Contact: Allison Dillow
Director of Marketing & Engagement
United Way of Washington County, MD
301.739.8200 x 104



HAGERSTOWN, MD (July 2, 2020) – The Washington County COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, a campaign organized by the Community Foundation and United Way of Washington County, Maryland, announces a generous donation from the Fulton Forward Foundation. The donation in the amount of $75,000 is a commitment to nonprofit & human service organizations across the country for Coronavirus who provide relief support.

The Fulton Forward Foundation believes in paying it forward. The Fulton Forward initiative was developed to help make communities better, one change at a time. The Fulton family is proud of the Fulton Forward program and the contributions toward building vibrant communities with programs, products, and services focused on four key areas - Affordable Housing & Home Ownership, Job Training & Workforce Development, Financial Education & Economic Empowerment, and Diversity & Inclusion.  “We also understand help is needed at the heart of our communities. By partnering with local organizations—from United Way to other community groups—we hope to lift up our communities and work together to overcome the obstacles we face.” - Fulton Bank

A longtime supporter of United Way & Community Foundation, the Fulton Forward Foundation donation is one of twenty major donors and one of nearly three hundred individual donations since April 1st, 2020. The initial goal for the Emergency Assistance Fund was $200,000. The campaign has currently raised $226,000 and continues to receive support. With the latest contribution from the Fulton Forward Foundation, the Emergency Assistance Fund will exceed $300,000.

“With this incredibly generous donation, we will have funded roughly $301,000 in emergency funding back to our community. One hundred percent of donor contributions have been deposited back into our community where the need is the greatest.”  - Heather Guessford, President & CEO, United Way of Washington County, MD. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does our community’s need for essential services and basic needs. To date, approximately $225,000 has been awarded to 30 different nonprofit and agencies and essential service providers. Announcements will be made for the next wave of application and funding cycles.

“The Community Foundation is so honored by Fulton Bank’s continued support during this unexpected hardship challenging our community. It’s a partnership we value tremendously!” – Stacey Crawford, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Washington County, MD.

All funds raised will support Washington County community-based organizations and partners who directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In the weeks and months ahead, the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will provide additional capacity to community-based organizations in Washington County. This fund will deliver economic assistance and access to vital food and basic need supplies to the many children, families and households who already have and will be impacted by the temporary loss of income. The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund may also be deployed to strengthen our community’s ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of health and other emergencies, as well as to support programs and initiatives that are focused on fighting for the health, education, basic needs and financial stability of our community. Donations made to the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will support efforts to provide relief to people impacted by Coronavirus and its effect on our community. 

The goal of the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund is to raise as much money as possible to deliver positive outcomes for severely affected individuals and families. The Community Foundation secured $100,000 in matching grants in less than two days. Matching donors include: Adna Fulton Family Fund. Pauline Anderson Foundation, William Dutton Family Fund, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, God’s Grace Fund, Community Foundation of Washington County, MD., John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation, Ed and Betsy Beachley, Dr. and Mrs. Mitesh and Erin Kothari, Kevin and Stacey Crawford, and Todd and Sue Baer.

United Way of Washington County waived all administrative and processing fees through June 30th to ensure that 100% of donations were distributed appropriately throughout the community. Donations can be made online at https://bit.ly/2UR6fsy by texting COVIDWashCo to 313131, by calling 301.739.8200 x 104 or by mailing checks to United Way of Washington County, 83 West Washington Street, Suite 101, Hagerstown, MD.



United Way of Washington County, MD inspires collaborations to impact community improvement. United Way is located at 83 West Washington Street, Suite 101 in Hagerstown, MD 21740.  For more information or to make a donation please call 301-739-8200 or visit our website at www.unitedwaywashcounty.org. To find volunteer opportunities please visit http://volunteer.unitedwaywashcounty.org/.

The Community Foundation of Washington County, MD Inc. works to inspire, grow and steward philanthropy for the benefit of Washington County.  CFWC is located at 37 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown, MD 21740.  For more information please call 301-745-5210 or visit our website at www.cfwcmd.org