National Lutheran Communities & Services Awards Grants for 2018 Year

“We are honored to partner with so many fine organizations that have a passion for serving area seniors,” -Kathryn Baerwald

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 33 grants for the 2018 grant year, totaling $263,000. This marks the fifth year of the grant program, with an increase in amounts requested, number of grant recipients and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware. Last year, NLCS awarded $253,500 and 30 grants.

“The Community Impact Advisory Council was pleased to see so many high-quality proposals for 2018 addressing the most urgent needs of seniors who are aging in place,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “We are honored to partner with so many fine organizations that have a passion for serving area seniors.”

These grants enhance NLCS’ commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations and continued efforts to enrich the lives of seniors. Each organization’s proposal met one of the following categories identified by a community needs assessment: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing health care and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, social isolation and financial insecurity. The grant recipients are:


  •     AHC Greater Baltimore in Baltimore, Md., $5,000
  •     Arts for the Aging, Inc., in Rockville, Md., $5,000
  •     Bay Aging in Urbanna, Va., $6,000
  •     Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona, Va., $10,000
  •     Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, Va., $10,000
  •     Community Ministries of Rockville’s Elderly Ministries Program in Rockville, Md., $10,000
  •     Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, Md., $10,000
  •     Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families in Wilmington, Del., $11,500
  •     Faith in Action, Northern Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., $3,500
  •     Food & Friends in Washington, D.C., $12,500
  •     Gaithersburg HELP, Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md., $3,000
  •     GraceInside in Richmond, Va., $12,000
  •     Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) in Churchville, Va., $2,000
  •     Highland Food Pantry in Winchester, Va., $5,000
  •     Hospice Caring in Gaithersburg, Md., $3,500
  •     Jefferson Area Board for Aging in Charlottesville, Va., $10,000
  •     Jewish Social Services Agency in Rockville, Md., $5,000
  •     Local Office on Aging in Roanoke, Va., $7,000
  •     Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition in Baltimore, Md., $10,000
  •     Mental Health America of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Va., $7,500
  •     Newark Senior Center in Newark, Del., $3,500
  •     Project Mend-A-House in Manassas, Va., $5,000
  •     Rappahanock Rapidan Community Services in Culpeper, Va., $7,000
  •     Rebuilding Together Alexandria in Alexandria, Va., $8,500
  •     Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia in Norfolk, Va., $12,500
  •     Shenandoah Dental Clinic in Woodstock, Va., $10,000
  •     Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in Toms Brook, Va., $20,000
  •     Silver Spring Village in Silver Spring, Md., $7,500
  •     Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee in Hughesville, Md., $10,000
  •     Valley Program for Aging Services in Waynesboro, Va., $2,500
  •     Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in Hampton, Va., $10,000
  •     Virginia Tech Adult Day Services in Blacksburg, Va., $8,000
  •     We Are Family Senior Outreach in Washington, D.C., $10,000

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity to seniors through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit http://www.nationallutheran.org

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