Owings Mills' Cavanagh House Awarded Significant Grant To Enhance Job Training Program


A student at The Cavanagh House works to complete an upholstery project. (Credit: The Cavanagh House/ Facebook)

OWINGS MILLS - The United Way of Central Maryland has awarded over $753,000 in funding to 80 local organizations through its annual Neighborhood Grant program, almost double the previous year's figures.

Among the winners is The Cavanaugh House, Inc., a Baltimore County organization located in Reisterstown dedicated to helping people aged 17 and older gain financial stability through job training programs.

The grant will fund sewing supplies and a monthly purchasing budget for ten students. Once they secure job placements, each student will receive a sewing machine and tools to advance their career.

The Neighborhood Grant program, established in 2021, has now provided 168 grants totaling over $1.5 million. The awarded grants range from $2,500 to $10,000 and support community-based organizations with an annual operating budget of $500,000 or less. This year's winners are engaged in diverse projects such as education, food distribution, neighborhood beautification, and career development.

Franklyn Baker, president, and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, praised the expansion of the grant program and the local leaders it supports. "The work this year's grantees have planned will provide much-needed services across Central Maryland," Baker stated.

Other 2023 grant awardees include:

Superior Future Inc. (Anne Arundel County)

  • Program expansion for at-risk youth in need and broadened development training in Anne Arundel County. Superior Future Inc., founded in 2019 by a 21-year-old college student who grew up in several low-income communities, was created to advance underserved neighborhoods by developing leaders through educational and recreational resources.

Food Rescue Baltimore (4MyCity, Inc.) (Baltimore City)

  • Food recovery and city-wide distribution network of twelve giveaways and expansion to at least one additional neighborhood. Food Rescue Baltimore is dedicated to food justice: ensuring equal access to nutritious food and providing for those in need in Baltimore's communities.

Find Your Purpose, Inc. (Carroll County)

  • Community events such as talent shows, skating rink, movie theater trips, and annual Easter egg hunt for Westminster residents, including youth. Part of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, Inc., Find Your Purpose aspires to elevate and empower individuals of all ages through mentorship, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Laila's Gift, Inc. (Harford County)

  • Birthday Celebration parties for children with disabilities and special needs. Since 2022 Laila's Gift, Inc has advocated for, supported, and celebrated children

A Home of Our Own Howard, Inc. (Howard County)

  • Complete beds for individuals coming out of homelessness in Howard County. A Home of Our Own Howard, Inc. provides furniture and household items at no cost to individuals, veterans, and families in Howard County who are transitioning from homelessness.
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