The United Way of Central Maryland announced Tuesday more than $116,000 for programming supporting the organization's goal of improving the lives of Carroll County residents.
United Way's grants will support the overall mission to help low-income individuals and families in Carroll County obtain the necessities of a better life: education, housing, employment and health, according to a news release from the United Way of Central Maryland. The five community operating grants totaling $56,521 follow:
- Access Carroll: $15,000 to support the organization’s health initiatives;
- Boys & Girls Club of Westminster: $15,000 to support their education programming;
- Carroll Child Care Centers: $10,000 to assist with their workforce development and income programs;
- Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County: $6,521 to support their housing programming;
- Mission of Mercy: $10,000 to help with their health programs.
Erin Bishop, marketing director for the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, said the funds from the United Way will help the club in the building of its new facility.
"We're very excited about the funding from the United Way," Bishop said, adding that the new building is "coming along really quickly."
Bishop said the funds will be for the club's new facility that is currently being renovated and will help with wiring and the new STEM program. The facility won't be open in September as originally planned, though she said it will be ready in January.
"Every dollar helps," Bishop added.
Kara McFalls, executive director for the Carroll Child Care and Learning Center, said this money will help families afford childcare. The money will help support sliding scale tuition, she added.
"It really means the world to us and our families," McFalls said.
If families have safe, affordable child care, it helps them stay employed, she added.
Tammy Black, the executive director of Access Carroll, Inc., said the organization provides medical, dental and other health care for those struggling financially.
"The dental need … is pretty expansive and extensive in this community," Black said. [The funding from United Way is] supplemental funding so we can make sure our dental services stay intact."
The United Way is "very generous" to allow Access Carroll to apply the funding where they need it, she added.
Black said they work to "give people back a smile." It can be hard to get a job and have self-confidence with dental issues, she said.
Linda Ryan, executive director of Mission of Mercy, said the organization has six clinic sites, and the money from the United Way will help the Taneytown site.
"We provide free, comprehensive medical and dental care and free medications to anyone who's uninsured or underinsured," Ryan said."We're really trying to help them make in this world."
Bryan Lyburn, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County, did not return a call for comment.
In addition to the five community operating grants, $60,000 is also being invested in United Way's family stability programming, which will be operated in partnership with Human Services Programs of Carroll County, according to the release.