Founded in 1982 Families Plus, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization providing programs and support to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of Frederick County families, individuals, and children. The organization offers comprehensive programming that addresses the current and changing needs of the community’s families and children.
Families Plus is excited to announce their new Board of Directors and a new staff member. We spent time over the summer to begin working on new programs and are happy to continue offering some existing programs in order to more efficiently serve Frederick County's families. We look forward to partnering with local community resources, individuals, and non-profits as we continue to move forward. As always, our focus remains to provide services that educate, empower, and enrich the lives of Frederick County Families
On Jan. 31, Families Plus Inc. introduced the Developmental Assets framework to Frederick County through two workshops intended to familiarize community leaders with the program. The Developmental Assets framework was developed in 1989 by the Search Institute and has been successful throughout the United States and the world in helping youth succeed in school and in life. United Way of Frederick County provided a $1,000 Emerging Community Needs grant to Families Plus for the purchase of the Developmental Assets library.
Pictured, front row from left are Ronnie Osterman, president, Families Plus board of directors; Nancy Boyd, coordinator, Safe Kids Frederick County, Families Plus; Josh Pedersen, CEO, United Way of Frederick County; Craig Tyler, Developmental Assets Program manager, Families Plus; Cindy Goeller; Developmental Assets framework instructor, Families Plus; Ann Duncan, Families Plus board member; Nancy Fowler, Families Plus board member; and Michael Boyd, business development manager, Frederick Community College. Second row: Malcom Furgol, director of community impact, United Way of Frederick County; Diana Halleman, Families Plus board member; Kim Ragan, Families Plus office administrator; and Jay Mason, president, Eliminating the Achievement Gap.
Safe Kids Frederick County
Safe Kids Worldwide (SKW) is a global network of organizations
dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to protect kids ages 1-19 from unintentional injury and death to children through public awareness, education, public policy and community activities. Through the efforts of local coalitions, such as Safe Kids Frederick County (SKFC), there has been a 55 percent decrease in the unintentional injury death rate among children ages 14 years and under in the U.S.A. since 1987 (when SKW started).
Nancy Boyd and a group of representatives from local agencies,
businesses, schools and organizations founded SKFC in 1995. These
representatives joined forces to form a Coalition dedicated to
preventing unintentional injuries in children. Children primarily are
at risk of unintentional injury-related death from: motor vehicle
injuries which include children as occupants, pedestrians, and
bicyclists; fire and burns; drowning; airway obstruction,
unintentional firearm injuries, falls; and poisonings. Approximately 50-100
unintentional injury-related deaths occur each year in Maryland.
Frederick County's highest unintentional injuries occur from
falls, poisoning, and motor vehicle occupant.
Members of SKFC are available to speak to community groups about any
of the injury prevention topics. For the past three years, SKFC with
the Maryland Poison Center sponsored school based poison prevention
programs partnering with Frederick County Public Schools and local
pharmacists. SKFC partners with Frederick County Fire & Rescue
Services to provide child safety seat checkpoints throughout Frederick
County. They have also assisted community groups with bicycle rodeos. For
more information contact Nancy Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerging Community Needs Grant
Families Plus has been awarded an Emerging Community Needs Grant from United Way of Frederick County. We will use this to offer free programs to schools, churches, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops throughout Frederick.
Fit Fridays are here!
Fit Fridays is an exercise club for elementary age children. The class focuses on fun but getting that heart rate up too! We do this through aerobic exercise, running, dancing, stretches and games. Each camp is taught after school dismissal.
Families Plus is looking to hire certified fitness instructors to teach 4 to 6 week classes of Fit Fridays to local Elementary Schools. Each class is 30 minutes once a week. Please contact Kim Ragan at 301-694-9002 or at email@example.com if you're interested.
Fit Fridays was featured in the Gazette! Click here to read the full article!
Families Plus, Inc. - 35 East Church Street - Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301.694.9002 - Fax: 301.694.3374 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org