NonProfit / Charity
SOAR is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving Frederick County senior citizens to assist with their essential needs.
We envision a world where older adults feel loved, respected, and recognized for all they have done for their families and our community. Until then, our mission is to do all we can to help and support them to live their lives with dignity.
The most recent statistics are reported from the Maryland Department of Human Resources for Fiscal Year 2007 (July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007) stating that a total of 1,440 adults and children were sheltered in Frederick County during the year representing 68,287 bed nights. A total of 805 individuals were not served primarily due to the lack of available beds.
Since 1988 Advocates for Homeless Families (AFHF) has provided Transitional Housing to homeless families who desire to achieve stable and independent living. The organization also, through its Families Forward Program, serves families who are at-risk of becoming homeless and supports them in maintaining their self-sustainability and improving their standard of living. Both programs provide families individualized case management and weekly Life Skills Workshops.
Annually AFHF provides housing and support services to an average of 90 – 100 adults and children representing 13,505 bed nights. AFHF family graduates, after one year of completing their program, have remained in stable housing and are either employed full-time and/or pursuing educational goals.
Home fires and other disasters impacted 166 people and 67 families in Frederick County last year. Your support of the American Red Cross through the United Way of Frederick County’s Unity campaign will aid in the immediate assistance and ongoing recovery of disaster victims in your community.
Asian American Center of Frederick seeks to enhance residents’ lives in Frederick City and surrounding communities through our Integrate Culture, Ages & Needs (I CAN) program by the addition of the Western Maryland – WMD C.A.F.E (Caring About Family Engagement) as it moves into its second year.
Enhance, Empower and Enrich are the three pillars of our mission. From inception, this is the norm and not exception. In 2020, with uprising civil unrest, racial justice issues and the unprecedented COVID crisis, we found our mission being amplified by the concerns of health disparities among minorities, economic devastation, social isolation of our seniors and the lost generation of school children in their learning, and more. Our world turned upside down, and we stepped up. One particular area of concern was the school families. This gave our I CAN Program another reason to expand. Researchers suggest that adults who engage children in culturally responsive educational experiences help build young children’s self-confidence and skills, remain sensitive to differences, maintain high expectations for those they are educating, and teach cultural inclusivity during outreach in the community.
In a short 6 months during the COVID Crisis, we continue to “integrate” our current programs with a lens of cultural inclusiveness to support the needs of our community across all ages.
In 2020, the AACF I-CAN program was able to:
– Provide support and educate expectant on resources to maintain prenatal education with our goals of positive birth outcomes
– Develop a virtual Resource Hub to accept all kinds of inquiries from unemployment, job search, rental assistance and special requests such as food and medicine needs. We follow up with appointment.
– Set up Food Drop and make special home delivery to home bound seniors. Partnered with Frederick Community Action Agency, The Salvation Army and Frederick Rescue Mission to provide over 1500 ALICE households food items that are on the West Side of Frederick.
– Produce cloth masks and distribute PPE on all occasions
– Enroll more than 800 households into the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Program of FREE insurance for one year in an estimated value of more than $5,000,000 premium benefit alone.
– Secure Cancer Fund and assist those who were not able to afford treatment, medication and need support due to their illness at a value of more than $14,000.
– Covert all of our ESL and Citizenship classes via zoom and maintain close connection to the communities for social support
– Conduct survey among 100 seniors and keep in contact with their needs.
– Recruit and train 100 volunteers from our RSVP programs, youth community organizations, and veterans from different ethnic backgrounds to assist in this effort.
– Created a new literacy program: the Intergenerational Reading Club was formulated in a virtual environment. This reading program helped young children between ages 4 and 8 understand simple words and sentences in books. The books are carefully sought to promote multiculturalism. The children will understand different cultures, which encourages them to recognize their sense of self and have responsibility for themselves and others.
– Provide weekend art classes for small groups of neighborhood families.
– Initiated more academic small enrichment class in math and ready for middle school students.
AACF’s impact is truly the result of unity of passion, partnership, and inclusiveness for everyone. Since COVID, we have seen more of our ALICE families of all races come for help. We witness the difference we made Thus, we build the WMD C.A.F.E (Caring About Family Engagement) to integrate our strengths and cultural asset of our families so we can build a better future across cultural divide and ages.
Please join with us today to continue the Integrate Culture, Ages & Needs (I CAN) program and enrich the community of those we serve at AACF with the Western MD C.A.F.E (Caring About Family Engagement)
Changing perspectives. Changing lives.
Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
Blessings in a Backpack provides non-perishable, kid-friendly, easily-prepared foods to children who might otherwise go hungry when school meals are unavailable over weekends or school breaks.
The children we feed often depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition Monday through Friday, but “What do they do on the weekends?” They are generally living in the following categories of need…homeless or living in transitional housing, qualify for free or reduce-priced meals, meet the ALICE criteria (Asset Limited Income-Constrained Employed…the working poor), or are experiencing a family emergency like job loss or medical issue.
As you can imagine, the latter situation is particularly dire at this time. The financial hardships experienced by the families of the children we serve is even greater due to the COVID emergency. Won’t you help feed the kids this weekend? The more money we raise, the more children we can feed.
What does it mean to be part of Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County?
It means being surrounded by friends and mentors. Sharpening skills and discovering new pursuits. Feeling heard and supported in every way, and knowing that there’s a team of caring professionals in your court. As the leading youth development organization, we see the possibility in every young person and are committed to being a voice for all youth – no matter where they come from.
In addition to home and school, the Club is an essential place in kids’ lives where they can grow into themselves and achieve a great future. Our mission goes deep. More than just a helping hand, we’re affecting change and providing a voice for all youth. In fact, for every dollar invested into the Club, the surrounding community gets almost $10 back in saved resources. That’s real, tangible impact that affects generations.
By giving to Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County, you can move the needle for young people in Frederick County, creating real opportunity based on their potential, not their ZIP code. You make great futures a reality.
Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused
If YOU are in crisis and need to speak to someone NOW call our 24-hour hotline at 301-739-8975 (711 Hearing Impaired)
CASA is a lifeline for people (children, teenagers, and adults) in Washington County who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, and rape. Our programs and services provide the professional support and guidance necessary for these individuals and their families to survive violence and abuse and establish a new and safe direction.
CENTRAL MARYLAND YFC & CAMPUS LIFE work with FAMILIES, SCHOOLS & CHURCHES to provide FREE & FUN programs for 11-19 years olds. Young people are taught and encouraged through games, teamwork, discussions and mentoring. This approach helps young people establish a solid foundation for life and develop leadership skills that will, in turn, impact the community today and in the future.
The Central Maryland YFC (Campus Life) mission to be fun, free and developmental has not changed, but HOW WE ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST NINE MONTHS.
CMYFC replaced in-person after-school time with Zoom clubs. Birthday parades, front porch deliveries, group chats added to the fun and met social distancing requirements. Many students were cared for as mentors personalized connections. A late-summer outdoor day-camp offered in-person time for young leaders to be with peers, socially distanced of course. In September 2020, Campus Life began small groups outdoors in parks, backyards and church parking lots.
As large group gatherings begin to meet again, Campus Life will relaunch after-school clubs, and will continue the new models of ministry reaching more students in newly established on-line discussion groups.
Central Maryland YFC (Campus Life) shares the love of Jesus and His work with students. Our team celebrates diversity and respects each person as a wonderfully created person who is treasured by God. ALL students are welcome to participate in this program!