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Our 2016-2017 Volunteer Generation Fund Grantees

Volunteers building a home
The Volunteer Generation Fund is a program authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service awards these federal funds to boost the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs.

In Maryland, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism funds volunteer connector organizations to increase their ability to recruit and retain volunteers in diverse opportunities as well as increase other organizations’ usage of effective volunteer management practices. Additionally, some volunteer connector organizations focus on STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives.

The following grantees competed in a rigorous application process and were selected as Volunteer Generation Fund grantees during the 2016-2017 year.

Maryland Volunteer Generation Fund Grantees: 2016-2017
Funded in part by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and the Corporation for National and Community Service

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center
The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center recruits and manages volunteers to help non-profit and governmental partners throughout Anne Arundel County. Their volunteers support National Days of Service such as Martin Luther King Day, Global Youth Service Day, and National Family Volunteer Day. In addition, the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center partners with agencies to improve their volunteer management practices.

Business Volunteers Maryland
Business Volunteers Maryland recruits and manages volunteers to engage in a variety of mostly team-based projects throughout central Maryland with the greatest focus in Baltimore City. Business Volunteers Maryland will complete several skilled volunteer projects and team projects. In addition, they will partner with several organizations to increase the effectiveness of their volunteer management practices.

Cecil County Department of Community Service
The Cecil County Department of Community Services recruits and manages volunteers to help deliver programs and services administered by community organizations. The Department will raise public awareness of volunteerism among county residents, increase the number of county residents engaged in volunteer service, and create a strong, supportive volunteer management network for sharing ideas, information and resources. The Department will also partner with organizations to improve their volunteer management practices.

Montgomery County Volunteer Center
Montgomery County Volunteer Center recruits and manages volunteers to participate in projects serving many local organizations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Montgomery County Volunteer Center will also package food for needy families and for isolated seniors, make blankets for clients of Montgomery Hospice, compile care packages for children in foster care, and other projects. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center will partner with organizations to improve their volunteer management practices.

STEMaction
STEMaction will recruit and manage new and existing volunteers to serve as event competition volunteers for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge competitions throughout Maryland, including a state championship. STEMaction will increase the number of skilled volunteers and engage more community, corporate, and student volunteers in the FIRST program. STEMaction will also partner with FIRST Tech Challenge hosting organizations to improve their volunteer management practices.

Volunteer Center Serving Allegany and Garrett Counties
The Volunteer Center Serving Allegany and Garrett Counties is a new Maryland Volunteer Generation Fund grantee. The primary goal of its first year will be to establish a web-based “virtual volunteer center” using HandsOn Connect software, in the two-county area known for its rural and geographically isolated communities in the Appalachian Mountains. The virtual volunteer center will allow the center build the foundation needed to provide expanded volunteer services. The new Volunteer Center is supported by a collaboration among Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, and Garrett College.

United Way of Central Maryland
United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) recruits and manages volunteers to strengthen the work of the 2-1-1 Maryland/United Way Helpline. Volunteers work at the helpline’s call center and support Project Homeless Connect in Baltimore City and Harford County, from event coordination to serving as guides/navigators for homeless participants as they receive services. The UWCM will register low-income households to receive nutritious Thanksgiving meals, make free tax appointments for low income residents in FY16, and provide individuals facing homelessness with vital services at Project Homeless Connect.

United Way of Frederick County
United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) recruits and manages volunteers who provide low-income county residents with tax filing assistance and coach residents in improving their economic stability through their Prosperity Center. Volunteers foster civic involvement through hands-on volunteering with local non-profits, primarily through the Summer Serve Youth Program. UWFC will participate in meaningful programs year-round, including the annual Day of Service, Stuff the Bus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Nelson Mandela Day of Service. UWFC will also partner with local non-profits, service organizations, veterans, and businesses to improve their volunteer management practices.

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore
The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (UWLES) is a new Maryland Volunteer Generation Fund grantee. The organization will recruit and manage volunteers to support literacy, financial stability, and health living initiatives in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. UWLES will connect volunteers with non-profit needs and partner with organizations to improve their volunteer management practices.

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County
The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will register, recruit, and manage volunteers to serve in meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout Howard County. The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will also partner with organizations to improve their volunteer management practices, with the goal of organizations showing improvement in their volunteer management practices.