United Way serves Carroll Annual fund drive: Regional charity organization supports many needs here at home.

October 28, 1997

WELFARE REFORM has caused some Carroll County residents to slip through the cracks. They are finding it difficult to keep their heads above water without public assistance. This increase in need has, in turn, strained local chari- ties. With that in mind, Carroll County's 1998 United Way campaign is in full swing.

United Way of Central Maryland has worked on outreach into suburbia, creating partnership boards in each of the counties around Baltimore. The boards are composed of local volunteers who know their communities and have a better feel for which services should be given local priority. Linda Mielke, executive director of the Carroll County Public Library, chairs the local partnership.

Besides aiding local chapters of many national organizations -- including Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army and Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts of America -- the United Way also helps county-based social service providers.

United Way provides one-tenth of the revenue for the Carroll County Child Care Centers. Operating out of area churches, they provide inexpensive child care to underprivileged families so mothers and fathers can remain employed. A new center is to open next month.

In the past two years, the Carroll County Center for Human Services has received $26,000 from United Way. The Center for Human Services organizes Carroll's local Head Start program. It also provides homeless shelters for men, women and children, families and for the mentally ill and substance abusers. The center helps families gain financial and medical aid and assists individuals seeking a high school-equivalency diploma or job placement.

For the first time in its 19 years, Carroll's Rape Crisis Center also will be served by the United Way. The operation runs a 24-hour hotline for victims, walk-in counseling and group therapy, and sends representatives into the schools to talk about rape prevention. The dollars raised by Carroll countians and donated to United Way help strengthen the community.

With two weeks left in the annual campaign, the United Way's Westminster office can be reached by phoning 410-848-2436. Your help is greatly needed. It makes a difference.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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