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United Way Grants Focus on Mental Health, Food Insecurity, Services for Seniors

The United Way of Caroline County recently awarded grants to seven community organizations.

“Each organization awarded has an intense focus on local needs,” said United Way President Sherone Thompson. “We know that every dollar that has been donated will be put to work directly for the benefit of Caroline County citizens.”

The UWCC chose to focus this year’s awards on programs and services that address mental health, food insecurity, and programs and services for seniors and the elderly. “There are so many needs in our community but we felt these three were the most pressing,” said past President Samantha Parker. “The pandemic and inflation have created special challenges for our must vulnerable residents, especially children, the elderly, and those struggling with a mental health condition.” The following organizations received awards from UWCC:

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence: MSCFV’s Chesapeake Crisis to Self-Sufficiency Model provides domestic violence victims with a pathway to empowerment that includes hotline services, emergency shelter, on-going case management, counseling and mental health services, economic empowerment, basic living needs, transportation, interpretation/translation, pet safety, support groups, abuser intervention programming, community outreach, and awareness.


Left to Right: Sue Simmons, Secretary, United Way of Caroline County; Tolbert Rowe, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Salome Santos, Case Manager for Caroline County, Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence; Samantha Parker, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County
 

Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Caroline: CASA recruits and trains volunteers who advocate for children in the Caroline County foster care system. CASA volunteers are the eyes and ears of the courts and the voices for the children, monitoring each child's well-being and making recommendations to the court that are in the child's best interest.


Left to Right: Sue Simmons, Secretary, United Way of Caroline County; Tolbert Rowe, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Amy Horne; Executive Director, CASA of Caroline; Samantha Parker, Board of Directors
 

Critical Repairs Caroline County (formerly Rebuilding Together): The mission of this organization is to enable low-income residents in Caroline County to remain safely in their homes by providing necessary repairs and accessibility improvements they cannot afford. These repairs are intended to improve the residents' quality of life, their overall safety, and enable them to access life-supporting activities.


Left to Right: Sue Simmons, Secretary, United Way of Caroline County; Tolbert Rowe, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Chris Soldano, Executive Director, Critical Repairs Caroline County; Suze Chaffinch, Vice President, Critical Repairs Caroline County; Samantha Parker, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County
 

Martin’s House & Barn (formerly St. Martin’s Ministries): The organization assists vulnerable families in Caroline County through a wide variety of programs, including its food pantry, thrift shop, family homeless shelter, and homelessness prevention program.


Left to Right: Sue Simmons, Secretary, United Way of Caroline County; Tolbert Rowe, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Natalie Moore, Housing Program Manager, Martin’s House and Barn; Samantha Parker, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County
 

His Hope Ministries: Its mission is to offer resources to help vulnerable families, individuals, youth, and elderly experiencing homelessness or living in unstable housing. It operates the largest homeless shelter on the Eastern Shore and provides residents with a wide variety of programs to help achieve their housing goals.


Left to Right: Left to Right: Sue Simmons, Secretary, United Way of Caroline County; Tolbert Rowe, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Anne Marie Chouinard, Board of Directors, His Hope Ministries; Matthew Dahl, President, His Hope Ministries; Stefanie Johnson, Executive Director, His Hope Ministries; Samantha Parker, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County
 

Aaron’s Place: A community resource center aiding Caroline residents with food insecurity, housing, health and wellness, and addressing social determinants of health and health disparities.


Left to Right: Sue Simmons, Secretary, United Way of Caroline County; Tolbert Rowe, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Cheryl Beulah, Executive Director, Aaron’s Place; Samantha Parker, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Janie Ricketts, Pantry Manager, Aaron’s Place
 

Caroline Medical Adult Daycare: MADC is a program of services designed to allow health impaired adults of Caroline County to remain in their homes and community. They live as independently as possible, with dignity and a renewed sense of quality of life, through care in the least restrictive setting, while preventing inappropriate or premature institutionalization.


Left to Right: Sue Simmons, Secretary, United Way of Caroline County; Tolbert Rowe, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County; Amanda Moseley, Director, Caroline Medical Adult Day Care; Samantha Parker, Board of Directors, United Way of Caroline County
 

The United Way of Caroline County’s mission is to support the non-profits meeting the human services needs of our community. For more than 40 years, it has taken care of Caroline County and helped families get back on their feet and thrive. The United Way of Caroline County has given millions of dollars to support the human services needs of the Caroline County community.

Learn more about how you can help support the mission of United Way of Caroline County.

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