United Way in the city Targeted money: Associated Black Charities uses United Way funds to improve city life.

October 28, 1997

HARD WORK FOR 18 months by Associated Black Charities could mean a $6 million grant to make Baltimore a better place for children. The Safe and Sound project is a good example of what ABC does with other funds as well as the support it receives each year from the United Way.

ABC worked with the Baltimore Community Foundation and city health, recreation and education officials to gather ideas from thousands of people. The best were used in an application for a Safe and Sound grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In December, the foundation will announce which of eight cities that applied will receive an award.

Associated Black Charities last year received a $200,000 grant from United Way as an affiliate organization, plus $325,000 that United Way contributors designated specifically for the agency. ABC has shared that benevolence, this year taking the next step in a strategic plan it developed several years ago to form alliances with similarly directed agencies.

ABC will provide $20,000 grants and logistical support to the Council for Economic and Business Opportunity, which helps small and minority-owned businesses survive and grow; to the Black Mental Health Alliance, a consortium of consultants who provide counseling and referrals, and to the African Art Museum of Maryland, the Howard County facility that features a number of cultural events.

A new organization that will also receive ABC help is Uniting for Life. It seeks to increase the number of African-Americans who become bone-marrow donors. The agency is the result of efforts by Roland Campbell. His 22-year-old daughter, Demetria, died of leukemia in 1993 after an unsuccessful search for a donor with genetically matching marrow. Only 7 percent of the 1.5 million people in a national registry of bone marrow donors are black.

Joining that worthy cause is typical for ABC. During the past 11 years, it has allocated nearly $5 million to more than 250 programs throughout Central Maryland. Executive Director Donna Jones Stanley says other parts of the state have asked for ABC's help, specifically Prince George's and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore. By supporting United Way, you can help ABC make that happen.

For more information, call 410-895-5640.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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