Arundel Digest


June 08, 2008

Women's giving circle to award grants

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a women's giving circle, on Wednesday will award grants totaling more than $57,000 to six organizations at its second annual grants showcase reception.

All of the grant money was collected from members of the group, which awards funds to programs directed to county women, families and children, particularly in the areas of education, health and welfare, or prevention of violence and abuse.

The six nonprofits that will be featured are:

* Annapolis Area Ministries, Inc. Building Futures Program, for mentoring skills training and family rebuilding for victims of homelessness and domestic violence.

* Anne Arundel County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), for their training program as they work toward a goal of serving more needy clients: abused and neglected children who are involved in juvenile court proceedings.

* Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation, for the Gifts for Grooming program, which addresses the knowledge, skill and financial needs of Anne Arundel County foster parent households in providing appropriate and adequate hygiene for foster children.

* Sarah's House, for child-care services for homeless children aged 6 weeks to 6 years, and an after-care Program for homeless school children who are residents of the shelter.

* Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, to fund a pilot outreach program to empower low-income women from northern Anne Arundel County to start their own businesses.

*YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, for weekly life skills workshops at Arden House, the only safe house for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Anne Arundel County.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Historic London Town & Gardens in Edgewater.

Women interested in joining AAWGT should contact the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County at 410-280-1102 for more information, or visit

County's 2007 financial report earns honors

Anne Arundel County's annual financial report for fiscal year 2007 received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada's Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. County Executive John R. Leopold announced last week.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

"Our principle for governing is one of efficiency and accountability," Leopold said. "I am proud that the county has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence and prouder still of the high standards by which govern. This prestigious acknowledgement recognizes the efforts of county government to be accountable for the responsibilities we have been entrusted with by Anne Arundel County residents."

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