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2023 Grants Awards

AAAWGT is excited to share the results of the vote by our members to determine which nonprofits should receive 2023 grant awards. This year’s 50-member Grants Committee was challenged with the task of thoughtfully considering a record number of worthy proposals from local nonprofits. Thanks to contributions from our members (280+ currently), we were able to award grants totaling $164,305, the largest annual amount in our history. Since our founding in 2006, we have provided over $1.7M to nonprofits to help improve the quality of life for underserved women and families in Anne Arundel County.

Our CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s grantees:

  • Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc: Operations Funding for the Continuation and Growth of Free Tutoring Programs for Low-Income Adults in Anne Arundel County — $6,000
  • Child Resource Connect (formerly Prince George’s Child Resource Center):Anne Arundel Child Care Support Services — $25,000
  • Community Alliance of South County: Camp, A Week of Possibilities —$13,300
  • Evolve KidsCare: Childcare for Parents Recovering from Substance Abuse — $15,000
  • Harvest Resources in Anne Arundel County: Necessities Not Covered By SNAP — $25,000
  • Maryland Latinos Unidos: Stages of Womanhood — Maternal Health  —$25,000
  • Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, Inc: Safe and Healthy Housing — $25,000
  • STAIR-Annapolis, Inc: Start the Adventure in Reading — $25,000

AAWGT is pleased to contribute the remaining amount of the grants pool, $5,005, to The Complete Player Charity: TCP and Sisters in Sync Collaborative Leadership Program for Girls.

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Grantee Spotlight

STAIR - Annapolis

Start the Adventure in Reading


With the support of AAWGT, Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR) - Annapolis, Inc. has continued to serve second grade children reading below grade level through one-on-one reading tutoring.  STAIR is back at 12 program sites in Anne Arundel County Public Schools – the first full year since the pandemic. AAWGT’s financial support allowed STAIR to purchase the materials necessary to reopen and add two new sites – Van Bokkelen Elementary and Hillsmere Elementary. 
This school year (2022-2023), STAIR welcomed close to 100 new students to the program and enlisted the help of nearly 200 volunteers working as tutors and site coordinators. Close to 50% of these volunteers were brand new to STAIR!  Throughout the year, students have been eager and energetic, and tutors have enjoyed trying creative strategies to keep them engaged and having fun.
Barbara Goyette, STAIR tutor at Germantown, said of her experience “I love seeing the children at work, watching them try with a tutor what they are reluctant to try in their classrooms. My favorite STAIR moment when my student was reading on his own to me and knew the word ‘especially’ without any prompting. He just beamed when I complimented him.”
In May, STAIR will commemorate the completion of a successful school year with their traditional graduations. Their newly confident second grade readers will have the opportunity to share their reading skills, celebrate the progress they’ve made, and share their accomplishments with their tutors, teachers, families, and special guests. STAIR thanks AAWGT members for playing such an impactful role in these children's lives!

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Grantee Spotlight

Charting Careers

Mentoring, College and Career Readiness and Family Partnership Services

Charting Careers is deeply grateful to have received a $20,000 AAWGT grant to support their Mentoring, College & Career Readiness and Family Partnership services. Programming includes long-term, wrap-around support for 45 young people and their families who face systemic inequities and who have been disproportionately and negatively impacted by the pandemic. The grant has helped make it possible to provide high-quality, in-person, after-school programming to their elementary and middle school students, including tutoring, skill development, outside play and more. This year they doubled the amount of time elementary and middle school students spend with them while sustaining their weekly high school sessions and adding more support for their college students.
Here are a few outcomes and stories:
- One of their current seniors has been working with her mentor and Charting Careers’ volunteer college advisor and has already been accepted into three colleges! She will be the first in her family to go to college.
- One hundred percent of their students are setting and achieving goals, like improving their reading grades and trying a new school club.
- Many caregivers are setting and achieving goals, like getting a new job and following through with mental health services.
- All 11 of their high school graduates are in college! One is in her second year playing basketball at Elmira College, another is thriving at Towson University, one is studying engineering at UMBC, and eight are attending community college.
- With the continued impact of the pandemic, Charting Careers has seen dramatic increases in family needs. Staff funded in part through the AAWGT grant have been hard at work to help meet those needs. For example, one family was in crisis. The family also did not have sufficient food, clothing or basic furniture and two of the children experienced a traumatic event. Charting Careers was able to help the family access immediate and ongoing counseling, provide social support, meet food and clothing needs and connect the family with another organization that is meeting their furniture needs.
This kind of long-term, wraparound support is possible because of AAWGT’s continued investment in the mission of Charting Careers.

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