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"Neighbors in Need Fund" Awards $450K+ to Area Charities Providing Critical Safety-Net Services.

Food Banks, Homeless Shelters Homeless shelters are temporary residences for homeless people. Usually located in urban neighborhoods, they are similar to emergency shelters. The primary difference is that homeless shelters are usually open to anyone, without regard to the reason for need. , and Meal Programs Among Groups to Receive First Grants from Emergency Response Fund

WASHINGTON -- The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is a public charity founded in 1973 serving the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. It is the fifth largest community foundation nationally according to grants paid at over $83 million in 2005, and the ninth largest  announced today that its Neighbors in Need Fund is awarding $455,000 in grants to 27 charities that provide essential services such as food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, and shelter to needy residents in Northern Virginia Northern Virginia (NoVA) consists of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park. , Montgomery County Montgomery County may refer to:
  • Montgomery County, Alabama
  • Montgomery County, Arkansas
  • Montgomery County, Georgia
  • Montgomery County, Illinois
  • Montgomery County, Indiana
  • Montgomery County, Iowa
  • Montgomery County, Kansas
, Prince George's County, MD, and the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States). . Two additional grants totaling $40,000 will help community-based nonprofit organizations Nonprofit Organization

An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.

Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools.
 work more efficiently during and beyond these difficult economic times. The Neighbors in Need Fund is the only regionwide grantmaking program of its kind.

These grants are the first awarded since The Community Foundation established the Neighbors in Need Fund in late 2008. The Fund is a response to the economic crisis, the increasing numbers of area residents needing emergency assistance, and the inability of area nonprofits to meet the demand for their services.

"In times of crisis, we have to come together. The Neighbors in Need Fund is a demonstration of the caring and compassion in our community," said Terri L. Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. "And we must continue to reach out and help those who have been hardest hit. The Neighbors in Need Fund is here to help."

The World Bank provided a founding gift of $150,000, and additional contributions have been made by area individuals, families and foundations. Prior to these new grants, the Fund totaled more than $800,000, with a fundraising goal of at least $1 million. The Community Foundation will continue to fundraise fund·raise or fund-raise also fund raise  
intr.v. fund·raised, fund·rais·ing, fund·rais·es
To engage in fundraising.

Verb 1.
 in order to replenish re·plen·ish  
v. re·plen·ished, re·plen·ish·ing, re·plen·ish·es
1. To fill or make complete again; add a new stock or supply to: replenish the larder.

 and grow the Neighbors in Need Fund.

Neighbors in Need Fund grantees are selected through a competitive review process that is efficient, streamlined and rigorous. Applicants are selected by a diverse "giving committee" comprising representatives from the Washington region's philanthropic phil·an·throp·ic   also phil·an·throp·i·cal
1. Of, relating to, or marked by philanthropy; humanitarian.

2. Organized to provide humanitarian or charitable assistance:
 and nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.

Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law.
 sectors. Final decisions are made by The Community Foundation's board of trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors. .

With experts predicting a recession both long and deep, the Fund will support immediate and long-term needs. Some grants will continue to help food banks stock their shelves and shelters house more homeless people, and other grants will help strengthen the internal operations of nonprofit agencies throughout the Washington, DC region. "Almost by definition, nonprofits are fragile organizations," Freeman continues, "and it's no more 'business as usual.' The Neighbors in Need Fund will help our nonprofits become stronger, smarter, more efficient, and open to greater collaboration so that they can weather this storm -- and future ones, too."

A complete list of Neighbors in Need Fund grantees follows:

Direct-Services Grants (27 grants, $415,000 total) Alternative House Dunn Loring, VA $15,000 To support transitional housing program and outreach program for homeless teenagers

Annandale Christian Community for Action Annandale, VA $10,000 To provide emergency financial assistance to families and individuals

Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, Inc. Arlington, VA $10,000 To support the emergency financial assistance program for Arlington residents

Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc. Alexandria, VA $10,000 To operate shelters for women and children who have experienced domestic violence

Bread for the City Washington, DC $20,000 To provide comprehensive support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services  to economically vulnerable residents of Washington, DC

Carpenter's Shelter, Inc. Alexandria, VA $10,000 To support emergency assistance, such as food, rent, and utilities, for families

Catholic Charities Foundation Washington, DC $25,000 To provide emergency financial assistance for individuals

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Arlington, VA $25,000 To provide shelter, food, clothing and emergency financial assistance to low-income adults and children

Community Crisis Services, Inc. Hyattsville, MD $15,000 To support the addition of up to 50 additional beds for homeless individuals and families

DC Central Kitchen, Inc. Washington, DC $20,000 To provide food to area meal programs and individuals

Dinner Program for Homeless Women Washington, DC $25,000 To support meals and emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services'  

Doorways for Women & Families Arlington, VA $10,000 To support housing programs for victims of domestic violence

Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services, Inc. Fairfax, VA $10,000 To support services and programs for individuals in Fairfax County who are homeless, on a homeless shelter waiting list or living in assisted-housing

Father McKenna Center Washington, DC $15,000 To provide shelter, food, and clothing for the homeless

Good Shepherd Good Shepherd

[N.T.: John 10:11–14]

See : Christ
 Housing and Family Services, Inc. Alexandria, VA $10,000 To assist low-income families facing housing crises

Interfaith in·ter·faith  
Of, relating to, or involving persons of different religious faiths: an interfaith marriage; an interfaith forum.
 Works Rockville, MD $25,000 To support the emergency needs of low-income and disadvantaged residents of Montgomery County, MD, including food, shelter, and utilities

Korean Community Services Center of Greater Washington Annandale, VA $10,000 For program support to assist Asian American A·sian A·mer·i·can also A·sian-A·mer·i·can  
A U.S. citizen or resident of Asian descent. See Usage Note at Amerasian.

 families with urgent basic needs and emergency cash assistance

Manna Food Center Rockville, MD $15,000 To provide food to individuals and families

N Street Village, Inc. Washington, DC $25,000 To support shelter and permanent supportive housing Supportive housing is designed to support individuals, not just socially but with basic life skills. Housing is coupled with social services such as job training, alcohol and drug abuse programs and case management.  for chronically homeless women

Offender Aid and Restoration Offender Aid and Restoration is an organization in Richmond, Virginia devoted to helping those who have been incarcerated to gain and maintain employment. According to OAR, some of the benefits of hiring OAR clients is that they are:
  • Eager to work
 of Arlington, Inc. Arlington, VA $15,000 For security deposits, first month's rent, crisis rental assistance, and utility bills to place ex-offenders and their families in housing pre-approved for leases by landlords

Offender Aid and Restoration of Fairfax County Fairfax, VA $10,000 To support the transitional and family services program which provides food, shelter, clothing, rent/utility supplements, and transportation to needy individuals or families involved in the criminal justice system

Rachael's Women's Center Washington, DC $15,000 To support the day shelter

Reston Interfaith, Inc. Reston, VA $10,000 To support the Emergency and Self-Sufficiency Services Program, which provides financial assistance to families and individuals in northwestern Fairfax County

SERVE, Inc. Manassas, VA $25,000 To support the family emergency shelter Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they can't live in their previous residence, similar to homeless shelters. The main difference is that an emergency shelter typically specializes in people fleeing a specific type of situation, such as battered , food distribution center, and transitional housing programs

So Others Might Eat Washington, DC $10,000 To provide funding for the Dwelling Place Shelter for Abused Elderly which serves low-income seniors ages 60 and above

United Communities Against Poverty| Capitol Heights, MD $15,000 To support basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter

United Community Ministries - Community Solutions Alexandria, VA $10,000 To support the basic needs program, providing low-income families and individuals with food, eviction- and utility shut-off prevention, and related assistance

Institutional Capacity-Building Grants (2 grants, $40,000 total) Center for Nonprofit Advancement Washington, DC $15,000 To support start-up costs for "Back Office in a Box," providing high-quality accounting services, and act as a one-stop shop One-Stop Shop

A company or a location that offers a multitude of services to a client or a customer. The idea is to provide convenient and efficient service and also to create the opportunity for the company to sell more products to clients and customers.
 for nonprofits that need assistance with financial management.

Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington Washington, DC $25,000 To support New Ways of Working Together, a five-part series focused on helping nonprofit leaders develop the tools and learn about the available options regarding strategic restructuring. Note: $5,000 of this grant is earmarked for scholarships for nonprofits to attend the series.

Founded in 1973, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region manages nearly 700 charitable-giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations and other organizations. The Foundation also has its own discretionary grant-making dollars. In FY2008, The Foundation distributed more than $91 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC region and beyond. The Foundation has three affiliates - Alexandria Community Trust, The Montgomery County Community Foundation, and The Prince George's Community Foundation. For more information, visit
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