The United Way of the National Capital Area awarded 14 grants totaling $152, 316 to Prince George’s County non-profit organizations, the United Way NCA announced recently.

The funds came through designations to the Prince George’s County Community Impact Fund in United Way NCA’s annual workplace giving campaign.

“I feel great about awarding these checks to these organizations,” Marcus Clifton, chair of the United Way Regional Council for Prince George’s County, told the AFRO as he presented the check to these organizations. “These organizations are organizations that help our community and it impacts our county in a way that uplifts everybody in the community. It’s a big part of the success to this county.”

Each grant directly addresses programs that fall within the United Way NCA’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health.

“If there wasn’t a United Way you would have to invent them because they are just that vital to the human service throughout the area,” Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin said just before the checks were presented to the representatives from the organizations in February.

The Prince George’s County grantees are: The Arc of Prince George’s County, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, Byte Back, Inc., Capital Partners for Education, Community Crisis Services, Inc., Forestville Pregnancy Center, Inc., The Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education, Inc., Home Care Partners, Inc., KEYS for the Homeless Foundation, Inc., Latin American Youth Center, Inc., Salvation Army, National Capital Area Command, SHARE Food Network and Side by Side, Inc.

Interim President and CEO Denise M. Williams of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area said that she will use the grant to help kids whose parents are incarcerated.

“These kids have lost their parents through unfortunate circumstances,” Williams said. “Having a mentor in their lives will give them that support system that they need.”

United Way NCA and its nonprofit members not only provide immediate relief to social programs affecting the community, but also work to alleviate the underlying causes of the dislocations.

The programs have served communities in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties for more than 35 years. They raise approximately $30 million each year to address social needs.


Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer