United Way of Frederick County’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Campaign Update

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Ausherman Family Foundation Issues a $25,000 Challenge Grant to Frederick County Community.

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“We went into this campaign not knowing what to expect,” said Ken Oldham, President & CEO of United Way of Frederick County, “What we have experienced is an inspirational outpouring of support in the midst of crisis.” “We couldn’t be more deeply appreciative,” Oldham concluded.

The Ausherman Family Foundation has committed a $25,000 challenge grant to stimulate giving to COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign. The challenge grant is issued as a $2 to $1 match until all matching funds are exhausted. This means that a $150 contribution will unlock an additional $300 for a total of $450 to support the Frederick County nonprofit community and their clients.

In addition, United Way of Frederick County and Frederick visual artist Ellen Byrne have partnered to offer a new opportunity. All donors with total campaign contributions of $150 or more will receive a copy of Ms. Byrne’s newest creation We Are Frederick. The piece is dedicated to those who have sacrificed of themselves to care for those in need. In addition, contributors of any amount will be entered into a drawing to receive the autographed original on canvas.

“We went into this campaign not knowing what to expect,” said Ken Oldham, President & CEO of United Way of Frederick County, “What we have experienced is an inspirational outpouring of support in the midst of crisis.” “We couldn’t be more deeply appreciative,” Oldham concluded.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Campaign, an effort of the United Way of Frederick County and distinguished partners in the funding community, is still going strong. Nearing two weeks since campaign kickoff, the campaign has raised over $170,000 with new gifts coming in daily.

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign will support nonprofits who directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. United Way of Frederick County plans to distribute funds on an ongoing basis to life-essential nonprofit programs and services that alleviate the educational, financial and health burden of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families during the COVID-19 crisis.

Gifts to the Covid-19 Emergency Response Campaign can be made at http://www.uwfrederick.org/covidrelief, by mailing checks to PO Box 307, Frederick, MD 21705 or texting COVIDFREDERICK to 71777.

About United Way of Frederick County

For over 80 years, United Way of Frederick County has been fighting to achieve lasting change by identifying the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) and impoverished families in Frederick County and working to strengthen their education, financial stability, and health to build a strong, viable community. Our work focuses on helping children and youth be successful in school and achieve their potential through education; helping people obtain the tools they need to become financially stable and independent; and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare.

United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, health providers, senior citizens, students, and others. The organization provides grants to local nonprofits, offers programs such as free tax preparation and matched savings, mobilizes volunteers, and engages in public policy advocacy. To learn more about

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