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    County United Way Launches Community Assessment

    McHenry, MD --Beginning Monday, April 16, County United Way will launch a community assessment tool aimed at providing the organization with information related to health, education and financial stability.

    Serving as the umbrella for United Ways in Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire and Mineral County, County United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. The organization has been in Allegany and Mineral Counties since 1957 and formed in Garrett and Hampshire Counties in 2000. Historically, the local United Way has provided funding to programs in the health and human service field related to basic needs, after school and summer programs, emergency assistance, and prescription needs, among others.

    Five years ago, the organization began moving to a more centralized focus of impact funding, asking organizations to partner in an effort to streamline services, eliminate duplication, and provide more targeted programs to those in need. This focus, under the pillars of health, education and financial stability, asks partners to find new solutions to old problems by working together.

    Through this community assessment, it is the intention of United Way to give a voice to the residents of its service area in all four counties by asking what the issues are as they see them. Executive Director Juli McCoy shared “We want to collect information from those who see issues through their work, but also through volunteering - who better to tell us what barriers exist in the classroom than the teachers or what gaps in services prevent individuals from getting ahead than those struggling?” Additionally, McCoy pointed out that some of the best information should come from first responders, social workers, the faith based community, as well as those in substance abuse recovery to help identify limitations.  

    Once data is collected, volunteers on each county executive committee will begin the work of developing specific goals and objectives for the organization to work toward through its partnerships.

    United Way touches the lives of friends and neighbors daily and all community members are encouraged to participate in this assessment, to share it on social media and to give a voice to the issues we face. The survey will be available directly here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FJFW9B2 and is available on their website at http://cuw.org/community-assessment-survey/.


    Spring semester at Garrett College begins on January 23rd Registration Underway


    McHenry, MD – There is still time for new and returning students to register for classes for the upcoming spring semester at Garrett College. Spring semester will officially begin on Tuesday, January 23rd at the College’s McHenry campus. 


    Prospective students, whether full or part-time, with an interest in attending Garrett College should have a very good chance at obtaining a full schedule of courses.  This includes transfer students. “We understand that all prospective students have different interests, needs and lifestyles,” stated Mike Tumbarello, director of enrollment management at Garrett College. “We try to accommodate our students with a variety of programs, courses, course times, online offerings, and locations.”


    For example, Tumbarello explained that hybrid and online courses at GC, which are being offered this coming spring semester, may appeal to those trying to balance education with work and family. Hybrid courses typically meet just once a week, while the remaining instruction is provided online.


    It’s also not too late to get help paying for college. Financial aid staff can guide prospective students and parents regarding federal, state, and local financial assistance, including the Garrett County Scholarship Program. For questions regarding financial aid, persons may contact the Financial Aid Office at 301-387-3080.


    Garrett College also participates in GI Bill education and training benefits and other military assistance programs. Veterans and active duty members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Services interested in starting or returning to college should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss military educational benefits.  


    Local high school students interested in getting an early start on college also are encouraged to consider taking courses at Garrett College. High school students over the age of 16 may take courses that don’t conflict with their regular school day. Home schooled students are also welcome to join the population of dual students at Garrett who earn high school and college credit at the same time.


    For more information about opportunities at Garrett College, please contact the Office of Admissions at 301-387-3044 or admissions@garrettcollege.edu. The Office of Admissions is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.