Easton, Maryland, June 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Qlarant Foundation, the mission arm of Qlarant, will award grants totaling $416,500 to 23 organizations throughout Maryland and Washington, DC supporting local quality improvement efforts related to health care.
The Foundation reviewed applications from a record 100 highly qualified organizations and ultimately selected 23 organizations to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to support their operations.
“Each year, our grantee selections highlight and fund nonprofit organizations that provide vulnerable populations in our communities with the care and services they need,” said Dominic Szwaja, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qlarant Foundation.
“Our grantees are having major positive impacts on the medical and social issues of their clients,” said Dr. Molly Burgoyne-Brian, Vice Chairman of Qlarant’s Board of Directors. “As we navigate a third year since the start of the pandemic, these organizations need more support than ever. So many people need the care they provide. We are delighted to be able to continue funding these programs.
Grantee organizations look forward to getting to know each other and sharing information about their programs at the Qlarant Foundation’s annual awards celebration. This year, the Qlarant Foundation plans to return to an in-person event at its headquarters on the east coast of Maryland on Wednesday, July 27.e.
This year, the Qlarant Foundation is funding these outstanding programs:
Bay Hundred Community Volunteers — Provides general home repairs and constructs and installs modular aluminum wheelchair ramps to remove barriers to obtaining medical care for residents with functional impairments.
Brilliant beginnings — Addresses family well-being and identifies mental health issues and developmental delays early so children can grow confidently and be ready for kindergarten. The services are dedicated exclusively to families experiencing homelessness.
Bringing Hope Home — Presents new resources and social services to families affected by a cancer diagnosis. The Light of Hope Family Program increases access and availability of referrals to programs while helping patients fight for their lives.
Camp Attaway — Operates a therapeutic summer camp program for children at risk due to an inability to manage their emotions and behaviors. The organization also supports families by offering parent training and support groups led by a child psychologist.
CCI Health Services — Helps pregnant women better manage their health during and after pregnancy, by providing nutrition education, dental care, breastfeeding information, behavioral health visits, and pediatric care. Women receive a health assessment, after which they “circle” to participate in interactive activities and group discussions focusing on prenatal and child health and postpartum depression.
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 the uninsured, the clinic combats chronic illness, mental health and other health issues while striving to make the community, as a whole, healthier and stronger.
Critchlow Atkins Children’s Centers — Strives to provide children with many daily opportunities to grow and develop as individuals and to explore the world around them. Through “Yoga for Kids”, children learn simple breathing and stretching techniques and mediation strategies that they will use in their daily lives.
girls in game — After-school sports and fitness programs in Baltimore City for elementary and middle school girls as well as teenage girls. Programs also address issues such as health, body image, bullying, personal safety, leadership development and diversity.
Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health — Manages the HOPE (Holistic Opportunities for Prevention and Education) project across the Delmarva Peninsula. The program focuses on providing mental health services and protecting the health and safety of newborns by providing prenatal supplies, medical services and education.
habitat for humanity chop tank — Helping Hands Revolving Loan Fund provides homeowners with an affordable way to make essential health and safety repairs to their home. These repairs can immediately alleviate the physical threats posed and the mental stress caused by living in poor conditions.
Entry point for assistance and awareness — Work with the Adult Oral Health Task Force to increase access and delivery of dental services to poor and homeless Lower Shore residents.
aid mission — Increases opportunities for homeless, drug-dependent and poor women to participate in the long-term residential program and to access health care and dental services.
Maryland Jubilee Association — Removes barriers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Asian and Hispanic communities in Montgomery County.
Partners in giving — An all-volunteer program that provides free hearing aids to those who cannot afford them in Mid-Shore Maryland. Hearing aids promote better health, speech and hearing.
Reach out and read Washington, DC — Supports early relationships that promote healthy, overall development in children. The program helps identify social needs and social drivers of health and promotes early brain development in children, intentional parent skill building, and positive child-family bonding.
Rebuilding Kent County Together — Work in partnership with community volunteers and local contractors to provide home repairs, accessibility modifications and links to community resources to enable low-income homeowners to live safely and independently in their house.
Rebuilding Montgomery County Together — The Safe and Healthy Home Project targets significant safety and health risks based on the eight principles of healthy homes – keeping the home dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, maintained and thermally controlled.
St. Michaels Community Center — Serves and improves the quality of life for disadvantaged residents of the Bay Hundred area of Talbot County. The food distribution program provides healthy and nutritious pantry bags and hot meals to the community.
shepherd’s clinic – Helps qualified individuals enroll in federally or state-funded programs. Patients are treated at the clinic until they are accepted into a sponsored health plan. These patients can switch to Medstar care and continue to see the same provider.
The Grassroot Project – Addresses the urgent need for education and health promotion by pairing college athletes with middle schools to deliver innovative, evidence-based programs to underserved adolescents. The program also addresses health literacy through the health education model.
Ulman Foundation — A residential program for adolescents and young adults with cancer and caregivers at Ulman House. The program reduces the financial burden of these patients and allows them better access to quality care.
University of Maryland Medical System Foundation — The annual recipient of the Goldgeier Award for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Breathmobile Program, which provides free treatment and specialized preventive care to underserved children with asthma in the city of Baltimore.
WGP Addiction Warriors — Supports the economic stability of people leaving rehabilitation facilities and educates the community on ways to strengthen recovery. The Boots on the Ground program is committed to reducing deaths from homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues in the Lower East Shore tri-county region.
About the Qlarant Foundation
The Qlarant Foundation, the mission arm of Qlarant, is a national nonprofit organization that makes grants to charities and nonprofits 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 $6.2 million to 99 organizations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.qlarant.com/foundation.
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Bay Hundred Community Volunteers assembles modular wheelchair ramp