Grant Recipients 2003 – 2022
$782,302 to 105 non-profit organizations
2022 Grant Recipients
12 Grants Totaling $50,432
The following is a description of each of the 2022 grants.
AARON’S PLACE – $2,500
“Mommy & Me”
Founded in 2014 as a food ministry, Aaron’s Place’s mission is to help meet basic human needs of impoverished people, affirming individuals’ dignity while addressing the root problems that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. It has grown to distribute more than 1 million pounds of food annually and assist more than 600 families monthly. Services include GED and ESL classes for children and adults, rental and utility assistance, furniture needs, and senior feeding and assistance. Aaron’s Place is also addressing the needs of mothers by providing basic baby supplies and personal grooming items. “Mommy and Me” also provides mothers with mentors, parenting assistance, food preparation techniques, and financial literary training, all of which will help new mothers learn to care for their children. This grant will support the expenses of the “Mommy and Me” program.
CASA OF CAROLINE – $5,000
“Volunteer Recruitment and Training”
CASA of Caroline, Inc. was founded in 2003. Its mission is to provide screened and trained volunteer advocates for all abused and neglected children who are in the Caroline County Foster Care System through no fault of their own. Volunteers meet at least monthly with the children they serve and make recommendations to the Caroline County Courts regarding what is considered to be in the child’s best interest. In FY 2019-20, CASA of Caroline served 23 children designated as Children in Need of Assistance (CINA) by the Caroline County Court. Thirty hours of pre-service training was provided for each of three new volunteers who were sworn in on June 10, 2020. This grant will support on-going program needs for volunteer training and recruitment.
CRITCHLOW ADKINS CHILDREN’S CENTERS – $3,000
Founded in 1970, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers (CACC) is a non-profit, licensed, educationally based childcare provider with five sites located throughout Talbot County. It serves more than 400 children, ages 2-12 from preschool through 5th grade offering before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Its mission is to provide financially accessible childcare in a nurturing, diverse, safe, and enriching environment. This grant will provide 18 weeks of tuition assistance for single working mothers who receive Maryland Child Care Scholarships and/or tuition assistance, and still struggle to afford care.
COMPASS REGIONAL HOSPICE – $5,000
“Hospice Services for Women”
Since 1985, Compass has been offering comprehensive, professional, and compassionate care and support to patients, caregivers, and families facing a life-limiting diagnosis or loss. It operates a residential and general inpatient hospice center in Centrevile and is designated by the Health Care Commission (MHCC) as the hospice provider for Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Caroline counties. It also offers a wide array of grief programs and resources. At Compass, no one is ever turned away for the inability to pay. This grant will provide financial support for hospice care provided to women unable to help cover costs not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance.
FOR ALL SEASONS – $6,432
“Calming Corner Therapy Kits”
For All Seasons, Inc. is the largest licensed behavioral health and rape crisis center serving men, women, children, and families in the five rural counties of Maryland’s Mid-Shore without regard to one’s ability to pay. The agency offers an array of mental health services including psychiatry, psychotherapy, support groups, school-based mental health, neurofeedback and medication management – and a range of rape crisis services including 24/7/365 hotlines in Spanish and English, 24/7/365 response to Emergency Departments, case management, advocacy, court & medical accompaniment and emergency food and shelter for victims of sexual assault. For therapy clients, “calming corners” refers to the creation of a “comforting” corner of an office with a number of items that can produce a calming sensorimotor response in clients impacted by trauma, such as weighted blankets, age-appropriate fidget devices, eye masks, sensory calming tools, and noise canceling headphones. This grant will purchase 43 kits.
HAVEN MINISTRIES – $2,500
“Case Management Services”
Haven Ministries has been assisting the poor in Queen Anne’s County for more than eighteen years, beginning with a cold weather homeless shelter and now also offering Our Daily Thread Thrift Shop, emergency food pantries, housing assistance program, the Hope Warehouse with job training, and a street outreach program. It is the only emergency shelter in Queen Anne’s County, and is open to men, women, and children. During the most recent shelter season, Haven Ministries assisted 105 people with 44 children. Case management services connect clients to area resources and helps move them to safe and affordable housing, which is a difficult task due to the lack of affordable housing in Queen Anne’s County. This grant will pay for a portion of the case managers’ salaries for current housing assistance programs: homeless shelter, resource center, and the upcoming housing assistance program when the transitional housing homes are completed.
HORIZONS OF KENT AND QUEEN ANNE’S. – $5,000
“Social-Emotional Learning Project”
Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides high-quality academic support, meaningful enrichment, and social/emotional support to elementary and middle school children living in underserved communities. Its transformative summer learning program provides access to technology, cultural enrichment, arts, wellness opportunities, and healthy food. Designed to avoid the “summer slide”, the six-week program for Pre-K through 8th grade students meets at The Gunston School and Kent School. This grant will support the “Social-Emotional Learning Project Ruler Program” that helps students recognize, understand, label, express, and regulate their emotions.
KENT ATTAINABLE HOUSING – $4,100
“Enhancement of Economic Security and Self-sufficiency”
Located in rural Kent County, Kent Attainable Housing seeks to break the generational cycle of poverty by building or renovating affordable houses and partnering with low income, working families to prepare and buy a home. In 2021, they worked with 54 applicants comprising 45 families of which 93% Black and 75% were headed by single working mothers. They completed more than 276 hours of financial literacy, home ownership classes, and one-on-one counseling, which increased self-sufficiency, self-image, confidence, and self-respect. This grant will support the creation of a series of in-house multi-pronged financial skills classes for female applicants to learn about budgeting and credit while developing emotional support through a peer-to-peer group.
MINORITIES IN AQUACULTURE – $2,500
“Internship Program for High School and College Women of Color”
Founded in October 2020, MIA seeks to address the lack of diversity and inclusion in aquaculture, which is a male dominated industry. MIA is a way to bridge the gap between minorities and sustainable seafood by creating a supportive space for professional growth while actively changing the current demographics in aquaculture. Through academic and industry partnerships, MIA will identify girls and young women interested in science, primarily sustainable aquaculture, and offer paid internships with partner aquaculture organizations to eliminate any financial barriers that might impede their academic or professional progress. This grant will help provide support for the internships.
TALBOT COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS – $5,000
“Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center”
Talbot Community Connections (TCC) was founded in 2001 with the mission of raising and distributing funds to enhance the Talbot County Department of Social Services’ (TCDSS) capacity to respond directly to problems of safety and well-being of county residents. TCC provides critical support for the Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center (TCCAC), which has been fully accredited since 2007. Last year TCCAC, which supports children in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties, provided services to 160 victims of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse and neglect and their families. The Mid-Shore Victim Services Program, administered by the Talbot County DSS, develops and implements strategies specifically intended to aid child victims of sexual abuse/assault, severe physical abuse or neglect. This includes group therapy for child victims and non-offending family members with a diverse network of therapeutic resources and healing modalities, including alternative therapies, to help them work through and heal from complex trauma. This grant will underwrite the cost of a series of art, equine, and music therapies sessions and supplies for virtual art therapy for women and girls.
TALBOT HOSPICE – $5,000
“Community-supported Care Program”
Since 1981, Talbot Hospice has evolved from a volunteer run hospice to a fully licensed medical hospice with 75 staff and 175 volunteers. It offers comprehensive care in homes, nursing facilities, at Hospice House, and partners with the local hospital to serve hospice patients who cannot leave the acute care setting. It is the only residential hospice program in Talbot County. In 2020-21, 326 patients received hospice care, registered nurses and hospice home aides made more than 4,500 visits in homes and facilities for hospice care and homemaking and daily living tasks. More than half of the patients at Hospice House were women and 61% of them received free or subsidized room and board through the Community Supported Care program. This grant will help cover the cost of meals and personal care items for women who need the Hospice House to pass in a dignified and peaceful way.
TILGHMAN AREA YOUTH ASSOCIATION – $4,400
“Just for Girls”
Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA) seeks to enrich the lives of Tilghman area youth by connecting them to each other, their families, and their community. The Tilghman After School Kids (TASK) program directly benefits the entire Tilghman Elementary School population, which includes 97 children, 250 family members, more than 15 teachers and staff members, and the Tilghman community. It provides a range of high-quality enrichment activities designed to support student learning and development. Leaders have noticed increased bullying among 4th and 5th grade girls, hygiene issues, and a lack of overall health education. To address these critical issues, TASK has developed a 12-week program for 4th and 5th grade girls – “Just for Girls” – to focus on building self-esteem, developing conflict resolution skills, and creating healthy relationships. Additionally, girls will hear from experts on how to deal with bullying behavior and take care of and respect their bodies. This grant will underwrite the “Just for Girls” program.
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