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United Way of Central Maryland donors and volunteers enjoy their time at recent events including: Women’s Leadership Council Holiday Gathering (December 5), Families Living United Stone Soup Volunteer Gathering (January 28), In Their Own Words Breakfast featuring Governor Martin O’Malley and the Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference (February 23). See more photos on our Facebook page!

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the is United Way of Central Maryland’s newsletter recognizing and inspiring our community’s leaders.

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United Way of Central Maryland 100 South Charles Street 5th Floor, P.O. Box 1576 Baltimore, MD 21203-1576 410-895-1476

Building an Oasis in a Food Desert

UWCM’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative Continues to Grow in Impact

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Imagine a child that is actually excited about broccoli. In the fall of 2011, Molly Shattuck, Ambassador for United Way of Central Maryland’s (UWCM’s) Access to Healthy Food Initiative, witnessed just that when she delivered 233 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to Dr. Rayner Brown Academy, an elementary school in East Baltimore that has a food pantry. Students at Rayner Brown helped her unload the goods – all collected during a healthy food drive at a local private school – and their reaction, she later said, was amazing. The delight and excitement they showed about oranges and, of all things, broccoli was like they were opening presents. For too many people in central Maryland, these are lean times, where produce and healthy food is a rarity. In many food deserts – areas without a grocery store within a reasonable distance and lacking access to transportation – the only options are processed, packaged and fast foods, which are making people sick. Not eating the right kinds of food is directly linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which have risen significantly over the past several years. And coupled with food insecurity, our children’s cognitive development is affected. UWCM’s Healthy Food Initiative has set out to tackle this issue and is designed to make healthier food more accessible to low-income families in central Maryland. Unique to UWCM’s initiative is the healthy component. In the era of profound food insecurity, all

food donations are welcome, but UWCM aims to raise awareness about giving healthy. Launched in October 2011, the Healthy Food Initiative started with a regional approach, awarding more than $500,000 in grants to the Maryland Food Bank (to purchase healthy canned food and to expand its Farm-to-Food Bank program) as well as several local farm-related, community-focused enterprises, including the following: • First Fruits Farm, in northern Baltimore County, which exists solely to grow food for the needy, is able to expand its harvests thanks to a tractor upgrade and expanded acreage, funded by UWCM. • Real Food Farm, which covers six acres in Clifton Park, aims to bring fresh produce to one of the city’s several food deserts. With UWCM funding, Real Food Farm was able to purchase refrigeration units that will lengthen the shelf-life of its produce. • The Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network, which allows volunteers of any age to pick over a farmer’s fields after his harvest and then donates that food to food pantries and soup kitchens, has used UWCM funding to rent large trucks to transport gleaned foods. • Future Harvest, a local network of farmers that supports environmentally sound and sustainable farming practices, will provide training to six future Baltimore City farmers with UWCM funding. The overall goal of the three-year initiative is to increase the amount of healthy food available to lowincome individuals by 1.5 million pounds each year and to provide consistent access to that food. UWCM is on-track to realize our first year goal of 1.5 million pounds of healthy food. In fact, we surpassed the 750 thousand pound mark in March. leadingtheway

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In 2012, UWCM looks to expand programming that will raise awareness of the issue and inform the public of how to select healthier options. In a new partnership with the Urbanite Project: Healthy Food Challenge, UWCM (along with other institutional partners: Baltimore City Health Department, Maryland Department of Agriculture and Stratford University) is engaging the public in creative problem-solving of access to healthy food in Baltimore City. Recently, UWCM, Enoch Pratt, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Wesleyan University hosted author Jonathan Bloom for a lecture about his expertise: food waste and the changes that Americans can make in their daily lives to reduce waste and help others. And finally, after conducting more than 75 healthy food drives region-wide, UWCM joined the 26th Annual Harvest for the Hungry statewide food drive in March to add a healthy twist. For the first time ever, this drive sought healthier options and helped people understand what those might be. The Healthy Food Initiative will focus more on distribution and transportation by looking for ways to help farms transfer produce to communities in need. The initiative will also seek to help local food pantries improve their facilities. Many pantries, for instance, do not have the refrigeration required to store fresh produce; one solution will be to purchase and install refrigerators, where possible. UWCM will continue to support food-related nonprofits, with a focus on afterschool meal programs and free grocery delivery services, both of which can help mitigate the problem of urban food deserts. To learn more, please visit www.uwcm.org/healthyfood. n

Anne Arundel County Spring Day of Action

Jane B. Meyerhoff Reception (6:30pm)

MAy 22

MAy 16

Spring Day of Action Harford County

MAy 24

“In Their Own Words” featuring Ken Ulman, Howard County Executive (7:45am)

MAy 30

Spring Day of Action Carroll County

june 6

Spring Day of Action Howard County

june 13

Spring Day of Action Baltimore County

june 14

Spring Day of Action Baltimore City

June 21


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Stabilize Families and Improve Learning

New effort links homelessness and student success Where will I sleep tonight? It’s a question many of us never have to ask. For people without a stable housing situation, it’s a question that causes constant stress and worry. It’s also a question that will keep a third grader from getting her math homework done, or from eating a healthy breakfast the day of a big test. On the whole, students without stable housing do poorly in school. As instability increases, grades drop, and students miss more days of school. Nationwide, 600,000 young people drop out of high school every year, and one million fail to graduate on time; student homelessness and housing instability contribute to those numbers. This month, UWCM announces its new partnership with The Siemer Institute for Family Stability, designed, first and foremost, to prevent homelessness, with its long-term goal to increase student achievement by helping young people and their families live selfsufficiently. The partnership allows UWCM to fund case management, linkages to other programs as well as financial assistance for families to help with rent payments, utility costs, child care, GED training and job placement, etc. With a $300,000 grant over three years from The Siemer Institute for Family Stability (which requires a 1:1 match for a total of $600,000), UWCM will begin by placing one case worker in an area of high need in Baltimore City. That case worker will work with approximately 30 families in need. The matched funds raised by UWCM will provide financial assistance to help prevent the families from falling into greater crisis. As the program progresses and fundraising gets underway, UWCM expects to add more caseworkers and to take on additional families in need. For more information, please call 410-547-8000. n

High School Graduation Rate n 71.85% in Baltimore City

Housing n Fair Market Rent $1,265 n 3.4 jobs needed at minimum wage to pay fair market rent n 7 7% of would-be renters in Baltimore City cannot afford fair market rent

Homelessness n There were 4,094 homeless individuals in Baltimore City in 2011

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN TRAIL

United Way of Central Maryland projects largest campaign increase in several years It is their conviction that every dollar, every nickel and every can of healthy food helps. And throughout the 2011 private sector campaign, their mantra rang true. Under the leadership of this year’s hard-working private sector campaign co-chairs, Molly and Mayo Shattuck, UWCM projects a 4% increase in private sector funds raised. It’s exceedingly good news for UWCM and the thousands of low-income individuals and families across the region receiving assistance from UWCM’s impact partners. The increase will allow UWCM to help more of our vulnerable neighbors, filling the gaps in need and getting more people out of crisis, stable and self-sufficient.

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With appearances at Johns Hopkins, T. Rowe Price, McDaniel College and a host of other locales, they shared their passion for improving lives in front of rooms full of people. “If everyone gave something, our world would be a much healthier, stronger place. We’d have fewer hungry and homeless people,” Molly explained. UWCM thanks the Shattuck family for helping thousands across the region through their commitment to UWCM. We also thank you and each of our donors for your continuing and generous support. Molly and Mayo’s leadership puts UWCM on firm footing as we welcome the 2012 private sector campaign chair, Alan Wilson and his leadership team at McCormick & Company. n

Thank you For the countless hours you have given in support of United Way of Central Maryland’s mission and our vulnerable neighbors. Special thanks to our 2011 Campaign Co-Chairs, Molly and Mayo Shattuck. We also are grateful for the support of our Emerging Leaders United Honorary Chair, Anquan Boldin of the Baltimore Ravens.

Board of Directors Reginald S. Avery, Ph.D. Coppin State University Richard P. Barth, Ph.D. University of Maryland School of Social Work

Mayo carried over the success of the overall campaign at Constellation Energy, where he is Chairman and CEO. Constellation raised $2.75 million, a 4% increase from last year. The company was again the largest corporate employee program in the region.

Peter L. Beilenson, M.D. Howard County Health Department Stephanie Beran Legg Mason Adrian Bordone Social Solutions, Inc. D. Stuart Bowers DST Brokerage Solutions, LLC

Despite incredibly busy schedules, Molly and Mayo involved their whole family. A healthy food drive this fall at their children’s school saw their children and classmates dressed as fruits and vegetables, and the kids have volunteered at Families Living United events.

Patricia M. C. Brown, Esq. (Chair-Elect) Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC John H. Cammack (Chair) Cammack Associates, LLC G. Mark Chaney CareFirst, Inc.

Readers, Tutors, Mentors

Effort Launches to Help Children Read to Learn The educational adage goes like this: from preschool through fourth grade, you are learning to read; from fifth grade through high school, you are reading to learn. When reading instruction stops around the fourth or fifth grade, students who have not yet learned to read well can be left out in the cold – the reading material just gets more and more difficult as the student progresses through the higher grades. The result, all too often, is that the student never learns to read proficiently and drops out of school, making it more difficult to achieve self-sufficiency as an adult. The good news is, most struggling readers can learn to read if given additional help in the early grades, which is why UWCM has joined United Way Worldwide’s Read, Learn, Succeed initiative – an effort to recruit 1 million readers, tutors or mentors nationally. Locally, our Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) has pledged their support of this effort to connect education volunteers

throughout central Maryland with organizations supporting children’s learning. “We all know that education level is a huge factor in a person’s ability to earn an income and become selfsufficient,” said Dana Gloor, co-chair of the WLC Subcommittee for Read, Learn, Succeed. “Our volunteers could really make a difference in the lives of children, which will reverberate for generations.” This spring, the WLC is rolling out the first phase of its campaign, focused on connecting any central Maryland resident interested in being a reading volunteer to existing programs for elementary-aged children. As the program grows, volunteers interested in homework help, tutoring and mentoring will also have an opportunity to work with kids on reading and literacy skills. “People really want to contribute tangibly to having an impact in the world,” Gloor said. Helping children get the reading skills they need is a great way to do just that. For more information or to pledge your support, please visit www.uwcm.org/education. n

Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, D.Min. Morning Star Baptist Church James M. Dickinson, Ph.D. Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland Deborah H. Diehl, Esq. Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP Marianne D. Fishler, C.F.P SunTrust Bank Roderic Flowers SECU Jeffrey Glaser Saul Ewing Paul M. Gleichauf Howard County General Hospital Ernest R. Grecco (Secretary) Metropolitan Baltimore Council, AFL-CIO Unions Warren A. Green LifeBridge Health Elayne Hettleman Leadership-Baltimore County Brian L. King Community Volunteer

n Of the sheltered population, 34% were women and 1/3 of them were accompanied by children n Number of homeless students in Baltimore City has increased by 75% since 2005

Two-thirds of American fourth graders cannot read at grade level.

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Kevin A. Klages BGE HOME Denise Koch WJZ 13 Eyewitness News Charles T. Langmead McCormick & Company, Inc.

Creating a Legacy

Partnership Relieves Tax Burden

Edward J. Novak Baltimore County Public Schools Jason T. Pett, C.P.A. (Treasurer) PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Henry B. Reiff, Ph.D. McDaniel College Jeffrey A. Rivest University of Maryland Medical Center Kathleen H. Sabatier, M.S., R.N. Community Volunteer James W. Schneider CitiFinancial Steven R. Schuh, Esq. Schuh Advisory, LLC Molly A. G. Shattuck Molly Shattuck Vibrant Living Michael T. Smith PNC Bank – Business Banking Division Leonard A. Strom Archdiocese of Baltimore Jonathan (Jack) W. Thayer Constellation Energy

Giving for Today and Tomorrow

2-1-1 Connects Callers to Free Tax Prep

For nearly three decades, Kathy Sabatier has been giving to United Way of Central Maryland, dedicating her time, energy, ideas, expertise and financial support to help the organization achieve its mission. Through her various board, committee and volunteer roles, as well as her recently completed two-year leadership term as chair of the Board of Directors, Sabatier has witnessed first-hand how substantial the basic needs of our community’s citizens are, as well as the role UWCM plays in helping those very people turn their lives around.

For most of us, tax season doesn’t mean much more than a little extra paperwork and time. Many of us are confident in our ability to file our own taxes, or are able to rely on an accountant. But for our working neighbors with low to moderate incomes in central Maryland, tax time often presents an enormous burden, but it also presents an opportunity. This year, 2-1-1 Maryland at United Way of Central Maryland (2-1-1 MD at UWCM) played an important role in connecting lowincome working people with free tax preparation and tools to help maximize their savings. Anyone in central Maryland could call 2-1-1 to find out if they were eligible and schedule an appointment for free tax preparation.

The more Sabatier sees, the more she is inspired to keep giving. As a member of UWCM’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), she contributes her time to support vital community programs and initiatives. In giving so generously, Sabatier herself has gotten quite a bit of personal fulfillment in return.

In partnership with the Baltimore CASH Campaign, UWCM set an ambitious goal to make every central Marylander who qualifies for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) aware of it. The EITC can put up to $5,751 back into a family’s pocket. Many tax payers earning less than $49,078 in 2011 may be eligible but have never heard of it. For some, these simple services can mean the difference between poverty and stability – if they know about them.

“There are so many stories about individual people who have been helped by UWCM, as well as the major projects that better the community in general; for example, programs that strive to end homelessness and encourage people to eat healthy foods,” Sabatier said. “This is a way for me to give back to my community in a means that touches so many lives and it’s so personally rewarding to know you are making a difference. I plan to always stay involved with United Way.”

Our efforts would not be possible without the generous financial support of Bank of America, One Main Financial, and The Walmart Foundation, or the caring volunteers who assisted 2-1-1 MD at UWCM with the influx of tax-related calls. n

And Sabatier truly means “always.” In addition to her past and current contributions to UWCM, she recently committed a legacy gift to the organization’s WLC Endowment Fund. By including UWCM in her estate giving plans, Sabatier knows she is doing her part to help carry the organization into the future, and support generations of people in need.

Tammy L. Turner, Esq. Baltimore City Public School System

To learn more about UWCM’s legacy giving programs, please visit www.uwcm.org/plannedgift. n

James Wheeler, A.I.A Ayers Saint Gross Trent B. Williams Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group David Wilson, Ed.D. Morgan State University Fred Wolf, III, Esq. Ballard Spahr, LLP WLC Hannah Keys Rodewald (Chair) The Pleasure of Your Company

Tocqueville Society Anniversary Society Celebrates 25 Years of Impact

The society is named for French scholar Alexis Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville, famous for his mid-19th century observations of America. Those observations included the marked spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism. “I must say,” Tocqueville wrote, “that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another.”

Patricia Lambert, Esq. (Vice-Chair) Hodes, Pessin & Katz, P.A. Tocqueville Society Steve R. Schuh, Esq. (Chair) Schuh Advisory, LLC Terry Neimeyer (Vice-Chair) KCI Technologies, Inc. H. Grant Hathaway (25th Anniversary Honorary Chair) Community Volunteer Community Partnership Board Chairs Adrian Bordone Anne Arundel County

Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. Stevenson University

Peter L. Beilenson, M.D. Baltimore City

Darlene Miglioretti SunTrust Bank

Dominique S. Moore, Esq. Baltimore City

Dominique S. Moore, Esq. Moore Real Properties, LLC

Elayne Hettleman Baltimore County

Sheela Murthy, Esq. Murthy Law Firm

Henry B. Reiff, Ph.D. Carroll County

Joseph M. Nicolaus Northrop Grumman Corporation

Darlene Miglioretti Harford County Paul M. Gleichauf Howard County

Today, Tocqueville Society donations – which equal more than $6 million – account for 25% of UWCM’s annual private sector donations.

During the past 25 years, the growth of United Way of Central Maryland’s Tocqueville Society – a committed group of donors who give $10,000 or more every year – has far outpaced inflation. In early 1987, UWCM had fewer than 20 benefactors giving $10,000 or more a year. When UWCM’s Tocqueville Society formed later that year, it had 25 members. It was a great start, spearheaded by H. Grant Hathaway, then CEO of Equitable Bank and founding chairman of the UWCM Tocqueville Society. This year, Hathaway is honorary co-chair as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, alongside current Tocqueville Society Chair Terry Neimeyer, CEO of KCI Technologies. Today’s Tocqueville Society has close to 400 members, meaning the power of its impact has grown exponentially. leadingtheway

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A copy of Tocqueville’s two-volume Democracy in America rests atop a cabinet in Hathaway’s office. Hathaway, now 84, remembers it having been a busy job, but for a great cause. “I think United Way is the master organization in the Baltimore area. It’s the organization for so much that goes on in the community.” In 25 years, the Tocqueville Society has become a powerful force for good in central Maryland. “To think that it’s grown from 25 people to nearly 400,” said Hathaway. “I’m delighted that it has done what it’s done,” he continued. The gifts given by its members provide the backbone for many of the area’s most vital charitable institutions. “I think it’s a great reflection on our community,” said Terry Neimeyer. UWCM agrees, and looks forward to another great 25 years. To learn more, please contact Jeff Pratt at 410-547-8000. n

UWCM Print Newsletter, Spring 2012  

After publication of the first issue of Leading the Way in Fall 2011, improvements were made to the Spring 2012 publication. Fewer stories w...