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.


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.


United Fund Support Crucial to CASA of Talbot County Efforts

One hundred thirty eight years ago, a little girl named Mary Ellen was carried into a New York City courtroom wrapped in a horse blanket. She was only 9 years old, but for the majority of her young life she had been beaten, cut, burned, and tortured. She had never been allowed outdoors and was often locked in a closet where she slept on a worn piece of carpet. Neighbors who heard this little girl screaming reached out to authorities for help, but the police could find no grounds to intervene because in 1874 our country lacked laws to protect children.So distressed was one social worker about Mary Ellen’s situation that she ultimately appealed to Henry Bergh, who was the president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He believed, thankfully, that Mary Ellen was entitled to at least the same rights that our country already provided to animals, and he took up her cause. Mary Ellen’s case was heard in court, and her testimony helped to convict her abuser.

This case was reported in a number of newspapers in 1874, resulting in such a flood of reports of other children’s similar plights that Henry Bergh founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The events that followed forever changed the course of child protection in the United States. Mary Ellen’s story is generally regarded as the catalyst for our country’s enactment of child protection laws, which now are strong and still quite necessary.  Even though our society is technologically savvy and has both strong educational institutions and laws, children in our country are still being physically and sexually abused, woefully neglected, or simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves. The children whose situations are most dire typically come to the attention of authorities. Our local Departments of Social Services are kept very busy providing services to many of these children and their families, and they seek court protection for those children who need it.

It is here that CASA enters the picture, helping to fill a need in the child welfare system by providing screened and trained Court Appointed Special Advocates to act solely on behalf of maltreated children. Also called CASA volunteers, each is an officer of the court who is required to bring crucial information to the judge or master about what is in their appointed child’s best interest. Because CASA volunteers typically have only one case, they have time to get to know their appointed child, time to learn everything possible about the child, and time to assess the child’s situation. The CASA concept, created by a judge in Seattle, Washington, is both brilliantly simple and simply brilliant – it absolutely empowers a community to look out for the best interest of its own children. National studies have shown that children with CASA volunteers have their needs identified sooner, and services to meet those needs are put into place much more quickly than for children without CASA volunteers.

Each child’s case is unique, but what these children share is a deep longing for someone to listen and to care about what happens to them. They want to be safe from harm, they wish for a forever family, and they long to have someone speaking on behalf of what they need. CASA volunteers care deeply about what happens to these children, devoting their time now with the fervent hope that this will help the children to grow into happy, healthy, and positive adult members of our communities. A child served by CASA summed it up beautifully when she said: “To give a child a CASA is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world.” As her words clearly indicate, the investment made by CASA can make a difference that lasts a lifetime.

Committed to helping vulnerable children in our community the United Fund has selected the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) organization as a member agency for its 2012-13 campaign year. CASA’s Executive Director, Robin Davenport, recently stated, “The United Fund’s endorsement of our program is crucial to our ability to serve all of the abused and neglected children in Talbot County who need a CASA volunteer by their side. We are extremely grateful that the United Fund is committed to supporting our work with the maltreated children in our community.”

Support for United Fund Participating Agencies Helps Thousands

The 2012-13 United Fund campaign really needs everyone’s help! 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 our financial support to them,” explained Executive Director, Ann Jacobs. “We could not do our work without the support of our many generous donors.”

Contributing to the United Fund provides the perfect opportunity to help many agencies with a single gift and improve lives right here in Talbot County. With your support for the 2012-13 campaign thousands of county residents served by United Fund participating agencies will benefit. Could there be a better feeling than knowing you’ve made a difference in the lives of so many who will be touched by your support?

There are only four months remaining in the 2012-13 campaign, and while support has been strong, donations are $40,000 short of the $400,000 annual goal.  Please help the United Fund and its participating agencies by mailing your contribution now to United Fund of Talbot County, P.O. Box 741, Easton, MD 21601 or donate online at www.unitedfund.org.   With your gift of hope, you’ll be helping United Fund partner agencies ensure the ongoing availability of programs and services for many needy local individuals and families.


United Fund of Talbot County Accepting Applications For 2013-14 Campaign Year

The United Fund of Talbot County will be accepting applications until April 15, 2013, from qualified non-profit agencies in Talbot County requesting funds from its 2013-14 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, 2013 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 2013-14 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 15, 2013.


United Fund Makes First Disbursements of 2012-13 Campaign

As 2012 drew to a close, the United Fund of Talbot County allocated $141,975,  the first of three distributions to its 2012-13 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 a robust community response, resulting in contributions totaling 83% of the $400,000 goal so far.  “We are delighted by the continued strong flow of donations,” Ann Jacobs, United Fund of Talbot County Executive Director said, “and are optimistic we will reach this year’s campaign goal.”

The 2012-13 UFTC participating agencies are: BAAM, Boy Scouts in Talbot County, CASA of Talbot County, Character Counts!,Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Delmarva Community Services, Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore, For All Seasons, Girl Scouts of Talbot County; Kids on Campus, 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 Upper Shore Aging.

United Fund Helps Delmarva Daybreak Serve Talbot County’s Medically Dependent and Frail

Delmarva Daybreak is a non-profit Adult Medical Daycare facility, one of the many programs of Delmarva Community Services, Inc. serving clients in Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline counties.  The mission of Delmarva Community Services has been to help all individuals in need that wish to maintain an independent lifestyle within their community on the Delmarva Peninsula; consequently preventing them from becoming institutionalized.

The United Fund of Talbot County provides funds for clients that reside in Talbot County. This support has helped with days of services, transportation, and prescription costs. Without these funds these individuals would be unable to attend the Adult Medical Daycare which provides socialization opportunities, exercise, therapeutic activities, transportation, family support, personal care and, respite for caregivers as well as not being able to afford the cost of their co-pays for their medication.


Epilepsy Association Meets Local Needs with Help From The United Fund

Easton. A request for a seizure program for a Talbot County private school to better understand what to do for a student that is having a seizure, a young handicapped child inspires the local community to mobilize and help his family purchase a wheelchair accessible van for him, a call comes in for individual(s) needing dental care, eye care, medical supplies, housing supplies, adaptive technology, diapers, and clothing all of this and more are illustrative of the daily gaps in assistance that are requested and received at the Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore (EAES) for residents of Talbot County.

With the help of the United Fund of Talbot County Campaign — local needs are met and addressed. The multiple needs sited are typical examples of real everyday challenges of residents with developmental disabilities and epilepsy that are our neighbors, friends, colleagues and families living in Talbot County who require professional and expeditious responses from the Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore (EAES).

EAES is dedicated to serving persons with developmental disabilities and/or epilepsy, assisting its clients in achieving their personal goals as well as independence and productivity within the community. In total over 60 individuals in the county were helped with over 130 requests and over $196,000 in assistance allocated to residents of Talbot County for services. “The Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore cannot do this work alone,” said Dr. Jose Balea, Director of Public Affairs at EAES. “With the help of United Fund of Talbot County campaign local needs are assessed and gaps in care are addressed in an appropriate fashion for the local community”.