Easton, MD, June 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Qlarant Foundation, the missionary arm of Qlarant, will provide grants totaling $ 412,500 to 20 community organizations that support underserved populations in Maryland and Washington, DC.
The Foundation reviewed applications from 79 highly qualified organizations and ultimately selected eighteen organizations to receive grants ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 40,000. In addition, they selected two organizations to receive smaller financial donations to support short-term projects.
“Our recipient organizations are a special group, dedicated to improving the lives of extremely vulnerable people in their communities,” said Dominic Szwaja, Chairman of the Board of the Qlarant Foundation.
“The efforts of these organizations reach people across a wide geographic area and address both medical and social issues impacting the health of their clients. Qlarant Board Chair Dr. Catherine Smoot-Haselnus said, “As we experienced last year at the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has intensified the needs of these organizations. We are delighted to once again have the opportunity to support programs that improve the health of individuals and communities in the region.
Recipient organizations are usually eager to get to know each other and share information about their programs at the annual Qlarant Foundation Recipient Awards Ceremony, which is normally held at Qlarant Headquarters on the east coast of Maryland. Recognizing the continued need for social distancing, Qlarant will host a virtual reception on Wednesday, July 21st.
This year, the Qlarant Foundation funded these impactful programs:
Bay Cent community volunteers—Build and install modular aluminum wheelchair ramps to remove barriers to medical care for residents with functional disabilities and reduce isolation and loneliness.
Breast Care for Washington, DC—Provides access to life-saving breast cancer screening services in medically underserved populations by removing barriers to these services. Screenings are offered to all women, regardless of their ability to pay, on its fixed and mobile sites.
Brilliant beginnings—Addresses family well-being and identifies mental health issues and developmental delays early so children can confidently develop and be ready for kindergarten. The services are dedicated exclusively to families experiencing homelessness.
Camp Attaway—Manages a therapeutic summer camp program for children at risk for an inability to manage their emotions and behaviors. Also supports families by providing parenting education and support groups led by a child psychologist.
Free community clinic—A safety net provider for uninsured residents of Washington County. The majority of patients suffer from chronic diseases related to cardiovascular health. By providing free health care to those who are medically uninsured, the clinic fights chronic diseases, mental health and other health issues while striving to make the community as a whole healthier and stronger. .
Wellness Solutions on the East Coast—A community health outreach worker program in Caroline and Dorchester counties designed to improve health care access and health status for marginalized and underserved residents.
Girls in the game—An after-school program in Baltimore City for elementary and middle school girls addressing issues such as health, body image, bullying, personal safety and diversity.
Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health—An expansion of the HOPE (Holistic Opportunities for Prevention and Education) project across the Delmarva peninsula. The program focuses on providing essential support to mothers and their children who need to cope with trauma, mental illness and addiction.
Aid mission—Provides access to health insurance services and an oral health care program for men and women with substance use disorders, poverty and homelessness in Baltimore City.
International Rescue Committee—Help refugees and victims of human trafficking, whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster, to survive, recover and take control of their future.
Myriam’s kitchen—A social service program providing nutritious meals in a dining room for the homeless, with doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and lawyers on site to remove barriers and improve access to care.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland—Strives to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families across Maryland, including all socio-economic, ethnic, ethnic, gender and other status.
Rebuilding Together, Caroline County—Make critical home accessibility changes and private home repairs for customers with disabilities. The works include the construction of ramps and the redevelopment of the accessibility of the bathrooms.
Talbot County Empty Bowls—An independent, voluntary, grassroots organization that raises funds to support ten Talbot County pantries.
Talbot Interfaith Shelter—The Shelter-Stability-Support-Success (S4) program provides temporary shelter, case management, educational programs, relapse prevention support and access to mental health services and counseling for the mourning for those facing homelessness in Maryland’s Mid-Shore.
The DC House—A neighborhood center offering high school students a safe place to meet after school to participate in enriching activities.
This is my hero—A program to diversify the bone marrow donor registry to reflect the demographics of the United States as a whole.
Ulman Foundation—A residential program for adolescents and young adults with cancer and caregivers at Maison Ulman, which reduces the financial burden on these patients and allows them better access to high-quality care.
University Legal Services, Inc.—A Prisons and Prisons Advocacy Project advocating for access to health care, mental health care and full reintegration support for adults in the District of Columbia with psychiatric disorders and concurrent substance use disorders who were recently incarcerated in DC and Federal Bureau of Prison facilities.
University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, Inc.—The annual Goldgeier Award recipient for the Breathmobile program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, which provides free treatment and specialist preventive care to underserved children with asthma in Baltimore City.
About the Qlarant Foundation
Qlarant Foundation, the missionary arm of Qlarant, is a national nonprofit organization that provides grants to charitable and nonprofit organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Grants are awarded for projects that help improve health care and social services for individuals and communities. Since 2006, the Qlarant Foundation has awarded grants totaling $ 6 million to 87 organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.qlarant.com/foundation.
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