The board of directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted at their June meeting to allocate $330,000 to 21 member agencies for its 2010-11 campaign. To qualify, these agencies had to demonstrate that the monies they were requesting from the United Fund were earmarked to meet underfunded human services needs in Talbot County, defined as those programs and support essential to a better life for the local community. Twenty-two agencies had requested more than $429,000.
“The Agency Review Committee did an outstanding job in their reviews and deliberations again this year,” said Bill Corace and Zuleika Ghodsi, Agency Review Committee Co-Chairs. Corace went on to add, “Due to the sluggish economy, a shortfall of $80,000 was experienced in the just-concluded 2009-10 campaign. As a result of the continued economic uncertainties, which may impact contributions in the coming year, our current budget cannot sufficiently provide the total dollar amount requested by the qualified agencies. We continue to strive toward that goal, however.” The United Fund of Talbot County is a strictly local independent organization that in its decades of fundraising has raised over $13 million to assist non-profit agencies in Talbot County. “Many of our agencies are small with limited resources and look to us and the generosity of our many donors to meet the needs of a growing client base and create a lasting, positive impact in Talbot County,” Ghodsi concluded.
The agencies selected for the 2010-11 campaign are
§ American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. $15,000 to provide relief to victims of disaster, health & safety training, and armed forces emergency services.
• BAAM (Building African American Minds) $10,000 to fund their programs that enrich the academic and social development of African American boys at an early age.
• Boy Scouts in Talbot County. $10,000 to support scouting programs to both existing troop units and at-risk youth in underserved local communities.
• CASA of Talbot County. $18,000 for trained volunteers to children under court protection because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
• Channel Marker. $5,500 to support their Primary Project which helps children in K-3 grades get a healthy start in school.
• Character Counts! $10,000 for the promotion of character development during its weekly character education program in the County’s public schools.
• Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers. $20,000 to provide quality childcare as well as tuition assistance to eligible local working families at its 5 Talbot County locations.
• Delmarva Community Services. $14,000 to fund adult medical daycare, travel expenses and medical intervention for medically dependent and frail elderly Talbot County clients.
• Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore. $8,000 for counseling, resources, referrals and advocacy to promote independent living for adults with development disabilities.
• For All Seasons. $11,000 for advocacy and therapy to those needing low-cost, easily accessible mental health services.
• Girl Scouts. $5,000 to support programs and outreach initiatives to local girls to develop their potential and build character and skills for success.
• Mental Health Association in Talbot County. $28,000 to promote mental health through lifelong educational connections that enhance everyone’s well-being and potential.
• Mid-Shore Community Mediation Center. $5,000 to support outreach efforts in the delivery of conflict resolution services for local residents, businesses and organizations.
• Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. $53,000 to provide advocacy and support for victims of abuse to break the cycle of domestic violence.
• Mid-Shore Pro Bono. $5,000 to support their legal clinic and legal referral services for low-income clients.
• Neighborhood Service Center. $52,500 to assist in its delivery of a variety of services for low-income families to address the needs for housing, utilities, eviction assistance, learning, and homelessness.
• St. Martin’s Ministries. $15,000 to help feed, clothe and financially assist impoverished clients, building their self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
• St. Michaels Community Center. $25,000 to provide after-school programs to Bay Hundred Community youth.
• Talbot Mentors. $12,000 to perpetuate local youth mentoring services with caring adult volunteers.
• Talbot Special Riders. $12,000 for a therapeutic horseback-riding program that enriches children and adults with learning and physical limitations.
• Upper Shore Aging. $24,000 to provide services for the frail and elderly, including meals-on-wheels, advocacy, education and recreation.