United Way group awards $12,000 in community grants


United Way of Central Maryland's Community Partnership of Carroll County has awarded $12,000 in grants to 12 organizations as part of its mission to address the county's health and human service needs.

An evaluating committee of United Way volunteers who know the county and its needs reviewed applications for funding and made the decisions for the following grants:

Bright Vision Therapeutic Riding, $750 for equipment and certification training for two new instructors.

Mission of Mercy, $750 for medical and dental supplies for use in county health clinics.

Christmas in April, $1,000 for supplies to make home repairs for needy families.

Residents Attacking Drugs, $1,000 for materials.

Carroll County Family YMCA, $1,000 for its teen center program for middle school youth.

Change Inc., $1,500 for respite options for families of children with special needs.

Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality, $1,000 for a youth leadership training initiative for public school students.

Carroll County Health Department, $1,000 for primary dental and health care services for needy clients.

Mount Airy Net Inc., $750 for emergency assistance for needy clients.

The Shepherd's Staff, $1,500 to provide shoes and backpacks for the Back-to-School campaign.

American Red Cross, $750 to purchase education brochures and fliers to teach disaster preparedness.

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, $1,000 for a group therapy program for abused students.

Grants were awarded to programs that demonstrate effectiveness in the community as part of United Way's Community Safety Net program.

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