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The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Awards $526,000 in New Grants Supporting Safety Net Services

October 22, 2008

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region announced today more than 40 new grants totaling $526,000 supporting Washington-area nonprofits that provide such vital services as food, clothing, shelter and medicine to many of the region’s most vulnerable residents.

The organizations receiving grants serve Washington, DC, Montgomery County, MD, Prince George’s County, MD and parts of Northern Virginia. Among them: ALIVE!, which distributes food to residents in need in Alexandria; the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, providing transitional housing for individuals and families; Washington-based Jobs Have Priority, Inc., focusing on job- and housing-placement; and Interfaith Works in Rockville, MD which provides support for basic needs such as rent assistance, utility payment, prescription and medical bills for families in need.

“In this time of economic crisis, thanks to the generosity of those in our community who have a substantial safety net, The Community Foundation is able to provide these grants to help our neighbors in need,” said Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman. “It is shameful that the demand for such basic things as food and shelter have grown to the current levels we’re seeing today our nation’s capita area. We hope that everyone in our region who is able to help, in whatever way they can, will join with us.”

Many Washington-area nonprofit service providers report that the demand for lifeline services has risen as much as 50% over this time last year. This, combined with increased operational costs and growing uncertainty surrounding charitable donations, makes these Community Foundation grants all the more important.

A complete list of the grants follows.

Founded in 1973, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC area. In FY2008, The Foundation and its donors awarded some $91 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC region and beyond.

    ALIVE! Inc.  Alexandria, VA  $10,000  To support emergency financial assistance to individuals and  families for rent, utilities, medical expenses, prescription  medicines and other needs   Arlington Food Assistance Center  Arlington, VA  $10,000  To support the purchase of fresh food for distribution to families in  need   Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, Inc.  Arlington, VA  $10,000  To support the Emergency Financial Assistance and Carter-Jenkins  programs providing rent, medical and dental care, prescriptions,  transportation, work clothes and equipment   Asian Women's Self Help Association  Rockville, MD  $5,000  To support emergency assistance such as food, housing, medical care,  and transportation to South Asian victims of domestic violence   Ayuda, Inc.  Washington, DC  $15,000  To support legal and social services to low-income immigrant families  and individuals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area   Capital Area Food Bank  Washington, DC  $25,000  To support food distribution across the Washington, DC metropolitan  area   Capitol Hill Group Ministry  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support programs which provide homeless and high-risk families in  Washington, DC with emergency shelter, wraparound support services,  homelessness prevention services and support services to maintain  their housing   Community Family Life Services  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support emergency food, clothing and shelter to low-income and  homeless families   Community Ministries of Rockville  Rockville, MD  $10,000  To emergency financial assistance for individuals and families for  rent, utilities and medications   DC Children's Advocacy Center  Washington, DC  $15,000  To support emergency food, clothing, financial assistance and  resource referrals to child and youth victims of sexual and physical  abuse and witnesses to violence   Emmaus Services for the Aging  Washington, DC  $15,000  To support services for low-income seniors including hot meals, an  emergency food pantry, nutrition/exercise classes, computer training,  health screenings, and long-term advocacy   Fairfax Area Christian Emergency & Transitional Services, Inc.  Fairfax, VA  $15,000  To support the permanent supportive housing programs serving homeless  men, women and children in Fairfax County, VA   Family Crisis Center of Prince George's County  Brentwood, MD  $20,000  To support operation of the emergency shelter and provision of  services to children and families during their stay   Family Place, Inc.  Washington, DC  $15,000  To support basic needs such as diapers, food, transportation and rent   Food for Others  Fairfax, VA  $15,000  To support food distribution assisting of low-income residents of  Northern Virginia   Gaithersburg HELP  Gaithersburg, MD  $7,500  To support emergency food, medical prescriptions and infant supplies  for low-income residents of the Gaithersburg, MD   Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc.  Alexandria, VA  $10,000  To support short-term emergency financial assistance to residents of  southern Fairfax County, VA   Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc.  Herndon, VA  $15,000  To support emergency financial assistance to persons in crisis in the  communities of Herndon, VA and Reston, VA   Housing Opportunities Community Partners, Inc.  Kensington, MD  $15,000  To support the Buddy System, which provides assistance with security  deposits, utility connections and miscellaneous move-in expenses to  families in Montgomery County, MD   Interfaith Works  Rockville, MD  $20,000  To support basic needs such as rent assistance, utility, prescription  and medical bills for families in need   Jobs Have Priority, Inc.  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support job- and housing-placement programs   Korean Community Services Center of Greater Washington  Annandale, VA  $10,000  To support emergency assistance faro low-income members of the Asian  community living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area   Legal Services of Northern Virginia  Falls Church, VA  $15,000  To support legal assistance for low-income Northern Virginia  residents to preserve affordable, safe and sanitary housing, with a  goal of preventing homelessness caused by unlawful evictions, illegal  lockouts, utility cut-offs and involuntary displacement due to loss  of income or personal crisis   Loudoun Cares  Leesburg, VA  $15,000  $5,000 to provide matching funds for a Commonwealth of Virginia  grant; $10,000 to support the Faith Winter Fuel Fund, which provides  emergency assistance to prevent utility disconnects   Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support the refugee reception and placement program   Manna Food Center  Rockville, MD  $15,000  To support the food distribution program   Miriam's Kitchen  Washington, DC  $27,500  To support the development of a dinner program based on the  successful breakfast program, and the continuation of critical  expansion of the current breakfast and case management programs   Mobile Medical Care, Inc.  Bethesda, MD  $10,000  To support low- or no-cost health care services for low-income  residents of Montgomery County, MD   Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless  Rockville, MD  $20,000  To support urgent basic needs of residents at the men's emergency  shelter   National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty  Washington, DC  $15,000  To support work ensuring that systems are better equipped to address  the needs of the homeless as well as families at risk of becoming  homeless   Nonprofit Village Center, Inc.  Silver Spring, MD  $10,000  To support the launch of a brokerage service connecting organizations  with affordable rental space   Our Place DC  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support emergency services for female residents of Washington, DC  who are or have been incarcerated   Parklands Community Center  Washington, DC  $5,000  For general operating support   Polaris Project  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support the Nightingale Transitional Housing program   Samaritan Inns  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support the basic needs of participants in the Transitional Living  program   Southeast Ministry  Washington, DC  $15,000  To support emergency assistance for men and women participating in  Southeast Ministry programs   St. Margaret's Church/Charlie's Place  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support the breakfast program serving homeless men and women in  the Washington, DC neighborhoods of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and  Columbia Heights   Street Sense  Washington, DC  $5,000  To support the job-training program for formerly homeless individuals   Tahirih Justice Center  Falls Church, VA  $10,000  To support urgent social and medical services including temporary  shelter, food, transportation and medical tests and/or prescriptions-  for vulnerable immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence   United Community Ministries - Community Solutions  Alexandria, VA  $15,000  To support emergency assistance for rent, utility, prescriptions and  medical bills to residents in need   Upper Montgomery Assistance Network  Gaithersburg, MD  $5,000  To support emergency assistance for residents facing foreclosure   Women Empowered Against Violence  Washington, DC  $10,000  To support basic need assistance, case management, life skills  education, financial education and counseling to victims of domestic  and relationship violence in Washington, DC   WUMCO HELP  Poolesville, MD  $5,000  To support emergency assistance for families and individuals for  basic needs such as rent, utility bills, prescriptions and medical  expenses 

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 CONTACT:  Community Foundation for the National Capital Region            Ben Glenn II, Manager of Communications           (202) 263-4767           bglenn@cfncr.org 




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