housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management) and financial education (working with these families on financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment).
“We are looking forward to continuing our work with United Way of Central Maryland as an Impact Partner,” said Pam Brown, executive director, Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. “Since 1993, we have worked to improve the quality of life for all children in Anne Arundel County. To-date, we have helped 178 families with programs like our Family Navigator, and United Way’s homelessness prevention and shelter diversion programs.”
Since its launch in May 2012, through March of this year, Family Stability programs at United Way have helped to provide stability to 387 families, kept 570 children in their school of origin, and diverted 138 families from homeless shelters into housing. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May. These new grants will help to continue this great and important work to provide families the support and resources they need and strengthen communities across central Maryland.
For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.