Grant Impact Stories

Featured here are profiles of some of the Community Foundation’s grantees. These nonprofit organizations are making a profound difference in the lives of citizens in Frederick County. We applaud their efforts, as well as the efforts of all grantees.

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"I thought it would just take a couple hours," said Melanie Bambrick, the artist who revived the nine foot by Brunswick Mural.webnine foot mural located on a pier supporting the Potomac Street Bridge on Potomac Street in downtown Brunswick. The reality of recreating the mural, was, in fact, more than 170 hours, plus additional hours for planning, drawing the sketches, acquiring supplies, and more.

LeaderDog.webWhile most grants facilitated by the Community Foundation stay in Frederick County, some do support organizations located in other parts of the country, especially when a donor wishes to support a nonprofit without an office or affiliate located here. Such is the case with The Leader Dogs for the Blind Fund, established by Edith Carmack in 1994, to support Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit located in Rochester Hills, Michigan that provides guide dogs, free of charge, to over 270 people annually who are blind or visually impaired.

In 1972, four women banded together to raise money to buy the property in Frederick where the stone Beatty-Cramer-painting.webfarmhouse, now known as Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, is located. They created the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation because they saw a need to preserve the precious history created by the Brunner family, immigrants from Germany in 1729, who farmed the land.

The students were excited. It was awards day for the Panther Running Club at Lincoln Elementary, and the PantherRunningClub.webweather was also celebrating by providing an unusually warm, sunny day in early April. The noise and activity level was quite high in the gym as the coaches attempted to arrange the students for their team photo, and then arrange them again outside for more photos. Soon, they were on the field, warming up with mentors from the track and field program at Hood College.

PotomacConserve.webSome sun, rain showers, freshly overturned ground, and seeds to plant made a perfect combination on Earth Day 2014. On April 22, sixth graders at St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Maryland assisted kindergartners and first graders as they scattered rye, native wildflower and grass seeds over a quarter-acre swale on the school grounds.

Legal Aid.web"It's about access to justice in a time of crisis," said Jennifer Leigh Rankin, Chair, Pro Bono Committee of Frederick County. "When you're about to lose your house, or your medical assistance is jeopardized, you become unemployed, you're going through a divorce with custody issues, or you are a child in the foster care system, there's an organization that partners with many people and entities in the community to make sure justice is there for those who don't have the resources to afford a private attorney."

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