COIPP Celebrations!

Every Wednesday night you can find us at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. We work with females to teach Parenting From Afar classes, a curriculum we created. Each session has 8-10 women, but many who have ‘graduated’ return to join in the conversation. We keep getting rave reviews, and even stay in touch with many of the women as they leave the facility. We get many testimonials.

Thanks, in part, to our grant from the Frederick Women’s Giving Circle, scholarships were once again awarded by Frederick Community College. Last year we were able to offer 4 such scholarships- and the thank you letters we got from the recipients let us know the importance of these offerings. We could not do this alone- and the grant is fantastic.

The Unity Campaign is now over and we did better than ever expected. Thanks to the generous donations of old friends and new friends, we raised over $16,100, well over our personal goal of $14,500. This money will allow us to continue all of our present initiatives, and look into extending what we do. We are all volunteers, so we know that this money goes directly to services.

We applied for and have been given a Rotary Club of Frederick grant of $6,000. We are using this money to assist those parents who are reentering the world after spending time in jail or prison and need support. We will be using the money for workshops and meetings, to purchase books for the children, and to extend our present scholarship offers at Frederick Community College to reentering parents. The Rotary is just a great organization!

Every few months we receive a check from the present and retired Maryland Charity Campaign. We are are lucky enough to once again be one of the many non-profits
 they support. It is great to know that government workers reach out to support so many
 great organizations- including our own.

We are working hard with our partner, the Mental Health Association, on our Governor’s Grant. We have been spending time rewriting our Parenting From Afar curriculum, the work we do with the women inmates, and on Anger Management Workshops we do at the Housing Authority and Head Start, and soon at the Mental Health Association. Our curriculum writing team is made up of all educators from a variety of school levels, and we have created some fabulous resources.

We once again had a Read A Thon at Curious Iguana Book Store. Thanks to the Helen J Serini Foundation, we were able to raise lots of money for COIPP. Who could not love this opportunity, and the chance to sit in the window of Curious Iguana Book Store, coffee in hand, spending time reading- and earning money for COIPP? This is our second Read A Thon fund raiser this year; here’s hoping we can do it again.

We have been selected by the Women’s Democratic League to receive an award which was presented in October. It is being given for outstanding work that helps the underserved. We are extremely proud to receive this award from such a prestigious group!