Grant Impact Stories
Featured here are profiles of some of the Community Foundation’s grantees. These nonprofit organizations are making a profound difference in the lives of citizens in Frederick County. We applaud their efforts, as well as the efforts of all grantees.
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Turning Loss Into Gains
The parents of Sgt. David J. Smith know first-hand the agony of losing a son. Their son was killed in the line of duty while deployed to Afghanistan, Helmund Provence in January 2010. A Frederick High School graduate, David was loved by countless family and friends, and his untimely death was the source of great pain and loss.
Fostering Agriculture Through Community Involvement
Wyatt Farmer is no idle teenager. A 2013 graduate of Catoctin High School, he has already stretched his entrepreneurial wings as owner of Maryland Bio-Fuels, selling biodiesel fuel that he manufactures. Throughout high school, he was active with Future Farmers of America (FFA), and he currently holds two other jobs in Frederick County. Through FFA, he became involved with the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show, a community fair that features baked goods that are judged in various categories, a beef, sheep, goat and swine show and sale, music, petting zoo, exhibits by local community groups, and more.
Serving People with Dignity and Grace
When Sandy Cox was honored as a Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism in 2005, she knew exactly what she would do with the $10,000 award: she would create a fund with the Community Foundation that would support the existing Brunswick Emergency Relief Fund, established to assist people with necessities other than food.
Doing the Right Thing
To community volunteers and supporters Larry and Shirley Silbernagel, giving back is a way of life. This couple, now retired and residing at Homewood at Crumland Farms, has been highly involved with many Frederick County nonprofits throughout their lifetime, and they continue to be big fans of what they consider is “the right thing to do.”
The Maryland Room - An Investment in Local History
For the approximately 3000 visitors to the Frederick County Public Library’s Maryland Room, the investment made by family members of Josephine Etchison, Richard Lebherz, Francis Randall, and the Randall Family, is one that is carefully preserving local and state history.