Helping United Way help Anne Arundel County: More than $2.5 million was distributed to local groups last year.

September 30, 1996

UNITED WAY OF MARYLAND needs your help more than ever. With the reduction in federal support for a wide variety of human services, the burden now falls on local agencies and organizations to fill those needs.

In Anne Arundel County, this means providing after-school supervision for children from low-income families whose parents are working, providing services to frail elderly citizens who live in their own homes and feeding people who have run out of money and food. Last year, United Way distributed $2,356,493 for health and human services provided to Anne Arundel residents.

Homelessness is not a phenomenon confined to Baltimore. The numbers are growing in suburbia, too. Due to a lack of room, people were turned away from shelters 363 times last year in the county. Many of these were mothers with children. Nearly one-third of those who received emergency shelter in the county in 1995 were children.

Elderly residents also receive services from United Way agencies. Meals on Wheels provides wholesome meals to thousands of senior citizens each week. The American Heart Association and American Cancer Society run screening and education programs that enable all residents, seniors included, to lead healthy and productive lives.

Organizations such as YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and Salvation Army provide help to families struggling to stay intact, ranging from counseling to recreation. With United Way funds, local groups have organized programs to combat substance abuse among teen-agers and to curb juvenile delinquency. United Way has also funded a mentoring and tutoring program that focuses on fourth- and fifth-graders who are foundering in school.

United Way needs the support of Anne Arundel residents. The county's quality-of-life will decline without the generosity of those who can make donations. Contributing to the United Way of Central Maryland is one of the most effective methods for ensuring that your gifts are well-spent. Your participation in the drive, which runs until nearly Thanksgiving, will ensure that Anne Arundel remains an attractive place in which to live and raise families.

Pub Date: 9/30/96

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