The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore honored four award recipients and celebrated annual grant-making efforts at its 35th Annual Meeting and Report to the Community on November 1st. The Foundation celebrated a total of $6.3 million in grants made in fiscal year 2019, including more than $600,000 in scholarships to local students.
“In our 35th year we are celebrating not only $6.3 million in grant making this past year, but also $84 million in grant making since our founding in 1984.” says CFES President, Erica Joseph. “This event is a true celebration of the hands, heads, and hearts that have come together these past 35 years to make the Community Foundation what it is today.”
The Mary Gladys Jones Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Mr. Ace Parker for his many years of dedicated service to others. Through his passionate desire to help those in our community who are most vulnerable, Mr. Parker has put thousands of hours into volunteer activities. As a member of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, he has led and participated in many service projects. More than 20 years ago, he decided Rotary needed to become involved with the Meals on Wheels Program, growing the program to delivering more than 4,000 meals annually. Knowing the success of this program depends on those delivering the meals, he has personally recognized the efforts of all volunteers and continues to recruit new ones. Mr. Parker goes the extra mile, showing compassion for those who are less fortunate and encouraging other volunteers to do the same. Mr. Parker will receive a $1,000 gift to designate to the charity of his choice.
The Nonprofit Award of Excellence honoring Richard A. Henson was awarded to Chesapeake Housing Mission. Operating in the lower four counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Chesapeake Housing Mission serves three of the poorest counties in Maryland. Their mission is to provide vital home repair to low-income families, enabling them to stay in their homes while making those homes warmer, safer and drier; and giving clients freedom and independence in their most difficult years. In 2018 they completed 85 projects using 53 volunteer groups. With 1,449 volunteers in all, CHM has helped over 450 clients in its first 10 years of operation. Such a serious and longstanding problem is a challenging task, but what makes Chesapeake Housing Mission even more remarkable, is that they have accomplished all of this with minimum staff and a shoe-string budget. In honor of their award Chesapeake Housing Mission will receive $5,000 to support their work.