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$15,000 Raised in 2008 Helps Vulnerable Children and Adults

Annapolis, Jan. 6, 2009 - In its first year of operation, the Anne Arundel County Family Assistance Fund raised over $15,000. Now, the group is putting those funds to work.

At a recent meeting, the County-appointed Board of Directors of the local Department of Social Services approved the immediate release of the funds for use primarily for critical operating expenses of two community initiatives: Harmony House, established by Anne Arundel County DSS and the State’s only supervised visitation house for families with children in foster care, and the ‘80’ West’ evening program at the Annapolis Family Support Center.

Harmony House provides families with a place to interact with their children in foster care in a home-like setting, while the ’80 West’ After Hours Program enables at-risk families to enjoy dinner and access interactive-parenting services in their own community.

The Board also approved funding for:

  • Emergency supplies that help grandparents and other relatives provide for the support of children who otherwise would be placed in foster care
  • GPS units for vehicles used by social workers helping those in urgent need of care and assistance
  • An on-site food pantry for children while their parents wait to receive social services at the local department; and resource materials for parents of special needs children.

The Family Assistance Fund will continue its fundraising efforts during 2009 with its second annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration to be held on March 14th at the Ulmstead Barn in Arnold, MD.

The Family Assistance Fund is a "pure" charity in that it operates solely through volunteers and does not use donations for administration, promotion, or any other type of expenditures. That means that every cent raised goes directly to support actual services for vulnerable children and families in Anne Arundel County.

If you wish to attend the 2009 Fundraiser or to otherwise support the Family Assistance Fund, please send your tax-deductible donations to The Family Assistance Fund, c/o Mark Poerio, 80 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

For further information about the Foundation and/or the March 14th fundraiser, please contact Mark Poerio


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