Yearly Archives: 2018

United Fund Support Of Imagination Library Promotes Reading Readiness

Over the past five years, 60,000 books have found their way into little hands and onto parents’ laps!  Grants received from the United Fund, over the past 3 years, were used to purchase 9,000 of those books.

So how do those books get into those little hands?  Imagination Library mails a high quality, age-appropriate book, each month to 1,250 children in Talbot County, starting at birth and ending in the month of their fifth birthday, at no cost to their families! By age five, a child registered at birth will have a library of 60 great books including classics like The Little Engine that Could, Corduroy, and a bilingual version of The Snowy Day as well as newer titles like Violet the Pilot and 2016 Newberry Medal and Caldecott Honor Book, Last Stop on Market Street. 

Early language development and literacy skills begin in the first five years of life and are closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories.  Reading to a baby sparks brain development and creativity.  When parents read to their children, they are laying the building blocks for early literary skills.  Listening to a story helps children learn the difference between “real” and “make-believe,” while nurturing their imagination and curiosity.  They develop social and communication skill that form the foundation for healthy self-esteem and academic success.

Children are not the only ones who benefit greatly from being read to; reading together benefits grown-ups too! This bonding time offers a chance to discover a world of new ideas and experiences, especially important for those families who may have limited access to the learning opportunities so many others have readily available.  There is a special kind of feeling that comes from a child sitting on a parent’s lap, a feeling of love, which will always be associated with reading.

More than 15,000 books will be making their way to Talbot County mailboxes over the next year.  We are so grateful for United Fund’s commitment to provide 4,800 of those books!  On behalf of all the children enjoying special moments with special books, thank you to everyone who donates to the United Fund!

Imagination Library of Talbot County is an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. To learn more about this program or to register your child, please visit ILTC at


Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, MSCFV served 461 victims of family violence and their 670 children, twenty percent whom were from Talbot County.  The United Fund of Talbot County provides financial support so a Case Manger can work with victims in Talbot County.

This Case Manager works with a Talbot County client to help the client address immediate crisis needs by providing crisis counseling, safety planning, information & referral, emergency shelter and accompaniment to protective order hearings. Next they assist the client’s movement to the Transition Stage by helping clients access MSCFV’s Economic Empowerment Center, Mental Health Therapy, Support Groups and Short and Long-term Housing services. And finally, the Case Manager’s job culminates when the client has reached self-sufficiency, clearly communicating the path from “Where you were…Where you are…Where you are going”.

Measuring client outcomes is an important part of MSCFV’s program. Through client surveys and advocate assessments, the agency monitors if the services they provide are helping family violence victims plan for their safety, understand their rights and options, and take the next step in ending the violence in their lives.

Hotline calls are another important crisis service, providing victims with support and actionable information about MSCFV resources, their legal rights, and possible next steps for ending the violence. During these calls, most clients received assistance with safety planning. information about MSCFV resources, and advice on their legal rights and options. The vast majority of victims achieve positive outcomes in these calls, including a better understanding of the cycle of violence, a better understanding of their rights and options, and a readiness to take the next step in ending the violence.

There are also positive outcomes in MSCFV’s Economic Empowerment Center program. When comparing the Ability to Meet Basic Needs scale at program exit to the one clients completed on program entry, 90% showed improvement in their family’s financial situation.  They were able to meet basic expenses, save, meet unexpected expenses, improve their standard of living and decrease financial worry.


Community Vitality Depends on Building and Maintaining Strong Character

Launched in 1998 with only a handful of volunteers, Character Counts Mid Shore started the Winners Walk Tall Program at Easton Elementary in the 2nd and 3rd grades.  Currently, CCMS offers the mid shore area schools positive lessons in grades Pre-K through 12, taught by trained and dedicated coaches. Character education never goes out of style.  While topics have changed due to social issues, the Six Pillars of Character remain as a solid foundation for students at all grade levels.

Character Coaches are the friendly face, the mentor, the consistent figure in students’ lives throughout the school year. Today’s children live with many big issues that provoke fear and anxiety and they tend to discuss these worries openly with their coaches. Presenting character lessons that are current and relevant make all the difference.  Character Counts provides students with the necessary tools to make the right choice.  “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you” – John C. Maxwell.

Thanks to the continued support of the United Fund of Talbot County, Character Counts Mid Shore celebrates 20 successful years in Talbot County.

United Fund of Talbot County Earmarks $213,300 for 2018-19 Member Agencies

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted at their June meeting to allocate $213,300 to 15 member agencies for its 2018-19 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 16 applicant agencies was $299,000.

“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 Agency Review Committee co-chairs, Chuck Mangold and Leslie Stevenson. 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 health and human services charities in Talbot County.

The agencies selected for the 2018-19 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.

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. $10,000 to fund adult medical daycare and intervention and travel expenses for medically dependent and frail Talbot County clients as well as general transportation services.

Foundation of Hope. $7,000 to help young girls lead productive lives in their communities by providing cultural, social and educational development programs.

Girl Scouts. $3,000 to provide a host of programs for local girls to build character and skills for success.

Imagination Library of Talbot County. $10,000 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. $55,000 to serve the total family, addressing housing, food, utilities, eviction and learning needs of local low-income residents.

Partners in Care. $9,500 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. $24,800 to provide services to the Bay Hundred Community, including after-school enrichment programs for local youth and teens.

Talbot Special Riders. $15,000 to provide a year-round therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with learning and physical limitations.

Tilghman Area Youth Association.  $15,000 to cover scholarship costs for children unable to pay for afterschool programs.

United Needs & Abilities. $6,000 to provide counseling, resources and advocacy for adults with development disabilities.