United Way to give $2.8 million to area organizations

The United Way of Central Maryland announced this week that it will award $2.8 million to 55 organizations in Baltimore and its surrounding counties to help provide basic needs, such as food, housing and medical care.

The board of directors voted this week on the funds for 55 different organizations that help the homeless or impoverished find affordable housing, education and career services and health care, as well as get basic needs like food, according to a statement released by the organization.

"Our new three-year strategic plan calls on us to focus our investments on those in the greatest need," said Mark S. Furst, president of United Way of Central Maryland, in a statement.

More than $12 million was requested by various programs, but a group of community members who reviewed the 224 applications picked programs using poverty and population data to determine distribution amounts.

The $2.8 million is in addition to the $13 million that United Way provides for other services throughout the year, and another $483,000 that will be allocated during 2011 for local emergencies, the statement says.

Among the programs that will receive funding are Healthcare for the Homeless in Baltimore City, which will receive $75,000 for intensive case management for homeless. In Anne Arundel County, Catholic Charities of Baltimore will get $56,712 for GED and computer literacy programs for the homeless. Turnaround Inc. in Baltimore County will receive $70,000 for a case manager, who will work with victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc. in Howard County will use $73,000 to provide employment services and financial assistance for homeless families.


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