PHOTO ID: Front Row (L to R): Cheryl Higgins, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council; Khari Brown, Executive Director, Capital Partners for Education; Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George’s County Executive; Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way NCA; Marcus Clifton, Esq., Chair, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council; Marcus Daniels, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council
Back Row (L to R): Jackie Rhone, Community Impact Chair, United Way NCA Prince George’s Regional Council; Ron Wiles, Program Manager, Employment Services, Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute; Zakiyah Williams, Assistant Shelter Manager, Shepherds Cove, United Communities Against Poverty; Katie Meixner, Side by Side, Inc.; Joe Murchison, Executive Director, Side by Side, Inc.; Sophie Ford, Executive Director, Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County; A. Toni Lewis, Executive Director, FAME; Timothy Johnson, Vice President, Community Impact, United Way NCA; Claudia R. Raskin, M.Ed., Executive Director, Community Support Systems, Inc.; Robyn R. Owens, Director, Corporate Partnerships, United Way NCA; and Sharon Zimmerman, Community Engagement Manager, United Way NCA.
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WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2015 – Today, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) announced that it is awarding Community Impact grants totaling $100,000 to seven nonprofit member organizations serving Prince George’s County. Each of the grants directly addresses United Way NCA’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health. This year United Way NCA is awarding over $1 million in Community Impact grants to member nonprofits serving the National Capital Area thanks to the support of employees participating in 800 workplace giving campaigns at more than 3,000 locations throughout the greater Washington region.
The grantees were honored at a ceremony this morning with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, and members of the Prince George’s County Council. Specifically, the Prince George’s County grantees are: Capital Partners for Education, Community Support Systems, Inc., Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Inc., Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc., Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, Side by Side, Inc., and United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.
The grant awarded to the Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education (FAME) will help provide summer music and academic enrichment activities for Prince George’s County middle school youth. “The United Way NCA Community Impact grant enables FAME to offer programs and activities that fill the void where in-school and afterschool cultural arts programs have been drastically reduced or eliminated and as the need for meaningful summer and afterschool activities for economically challenged youth continues to grow,” said FAME Executive Director A. Toni Lewis. “These programs provide a comprehensive, technology-rich, creativity-based learning environment and participants go on to pursue college degrees and future careers in music.”
Capital Partners for Education (CPE) will use the Community Impact funds to support one-on-one mentoring and college and career readiness programming for motivated, low-income students. “Community Impact funds will be used to cover college and career preparatory workshops and program materials, mentor training and matching expenses, a career fair, and enrichment activities,” said CPE Director, Development and Communications, Genette Comfort. “By providing CPE students with the tools and resources to get to and through college, CPE is broadening our students’ personal and professional opportunities and ultimately working to break the cycle of poverty in their families.”
Every year, United Way NCA solicits Community Impact funding proposals from its member nonprofit organizations for specific programs and work in United Way NCA’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health. The funding decision process includes recommendations from regional volunteer, citizen-led task forces working with United Way NCA’s Regional Councils, as well as area nonprofits, governments, and business leaders, to determine where there are gaps in services and where the funds will do the most good.
“The Community Impact Fund and grant program serves Prince George’s County, as well as all of United Way NCA’s regions, so well because the organizations that receive Community Impact grants do an amazing job of transforming those funds into tangible help for the community at large,” said Marcus Clifton, Chair, United Way NCA Prince George’s County Regional Council. “With more funding, the reach of the United Way and its grant recipients can make an even greater impact.”
All donors to United Way NCA have the option of directing their workplace giving pledge to the Community Impact Fund for any of United Way NCA’s eight regions: Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William counties. These funds help United Way NCA solve critical challenges facing these communities that no one person, nonprofit, or company can address alone. Across the National Capital Area this year, United Way NCA is awarding a total of 77 Community Impact grants to 65 nonprofit member organizations.
“United Way NCA’s Community Impact grant process helps us rally and focus the nonprofit community around shared goals and outcomes by combining the power of local giving, local knowledge and collective action to create maximum impact as we address the most pressing needs in each of our eight regions,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way NCA. “Today we honor the generosity of Prince George’s County employees and employers, the time and care taken by the volunteer selection committee and the Prince George’s County Regional Council, and the vital work of the grantee organizations.”
Focusing on the critical areas of education, financial stability and health, United Way of the National Capital Area and its nonprofit members not only provide immediate relief of social problems affecting the community, but also work to alleviate the underlying causes of these issues. Serving the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties for nearly 40 years, United Way of the National Capital Area works to inspire acts of caring, deliver hope and improve lives. In total, United Way of the National Capital Area raises approximately $30 million each year to address the needs of the community. For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit UnitedWayNCA.org.