The 2017-18 United Fund Campaign Begins Strong

With an official kickoff to the United Fund of Talbot County’s 2017-18 in mid-September, the campaign has generated over $140,000 in contributions in just the first six weeks! Monies raised help fund a safety net of programs and services for those in need. The efforts of the United Fund and donors alike help achieve real lasting change in people’s lives, creating opportunities for children, youth, and families alike.

The United Fund of Talbot County is proud of its well-established presence and service to Talbot County residents for over 60 years. Dedicated to supporting the needs of our community and its families, the United Fund unites people and resources to improve lives and achieve measurable results.

The mission of the United Fund is to fund the underfunded health and human services needs here in our community. As your “one-stop shop” for local charitable giving, we offer an economical, convenient way to help: your one check will aid all our 15 member agencies.  Donate today by mailing your support to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601 or donate online at www.unitedfund.org.

United Fund Agencies Receive First Disbursements of 2014-15 Campaign 156

Just in time for the holidays! The United Fund of Talbot County disbursed the first of three distributions to its 2014-15 participating agencies in the amount of $111,460. Representatives from the Fund’s 20 member agencies were on hand to receive their checks at the Fund’s office at 121 North Washington Street. So far, this year’s campaign appeal has attracted 63% of its $400,000 goal.

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Participating agencies joined Ann Jacobs, Chuck Mangold, Leslie Stevenson & Butch Townsend of the United Fund for the first check distribution.

“We’ve all heard that it is better to give than to receive. To know that you are helping to make someone’s life just a little bit easier or helping to make someone happy is a wonderful feeling. And it’s thanks to the generous outpouring of community support that our 20 participating agencies are able to meet some of the greatest needs throughout Talbot County,” said Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director. “We remain optimistic that not-yet-received yearend gifts will help propel us toward the achievement of our campaign goal.”

The 2014-15 UFTC participating agencies are: BAAM, Boy Scouts in Talbot County, CASA of the Mid-Shore, Character Counts!, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Delmarva Community Services, For All Seasons, Girl Scouts of Talbot County; Mental Health Association in Talbot County, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Neighborhood Service Center, Partners in Care, St. Martin’s Ministries, St. Michaels Community Center. Talbot Mentors, Talbot Special Riders, Tilghman Area Youth Association, United Needs and Abilities and Upper Shore Aging.

Participating agencies joined Ann Jacobs, Chuck Mangold, Leslie Stevenson & Butch Townsend of the United Fund for the first check distribution.


The United Fund Hits Its First Milestone for the 2014-15 Campaign Year


The United Fund of Talbot County’s 2014-15 campaign officially kicked off on September 15th and has so far attracted more than $150,000 in donations as it moves towards its goal of $400,000. Monies raised will help assist people here in Talbot County with medical needs, childcare, crisis situations, character development, youth mentoring and so much more. We believe a community’s strength is best measured by how residents pull together to help a neighbor in need. For more than 5 decades, the United Fund has brought people and resources together to meet the changing needs of Talbot County residents. Today, the United Fund focuses on what matters most by working with local non-profit agencies to help tackle community issues.

Jason Brown Named New United Fund Director


The United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) announced the unanimous election of Jason T. Brown as a new member to its governing board, Class of 2017 at a recent board of directors meeting. Fellow United Fund board members with whom he will serve include Joe Anthony, Zuleika Ghodsi, Glenn Klakring, Ron Lee, Chuck Mangold, Jr., Leslie Stevenson, Marie U’Ren and Jim Vermilye.

Jason has been in public accounting for eleven years. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance. As a certified public accountant with Accounting Strategies Group, LLC, Jason specializes in consulting and tax advising for individuals and closely held businesses. He is also a Certified ProAdvisor for the QuickBooks software.

Jason is a member of the AICPA and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Currently, he is treasurer for Caroline County Chamber of Commerce and served in the same capacity in the past for Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. Jason resides in Easton with his wife Amy.


Butch Townsend to Chair United Fund 2014-15 Campaign

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) has announced the appointment of Butch Townsend, Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer of the Talbot Bank as the chairman of the 2014-15 Campaign.

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. Townsend is a Talbot County resident involved in his community. He has served as a United Fund campaign advocate for many years and has also been a member of the United Fund agency review board for the past 3 years. He is also a current member of the Waterfowl Festival board, and has chaired the Festival’s Sportsman Pavilion for 10+ years. Butch is a past President of the Talbot Country Club and was the Chairperson for the Shore Health Systems annual golf tournament from 2005-13. He is also a past treasurer for the Talbot Ducks Unlimited.

“I am very pleased to have been asked to serve as the United Fund 2014-15 Campaign Chairman,” said Townsend. “It is a great organization with a long history of helping those in need in our community. With so many agencies reliant on the Fund, our goal is to make sure they can continue to offer their invaluable services to the residents of Talbot County.”

Rising To The Challenge To Benefit United Fund Agencies

Big News! An incredibly generous, local family has offered the United Fund a challenge grant to help meet the Fund’s 2013-14 campaign goal of $400,000. The donor has agreed to match any donation received by June 30th dollar for dollar up to the entire shortfall of $45,000! The campaign has currently attracted $355,000, and with one month left to go in the 2013-14 campaign, this grant represents an enormous potential windfall to benefit United Fund partner agencies. In response to this great opportunity the campaign goal has been raised to $445,000.

The United Fund of Talbot County is a long-time leader in generating and distributing critically needed funds to a large number of local community organizations – agencies whose very existence depends on the Fund’s financial support to them. With a mission to serve as the preeminent philanthropic organization, the United Fund strives to maintain and improve the quality of life in Talbot County, with every dollar raised staying here at home to help local individuals and families.

Thanks to this challenge grant, the United Fund stands to realize added dollars during June to better fund the important services and programs its partner agencies deliver to those individuals and families in need. It is through the assistance of community minded individuals that United Fund agencies are able to serve over 24,000 clients in the community each year.

United Fund Support Of Partners In Care Helps Older Adults Remain Independent

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With support from the United Fund of Talbot County, Partners In Care (PIC) has completed its third year of operation with the mission to help older adults remain independent in their own homes and engaged in the community.

Access to transportation is one of the most important requirements for healthy aging. Most people want to stay in the homes and communities they know and love, and PIC’s Ride Partners transportation program, provides arm-in-arm rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other essential errands to help people age-in-place. Volunteer drivers use their own cars to pick up a rider at their front door, take them to the appointment, wait with them, then take them safely home again. It is a kind, customized service that accomplishes the transportation requirement, and also provides an important social interaction that helps a person stay connected to the community.

In 2012 volunteer drivers traveled 12,345 miles (almost double the 2011 figure), nearly the equivalent of driving from Easton to the tip of Argentina and back again. In local terms, three rides a day of approximately 20 miles each are provided.

The mileage is interesting, but the real story is Partners In Care’s commitment to helping members stay connected to their community. In addition to providing rides, the organization advocates to help members obtain benefits they may be entitled to, provides reassurance and social support, and provides a unique way to keep people engaged and connected.

PIC operates as a time bank and all participants, referred to as “members,” are encouraged to give time and talents to the community pool. Every person has something to contribute and is valued for it. Anyone who helps out will get help back from the community when they need it. This “parity rather than charity” concept affirms that the community needs the resources of all its members and helps people maintain their dignity.

Going forward, PIC will add the Repairs With Care program to its services, as volunteer handymen are engaged to help people make small repairs to maintain their homes for safe and independent living. PIC is also documenting the effectiveness of its advocacy and intervention efforts to show the depth of services provided for area seniors.

In a short time, 200 volunteer members have become engaged in PIC’s innovative programs that provide essential services and a safety net for the often hidden or forgotten members of our community.

New participants are always welcome. Orientation programs are held monthly. For more information, contact Pam O’Brien, Coordinator, Partners In Care, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton, 410-822-1803, pamobrien@partnersincare.org.

United Fund Makes First Disbursements of 2013-14 Campaign

As 2013 wound down, the United Fund of Talbot County allocated $118,200, the first of three distributions to its 2013-14 participating agencies. Representatives from the Fund’s 21 member agencies were on hand to receive their checks at the Fund’s office at 121 North Washington Street. This year’s Fund appeal has generated contributions totaling 68% of the $400,000 goal so far. “We are appreciative of the strong community support,” Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director said, “and are optimistic that when all donations are counted, we will attain this year’s campaign goal by the close of our fiscal year in June, 2014.”
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The 2013-14 UFTC participating agencies are: BAAM, Boy Scouts in Talbot County, CASA of Talbot County, Character Counts!,Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Delmarva Community Services, For All Seasons, Girl Scouts of Talbot County; Mental Health Association in Talbot County, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Neighborhood Service Center, Partners in Care, St. Martin’s Ministries, St. Michaels Community Center. Talbot Mentors, Tilghman Area Youth Association, Talbot Special Riders, and United Needs and Abilities (formerly Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore) and Upper Shore Aging.

The Best Gift of All – Holiday Giving to the United Fund

The United Fund of Talbot County serves as the only local philanthropic organization to support underfunded health and human services needs through many charities in Talbot County. Currently, there are 20 participating non-profit agencies that have passed the annual stringent review in order to receive your donations and deliver programs and services for our local individuals and families in need.

With the holidays upon us, the United Fund of Talbot County provides the perfect opportunity to help many agencies with a single holiday gift and help scores of county residents served by United Fund participating agencies benefit. Thousands in our community enjoy warmer homes through programs offered at the Neighborhood Service Center; hundreds of homebound elderly are fed due to the good work of Upper Shore Aging’s Meals on Wheels, dozens of youth are given guidance and support through their difficult adolescence by the efforts of Talbot Mentors. These are just a few of the examples of how the United Fund makes a difference in our community. Without you, these people and many more would just simply go without. Could there be a better gift than knowing you’ve made a difference in the lives of so many who will be touched by your support?

Every gift matters. xmas 2010 barn and house santa 031Thanks to both returning and new contributors, the 2013-14 annual campaign has so far raised 58% toward its $400,000 goal. “We are delighted by the continued strong show of support,” Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director said, “but we still have a long way to go in reaching this year’s campaign goal.” Most of the participating agencies are small with limited resources and rely heavily on the United Fund. They would be severely impacted without the generosity of our community. Please make this the season for year-end giving with the gift of hope and help for these deserving people. Donate securely online or mail your support to P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601.

United Fund Understands the Importance of Mental Health

Imagine an Iraqi war veteran sitting at your table with tears in their eyes thanking you for helping them with their rent payment. Imagine also a grandparent sitting with a group of people sharing their story about the loss of their grandson from suicide. Finally, picture yourself in a room full of 3rd graders sharing their stories of being bullied. Life sized puppets have come to their classroom to demonstrate and teach them exactly what bullying is and how to protect themselves if they encounter a bully in their young lives. These people and more are just a few of the lives that are touched through the many programs, support groups and educational activities of the Mental Health Association in Talbot County (MHATC).

“As a United Fund of Talbot County agency,” said Jackie Davis, executive director of MHATC, “we simply could not provide the programs and services we currently offer without the support of the United Fund. MHATC is deeply grateful to the United Fund for their support over the years, especially during these continued difficult economic times.”

For over 55 years, MHATC has been present in the Talbot County community fulfilling a variety of unmet mental health needs. At first it served the patients in the Eastern Shore Psychiatric Hospital with visits, lunches and recreational outings. As times changed from long hospital stays to community living, the mission of MHATC changed to meet the new challenges of defeating the stigma associated with those living with a mental illness and fighting for equal treatment and coverage from health insurance companies. Today, the mission at MHATC is to promote mental health through support, education, programs and advocacy.

MHATC programs are in the public schools with their Kids on the Block puppeteer program on “Bullying and School Safety” and an early learning series that teaches lessons on compassion, aggression and perseverance. Last school year this program reached over 1,700 school children throughout Talbot County. Kids on the Block - MHAThe Mental Health First Aid training program has taught hundreds of participants the signs and symptoms of mental illness and how to help someone experiencing a crisis. The Veterans Fund assists local veterans in need seeking mental health treatment and waiting for their VA benefits to be in place. These programs as well as the educational activities, support groups and annual Legislative Forum address the community mental health needs in a variety of ways but keep the focus on maintaining a mentally healthy community.

As Ms. Davis states, “For one non-profit to continually serve its community over such a long period of time, is a testament to our ability to meet the local mental health community needs. More importantly though, the United Fund also recognizes this need and the importance of a mental health within our community”