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All In With GCF

All In With the Greenbelt Community Foundation

By Lois Rosado and Dorrie Bates

Guests attending the Annual Meeting of the Greenbelt Community Foundation(GCF) on Sunday, November 12th , were greeted by members of GEMZ, a faith-based mentoring and leadership program open to all young ladies between the ages of 11 and 18 residing in Greenelt.   GEMZ was awarded a grant this year, and the young hostesses were very polished and helpful.

As they mingled,  guests were entertained on guitar by Talon Hall, a student from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  GCF has awarded several grants to the ERHS Music Department over the years; the department continues to share their talented music students with the Foundation and with the community.

Melissa Ehrenreich, the outgoing Chair, presided over this event, reviewed the organization’s balance sheet and introduced the incoming officers: Carol Shaw, Chair; Carolyn Lambright-Davis, Vice-Chair; Anthony Borges, Treasurer.  Joanie Cohen-Mitchell, Program Committee Chair; and Melissa Ehrenreich, Resource Development Chair.  Carol Shaw also chairs the Outreach Committee.

Melissa shared some of the 2016-17 highlights, beginning with GCF’s signature Anniversary campaign, Explore Your Greenbelt.  .   Throughout the year, Greenbelters attended events in different parts of the City, and becoming informed about the abundance of talent here. GCF was able to spotlight many of the funded projects over the 10 years of its year’s existence.

In an effort to offer grantees continuing support, GCF has initiated a Grantee Liaison Program, where a board member or a committee member is assigned to a grantee to monitor its progress, collect photos and stories and assist as needed.  Carolyn Lambright-Davis is coordinating this effort.

Looking ahead, Melissa unveiled GCF‘s 2018 theme:  “Roots and Shoots”.  ” In order for GCF to continue and grow, we need to engage youth in philanthropic experiences.” she said.   By providing workshops, media services, and mentoring GCF can steer young people into developing projects and learning how to secure grant funding.

A new GCF media effort is headed by Rev. Ray Raysor, a member of the Outreach Committee. The goal is to continue the theme of Explore Your Greenbelt by highlighting the projects funded by GCF.  Making a video, interviewing participants and sharing them on GATE television to help enlighten the community about how their donations to GCF are being used to help enhance life in our City.

One of this year’s grantees is The Center for Dynamic Community Governance.  Aileen Kroll, who heads the organization, gave an overview of the project, a partnership with the Old Greenbelt Theatre to expand its volunteer program and get people involved and excited about what is happening close to home. This project is another way to get young people to be more engaged.

Kim Kash and Kim Rush Lynch of the Greenbelt Farmer’s Market spoke about the importance of gaining seed money from the Greenbelt Community Foundation to start the Farmer’s Market.  Both speakers stated that the Market would not have happened without the Funding received from GCF. Many Greenbelters have benefited from the market and enjoy purchasing fresh produce.   The GCF’s signage grant in particular enabled the Farmer’s Market to expand their outreach to the surrounding area.

Several speakers reinforced the idea that donating to the Greenbelt Community Foundation is making an investment in Greenbelt’s nonprofit community based organizations,  supporting extra special programs and projects that all Greenbelters enjoy.

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Free Grant Writing Workshop

The Greenbelt Community Foundation is offering a free workshop to Greenbelt organizations and cooperatives interested in applying for a GCF grant. The workshop will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Greenbelt Police Department Meeting Room, 550 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD.

BIZ KIDZ are in business thanks to a grant from GCF.

This workshop will use the GCF application form and focus on writing a successful application for funding forprojects that service the Greenbelt community.

Please come with a copy of the grant application and your ideas about your project’s purpose and budget. Individual mentoring will be available. Click here for an application form GCF Application Form

The fall deadline for grant applications to GCF is October, 15, 2017 midnight.

To attend the workshop or ask questions about the upcoming deadline, please email info@greenbeltfoundation.net.

 

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Join Us to Launch a New Program

Join us September 12, at 5:00 pm in front of the Old Greenbelt Theater to launch a partnership between the Center for Dynamic Community Governance and the Old Greenbelt Theatre. They are working to build a model volunteer program pioneering innovations in volunteer management.

The Greenbelt Community Foundation will formally present the grant award to CDCG. Caitlin and Bria, Aileen and John will briefly describe the program, take questions and feedback and suggestions about the Theatre’s current volunteer program. Enter a free prize drawing to win an Theatre membership, poster of choice, and coupons for popcorn.

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Better Place, Inc

Better Place, Inc. has created the Project Tutor: Guardians of Greenbelt initiative to further its goals of spreading “self-control and self-determination principles” to “youth, schools and families,” leading to a community strong in “productivity, effectiveness, success and prosperity,” says CEO, Cortland Jones.  The group began its work at Greenbelt Middle School but looks to expand to the rest of Prince George’s County, if not farther.  The project will “train students, 6th-12th grade, to be tutors to K-5th grade students at Springhill Lake Elementary School.” The eventual goal is for the participants to become true “guardians of their community.”

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Alight Dance Theater

“Playing 115:” Playing with Words is a new project devised by Alight Dance Theater.  The finale of the project will be a performance at the Greenbelt Arts Center as an Artful Afternoon showcase.This will be the culmination of seven workshops, in partnership with the Greenbelt Recreation Department, designed to engage participants of all ages. The project’s focus is to use a “creative process to make new stories from existing stories, through both words and movement,” according to Matina Phillips, Artistic Director. Alight Dance Theater mission is to create“ performance events that celebrate the power of story…blending dance, physical theater and spoken word.” Alight website

 

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