AAWGT: Making a difference in our community!
AAWGT Grantees 2007-2019
AAWGT has awarded over $1,100,000 in grants to 40 unique nonprofit organizations in its 12 years of grant-making. Click on a tab below to read about our grantees from 2007-08 to 2019.
The Grant Voting Meeting on May 8 selected six 2019 Grantees as described below. The total amount of grants to be awarded though the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is $112,778. The Grantees included the second year for our two-year Momentum Grant to STAIR-Annapolis for $20,000 following their demonstration of successful progress toward program/project objectives, plus six additional grantees whose efforts are described below.
Momentum Grant—Two-year grant for $20,000 each year
STAIR–Annapolis: Start The Adventure In Reading - $20,000/$20,000
Providing cost-free tutoring for second graders in low-income areas so that 75% of them are reading at or above grade level by school-year’s end. A summer Reader’s Theater program for 6-to-12-year-old children that is designed to maintain skills operates at two community centers. In 2019, STAIR plans to increase the number served from 78 children to 90 to 100 at 12 sites. This is the second year of this grant.
Creating Communities: Youth Programs - $20,000
Offering arts experiences for 850 low-income children after school and in the summer and supporting teachers to add more art approaches for their students. Four programs will be partially funded — (1) Arts Mentorship Academy; (2) Arts Ambassadors for students from Georgetown East Elementary School; (3) Tuesday Afternoon Learning Experience (TALE) and Wednesday After-School Arts Club; and (4) In-School Residencies to allow artists to collaborate with teachers in public schools county-wide.
Light House, Inc.: Family Assistance Program - $20,000
roviding emergency shelter, transitional housing and education for 18-26 adults as they rebuild their lives with compassion as they move toward employment and self-sufficiency. Assistance is focused on effective parenting, financial literacy, employment readiness and counseling is also offered as necessary.
Organization of Hispanic/Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County (no website): Bridge the Gap - $5,000
Partially funding an Office Manager position to supervise volunteers. This office provides pro-bono services to help Hispanic immigrants as they apply for various programs (such as food stamps and medical care) and with various legal issues (such as landlord-tenant issues). Translation services are also offered.
Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, Inc.: Urgent Home Renovations for Women and Children in Anne Arundel County - $20,000
Providing free home repairs for single low-income elderly women so that they can remain safely in their homes and communities. Our last $20,00 grant to Rebuilding Together made it possible to complete $143,000 worth of repairs.
Tahirih Justice Center: Protecting Courageous Immigrant Women and Girls Fleeing Violence - $7,778
Offering social and legal services for immigrant Anne Arundel County survivors who have fled or been a victim of domestic violence. The Center is headquartered in Baltimore; transportation may also be provided when necessary.
Touchstone Discussion Project: Building Women’s Life and Leadership Skills for Post-Incarceration Success - $20,000
Delivering 42 weeks of discussion-based educational programming for 200 women incarcerated in the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Anne Arundel County. Program develops life and work skills and promotes healthy decision-making and parenting that reduce recidivism.
This grant cycle runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
The Grant Voting Meeting on May 9 selected six 2018 Grantees as described below. The total amount of grants to be awarded though the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is $105,136. The Grantees included the first two-year Momentum Grant to STAIR-Annapolis for $20,000 for Year One and an additional $20,000 for Year Two to be awarded upon successful progress toward program/project objectives.
Momentum Grant—Two-year grant for $20,000 each year
STAIR–Annapolis: Start The Adventure In Reading - $20,000/$20,000
STAIR will provide cost-free tutoring for second graders in low-income areas so that 75% of them are reading at or above grade level by school-year’s end. A summer Reader’s Theater program for 6-to-12-year-old children that is designed to maintain skills operates at two community centers. In 2019, STAIR will increase the number served from 78 children to 90 to 100 at 9 -10 sites. Learn more about this organization here.
Anne Arundel County CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates - $20,000
CASA serves children who have been abused/neglected and adjudicated as CINA (Child in Need of Assistance). AAWGT funding will allow CASA to increase capacity to serve 25-30 new children in the foster care system who would otherwise not receive a CASA. Learn more about this organization here.
Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation: Laptop Lab and WiFi Bar at Brooklyn Park Branch - $10,136
This award will create a Laptop Lab and WiFi Bar at the AACo Public Library’s Brooklyn Park Branch to contribute to the digital inclusion of all community members and support the newly created Community Teen Drop-In Center at the branch, as well as other learning and enrichment classes. Learn more about this organization here.
Arundel Child Care Connections: Mujeros Surgiendo-Women on the Rise - $20,000
The grant will provide training and support for 10 Hispanic women, all high school graduates, wishing to obtain certification as Child Development Associates which will enable them to qualify for employment in child care centers or as licensed child care providers. Learn more about this organization here.
Associated Catholic Charities: Sarah’s House - $15,000
AAWGT funds will provide classes, training and certification fee support to up to 25 adults transitioning out of homelessness while their children are enrolled in on-site child care. Classes include parenting, relationship building and goal setting. Training and certifications offered include phlebotomy, CNA, and Nail Tech. Learn more about this organization here.
Seeds 4 Success: Academic and Career Exploration Club - $20,000
Seeds 4 Success is expanding the focus of its free program for low-income high school students. A three-track program offers trade school and military options, as well as the original emphasis on preparation for college. Visits to two- and four-year colleges are arranged, and Driver’s Ed is provided. Financial planning and stress management are also taught. Learn more about this organization here.
This grant cycle runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
The Grant Voting Meeting was held on May 10 to make the final selection of eight 2017 Grantees as described below. The total amount of grants to be awarded though the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is $111,729.
Presented here are the names of the organizations followed by the Program name, then a brief description of what our funds will support. For a more complete descriptions and photos (for returning grantees from 2016 offering the same programs), click on the organization name below.
CASA provides dedicated volunteers to advocate for and support abused and neglected children who are involved in juvenile court proceedings to ensure their right to permanent, safe and stable homes.
The Green Summer Works Program provides low-income high school students with paid summer jobs while also participating in mentoring sessions that teach workplace skills, financial literacy, team problem-solving and goal setting.
Arundel Lodge, Inc.; Go GRRLS: Empowerment & Resilience Program for Teenage Girls - $5,977.68
This is a new program for teen girls using the GO GRRRLS curriculum, a nationally known program. It will provide empowerment and resilience training, plus positive peer support with female therapists addressing social, emotional and mental health needs.
Creating Communities: Arts Education for Elementary and Middle School Students - $5.001.31
Creating Communities runs after-school programs that use the power of music, art and movement to reach low income learners who need more than conventional modalities of learning. They bring arts education to youth where they live.
This program uniquely provides necessities at no cost to homeless women and children who don’t have the resources to furnish a home as they transition from a shelter into permanent housing and reintegrate into our communities.
Planned Parenthood; Women’s Cancer Prevention Program Services - $20,000
This project’s goal is to help low-income women reduce the incidence of breast and cervical cancer by providing breast health and wellness exams, Pap tests, pregnancy tests, STD tests, and treatment and vaccines.
STAIR - Annapolis; Start The Adventure in Reading - $10,750
STAIR’s goal is to increase the reading level and sense of self-esteem and self-confidence in second graders through early intervention tutoring in reading. Participants are primarily low-income and minority and all the tutors are volunteers.
YWCA; Crisis Intervention & Case Management for Victims of Crime - $20,000
This project provides case management and crisis intervention services to women and children residing at the Y’s Domestic Violence Shelter. This includes hospital accompaniment for rape victims, goal setting and connection to therapy, housing and employment opportunities.
This grant cycle runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
The Grant Voting Meeting was held on May 11 to make the final selection of eight 2016 Grantees as described below. The total amount of grants to be awarded though the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is $100,548.
Presented here are the names of the organizations followed by the Program name, then a brief description of what our funds will support. For a more complete description, and photos, click on the grantee.
CASA’s mission is to provide a dedicated advocate to speak in the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, in court and in the community. 20-25 additional children will receive a CASA volunteer with AAWGT funding.
The Green Summer Works Program provides low-income high school students an economic opportunity by combining paid work experience with comprehensive work force preparation, life skills education, and financial literacy training. 20 students will be placed in paid summer jobs in a variety of environmental organizations with AAWGT funding.
The Family Project identifies homeless families (specifically women and children), provides them with appropriate individual housing, and teaches them the skills needed for self-sufficiency that they can use and pass on to future generations. AAWGT funding will cover partial salaries of the Program Manager and Program Case Manager who provide counseling to the families.
Arundel Lodge’s mission is improving the lives of children, adults and families with mental health and substance use disorders. AAWGT will be helping to increase access to mental health treatment services for 34 Hispanic children and their families in the Marcus Youth and Family Center at Arundel Lodge through the aid of interpreters.
This program uniquely provides essential healthy beds, basic furniture, clothing, personal hygiene products and household items at no cost to transitioning women and families (700+ adults and children annually) as they re-integrate into our communities. AAWGT funding will support partial salary of the Driver and Warehouse Assistants, and rental of warehouse and equipment for 2 months.
The Family Assistance Program provides support for homeless parents and children that includes case management; employment assistance, child care, and transportation; direct financial assistance for medical needs; school support for children including summer camps and field trips; and infant needs. 11 parents and 29 children will benefit from AAWGT funding.
This program provides weekly backpacks of food over weekend and extended school breaks to economically disadvantaged children attending three Title 1 schools: Eastport, Hilltop and Belle Grove Elementary Schools. AAWGT funding goes directly to food and will support 75 children for 10 weeks.
The YWCA is creating a Therapeutic Playroom to promote healing of children ages 3-12 who have witnessed domestic violence or endured abuse. The program provides Child-Centered Play Therapy Techniques. AAWGT funding will support the partial salary of a licensed therapist, therapeutic materials and other program costs.
This grant cycle runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
On May 13, the AAWGT membership voted to award $105,505 to nine area organizations supporting programs that improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County bringing AAWGT’s total dollars invested in County non-profits to over $700,000 since 2007.
The AAWGT grantees chosen by the membership for 2015
$10,000 to provide low-income students with paid work experience at environmental organizations and mentoring in workplace skills, financial literacy, and setting goals for success in school and future careers. See details and photos of participants here.
$15,000 to expand a piloted class on youth suicide to 8 new schools, teaching students the QPR protocol (Question, Persuade, Respond) so they can be the bridge between young suicide victims and critical support services. See details here.
$10,000 to expand weekend meals to an additional 250 food insecure children through 26 back pack buddies programs run by schools and churches in the county.
$15,000 to create a “Play and Read” space at the Severn Community Library, providing multi-sensory activities of talking, singing, writing and reading which are key to developing early literacy skills.
$6,000 to provide academic support and math and English tutoring for Hispanic students as well as field trips and other activities to broaden their exposure to American culture and foster integration into the community. See details and photos here.
$15,000 to support 9 baby pantries which provide indispensable diapers, formula, and hygiene products to mothers facing an emergency (job loss, abuse, homelessness). See details and photos here.
$4,505 (partial funding) to create a stable and healthy home atmosphere for women and children as they transition from a shelter into permanent housing, by providing healthy beds, basic furniture, household items and school supplies.
$15,000 to avoid homelessness or foreclosure for low income women homeowners by providing necessary (and often substantial) home repairs to keep them safe, dry, warm and independent in their own homes. See details and photos here.
$15,000 to support a range of services including counseling; real-work job training in culinary arts or facilities maintenance; and support for children through tutoring, summer camp and enrichment activities. See details and photos here.
This grant cycle runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
On May 14, the AAWGT membership voted to award $93,715 to seven area organizations, supporting programs that improve the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County bringing AAWGT's total of dollars invested in County non-profits to almost $600,000 since 2007.
The AAWGT grantees chosen by the membership for 2014-15 are:
Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency: Youth Suicide Awareness - $14,000 to support training for parents, teachers, professional and emergency responders to increase identification of and intervention for suicidal youth and reduce suicide losses. See more details about this project here
Center of Help: Homework Help and Leadership Program - $5,000 to expand a program that provides Hispanic students with math and English tutoring, homework help, and participation in activities to foster integration into the community. See more detail about what Center of Help is doing with AAWGT funding here
Food Link: Wholesale Charitable Produce Distribution - $15,000 to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed free to those in need through a variety of participating charitable organizations. See more details and photos about this project here
Light House: Family Case Management - $15,000 to fund staff to act as navigator and advocate for necessary services that help stabilize and preserve families living together in homelessness or reunite separated homeless families.
Partners in Care: Member Care - $15,000 to support the management and provision of transportation, home repair and other services to elderly people allowing them to stay in their own homes. See more details and photos about what Partners in Care is doing with AAWGT funding here
Planned Parenthood of Maryland: Clinical Services for Women in AA County - $15,000 to provide free access to a wide-range of well-woman services and reproductive health care for women unable to afford any co-pay.
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County - $14,715 to provide therapeutic services for women and children who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. This grant would enable necessary services to be provided for all clients within 48 hours.
In addition, AAWGT won CFAAC's Great Give Award for the most participants in a given category of donors. As a result, AAWGT was given $2,000 to award to an Anne Arundel County non-profit of our choosing who participated in the Great Give. At our May membership meeting, this unrestricted $2,000 was awarded to the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
On May 8, the AAWGT membership voted to award $95,682 to seven area nonprofit organizations, bringing the total investment since 2007 to more than $500,000 that AAWGT has contributed toward improving the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County. This year marks the first in which grant funds were supplemented by a five percent distribution from AAWGT’s endowment fund, which was created in 2011 to help sustain AAWGT into the future.
The AAWGT grantees for 2013-2014 are:
Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Program) – $15,000 to supplement staffing for the program that trains volunteers who provide support and advocacy for abused or neglected children in the court system.
Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency: Youth Suicide Awareness - $13,000 to be used for training individuals in the “Question, Persuade, Refer” program which teaches people to identify potential suicide victims, talk to a person in crisis and get them immediately to a mental health professional.
Associated Catholic Charities/Sarah’s House: Focus In: Life Experience - $15,000 for salary of the coordinator of a program targeting teenagers who live at Sarah’s House. The program will focus on their emotional, self-development, intellectual enrichment, personal and academic goal settings.
Creating Communities: Arts Mentorship Academy - $7,682 for staff and supplies for it’s Art Mentorship Academy, an arts-based alternative education opportunity through instruction, mentoring and experiential learning for children 8 – 17 from low income families at no charge.
Food Link: Wholesale Food Distribution - $15,000 for staff salary, transportation expenses and gleaned foods(apples, pears, sweet potatoes). Food Link provides fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy food to over 13,000 needy people in Anne Arundel County.
Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake: Scholarship Program - $15,000 for scholarships for low income, preteen girls. GOTRGC is a structured program that combines a fun experience-based curriculum of training for a 5k race along with self- esteem enhancing workshops.
2012 GranteesOn May 9, the AAWGT membership voted to award $103,664 to nine area nonprofit organizations, bringing the total investment since 2007 to more than $400,000 that AAWGT has contributed toward improving the lives of women and families in Anne Arundel County. This year marks the first in which grant funds were supplemented by a five percent distribution from AAWGT’s Endowment Fund, which was created in 2011 to help sustain AAWGT into the future.
The AAWGT grantees for 2012-2013 are:
Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – $15,000 to supplement staffing for the program that trains volunteers who provide support and advocacy for abused or neglected children in the court system.
The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region: Family Support Services - $15,000 to help families care for their disabled children at home by paying for adaptive equipment, therapies, medical care, co-pays and other necessities.
Creating Communities: Arts Mentorship Academy - $10,000 for staff and direct program support services to Title I school students, ages 8-17, through an an arts-based alternative education.
Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake: GOTRGC Scholarship Program - $14,593 for support of a structured program that combines a fun experience-based curriculum of training for a 5K race with self-esteem enhancing workshops for preteen girls.
Light House: Family Solutions Program - $10,050 to provide an educational program to help homeless parents become successful in creating secure, caring, enriched family environments for their children.
Partners In Care: Ride Partners - $4,286 to provide arm-in-arm, friendly transportation to older adults who need rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and errands allowing them to remain in their homes.
Robert A. Pascal Youth & Family Services: GoGrrls! - $9,735 to provide a prevention program designed to empower and educate at risk girls ages 13-19 through a curriculum of tailored sessions that promote social competence.
The Samaritan Women: Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Anne Arundel County – $10,000 to raise awareness of human trafficking issues and facilitate prevention support, intervention and advocacy.
Seeds 4 Success: Eastport Girls Club and I Am A Reader - $15,000 to support the Eastport Girls Club programs, connect with Hispanic youth and their families, and start a new program designed for 1st and 2nd grade students.
2011 GranteesAnne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) is pleased to announce that six non-profit organizations will receive a total of $76,168 in grants beginning on July 1, 2011.
Anne Arundel Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Volunteer Training - $15,000 to train volunteers who provide support and advocacy for abused or neglected children involved in the court system.
Arundel House of Hope – Free Medical and Wellness Clinic - $15,000 to provide free health care, prescriptions, and laboratory tests to homeless, uninsured, and low-income citizens.
Food Link – Wholesale Produce Distribution - $15,000 to provide fresh produce for families in need by distributing surplus, gleaned, and donated food through various farmers’ markets.
Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services – Stop the Violence! Two - $9,173 for play therapy and filial therapy programs helping children aged 3-10 who have experienced traumas such as abuse, illness, family dissolution and domestic violence.
YWCA of Annapolis/Anne Arundel County – YWCA Legal Services - $15,000 to help victims of domestic abuse obtain peace and protective orders through the services of a staff attorney.
2010 GranteesAnne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT) is pleased to announce eight non-profit organizations that have been chosen to receive a total of $65,257 in grants from the group beginnng in July 2010.
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council will receive $4,712 for its tutor training workshops. The Council provides free one-on-one tutoring to adults who are functionally illiterate so that they may improve their educational and/or employment opportunities.
The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region will receive $10,000 for its Family Support Program which helps families care for their disabled children at home. The program will pay for adaptive equipment, therapies, medical care, co-pays and other necessities.
Arundel Lodge will receive $4,936 in support of its Latina Outreach Project. This project provides mental health services including outreach, education and treatment to low-income Latina women.
Eastport Girls' Club will receive $9,976 for an afterschool program for girls aged 11-15 living in public housing. The program includes tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment activities such as field trips and workshops.
Food Link will receive $9,425 for wholesale produce distribution. Food Link provides surplus, gleaned, and donated food to 25 organizations that provide meals for hundreds of county families in need.
Partners in Care will receive $9,800 to support Repairs with Care, a volunteer-based program that provides home repairs for older adults.
Robert A Pascal Youth and Family Services will receive $6,408 for its Stop the Violence Program. This program offers play therapy to children aged three to ten who have experienced traumas such as abuse, illness, family dissolution, and domestic violence.
St. Philip's Family Life Center will receive $10,000 for its afterschool program, Strengthening Families: Extended Educational Enrichment Experience (Quad E). The program provides tutoring, counseling, and mentoring for at-risk students in grades five through eight.
2009 GranteesIn June 2009, AAWGT awarded $64,529 to seven Anne Arundel County nonprofits:
Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help), where the grant will support a culturally-sensitive, bi-lingual prenatal and infancy education program called La Mama Sana, which is structured to educate and support Latino/Hispanic women in Anne Arundel County in a partnership with OHLA to expand the program to include mothers from Glen Burnie, the Fort Meade area, and Edgewater.
Girls on the Run Annapolis (now Girls on the Run of the Chesapeake), where the grant will support a structured program that uses training for a 5K event as a means to teach essential life skills to 3rd to 8th grade girls. Through running, targeted discussions, and motivating exercises, GOTRA strives to empower participants and gives them opportunities to be successful.
Annapolis Area Ministries Building Futures: A Self-Sufficiency Program (2008, $7,500)
Anne Arundel County Court-Appointed Special Advocates CASA Program (2008, $10,000)
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council One-on-One Literacy Training (2007, $10,000)
Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis/Anne Arudel County SMART Girls (2007, $10,000)
Centro de Ayuda La Mama Sana (2007, $9,981)
Chesapeake Children's Museum All our Futures (2007, $9,900)
Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation, Gifts of Grooming (2008, $10,000)
Sarah’s House Childcare Program (2008, $10,000)
Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB) Micro Enterprise for Women (2008, $9,675)
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Life Skills Training at Arden House (2008, $10,000)