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United Way of Central Maryland announces call for entries for region-wide Changemaker Challenge

BALTIMORE, MD—United Way of Central Maryland is seeking progressive thinkers ready to elevate, accelerate, and activate big ideas to strengthen their communities. This week, the organization announced a call for entries for its Changemaker Challenge, which will award more than $600,000 in grants across each of the locations the organization serves, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll*, Harford, and Howard Counties, …


Around Maryland, Business, Family

United Way of Central Maryland announces 2023 Neighborhood Grant awardees

BALTIMORE, MD—United Way of Central Maryland has nearly doubled the number of grants awarded and the total amount of money given to area nonprofits this year through its annual Neighborhood Grant program. This year’s Neighborhood Grant program has awarded more than $753,000 to 80 local organizations. The Neighborhood Grant program provides between $2,500 and $10,000 in funding for projects that …


United Way of Central Maryland honors Governor Wes Moore with 11th annual Frank Miller Spirit of Partnership award

BALTIMORE, MD—At its 98th annual meeting, the United Way of Central Maryland honored Governor Wes Moore with the Frank Miller Spirit of Partnership award for his ongoing work to promote equity and increase access to life’s basic needs for all Marylanders. “From raising awareness about ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households on the campaign trail, to partnering with United …

New Inflation Tracker: Cost of Maryland’s basics rising faster than CPI

BALTIMORE, MD—The cost of household essentials in Maryland has risen at a faster clip than inflation, leaving low-wage workers priced out of affording the basics, according to United Way of Maryland and research partner, United For ALICE. Over the course of 15 years, low-wage jobs didn’t keep up with the increased cost of essentials. Workers in retail sales, the most …

Pandemic Impact: Almost 900,000 Maryland households financially insecure

BALTIMORE, MD—The number of Maryland households unable to afford the basics grew by more than 70,000 during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 899,798 households, or 38 percent of Marylanders, struggled to afford the basics as of 2021, according to a new report from United Way of Maryland and its research partner, United For ALICE. …

Olszewski highlights partnership with United Way for innovative eviction prevention program

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—In the latest effort to strengthen the safety net for families suffering economic losses as a result of the pandemic, Baltimore County and United Way of Central Maryland have partnered to help prevent evictions in vulnerable communities through the Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention (STEP) pilot program. The first-of-its-kind effort in Maryland, Baltimore County’s STEP pilot program provided $4 …

BGE urges customers to take advantage of flexible payment options, energy assistance in advance of end of moratorium on service terminations on Nov. 15

BALTIMORE, MD—BGE this week reminded customers there are many payment and billing options and energy assistance programs available for those having difficulty keeping their accounts up to date. BGE officials say service terminations, which were suspended in March, are a last resort and many times, can be avoided, if customers contact them to discuss options before their accounts are in …

BGE donates $1 million toward COVID-19 relief in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—BGE is joining with Constellation and Exelon in making a commitment of $1 million to Maryland relief organizations and small businesses. The economic need for both during the current health crisis continues to increase, and these funds are being donated to help with the daily operations of these groups during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is part of more …