Giving Harford County\'s Troubled Youth Hope for Their Future.
Give Harford County’s troubled youth hope for their future.
the facts are disturbing Statistics from the Maryland Adolescent Survey show that Harford County ranks highest in the state for the rate of substance abuse in every category on the survey with the exception of crack. The survey is divided into age groups, drug type, and frequency of use. The frequency of use indicated by those surveyed as “in the past 30 days,” indicates regular substance abuse not just casual use or experimentation. The frightening statistics for regular substance abuse in all age groups surveyed is that these young people are using drugs and alcohol at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the state, including regular abuse of beer/wine coolers, liquor, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, and inhalants. The Close Foundation helps troubled youth with nowhere left to turn. These youth find hope through the programs we support, and a chance to change their lives. The Foundation supports programs that assist young people, whether they are trying to overcome substance abuse, are in conflict with the law, or are emotionally troubled and struggling due to other factors such as family issues. These youth would be lost without the help of the Close Foundation.1
our missionAs the population of Harford County increases, so doesthe number of young people engaged in criminal behavioras well as drug and alcohol abuse. These young peopleare our children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, ourneighbor’s child, our employees…Unfortunately, resources and services available to assistthese young people are insufficient.The Close Foundation helps “close the gap” between needand existing resources by raising and distributing fundsto give Harford County’s troubled youth hope for theirfuture.The Albert P. Close Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organizationthat seeks grants and raises and distributes funds, includingpersonal and corporate donations, to help troubled youthget the help they so desperately need. 4
our plan The Close Foundation raises money to award grants, provide assistance to qualifying programs, and provide ongoing financial assistance to the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) in the form of a discretionary fund. The Close Foundation interacts on a regular basis with the DJS to identify and fund such special needs. In 2009, the Foundation awarded $12,000 in grant money to several different Harford County organizations. Our goal is to be able to award more grant money to qualified organizations in years to come. In the future, the Foundation will be expanding their reach to help serve as advocates for troubled youth, begin forming strategic partnerships with other organizations, and work with more organizations that assist at-risk youth before they get into trouble. The Foundation has awarded grants to the following organizations to date: Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland-Harford County • Alternative Education Program-Harford County Public Schools • Positive Behavior School Intervention (PBIS) Program at Alternative Ed. • Addiction Connections Resource, Inc. • Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Harford County • Homecoming Project, Inc. • Restoration Academy Middle and High Charter Schools • Salvation Army Camp • YMCA Summer Session5
you can helpThe Close Foundation supports critical programs throughfundraising. Funds are urgently needed to help us give at-riskyouth a brighter future.The Foundation relies on the support of people like you to continuefunding innovative and effective programs to youth who are mostin need.Your generous donations can help us: • Supply much needed funding to more programs that reach troubled youth • Give more young people access to much needed services • Help give high-risk youth a chance for a better futureYou can help the Close Foundation through: Monthly gifts • Yearly gifts • Sponsoring & Supporting Fundraising Efforts Mail donations to: The Albert P. Close Foundation 139 N. Main Street • Suite 201 Bel Air • Maryland 21014 Or donate online at www.closefoundation.org.The Albert P. Close Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations may be tax deductible. 6
The Albert P. Close Foundation c/o Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra 139 N. Main Street • Suite 201 Bel Air, Maryland 21014 410.879.2237 www.closefoundation.org