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The Best Gift of All – Holiday Giving to the United Fund

The United Fund of Talbot County serves as the only local philanthropic organization to support underfunded health and human services needs through many charities in Talbot County. Currently, there are 20 participating non-profit agencies that have passed the annual stringent review in order to receive your donations and deliver programs and services for our local individuals and families in need.

With the holidays upon us, the United Fund of Talbot County provides the perfect opportunity to help many agencies with a single holiday gift and help scores of county residents served by United Fund participating agencies benefit. Thousands in our community enjoy warmer homes through programs offered at the Neighborhood Service Center; hundreds of homebound elderly are fed due to the good work of Upper Shore Aging’s Meals on Wheels, dozens of youth are given guidance and support through their difficult adolescence by the efforts of Talbot Mentors. These are just a few of the examples of how the United Fund makes a difference in our community. Without you, these people and many more would just simply go without. Could there be a better gift than knowing you’ve made a difference in the lives of so many who will be touched by your support?

Every gift matters. Thanks to both returning and new contributors, the 2013-14 annual campaign has so far raised 58% toward its $400,000 goal. “We are delighted by the continued strong show of support,” Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director said, “but we still have a long way to go in reaching this year’s campaign goal.” Most of the participating agencies are small with limited resources and rely heavily on the United Fund. They would be severely impacted without the generosity of our community. Please make this the season for year-end giving with the gift of hope and help for these deserving people. Visit www.unitedfund.org to donate online, or send your contribution to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601.


Partners In Care Completes Three Years of Service in Talbot County

Easton grocery trip (400 x 300)With support from the United Fund of Talbot County and others, Partners In Care (PIC) has completed its third year of operation with the mission to help older adults remain independent in their own homes and engaged in the community.

Access to transportation is one of the most important requirements for healthy aging. Most people want to stay in the homes and communities they know and love, and PIC’s Ride Partners transportation program, provides arm-in-arm rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other essential errands to help people age-in-place. Volunteer drivers use their own cars to pick up a rider at their front door, take them to the appointment, wait with them, then take them safely home again. It is a kind, customized service that accomplishes the transportation requirement, and also provides an important social interaction that helps a person stay connected to the community.

In 2012 volunteer drivers traveled 12,345 miles (almost double the 2011 figure), nearly the equivalent of driving from Easton to the far tip of Argentina and back again. In local terms, it means three rides daily of approximately 20 miles each.

The mileage is interesting, but the real story is Partners In Care’s commitment to helping members stay connected to their community. In addition to providing rides, the organization advocates to help members obtain benefits they may be entitled to, gives reassurance and social support, and provides a unique way to keep people engaged and connected.

PIC operates as a time bank and all participants, referred to as “members,” are encouraged to give time and talents to the community pool. Every person has something to contribute and is valued for it. Anyone who helps out will get help back from the community when they need it. This “parity rather than charity” concept affirms that the community needs the resources of all its members and helps people maintain their dignity.

Going forward, PIC will add the Repairs With Care program to its services, as volunteer handymen are engaged to help people make small repairs to maintain their homes for safe and independent living. PIC is also documenting the effectiveness of its advocacy and intervention efforts to show the real depth of services provided for area seniors.

In a short time, 200 volunteer members have become engaged in PIC’s innovative programs that provide essential services and a safety net for the often-hidden or forgotten members of our community. If you would like to get involved in supporting the growing number of older adults in Talbot County, contact Pam O’Brien, Coordinator, Partners In Care, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton, 410-822-1803, pamobrien@partnersincare.org. Orientation programs are held monthly and new members are always welcome.

PIC is funded in part by generous support from the United Fund of Talbot County. The United Fund is not part of the United Way. The United Fund is a local, independent organization raising funds for programs serving Talbot County residents. See unitedfund.org to learn more and give a donation to the United Fund Campaign.

Mike Menzies To Chair 2013-14 United Fund Campaign

Mike Menzies (400 x 300)The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) has announced the appointment of R. Michael S. Menzies, Jr., President and CEO of Easton Bank & Trust as the chairman of the 2013-14 Campaign.

As the only local philanthropic organization to support many charities in Talbot County, the United Fund’s purpose is to raise money to benefit its 20 participating agencies, enabling them to assist thousands of local needy individuals and families here in our community.

Mr. Menzies is well known in the community as a civic leader. As a United Fund campaign advocate since 1978, he has also served the community as board member/past chairman of Talbot Hospice Foundation, current board member of the United Fund, and member of the Rotary Club of Easton. He is also past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America. a member of the Maryland Institute of CPAs, and past director of the Mid Shore Community Foundation.

“I am very pleased to have been asked to serve as the United Fund 2013-14 Campaign Chairman,” said Menzies. “It is a great organization with a long list of achievements in the community. With so many agencies depending on the Fund, our goal is to make sure they can continue to offer their invaluable services to the residents of Talbot County.”

For more information about the United Fund, visit its website at www.unitedfund.org or call Executive Director, Ann Jacobs, at 410-822-1957.


Chuck Mangold, Jr. Takes Reins at United Fund

Chuck Mangold, Jr. (320 x 213)The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County has elected Chuck Mangold, Jr. as their 2013-14 President. Chuck will lead the United Fund’s implementation of its annual countywide fundraising campaign, which entails motivating the all-volunteer Board of Directors and the coordination of nearly 40 volunteers. Joining Chuck as elected officers are Joe Anthony, Treasurer and Leslie Stevenson, Secretary.

Chuck, a Talbot County realtor with Benson & Mangold, joined the United Fund board in 2010. He has also served on the Fund’s Agency Review Committee for 8 years, the past two as co-chair with fellow board member, Leslie Stevenson. He attended Saints Peter and Paul elementary and high schools before receiving his associate’s degree from Chesapeake College and later attended Loyola College in Baltimore. Chuck joined Benson & Mangold after over a decade in the retail automobile business. His commitment to Talbot County is evidenced by his community involvement. He is currently a Board of Director for several organizations, including The Country School.

“I’ve always felt it is important to be involved in your community and the United Fund is such an integral part of that involvement,” notes Chuck. “The United Fund raises money for 20 non-profit agencies who help and interact with over 24,000 Talbot County residents over 800,000 times a year. That’s impressive.”

The United Fund of Talbot County was founded in 1955 as a strictly local philanthropic organization whose mission is to fund the underfunded health and human services needs in Talbot County. All contributions support essential programs and services for Talbot County individuals and families in need. Chuck’s present involvement in our community proves he takes the United Fund’s mission seriously in his own life. “We are very lucky to have his leadership,” says Ann Jacobs, United Fund’s Executive Director.

Chuck, his wife Lauren and three sons, Charlie, Robert and Peter, reside in Easton. He enjoys fishing, boating, and spending time with his family.


United Fund of Talbot County Reaches 95% of Goal

The 2012-13 United Fund campaign, that concluded June 30th, was successful in attracting over 1,000 donors who helped it achieve 95% of its $400,000 goal. It is thanks to the support of so many community-minded Talbot County residents who invested in the United Fund and its 21 agencies that this accomplishment was possible. “The United Fund serves as the only local philanthropic organization to support many worthy charities in Talbot County. We greatly appreciate everyone’s contribution, enabling us to raise monies to meet underfunded needs in our community, giving those in need a chance to lead healthier, more productive and self-sufficient lives,” Ann Jacobs, Executive Director, noted.

This year’s campaign was again led by campaign chair, Buck Duncan,, who along with 32 United Fund advocate volunteers, appealed to over 600 residents and businesses of Talbot County, generating 68% of the total contributions received. This was augmented by payroll deductions that contributed over $14,000, as well as the many hundreds of individuals who responded to the general direct mail packages with an additional $112,360+. Donations ranged from $5 to over $15,000, contributed in the form of cash, money orders, checks, matching gifts, and gifts of stock.

“We are grateful that so many United Fund donors are helping to change our community in positive ways. Thank you!”, Jacobs concluded.


United Fund Makes First Disbursements of 2012-13 Campaign

December agency check distribution (400 x 268)As 2012 drew to a close, the United Fund of Talbot County allocated $141,975, the first of three distributions to its 2012-13 participating agencies. Representatives from the Fund’s 21 member agencies were on hand to receive their checks at the Fund’s office at 121 North Washington Street. This year’s Fund appeal has generated a robust community response, resulting in contributions totaling 83% of the $400,000 goal so far. “We are delighted by the continued strong flow of donations,” Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director said, “and are optimistic we will reach this year’s campaign goal.”

The 2012-13 UFTC participating agencies are: BAAM, Boy Scouts in Talbot County, CASA of Talbot County, Character Counts!, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Delmarva Community Services, Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore, For All Seasons, Girl Scouts of Talbot County; Kids on Campus, Mental Health Association in Talbot County, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Neighborhood Service Center, Partners in Care, St. Martin’s Ministries, St. Michaels Community Center. Talbot Mentors, Tilghman Area Youth Association, Talbot Special Riders, and Upper Shore Aging.

In photo: Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director, presents the first disbursement check with help from local girl scouts as participating agencies look on.

Local Businesses Support The United Fund

Being part of a community is vital for any local business, and one way to ensure businesses thrive in Talbot County is to help build a thriving community. Recently, three local businesses – Bristol Realty, The Talbot Bank and Weaver, Mavity, Short Associates – did just that with their contributions to the 2012-13 United Fund of Talbot County campaign. “The support from these organizations helps fulfill an important role here in our community, helping to insure the current and future needs of our neighbors, family and friends are met,” noted Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director.

Support for the United Fund is not only a great way to be involved, but it helps support causes that need help in our community. To make a contribution to the 2012-13 campaign goal of $400,000, please mail your support to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601 or donate securely online at www.unitedfund.org.

In photo: United Fund Board President, Al Silverstein, thanks David Short of Weaver, Mavity, Short for his contribution to the campaign.

In photo, above: Laura Heikes, Talbot Bank Vice President, presents the Bank’s support to Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director, as Campaign Chairperson Buck Duncan and United Fund Board President Al Silverstein look on.

In photo: Buck Duncan, Campaign Chairperson, accepts a donation from Chris Koch of Bristol Realty together with Al Silverstein, United Fund Board President.

United Fund 2012-13 Campaign Off To A Strong Start

The United Fund’s 2012-13 campaign officially kicked off on September 17th and already has attracted over $188,000 in contributions toward its $400,000 goal, donations that assist people here in Talbot County with medical needs, childcare, crisis situations, character development, youth mentoring and so much more.

As a long-time leader in generating and distributing critically needed funds to a large number of local community organizations, the United Fund of Talbot County helps its agencies to connect with the critical underfunded human services needs in our community, helping residents lead healthier, more productive and self-sufficient lives.

Currently there are 21 participating agencies, most of whom are small and whose very existence depends on the Fund’s financial support of them. Please help the United Fund achieve its mission to fund the underfunded health and human services needs here in our community. Mail your support to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601 or donate online at www.unitedfund.org and help create lasting changes now!

Avon Dixon Continues Its Long-Term Commitment to the United Fund

Since 1957, the Avon Dixon Agency has continued a proud legacy with its on-going support for the United Fund of Talbot County. It recently helped the Fund move closer to realizing its $400,000 goal with a contribution to the 2012-13 campaign.

As the only local philanthropic organization to support underfunded health and human services needs, the United Fund of Talbot County helps many charities in Talbot County. “Support from businesses such as Avon Dixon is vital to the success of the Fund and the achievement of our mission on behalf of those in need,” noted Ann Jacobs, Executive Director. To learn more about how your business can help, contact the United Fund office at 410-822-1957.

In Photo: Avon Dixon Producer/Sales, Matt Brooks (l), joins Chairman of the Board, Bill Lane (r) in presenting their organization’s check to Buck Duncan, 2012-13 United Fund Campaign Chairman.


Coming Together To Support the United Fund 2012-13 Campaign

The United Fund of Talbot County kicked off its 2012-13 campaign at a breakfast meeting on September 11th at The Milestone. To recognize and honor the solemn day, the event began with presentation of the flag and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, conducted by Talbot County Boy Scouts Venture Scouts Hannah and Hunter Olson and Sean O’Connor. This was followed by God Bless America sung by Becca Newell, with the invocation delivered by Sister Patricia Gamgort of St. Martin’s Ministries.

Setting the tone for the campaign year, keynote speaker, The Honorable William S. Horne addressed the audience of over 60 community advocates, citing the voluntary spirit of Americans to help each other. He began by noting that while 9-11 would always call forth feelings of sadness and anger and never be forgotten, it also invokes something more – a coming together of all Americans and a call to action for everyone. A call to look out for each other and to see that our country continues to be safe and to prosper.

Presenting the case for giving to the United Fund of Talbot County, he said “If we are active in our communities – in our case Talbot County – we will be making our part of America a safer and better place for all of us to live.” He noted that despite these difficult economic times, all in the audience should reach out in the community and ask fellow citizens to contribute generously to the United Fund. The fundamental purpose of the United Fund is to improve the health and welfare of Talbot County that inspires and enables people to help people. It’s the safety net and the place of first resort and last resort for over 23,000 Talbot County residents helped annually by the Fund’s partner agencies. Horne concluded by counseling, “Forget the bad economy and write a larger than usual check to the United Fund. Then keep your eyes on those thermometers and watch the red go over the top.”

In photo:  The Honorable William S. Horne.