Over $70,000 in family funds goes to Carroll Co. Central Md.'s United Way enables county groups to bolster social services

July 14, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The United Way of Central Maryland has sent nearly $75,000 in family-preservation grants to Carroll County. The money will help county organizations raise hopes, tutor at-risk students and build a playground for toddlers.

The Carroll County Family YMCA will use its $25,000 grant to bring at least six more families into its Raising Hopes Infant Center. By providing care for their infants, the year-old program allows teen-age mothers to finish schooling. One mother has graduated from high school and is planning to attend Carroll Community College in the fall.

The center at the Human Services building in Westminster will be able to add more cribs and staff.

"The concept was originally based on federal funding, but now those funds are not there," said Anne Marie Law, child-care service director. "Now, because of United Way, we have funding."

The Carroll school system's Liberty Regional Transitions Team has been given a $23,835 grant to help at-risk students cope with stressful changes to middle and high schools.

"The stress related with transferring schools can get at-risk students in trouble faster," said Tom Hill, assistant principal at Sykesville Middle School. This transition program applies successful techniques using role models and coaches."

The grant will pay for transportation, a staff coordinator, a computer, school supplies and after-school snacks.

The transition teams will start up again in October, meeting for 90 minutes a week. Liberty High freshmen work with eighth-grade students at Sykesville Middle, and the school's sixth-grade students meet with the fifth-grade students at Piney Ridge Elementary. The grant may help expand the program to other elementary and middle schools.

By summer's end, Human Services Programs (HSP) will have a playground for toddlers staying in its Family Center, thanks to a $25,000 grant. There is space available near the front entrance to the building on Distillery Drive.

"We serve a lot of little children here, and they need an outdoor place to play," said Sylvia Canon, director. "A playground will be good for all the kids."

HSP will be working with the county Recreation and Parks Department to design the playground. Bruce Dutterer, park planner, envisions a 48-by-48-foot area that includes an 8-foot buffer. He expects to advertise for bids on equipment and installation soon.

HSP will also be able to add counseling services and provide summer day care for teen mothers with the grant money.

Grant recipients faced a rigorous application process and competition from many applicants vying for the funds.

United Way awarded $500,000 to 28 Baltimore-area organizations.

"We chose on merit, collaboration in the community and accountability with outcome," said Nan A. Waranch, director of public affairs for United Way. "Carroll County has great, innovative and creative programs."

Pub Date: 7/14/96

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