National Lutheran Community Impact Council Awards 15 Grants for 2014/2015 Year

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NLCS awards 15 grants to organizations totaling $198,567

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 15 grants for the 2014/2015 grant year, totaling $198,567. This marks the second year of the grant program, with a significant increase in applicants and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware.

The Community Impact Program was established to enhance NLCS’ commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations and continued efforts to enrich the lives of seniors. Each organization’s proposal met one of the following greatest needs identified by a recent community needs assessment: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing health care and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, social isolation and financial insecurity. The awardees are:

  •     Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville, Md., $15,000
  •     Diakon Adult Day Services in Hagerstown, Md., $16,650
  •     Upper Montgomery Assistance Network in Gaithersburg, Md., $20,000
  •     Little Falls Village in Bethesda, Md., $5,000
  •     Mental Health Association of Montgomery County in Rockville, Md., $10,349
  •     Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, Va., $5,000
  •     Colonial Heritage Community Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., $20,000
  •     St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Va., $14,520
  •     Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Va., $14,550
  •     Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging in Winchester, Va., $11,720
  •     Valley Program for Aging Services in Buena Vista, Va., $8,778
  •     Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in Tom’s Brook, Va., $22,000
  •     St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., $15,000
  •     Lutheran Social Services– National Capital Area in Washington, D.C., $10,000
  •     Lutheran Community Services in Wilmington, Del., $10,000

“We are pleased to be working with so many fine organizations in reaching seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “Awarding grants through our Community Impact program allows us to partner with other organizations that are passionate about providing seniors the best services possible.”

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit


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