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The parents of Sgt. David J. Smith know first-hand the agony of losing a son. Their son was killed in the line of davidsmithduty while deployed to Afghanistan, Helmund Provence in January 2010. A Frederick High School graduate, David was loved by countless family and friends, and his untimely death was the source of great pain and loss.

poultrycoopWyatt Farmer is no idle teenager. A 2013 graduate of Catoctin High School, he has already stretched his entrepreneurial wings as owner of Maryland Bio-Fuels, selling biodiesel fuel that he manufactures. Throughout high school, he was active with Future Farmers of America (FFA), and he currently holds two other jobs in Frederick County. Through FFA, he became involved with the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show, a community fair that features baked goods that are judged in various categories, a beef, sheep, goat and swine show and sale, music, petting zoo, exhibits by local community groups, and more.

SilbernagelsTo community volunteers and supporters Larry and Shirley Silbernagel, giving back is a way of life. This couple, now retired and residing at Homewood at Crumland Farms, has been highly involved with many Frederick County nonprofits throughout their lifetime, and they continue to be big fans of what they consider is “the right thing to do.”

batsonWhen you enter the Brunswick Branch of Frederick County Public Libraries, edramsburga beautiful sight greets your eyes. Many windows flood the high ceilings with light. An attractive children’s room overflows with color. Comfortable chairs, couches, and end-tables with contemporary style lamps invite book-browsing. Rows and rows of books are displayed, their spines creating more color throughout. Directly ahead, installed over the brick fireplace, is an original work of art. The red, gold, and yellow colors call out, changing as you approach, and continuing to dance when you stop to absorb the view.

When Sandy Cox was honored as a Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism in 2005, she knew exactly Beaconwhat she would do with the $10,000 award: she would create a fund with the Community Foundation that would support the existing Brunswick Emergency Relief Fund, established to assist people with necessities other than food.

marylandroomFor the approximately 3000 visitors to the Frederick County Public Library’s Maryland Room, the investment made by family members of Josephine Etchison, Richard Lebherz, Francis Randall, and the Randall Family, is one that is carefully preserving local and state history.

There were miles of smiles on June 12, 2012, when the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication was held for the new Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living facility. A culmination of a more than a decade of work, this new facility embodies the true meaning and spirit of collaboration. Without the collective efforts of the county, nonprofit organizations, private citizens, and auxiliary organizations, the new facility would not be a reality.

Rick and Cindy Trawick have a deep-rooted passion for cars as well as the Frederick community. Since April 2010, Second Chances Garage, Inc. has been providing residents of Frederick County with refurbished cars for an extremely low price.

Second Chances Garage received an unrestricted grant from the Community Foundation that bought the organization a new wheel balancer and tire changer. These two pieces of equipment allow the staff at Second Chances Garage to change and balance tires on their own without seeking outside help, allowing them to refurbish more vehicles in less time.

Finding positive influences, enjoying male companionship and social outings, learning responsibility, gaining self confidence, and setting life goals are things that are sometimes hard to come by if you are a young man who may only have one parent, or are being raised by a relative in a public housing community. When a needs assessment and outreach effort by Project ALIVE of the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick indicated that establishing a mentoring program at the Carver Apartment community could be beneficial, Ann Ryan, Coordinator for Project ALIVE, Housing Authority of the City of Frederick, applied for an unrestricted grant from the Community Foundation’s Frederick Keys Care Fund.

Riyan Williams was just 16 when she made some choices that would affect her life forever. She was living with a man who was involved with criminal activities and soon became abusive to her, mentally and physically. She never wanted to give up on the unhealthy relationship until several years later when she discovered she was pregnant. When her child was born, the father tried to gain custody and ultimately Riyan cut off all ties between the two of them.

Collaboration is a very present component of the preservation of historical properties. The Roger Brooke Taney House, located at 121 South Bentz Street, is operated by The Historical Society of Frederick County. Built in 1798 by a developer, the house had numerous owners throughout its long history as a private residence. When it became a historic site and museum in 1930, it was managed by The Roger Brooke Taney House, Inc., operated by Judge Edward S. Delaplaine. In 1946, it was transferred to the Historical Society, and throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Historical Society partnered with the Frederick Jaycees to help with the maintenance and upkeep. In 1968, ownership went to The Francis Scott Key Foundation, and in 2003, the Historical Society once again added the home to its list of historic properties. Without the collaborative efforts of these organizations, the countless volunteers who assisted, and those who provided financial support, the house would not have survived for more than 220 years.

The excitement was electric, the enthusiasm was contagious and the zucchini bread was divinely delicious. But nothing was better than witnessing the pride of accomplishment that residents of the Carver Apartments have for their community garden, made possible by a grant from The Don Dougherty and Linda Moran Fund.

On a warm mid-July evening, members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Carver Apartment Garden Club members, residents, Resident Council members, Linda Moran, fund representative, Kathy Ford, Master Gardener, Linda Helms, City of Frederick, and Karlys Kline, Community Foundation Trustee gathered to see and celebrate the fruits and vegetables of the community’s labors.

Nothing speaks to “community works” like a bunch of neighborhood moms who decide that a plot of open land bordering their homes would be a great place for a community park and playground. Their vision has been to evolve what is known as “Hospital Park” into a destination and meeting place for neighbors and hospital visitors, fostering an enhanced sense of community in the area.

Family, faith, friends, violets, poetry and coffee are just a few of things that were important to Viola Marie Robinson. As Mrs. Robinson aged, her mobility decreased, and she progressed from using a cane to using a walker and then a wheelchair. She never wanted to be a burden on anyone, and one day received a gift of a scooter, which restored her mobility and independence. “My wheels are my wings,” she told her daughter Jeannie. Mrs. Robinson frequently “drove” to the drugstore not far from where she lived, buying cards that she loved to send.

When Hunter Molestator needed assistance to keep up with his older brothers, take walks with his family, attend sporting events and participate in other activities that require mobility, The Health Fund for Frederick County Youth awarded a grant to a local nonprofit agency for the purchase of an all-terrain stroller. Hunter, a 12 year-old youth with Down’s Syndrome and other related medical challenges, “loves his buggy,” according to his Mom. “Hunter has difficulty walking and running, and gets tired easily. The chair has been a lifesaver and has made it easier for Hunter to be part of everything we do.”

“I want to get the word out that the fund honoring the memory of my husband and three sons will provide not only scholarships to males pursuing degrees in law, divinity, and/or medicine, but that the fund also awards grants to programs that help prepare young men to go to college and be successful.”

The Kids Unlimited Program at the YMCA does exactly what it says. Through the use of sensory and perceptual equipment, a vestibulator, and the use of many other tools, equipment and talented and dedicated teachers, special needs kids are truly unlimited in what they can learn and accomplish here.

Jeff Hayek was a happy 10-year old boy who loved baseball. Not only loved it, but lived it as a pitcher and first baseman. He was a smiling, energetic competitor who lived for the big strikeout. Sadly, Jeff’s life was cut short in June 2007 after complications from blood clots.

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