Monthly Archives: July 2013

Mike Menzies To Chair 2013-14 United Fund Campaign

          The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) has announced the appointment of R. Michael S. Menzies, Jr., President and CEO of Easton Bank & Trust as the chairman of the 2013-14 Campaign.Mike Menzies

 As the only local philanthropic organization to support many charities in Talbot County, the United Fund’s purpose is to raise money to benefit its 20 participating agencies, enabling them to assist thousands of local needy individuals and families here in our community.

 Mr. Menzies is well known in the community as a civic leader.  As a United Fund campaign advocate since 1978, he has also served the community as board member/past chairman of Talbot Hospice Foundation, current board member of the United Fund, and member of the Rotary Club of Easton. He is also past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America. a member of the Maryland Institute of CPAs, and past director of the Mid Shore Community Foundation.

            “I am very pleased to have been asked to serve as the United Fund 2013-14 Campaign Chairman,” said Menzies.  “It is a great organization with a long list of achievements in the community.  With so many agencies depending on the Fund, our goal is to make sure they can continue to offer their invaluable services to the residents of Talbot County.”





Chuck Mangold, Jr. Takes Reins at United Fund

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County has elected Chuck Mangold, Jr. as their 2013-14 President. Chuck will lead the United Fund’s implementation of its annual countywide fundraising campaign, which entails motivating the all-volunteer Board of Directors and the coordination of nearly 40 volunteers. Joining Chuck as elected officers are Joe Anthony, Treasurer and Leslie Stevenson, Secretary.



            Chuck Mangold, Jr.Chuck, a Talbot County realtor with Benson & Mangold, joined the United Fund board in 2010.  He has also served on the Fund’s Agency Review Committee for 8 years, the past two as co-chair with fellow board member, Leslie Stevenson. He attended Saints Peter and Paul elementary and high schools before receiving his associate’s degree from Chesapeake College and later attended Loyola College in Baltimore. Chuck joined Benson & Mangold after over a decade in the retail automobile business. His commitment to Talbot County is evidenced by his community involvement. He is currently a Board of Director for several organizations, including The Country School. 



            “I’ve always felt it is important to be involved in your community and the United Fund is such an integral part of that involvement,” notes Chuck. “The United Fund raises money for 20 non-profit agencies who help and interact with over 24,000 Talbot County residents over 800,000 times a year. That’s impressive.”


            The United Fund of Talbot County was founded in 1955 as a strictly local philanthropic organization whose mission is to fund the underfunded health and human services needs in Talbot County.  All contributions support essential programs and services for Talbot County individuals and families in need. Chuck’s present involvement in our community proves he takes the United Fund’s mission seriously in his own life. “We are very lucky to have his leadership,” says Ann Jacobs, United Fund’s Executive Director.


 Chuck, his wife Lauren and three sons, Charlie, Robert and Peter, reside in Easton. He enjoys fishing, boating, and spending time with his family.


United Fund of Talbot County Reaches 95% of Goal

The 2012-13 United Fund campaign, that concluded June 30th, was successful in attracting over 1,000 donors who helped it achieve 95% of its $400,000 goal.  It is thanks to the support of so many community-minded Talbot County residents who invested in the United Fund and its 21 agencies that this accomplishment was possible.“The United Fund serves as the only local philanthropic organization to support many worthy charities in Talbot County. We greatly appreciate everyone’s contribution, enabling us to raise monies to meet underfunded needs in our community, giving those in need a chance to lead healthier, more productive and self-sufficient lives,” Ann Jacobs, Executive Director, noted.

This year’s campaign was again led by campaign chair, Buck Duncan,, who along with 32 United Fund advocate volunteers, appealed to over 600 residents and businesses of Talbot County, generating 68% of the total contributions received. This was augmented by payroll deductions that contributed over $14,000, as well as the many hundreds of individuals who responded to the general direct mail packages with an additional $112,360+. Donations ranged from $5 to over $15,000, contributed in the form of cash, money orders, checks, matching gifts, and gifts of stock.


 “We are grateful that so many United Fund donors are helping to change our community in positive ways. Thank you!”Jacobs concluded.



United Fund of Talbot County Earmarks $298,000 for 2013-14 Member Agencies

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted at their June meeting to allocate $298,000 to 20 member agencies for its 2013-14 campaign. These agencies qualified by demonstrating how their requests for funds would be used to meet the health and human services needs of the underserved in Talbot County. The original amount requested by the 22 applicant agencies was $405,000.


Agency Review Committee 2013“This year’s Agency Review Committee did an outstanding job in their reviews, recommendations and allocation deliberations,” said Chuck Mangold and Leslie Stevenson, Agency Review Committee Co-Chairs. Mangold added, “The Agency Review process is rigorous and comprehensive, and it enables United Fund volunteers to analyze where funding will have the greatest impact and award grant funding accordingly”.  For the just concluded 2012-13 campaign, the United Fund reached 95% of its goal – a great performance in another economically challenging year. The upcoming campaign has again set a goal of $400,000. “Our partner agencies work hard every day in our community and directly touch the lives of so many people in a positive way. It’s unfortunate we could not satisfy total grant requests due to budget constraints, but we continue to work toward that goal every year,” noted Stevenson. The United Fund of Talbot County is the only local philanthropic organization that for over half a century of fundraising has raised $14 million plus to assist non-profit charities in Talbot County.



The agencies selected for the 2013-14 campaign are



·         BAAM (Building African American Minds). $10,000 to provide programs that enrich the academic and social development of young African American boys.


·         Boy Scouts in Talbot County. $4,000 to deliver scouting programs to both existing scouting troop units and at-risk youth through its outreach efforts.


·         CASA of Talbot County. $18,000 to provide trained volunteers to children under court protection because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.


·         Character Counts!. $10,000 to promote character development in the county’s public schools as well as conducting workplace ethics classes in the business community.


·         Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers. $20,000 to offer quality childcare as well as tuition assistance to eligible local working families.


·         Delmarva Community Services. $12,000 to fund adult medical daycare and intervention and travel expenses for medically dependent and frail Talbot County clients as well as general transportation services.


·         For All Seasons. $10,000 to provide advocacy, therapy and education for those needing low cost, easily accessible mental health services.


·         Girl Scouts. $4,000 to provide a host of programs for local girls to build character and skills for success.


·         Mental Health Association in Talbot County. $25,000 to promote mental health and prevention of mental illness through advocacy, public education and community service.


·         Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. $25,000 to provide advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence.


·         Mid-Shore Pro Bono. $4,000 to provide local low-income families with access to free or reduced fee legal services.


·         Neighborhood Service Center. $58,500 to serve the total family, addressing housing, food, utilities, eviction and learning needs of local low-income residents.


·         Partners in Care. $8,000 to empower older adults to remain independent in their homes using the concept of service exchange to provide transportation and handyman services.


·         St. Martin’s Ministries. $15,000 to help to feed, clothe and financially assist impoverished clients, building their self-esteem and self-sufficiency.


·         St. Michaels Community Center. $21,500 to provide services to the Bay Hundred Community, including after-school enrichment programs for local youth and teens.


·         Talbot Mentors. $11,000 to provide young people with a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a caring adult.


·         Talbot Special Riders. $12,000 to provide a therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with learning and physical limitations.


·         Tilghman Area Youth Association.  $10,000 to cover scholarship costs for children unable to pay for afterschool programs.


·         United Needs & Abilities (formerly Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore). $8,000 to provide counseling, resources and advocacy for adults with development disabilities.


·         Upper Shore Aging. $12,000 to provide meals-on-wheels services for the frail/elderly.