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 davidsmithduty 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.

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Fostering Agriculture Through Community Involvement

poultrycoopWyatt 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.

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Serving People with Dignity and Grace

When Sandy Cox was honored as a Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism in 2005, she knew exactly Beaconwhat 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.

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Doing the Right Thing

SilbernagelsTo 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.”

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The Maryland Room - An Investment in Local History

marylandroomFor 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.

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The Gift of Art

batsonWhen you enter the Brunswick Branch of Frederick County Public Libraries, edramsburga beautiful sight greets your eyes. Many windows flood the high ceilings with light. An attractive children’s room overflows with color. Comfortable chairs, couches, and end-tables with contemporary style lamps invite book-browsing. Rows and rows of books are displayed, their spines creating more color throughout. Directly ahead, installed over the brick fireplace, is an original work of art. The red, gold, and yellow colors call out, changing as you approach, and continuing to dance when you stop to absorb the view.

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