This post is sponsored by United Way of Frederick County. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever heard of ‘Stuff the Bus’, the ‘Healthy Eating Trail’ or the ‘Familywize’ programs? Have you seen the Prosperity Center in downtown Frederick and wondered what it’s all about?
These programs and so much more are all offered by our very own United Way of Frederick County.
The United Way of Frederick County is an outstanding community change organization.
They focus on mobilizing the CARING POWER of our wonderful community here in Frederick, Maryland.
United Way of Frederick County – A Catalyst for Community Change
United Way of Frederick County has been in existence for over 75 years, making a difference in peoples’ lives.
The long-range focus of the United Way of Frederick County is on three specific building blocks for a good life: EDUCATION, INCOME, and HEALTH.
EDUCATION programs run by the United Way of Frederick County:
Born Learning: Helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
Stuff The Bus: The goal is to collect more than 20,000 school supplies to distribute through Frederick County Public Schools.
STOP Bullying: A Community Response: STOP Bullying includes several local non-profit organizations to address issues of bullying in our schools and neighborhoods.
One Million Mentors: United Way is inviting people to LIVE UNITED as a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor.
INCOME programs run by the United Way of Frederick County:
Poverty Simulation: Educate everyone, from policy makers to local community leaders, about how poverty feels.
Prosperity Center: Frederick County has 16,000 residents that are working poor. The Prosperity Center at the Bernard W Brown Community Center provides residents free tax preparation, asset-building tools, and access to community resources. Their goal over the next 10 years is to improve the financial stability for half of this population. A collective partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick and the Frederick County Financial Literacy Coalition is about turning local dollars into local solutions.
HEALTH programs run by the United Way of Frederick County:
Healthy Eating Trail: Designed to engage parents and children in fun, interactive and educational activities which promote interactive learning, health education and encourages healthy food choices.
Familywize: United Way of Frederick County has partnered with FamilyWize to offer their important free prescription discount card program to help everyone in our community. Just go to their site and download their app or print out their prescription card. Anybody can use it.
These are all amazing programs that the United Way of Frederick County provides to our community because of contributions from people like you.
So how can YOU get involved to help change our community of Frederick for the better?
YOU CAN GIVE.
YOU CAN ADVOCATE.
Experience Poverty for a Day
YOU CAN VOLUNTEER.
Other ways in which the United Way of Frederick County helps our community is through grants.
The Community Impact Grants are offered on a 3 year cycle to area non-profits.
The current beneficiaries of these grants are:
Gale Recovery, Inc.
As you can see, the United Way of Frederick County has the ability to help anybody and everybody in our community.
If the above opportunities don’t seem like a good fit for you, participation in a fundraiser might be just your thing!
Here are some United Way of Frederick County fundraisers that will be happening in the next few months:
Signature Wine Glass Creating at Country Shabby Chic on March 8, 2015.
Kentucky Derby Fascinators Class at En Masse Flowers on March 28, 2015
Kentucky Derby Stroll starting at Aspire Women’s Clothing Boutique on April 18, 2015
Juleps & Jockeys – Derby Day Celebration at The Visitation Academy on May 2, 2015
Watch this awesome 3 1/2 minute video on ‘The Best Day in Frederick’.
Make sure to follow the United Way of Frederick County on their social media channels so you don’t miss a thing!
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
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