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Foundation Awards $47,044 For Community Needs

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded a series of Community Needs grants totaling $47,044, which were distributed recently to eight organizations in the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The grants will benefit, either directly or indirectly, the residents of the region and are being awarded this spring from the Foundation’s Community Needs Funds. The next deadline for qualified nonprofit organizations to apply for Community Needs grants is August 1, 2012.

“The needs of the nonprofit organizations serving the Lower Eastern Shore continue to grow,” said Spicer Bell, the Foundation’s president. “To help meet the demands throughout Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties, we are pleased and excited to be able to help fund these worthwhile programs.”

Grants in the current cycle were awarded to the following nonprofits.

For Education and Youth:

  • Lower Shore Enterprises, Inc. to provide Office Technology Skills training to individuals with disabilities by creating an “office environment” training lab on-site at LSE.

  • Garland Hayward Youth Center to provide support for the GHYC tutoring and enrichment program for underserved children in Princess Anne. Tutoring is provided in partnership with It Takes a Village to Help Our Children.

  • Delmarva Discovery Center to provide support for field trip scholarships for local elementary schools to visit the Delmarva Discovery Center.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake to implement a personal hygiene program for girls and their mentors that will provide education and supplies for low-income girls currently in a mentoring relationship.

  • Wor-Wic Community College to support scholarships for economically disadvantaged students in Wicomico County to participate in the Summer Scholars Program at the College.


  • Lower Shore Land Trust, Inc. to support an Outreach and Communications Program to increase visibility, understanding, and support of land preservation on the Eastern Shore.

Health/Human Services:

  • Shore Up!, Inc. to support weatherization assistance for low income individuals living in Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

  • Help and Outreach Point of Entry, Inc. to assist in obtaining state ID cards, birth certificates, and primary adult care health insurance for homeless individuals in the tri-county area.

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