Seven nonprofit member organizations in Prince George’s County will start February off in a new light after receiving over $100,000 in grants from the United Way NCA. For the past 40 years, United Way NCA has raised approximately $30 million each year to address the needs of the community, focusing on the areas of education, financial stability and health in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

“The Community Impact Fund and grant program serves Prince George’s County, as well as all of United Way NCA’s regions, so well because the organizations that receive Community Impact grants do an amazing job of transforming those funds into tangible help for the community at large,” United Way NCA Prince George’s County Regional Council Chair Marcus Clifton said in a news release.  “With more funding, the reach of the United Way and its grant recipients can make an even greater impact.”

The Prince George’s County grantees were Capital Partners for Education, Community Support Systems Inc., Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County Inc., Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education Inc., Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, Side by Side Inc., and United Communities Against Poverty Inc.

“Community impact funds will be used to cover college and career preparatory workshops and program materials, mentor training and matching expenses, a career fair, and enrichment activities,” said Genette Comfort, CPE director, Development and Communications, in a news release.  “By providing CPE students with the tools and resources to get to and through college, CPE is broadening our students’ personal and professional opportunities and ultimately working to break the cycle of poverty in their families.”

The grant awarded to the Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education (FAME) will help provide summer music and academic enrichment activities for Prince George’s County middle school youth. “The United Way NCA community impact grant enables FAME to offer programs and activities that fill the void where in-school and afterschool cultural arts programs have been drastically reduced or eliminated and as the need for meaningful summer and afterschool activities for economically challenged youth continues to grow,” FAME Executive Director A. Toni Lewis said in a news release.  “These programs provide a comprehensive, technology-rich, creativity-based learning environment and participants go on to pursue college degrees and future careers in music.”

All donors to United Way NCA have the option of directing their workplace giving pledge to the Community Impact Fund for any of United Way NCA’s eight regions: Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax/Falls Church, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William counties.  Across the National Capital Area this year, United Way NCA is awarding a total of 77 Community Impact grants to 65 nonprofit member organizations.

“United Way NCA’s Community Impact grant process helps us rally and focus the nonprofit community around shared goals and outcomes by combining the power of local giving, local knowledge and collective action to create maximum impact as we address the most pressing needs in each of our eight regions,” president and CEO of United Way NCA, Rosie Allen-Herring, said in a news release.  “Today we honor the generosity of Prince George’s County employees and employers, the time and care taken by the volunteer selection committee and the Prince George’s County Regional Council, and the vital work of the grantee organizations.”