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
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Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention 2015
Brought to you by the Special Delivery Program of the
Frederick County Health Department and
Safe Kids Frederick County, sponsored by Families Plus, Inc.
As summer heats up protect Frederick’s children by having them avoid heatstroke related injury and death. Never leave your child alone in a vehicle, even for a minute. Keep your vehicle locked so no child can wander in. Create reminders by placing your cell phone, bag or shoe beside the car seat especially if you are not following your normal routine. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, take action. Call 911. One call could save a life.
For information, contact Nancy Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Miriam Dobson at email@example.com
United Way Summer Serve 2015
United Way Summer Serve engages area youth 12-17 in volunteer service projects at various nonprofit agencies throughout Frederick County.
The program consists of three separate two week sessions that will provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of the areas of need in our community. The participants will experience a team-based environment that will present them with opportunities and challenges to grow their leadership skills. The program runs weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm June 18th to July 31st (except for July 2nd - July 3rd).
New this year is Leadership Week running from August 3rd to August 7th and available to any who have registered for Sessions 1,2 and/ or 3 of Summer Serve 2015. Leadership Week will give participants an opportunity to further expand upon their ability to work well with others and teach them how they can serve as a catalyst for positive change in their community.
One Two Week Session: $325
Any Two Sessions: $600 or All Three Sessions: $825
Leadership Week: $100 (Free if you register for all three sessions)
Limited Scholarships are Available
What participants and parents said last year about Summer Serve:
"It made me realize I can make a difference."
"The stuff you do no matter how little can make a big difference to someone out here in the world."
"It helped me realize what good we can do if we all work in unison, united."
"Giving our child the ability to not only stay active all summer through volunteering but also build friendships with older teens in a mentoring role was a fantastic opportunity."
Space is limited, register today at unitedwayfrederick.org/summerserve.
For additional information please contact Jake Freas at 301-663-4231 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Malcolm Furgol at 240-578-4008 or via email at email@example.com.
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.
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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.
Families Plus, Inc. - 35 East Church Street - Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301.694.9002 - Fax: 301.694.3374 - email: email@example.com