The Community Foundation Neighbors in Need Fund Awards $585,000 This Month to Stem the Tide of Recession

WASHINGTON--()--Against a backdrop of profound economic uncertainty—with three out of 10 children in the nation’s capital living in poverty, some 148,000 mortgages in default, alarmingly high unemployment and massive government cuts for social and human services around the corner—The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region today announced new grants through the Neighbors in Need Fund totaling more than a half million dollars to local safety net nonprofits. These organizations make up the region’s safety-net and do critical work to prevent foreclosures, help people who have lost their health insurance get free prescription medication and help prevent evictions by providing emergency financial support for rent, utilities and other critical services.

Established in 2008, Neighbors in Need is the region’s largest fund specifically designed to help safety net organizations who are providing “the basics” to vulnerable families and individuals struggling to survive the economic crisis. Recipients include food banks, homeless shelters, medical clinics, foreclosure-prevention programs and mental health care providers. Grants from the fund have already helped more than 100,000 people in the region.

“The economic storm that began two years ago has become a veritable tsunami,” said Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman. “It may be years before our community recovers from this crisis.”

“At the same time, hundreds of individuals, families, corporations and foundations—from a Montgomery County farmer who donated a third of his weekly produce sales to $150,000 from Kaiser Permanente—have come forward to help virtual strangers respond to this crisis,” said Freeman. “It is heartening to know that even in a metropolitan area as sprawling and transient as ours, the old-fashioned tradition of neighbors helping neighbors prevails.”

In addition to Bank of America, major Neighbors in Need funders include Capital One, Consumer Health Foundation, Howard & Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, Fannie Mae, Kaiser Permanente, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, MARPAT Foundation and The World Bank Community Connections Fund. To date, more than $4.6 million has been contributed.

Recent Grants

The new grants totaling $585,000 will go to 43 safety net organizations in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland (Brandywine, Capitol Heights, Gaithersburg, Poolesville, Rockville, Silver Spring and Upper Marlboro) and Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Herndon and Oakton). The new grants, which bring the total amount awarded by the Fund to more than $3.6 million, will benefit nonprofits that have seen an increased demand for their services in the past year.

For instance, the foreclosure program of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia has seen a 50% increase in the number of intakes in the last six months as compared to the prior six months. Support from Neighbors in Need will go toward salary and related expenses for a fellow in the foreclosure program.

Arlington Free Clinic reports that the number of prescriptions increased by 13.66% from FY ’08 to FY ’09 and by 12.96% from FY ’09 to FY ’10. The volume of medications filled increased by nearly 4,000 during this time period.

To learn more about The Neighbors in Need Fund, download The Community Foundation’s June 2010 report, A Region Responds: The Neighbors in Need Fund at www.thecommunityfoundation.org.

About The Community Foundation

Since its founding nearly four decades ago, The Community Foundation has helped its neighbors in need by promoting and supporting effective giving and by finding innovative solutions to the region’s most challenging problems. The Foundation is a “community of givers”–individuals, families and corporations who have established more than 700 charitable-giving funds with assets of more than $340 million. In FY2010, The Foundation and its donors awarded some $54 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C., region and beyond. The Foundation has two regional affiliates–The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County. For more information, visit www.thecommunityfoundation.org.


November 2010 Neighbors in Need Fund Grants

ALIVE! Inc.
Alexandria, VA
$7,500
To support food distribution programs serving an average of 55 households per month in Alexandria, VA.

Alternative House
$15,000
Fairfax, VA
To support food and shelter for 259 homeless teenagers.

Annandale Christian Community for Action
Fairfax, VA
$15,000
To support emergency financial assistance for rent/security deposits, utilities, prescriptions and emergency medical/dental care for low-income residents of Fairfax County.

Arlington Food Assistance Center
Arlington, VA
$15,000
To support the purchase of fresh food to serve 1,200 families per week in Arlington.

Arlington Free Clinic
Arlington, VA
$10,000
To support the clinic’s in-house pharmacy, which provides medications for 1,700 low-income, uninsured Arlington residents.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc.
Alexandria, VA
$10,000
To support emergency shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence in Northern Virginia.

Bethel House, Inc.
Brandywine, MD
$15,000
To support emergency assistance for 80 people, providing food, shelter, clothing and emergency financial assistance for rent/mortgage, prescriptions and medical supplies.

Capitol Hill Group Ministry
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support emergency financial assistance, food, clothing and shelter.

Central Union Mission
Washington, DC
$15,000
To support food, shelter, and clothing for homeless and low-income individuals in the Washington, DC region.

Church of the Epiphany
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support purchase of food for the Welcome Table program, which provides a hot breakfast to 150 homeless people each Sunday.

Community Ministries of Rockville
Rockville, MD
$5,000
To support emergency financial assistance to families in need of funds for rent, food, medicine and/or utility bills.

Covenant House of Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support the Crisis Center, providing immediate short-term shelter and crisis-intervention services to 150 youth ages 18-21 in Washington, DC’s Ward 8.

DC Children’s Advocacy Center
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to child and youth victims of physical and sexual abuse and witnesses to extreme violence.

DC Law Students in Court Program, Inc.
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support legal assistance and representation for 60 low-income DC tenants with foreclosure-relation eviction cases in Landlord-Tenant Court.

District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc.
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support emergency and transitional housing for 1,100 victims of domestic violence in Washington, DC.

East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support emergency financial assistance for people in crisis in Washington’s Ward 7.

Eastern Montgomery Emergency Assistance Network
Silver Spring, MD
$5,000
To support emergency assistance for families facing a crisis with rent and utility bills.

Family Services, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
$10,000
To support the Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides Montgomery County residents with resources for the purchase of food, clothing, medication, and diapers.

Father McKenna Center
Washington, DC
$15,000
To support food and emergency financial assistance.

Gaithersburg HELP
Gaithersburg, MD
$15,000
To support purchase of food for the emergency food program, providing a 3-day supply of food for 2,900 individuals in Gaithersburg.

Greater Baden Medical Services
Upper Marlboro, MD
$15,000
To support prescription medications, testing, and vaccinations for 900 patients who are uninsured or underinsured in Prince George’s County, MD.

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc.
Herndon, VA
$10,000
To support emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities and prescriptions for up to 50 families.

Housing Counseling Services
Washington, DC
$25,000
To support foreclosure-prevention services for 200 low-income residents in the Washington, DC region.

Korean Community Services Center of Greater Washington
Annandale, VA
$15,000
To support food and emergency financial assistance to Asian Americans in the Washington, DC region

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
$25,000
To support foreclosure prevention benefiting more than 100 people in the District of Columbia.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Washington, DC
$15,000
To support foreclosure-prevention services, benefiting more than 100 people in Washington, DC.

Martha’s Table
Washington, DC
$25,000
To support the McKenna’s Wagon food program and Martha’s Outfitters, a clothing referral program, serving 3,400 individuals.

Ministries United Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Silver Spring, MD
$5,000
To support emergency financial assistance helping economically disadvantaged clients fulfill their prescription medication needs.

Miriam’s House
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support transitional housing program and emergency services for homeless women living with HIV/AIDS.

Miriam’s Kitchen
Washington, DC
$25,000
To support providing a healthy breakfast and dinner each weekday to nearly 300 of Washington, DC’s chronically homeless men and women.

Mission of Love Charities, Inc.
Capitol Heights, MD
$20,000
To support the Basic Needs program, providing emergency food and clothing to families in crisis in suburban Maryland and Washington, DC.

N Street Village, Inc.
Washington, DC
$25,000
To support food and shelter with wraparound services for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC.

New Endeavors by Women
Washington, DC
$10,000
To support transitional shelter for more than 120 women and children in Washington, DC.

Northern Virginia Family Service/SERVE, Inc.
Oakton, VA
$25,000
To support food and emergency assistance for individuals and families in need of food, prescription medications, and other such aid in Prince William County, VA, and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, VA.

OAR of Fairfax County, Inc.
Fairfax, VA
$10,000
To support the Transitional and Family Services program, providing food, shelter, clothing and emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities to needy individuals and families involved in the criminal justice system.

Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, Inc.
Arlington, VA
$10,000
To support food, clothing and emergency financial assistance for some 30-35 ex-offenders and their families.

Rachael’s Women’s Center
Washington, DC
$15,000
To support the Day Shelter program.

Stepping Stones Shelter, Inc.
Rockville, MD
$20,000
To support shelter, food and clothing for 50 homeless families in Montgomery County, MD.

Transitional Housing Corporation
Washington, DC
$12,500
To support transitional housing for 60 homeless families in Washington, DC.

United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.
Capitol Heights, MD
$20,000
To support the Shepherd’s Cove emergency homeless shelter, providing shelter, food and case-management services for 600 women and children.

Upper Montgomery Assistance Network
Gaithersburg, MD
$5,000
To support the homelessness prevention program, providing emergency financial assistance to families facing eviction, foreclosure, and/or loss of utilities.

Women Empowered Against Violence
Washington, DC
$15,000
To support emergency financial assistance for food, shelter and clothing.

WUMCO Help, Inc.
Poolesville, MD
$5,000
To support food and emergency financial assistance for clients in crisis and to ensure that heat, water, electricity, rent/mortgages and other vital needs are met.

Note to Media: To arrange interviews with November grantees and the clients they serve, contact Janice Kaplan at 202-277-5461 or JaniceLKaplan@aol.com.

Contacts

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Janice Kaplan, 202-277-5461
JaniceLKaplan@aol.com
or
Ben Glenn II, 202-263-4767
bglenn@cfncr.org

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Contacts

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Janice Kaplan, 202-277-5461
JaniceLKaplan@aol.com
or
Ben Glenn II, 202-263-4767
bglenn@cfncr.org