Direct Service Non-profit Organizations look to CCBC to carry on their legacies of service to the community

Feb 10, 2015 | by Hope Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 443.840.5560 (cell)

Baltimore County, MD –The Community College of Baltimore County is the recipient of more than $440,000 in funds awarded by three direct service non-profit organizations – The Maryland Home and Community Care Foundation; the A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation; and the Mechanical Equipment Manufacturers Representatives Association (MEMRA) - as part of a divestment plan to continue their legacy and mission through existing CCBC programs.

“We’re honored to have been chosen by these wonderful organizations to continue their legacies,” says CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “To not only be noticed by the community at-large, but to also be recognized for our continued efforts in preparing our students for the workforce and providing affordable higher education is always rewarding.“

All funds received will be dispersed in perpetuity through the following endowments:

Maryland Home and Community Care (MHCC) Foundation funds will provide scholarships to students who are studying either in credit or non-credit Allied Health/Elder Care Programs. The Maryland Home and Community Care Foundation was founded in 1995 with $2 million in assets that came from the dissolution of the Visiting Nurses Association. Over the years, the Foundation distributed more than $2 million in grants, ranging from $10,000 - $40,000, to over 100 non-profit and quasi-governmental agencies in Maryland. The grants provided education and training for staff and seed money to initiate new projects that were innovative in delivering healthcare services to underserved groups. The MHCC Foundation looks to CCBC to continue its legacy to support programs aimed at helping those people who need to be cared for at home by family and friends.

A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation funds will support scholarships for the Interpreter Prep Program and equipment purchases for the Learning Lab at CCBC. The mission of the A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation, Inc. was to alleviate extreme loneliness and isolation experienced by chronically ill and home-bound deaf individuals through visitation and Cheer-by-Mail. The organization’s funds also supported respite for caretakers and provided specialized equipment.

Mechanical Equipment Manufacturers Representatives Association (MEMRA) directed its funds to the John Jung ASPE Engineering Scholarship for Mechanical and Plumbing Engineering. MEMRA was charged with supporting the mechanical equipment industry for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The organization promoted improvements in quality installations, operations, and maintenance procedures of local, mechanical equipment operators and companies.

For additional information about these endowments, contact Cathy Birkelien, director of Advancement Services, at 443.840.3335.


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