THE UNITED WAY of Central Maryland needs the backing of Anne Arundel countians more than ever. With welfare reform under way, residents being weaned off federal assistance are increasingly turning to local agencies and organizations for help.
Shelters and soup kitchens are busy serving people out of work, in spite of low unemployment statistics. Woman who have been abused, and their children, need shelter and support.
Family and children's services are teaming up with Catholic Charities to provide inexpensive day care for an increasing number of families that require two incomes to survive. Human service organizations offer job training and tutoring courses along with free counseling to help families get back on their feet.
Community-based programs aim at increasing the quality of life among mentally and physically handicapped citizens by encouraging their independence and education.
Volunteers in programs such as Meals on Wheels provide services to shut-ins and the elderly so they can lead healthier, happier lives.
Among other groups that receive money from the United Way of Central Maryland, the Salvation Army and YWCA provide shelter and food for local residents.
The Anne Arundel chapters of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, and Annapolis Bywater Boys and Girls Club reach out to youth through mentor- ing and other programs.
The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and American Red Cross are all United Way recipients in the county.
The United Way of Central Maryland ensures that donations go where help is needed by setting up partnership boards in each of the suburban counties around Baltimore. Community volunteers who serve on the board help decide where money is allotted.
Last year, the United Way of Central Maryland raised $35.7 million. This year's goal is a record $39.1 million. Two weeks remain in the 1997 campaign.
Contributing to the United Way enhances the quality of life not only for individuals but for the community at large.
For more information, call the Millersville office at 410-987-7602.
Pub Date: 10/28/97