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United Fund Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Campaign

The United Fund of Talbot County (UFTC) will be accepting applications until April 17, 2017, from qualified non-profit agencies in Talbot County requesting funds from its 2017-18 campaign.

To qualify, agencies must be registered 501 (c) 3 organizations; grant requests should seek to fund programs or initiatives that address the health and human services needs of individuals and families in Talbot County, and must demonstrate the agency’s fit with the United Fund charter to benefit underfunded and underrepresented Talbot County residents.

Any first time applicants who wish to be considered as potential participants in the upcoming campaign are requested to submit a one-page document no later than March 1, 2017 that explains how their agency fits with the United Fund mission, and how the services they provide their clients are different from those provided by other agencies serving the Talbot County community.

Agencies accepted to participate in the 2017-18 campaign must also agree not to fundraise during September, October, and November when the United Fund’s campaign is underway. For an application, write the United Fund of Talbot County office at P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601; request an application on-line at uftc@unitedfund.org or call 410-822-1957. All applications must be received at the United Fund office by April 17, 2017.


United Fund Makes First Disbursements of Its 2016-17 Campaign

Just in time to get the New Year off to a good start, the United Fund of Talbot County disbursed $101,475, the first of three distributions to its 2016-17 participating agencies. To-date, the campaign has attracted close to 70% in donations towards its goal of $400,000.

The 2016-17 UFTC participating agencies are: BAAM, Boy Scouts in Talbot County, CASA of the Mid-Shore, Character Counts!, Delmarva Community Services, For All Seasons, Girl Scouts of Talbot County; Imagination Library of Talbot County, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, 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.

“Many were on hand for the distribution of the checks, which is sure to make the season merry and bright for each agency’s clients,” noted Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director. She added that “there is still plenty of time for those who would like to make a donation to this year’s campaign – by mail, phone, or online. We are extremely grateful for the on-going generosity and support of the Talbot County community.”

Participating agencies join Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director for the first 2016-17 check distribution at the Fund's downtown offices.

Participating agencies join Ann Jacobs, United Fund Executive Director for the first 2016-17 check distribution at the Fund’s downtown offices.


United Fund of Talbot County Earmarks $232,500 for 2016-17 Member Agencies

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted at their June meeting to allocate $232,500 to 18 member agencies for its 2016-17 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 18 applicant agencies was $325,500.

Agency Review 2016“This year’s Agency Review Committee continued to exercise due diligence when reviewing each agency application. The stellar job they did in their reviews and recommendations facilitated the allocation deliberations,” said Chuck Mangold and Leslie Stevenson, Agency Review Committee Co-Chairs. Stevenson noted that “No agency application is rubberstamped, and all must reapply each year. Through a rigorous and comprehensive agency review process, United Fund committee volunteers are able to analyze where funding will have the greatest impact and award grant funding accordingly”. For the just concluded 2015-16 campaign, the United Fund reached only 82% of its goal. The upcoming campaign has again set a goal of $400,000. “It’s unfortunate we could not satisfy total grant requests due to budget constraints, but we continue to strive toward that goal every year,” noted Mangold. The United Fund of Talbot County is the only local philanthropic organization that for over half a century of fundraising has successfully raised over $14 million to assist non-profit charities in Talbot County.
Left to right, standing: Kate Mansfield, Glenn Klakring, JoRhea Wright, Leslie Stevenson, Chuck Mangold, Dave Rath, Steve Slack
Not pictured: Robbin Hill, Ron Lee, Butch Townsend

The agencies selected for the 2016-17 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. $3,000 to deliver scouting programs to both existing scouting troop units and at-risk youth through its outreach efforts.
• CASA of Talbot County. $17,000 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.
• Delmarva Community Services. $11,000 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. $11,000 to provide advocacy, therapy and education for those needing low cost, easily accessible mental health services.
• Girl Scouts. $3,000 to provide a host of programs for local girls to build character and skills for success.
• Imagination Library. $5,000 to expose children birth to age 5 with a literature and vocabulary rich environment, promoting reading readiness through the monthly provision of high quality, age-appropriate books.
• Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. $20,000 to provide advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence.
• Neighborhood Service Center. $60,000 to serve the total family, addressing housing, food, utilities, eviction and learning needs of local low-income residents.
• Partners in Care. $7,000 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. $20,500 to provide services to the Bay Hundred Community, including after-school enrichment programs for local youth and teens.
• Talbot Mentors. $10,000 to provide young people with a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a caring adult.
• Talbot Special Riders. $14,000 to provide a therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with learning and physical limitations.
• Tilghman Area Youth Association. $5,000 to cover scholarship costs for children unable to pay for afterschool programs.
• United Needs & Abilities. $2,000 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.


United Fund 2015-16 Campaign Moves Closer to Goal

The United Fund of Talbot County’s 2015-16 campaign officially kicked off on September 17th and has so far attracted more than $150,000 in donations as it moves towards its goal of $400,000. Monies raised will help the United Fund participating agencies deliver the critical health and human services programs to those in need in Talbot County.

Every hour of every day, someone in our community needs help – a friend, a neighbor or someone down the street. Their needs are very real. Our local agencies count on donors in our community to meet these needs. By delivering a host of local programs and services, United Fund agencies strengthen our community both now and for the future.

While there’s no master blueprint to building a strong community, the United Fund, its donors and its participating agencies collectively provide the building blocks to improve the quality of life for our families, friends and neighbors here in Talbot County. You can help the United Fund fulfill its mission and give people a chance to reach their full potential when you mail your donation to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601 or donate online at www.unitedfund.org today!


United Fund Agencies Receive First Disbursements of 2014-15 Campaign 2092

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.

check presentation

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.

 


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

Partners in Care Ride Partners 2

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.”
check distribution
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.


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”


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.