CFHC Grants

Beyond Capernaum Program at Mount Zion United Methodist Church

CFHC’s recently funded the Beyond Capernaum Program at Mount Zion United Methodist Church through an Impact Grant in the Harford County Nurtures focus area. A $3,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Harford County’s Shaffer-Leinhard Caregivers Fund assists the program, which ministers to people with special needs and their families and caregivers. It will expand in the fall to include children with special needs.

Founded nine years ago, the program averages between 550-650 participants each week. A wide variety of activities are offered including basketball, dancing, crafts, games, bingo, snacks and live performances. According to Brian Malcolm, director of Beyond Capernaum, it is one of the largest programs of its kind in the country.

“We are very grateful to the Community Foundation of Harford County for the impact grant. With a small budget to reach out to approximately 650 people each week, the grant opens up many doors for us and for those we serve,” Malcolm explained.

“While Beyond Capernaum offers a lot of activities for special needs members of our Harford County community, our ultimate goal is to let participants know they are valued and an important part of our community,” he explained. “Using the grant funds to support various activities helps us accomplish our goal, and we are appreciative of the support.”

2018 Impact Grants

CASA of Harford County
Advocate Training Fees

Specialized training for advocates who are community volunteers that advocate for children in the foster care system.  Through their own independent investigation, they provide reports and recommendations to the court regarding what is in the child’s best interest and what will assist them in achieving a permanent home as quickly as possible.

$1,000 awarded from the Ann K. and Roger P. Gaumond Fund

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
Bridle Registry

Healthcare costs for seven therapy horses used to deliver healing to individuals and groups, primarily children and adults with special needs, at-risk/disadvantaged youth, and the elderly.

$700 awarded from Sadie’s Fund

Extreme Family Outreach Ministries
Community Impact Programs

After-school program and youth leadership program for at-risk communities to teach character development, healthy living, bullying and substance abuse prevention, social skills and important life lessons, and skills and resources for leadership development.

$1,000 awarded from the Ann K. and Roger P. Gaumond Fund

Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United
Part-time Case Manager Salary

Case management services for all residents of the Welcome One Emergency Shelter which houses homeless men and women. Services include providing resources, guidance and support so residents can achieve goals and overcome obstacles preventing them from community housing.

$1,000 awarded from the Anne and John Gessner Fund

Harford County Education Foundation
Homework Tool Kits

School supplies for 500 students attending Halls Cross Roads Elementary School.  Each toolkit contains basic school supplies, a leveled reading book, and a responsibility chart for use at home.

$1,000 awarded from the Ann K. and Roger P. Gaumond Fund

Helping Up Mission of Baltimore City
Meal Services for Men from Harford County

Hot nutritious meals for men from Harford County who are experiencing homelessness, poverty and addiction and who are in a one-year recovery program that provides access to food, clothing, shelter, medical and mental health care, and education and workforce development.

$1,000 awarded from the Sandra and John Ferriter Fund

Homecoming Project
OTC and Holistic Medicines

Holistic and over the counter medications, supplements, health aids and first aid supplies for residents in the residential recovery program.

$600 awarded from the Andrew and Jayne Klein Family Fund and the Ann K. and Roger P. Gaumond

Inner County Outreach
Comprehensive Basic Needs

Funding for eviction prevention assistance, utility shut-off aid, emergency food provisions and community housing for community members in need of emergency assistance to promote a stabilized home environment and prevent homelessness.

$1,000 awarded from the Harford Community Fund

Meals on Wheels of Central MD
Harford County Home Delivered Meal Program

Home delivered meals to underprivileged, homebound, elderly and disabled clients in Harford County.

$1,000 awarded from the BESide You Fund

Mount Zion United Methodist Church
Beyond Capernaum

Expand existing program for adults with special needs to serve children with special needs and provide them recreational and learning opportunities designed for their individual ability levels and which will provide a much needed respite for parents and caregivers.

$3,000 awarded from the Shaffer-Leinhard Caregivers Fund

Pets on Wheels
Harford County Therapy Pet Seminars & Literacy Program Expansion

Increase awareness of the program and its volunteer requirements, expand number of volunteers and partner facilities, and research opportunities to expand student literacy programs.

$500 awarded from the Andrew and Jayne Klein Family Fund

Updating Children’s Playroom

Update current children’s play and activity area located in the 28-bed residential shelter to allow children’s advocate to work with children in small groups while parents attend case management or therapy sessions or complete other activities of daily living.

$400 awarded from the Ann K. and Roger P. Gaumond Fund

St. John’s Cupboard
St. John’s Cupboard

Non-food related items (paper products, kitchen supplies) needed for meal preparation and delivery for meals that are paid for and prepared by church volunteers for seniors and families in need.

$1,000 awarded from the Ann K. and Roger P. Gaumond Fund

The Epicenter at Edgewood
Internet Café Expansion

Purchase computers and desks to expand existing internet café program that offers free internet access to adults in the community to work on job applications, and print important insurance or financial forms.  Café is also used by students enrolled in the Center’s employment readiness program to create resumes, search for jobs, and learn computer skills essential for gainful employment.

$500 awarded from the Andrew and Jayne Klein Family Fund

The Sharing Table
Groceries for Food Distribution

Non-perishable food for grocery bags distributed weekly to seniors, children and families in need.

$1,000 awarded from the Andrew and Jayne Klein Family Fund and the BESide You Fund

2018 Women’s Giving Circle

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County
Harvest of Hope: Seeds of Change

Plant a community garden that will be seeded, maintained, and harvested for 450 neighborhood youth and their families who live in low income homes.  The items produced will be used in the preparation of meals that will be shared at communal picnic tables.


Char Hope Foundation
Poultry and Apiary Support at Twin Streams Ranch

To purchase a bee hive, bees, poultry feeder, water fountains, egg washers, and a chicken coop in support of apiary and poultry programs at a residential sober living ranch for up to 16 female residents.


Extreme Family Outreach
Community Impact Programs

One day weekly after-school program for nine weeks for 400 school-aged children at nine sites in at-risk communities in Edgewood, Aberdeen, and Havre de Grace.


Feel Your Boobies Foundation
College Outreach Program

Promotion of breast health education for young women (under 40) through distribution of Free Reminder Kits of youth targeted materials and the Bras Across Campus Program which includes an educational fundraising event model, web-based support, and online tool kit. To be student run and student facilitated in collaboration with nursing and allied health programs at Harford Community College.


Found in Faith Ministries
Fresh Start Furniture Program

Conference fee for staff to support capacity building for this new non-profit that provides quality donated furniture to families in need to “transform empty houses into homes.”


Girls on the Run of Harford and Cecil Counties
Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole

Provide full and partial scholarships for 170 girls on the Harford County Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole teams; programs for girls in third to fifth grades and sixth to eighth grades, respectively.


Girls Scouts of Central MD
Rockin’ Robotics

Out of School Time (OOST) program for 60 girls in grades K-4 at four Title I schools (William Paca/Old Post Road, Edgewood Elementary, Magnolia Elementary, and Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary). Rockin’ Robots is a gender specific STEM program that trains teams for competitions and STEM EXPO activities.


Harford County Education Foundation
TECH Tools

Establishes a digital learning hub to close the digital divide for high need students in Edgewood Middle School through the purchase of ten laptops and wifi hot spots. Students borrow the laptop and wifi hot spot for one semester for use in school and at home for homework.


Homecoming Project
Shelter Costs (Feeding our Residents)

Purchase 12% of the 8,760 meals served annually for 16 female residents in a residential substance abuse recovery program.


Summer Camp

Support operational costs of a 4-week community-based summer program for 150 at-risk, low-income, and English language learner students ages 4-21.


Mason-Dixon Community Services
Highland Summer Backpack Nutrition Program

Expansion of an existing program in the North Harford area that provides summer meals to all FARM eligible youth in 10 communities in northern Harford County. The program serves 100 low income households with 105 school age FARM eligible youth.  Each backpack provides a 2-week supply of healthy breakfast and lunch foods and can be replenished every two weeks.


Sleep in Heavenly Peace
2018 Bunk Bed for 100 Kids

Build and provide beds, bedding, mattresses, and pillows for 100 children and youthages 2-18  in need of a bed.


SPIN (aka New Day Wellness)
Healing Hands Jewelry Project

Purchase materials and offer training in jewelry making for 200 women (10% over 55 years of age) living at the poverty level, with substance abuse and/or mental health issues, or experiencing homelessness.


TasteWise Kids
Days of Taste

Hands-on nutrition and food preparation for all fourth graders at Havre de Grace Elementary and another Title I elementary school (to be determined).  Program includes a field trip to a working farm, preparing food with chefs, making take home salad kits, and experimenting with food tasting.


The Sharing Table
Weekly Meal and Grocery Distribution

Purchase food and supplies to provide a weekly communal meal and a bag of groceries for women who are aging, single, grandmothers raising grandchildren, or have physical and intellectual limitations and their caregivers in Edgewood, Joppa, and Aberdeen (2,000 women and 375 children).


The SUCCESS Project
SUCCESS Transportation and Child Care

Transportation and child care for low income women from Joppa, Edgewood, Bel Air, Aberdeen, Belcamp, Churchville, and Havre de Grace so they can participate in four free learning opportunities monthly. Will serve  50 households with ages ranging from 4-65.


Harvest of Hope: Seeds of Change

The Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Harford County recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties for the Harvest of Hope: Seeds of Change program.

The grant will enable the nonprofit to plant a community garden that will be seeded, maintained and harvested for 450 youth and their families who live in low-income homes. The produce of the garden will be used in preparation of meals that will be shared at communal picnic tables.

“The weather, combined with a few other factors, made planting and maintaining garden plots difficult this year,” said Derek DeWitt, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford and Cecil Counties. “We learned that it’s not enough to produce a token bushel of tomatoes. We are hosting community events in the garden space, teaching folks how to be good neighbors. Sharing meals improves overall health, including mental health. It brings neighborhoods together. Pot lucks lead to the exchange of recipes. This fall we will be working with our partners and exploring the possibility of offering meal planning and preparation classes. The grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of Harford County allows us to do just that and more for our community.”