United Way grant aids Target's job skills training

United Way of Central Maryland's Community Partnership Board of Carroll County recently awarded a community grant of $1,500 to the Westminster-based Target Community and Educational Services.

Target serves Carroll County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve self-sufficiency.

The grant will support Target's partnership with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland to help teach employment and independent living skills to 67 county residents.

"We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with United Way ... and Junior Achievement to provide the training required to strengthen the employment skills critical to assist these individuals to live as independently as possible," said Tom Zirpoli, president and CEO of Target.

In addition to the funds granted to Target, UWCM awarded $9,900 in Community Response Grants to various Carroll County organizations as part of its funding for 2012.

Applications for UWCM's next cycle of Community Response Grants are due April 19 and applications for UWCM's Impact Partner annual competitive grants are due February 14, with decisions being announced in June.

For more information, go to http://www.uwcm.org.

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