Grant Recipients 2003 – 2017  $507,022 to 82 non-profit organizations

16 grants totaling $43,259

“Tools of the Trade”
Since its founding in 1965, and now serving almost 11,000 students, Chesapeake College has grown its campus, programs, partnerships, and community services to become a pillar of education and economic development in the 5-county region. In addition to its Associate degrees, the college also offers learning through career training programs targeted to in-demand industries in the area. This grant will support the “Tools of the Trade” awareness and outreach campaign around the participation of women in trade professions and to support women in Chesapeake College’s workforce development programs.

“ESL Computer Literacy Training”
The mission of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center is “to empower people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community by coordinating services and informational programs”. Their objectives are to become a trusted and central source of information to the immigrant community and to service providers; and to create positive community awareness of the current and potential impact of immigrants in the community. Since November 2012, CMRC has provided services to over 1,800 non-English speaking members of our community, involving 3,000 separate requests for information and referrals. In addition, the organization in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools provides an afterschool program for 90 Easton Elementary School students, and helps to promote an evening parenting programs that is incorporated within Chesapeake College’s ESL program. This grant will support ChesMRC’s new 12-week ESL Computer Literacy Training program for mothers of children in the afterschool program.

“Camp New Dawn”
Compass Regional Hospice has offers “care on your terms” through comprehensive, professional, and compassionate end-of-life care and grief support to Queen Anne’s County residents. Since 1985, it has grown from an all-volunteer organization into a state-of-the-art organization recognized for its excellence. Their Hope and Healing Center provides grief programs for every age, and in 2015-16, more than 750 people (80% women and girls) received services. One, to be supported with this grant, is Camp New Dawn, a summer retreat at Camp Pecometh in Centreville for children, teens, and families who are grieving a loss. In 2016, 101 campers, 7 families, and 134 specially trained volunteers had fun, built friendships, and learned healthy ways to express their grief.

“Stepping Up Our Game”
Founded in 2013, the Destined To Rise Coalition promotes community service, youth development, and educational philanthropy. Its mission is to empower teen girls to create personal goals, understand civic responsibility, and develop leadership skills. The Girl’s Empowerment and Mentoring Program (GEMS) offers a mentoring relationship between professional women and high school students to encourage positive behavior, healthy life choices, conflict resolution skills, and post-secondary school opportunities. This grant will help fund the “Stepping Up Our Game” Summit, filled with practical advice on developing effective study skills and finding balance between academics, sports and social activities. More than 100 middle and high school girls are expected to attend the daylong summit.

“Summer Leadership Workshop”
Echo Hill Outdoor School was established in 1972 to provide young people with an “interdisciplinary, residential outdoor education program that cultivates curiosity about nature, the environment, our fellow human beings, and ourselves.” The staff is dedicated to educating youth of all backgrounds to become active, responsible stewards of the natural environment in which they live. Currently 150 public and private schools and other organizations from the mid-Atlantic region participate in the school’s very successful, highly regarded programs. Previously, the Women & Girls Fund supported the “Summer Leadership Workshop” and is doing so again this year. Promising middle school girls from the 5 Mid-Shore counties will take part in a 3-day residential leadership training program that offers an in-depth exploration of social skills and responsibilities, cultivates awareness, understanding and appreciation of nature, thereby learning about self-reliance, and team-building skills and strategies.

“Comfort Kits”
The For All Seasons (FAS) mission is to provide quality mental health services and rape crisis support to the Mid-Shore. Founded in 1986, their primary goal is to ensure access to mental health and crisis response services for everyone on the Mid-Shore, regardless of their ability to pay. Currently FAS serves 2,144 people from every race, class, gender, and ethnicity, including people with disabilities. An increase in crimes like rape and sexual assault have increased, and FAS serves as a first responder to individuals and families who are victims of these crimes providing crisis support or mental health services. Bilingual mental health workers and advocates are on duty every day of the year. For those in need of emergency transportation, housing, and food (primarily women and children), FAS has created “comfort kits” filled with personal hygiene items, clean underwear, and clothing to meet the most personal pressing needs. This grant will help fund the costs of “comfort kits” for needy female victims.

“Summer Enrichment Program”
whose families are below the national poverty level to realize their full potential. The goal is to reduce the academic achievement gap between impoverished and well-to-do public school children or “summer slide” – the academic loss that low-income children suffer when school is out. Horizons offers a 6-week program to approximately 60 children, providing targeted academic support in reading and math, Red Cross certified swim lessons, weekly field trips, and enrichment in art, music, health and library science. Many of the children require individual psychological counseling, and this grant will help fund a part-time school psychologist for the Queen Anne’s site at The Gunston School.

“Empowering Women, Raising Readers”
The Imagination Library of Talbot County(ILTC), an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, believes all Talbot County children, regardless of their circumstances, should have quality books of their own. It promotes early literacy by providing free books to children from birth to age 5. All pre-school children qualify for this program, and once registered, they receive a new, engaging, age-appropriate book mailed directly to their homes once a month at no cost to their families. Currently, there are over 1,130 children, from birth to 5, registered in the program. The benefits of reading are many, from the connection made between child and caregiver from reading aloud, to improved word recognition, object identification, and listening comprehension. By improving the reading readiness of children entering kindergarten, ILTC aims to close the readiness gap children from low socioeconomic backgrounds face, ultimately giving them a solid foundation leading to a successful education and future. This grant will support “Empowering Women, Raising Readers” funding the cost of books for 80 newborn girls expected to be enrolled in the 2017 Women and Infant Children (WIC) program in Talbot County.

“Tomorrow’s H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program”
Ladies of Nia (Nia in African means “Purpose” or having a goal) is a volunteer organization comprised of a “group of friends who are united in sisterhood for the restoration of our communities”, especially children, teens and women of color. Through service and outreach, they want to be agents of change and bring “hope and light” to those who need support. The mentors are all professional, family-oriented women who have some connection with Caroline County from their own youth, and who still desire to be a presence there and be role models for young girls growing up facing difficult challenges. “Tomorrow’s H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program” connects middle to high school students in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties with positive role models who will support them in setting and achieving educational goals, while encouraging them to become effective leaders who are accountable and responsible. For the 2016-2017 school year, 18 girls are enrolled. They receive monthly tutoring and stay in contact with their mentors throughout the month through phone calls, texts, and social networks. This grant will support the costs of the mentoring program.

“Ride Partners”
Partners in Care Maryland is a community non-profit providing supportive services to help older adults remain independent in their own homes. They work to build a sense of community and security for people using the concept of time-exchange. Volunteers provide essential services, such as transportation or handyman service, and earn “credit in the bank” which they may use to receive help when they need it. This concept encourages people to accept help knowing that they may pay it back. Everyone is valued for his or her own contribution; everyone is part of the solution. It is “parity rather than charity”. The Ride Partners program transports Caroline and Talbot participants to medical appointments at facilities locally and as far away as Baltimore and Washington, DC. In the last year, 300 participating Shore residents received more than 1,200 services, of which 1,172 were volunteerprovided rides. This grant will help fund “member care” services, specifically to coordinate the Ride Partners program for women.

“Critical Home Repairs and Accessibility Modifications”
services to low-income elderly, disabled, veterans and families with children who face needed but unaffordable home repairs or improvements to keep them living in their homes in comfort and safety. Since their founding in 2007, volunteers have completed 187 home repair or modification projects for families, many of them headed by single women, and referred applicants to other agencies for help when appropriate. In addition, this affiliate operates the West Denton Depot where used building materials, architectural items, appliances and a variety of household items are sold, the income being used for the organization’s building projects. The Depot serves to repurpose and re-cycle materials that might otherwise go into landfills, and to provide very inexpensive goods to families that can use them. This grant will support the cost of materials or independent contractors as may be needed to make necessary dwelling repairs.

“Kent County Rehabilitation Project”
The Kent County affiliate of Rebuilding Together has as its mission to work in partnership with local community volunteers to provide home repairs, accessibility modifications, and links to community resources to keep lowincome homeowners living independently in a safe, dry, and warm home. They collaborate with at least eleven other community organizations and agencies, such as Kent County Social Services, the Health Department, Inter-Faith Housing, Washington College, and others, as well as many local businesses. Since June 2004, Rebuilding Together Kent County has completed over 140 jobs. Currently, they have 18 projects on the waiting list, 10 of which are for women and families. This grant will go directly toward materials and rental equipment costs as part of the “Kent County Rehabilitation Project”.