Funding has been provided to Character Counts Mid Shore, Inc. from Maryland Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. This grant will support Character Counts Mid Shore’s ongoing operations. Character Counts Mid Shore provides character development programming for over 13,000 students annually throughout Talbot, Dorchester, and Caroline Counties.
“The impact of this gift to our organization cannot be overstated,” said Lauren Weber, Executive Director of Character Counts Mid Shore. “Like many nonprofit organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our operations greatly. We are grateful to Maryland Humanities for this visionary, impactful gift. We know that character matters; that truth has been and continues to be underscored throughout this crisis. Maryland Humanities’ investment makes our important work possible.”
Character Counts Mid Shore has continued its student-oriented character development lessons throughout the midst of the pandemic through the help of digital tools like Zoom and Facebook. Recognizing that the community would benefit from messages of hope and encouragement to behave responsibly and civilly, Character Counts Mid Shore quickly debuted new initiatives to fill the need.
Ms. Weber continues, sharing that “since the social distancing measures began in mid-March, we have been blown away by the response to our digital programming. We have received over 38,000 views of our character development programming and over 8,500 minutes of video character development messages have been watched. That’s over 141 HOURS of people becoming better!”
In the mid-shore counties Character Counts Mid Shore, Inc. serves, seven other nonprofit organizations are Maryland Humanities CARES Act grantees: Caroline County Council of Arts, Federalsburg Historical Society, Inc., Cambridge Community Radio, Inc., Cambridge Main Street, Richardson Maritime Museum, Inc. the Chesapeake Film Festival, the Oxford Community Center, Inc., and Oxford Museum. All grantees can be viewed at https://www.mdhumanities.org/grants/cares/.
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which became law on March 27, 2020, Maryland Humanities received $515,000 to protect nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. The goal of the Maryland Humanities CARES grant is to help sustain Maryland’s infrastructure to ensure that organizations can continue to provide opportunities for public humanities programming and civic learning in Maryland’s diverse communities during this unprecedented time.
Character Counts Mid Shore is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to empower character growth to pave pathways of success for all young people and invest in the vitality of communities. More information can be found at www.charactercountsmidshore.com, with latest updates and educational content shared frequently on Facebook at facebook.com/charactercountsmidshore.
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