Service to Frederick County's citizens with developmental disabilities
Grant Application Information
History and Rationale of The Monocacy Foundation
A natural outgrowth of Community Living's mission, The Monocacy Foundation was established in 1995 to provide money to persons with developmental disabilities to cover some expenses not otherwise funded. Examples of these expenses include:
- Senior day care program fees
- Burial expenses
- Over-the-counter medications
- Pet ownership costs
- Adaptive or specialized medical equipment
- Interpreters for the hearing-impaired
- Specialized medical care
- Employment training
While many of the above are not critical needs, for most of us they are important for overall well-being and satisfaction. The same is also true for persons with developmental disabilities, both young and old.
Community Living has always scrambled to find funds not provided through traditional sources (state government, United Way, HUD, etc.) in order to provide "extra necessities" for its residents. The same is true for individuals and families caring for those with disabilities. Sometimes contributions arrived earmarked for these extras, but not nearly often enough. What could be done to bridge this funding gap?
The bridge-building began with a gift of real estate from the late Donald Hiltner and his wife, Winnie. The Hiltners, retired furniture store owners and he a former Alderman for the City of Frederick, understood that financial stability is central to any successful endeavor, and they wanted to back a local organization's efforts at helping their neighbors with disabilities. A family member directed Mr. and Mrs. Hiltner to Community Living, and the basis for a new endowment fund was founded.
The Hiltners' gift became the Community Living Foundation, and funds realized from the endowment were designated for Community Living residents only. However, a year later, it was clear that the developmentally disabled community as a whole would benefit from the endowment, and so to reflect this change of outreach and purpose, the fund was renamed The Monocacy Foundation. Since 2001, the Fund has been a participant of the Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The Foundation has awarded almost $130,000 worth of grants since it's inception and have paid for for gait trainers for several Rock Creek School students, funeral and burial funds, a special ski for a teen with left-sided paralysis, orthopedic shoes for a handicapped woman, a computer for a young woman and several autistic teenagers, and several days vacation at Deep Creek Lake for six disabled gentlemen, and adapted communication devices for a number of young people, just to name a few.
In addition to real estate, gifts to the Foundation have come in the form of cash and proceeds from the sale of tangible goods. Gifts have been presented by family members, friends and the corporate community.
Monocacy Foundation trustees have decided to solicit donations from the community just once a year. This will be carried out as part of the annual newsletter detailing our grant awards ceremony. The Foundation also accepts gifts and bequests of every nature, such as real estate, trusts, annuities, appreciated stock, life insurance, and tangible personal property. Donor-advised funds may also be established. The Foundation is happy to provide further information for any inquiries on this topic, and can even assist with estate planning.
The Monocacy Foundation's logo is that of a bridge with the motto, "A Bridge to the Future." This reflects the desire to provide persons with developmental disabilities in our community a path to enriched social and recreational opportunities and to a place where dignity is not hampered by financial means. Your contribution helps others to cross that bridge and will make a substantial difference.
Board of Trustees of The Monocacy Foundation, Inc.
Washington County Public Schools
Donald Hiltner, Jr.
George Chaney, III
Bank of America
Michael F. Hosford
First Vice President-Investments
Frederick County Bank
Amica Mutual Insurance Group
Retired, from Frederick County Public Schools
For further information about The Monocacy Foundation or how to apply for funds, contact Ms. Marty Young at Community Living, 301-663-8811 or e-mail email@example.com.
Call for proposals:
The deadline for the 2012 proposals is October 12, 2012.
Please direct all proposals and inquiries regarding The Monocacy Foundation to Ms. Marty Young at the Community Living office.
Ms. Marty Young
620B Research Court
Frederick, Maryland 21703
301-663-8811 ext. 202