Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

February 09, 2003

Agencies invited to apply for shelter program funding

Carroll County has been selected by the National Board Program to receive a $23,123 award under Phase 21 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, operated by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Through the program, emergency food and shelter funds are available to qualified county agencies by application.

The Carroll County Circle of Caring Homeless Board is acting as the local FEMA board, being responsible for establishing priorities among community needs, distributing funds to emergency food and shelter providers, and assisting in monitoring program compliance.

Program funds are normally used for mass shelter and feeding, food distribution, one-month utility payments to prevent service cutoffs, and one-month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions or assist people leaving shelters to establish stable living conditions.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28.

Information: Carroll County Circle of Caring Homeless/FEMA Local Board, c/o Department of Citizen Services, 10 Distillery Drive, First Floor, Suite 101, Westminster 21157, 410-386-3600.

Foundation's workshop to discuss grant writing

The Carroll County Heritage Foundation will hold a grant-writing workshop for nonprofit and for-profit organizations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Best Western Catering and Conference Center in Westminster.

Bob Vickers, a nationally renowned grant-writing expert and founder of Artful Askers, will show organizations how to gain financial stability.

Topics will include the grant writing process, developing healthy relationships with prospective benefactors and how to create a diversity of funding sources.

The cost is $49 and includes two workbooks, continental breakfast and working lunch. Registration is required by Feb. 18.

Information: 410-876-8714 or 410-848-2926.

Historical Society to hold scholarship fund-raiser

The Historical Society of Carroll County is creating a scholarship to honor the contributions of Jay Graybeal that will be awarded to high school students planning to pursue college studies in history and related fields.

To begin raising money for the Jay A. Graybeal Scholarship, the society will hold a "Jazz Night Out - Celebrating the Roots of American Music" dinner party and musical extravaganza Feb. 26 at Best Western Catering and Conference Center.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, and a dinner buffet at 7 p.m. Musical entertainment will be performed by the Francis Scott Key High School Jazz Quartet, Acappella Gold and the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.

In event of inclement weather, the dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 27.

Tickets are $60 and reservations are required. Any amount paid over $35 is tax deductible.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Meals on Wheels seeking volunteers

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides nutritious meals to the homebound, sick, elderly and disabled in Carroll County.

Individuals who are unable to shop for themselves or cook their meals can get help from Meals on Wheels.

Volunteers deliver one hot and one cold meal between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, holidays included, to those in need. Volunteers also can visit with clients, make telephone calls to chat, do their food shopping, help make the client's home safe, and provide a social link.

Volunteers can work as many days a week as they wish.

Anyone needing the services of Meals on Wheels, wishing to become a volunteer, or who would like to schedule a speaker for a meeting on the program, can call the Westminster office, 63 E. Main St., at 410-857-4447.

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