One works with Frederick County residents on opioid addictions
Annapolis, Md (KM). A federal grant totaling $1.8-million is being doled out to seven non-profit organizations in Maryland. The Americorps State Competitive grants will be used for initiatives taking place between August 15th, 2019 and August 14th, 2020.
The federal grant passes through the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, which decides the non-profits that will receive the money, and how much. . “We serve as intermediaries for these grants,” says Van Brooks, the Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. “We provide them with the funding that comes from CNCS which is Corporation for National Service.”
One of the non-profits will be getting $36,970 is Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) which is part of Frostsburg State University. The organization works in communities in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett Counties, urging citizens to stay away from opioids, and providing information on where those addicted to opioids can get help. “It will be used for living stipends for Americorps members who will engage with the community members, and open community forums, one-on-one meetings, hotlines and other outreach activities to distribute the necessary information and resources that are needed,” says Brooks.
He says these non-profits must raise a total of $2.5-million dollars in non-federal matching grants. “Some programs have private non-profit organizations and then institutions of higher education and local governments,” says Brooks. “So they’ll just tap into their resources to locate additional funding.”
Other non-profits receiving Americorps State Competitive Grants include:
* Service Corps–Civic Works in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, which is receiving $609,225.
* Habicorps–Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake for Baltimore City which is receiving $224,625.
* Reading Partners Maryland of Baltimore City, which is receiving $410,184.
* Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Groups of Salisbury University which serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. It’s receiving $53,226.
* Teach For America Maryland for Baltimore City, and Baltimore and Prince George’s Counties, which is receiving $169,974.
* Maryland Reading Corps–The Literacy Lab for Baltimore City, which is receiving $340,300.
By Kevin McManus